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Thursday, August 23, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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.


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


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 Whirlwind

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

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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.”



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


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



Hopes, Hearts, and Hoofbeats Readers, Cindy Ervin Huff is opening our hearts today!

Award-wining author Cindy Erwin Huff is the founding member of the Aurora, Illinois, chapter of Word Weavers and a member of the ACFW. Over the past forty years her by-line has appeared in numerous publications.Her blog Jubilee Writer offers writing encouragement to all newbies. cindy huff 2016

This week, Cindy will give us a preview of her newest Novell and book, New Duet. So please welcome Cindy Ervin Huff!

Cindy, can you tell us a little about your books?

You’ve read Secrets & Charades, my historical romance about a female doctor who goes west as a mail-order bride. It won the Editor’s Choice Award and placed third in the Maxwell Awards. It will soon be available in audiobook.

There will be sequels in the future.

Cindy Huff Secrets & CharadesJake Marcum’s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love. When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail-order bride seems like a logical solution.

Dr. Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn’t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger. But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long-buried secret, she travels west to become Jake’s wife.

Jake soon realizes Evangeline is more than he bargained for, especially when her arrival causes a stir in the community. As the two try to find their way in a marriage of convenience, their fragile relationship is further tested by cattle rustling and kidnapping. Can their hearts overcome past hurts to create a real marriage?

My latest release is a contemporary romance, New Duet.

Isabella Melinda Wilson has been squeezed into the music ministry model of her Cindy Huff New Duetcontrolling husband’s making. Before she can leave him, he leaves her a guilt-ridden widow. Her mother-in-law is no comfort and presses the guilt button at every turn. Isabella flees to her sister’s home in search of her own identity and a new beginning.

Dan Sweeney has one goal. Be as normal as possible. After losing a leg, some fingers and his self-worth, he needs his service dog Brutus to help keep his PTSD at bay. Career-less and clueless about the future, he struggles to put his life back together.

Isabella isn’t looking for a new relationship and Dan feels unworthy of one. Can these two broken people heal into one whole love?

My newest WIP is a novella (currently untitled) for my Smitten Imprint for Historical Romance. The collection is entitled “The Cowboys.” Linda Yezak, Jennifer Hough Uhlark and Sandra Melville Hart. Three awesome authors in their own right. Such a privilege to work with them. Each of us must create a romance for a cowboy. My novella has twins who’ve inherited a ranch in Kansas from their uncle. The Civil War ended the year before and the two want to rebuild their lives in a new place. When they arrive at the ranch they find a woman there. And a blizzard traps them while they sort out what’s going on, whose who and of course the love connection for one of the twins. It is slated to release in August 2019.

What inspired you to write?

cropped-cindy-huff-new-duet-books.jpgOther than voices in my head creating stories, it was a writing contest in junior high. My seventh-grade teacher entered my short fiction in a contest. I didn’t win or even place, but the die was cast. I continued writing in a variety of areas from journalism, to scripts to short stories for children. Then life happened, children to raise and many other things sidetracked me, but I persevered writing what I could whenever I had time. Then I suffered burnout and I put writing aside for over a decade. At 50 while on a mission trip in the Philippines, God spoke to my heart to pick up my pen again. I laid a fleece before the Lord and he answered it by providing the funds to take a writing course I felt I needed after my ten-year absents from publishing. While taking that course I wrote the first draft of Secrets & Charades. Then I spent the next decade rewriting and honing my writing skills. During that time S & C was rejected about twenty times. Then it won the Editor’s Choice Award and then was contracted by LC publishing. Then I kept on writing. First New Duet, which was picked up by Clean Reads, now the novella for LPC.

Do you find it a challenge to write your new novella, after writing an 85k+ novel?

Absolutely. A novella only has one storyline. There are no subplots and the characters need to be completed and compelling in a fourth of the words. It is quite the challenge. I’m a panster, so I need to complete the first draft before I can do any serious rewrites. I don’t do charts or detailed outlines. My characters evolve with each rewrite until I am sure they’re telling me all I should know about them. Lots harder in fewer words.

Your wonderful novel, Secrets & Charades is coming out as an audio soon. What does the process entail?

Cindy Huff Audio SecretsI had fun auditioning narrators. I heard five different people read from my novel for about two minutes. I chose Meghan Kelly. She did a wonderful job. As you know S & C has lots of characters from different ethnic groups. Meghan had to change her voice as she read. Definitely met the challenge. Once she was done I had to listen and send a correction sheet for any do-overs. Not everything needs to be corrected. The listener doesn’t know the difference. Sometimes a narrator will rearrange a sentence or change things slightly for clarity. She used the word library for collection of books. It didn’t change the story at all. She’d graciously referred me to two helpful blog posts that explained what an author should expect from a narrator. Next came the cover and then LPC has it slated to release in June (maybe sooner).

Who has inspired your writing most?

Great writers. I read a lot and when I find a gem of a book I often turn to my husband and say I want to write like that. I learn more about writing from reading than any craft book.

Why did you decide to write historical romance?

I love history. I’d rather see a museum on vacation rather than the beach. Unless of course, the beach had historical significance. I love reading westerns and historical fiction. The characters introduced themselves and the more research I did the more I knew their story. The same is true with the other historical romances I have completed and are not contracted yet.

I wrote out of genre with New Duet because the idea hit me in a what if moment and it begged to be written. The characters cooperated nicely too, even the dog obeyed. I may write more contemporary romance in the future.

What have you learned through your journey that you could pass along to other writers?

Don’t be afraid to show others your work. I don’t mean your mom. Go to conferences and find other writers to connect with. Join a critique group and get better at the writing craft. Knowing other writes doesn’t make you feel so weird.

And what would you have done differently?

Taken classes and started writing novels earlier.

Where do you see your next writing adventure?

I’m 62 so I plan on writing novels as long as I can. I have ideas waiting in line to be brought to life. I’d like them all to be in audio format and who knows maybe one will be a movie.

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About Cindy Ervin Huff

Her latest release, a contemporary romance titled New Duetis set in Aurora, Illinois. Healing Hearts, part of The Cowboys novella collection is slated for release in August 2019.

Cindy’s blog Jubilee Writer offers writing encouragement to all newbies, especially those starting later in life.

Visit Cindy on her Facebook or follow her on twitter @CindyErvinHuff.

By commenting below, you’ll be entered into a drawing for Cindy’s newest novel, New Duet  (Ebook if out of country).

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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.

Reference article by Elise Shire:


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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

 Anneliese Dalaba

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

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Buffalo, New York


“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.