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Nothing is a requirement. This is a stress free, enjoyment-only group. Discuss & share anything.

 

Christian Historical Fiction drives the mind from romance to suspense to incredible research presented in a package full of hours of entertainment.

Join us as we discuss a little bit of it all.

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Miranda Shisler

Miranda Shisler

Keep reading for a giveaway opportunity! I love meeting authors that will bring new stories and new imaginings to my story time, don’tcha know it?! Today is fun, because I have a debut author, well debut in this genre and name to welcome today to Creative Madness Mama and the Christian Historical Fiction Gathering Place. I’ve downloaded her novel, Where We Belong, the first in the Midwest Maidens series and it is next on my reading list! *This post has been in my drafts and has meant to post!! But alas, finally I am here to share… I apologize for the delay!!  Please welcome, Miranda Shisler! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started reading Christian historical romance when I was eleven with Janette Oke’s “Canadian West” series. I was also affected greatly by “The Russians” series by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. . .

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The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe

The Confessions of X

The story of Augustine’s human love Historical fiction is my favorite genre, one of the reasons is that I love to dive within an atmosphere of history to experience what might have happened from someone’s imaginings. This is the type of environment created with the deeply researched, in depth, and beautifully written story of a real person from our historical past. A simple question as a child in school provided the spark of interest for deep research and then an imagination run wild with a pen in hand, Suzanne M. Wolfe has created a story to captivate those that want to know about the woman behind the man of Augustine’s Confessions. From my years in college studying, while earning my Bachelor of Religious Studies I spent a while reading book after book of which Augustine was a captivating character present with much talking about his spiritual love. Yet as a. . .

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Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

It’s a new year coming soon, and a new opportunity to participate in a challenge for reading Christian Historical Fiction. I know this year is going to be awesome! The more participants we have, the more giveaways there will be. You can also sign up and participate through the Goodreads group as well if you’d like. (I love it because of the widget that tells me just how many books I’ve read! And it’s automatic to counting a book if it’s found on the Christian Historical Fiction shelf.) Now here’s for the fun… Every month, a new post will be created here on www.ChristianHistoricalFiction.com with an opportunity to participate. (Guests are invited to post as well, just ask!) Everyone can participate, even those who do not have a blog or a Goodreads membership (just use the comments section to add your book title and thoughts if you desire). Add the link(s). . .

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Book List for Christmas (Day 1)

Prepping a book pile for mama, and craft ideas for the wee ones. Today’s recommendation for children is of the canine sort. Today’s recommendation for mamas is:   My review of The Advent Bride from last season is here. Get a start in the 12 Brides of Christmas Collection! And if you just cannot wait for more recommendations, you can check out my picture Christmas reading list from 2012. Today’s family craft: Christmas Strawberries! First Name Email (No spam, I promise. Just creative madness ramblings, reviews and life-stories, with quilting and cross stitch inspiration in between!)

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2015 Book Sale

Creative Madness Mama 2015 Book Sale

Long story short, but I need to sell some books. Nearly all my books are in pristine condition with very few exceptions. Smoke and pet free. Paperback $10 each include shipping. Hardcover $15 each include shipping. Prices negotiable! Mass Market Paperback $5 include shipping. I will hear reasonable offers. I’ll accept Paypal, Amazon gift cards, Amazon gift copies, and consider trades. Any questions or the like, just ask. 🙂 First Name Email (No spam, I promise. Just creative madness ramblings, reviews and life-stories, with quilting and cross stitch inspiration in between!)

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Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

Fairy Tale Romance Collection Review

Today I have two specific reviews for you and more to come. I love omnibus books, if you haven’t heard me say it before I’ll say it now! I love collections and now Melanie Dickerson has a good handful of books (all stand alone worthy, never fear) of her fairy tale romances. Now you can buy them as one ebook for a bargain! In this collection, you can read a set of tales from Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Cinderella, and the Frog and the Princess. And soon, Melanie also has stories for Rapunzel, the Princess and the Pea, as well as a Robin Hood meets Swan Lake mistress.   My first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don’t agree with that, it’s not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for. . .

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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner {Review}

Secrets of a Charmed Life Review

You may already know that my favorite genre is Christian Historical Fiction but did you know that my truly favorite stories to read are their own little sub-genre of a Christian Historical Fiction/Contemporary mix? Like that of Susan Meissner and Elizabeth Musser. Nothing grabs me in more than stories that bring you in and out of the historical context to a modern day to truly bring the characters alive and off the page. The Shape of Mercy and The Girl in the Glass are two such novels that I have read and enjoyed in recent years from Susan Meissner. Thus when I discovered that the New American Library from Penguin Random House was now publishing some new stories for her I had to look them up. Lately, I have been on an Edwardian kick and reading many early 20th century setting novels. When I was browsing through my to-reads list I noticed a few titles from. . .

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Sofia’s Tune {Book Trailer}

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About Cindy Thomson

Cindy Thomson

Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. In addition to books, Cindy has written articles for numerous online and print publications. She is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio. Visit her online at www.cindyswriting.com.

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When Calls the Heart: Heart of the Family DVD {Review}

When Calls the Heart DVD Review

As a family, we do not own cable, satellite, or any of those services. We do own DVDs and use a subscription service or two for streaming videos. Last fall, I stumbled upon When Calls the Heart, the series, or the first season rather on one such service and with my girls we curled up and watched episode after episode day after day. In years past I read the book which the series is based on with the name When the Heart Calls by Janette Oke. I enjoyed the book and the first season, thus when a review opportunity came up from FishFlix.com ~ (http://www.FishFlix.com) to watch a DVD featuring Movie 3 from Season 2, When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family, I was ecstatic. The problem that I find with subscription services is that the material is always changing, while when you own it on a physical DVD you can watch it anytime and. . .

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When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke {Review}

When Calls the Heart

This is my first experience with Janette Oke, which had a lot riding on it because of the recommendations from my sister-in-law as well as the making of the movies, etc. I was pleased. It was a quick and enjoyable read. At first I did not like how it was written as a Dear so-and-so letter perspective, but I think that it works well, as if it is Elizabeth telling you the story, as to children or a friend. Love, patience, and waiting for God’s will not your own are very valuable lessons learned here, as well as to get out of your comfort zone to see what he has in store for you. I look forward to the rest of the series and then others. First Name Email (No spam, I promise. Just creative madness ramblings, reviews and life-stories, with quilting and cross stitch inspiration in between!)

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2015 Christmas Christian Historical Fiction {Reading Challenge}

Okay, hear me out! I’m definitely one of the first people that wants to celebrate the crisp beginnings of fall… And the events of All Saints Day or Halloween (no matter which you celebrate). After all, November is my birthday month! and perhaps Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. But Christmas is something special. This year I want to make sure to get the word out for any and all who wish to join me in reading for the Christmas Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge through ChristianHistoricalFiction.com! So I’m announcing it early! So you can start picking your titles and making your to-be-read piles and stacks!! I want you to join me! First Name Email (No spam, I promise. Just creative madness ramblings, reviews and life-stories, with quilting and cross stitch inspiration in between!)

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I’ve been busy! Creative Madness Mama update!

At a glance, you might assume that I’ve been away from the blog for a bit. I assure you that is not the case! Behind the scenes I’ve been busy busy busy! [bctt tweet=”Creative Madness Mama is making updates and her blog is even prettier! Check out www.CreativeMadnessMama.com! “] I have spent a lot of time updating some posts and creating pinnable images. If you missed any of these reviews in the past, go read them and learn from our experiences in our homeschool journey! Also, I’m slowly going through reviews adding them to my Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin {aff} database to make things easy to index and find. I’m discovering old great things and making pretty new things in my book reviews. I’m delighted with my experience so far and I’m sure it will make your visits to Creative Madness Mama even more successful!   Catch up on July:. . .

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Blogging in an overwhelming atmosphere? Since when!

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For the ones of you that do not know me, or are just now new to visiting (and hopefully subscribing!) to Creative Madness Mama, let me give you a little detail. (I’m sure I should update my About Me Page as well…) It was in the fall of 2007 that I started a blog to share my progress on quilt and cross stitch projects. Shortly thereafter I started reviewing books on Goodreads, and then posting those reviews on my blog as well. Then the children came and it was maternity, nursing, and baby reviews as well and now we have naturally merged into homeschool curricula reviews as we’re starting our adventure into the Second Grade (if you can believe it!). To my knowledge, I’m always amazed at the numbers this blog generates; however, I’ve never made much in affiliates. Now, today I’ve been visiting a lot of new-to-me blogs and. . .

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Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom) is in stores now!

I was shocked years ago when Sarah Sundin published her first novel and it easily found it’s way to being my favorite read novel ever. So, of course I’m delighted that she has a new series coming out. Continuing in her military Christian Historical Fiction romance genre with women in the service, the Waves of Freedom series starts with book #1 Through Waters Deep. I cannot wait to get my hands on it! It is absolutely on my wish list! It is either in stores now or nearly so as last I checked it said releasing July/August 2015! Resources Excerpt Download PDF First Name Email (No spam, I promise. Just creative madness ramblings, reviews and life-stories, with quilting and cross stitch inspiration in between!)

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To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles) by Rebecca DeMarnio

Last year I read the first book in The Southold Chronicles, A Place in His Heart and while the writing was really good – the story left me unimpressed. Overall, it was just too sad and not a great read. I was eager to give this new-to-me author a chance with her next novel, as I mentioned one of my favorite authors (Siri Mitchell) can also write a pretty devastating story. In the end, I just wasn’t impressed. If this is meant to be a Christian Historical Romance, the romance is sorely lacking and just falls short of my typical expectations for such a novel. For this story it seems as if it was incredibly and thoroughly researched but then rushed to be finished without a smooth flow. The historical details do provide interest, but it’s just not enough to make me enthusiastic. First Name Email (No spam, I promise.. . .

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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list. Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors. Provides novella-length releases between authors’ full-length novels. One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Includes Reading Group Guides. Bonus content: http://media.harpercollinschristian.com/page/fairmagnoliastreasury/ Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It’s amazing when a character can make you so angry… I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of. . .

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