Thursday, December 1, 2016

Release Day Fun!

Gabrielle Here:

Thursdays have been a special day on my writing journey.

Here are just a few things that have happened on Thursdays:

  • I went to my first ACFW Conference.
  • I submitted my first manuscript to an editor.
  • I spoke on the phone with my agent and she offered representation. 
  • I received the call that my story had been contracted by Love Inspired Historical. 
  • My first full-length novel, A Mother in the Making, released.
  • And it's also the first time I've had two books release on the same day!

Today marks the release of A Family Arrangement, the first book in the Little Falls Legacy Series and First Comes Love one of the novellas in the Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection

It's been a frenzy this past week as I prepare to launch these books. I'm excited about both of them for so many reasons.

A Family Arrangement is a sixteen year dream-come-true. While I was as an intern at our local county museum, I came across the history of our community and thought it would be fun to write stories set in Little Falls, Minnesota. I wanted to write a series that would watch the rise and fall of a typical Midwestern town with a unique history. A Family Arrangement is the first book in that series and it was inspired by the real people and events that started my hometown. It was also one of my favorite stories to write. I love Abram and Charlotte.

First Comes Love in Seven Brides for Seven Texans is a fun story in a collection of novellas by some of my favorite historical authors (including our very own Erica Vetsch!). The collection is unlike anything I've ever written or read. It's a continuity series, with each story piggy-backing off the one before. My story is the first in the book and was exciting and challenging to write all at the same time. I loved collaborating with the other six authors and I am really excited for readers to meet the Hart brothers of Hartville, Texas. We have a group blog we've created and I am the first author to blog there this week. You should stop by for a chance to win a copy of the collection! We're also giving away a loaded Kindle! Be sure to stop by our Facebook Party today, as well. So many ways to win and connect with the authors from the collection.

As a way to celebrate, I'd love to give away both books to one winner! Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. US residents only, please.

Your Turn: What do you know about the history of your town? Have you ever read a continuity collection like Seven Brides for Seven Texans

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36 comments:

  1. I actually don't know any history of our town. We moved here a few years ago and I haven't really learned much about it. Can't wait to read your books! They look great. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! I love sharing the history of my hometown, especially with those who've lived here so long and know so little. It's always fun to see their faces light up when they learn something new. :)

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  2. I live in a small town and my mom is from here so i know a little history. I love reading collections like this!

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    1. It's always fun to hear stories from those who have lived in a community longer than us. I'm the fourth generation to live in my small hometown and I love asking my grandma about the boarding school she went to during high school (it's no longer a boarding school), and where she hung out with her friends. I also love to talk to people about when certain businesses were established, and what was there beforehand. My father-in-law used to live at the end of a dirt driveway, in what was considered "country" in the 50s and 60s. Now that dirt driveway is a major road in our town. I love how things change like that.

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  3. Our city, Tuscaloosa, is named after an Indian Chief, Chief Tuskaloosa.
    There was a joke, "What does an elephant hate to hear the dentist say?" Tusk A Loosa!
    Ironic that even though our football team is the Crimson Tide, our mascot is an elephant "Big AL".
    I have read several books with a continuing story by different authors. The Smitten series comes to mind by Coble, Hunt, Hunter and Billerbeck.
    If I should be lucky enough to win, just send me your Love Inspired book. Erica has already sent me the other. It's the very next one in my stack after I finish what I'm reading now, The Pattern Artist.
    Love all you ladies!!

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    1. That's funny, Gail! My hometown is divided by the Mississippi River, and there's always been this friendly rivalry about the east side vs. the west side. The saying goes: "The west side is the best side, the east side is the least side." Having lived most of my life on the east side, I completely disagree. :) So happy to know you have 7B47B already! Erica was our fearless leader on that collection. So much fun to work with her and the others.

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  4. By the way, I'm still waiting for the four of you to write one together!!!!

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    1. Our novella collection releases in July 2017! Anne, Jaime, Erica and I will be joined by five other authors--but at least we're together! The book is called: Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection.

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  5. I don't really know anything about my town, South Mills. We moved here several years ago in the country. Since the town I live in is so small there isn't much there really so I end up going to a bigger city. Plus I really haven't thought about checking out it's past. I have never read a continuity collection before so this would be my first.

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    1. I'm always amazed at the history gems you find in small towns. You might be surprised! No doubt there is someone there who knows all about the history and is eagerly waiting for someone to ask. Just recently, I read an article about a tiny town west of where I live and discovered it had an amazing history! It was started by a man who had worked with President Lincoln in the White House. The town didn't prosper like they had hoped, but in its infancy, it did some incredible things. If you find out anything interesting about South Mills, be sure to let me know! :)

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  6. When I lived in Little Falls I always wanted to do some research into early cases heard at the historic courthouse and write about them -- I always had such an "if these walls could talk" vibe about that building. I never got that far.

    And I would say I know a little bit about St. Louis. Occupational hazard. ;-)

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    1. Hey Abbi! I've heard of a few cases at the courthouse, and they were pretty incredible! We had one legal hanging in town, and three illegal hangings (though it was by a lynch mob and no one was ever prosecuted). I imagine you do know a lot about St. Louis. I've only visited once. It's a beautiful city. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. As a child I was intrigued by history but it was always presented in a memorization sort of way and didn't dig deep into stories so I never did well with that subject in school. However, as an adult I am more and more interested in the amazing stories and events I need history. Namely within family history-such a fun journey!!!
    Congratulations on your two new releases!!!

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    1. *read about in history. (Darn spell check).

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    2. I was homeschooled, and thankfully my mom made history fun. It wasn't always about memorizing facts, but about experiencing it first hand at historic sites and museums. I used to go to our local county museum just for fun as a teenager! I still love going there for research. Novels are fun because we learn history in a relaxed, non-test-taking way. :) So happy to see you here today, Terressa!

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  8. So very VERY proud of you, Gabe <3

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    1. Thank you, Jaime! I'm in good company. :)

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  9. I just moved, so I have a lot of exploring to do about my new area! I think it will be fascinating. Our old town had an old railroad station that still runs trains for tourists and was very interesting! I think that I have read a story like what you mentioned...maybe British Brides collection??? I want to say that each story continued with a bit of something from the last? :)

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    1. Oh, I love old trains! In my hometown, our historic train depot was designed by Cass Gilbert who also designed the Minnesota State Capitol and the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (to name a few), so we're quite proud of it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. GABE, I hope your release day was EPIC! (((((HUGS))))

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    1. Thank you, Caryl! It was so fun to see you at the Facebook party earlier today. Hugs to you, too, friend.

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  11. I know a great deal about my hometown. My great-grandfather was a pioneer of the town. The oldest sturcture in the county was built by my great-grandfather---a building to fit homesteading codes; and the oldest continually pumping water well in the county was dug by my great-grandfather. Both are on family owned property. My grandmother was a bit of a historian, so she made sure we knew not just our family history, but city & county history, as well.

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    1. This makes me so happy to read! I love when people pass down history and make sure the next generation knows what the previous ones did. The pioneers who settled these lands overcame countless hardships we can't even begin to understand. We are better people for knowing the good and the bad, so we can learn from their triumphs and tragedies. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. My hometown and county are both named for the founder John Fleming. Fleming County, Kentucky was quite large until part of it was divided to become a neighboring county.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I wonder how common it was to divide counties? One of our founding fathers got himself elected to the state legislature to add part of another county to ours to make it bigger. He succeeded!

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  13. My hometown and county are both named for the founder John Fleming. Fleming County, Kentucky was quite large until part of it was divided to become a neighboring county.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Congratulations, Gabrielle!!! I know quite a bit about my hometown and my husband's hometown (they're in the same county). Both of our families have lived here for generations most since the founding of the towns. Here's an Illinois tidbit for ya: our little county used to reach all the way up to Canada and now Edwards is one of the smallest counties in the state.
    I can't wait to read the Seven Brides collection! I snatched it on NetGalley but I'd still love to have a paperback ;)

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    1. That's amazing, Beth! It's funny how boundaries are established. I'm happy you have a copy from NetGalley! What a great way to get books to read and review. Good luck in the drawing (I always prefer paper to eBook, myself). :)

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  15. Congrats on the TWO new releases!

    I grew up in a small town in MI, not sure about much of it's history. It probably just grew up along the railroad line.

    I now live near Greenville, SC and historically it was a big textile capital. Lots of little 'mill' town surrounding the bigger city of Greenville.

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    1. Those little railroad towns might surprise you! There's always a character or two who stands out on most town histories. :)

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  16. I enjoyed learning even more of the history of my area while doing genealogy, as my family moved and purchased land there in the 1840's, so lots of history.

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    1. That's amazing, Cathy! I can trace my ancestors back to my area sometime in the 1880s, which is a while ago, but I'd love if they were here from the beginning. That's why I go back and try to imagine it all in my stories. It would be fun to see it like the original founders saw it. :)

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  17. I grew up in a small town in the valley of Mt. Rainier and then ended up in a small town again after college graduation, marriage and kids. I have learned quite a bit about Lynden, WA since moving here 8 years ago. For one, they have (or had) the world record for highest number of churches per capita. A large denomination being Dutch Reformed. I also know that Dutch settlers were the founders. It's a very quaint town with real small town conservative values. As much as I wanted to get out of a small town when I was younger, I am thrilled to be living in a small town again.

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    1. It sounds very quaint! What a wonderful thing to be known for. I can think of a lot of other things I wouldn't want my town to be known for. :) Small towns have a charm all their own. So glad you're happy where God has planted you.

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