Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE QUAKER AND THE REBEL - Mary Ellis - One Free Book

Welcome back, Mary. Why did you become an author?
I couldn’t not become an author. Stories constantly percolated in my head and spilled out at rather inappropriate times. If I didn’t start putting them down on paper, and then typed into my laptop, people would have definitely started to worry.

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Truly, I’ve worked so many jobs over the years this is the only dream job for me.

Me, too, but I believe all those jobs have made me a better author. If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I guess I would have enjoyed living in colonial America, but I’m certain it looks much quainter than it actually was.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I would love to visit Alaska, but definitely in the summer. The variety of wildlife up there is incredible.

I’d love to go to Alaska, too. James served in Alaska in the army before we met, and he’s wanted to take me, but we haven’t made it yet. And yes, it would have to be in the summer. How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I would love to visit Provence, Italy. I’m enchanted by the mountainous countryside. I don’t speak a word of Italian, but Italy is definitely on my bucket list!

What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
Patience, patience, patience. When I trust in Him, it’s truly magnificent how things fall into place. It’s hard though sometimes to sit back and wait.

Tell us about the featured book.
What happens when an Underground Railroad conductor falls in love with a man loyal to the Confederacy? Emily Harrison’s life has turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempts to continue her parents’ work in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm is sold in foreclosure. Now alone and without a home, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Though it’s dangerous, she decides to continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt, the doctor’s handsome nephew, does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee. But he cannot take time to pursue Emily, for Alexander isn’t what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He has a secret identity. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a fearless man who fights the war from the shadows, stealing Union supplies and diverting them to the Southern cause.

The path before Alexander and Emily is complicated. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they trust God with the challenges they face to provide them with a bright future?

I started reading the book late yesterday without realizing it was today’s interview. Your writing is amazing, and the first two chapters captured me. But please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Bennington Island, in the Ohio River, Summer 1861
“Miss Harrison?” the soft voice queried. “Please come in and take a seat.”

Emily, startled from her open-mouth perusal of the painted ceiling, stared in the direction of the voice. She thought she’d been shown to an empty room to wait, but a wren-sized woman sat near the windows in a wicker chair with wheels. She hurried to the woman’s side, bobbed her head and then bent her knee in a small curtsey. “Mrs. Bennington,” she said. Never in her life had Emily done such a thing. She’d only seen a curtsey in theater presentations, but the astounding elegance of the house seemed to warrant one.

“Oh, my, what lovely manners you have,” the woman said, patting a chair beside her.

“Thank you, ma’am,” she said, perching on the edge. Emily judged her to be around thirty-five, younger than her mother had been, with an unlined forehead, green eyes and dusky blond hair. Delicate, that’s what Mama would have called her.

“Your letters of reference from Mrs. Ames and Miss Turner glowed with praise of your accomplishments. We’re glad you’ve come to our backwater island to polish the rough edges off our girls. They both attended grammar school in Parkersburg for six months of the year and we’ve had tutors here, but now they require refinement. They still run wild through the garden like savages. Annie, especially, needs to learn deportment.” She inhaled a deep breath and sighed. “I am aware of your loss, Miss Harrison. And in time I hope you will come to regard us as your family.”

Annoyed by the statement, Emily drew back from the lavender-scented aristocrat. “I’m afraid the situation will be temporary, Mrs. Bennington, since I’m engaged to be married. When my fiancé returns from Washington, I shall return to Marietta.”

Her voice sounded haughty, but she couldn’t help herself. From the moment the flatboat rounded the turn and she viewed Bennington Plantation, she’d been on unfamiliar ground. A carriage had been waiting at the dock to drive her to the mansion. Then an elderly black gentleman in finer clothes than any owned by her father opened the door, bowed, and ushered her into a foyer larger than her entire house. Pink and cream marble lay beneath her feet while the crystal chandelier overhead cast harlequin patterns on the polished steps to the second floor. The butler had to wrestle her portmanteau away as she stood gaping at her surroundings. The butler spoke perfectly-inflected Queen’s English without a trace of the slang she’d expected from a slave. He was a slave, wasn’t he? She’d followed him to this salon, and here she was—behaving rudely to her new employer without other options for her future.

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Thank you, Mary, for sharing this new book with us.

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The Quaker and the Rebel - Christianbook.com
The Quaker and the Rebel (Civil War Heroines Series) - Amazon.com
The Quaker and the Rebel: 1 (Civil War Heroines Series) - Kindle

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collettakay said...

I'd love to win this book!

Colletta from PA

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win, I would love to win! Dawn from North Carolina

Britney Adams said...

THE QUAKER AND THE REBEL sounds like such a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!!

Britney Adams, TX

Jean Smith said...

I would love to win his book. I'm from York Pennsylvania.

Brittany said...

Would love a chance to win The Quaker and the Rebel. Cute interview. We can all be glad that those stories are there ready to overflow and bless us readers!
Brittany McEuen (Texas)

Sonja said...

I know I would love to win this book. I have been following it in blogs, etc. Sounds so good. I will be checking back!

Marsha said...

I was lucky and met Mary at the Buckeye Book Fair this past November. I love her Amish books.
Would love to have this book.
I am from Zanesville Ohio.

Amy C said...

I love this cover! Sounds like a great book.
Amy C

sm said...

Book sounds good, cover is great, topic is intriguing. Looks like the Quaker lady is interested in an older man. I don't know much about Quakers and haven't read any fiction about Quakers. Love to win your book. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jean said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. It sounds great!

Melanie Backus, TX

Modestly Vintage said...

I'd love to win this book!!

Alyssa from California.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds very interesting!! I would love to win it. Donna d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I'm from Illinois. I forgot to include this in my comment. Donna

Mary Preston said...

A must read for me. Sounds fantastic.

Mary P


Vera Godley said...

Mary Ellis writes a terrific book and I would love to read this this one.

I'm in North Carolina sandwiched between the Atlantic coast and the Smokey Mountains

Diana Flowers said...

I would love to read this. Love Mary Ellis and books about Quakers and the Underground Railroad! I actually had a small role as a Quaker in one author's book doing the very same work as Mary's heroine, so that was cool!

Diana In SC


Mary Ellis said...

Thanks everyone who dropped by and posted a comment. And thanks, Lena, for inviting me to your lovely blog. I wish you and your readers a happy new year.

Cindi A said...

I look forward to reading this novel. I have only read Mary's Amish fiction so far.

Cindi from PA


EJ said...

Looking forward to the whole Civil War Heroines series. Elaine from Iowa

Pam K. said...

This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. I've read one of Mary's Amish books and liked it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Quaker and the Rebel.


Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

This book sounds really interesting! I live in Western New York State.

sm said...

I've got one thing on you, Mary Ellis. I've been to Alaska and it's fantastic. I encourage you to find a way to go there. We took a cruise and that was good as it gave a variety of places without having to book hotels, etc. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy W. said...

I would love to win a copy of Mary's book. Thank you for the chance.

I live in Indiana.

Happy New Year!
Cindy W.

Unknown said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway!! It sounds like such an interesting book. I live in IL.


Sonja said...

I posted and forgot to tell where I live and that's in Utah. This sounds like a fantastic read. I would love to read it and write a review

Unknown said...

I love reading books set during the Civil War era! Sound like a very interesting read!
Tonja in VA

Rhonda's Doings said...

I just finished another Mary Ellis novella and would love to read this one by Mary! Rhonda