The winner of last week's drawing is TANASIGIRL!! (Drawn by Random.org) Congratulations! I'll be sending a signed copy of Forsaken Dreams to you ASAP. And many thanks to everyone who entered. I really enjoyed your comments. But don't despair, you have another chance to win this week!
So, share this post, tweet it, post it on facebook and join the party! Without further ado, please enjoy the video trailer for the book. I really love seeing these book trailers for the first time, getting a glimpse at my characters and the storyline played out on the screen. If any of you saw my Veil of Pearls trailer, it was the best I've ever seen. I thought they did a great job on this one too, though it was done quite differently from Veil. So, what are your thoughts?
Did you know the Escape to Paradise series was based on an actual historic event?
After the American Civil War, the victors from the North swarmed down upon the South, a land already ravished by war, with one intent in mind--to make the South pay for what they'd done. You could hardly blame them. They felt they'd been dragged into a long war in which they had lost many of their young men. I am neither a North or South sympathizer. I hate any war, but what the North did to the South afterward, would make your skin crawl.
This is why over 100,000 Southerners fled the South after the war. Some went north, some west, some to Mexico, and others to Brazil. Conservative estimates derived from newspapers, available numbers, and descendants tell us that perhaps close to 20,000 Southerners came to Brazil to resettle after the war. The crew of the ship, NewHope, in new release, Forsaken Dreams, harbor many of the same dreams and hopes as these historic people. And like these immigrants, they had no idea what they were up against! Running away from God and from your problems isn’t always a good idea. Nor is believing that creating a perfect Utopia was going to be easy. That is, if you even survived the journey to Brazil in the first place, a journey often fraught with disease, starvation, shipwreck, storms, thieves, and even violence on board the ship. After these hopeful Southerners landed in Brazil, they faced tropical diseases, bugs the size of men’s hands, crop failures, overwhelming heat, flash floods, and a host of other problem. Some Utopia, eh?
|Pampered daughter of a rich plantation owner|
|James Callaway - war doctor turned preacher who is terrified of blood|
|Wiley Dodd - Ex Lawman seeking Gold|
|Angeline Moore - seamstress harboring a sordid||past|
|Mr. Harmen Graves - ex politician who dabbles in the occult|
BONUS ALERT. A wonderful friend of mine is also offering the following in conjunction with my giveaway this week: Ocean Blue Gift Giveaway includes: A lovely hand-made Victorian doll in a blue gown with lace shawl, a blue silk fan, an 11" X 15" basket of violets print suitable for framing (Feb. flower of the month), Godiva chocolate--and a copy of MaryLu's book Forsaken Dreams.
If you're interested, head on over to her blog and leave a comment there too! http://amhisbooks.blogspot.com/
I'll announce a winner from this blog next Friday when we will play a FAN -favorite game of Guess what the character will say next!