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Author takeover and a Giveaway!

We’re doing something a little different today as I turn over the blog to Kathleen L. Maher. Kathleen is going to give you a little insight on what it means to become an author. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Read through to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway.

(Kathleen, I had a great time chatting with you over the last few weeks, and I’m so excited over your book babies. They’re beautiful!)

Without further ado… Here’s Kathleen.

“Overnight Success” and other Witticisms of the Writing Life

Launching a book (or two) after hiding in the obscurity of a writing cave can be a little disorienting. The lights are bright outside the cave. Almost blinding. There are people out there. Real live people, and not the fictitious ones in my head. Many of them are just as startled as I am when I emerge holding my finished book.

YOU’RE a writer? Since when?

(Me, shrugging) Well, I guess since now. Because I finally have tangible evidence.

*poof!* Here I am. An overnight writer. Just like a baby suddenly exists once its born. Right?

Whoa Nellie! Stop the stagecoach. Aren’t there typically nine long months of gestation and growth and preparation before that blessed event? What happened to the straining ligaments, the awkward balance adjustments carrying the weight of that precious bundle in suspension between your bursting ribs and squished bladder? No, I have scars proving that my babies, who were germinated out of love and divine purpose, grew and stretched inside of me. Stretched ME.

And that’s just the point. A baby grows in a womb, a hidden chamber the Bible calls “the secret place.” Away from prying eyes, harsh environments, and infectious influences. A perfect incubation nook of privacy and nurturing, until it reaches viability, ready to take on a life of its own.

I thought we’re talking about books.

(Me, shrugging again) Yes. I guess I became a mother, er a writer, the moment I conceived this germ of an idea. And all through the process of carrying the seed, watering it, adding flesh and sinew and nuance to the bare bone framework, until all the research, drafts, critiques, networking, marketing, refining, and fine tuning–thirty years later–I had not one, but TWO books born at the same time. With a third one on the way. And two more vying for my attention like jealous children.

Thirty years is a long time to work on something with no tangible outcome. Not even a baby bump to show for it. But does anything worthwhile happen overnight?

Maybe, maybe not.

Better question: Is all the sacrifice, pain and labor worth it?

(deep, satisfied sigh) When you see pieces of yourself in the beautiful reflection of that new life, images of the mother you lost two years ago, impressions of those you love and who have influenced you…. Little facets of everything that ever left an impact on your soul embedded into its DNA, you will know then that the process was worth it. And again, when others reach for your baby to appreciate it for themselves, oh my heart. There is nothing on this side of eternity quite like it.

Savor that moment.

* * * *

About my book babies:

The Abolitionist’s Daughter

Marietta Hamilton is determined to reunite a mother and child separated at a slave auction, but one thing stands in her way—handsome Virginia horseman Ethan Sharpe.

Ever since attending John Brown’s hanging, Ethan has misgivings about the “necessary evil.” Sent by their father to acquire a new stable hand, Ethan and his twin brother Devon engage in a bidding war with Marietta’s father. Devon wins, and Ethan realizes too late that they have broken up a family.

Marietta’s crusading influence drives a wedge between brothers as the nation erupts in Civil War. Now it is Ethan’s family being torn apart…

Purchase link:

The Abolitionist’s Daughter book trailer link:

“Love Brick by Brick”

a novella in the Victorian Christmas Brides Collection

Victorian Christmas Brides Collection

SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love.

Purchase link:

Pinterest board:

About the author:

Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War historical romance. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of New York history. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.

Follow Kathleen on Facebook:

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on Amazon:

and on Pinterest:

Thanks so much for having me today, Tabitha. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away an ecopy of The Abolitionist’s Daughter to one lucky commenter. To enter, please answer the following question: What accomplishment or life event did you wait the longest for? Was it worth it? Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if selects your entry. (Winner announced_____)

In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including a $50 Amazon gift card, a print copy of each of my books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (See remaining dates of my blog tour on my facebook author page.)

Link to rafflecopter:

Good luck!

Kathleen L. Maher

ACFW Genesis Award Winner 2012

“Bachelor Buttons” a novella in the Cry of FreedomCivil War Collection

“Love Brick by Brick” a novella in the Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Sept. 2018 by Barbour Publishing

The Abolitionist’s Daughter coming in Fall of 2018, book one in Sons of the Shenandoah Series

7 thoughts on “Author takeover and a Giveaway!”

  1. Tabitha, thank you so much for having me here this week. I am excited to share a giveaway opportunity with your readers. Looking forward to chatting with them all!

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  2. Thanks for an opportunity to enter a giveaway! However, since I don’t “do” ebooks, is there any “chance” to win a print copy? Thanks! In return for a print copy, I could send you an instrumental harp CD:)


    1. Hi, Lual
      I have a giveaway for a print copy on my next blog hop stop. Check out my author page for a schedule of upcoming blog posts.
      Thanks for your interest!


    1. Hi Linda, thanks for sharing. Taking care of a family is a wonderful accomplishment. The love of a husband and children is it’s own reward. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and good luck in the drawing


  3. Looks like our winner is Lindamoffitt02. Congratulations Linda! Thank you for stopping by. I’ll get a hold of Tabitha and ask for your email.
    Thank you once again Tabitha for hosting my blog post and giveaway this week.

    Hope you all have a great weekend!


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