Catherine Brakefield Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone.

Catherine BrakefieldCatherine Brakefield guest blogs for us this week. Catherine is the author of several historical novels and is a delightful person. She’s offering a free print book, winner’s choice, inside the U.S. and a Kindle version outside the U.S.

According to Catherine, “My readers inspire my writing!” I’m looking forward to hearing about her books.

Catherine is an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romance Wilted Dandelions. Her four-book Destiny series is growing in popularity: Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and the fourth book of the series, Waltz with Destiny released on June 6, 2019.

She has written two pictorial history books. Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County. 

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer,  Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door, Horse of my Heart, Second-Chance DOGS, and Horse of my Dreams scheduled for Fall, 2019 publication; CrossRiver Media Publishers,The Benefit Package and Abba’s Promise; Bethany House Publishers, Jesus Talked to me Today.

longtime Michigan resident, Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years and their Arabian horses in the picturesque hills of Addison Township.  She loves traveling the byroads across America, and spoiling her two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

Welcome, Catherine Brakefield

The definition of history, according to Oxford Dictionary is “The study of past events, particularly in human affairs.”

You probably don’t consider yourself making history, do you? But you are. Just as my characters did in the Destiny series. What kind of life-history lessons will you make? 

Catherine Brakefield’s Novel Series

In my novel series, my readers are provided with the concrete wisdom of our ancestral Christian foundation. Here are a few samples:

Catherine BrakefieldMy series begins with Swept into Destiny. It opens during the Antebellum Era with Ben McConnell, an Irish immigrant, who believes he can change the tide of hate and prejudice against his kind. Maggie Gatlan is a rebel disguised in frilly hoop skirts. Beneath the cover of night, she educates slaves and immigrants alike. She lives up to her biblical beliefs and claims Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.”

Book 2, Destiny’s Whirlwind

This story opens in 1898 during the Spanish-American war and the freedom of choice of the Gibson Era.  Daughter of Ben and Maggie, Collina McConnell realizes Rough Rider Franklin Long arrived for just a time as this. Catherine BrakefieldCollina must choose. Ride off with him, or stay and fight for the family farm, Shushan? Her faith often feels as small as that mustard seed Father brought over from Ireland. Ben’s words of Esther 8:6 hold her to the course she must trod, How can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people?”Catherine Brakefield

Book 3, Destiny of Heart 

This story awakens with the Great War when Collina’s sister Ruby and her husband, Stephen, leave for the prairies of Colorado. Here Ruby’s second child is born, her daughter, Esther. The Great Depression crashes the nation into its darkest hour. Maggie, Collina, and Ruby determine not to lose hope, claiming Proverbs 28:6,
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity.” Ruby meets a boy following an ice wagon named Eric Erhardt and invites the Erhardts to share their Sunday meal. Unbeknownst to her, God has a plan for Eric and Esther.

Catherine BrakefieldBook 4, Waltz with Destiny

Esther and Eric’s generation walks out of their rags from the Great Depression to stroll into the splendors of a new era. They enjoy the age of automobiles, dude ranches, and the Big Band Era. Ill-prepared, they are thrust into an all-consuming war that rips away the boundaries of countries and eventually thrusts the world into the atomic age.

IWaltz with Destiny, our young men, who were fed on a solid diet of reading the Bible, going to church, and obeying the Ten Commandments, were unprepared to kill. During 1942 there were few victories in the theater of World War 2 for Americans.

So the military asked for help from some well-known celebrities and songs like “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” became hits to help our GIs over the hurdle of killing their fellow man.

Catherine Brakefield’s Faith and Family

My father cherished his Christian heritage. Entering the service, he was given a small Bible with Theodore Roosevelt’s signature in the inside flap. Prayer tracks of “A Soldier’s Prayer,” “Jesus Help Us,” and “Our Divine Protector,” Dad kept in his wallet throughout his lifetime!

Dad often said, “You’ll never find an atheist in a fox hole.” After describing some battle scene where his buddies died, he’d explain, “Their number was up.” Mom said Dad’s faith grew stronger during those years he fought in Italy.

Dad believed in the Holy Trinity and that God is omnipotent. In Luke 12:20 God says, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be…?”So that was Dad’s practical, no-nonsense outlook about life and death. Worrying about what he couldn’t change wasn’t in his vocabulary. That helped me throughout my lifetime.

The book of James tells us not to boast about tomorrow, James 4:14 “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Dad said his number would come up someday, but hoped when it did, he’d be on his feet when it happened. God complied.

Harry S. Truman once said: “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” 

Waltz With Destiny

Waltz with Destiny is the last novel of the inspirational Destiny series. Here is the preface:

When the men and women of World War II marched off to war, they didn’t know what lay ahead. They only knew that upon their young and inexperienced shoulders rested the plight of the free world.

From the corridors of the Great Depression, new heroes from the Old West sprang up, thundering across the talking movie screen to the pounding hoof beats of The Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Gabby Hayes.

The offspring of the Great Depression, who had peddled papers and sold apples on street corners, awakened to a new era. Across the nation, they gaily glided into the eloquent ballrooms that mirrored the starlight and splendors of the Aztecs.

The American dream awakened our youth to education, jobs, and prosperity. But across the ocean, Hitler was awakening his youth to the idea of a Master Race.

A Changing Wind

So it was during the twilight of August 1941 a changing wind began to blow against America’s shorelines. Before the autumn moon could chill the summer breezes, many knew the stench of death.

As the lash of Hitler’s Third Reich fell upon Europe, the world looked to America, looked to our happy and fun-loving boys and shook their heads.

Compared to their notable fathers of World War I, these boys were like lions are to kittens. These kids couldn’t deliver the world from Hitler’s new world order. Not these playboys in their baggy zoot suits, not these “Mama Boys” still wet behind the ears. They were no match for Japan’s kamikaze or Hitler’s Nazis. They were too innocent, too young, and too inexperienced for the task.

As far as Japan was concerned, America had produced a carefree generation that couldn’t rescue themselves from a windstorm, let alone the world from a dictatorship.

Guys like Eric Erhardt remember those days vividly. “The outside world all thought Americans were too soft, and not much more than playboys, and we wouldn’t be able to fight—man, did we show them!”

What kind of history will you make to pass onto your children and grandchildren?

How to Find Catherine Brakefield

Follow me:  https://www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com

https://www.facebook.com/CatherineUlrichBrakefield

Blog: Hopes, Hearts, & Hoofbeats https://catherineulrichbrakefield.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CUBrakefield

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3387463, Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Instagram: https://www.instagramCatherineUlrichBrakefield

10 thoughts on “Catherine Brakefield Let’s Chat!

  1. Vivian Furbay

    y Dad wrote down his family history and it is quite interesting. My German grandpa came to this country around 1900 by himself o a ship when he was about 15-16. he stayed with relations in New Jersey and Chicago and then headed where he homsteaded and lived out the rest of his life. he married my grandma there and they became ranchers. They were hard working people. The only legacy I want to leave is for my children to get saved and their families also.

     
     
    1. My sentiments exactly, Vivian. I want to leave a legacy of faith in Jesus Christ. God bless you.

       
       
    2. Amen to that! The best way of living is to live for Jesus Christ. And to show our faith through our life choices so our children and grandchildren can emulate that! Blessing to your and yours!

       
       
  2. Roxanne Cruz

    Christian historical fiction is my favorite genre, and I so enjoy a series that follows a family from generation to generation. This sounds like a wonderful series that reflects our nation’s spiritual heritage. More books to add to the TBR list!

     
     
    1. Great to have you join the chat, Roxanne! Please drop by again!

       
       
    2. Thank you for your comment! I also put in historical facts so you are learning more about the history of this wonderful country we live in. I hope you will check these books out! I am confident you will not be disappointed!

       
       
    3. Mine too Roxanne Cruz! I try to include historical facts that most readers know nothing or little about. Thank you for including the Destiny series into your collection. Let me know how you liked them!

       
       
  3. Love an author that is not afraid to voice Christian beliefs and Biblical facts. History always fascinates me and I love reading all genres of historical novels. Keep up the great writing so the truth can remain free.

     
     
    1. Amen, Jane!

       
       
    2. Thank you Jane Theriot! I feel blessed by your comment!

       
       

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Merrillee Whren Let’s Chat!

Welcome, Everyone!

Merillee Whren_https://www.amazon.com/Merrillee-Whren/e/B001HPI34M?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmr1_1&qid=1557163230&sr=8-1-fkmr1 Merrillee Whren joins us this week. I’m super excited to introduce you.  Merrillee writes inspirational romances and won the 2003 RWA Golden Heart© Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award. She wrote for several years for Love Inspired and now is an established and successful independent novelist.

Merrillee is offering an ebook of her latest, A Place to Call Home, to someone who joins our conversation here on the blog.

Now . . . Here’s Merillee . . . 

P.S. The winner of Merrillee’s drawing is Trudy Cordle!

Merrillee Whren Before Authorship

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ve been an author from the time I learned to read and write. I’ve always loved to tell stories but not necessarily for publication. I grew up in South Dakota, Montana, and Washington State. I graduated from Dakota Bible College and Milligan College.

My husband and met and married in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I was an elementary school teacher. 40 years later we enjoy two grown daughters and two granddaughters.

Merrillee Whren’s Writing Journey

Merrillee Whren_https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Homecoming-Love-Inspired-314/dp/0373873247/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=The+Heart%27s+Homecoming+Whren&qid=1557162231&s=gateway&sr=8-5-spellWhen I first started to write with publication in mind, I often thought I wanted to write children’s books, but my heart was in romance. I love a good love story with a happy ending.

I wrote and submitted manuscripts for twenty years before I made my first sale to Steeple Hill Books, which is now known as Harlequin Love Inspired. The Heart’s Homecoming was released in August of 2005. I wrote 13 more books for Love Inspired before I started my indie publishing journey.

Merrillee Whren: What’s Up With You Now?

As I mentioned in the last question, I wrote 14 books for Love Inspired and have received the rights back to 10 of those books. I am republishing them with updates and new covers.

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y Kellerville series, published by Love Inspired, has been reissued as the Kellersburg series. That was my original name for the fictional town, but it was changed because of an editorial snafu. The books in the series are Hometown Promise, Hometown Proposal, and Hometown Dad.

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m in the process of reissuing the Dalton Brothers series. Wade’s story is Four Little Blessings. Matt’s story is Country Blessings. Peter’s story is Homecoming Blessings, which is now up for preorder for 99 cents. Before starting my republishing, I wrote 5 books in my Front Porch Promises series. I intend to publish one more book in that series.

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How to Find Merrillee Whren

You can find my books and purchase links on my website on my books page.https://www.merrilleewhren.com/category/books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerrilleeWhren.Author/

Twitter: @MerrilleeWhren 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/merrilleewhren/ 

A Merrillee Whren Giveaway

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will give away an ebook copy of the first book in my Front Porch Promises series, A Place to Call Home. 

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Lord, Your paths for us sometimes take curves, switchbacks, and u-turns. Sometimes we reach dead-ends. How glorious to know we can trust You to get us through mazes and back on the road You’ve laid out for us. Authors often find an apparent end to be an unexpected beginning. We pray You’ll bless Merrillee in her independent publishing endeavors. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

31 thoughts on “Merrillee Whren Let’s Chat!

  1. Mary Treadwell

    Are all your books self published or small press published? If so, what do you feel has been your biggest challenge? I love indie authors! Some of my best friends are indies.

     
     
  2. Trudy

    The book looks really good! All of them sound great! I just found another new-to-me author!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Trudy! Thanks for joining us. You’ve encouraged Merrillee and me both 🙂

       
       
  3. Faith Creech

    Thanks for the chat! Looks like a good book!

     
     
    1. Thanks, Faith. You’re welcome.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Faith! Great to see you in the circle!

       
       
  4. Gina Johnson

    Your writing touches my heart. I have been very happy with your books I have had the pleasure of reading. I already have A Place to Call Home.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Gina. Thanks for joining the chat. I know your comments encourage Merrillee.

       
       
      1. Thanks, Gina. I appreciate your kind words.

         
         
  5. Rose Blackard

    Great interview. Hope I get to read one of your books soon!

     
     
    1. Hi, Rose. Welcome to this week’s circle. You encourage us!

       
       
      1. Hi Rose,
        Thanks for stopping by. You can grab HOMECOMING BLESSINGS for just 99 cents.

         
         
  6. Joy Gibson

    Loved the chat!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Joy. It’s great to have you join us.

       
       
    2. Joy, thanks for stopping by. I glad you enjoyed what I had to say.

       
       
  7. Linda, thanks so much for hosting me.

     
     
    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m glad to highlight you and your work.

       
       
  8. Alicia

    Very nice interview, I enjoyed it and your books sound awesome, and the covers are super nice! Thank you for sharing this. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. You’re welcome, Alicia.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Alicia. Great to see you in the circle. You’re encouraged us by participating.

       
       
  9. Of all your characters is there one that has a special place in your heart? If so, why?

     
     
    1. Mary,
      It’s hard to say because it’s like saying you like one of your children better than the others. But if I have to choose, I would say Kelsey from A Baby to Call Ours. It’s a recent book, and maybe that’s why that character is fresh on my mind. When the story opens, she is very troubled. She has to work through a lot in the story. I recently learned that this book is a finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. I hope you’ll check it out.

       
       
      1. Mary Treadwell

        Congratulations! I will check it out. Sometimes a character has a way of speaking in ways you never imagined. Best wishes on your nomination.

         
         
        1. Thanks, Mary.

           
           
    2. Hi, Mary. Welcome to the chat. Great question for Merrillee.

       
       
      1. Mary treadwell

        Thanks!

         
         
      2. Mary treadwell

        Thanks! I love to know tidbits.

         
         
        1. Welcome, Mary! Love having you in our circle.

           
           
  10. Great chat, Linda! Merrillee, it’s so nice to meet you. Your books sound amazing. 😊

     
     
    1. Hi Gail,
      I hope you’ll look for my books. My book, HOMECOMING BLESSINGS, is up for preorder at the bargain price of 99 cents.

       
       
    2. Hi, Gail. Great to have you in our circle!

       
       

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