SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Catherine Brakefield

I have such a treat for you today! Author Catherine Brakefield is back on the blog sharing about her Destiny Series. And there is some fabulous bits of history in these books. I am soooo in love! But I won’t bore you with my thoughts…I’ll get you to Catherine as fast as possible!

CATHERINE BRAKEFIELD’S DESTINY SERIES

Sara, it is a true pleasure to be back on your blog with you and talking about the third book in the Destiny series, Destiny of Heart. I was on last year talking about Destiny’s Whirlwind and really enjoyed myself!

Before I begin, I’d like to refresh you and your reader’s memory about the series:

Swept into Destiny, book 1, begins in 1857. Maggie Gatlan may be a Southern belle on the outside, but inside she’s a rebel. She meets the handsome, strong Irish immigrant Ben McConnell. Ben is enchanted by Maggie’s beauty and fiery spirit, but for him the South she dearly loves represents the injustice and deprivation he left behind in Ireland. As the country divides and Ben joins the Union, Maggie and Ben are forced to call each other enemies.

Destiny’s Whirlwind, book two, begins in 1898. Smallpox and the townspeople’s fears capture the McConnell family into its evil clutches. Collina promises her dying father that his legacy for Shushan will continue. Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help and suddenly Collina’s heart has a will of its own. War calls him to the shores of Cuba. Collina is flung into a tangled web of deception and greed when a vindictive lawyer places the family in peril. Will Franklin return in time?

Tell us a little about your novel, Destiny of Heart?

Book three opens in 1917 and Ruby McConnell (Collina’s sister) is married to Stephen Meir. The story unfolds as they travel to the prairies of Colorado for Stephen’s health. Ruby’s sister Collina and Franklin Long are also in this story. Destiny of Heart covers a large span of history and three states: Colorado, Kentucky, and Michigan. The reader will experience the patriotic fan-waving that plunged America into World War I, as well as the extravagant lifestyles of the Roaring Twenties, and the grand old sport of fox hunting.


Readers will experience those affluent lifestyles evaporating in a blink of an eye and Maggie, Ruby, Collina, and Franklin’s spirals into the Great Depression. Destiny of Heartconcludes in 1933 after Theodore Roosevelt’s inauguration into the presidency and a life-altering decision must be made.

Thank you for that wonderful synopsis! I am all the more eager to hear more! First, can you share the more historically significant events behind your story?

I’d love to! I could not rely solely on the internet for my research, nor modern-day history books or Hollywood movies. When I tried, I felt out of step with the story. I had one foot in modern pop culture and one foot in a watered-down version of the past. I sought out people who had lived the era and interviewed them.

I learned that the typical American did not cherish the modern conveniences of their day. Their family, however, was a vital part of their existence. Wow! I realized that people of this century were polar opposites of their ancestors who did not carry a           phone in their pockets or check the latest news, weather, and style.

Our children are brought up to believe they are ‘the enlightened generation,’ but I want my readers to experience a feeling of entering a time capsule. I decided not to watch any show or read any books dated from the 1960s forward.

History books published before 1959 gave me insight, as did old newspaper clippings and interviews. From the 1800s up through the 1940s scripture verses were a common part of everyday language. Some of you might recall seeing a Bible where your ancestors recorded their marriages, births, baptisms, and deaths within the reverend folds of their Holy Bible.

Wow! I so appreciate your dedication to your research!

What was the inspiration for your Destiny series?

My grandmother’s stories and my father’s memoirs are a major part of the Destiny series. My siblings and I would ask Dad, “What was it like back then?” So he wrote about the good ol’ days. We sure learned those days weren’t always so good. You will learn more about that in book 4, Waltz into Destiny, which releases on D Day, June 6.

I think what Harry S. Truman one said sort of sums this up: “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”

Much that our young people are learning today about our America is a watered-down version of the truth. Much of our classic literature that I grew up reading are now being banned or edited. I feel this is wrong. I have heard the age-old jargon that history can repeat itself. So how can our young people know what not to do if they don’t know the truth about our American history? Hence, my reason for writing the Destiny series.

ENJOY AN EXCERPT

President Wilson’s words blared out. “The right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have carried nearest our hearts.

“Come on.” Stephen took her hand and they rushed down the stairway. Bus boys arrayed in flashing red and gold braided suits greeted her. Crystal chandeliers twinkled gaily about the lavishly decorated lobby of the hotel, accenting the deep red and gold drapes and rich mahogany furniture in the lobby.

The doorman opened the outside doors of the Grand Hotel; a gust of cold air greeted them. Snow lined the newly shoveled walkways. The horses’ neighs and the tinkling of sabers clashing against the soldiers’ stirrup irons mingled with the cheers of the crowd.

A regiment of the cavalrymen rode before them, the insignia of the crossed swords displayed on their sleeves and cavalry blankets. “How dashing.” Ruby squealed with delight. “I can envision that gallant Rough Rider Franklin Long there among them.”

“Far better it is to dare mighty things…even though checkered by failure,” Stephen said, quoting Theodore Roosevelt. “The United States became a world power because of the Rough Riders when America defeated Spain in 1898.”

The horses nodded their fine heads, and their flowing manes caught the sunlight and glistening snow, as they pranced forward as proudly as the foot soldiers in the snow that last evening and this morning.

Stephen laughed. “I seriously doubt we have seen the last of Franklin Long.” He drew her hand to his lips and kissed it. “Shall we purchase our tickets for tomorrow’s train to Colorado?”

“No, you mustn’t,” the woman’s voice vibrated with emotion. She dotted her eyes. Her embroidered handkerchief was moist. “The porter said the railroad crew just tunneled through a large drift.”

Stephen nodded. “He told me that Amarillo’s never seen a storm of this magnitude.”

The woman dabbed at her eyes again. “True. This morning I overheard one of the workers on the railroad crew tell the engineer that they hadn’t been able to clear all the track… He said the passenger car could become a steel death trap for those foolish enough to ride the iron horse tomorrow.”

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romance Wilted Dandelions. My faith-based Destiny series includes Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and Waltz into Destiny,which releases June 6.

I have written two pictorial history books. Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

My short stories have been published in Guidepost Books True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker BooksRevell, The Dog Next Door, Horse of my Heart, Second-Chance Dogs, The Horse of my Dreams (releases on September 17);CrossRiver Media Publishers, The Benefit Package and Abba’s Promise; Bethany House Publishers, Jesus Talked to Me Today.

I am a longtime Michigan resident and live with my husband of 45 years and our Arabian horses in the picturesque hills of Addison Township. I love traveling the byroads across America and spoiling my two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE AND HER BOOKS

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GIVEAWAY

Catherine is offering a giveaway! A copy of Destiny of Heart or whichever novel the winner chooses in the Destiny series. Please follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below to enter:

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A Valentine’s Give for the Heart

Book Review: Destiny of Heart by Catherine Brakefield

Destiny of Heart is the third book of Catherine Ulrich Brakefield’s saga of the McConnell family, the Destiny series. This novel sweeps around the country, covering events in Colorado, Michigan, and Kentucky.

While Collina battles fever and illness at Shushan, Ruby and Stephen must head to the prairies in hopes of bringing him back to health from his battle with a strange lung disease. Collina’s husband has left her and all that remains to fight for is what is left of a dwindling Shushan and her mustard seed of faith. Eventually, Ruby faces her own tragedy and returns to her family in Kentucky. Then Franklin Long, former rough-rider and Collina’s lost sweetheart, unexpectedly runs into their sister, Myra, in Detroit. This sets into effect a chain of events that will test the McConnell family even farther, into the days of the Great Depression.

Brakefield has done her research and goes to great lengths to interweave historic events into the novels she writes and this one is no different. Her characters battle not only the difficulties around them but also wrestle with relatable spiritual issues within that can be understood in today’s culture as much as in the past. Destiny of Heart is also sprinkled with bright spots, past love fulfilled, and hope in God for the future.

For readers left wondering at the end of Destiny’s Whirlwind they will find some satisfaction in this third installment of the McConnell family saga. An enjoyable and hopeful Christian fiction read!

Catherine Ulrich Brakefield is an ardent receiver of Christ’s rejuvenating love, as well as a hopeless romantic and patriot. She skillfully intertwines these elements into her writing as the author of Wilted Dandelions, published by CrossRiver Publishing, an inspirational historical romance, along with her first Christian Romance novel, “The Wind of Destiny“, and her other history books,  Images of America,The Lapeer Area and The Images of America, Eastern Lapeer County. published by Arcadia Publishing.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books; Extraordinary Answers to PrayersUnexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door, and The Horse of my Heart; CrossRiver Publishing, The Benefit Package, and Abba’s Promise; and Bethany House, Jesus talked to me Today.

Catherine lives in Addison Township, MI., with her husband Edward of forty-four years, and her beautiful Arabian horses. She enjoys horseback riding, swimming, camping, and traveling the byroads across America. Her children are now grown and married with families of their own. Catherine and Edward are now the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and one preciously adorable granddaughter.

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Guest Post — Catherine Brakefield ( + Giveaway )

Thank you Donna Schlachter for this great article!

 

Today I’m happy to welcome author Catherine Brakefield as she discusses historical romance. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” Harry S. Truman

What is your favorite part about faith-based historical romance? Is it the humanistic facts or the immemorial story of true love?

Wilted Dandelions begins in 1837; my Destiny four book series begins with the antebellum era in 1857 and climaxes through to World War II in 1944.

I soon learned I couldn’t rely on the internet for my research, nor modern-day history books, movies, or Hollywood films. I felt like I had one foot in modern pop culture and one foot in a watered-down version of the past.

My Grandmother and my Amish friends were instrumental in helping me to feel the history.

Through my experiences, I learned that the mind-set, emotions, and needs of the populace of the 1800 and 1900s versus modern-day people of 2000s were polar opposites!

What my Grandmother knew to be true and I what I now know about her generation was dissimilar. I understand that this century’s generation is ‘the enlightened generation’ but I want my readers to experience a feeling of entering a time capsule. I decided not to watch any show or read any books dated from the 1960s forward.

History books published before 1959 gave me insight, as did old newspaper clippings, and interviews. I felt the nostalgia of our forebears as I leafed through these books and newspaper clippings.

Vivid words and pictures of the southern plantation life, and Rough Riders on their faithful steeds encouraged my imagination. The cavalry of the Great War, the silent films of the Roaring 20s burned into my imagination. Glenn Miller’s rise to fame and the exploits of our determined World War II infantry inspired me.

The typical American did not cherish modern conveniences. Their family, however, was a vital part of their existence. When I wrote history books for Arcadia, I learned that the first settlers that came to Lapeer County in Michigan came for their Christian values. They built schools because they wanted their children to learn how to read The Holy Bible!

Scripture verses were as common as everyday language in the 1800s and on up through the 1940s. Families recorded their marriages, births, baptisms, and deaths within their Holy Bible.

Below is a short synopsis of each novel:

Wilted Dandelions (a stand-alone). The story unfolds during the Second Great Awakening in 1837. High-spirited Rachael Rothburn doesn’t need a husband. She wants to travel out west as a missionary to the Native Americans. Jonathan Wheaton desires the same. They agree on a marriage of convenience. In the process of co-existing, they discover God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities.

Wilted Dandelions

Book 1: Swept into Destiny. Maggie Gatlan is a Southern belle who’s a rebel disguised in frilly clothes. She is secretly educating the slaves. Ben McConnell is a proud Irish immigrant who is hired to dredge out the Gatlan’s snake-infested swampland. An unexpected chain of events leads Maggie into choosing where her loyalties lie when Civil War erupts—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South?

Amazon: Swept into Destiny

Book 2, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Collina McConnell promises her father that his legacy for Shushan will continue. Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help, and Collina’s heart has a will of its own. War calls Franklin to the shores of Cuba. She finds herself tangled in a web of deception and greed when a vindictive lawyer places the family in peril. Will Franklin return in time?

Amazon: Destiny’s Whirlwind

Here is a link to a special bonus chapter that ties Swept into Destiny and Destiny’s Whirlwind together!

http://www.crossrivermedia.com/Destiny-2-Chapter-Bonus.pdf

Book 3, Destiny of Heart As 1917 arrives, Ruby McConnell Muir leaves her kindred for the prairies of Colorado with her husband and child. Back home, Ruby’s sister, Collina, battles to save not only Shushan, but her own life as well. The Great War and the Great Depression change not only the nation’s borders, but theirs. Each yearns for contentment. Will their legacy of their mustard seed of faith see them through?

Book 4, Waltz with Destiny releasing summer, 2019. The offspring of the Great Depression awaken into the Big Band Era of eloquent ballrooms and frivolous gaiety. Across the ocean Hitler is awakening his youth to the idea of a “Master Race.” Esther Meir can’t halt America from entering World War II, but love was different… That is until Eric Erhardt waltzes into her life. What starts as a frolic ends in a battle for survival, heaven or hell, a heartbeat away.

I will give away a book of your choice, either an e-book or a print. (Please note: for readers outside of the United States, I can only do an e-book.)

What is your favorite part about faith-based historical romance?

About the Author:

Catherine is the award-winning author of the faith-based historical romance Wilted Dandelions. Her new Destiny series begins with Swept into Destiny. The second of her four-book Destiny series is Destiny’s Whirlwind, followed by, Destiny of Heart. The fourth book, Waltz into Destiny, will release this summer. She has written two pictorial history books: Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books; Baker Books, Revell; CrossRiver Publishers; and Bethany House.

She enjoys swimming and horseback riding. She lives in Addison Township, Michigan, with her husband and their Arabian horses. Her children grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

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I write stories of His Story Through The Ages that offer tales of hope and redemption.

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  1. If I had to chose a book, I’d chose the stand alone book, Wiltec Dandelions.
    What I like best about historical fiction, is the ability through the story to live in another time period. It can spark interest in a particular time period to possibly cause life style changes in the reader.

  2. I love reading historicals. This sounds like a wonderful time spanning series. Swept Into Destiny sounds like a great story I would enjoy.

    • Thank you! I try to give my readers insight regarding historical facts that are not always found in history books. For instance, the Irish Brigade which made up of five regiments of Irish immigrants! three from the Union and two from the Confederacy! I don’t want to spoil the interesting facts you’ll fine in Swept into Destiny, but you will acquire a much-loved romantic experience as well a interesting facts!

  3. I enjoy reading about different eras.

  4. Lual Krautter 

    In CF Historical Romance, I think what I enjoy the most is reading about a different era, and especially learning about the culture back then, plus appreciating the emphasis on manners, and Christian values. Thank you for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy of Destiny of Heart by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield! Thanks, again!

  5. Thank you Lual Krautter for your interest in my Destiny Series! You have a kindred spirit which I can totally relate to. Hence, the reason for my desire to product a time-tunnel experience to my readers to enjoy!

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Friday Fellowship with Heartwings!

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Good morning. Welcome to another exciting Friday Fellowship/Author Interview. This morning one of our Heart”wings” sister/authors, Christian author, Catherine Ulrich Brakefield, is with us! Cathy is offering a GIVEAWAY to one commenter, so stay tuned for more details. I know you’re as excited as I am, so let’s get started.

Good morning, Catherine. Tell us about yourself.

Gail Johnson brings an interview and giveaway with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield to the HeartWings Blog.I’m a grandmother enjoying my second installment of grandkids, a soon-to-be one-year-old and a just-turned-four-year-old! I’m a sucker for happy endings. I’ve been married to the same man now for over forty-five years.

I love everything outdoors, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, and cutting grass. I prefer mucking out stalls to cleaning my house. I usually watch television with a bowl of popcorn in my lap or a book.

Speaking about books, I have a new one coming out in October! Book 3 of the Destiny series, Destiny of Heart. Like its name implies, this book is emotionally packed with many of the characters you have already met in Book 2, Destiny’s Whirlwind, and Book 1, Swept into Destiny.

I’m so excited for you! Congratulations on the new book. Now, tell us a little about the characters in the Destiny Series.

Swept into Destiny

Gail Johnson brings an interview and giveaway with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at HeartWings BlogBen McConnell in Swept into Destiny is a proud Irish immigrant who takes on a life-threatening job in Tennessee during the year 1857, and meets Maggie Gatlan. Maggie is a rebel disguised in frilly clothes and detests her Southern Belle image. She prefers riding astride rather than sidesaddle and refuses to allow her countrymen to dictate to her conscience.

 

Destiny’s Whirlwind

Gail Johnson brings an interview and giveaway with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at HeartWings BlogIn Book 2, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Collina McConnell, daughter of Ben and Maggie, strives to keep the family estate, Shushan, running and profitable. The parable of the sower in Luke 8:5 takes on new meaning for Collina when her life choices become as interchangeable as the rocky and thorny soil beneath her shoes. She knows Rough Rider Franklin Long was placed in her life at such a time as this. He claims the key to her heart, but when war takes him to the shores of Cuba, she is left to wonder if he’ll return.

Destiny of Heart

Gail Johnson brings an interview and giveaway with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at HeartWings BlogIn Destiny of Heart, tragedy and faith collide as 1917 arrives. Collina’s sister Ruby and her husband, Stephen, leave home and family behind for the prairies of Colorado. Back home, Collina battles to save not only Shushan, but her own life as well. Franklin Long realizes he lost what money couldn’t buy. Is it too late to make right his failings?

Each yearns for contentment. But life has other plans… Will their legacy of faith help them persevere through the tattered fields of their life choices?

You have my attention! They all sound like interesting reads. Tell us, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I dreamed about it, but never thought I could be a novelist. In 1976, I won a trip to the Decision School of Christian Writing. Here I was, pregnant with my first child, at this conference with over a hundred other hopefuls.

Two months after my daughter was born, my grandmother needed a place to live. Little did I know I was now enrolled in God’s School of Christian Learning. From those years Gran lived with my family, the inspiration of this Destiny saga evolved, and the idea of writing faith-based historical novels formed.

Wilted Dandelions

Gail Johnson brings an interview and giveaway with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at HeartWings BlogIn my first book with CrossRiver Media Group, I wrote about a missionary traveling west to witness to the Native Americans about Jesus. About the time Wilted Dandelions went into print, I met my agent Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency. He landed me a four-book contract with CrossRiver’s Tamara Clymer. Needless to say, I was thrilled! I loved working with her. I consider CrossRiver the best publishing house in the country.

The blessings just kept on coming. Debra Butterfield is a former Marine Corps drill sergeant (no, not really). She is a former Marine and that training and discipline serve her well as an editor. She hung up her boots for a keyboard. With her as my critic, coach, and awesome encourager, I know my books are the best they can be!

It’s amazing how God always sends the right person at the right time. What a blessing. Last question. Is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with?

I was immersed in diapers, bottles, Gran’s ailments and doctor visits. I figured God had something else planned for me to do than writing. I placed my trust in Him, followed His lead, and ended up here.

Proverbs 3:5,6 most always appears after my book signature. Why? Because I learned by trusting God, He never closes a door without opening a window. His window of opportunity that He alone can find the latch to open!

You are so right, Cathy. Readers, here’s an excerpt of Book 3, Cathy’s latest release.

Destiny of Heart ~ Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Stephen avoided her eyes…

“What’s wrong?” Ruby said.

He pulled her toward the dance floor. “Till We Meet Again” hummed in the distance of Ruby’s tumultuous thoughts. The lyrics sent a sudden chill through her body. “Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu…”

Ruby realized she’d been too wrapped up in her pity-me world to see clearly the strained expression of pain on Stephen’s face…

He placed a gentle finger to her lips and whispered in her ear, “I’m fine, Ruby, really, just a little tired. Enjoy this dance with me, and don’t worry, my love…There is more to think of than ourselves. Our children need us to be strong and to plan for their futures.”
She stifled her cry.

Noting this, he soothed his voice. “‘Far better it is to dare mighty things…even though checkered by failure…’ In this twilight of my years, remember that my victory over this quintessential life—is Jesus. No matter what happens, remember this when you think of me. I have fought a good fight; I have finished the course God has laid before me and I have kept the faith. If the time of my departure is at hand—”

“Stephen—” Pools of tears escaped her eyes. She nodded and swept the wetness off her cheeks with the back of her hand.

The dancers who glided beneath the moon’s glow conjured a faintly whimsical appearance. The reality of her predicament drew her eyes toward the heavens. The stars sparkling in the velvet night shone down with startling clarity. As clear as day, Ruby thought, thinking of Stephen.

Gail Johnson brings an interview and giveaway with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield at HeartWings Blog

Catherine Ulrich Brakefield Bio:

Catherine says “my readers inspire my writing.” She is the author of five faith-based historical romances: Wilted Dandelions, and the four-book Destiny series, Swept into DestinyDestiny’s WhirlwindDestiny of Heart and Waltz with Destiny, due out spring of 2019. She has also written two pictorial history books: Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

She enjoys swimming and horseback riding and lives in Addison Township, Michigan, with her husband, Edward, and their Arabian horses. Now that her children are grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

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Question Time

Have you ever been enrolled in God’s School of Christian Learning?

Readers, Cathy is offering a giveaway of Book 2, Destiny’s Whirlwind to one commenter. Please be sure to answer the question in order to be entered for a chance to win. The giveaway will be open for commenting through Tuesday, October 16th. I will post the name of the winner on Wednesday, October 17th.

News about my Latest Release!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

I’m here with Leslie McKee on her blog:

https://lmckeeediting.blogspot.com/2018/08/takeover-thursday-with-catherine.html

Takeover Thursday with Catherine Brakefield … and a GIVEAWAY!

Cathy holding Destiny's Whirlwind

Catherine is here to share a bit about her series, as well as her latest release. She’s offered to give away a hard copy of the Destiny’s Whirlwind (US – winner’s choice of hard copy or ebook; International – ebook) . You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends August 30, 2018. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I’ll contact you.)  Here’s Catherine…

Looking back, I can see the hand of God orchestrating the events leading up my writing career. My grandmother came to visit us often. She eventually moved in with my husband, children, and me and lived with us for twelve years. Then Gran left our home to live with Jesus.

My children and I would listen to Gran’s southern down-home dialect and my imagination would form the pictures she drew with her words. I visualized the gypsies perched upon their tall wagon seats, driving their horses down the dusty road in front of Gran’s home. Heard the taffeta gowns rustle in the night breezes, the gigot sleeves adorning the slender shoulders of the ladies that depicted the Gibson Era.

Gran inspired the Destiny series and encouraged my dream. My purpose in writing is to spread the truth about our Christian-American heritage.

The word of God is the sword of the spirit. As our former Christian-Judeo Americans learned, I want my readers armed and equipped to persevere throughout this cyber age. I sprinkle Bible verses through my stories sort of like what you do when you salt your food. I find it adds just the right flavor! “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

My four-book series can each be read as a standalone. The series begins in 1857, during the Antebellum Era. I do extensive research. My readers attain historical knowledge not acquired within with the walls of higher learning! This series transports readers through the Civil War, Gibson Era, Spanish-American War, World War I, Great Depression, the Big Band Era, and climaxes through World War II.

This epic did not arrive without conflict. I often prayed, arguing with God! I wanted my characters to be the perfect individuals I wanted in myself, my husband, and my children. God let me know—that was not His plan.

Swept-Cover small

For instance Ben McConnell in Swept into Destiny is a proud Irish immigrant who is determined not to give up in spite of hunger and deprivation that haunts his steps. He has a distaste for the English and rich landowners of Ireland and America. However, because of his unshakeable faith in Jesus, his feet are firmly planted on the narrow road. Because of the three mustard seeds his father brought from Ireland, he claims Matthew 17:20  “…if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed…nothing will be impossible.” Maggie Gatlan is both English and a rich Southern belle. She’s a rebel disguised in frilly clothes and prefers riding astride rather than side saddle. She refuses to allow her countrymen to dictate to her conscience. Ben’s and Maggie’s journeys delve deeply into the truth about faith and devotion.

Destiny's Whirlwind Final

In Destiny’s Whirlwind, Collina McConnell doesn’t understand her father’s passion toward their estate.  Ben McConnell wasn’t materialistic. Just what was the mystery behind his legacy for Shushan?  The parable of the sower in Luke 8:5 takes on new meaning when Collina’s life choices become as interchangeable as the rocky and thorny soil beneath her shoes. All she has to hold onto is her father’s mustard seed of faith. She realizes that Rough Rider Franklin Long was placed in her life at such a time as this. War is declared and he leaves. Will he return from the wave-tossed shores of Cuba to resolve his battles? Or remain in the dark reaches of his past?

Destiny of Heart - Cover

 

In Destiny of Heart, Ruby McConnell leaves her kindred for the prairies of Colorado with her devoted husband and her seven-month-old child. She is nicknamed by friends and foes alike as “a holy roller.” She clings to the Word of God for strength and hope.  Confusion and uncertainty hover around her like the dust storms, rattlesnakes, and droughts, consuming her energy and weakening her resolve. The Great War and the Great Depression change not only the nation’s borders, but hers… Was her husband right about Buck Briggs; is he God’s choice and their last hope?

Yes, my characters are flawed, some more than others. I obeyed God and by writing of my characters’ failures, I witnessed—the love of an unfailing God!

Book blurbs…

Swept into Destiny Book 1: “One Brave Decision Leads to Serious Consequences.” The story begins in Tennessee, during the Antebellum Era. Despite the repercussions of a hangman’s noose, Maggie Gatlan secretly educates the slaves at Spirit Wind Manor. She meets Ben McConnell, an Irish immigrant who was hired to dredge out their snake-infested swampland. Civil War erupts, Maggie must choose. Conscience and consequence—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South?

Amazon – Swept into Destiny

Destiny’s Whirlwind, Book 2; “If Ye Have Faith… Empowers a Young Woman’s Heart.” Bound by her word, Collina McConnell must uphold the Shushan legacy of their Kentucky estate. Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help. War is declared and he leaves for Cuba. A disgruntled in-law and a vindictive lawyer place the family into life’s tangled web of deception and greed. Collina fights to keep her promise to her father. Esther 8:6 holds new insight for her; “How can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?”

Here is a link to a special bonus chapter which ties Swept into Destiny and Destiny’s Whirlwind together!

http://www.crossrivermedia.com/Destiny-2-Chapter-Bonus.pdf

Amazon – Destiny’s Whirlwind

Destiny of Heart Book 3: (releases October 30) In 1917, America enters the Great War with spirits high. Then unforeseeable circumstances plunge the country and the McConnell’s into a battle for survival: Collina is desperate to save her marriage and fulfill her promise to her father. Ruby prays for courage and wisdom in deciding the course of her life in a heart-wrenching decision of love… Will the McConnell’s persevere through the tattered fields of their life choices and remain true to Shushan’s legacy?

I will give away one hard copy of Destiny’s Whirlwind or e-book in US/e-book only for international.

Excerpt from Destiny’s Whirlwind…

As Collina rode to the cornfield, the sunset radiated the western sky with pale pinks, golden yellows, and gentle pearls through a sheer veil of white, like a bride before her groom. The cornfield, stripped of its green foliage and fruit, stretched out as dejected as she felt. The only thing live here was the occasional squirrel hustling acorns. She turned to leave. A neigh from her horse told her she was not alone. Where was he? From out of the shadowed trees rode Franklin.

Snatching a deep breath, she hoped to steady the rapid beating of her heart. “It was you, wasn’t it, who bought Proud Lady?”

“Yes, it was I.”

The saucy smell of horseflesh and wet bark assaulted her nose. She squinted for a better look at him. The mists rose from the damp earth and mingled with their sultry breaths. He laid his arm across his saddle horn and watched her like a wary warrior might.

Bio…

Catherine is an award-winning author of faith-based historical romance Wilted Dandelions. Her new Destiny series begins with Swept into Destiny. The second of her four-book Destiny series Destiny’s Whirlwind released this past spring. Destiny of Heart will release October 30.

She has written two pictorial history books: Images of AmericaThe Lapeer Area, and Images of AmericaEastern Lapeer County

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Her short stories have been published in Guidepost BooksBaker BooksRevell; CrossRiver Publishers; Bethany House.

She enjoys swimming and horseback riding. She lives in Addison Township, Michigan, with her husband and their Arabian horses. Her children, grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

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A clean Historical Romance author!!

Cathy holding Destiny's Whirlwind

Hello, readers! I have an author for you to meet today that you will adore! A clean Historical Romance author!! I am always excited to introduce you to new authors, but I can’t help but be a little bit partial to my favorite genre. Author Catherine Ulrich Brakefield is here to talk about her Destiny Series. And I can’t wait for you to meet her. So, without further ado, let’s move on…

Welcome, Catherine! And thanks for joining us today. First, can you tell us a little about your novel?

Destiny’s Whirlwind is the second book of the four-book faith-based Destiny series: Collina McConnell is thrust from adolescence to adulthood as she promises her father she will manage their estate, but her father dies before disclosing the mystery behind his legacy for Shushan. Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help, and suddenly Collina’s heart has a will of its own. Does he feel the same for her? War is declared, and he leaves for the Cuban shoreline. He holds the key to her heart, but will he return?

I like the premise! Of course, Historical Romance is my favorite genre. So you have definitely piqued my interest. If you can, tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Because Destiny’s Whirlwind is part of a series, Swept into Destiny is the first book of the series. I shall supply a special Bonus Chapter to anyone who asks for this to go along with Destiny’s Whirlwindhttp://www.crossrivermedia.com/Destiny-2-Chapter-Bonus.pdf

Swept into Destiny is about an Irish Immigrant named Ben McConnell and a southern belle named Maggie Gatlan.

Collina McConnell is Ben and Maggie’s daughter and the story begins just before the Spanish-American war in 1898. In Destiny’s Whirlwind, the McConnells have just come through battling smallpox.

You’re not making me want this series less 🙂 I am super intrigued now! Would you share the more historically significant events behind your story?

During the late 1800s up to around 1906 this time in America was much like the Victorian Era in Europe. This was America’s “coming out” era for women, so to speak, as portrayed by Charles Dana Gibson’s interpretation of this time in his Gibson Girl.

Roosevelt’s Rough Riders were volunteers and didn’t have a regimented uniform when the Spanish American War began. Because of the Rough Rider’s heroic exploits, they became the forerunner of the Great War’s cavalry unit in 1917.

Love those historical tidbits! What was the inspiration for your novel?

My grandmother inspired Destiny’s Whirlwind and the Destiny series. I never knew that the Irish immigrant often did the work that the slaves were too valuable to do. I had heard little about the Spanish-American War in school. It was my grandmother who drew my attention to that era. I never heard about the Gibson Era until Gran told me about the large sleeves and taffeta skirts that rustled when you walked.

Gran told me stories about her family, their determination to keep Shushan (a fictitious name) and about her eldest sister who drove a team of six white horses and managed the farm after their father had died unexpectedly.

So neat! I, too, have a novel with pieces inspired by my grandparents. It’s very sweet.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I became serious about writing after I won a contest to go to the Billy Graham School for Christian Writers. That was back in the summer of 1976. I remember the year, because I was pregnant with my daughter then. That autumn my grandmother came to live with us after her son had died. My daughter was two months old at the time.

That sounds like a lot going on at one time!

I love what we as writers can glean from other writers intuitively through reading… What are you currently reading?

I’m reading a contemporary fiction by Cindy Ervin Huff, New Duet.

I really love this book. It’s about Isabella Wilson who’s a guilt-ridden widow and Dan Sweeney, a disabled veteran.

She was on my blog just a few weeks ago. That storyline touched me too. I live in a military town and come from a military family (my grandfather was career military). The wounded warrior character is a personal read here.

Do you have a favorite time of day to write? What about a favorite place?

I like to get my outside ranch chores done. Haha, maybe not full fledge ranch, but close. We have four Arabian horses, two dogs, four cats and eight chickens. After they are taken care of I’m ready to sit down and do some serious writing on my computer. I like to write in my study where it is quiet.

You sure do have your hands full…full of good things, though!

Do you have any current projects you’re working on? Care to share?

I’m so glad you asked! I have just completed book three of the Destiny series, A Destiny of Heart. This should be released sometime in October of this year.

A Destiny of Heart is a handshake away from Destiny’s Whirlwind. My characters and their life choices are vividly real, and I feel that is why many of my readers totally relate to this Destiny series.

Thank you so much for being on the blog and sharing about your books and your inspiration! I look forward to my readers learning a little more about the series in the following information. And, readers, there will be details of a giveaway at the end of the post. Don’t miss it!!Swept-Cover small

Swept into Destiny

One brave decision leads to serious consequences. Maggie is secretly educating the slaves at Spirit Wind Manor. But the manor’s serenity is soon threatened by abolitionist John Brown. A new republic looms on the horizon and with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, her countrymen’s anger escalates as secession spreads across the southern states. With the fires of civil war glowing on the horizon, Maggie is swept into its embers realizing she is in love with the manor’s hardworking, handsome Irishman Ben McConnell.

Ben joins the Union Army and Maggie is forced to call him her

enemy. An unexpected chain of events lea

ds her into choosing where her loyalties lie. Conscience and conseque

nce—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South? As the battle between North and South rages, Maggie is torn. Was Ben right? Had this Irish immigrant perceived the truth of what God had predestined for America?  Destiny's Whirlwind Final

Destiny’s Whirlwind

Collina McConnell is thrust from adolescence to adulthood as she promises her dying father she will manage their estate, but her father dies before disclosing the mystery behind his legacy for Shushan. Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help, and suddenly Collina’s heart has a will of its own. Does he feel the same for her? War is declared, and he leaves for the Cuban shoreline. He holds the key to her heart, but will he return? A disgruntled in-law and a vindictive lawyer place the McConnell clan in the clutches of life’s tangled web of deception and greed. As Collina fights to keep her promise to her father, the words of Esther 8:6 ring in her thoughts. “How can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people?”

Enjoy an Excerpt

“Come, child.” Maggie rose tiredly from the large Bentwood. “Death never waits on convenience.”

“Pa?” Collina bent low toward the still form.

Her father’s eyes opened, fluttering for a moment. His lips worked their way into a crooked grin. “You got that hay and grain from the McWilliams okay?”

“With the usual measure of trouble thrown in.”

His lips creased into a smile. “It’s the pepper sprinkled on our table meat that gives it flavor. What’s the date? Are we still in February or—”

“No, Father, it’s March and would you believe, I just rode our whites through what felt like a blizzard.”

“It’ll not last. Hard times never do…Hardened people…nursed on God’s Word…endure. Collina, above all, ye must take up the armor…the shield of faith…to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one…”

Buy Links

Amazon – Swept into Destiny

Amazon – Destiny’s Whirlwind

More About the Author

Catherine says, “My readers inspire my writing!”

Catherine is an award-winning author of faith-based historical romance Wilted Dandelions. Her new Destiny series begins with Swept into Destiny. The second of her four-book Destiny series Destiny’s Whirlwind released this past spring. A Destiny of Heart will release this autumn.

She has written two pictorial history books: Images of AmericaThe Lapeer Area, and Images of AmericaEastern Lapeer County.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost BooksBaker BooksRevell; CrossRiver Publishers; Bethany House.

She enjoys swimming and horseback riding. She lives in Addison Township, Michigan, with her husband and their Arabian horses. Her children, grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

Connect with Catherine and her books

https://www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CatherineUlrichBrakefield/

Blog: Hopes, Hearts,& Hoofbeats https://catherineulrichbrakefield.wordpress.com/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/CUBrakefield

https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-brakefield-4710b315/detail/recent-activity/shares/

 

GIVEAWAY!!

Catherine Ulrich Brakefield is offering a copy of Destiny’s Whirlwind, the first book in the series, to one (1) winner, chosen by Rafflecopter (Continental United States only.) Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter to enter, please.

Meet me at Beadifferent Boutique

Beadifferent20180622_143211Have some time out fun to enjoy a day of camaraderie, good reading, and great deals! Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30th from noon to 3 p.m. at Beadifferent Boutique located on 7 North Washington St., Oxford, Michigan.

I shall:

  • Talk about my latest book Destiny’s Whirlwind.
  • Provide a bonus chapter with every Destiny’s Whirlwind
  • Give you the inside scope about what inspired the Destiny series.
  • And you’ll get a sneak preview of the next book in the series, A Destiny of Heart.

Enjoy a nostalgic walk down memory lane while snacking and shopping!

Most items in Beadifferent Boutique are marked  fifty per cent off! So don’t delay! Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect. Isn’t this little Time Out Chair darling? It is complete with timer:

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Here is what my wonderful readers are saying about:

Destiny’s Whirlwind                               Bound by her word–

Destiny's Whirlwind Final“… I really, really enjoyed this book. It touched my heart and I got all emotional. The descriptions of the settings, surroundings and feelings were phenomenal.

The development of the story and characters were wonderful. It is definitely worth your money and time to buy and read this book.”

Sue

 

Swept into Destiny

One Brave Decision leads…To Serious Consequences…  

“This book weaves a tapestry of the struggle for survival for  Irish immigrants with the Swept-Cover smallsetting of the Pre-Civil War.

I loved the beautiful romance of Ben and Maggie and the choices they make to follow their conscience. Full of action and beautiful word pictures painted by the author.

Great historical fiction with a Christian message. A must read! ”    Dee Smith

 

 

Wilted Dandelions

The Second Great Awakening has stirred Her soul

“Catherine’s book was a delight to read, both because of its historical significance, and faith, as well as her ability to bring her characters to life.

I felt as though I was right beside them living their journey. I’m

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looking forward to a sequel as she left so much room for more stories to be told.” Teri Stiles