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What do those words mean to you?

President Trump declared that March 1 would begin the Irish-American Heritage Month 2018, and stated, “We celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month and the tremendous role Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the development of our great Nation.”

Through my mother’s and grandmother’s wise teachings, I learned about the Irish immigrants who flooded the harbors of New York during the 1840s and ’50s. Little did I know that this knowledge would inspire my novel Swept into Destiny.

I am so very grateful for my reviewers, who have become my faithful friends to share my stories to, and their comments are always a blessing to me :

Swept into Destiny is a wonderful historical romance that gives the reader a glimpse into the Irish immigrants in the Civil War.” Award-winning author Cindy Ervin Huff goes on to write, “Ben McConnell is a wonderful character who portrays the best of the Irish spirit and Maggie Gatlin the heart of Southern charity. Catherine has captured the determined nature of the Irish. Their perseverance amid extreme difficulties.”

The Irish immigrant, as have many immigrants, persevered through the barriers of poverty and prejudices, accepting work unbefitting the lowest American. Their spirit persevered and pervaded, by their dogmatic faith in God and the American dream.

President Trump, in the Irish Central, goes on to say, “Irish-American Heritage Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the nearly 33 million Americans with Irish ancestry and their tremendous contributions to the betterment of our country.”

I invite you to enjoy a good read for Irish-American month with Swept into Destiny, a historical romance that tells about Irish immigrant Ben McConnell, who fights against unparalleled odds in the swamps of Tennessee, and as a part of the Irish Brigade during the Civil War. He fights to rise above his “unwelcome” status and provides a “living hope” (1Peter 1:3).  Swept-Cover small

As new republic lies ahead with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Southern belle Maggie Gatlan journeys through unimaginable hardships of war and discovers the truth about faith and devotion, and America’s greater cause.  God Bless!

Swept into Destiny is on sale for a limited time.

The above President Trump quotes taken from Irish Central, journalist Frances Mulraney:

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First Line Friday Features Wilted Dandelions

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The book I’m featuring today is Wilted Dandelions by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield.

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“Spinster Rachael picks weeds, hoping someone will pick her.” 

I met this author at our ACFW Great Lakes Chapter meeting in January and decided to read one of her novels. It was time well spent. The characters are well developed and believable. I love that the heroine is strong and self-sufficient, yet vulnerable. The hero is brave and desires to obey God, while dealing with his inner weaknesses in a way that do not diminish him as a man. This novel was hard to put down.

The story takes you on an adventure through the heart of Indian country in the 1800s. Rachael Rothburn’s one desire is to be a missionary and share the love of Jesus with people who have never heard of Him. She sees herself as a spinster and has given up on marriage. Dr. Jonathan Wheaton desires the adventure of going west and, as a believer, would like to use his skill to help people as well as tell them about Jesus. Unfortunately, anyone desiring to join in the expedition must be married, so they agree to a marriage of convenience. On the journey, they battle raging rivers, hostile Indians, and treacherous mountains, while having to deal with ungodly men and women, yet the greatest battles are the ones within themselves. How long will pride and feelings of jealously keep these two from surrendering to God’s perfect plan?

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog or on the Hoarding Books link at the end of the post. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line. You can also click on the title of the book below and it will take you to Amazon so you can see what the book is about and the reviews other readers of shared.

Local author to sign books at Castle in the Sky

Author Catherine Ulrich Brakefield (center) with customers at Faith Christian Bookstore in Flint.

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IMLAY  CITY Local author Catherine Ulrich Brakefield will make an appearance at Castle in the Sky bookstore from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th.

Brakefield will sign her popular faith-based historic novels ‘Wilted Dandelions’ and ‘Swept into Destiny.’

Brakefield says the novels make great holiday gifts, and both stories bridge the gender gap-making them suitable for men and women alike.

“My novels are packed full with facts and informa­tion that oftentimes history teachers and professors rarely touch on,” Brakefield says. “I believe that is the main reason for their popu­larity.

Brakefield spent several years working as reporter and writing features some of them for the Tri-City Times. She’s also the author of historic reference books called ‘The Lapeer Area,’ and ‘Eastern Lapeer Area.’

“I would definitely say those people who love American history inside out enjoy my books,” she says.

“I find school age children ranging from 15 through to college level interested in these books as well as adults.”

Because of the interest, Brakefield’s ‘Swept into Destiny’ is now one of a four part series.

The second in the series — ‘Destiny’s Whirlwind’—will be released in April, 2018. Brakefield says more information about the series will be available at Saturday’s book signing.

She says she’s looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

“I am so excited to do a book signing at the new Castle in the Sky because I enjoy seeing all my friends again and sharing the great news about my most recent book,” she says.

Brakefield also has a tip for holiday shoppers.

“I’d like to tell every­one to buy a present this year that will inspire the heart and enrich the soul, a Christmas gift that can be continuously reopened,” she says.

“A good book, not just ‘Wilted’ or ‘Swept,’ can become a treasured memento that through the course of years and can entertain, inspire, and encourage a loved one. And patronize the family-owned stores, because that is where the heart of America lies. God Bless!”

Castle in the Sky book­store is located at 150 Bancroft Street, behind Gem & Diamond Specialists, downtown. Light refreshments will be served; all are welcome to attend.

For more information visit the website www. CatherineUlrichBrakefield. com for more information and Castleintheskybooks/.



Inspire the Heart and Enrich the Soul!

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Join the celebration on December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

I will be at Faith Christian Store located at 4463 Miller Rd., Flint, Michigan on December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. with my latest inspirational historical romance, Swept into Destiny, this is the first book of my four Destiny series.

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Light refreshments will be served, special gifts, and a destination tour guide will be available of my recent excursion on the research of Swept into Destiny, and my trip out west researching my award-winning novel, Wilted Dandelions.

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Swept into Destiny

One Brave Decision leads…To Serious Consequences…

First book of the four book Destiny series, Swept into Destiny relates the story of Irish immigrant Ben McConnell and his encounter with the spunky Maggie Gatlan. The story opens in 1857 in Tennessee. Maggie is loyal but impetuous, faithful but reckless, and as Civil War sweeps the horizon, she finds herself falling in love with Ben McConnell. Her loyalty to her heritage now holds her heart in bondage and her life in peril…

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The Second Great Awakening has stirred Her soul.

       High-spirited Rachael Rothburn and strong-willed Jonathan Wheaton want to share the salvation message with the Indians. Neither wants a spouse, but agrees on a marriage of convenience. The pair set off for Oregon. In the process of co-existing, they discover God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities.


This Christmas, buy a keepsake that keeps on giving!

Greetings everyone! Grab your coffee and tune in at 9 a.m. November 10th, to Lapeer’s WMPC channel 1230AM on your radio station and hear all about my exciting upcoming events!

I am praying this Thanksgiving and Christmas season will find all my very dear friends and patrons blessed with health, family, and prosperity. Here are some special dates I do not what you to miss out on:

November 11, 2017

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As our thoughts focus on what to buy our special someone on our Christmas list this year, check out the Craft and Vender Show at Christ the King Church located on 1550 W. Drahner Rd. (2 miles west of M-24 Lapeer Rd.) Oxford, Michigan. There will be over fifty vendors, like myself, all supporting the missionary trips.
The event begins at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.






I hope to see you all there!  Bring a friend, or tell someone about this great event.



Anyone live near Lapeer, Michigan? I will be at Marguerite deAngeli Branch of the Lapeer District Library, located on 921 West Nepessing St. on Monday, November 13 at 6 p.m. I shall give a 40 minute presentation consisting of videos, pictures and the towns I visited in the south and give a reading from my latest book Swept into Destiny. I shall also talk about some of the books in the Destiny series. Into Destiny’s Whirlwind will release April of 2018. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

December 2nd
If you are located in the Flint area, please mark your calendars and don’t miss this fun-filled event at the Faith Christian Store located at 4463 Miller Rd, in Flint, Michigan I am planning to be there from 2 to 5 p.m. Kari’s store is a lovely place to find that special someone a wonderful Christmas gift!  I will have some light refreshments and plenty of great books on hand for you to give that certain person a treasured Christmas keepsake!  Check out her great website

December 16th 

If you live in the Eastern Lapeer County area, meet me at Castle in the Sky Bookstore located on 150 Bancroft St. (behind Gem & Diamond) in Imlay City, Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 16. The store has just recently opened, so don’t miss this event! There will be light refreshments available. Come in and enjoy this cozy  oasis snuggled into this small town country setting. The perfect place to do Christmas shopping and enjoy the holiday lights. see

This Christmas, buy your loved ones something that will motivate and encourage. A keepsake that will keep on giving! Swept into Destiny and Wilted Dandelions, kindle version is presently on sale for just .99 cents!

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Verse of the month:
Proverbs 16:3   “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.”

Important Announcement for The Write Stuff Luncheon

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! The Write Stuff luncheon is this Saturday, and we’re looking forward to a fun and informative meeting. However, due to an unexpected illness, CrossRiver Editor Deb L. Butterfield can not attend at this time. So we’ve arranged another top-notch speaker. Meet Cyle Young, who is a multiple-genre award-wining author and a literary agent for Hartline Literary Agency!  Cyle will speak on the pertinent topic “A Literary Agent’s Perspective: Things Today’s Writers Need to Understand.”

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What a great combination: Speakers Stan Williams and Cyle Young, delicious Mexican food, and fellowship with fellow writers. Don’t miss it!