Well reader friends, this has been a weird week. My internet has been wonky, my server for my blog has had issues, and everything’s been all jumbled. So while today isn’t my normal day for this post, I’m going to post it anyways! Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Kathleen Maher to the blog to share with us her day. But before we get to that, I want to share with you two of her books, because they were well worth mentioning! Plus, be sure to check out the giveaways at the end of the post!
‘Tis the season for all things Christmas, and having several stories about Victorian Christmas Brides? Well that is enough to make anyone giddy with excitement!! And Kathleen’s story just happens to be set in a town not too far from me 🙂
Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher
1857 Elmira, New York
SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love.
It just so happens that Kathleen has had another book recently released that looks absolutely amazing. Also set in a town not too far from me, I cannot wait to dive into this book!
The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher
1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY
The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again?
The Abolitionist’s Daughter book trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo
Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/kathleenlmaher/the-abolitionists-daughter/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella in BARBOUR’s 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War historical romance, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of New York history. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.
and on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kathleenlmaher/
And now to the good stuff……
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF KATHLEEN
A day in the life of an author is terribly glamourous. Let me tell you exactly what you might be missing out on. First there is the three-dog cleanup every morning, not unlike a five-car pileup, except less crunched metal and more mopping. “Get two puppies,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said.
Next, there’s the hustle of driving two young adults who refuse to get their licenses, to and from work, appointments, school stuff, and social lives (which I don’t have). Who knew that the new right of passage is owning a smart phone, and not that pinnacle of my own youth—driving independence. Lucky me, they still need mom. <3
Somewhere between coffee and planning dinner, I might work in my gardens. (Read: mercilessly war against the weeds determined to overwhelm my perennials, vegetables, annuals and shrubs.) Once in a while they reward me with a facebook-worthy status photo.
Or lately I might find myself working on laundry. By working, I mean loading two, maybe three articles at a time into the portable washing machine that I am blessed to operate until I replace my regular washer. After manually filling the small tub with pots of water for the wash cycle, I get to build my upper body strength by hand-wringing each item. Then I spin in the tiny drum, rinse and repeat. About twenty times a day if the puppies have made Great Dane size messes, or only ten times if its pygmy Newfoundland sized messes. Thirty if they’ve both been total, nihilistic, pillaging Vikings.
At some point after two or three o’clock I’ll wrangle dinner from the eclectic mix of ingredients in the fridge, freezer, pantry and canned goods. I dream of canning from my garden, but so far have only canned tomatoes successfully once. I have the intentions of a pioneer woman, and the attention span of—SQUIRREL!
On really good days, I will write the antics of the characters in my head, or paint animal portraits, or create crafts. Sometimes my grandloves visit “Gigi’s house” and my husband and I spoil them well. Splashed between everything are songs to the great God who has blessed me so greatly, maybe employing a tiny bit of sarcasm, and lots of self-effacing humor. It really is a good life.
Thanks so much once again for having me today, Jessica. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away an e-copy of The Abolitionist’s Daughter to one lucky commenter. To enter, please answer the following question: If you were rich and famous, would you still cook, clean, and slave, or would you hire help? I’m neither rich or famous but I’m taking suggestions in case I win the lottery 😉 Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if random.org selects you.
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including Ammy gift cards, books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.)
Link to rafflecopter: http://gvwy.io/48sxkxc