Wednesday, November 30, 2011
BOOK LAUNCH on DECEMBER 1, 2011 for The Promise of Deer Run!
How to participate: Buy The Promise of Deer Run on that day (December 1) at Amazon.com and you will qualify to receive free gifts!
Book Summary of The Promise of Deer Run
America’s war for freedom from England has been over for seven years, but the wounds of that conflict still plague the minds and hearts of the residents of Deer Run.
Young American veteran Nathaniel Stearns, suffering from the memories of war that haunt him in the night, has withdrawn to a life of isolation. He still awaits his father who never returned from the war—a mystery that haunts him.
He is brought out of his self-imposed exile by a near-tragedy in the woods that brings him 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 and filled with rich detail of the era, 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 Promise of Deer Run is Book Two in the Deer Run Saga. Book one is entitled, The Road to Deer Run.
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 and a half years old. Elaine’s only daughter, Bethany, passed away in 2003 from a brain tumor.
Her debut novel, The Road to Deer Run, was a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival, and was a Clash of the Titles Champion for “Most Romantic Moment.”
The sequel, entitled The Promise of Deer Run, was recently released.
Elaine Marie Cooper can be reached on FaceBook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000997223171
or visit her websites at: www.PromiseofDeerRun.com
What are readers saying about The Promise of Deer Run?
It is an absolute MUST READ! You will pick it up and not want to put it down… The Promise of Deer Run is a historical novel of the highest caliber! The author, Elaine Marie Cooper, has a keen sense of writing to the senses and emotions. I truly felt as though I was living in the plot itself, as a character IN the play, not a reader on the periphery.
– Lisa Syler, www.LollipopandPearls.blogspot.com
. It's a journey of love and of promise. The story is well written and has a great post-American Revolution feel. It is evident that Elaine Marie Cooper spent many hours researching every detail to get it just right. Her hard work paid off because every scene was very believable in the settings. Along with the capturing the era, the characters are well developed and their young and innocence is added in each page.
- Jennee Thompson, jenneethompson.blogspot.com
Elaine Marie Cooper certainly has some serious potential to become a strong and wonderful voice in Christian fiction. I loved The Promise of Deer Run so much that I never want to miss another word she writes. This book is heartwarming and endearing with a strong Christian message that I appreciated so much. I appreciated everything about this book. I highly recommend The Promise of Deer Run, but definitely do yourself a favor and read the first book in this series as well.
- C. Kendall, Amazon review
Is there a story behind this novel?
The story behind The Promise of Deer Run began when I was writing the first book in the saga, The Road to Deer Run. When describing the nightmares from war that the character Daniel experienced, I began to think about all the soldiers on both sides that had residual emotional scars from battle. Then I thought about all the soldiers of today who suffer from some sort of post-traumatic stress related to war. It made me decide to share the focus of this sequel with both the love story of Sarah and Nathaniel (a veteran) and the after-effects that he experienced due to the terrible memories from being a soldier on the frontlines in the American Revolution. I think it is a story that many veterans and their families can relate to today.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I so enjoy the true tales of those who led interesting lives, especially in history. I read the biography of Bob Dole called One Soldier’s Story as part of my research for this current book. Very inspiring. I also love novels. I just finished a delightful contemporary women’s fiction entitled “A Summer in Oakville” by Lisa Lickel and Shellie Neumeier. And I always love the classics! Looking forward to picking up Jane Eyre again—a novel that I have not read since childhood. So many books...so little time!
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Either Celtic or Colonial American Music. I know, I know...you’re all lining up to hear my CD’s, aren’t you!! LOL!
Those both sound really good, Elaine! What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
It’s a pretty embarrassing story! Years ago when I was a Nursing Assistant, I was working in a post-op unit. It was Christmas time and they were playing holiday tunes over the intercom. Elvis’ song, “Blue Christmas” came on—a song that I find pretty annoying! (Forgive me, Elvis fans!) I was working at the nurse’s station so I started doing my worst possible Elvis impression to make it sound ridiculous. Unbeknownst to me, the intercom at the desk was on, so my horrendous Elvis impression was being broadcast all over the floor! One of the nurses rushed up to me and said, “EVERYONE is listening to your song—and now they’re all REALLY sick!” I was mortified! But I can laugh about it now!
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” The first time the Lord used this verse to encourage me was after I took my nursing boards to complete my R.N. I just knew in my mind that I had failed the exam and was feeling downtrodden. The next morning as I was doing my devotions, I opened to Philippians and read these words. It was a truly uplifting moment. And when I received my official notification that I had passed my nursing boards five days later (a record time for being notified), all I could do was thank my Lord Who had carried me through the long, arduous nursing program. Now that I am an author, God continues to use these same words to encourage me. I often add the verse to my signature at book signings.
Posted by Anita Estes at 11/30/2011