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August 31, 2017

WGTHH not the First Book I started

When God turned his Head was not the first book of the Locket Saga that I started. I actually started Soldiers Don’t Cry several years before I started When God Turned His Head. I started writing When God Turned His House, based on a conversation that Rachel and Elizabeth had with Phillip and Gerald when they were talking in the parlor of the Mayford house the night that Phillip and Gerald arrived. Rachel mentioned that Elizabeth was only her half sister and that her parents had been indentured servants.

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I know that this sounds crazy to people who have never written a novel, but I became curious about the lives of their parents. Who were they? What was their story? This was over twenty years ago, before a lot of information was out on the internet so I went to the library to see what I could find out about indentured servants. Not much, but I did find the story about the John Codman murder, who did it and why. I learned how the murder was conducted and included many of the actual events from the murder including the way Codman took the poison (in his hot chocolate).

 

 

I then started asking “what if” I wondered what would happen if I not only gave Codman a wife, but also gave him a daughter. Then wondered, what about Elizabeth’s father? Who was he? Where did he fit in the picture? I made quite an elaborate back story to all that happened before the murder. Drusilla, Elizabeth’s mother, had known Kanter Thorton when they were still on their way to America. Kanter had proposed marriage to her but then she married Codman and he married someone else. She had a daughter and he and his wife had three sons. He loved his wife, but he still feelings for Drusilla. He couldn’t understand how one day she seemed to be in love with him and a week later she was married to a man who treated her like chattel.

 

This brought me to the idea that John Adams who would have been a young lawyer at that time would make an interesting addition to this story. I put him and his cousin Samuel Adams into the story. After all, they did live in Boston at the time. I thought it would be interesting to compare the difference between Kanter’s marriage and Drusilla’s marriage. I decided that I wanted to have this occur in a church, the Old North Church to be exact.

yes, that John Adams, the one who later because our 2nd President

 

I studied a lot about Boston during that time. I even had a map of the area during the mid-1700s. I studied how different the culture was from the culture today. I even discovered that a Mrs. Hiller was quite the entrepreneur at that time. She was so interesting that I made her Rachel’s dame school teacher, one of Mrs. Hiller’s many enterprises. She was also a real dressmaker as she was in the story. The idea that she was anything more than just a resident of Boston at the time was sheer imagination on my part.

 

There was some involvement of Dr. Clarke’s slave Robin too, but of course, I am not going to spoil this story for you. You’ll have to read it for yourself.

 

To learn more about this story, it is regularly lways available free on Kindle Unlimited all the time. Through tomorrow Soldiers Don’t Cry is available FREE through KDP select. Pick up both today and HAPPY READING. Check them out here! https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007SM23IK

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The Dream

When people ask me where I got the idea for my Locket Saga series, I tell them that I had a dream where a young woman and a young man were sitting on a rustic wooden bench made from a log split in half in front of a log cabin wall and he used the old line, “Haven’t I seen you before?” To that she answered, “matter of fact, I think we knew one another as children.”

 

After that I woke up and wondered how that might be incorporated into a story.

A Story From Parkman’s Works

A few months later, I was at the library and was reading a dusty old history book about America during the French and Indian war called Parkman’s Works. I love old history, especially stories that are not well known by the general public, so while I was reading, I discovered an incident that occurred  in 1763 where a military wagon train was going to Fort Schlosser. At one point the wagon train was on a narrow wagon road sandwiched between a tall hill on one side and the two hundred foot gorge of the Niagara River.

Hostile Indians came over the hill and literally pushed the wagon train over in to the gorge. The wagons, horses and men all thrown into the gorge shattering and scattering wagons and provisions and crushing the bodies of the horses and men on the rocks below. The drummer boy also went over the cliff, but on the way down his drum strap caught on a bush and stopped his descent. He pulled himself up to safety. The only other person to survive was the scout, a Mr. Stedman who was on his horse at the front of the wagon train. When he saw the Indians, he spurred his horse to safety.

Mixing up Fiction with History

This was the start of the Locket Saga, I used the concept of “what if”. What if the drummer boy was the same boy that met the girl later? Of course, it would have to be during the American Revolution that they met again, and rather than have the scene exactly as it was in my dream, I would make them meet again in Boston and to create conflict, I would have her be a patriot and he be a British officer. After I read the book Traitors, Turncoats, and Spies, I decided to make the conflict even deeper and made Elizabeth a spy and smuggler for the Patriot cause.

The story became Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues.

 

Soldiers Don’t Cry now FREE on Kindle

If you have not read Soldiers Don’t Cry, you’re in luck because beginning today, Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga continues will be free on Kindle. Download your copy now.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ATWT80W

When God Turned His Head

If you know anything about the Locket Saga, you know that Soldiers Don’t Cry isn’t the first book in the series. You know that the first book in the series is When God Turned His Head. To discover how When God Turned His Head became the first book, read my next installment of this blog on Thursday August 31. Follow this blog to read about how When God Turned His Head was written. And while you’re at it, pick up your Kindle copy today https://www.amazon.com/When-Turned-Head-Locket-Saga-ebook/dp/B007RHXTTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503241811&sr=8-1&keywords=when+god+turned+his+head

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I hope that you are all keeping warm and that the holidays are seeing you in good health. These are my Christmas gifts to you! Please accept them with my love!

 

 

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I am Giving Away FREE E-BOOKS

 

This month I am playing Santa with all of my books. That’s right, this is not a typo, I will be giving away FREE Kindle copies of my books to anyone looking for a good read.. The catch will be that I will only have the books available for download on December 23, 2r, 25, 25, and 27 so get them now before the price goes back up! Accept one, take them all! And Re-gift to anyone you want!

 

These FREE E-books  include

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Enjoy! and God Bless!

 

 

IMG_8330 final copyAs Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 

 

 

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(Scripture reference: Genesis chapters 16,17, 21, Hebrews 11:8-13)

Abrahams family

Abram and his wife Sari were childless. Abraham thought that he would have to leave everything he had to his servant, but God told him that he would have a son. Abram waited several years and still they had no child. God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sara’s name to Sarah.

Then Abraham and Sarah thought that they would help God along by having Sarah’s servant Hagar carry Abraham’s child. Sarah despised Hagar and her son born of Abraham. This son Ishmael was not God’s promised son for Abraham and Sarah.

We need to realize that God is always faithful to deliver his promises. A lot of the problems that people face in the Middle East today have everything to do with Abraham and Sarah’s impatience for God to move. Their child finally did come and they named him Isaac. God followed through just as he promised.

There are times in our own lives when we also are faced God delaying his promises to us. We believe that God told us one thing, but when it didn’t immediately occur, we start to doubt. Other times we think that there is something that we need to do to make it happen and we step out ahead of God’s provision.  We think that perhaps we really didn’t hear from God like we thought or we decide to “help God” make this promise come true. When we do this, like the situation with Abraham, it always turns out to be a disaster.

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


What should I do now?

This month I have been working on my spiritual life. What have I accomplished during the month of April?

 

Affirmation Goal Completion This Month

January-“I am organized and productive” I have been reading the book by Vic Johnson: 50 lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever.I have read it twice and now plan to use it as my focus for next month’s blog posts.

February “I am energetic, fit, strong, and healthy” I have continued eating right, however, I have been exercising as I would like. I have however been drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest. I have continued to drop weight this month, however, it is not reflected on the scale because I have recently started using a newer scale that weighs me eight pounds more.

March “I First seek to Understand, then seek to be understood” In the context of this affirmation, my roommate and I have decided that sharing this house is not something that we should continue doing. I like peace and quiet and her family is loud. I have been spending a lot of time by myself and that makes her family uncomfortable. No one has done anything wrong, its just that we have different lifestyles.

April’s Affirmation: “I am a Spiritual Being in a Physical Body.”

 

I have started Attending A Church On Wednesday Nights

I work twelve hour shifts on the weekends for what I call “cash flow”. Therefore, at present, I am unable to attend church on Sundays. However, I have started attending a church on Wednesday nights. We have been studying the book of Revelation. It amazes me how much I have retained over the years concerning this subject and I have put in a lot of valuable information toward the overall conversation. The members of the congregation who have attended this Bible Study have been very receptive to my input.

This Month’s Online Bible Study about Bible Women

This month’s online Bible study that I have done, both here and on Bubblews, has been received very well by others. I really enjoyed the work that I put into this study. I see a parallel with gardening articles that I put out last year..Those articles lead to last year’s publication Simply Vegetable Gardening.  I find that I am able to help others concerning understanding the Bible. Since my books have a Christian orientation, I think that I need to put myself out there as a Christian speaker either for regular church services or for women’s ministry.

Book Publishing Goals

Earlier this month I gave away a number of my first book When God Turned His Head. on Kindle. I was rather disappointed with the results of the give-away. Thankfully, a couple of writer friends told me that the book still needs work so it is probably good that the book did not do as well as I had hoped. So I am going back and working on that book some more. If it weren’t for the fact that that book is the doorway to the rest of the books in the series, I might just let it stay as it is. However, that is not an option at this point. The book except for certain things has been well received by those who have read it. There are still a few things that I need to fix. It’s worth making the book better.

In addition, I have been talking with someone who tells me that the series can look a little more professional. Some of the suggestions are that I should get a professional photo taken of me as the author and that the novel series needs a more cohesive feel regarding its cover design. This coming month, I intend to make a priority of getting this work done.

I am still on target for getting three books published this year. A Coward’s Solace is ready for publication. I just need to get it out there. The other two Sailing Under The Black Flag and In the Shadow of the Mill Pond are still little more than rough drafts. I intend to change that in May and June.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 


Plans to Make When God Turned His Head-FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME

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I have plans to make When God Turned His Head free again on April 4&5 on KDP select, so put it on your calendars if you have not read this book. Recently I updated the formatting so it will be easier to read than it was in the past. If however, you want a physical copy of the book, it is available from Lulu.com  at a lower price than you can buy it  in print anywhere else!

Within the next few days, all of my books will be available in print at the Oregon County Cooperative. This includes the books in The Locket Saga: including When God Turned His Head, Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and my nonfiction book Simply Vegetable Gardening.

Please Help Me By Reviewing My Books!

If you have read my books and you enjoyed them, would you please consider reviewing them with a five star rating on Amazon for me? It would help me so much if you did. I’ll even make it easy for you by providing a link to my author central book page, just click on the book you want to review and write the review! Thanks for your help! (oh, yeah, if you want to buy another of my books, you can do it from that page too.)

 

Making Amazing Progress On A Coward’s Solace

Soon I will be adding my new book to my published collection. I have been making amazing progress recently on my upcoming book The Locket Saga Book III- A Coward’s Solace. I just got the book back from my first beta reader who had very few corrections to make and most of those were minor grammatical errors. One mistake that she found was that I had written that George Washington rode a white roan, well, because she is a livestock person, she knew that there is no such animal as a white roan. There are red roans, blue roans, and bay roans, but there is no such animal as a white roan.  Good to know before the book is published for the general public, right?

Final cover for A Cowards Solace

 

Because she found so few errors in A Coward’s Solace, I was able to make the changes on Tuesday and then yesterday I took the book to my second beta reader. She has a history art degree, so if she finds few errors too and likes the story, I will be able to get it available for the general public very soon.

I have the results for the cover for the book done as well. I took the suggestions of which of four covers everyone liked. Because it had little color (it was black and white) I made the main title red but left the subtitle white and my author name black. This way when the book is in a thumbprint size, the title will still be readable.

 

 

 

 

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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Back in 2010 I wrote my first book. It felt like I was introducing my baby to the world and I didn’t like it when others found reason to criticize it. The problem was the book really did have problems. It had so many typos that some people didn’t like to read it. The formatting both in the print version and the e-book version were severely faulted.

Fortunately I didn’t have ten thousand copies of the book in my garage. I was smart enough to have written the book as a print-on-demand book. That was probably the only smart thing I did with that book.

Additionally, I am learning from my mistakes. I did a complete re-write of When God Turned His Head, reformatted it in print and on Kindle. My second book Soldiers Don’t Cry, The Locket Saga Continues was edited by a professional editor. I also used better formatting with that book. My third book Simply Vegetable Gardening is my first nonfiction book. It is a rewrite of numerous articles that I wrote on Hubpages. I published the book because I am passionate about this niche, and  I have a lot of experience to share.

My fourth book A Coward’s Solace I still need to get  back from my first beta reader and so I can make the necessary changes. When I finish, I will send it to my second beta reader and then to get it edited and finally I will be able to publish.

My biggest challenge in writing a book is not writing the book, editing, or formatting it. My biggest challenge is in marketing my books. if you are an author and have great tips on how to market and build platform, I would love to hear them. If you are a reader who loves the drama of great history, I believe you’ll love my books.

A Coward’s Solace

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite cover for my upcoming book, A Coward’s Solace.

Here is the winning cover! 

I also wrote the first draft of the description.  So, what do you think? Is this a book you would want to read?  Any suggestions for improvement?

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Out of the woods a feverish white man dressed as an Indian stumbles into Elizabeth Thorton McCray’s home. What is his connection with Elizabeth. Why does the sight of  this man make Martha Dawson;’s heart pound?

In the backdrop of these same frozen woods at Valley Forge, Continental Forces huddle together during the darkest hours of the American Revolution. General Washington had just suffered the worse campaigning season of his career. His contemporaries considered him a coward and incompetent. Phillip, Elizabeth’s husband, since deserting the British army is unsure what his place is in the conflict. Are these men cowards, or is some greater drama unfolding?

 

 

 

 

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon.

Where to find Cygnet Brown online

Where to Buy In Print

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/cygnetbrown

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