Destiny Saga Reaches a Page-Turning Conclusion!

As Hitler and his Nazis march across Europe… The final book of my Destiny series is here! Waltz with Destiny picks up where Destiny of Heart left off, and follows the Ben McConnell legacy.

2 Destiny 4 -Waltz with Destiny Front coverWaltz with Destiny begins in August of 1941. Esther Meir and her mother are back in Detroit. They are struggling to make ends meet. As Hitler wages war with Europe, the Big Band Era and the affluence of the age have Esther’s head in a whirl.

Eric Erhardt works as a junior engineer and attends college in the evenings. His life would change for the worst if America enters Europe’s war. He meets Esther Meir, this gorgeous brunette, one evening at the Vanity. But is he ready to abandon his playboy ways for her?

Here is a list of my June appearances:

Tune in to the Voice of Lapeer, Michigan, WMPC Gospel Radio at 9 a.m. on May 30th for an inside look about how Waltz with Destiny, the final book of the Destiny saga, evolved to fruition. Greg’s interviews are always energized and educational and packed with fun!

The Write Stuff with Parker J. Cole will host me on her Blog Talk Radio Show on June 4th at 7 p.m. You won’t want to miss this experience with the queen of Blog Talk Radio! Parker brings her enthusiasm in triple proportion that is totally contagious!

I will be signing books on D-Day! June 6, 6:30-8 p.m. at Addison Township Public Library located at 1400 Rochester Rd., Leonard, MI. Desserts and beverages provided. A short, twenty-minute presentation of photos and memorabilia of my dad’s war years as a rifleman in the 34th Red Bull Division will be provided. Come herald in the new birth of Waltz with Destiny with me and find out why Dad’s company’s logo “To the Last Man” became such an instrumental part of this final chapter of this epic series!

June 8th I will be at Faith Christian Stores located on 4463 Miller Rd., Flint, MI. Noon to 3 p.m. This is a destination location and a wonderful place to visit, browse, and buy! Don’t miss seeing what this wonderful store can give to discreet and devoted shoppers.

June 12th I will be at Marguerite deAngeli Branch (Lapeer District Library) located at 921 West Nepessing St. Lapeer, MI, 6 to 8 p.m. I will provide a 40-minute presentation that includes pictures and memorabilia of my dad’s war years as a rifleman in the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division traveling up the boot of Italy during World War 2. Time for questions and answers will follow.

 June 23, 12-3 p.m., at Lakepoint Community Church, 1550 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford, MI. I will have my table set up outdoors by the lake. The outdoor service begins at 10:30 a.m. so bring your family along to drink up God’s Word and some fun in the sun!

If you are an avid Facebook fan, come to my Celebration Christian Sweet-n-Clean Book Launch on June 26. Plenty of give-a-ways will be provided to the lucky winners!

Here is what readers are saying about Waltz into Destiny:

Waltz with Destiny, the fourth book in Catherine Ulrich Brakefield’s Destiny series, grabbed me by the heart and wouldn’t let go. Every word captured my attention as the relationship between Esther Meir and Eric Erhardt unfolded on the brink of World War II. And I loved the suspenseful and well-crafted twists, turns, and vivid war scenes. They left me reading nonstop while biting my nails. Catherine’s lovely prose, sense of humor, and historical accuracy deliver an unmistakable wow factor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and/or history.— Deb Gardner Allard AKA Taylor Jaxon, author of Before the Apocalypse.

Catherine paints a vivid picture of American in wartime in Waltz with Destiny… The love story of Eric and Esther is full of faith and old fashion values. The battle scenes are realistic, and the home front scenes are believable. The characters make mistakes we can all relate too. A wonderful history-comes-alive story.— Cindy Ervin Huff, multi-award-winning author

Fans of historical romance will want Brakefield’s Waltz with Destiny. This final book of her Destiny series once again delivers romance, but not romance neatly tied up with a bow, for Brakefield’s characters must live through the gritty realities of World War 2 and other challenges of those years before they can find their destiny.— Rick Barry, author of The Methuselah Project

I hope to see you at one of these many events for this exciting climax to our three-year Destiny saga journey together!

Please spread the news. Feel free to print off this flyer. Write in the name of the book signing closest to you, time, and date. Don’t see a book signing near you? Please contact me at Cathy@CatherineUlrichBrakefield.com and we will set one up. Thank you for helping me spread the Good News of God’s unbelievable blessings! And please forward this e-mail to friends and family that might be interested, too!

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JUNE 2! JOIN FRANKLIN GRAHAM IN PRAYER FOR OUR PRESIDENT!

Special Day of Prayer For The President
Dear Friend,

Franklin GrahamAlong with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.

President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.

This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.

We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2–3, NKJV).

On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day.

Would you please join us in prayer and tell others so that we can have as many people as possible praying?

Sincerely,

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Franklin Graham
President,
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
& Samaritan’s Purse

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
—Ephesians 6:12, NKJV

Author Spotlight — Catherine Brakefield ( + GIVEAWAY )

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Today I’m happy to welcome author Catherine Brakefield for an author spotlight. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.

What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write?

I like to awake before anyone else, sip my coffee and reflect. I reflect on memories of special days. For instance, Mother’s Day.

As a young girl, I experienced some interesting May 10th holidays which, at the time, I never dreamt would make it into the pages of Destiny of Heart (Book 3 of the series).

During a monumental time in my life, I had the thrill of having three uniquely different mothers celebrating Mother’s Day beneath one roof. My mother who lived in Warren, Michigan; Gran, my mother’s mother; and Grandma, my father’s mother. My inspiration for my characters who portray my mothers in Destiny of Heart

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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!

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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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About historythrutheages

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

Posted on January 31, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  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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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.