Destiny’s Whirlwind

The second book of the Destiny series, Destiny’s Whirlwind is scheduled for release on April 17. You can imagine my joy on seeing this wonderful article written by Elise Shire of The Oxford leader!

Local author ready to release sixth novel

Cathy holding Destiny's Whirlwind
An award-winning Addison Township author is preparing to release her sixth novel.

Brakefield’s latest contribution to the literary world is entitled “Destiny’s Whirlwind” and it’s the second part of a thrilling four-part series. The novel is set to be released on April 17 through CrossRiver Media Group.

Destiny's whirlwind coverAccording to a recent press release, “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 [the estate].

“Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help, and suddenly, Collina’s heart has a will of its own . . . War is declared, and he leaves for the Cuban shoreline. He holds the key to her heart, but will he return?”

The events within the novel, which is a historical romance, take place just before the Spanish-American war and span through 1898.

According to Brakefield, the struggles which the McConnell family faces throughout the Destiny series mirror the struggles and perserverance which have been shown by past generations of American leaders, like former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

“History, and historical romances, are really about the past shaping our future. I think that is what my Destiny series portrays,” said Brakefield.

“It begins in the Antebellum era in the 1850s and it’s going to carry us all the way through . . . after World War II. It shows us that each generation peppers (its) wisdom upon the next generation. The people who lived in the past, they helped (transform) this nation into what it’s become. Those American leaders throughout our history (demonstrate) courage and wisdom … It really shows us how we survived, despite all odds.”

She added that she hopes her upcoming novel will help inspire readers to face life’s challenges with similar fortitude.

“We’re sinners, but we’re willing to repent. Life may knock us down but, like the McConnells, we never quit,” said Brakefield of her upcoming faith-based fiction. “Our nation was founded by Christians. As long as we keep praying, God’s going to keep helping us through our ordeals.”

Brakefield is set to hold book signings at Beadifferent Boutique (7 North Washington St.) in downtown Oxford on May 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. and at the Addison Township Public Library (1400 Rochester Rd.) in Lakeville on May 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Brakefield will be featured on Write Stuff Radio Station with Parker J. Cole on April 24. She will also host book signings at Hidden Treasures in Altoona, Iowa on April 26; at Grace Central Church, Omaha, Nebraska on April 28; at Faith Book Store in Flint May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.; and at Shiawassee District Library in Owosso, MI on May 10.

Brakefield is also the author of the faith-based historical romances “The Wind of Destiny” and “Wilted Dandelions,” which received two awards. She has written two pictorial history books: Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

Upon release, “Destiny’s Whirlwind” will be available on and at To learn more about Brakefield and her previous works, visit


This Mother’s Day give Mom a present she can continuously reopen. Here are a few great places to find that special gift.

Beadifferent Boutique. Located on 7 North Washington St. in downtown Oxford.  I will be there on May 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Faith Book Store; 4463 Miller Rd.  in Flint. I will be there on May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m

I look forward to seeing all my friends in Iowa again so don’t forget:

Hidden Treasures;  100 8th St. SE F; Altoona, Iowa 50009 on April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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