Thursday, January 16, 2020

THE REBEL BRIDE - Shannon McNear - One Free Book

Welcome back, Shannon. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Partly because, well, that’s the door the Lord opened for me, and partly because I love history, and showing the wonder of God’s grace in all sorts of hard situations.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When each of my children came to know the Lord. 😊 Honestly, I can’t really pick ONE day, aside from days associated with family events, unless it’s the day the news my very first publishing contract was announced, in a roomful of fellow writers at ACFW 2012.

How has being published changed your life?
Deadlines are pretty much non-negotiable! Family life has to share space with my obligation to write, when before, my writing ultimately had to give way to demands of family life.

What are you reading right now?
Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette (in paperback), By the Hands of Men: The Old World by Roy M. Griffis (on Kindle), and Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mother in Sickness and in Health by Jeanne E. Abrams, for research.

What is your current work in progress?
The Wise Guy and the Star in the upcoming novella collection Love’s Pure Light (Sept 2020)

What would be your dream vacation?
Two weeks to ramble around Ireland. Wait, no … can I include family? Two weeks of lounging around Hawaii with mine and my brother’s families (that’s where he and his wife and girls are currently living).

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Sometimes they’re chosen for me. Other times, it’s either connected to a time or event in history that interests me or connects well with a premise I’m considering. It helps if I’m somewhat familiar with a region so I can write about it like I’m there!

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Wow, this was a toughie. Beth Moore, I think … she is my absolute favorite women’s Bible teacher, and I have so much respect for her and what she’s endured in the course of ministry, while still remaining focused on the Lord and what He’s called her to do.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Historical research … I love the Revolutionary War, but also obscure things like bladesmithing, herbal medicine, costuming of various eras … which then dovetails with my love for sewing and cooking and natural health care, including childbirth and other women’s health issues. I’m also a music and theology geek.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Finding and/or carving out time to actually write in the midst of a busy household. I still have 3 teens in varying stages of finishing high school at home, and a husband who’s often gone for work—my ability to manage and delegate is still a work in progress.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write—a TON. Read—a TON. Don’t be afraid to take the long road of learning the writing craft and waiting for doors to open in God’s own timing … you won’t be sorry!

Tell us about the featured book.
It’s #10 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, and my first Civil War story. There are connections to a couple of my previous stories—the heroine is the granddaughter of the couple in The Cumberland Bride, and my hero is the grandson of the couple in my novella The Highwayman from The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection (now available as an ebook on its own). Like the other stories in Daughters of the Mayflower, however, it’s easily read as a standalone.

Back cover blurb:
Can a quiet Tennessee hill girl help a wounded Yankee soldier face his worst fear—not dying for his convictions, but becoming a useless casualty as a result of the fight?

In the clash between Union and Confederacy, Tennessee farm girl Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to help care for Yankee wounded as well as Rebel, but determines to remain unmoved by their cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee.

Please give us the first page of the book.
September 20, 1863 … the Battle of Chickamauga, northern Georgia
“Hold the line! For the love of God, hold it!”

Not for the first time, Joshua Wheeler wondered if he’d descended into hell. The sun blazing fierce enough to make his head ache even through a cap. The flash of fire from his own rifle as well as those to his right and left. Answering fire from across the forested, rock-strewn gully. The burn of gun smoke in his nostrils, and the screams of men above the continuous concussion of shots, both rifle and artillery, pounding through his chest.

Oh God, save us. . .

Fire, reload, fire again. Over and over.

God. . .if You do love us. . .

Cursing, frantic. “Hold—the—line!”

There was no holding. The return fire was too hot, the Rebels pressing hard, and those on both sides of Josh either falling back or—falling. A curse was on his own tongue as he reloaded just one more time—

Something struck him, but he barely felt it. Stared in shock at his shredded sleeve, the forearm dangling above the wrist. Tried to make his hand move, but—nothing.

The pitch of the cries around him changed to a warble, the distress of his fellow Union soldiers and the unholy glee of the Rebels alike fading as the ground rushed up to meet him. . . .

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Anonymous said...

I enjoy Shannon McNear’s writing and I know that I’ve read The Cumberland Bride and her novella in The Backcountry Brides Collection. I enjoy her attention to historical detail. I am from Central Texas and it’s rainy and dreary today.
perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
Perrianne Askew

Patty said...

I love historical fiction! Surprisingly I haven’t read any of the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

Patty in SC

Melanie Backus said...

Historical fiction is the best! Sounds like a good one!
Melanie Backus, TX

Shannon McNear said...

Thank you so much, Perrianne! Glad to hear you've enjoyed those. 😊

Patty, where in SC, might I ask? We lived in the Charleston area for 20+ years ... I miss the history! (And my three boys who still live there, with their families!)

Melanie, welcome! And thanks!! It's funny, fantasy was really my first love but my stories in that genre read like historical. 😂 I suppose it was a natural step over!

Caryl Kane said...

I'm enjoying this series! It's so fascinating.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Anonymous said...

I love reading historical fiction and this book is one I would enjoy reading. The story line intrigues me.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann in New York

Shannon McNear said...

Hello, Caryl! It's good to see you over here! And Maryann, thank you so much for stopping by!!

Wendy Newcomb said...

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!

Wendy in Nebraska

wfnren at aol dot com

Shannon McNear said...

Hi Wendy! Glad you came by!

Lucy Reynolds said...

I enjoyed The Cumberland Bride and Shannon’s novella in The Backcountry Brides Collection. This is a great series. Thank you for sharing. Blessings from WV.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I love historical fiction and I've read many of the books in this series. Thank you for sharing.
Connie from Kentucky

Abigail Mitchell said...

This book looks awesome!
Abigail in VA

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.


Sounds like a great book Thank you for the chance SARAH TAYLOR WATERLOO,OHIO

Shannon McNear said...

I am late getting back to comment, but thank you all so much for taking the time to enter, and for all your kind comments--Lucy, Connie, Abigail, Sharon, and Sarah! I wish I had enough books to give everyone! LOL And thank you especially to Lena for graciously allowing me back on her blog again. You are a blessing, dear lady! ❤❤❤

rubynreba said...

I always enjoy books with Civil War ties.
Looking forward to this book!
Beth from IA