Monday, March 3, 2014

Release Celebration!

This weekend turned out to be extra busy, and I wasn’t able to spend much time online. So today I want to celebrate Northkill’s official release date, which was Saturday, March 1. We’ll do a quick drawing—one day only! All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment answering the following question. 

What interests you the most about this story? 

Below is a list of several other events coming up this month on other blogs where there will be drawings for a copy of Northkill.

Upcoming Events

March 7: Colonial Quills Blog Tea Party celebrating new releases for MaryLu Tyndale and me!

March 18 & 19: Novel PASTimes interview 

TBA: Feature on Laura Frantz’s blog

March 9-22: Giveaway on fReado. More details to come.


Shannon McNear said...

What interests me most? A couple of things ... one, I have an idea how long you've worked on this one and I'm so excited it's out! Two, after years of fascination with Amish/Mennonite philosophy and culture, I recently discovered at least one branch of my own family history roots there. And I love studying the era where this story took place. :-)

A Novel Creation said...

I've heard all sorts of Indian/Settler stories. Stories of fighting and survival. But none of these has had peaceful, non-violent settlers as a component. I am intrigued by this aspect of history and anxious to read the book.

A Novel Creation said...

I've heard all sorts of Indian/Settler stories. Stories of fighting and survival. But none of these has had peaceful, non-violent settlers as a component. I am intrigued by this aspect of history and anxious to read the book.

Rachel Skatvold said...

It sounds like an intriguing story. I'm interested to find out if the family members ever reunite with each other.
God bless.
~Rachel Skatvold

Judy said...

I need to find out what Jakob does to protect his family and why his decision tears his family apart.

Also, I like the fact that this story is closely based on a true story. I just find that very interesting.

It just looks like a real page turner to me!

Judy B

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Shannon, thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing! It's fun to discover unexpected links in our families, isn't it? Love doing that kind of research. The history of our country in the 18th century is not only interesting in itself, but also discovering Amish-Mennonite roots in that period make it even more fascinating. It's definitely been fun to research and write this true story!

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Rebecca, I'm so glad you stopped by! The Amish-Mennonite doctrine of nonresistance really does give this story a very different angle than the ones we usually read. I hope Northkill gives readers a different perspective on this issue whether they agree with it or not. My ancestors followed the light God gave them, and looking back over the more then 250 years since then, it's clear that they were ultimately blessed for their faithfulness.

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Rachel, thank you for stopping by! How the survivors' stories worked out is moving and inspiring, and we're going to complete that account with Book 2. God really had a hand in all of it and brought them through the fire in His grace. I hope this story blesses and inspires readers to be faithful in their walk with the Lord according to His calling in their lives.

Good luck to all of you in the drawing. I'll post the results tomorrow morning.

A Pilgrim's Perspective said...

As I indicated elsewhere, we believe some of our relatives may have been shunned by an Amish group many years ago. The search for information and family tree data is somewhat difficult to obtain. A sister-in-law (with tenacity) is continuing to try. I'm glad you have written your tome on a very important aspect of American History.

Unknown said...

I'm interested in the story because it's historical--many Amish/Mennonite stories I've read have a current-day setting. I'm also interested in the whole story of the family trying to reunite. :) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Judy, thanks for entering the drawing! I'm glad to hear the story sounds like a page turner. That was definitely our aim. lol!

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Jim, thanks for entering the drawing! It sounds like you have a truly fascinating story in your background. I wish your sister-in-law the best in digging out the facts. I know from experience how frustrating this kind of research can be, and also how exciting it is when you finally come across nuggets that fill in the blanks. Tell her to keep at it! It'll be worth it.

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Jennifer, I'm so glad you stopped by! You're right about the majority of Amish stories being contemporary, and that's a shame because there's so much intriguing and inspiring material for wonderful stories in the history of this group. Bob and I are trying to help rectify the imbalance!

Karen G. said...

Hope I'm not late to enter for the giveaway. I would love to read this book because it is different from most of the Amish stories I have read. It's in a different time and history.
Karen G.

Amy C said...

Several reasons why I want to read it. I find the story interesting. Especially that it is based on true story. I love history, I love the cover and I love the author. :)
Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

J. M. Hochstetler said...

Karen, you're not too late, and Amy, I'm going to let you squeak by. Thank you, ladies, for entering and sharing very good reasons why the story interests you.

Now for the drawing! I'll have the results up shortly.