Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Promise of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper

America’s war for freedom from England has been over for seven years, but the wounds of that conflict still haunt the minds and hearts of the residents of Deer Run. Young American veteran Nathaniel Stearns has withdrawn to a life of isolation as he awaits his father who never returned from the war.

A near-tragedy in the woods brings Nathaniel face-to-face with nineteen-year-old Sarah Thomsen, someone he had long admired but he assumed had eyes for another. This chance encounter opens a crack into the door of his heart as mutual affection quickly blooms.

But slander and lies soon mar the budding romance, rendering both Sarah and Nathaniel wounded and untrusting as their faith in both their God and each other is shattered. Set in 1790, this book continues the story of the Thomsen and Lowe families as they struggle to survive in the aftermath of the war that birthed the United States.

The Story Behind the Story:
How The Deer Run Saga Was Birthed
By Elaine Marie Cooper

When I was young and first heard that one of my grandfathers had been a Redcoat during the Revolutionary War, I was somewhat embarrassed. Growing up in Massachusetts had made me proud of our country’s heritage. But instead of finding zealous patriots in my bloodline, my DNA was from an enemy soldier named Daniel Prince!

Calmer reasoning prevailed, however, as I thought about the reality of his story. Living conditions in Colonial times were difficult, to say the least. It was a frightening period of our history for both Americans and the British. And in the midst of our nation struggling to be birthed, two people on opposing sides in a bloody war met and fell in love.

This story from my family’s history was transformed in my thinking into an inspiring one of romance, unhindered by the politics of the day. It became, purely and simply, a love story.

And so was birthed the idea to create a fictional account of actual events. Since the story is from my imagination, I opted to change last names, the names of the communities, and many other details of the time. However, many of the historical events are documented facts.

The particular information on Daniel Prince’s military background was discovered thanks to the diligent work of Betty Thomson, independent researcher at The National Archives, Kew, in England.

In book one, The Road to Deer Run and now in the sequel, The Promise of Deer Run, I made every effort to stay true to the colonial times. Descriptions of food, homes, clothing, farming, worship practices, medical care, etc. are the result of extensive research.

It has been a personally inspiring experience to write these novels. While the times have changed since the 18th century, the same struggles of their day are our own. Forgiveness, fear, pain, illness, despair, the pain of having a family member at war, the death of a loved one—these are all the battles we contend with in the 21st century. But we also share faith, laughter, love, the excitement of that first kiss, the wonder of looking at a newborn. These are the same joys that we share with our ancestors who are so much a part of who we are.

Their journeys are interwoven with our own.

More information about the book:

The Promise of Deer Run
ISBN: 9781462037964           
Softcover: $16.95           
ISBN: 9781462037971           
Hardcover: $26.95           
ISBN: 1462037968
E-book: $9.99
Released: August 16, 2011
Elaine Marie Cooper grew up in Massachusetts but now lives in the Midwest with her husband, her three dogs and one huge cat. She has two married sons and triplet grandchildren who are now one years old. The Promise of Deer Run is dedicated to the triplets and to veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Elaine has been a magazine freelance writer for many years, and is a regular contributor to a blog on the Midwest called The Barn Door and a blog on Christian living called Reflections In Hindsight. She is the author of The Road to Deer Run and the sequel, The Promise of Deer Run. Prior to becoming an author, Elaine worked as a registered nurse.

The Road to Deer Run won the following honors:

Finalist: 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Honorable Mention: 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival
Best Romantic Moment:, February 2011

Grand Prize
Valued at $297.38
Grand Prize Contains:
  • Basket
  • $25 Starbucks gift card  
  • Spode Christmas teapot  
  • Spode Christmas mugs   
  • Yankee candle
  • Hardbound copy The Road to Deer Run
  • Hardbound copy The Promise of Deer Run 
  • Bath and Body Paris Amour scent 
Remember there are two Mandatory items to complete before you are eligible to keep your name in this grand prize drawing.  I will be checking every entry before it is eligible so make sure you follow instructions. thanks.  If you do all you will have up to 40 entries. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter because that is how the winner from my site will be selected to go on to the Grand Prize drawing.

The winner of The Promise of Deer Run Grand Prize is:
Michelle - giggle2much
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Anonymous said...

I learned she is “Grammie” to triplets


Anonymous said...

This is her second book in the series


Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I learned that she is currently living in the Midwest but spent a lot of time in MA

Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Hi Apple Blossom! (Love your "name!") Thank you for being a part of my blog tour for "The Promise of Deer Run." Many blessings prayed your way!

Cheryl said...

I can't believe how many authors I've heard of lived in MA at some point. At The Barn Door they are offering a free recipe book for their followers.

Thanks for the chance to win.


apple blossom said...

thanks Cheryl for the tip on the recipe book. I'll have to check it out.

Kim D. said...

I learned that she is a registered nurse and an award-winning freelance writer.

Eyreka said...

I learned that Anthology, Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home will be on Nov 22nd, and I don't want to miss it! Oh and I'm a nurse too!!

ann said...

On Barn door she has lots of pictures and some of murals. We here in York, Pa have murals in center city also.

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cheryl c said...

It was sad to find out that this book is dedicated to her daughter who died of a brain tumor.

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Melissa M. said...

I learned her only daughter Bethany died in 2003 from a brain tumor. (How sad!) These books sound interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


Melanie Ski said...

New GFC follower, dont want to miss any of your giveaways!!