Celebrate Canada/America Bookish Event #canadaday #historicalromance #giveaway @NNP_W_Light

Celebrate Canada American Bookish Event

Join me and 11 other authors in celebrating Canada Day and the Fourth of July holidays @NNP_W_Light’s Canada/America Bookish Event. My book, Rogue’s Hostage, will be featured on Canada Day, July 1st.

Rogue’s Hostage is set in Pennsylvania and Quebec during the French and Indian War, ending with the epic battle of the Plains of Abraham that decided the fate of Canada as British rather than French. It was, to say the least, a pivotal moment in Canadian history.

Blurb:

She wants her freedom. Her captor wants her. Can love survive a deadly war?

His hostage…

In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré’s life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn’t count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.

Her destiny…

French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau’s desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.

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Happy Canada Day and Independence Day!

Linda

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A Look Back at #MemorialDay #history

Memorial Day graphic

When we have a three-day weekend, it’s easy to ignore the reason for the day off, but in the case of Memorial Day, we should remember why we celebrate.

The holiday started in the years immediately following the Civil War, the most destructive conflict in our country’s history. Hardly a family or community went unaffected by that terrible war. Two of my ancestors fought for the Union. One was wounded at Gettysburg, the other at the Battle of the Wilderness. The latter lived into his 80’s with a bullet lodged in one knee.

His rifle stayed in the family and was eventually passed down to me. I display it proudly in my family room.

1859 Sharps Rifle

Model 1859 Sharps Rifle carried by my ancestor throughout the Civil War

As early as 1866, people gathered flowers in spring to decorate the graves of the fallen. For decades the holiday was knows as Decoration Day, but after World War II, Memorial Day stuck. In 1866, President Johnson declared the town of Waterloo, New York to be the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday, but other cities make competing claims.

In the South, states set aside alternate dates to honor the Confederate dead. It wasn’t until after World War I that all states began celebrating on the same day, May 30, and people began honoring the dead of all American wars, not just the Civil War.

In 1968 Congress passed the law that created three-day weekends, and since then Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday in May. This year the last Monday happens to be May 31st.

Ceremonies take place at veteran’s cemeteries across the nation, including the big event at Arlington National Cemetery, which I visited in April 2019. The trees were in bloom, and the cemetery was lovely and peaceful.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, April 2019

History.com has an interesting article about Memorial Day, including a video showing the ceremony in 1936 presided over by FDR and with prescient remarks from General John Pershing that foreshadowed WWII.

Have fun, but don’t forget why we celebrate.

Linda