Thursday, August 13, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Morning Star (The Maidels of Morning Star #1) by Charlotte Hubbard

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Morning Star
Series: The Maidels of Morning Star #1
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: July 28th 2020
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance

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When four maidels join forces to turn an abandoned barn into an Amish marketplace, the unmarried women have community in mind. But their fledgling enterprise promises to reap surprising rewards for each in turn, including the gift of unexpected love . . .

For Regina Miller, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a chance to share her secret work with the world—without revealing herself. Old Order Amish forbid the creation of art without purpose, but without a husband, Regina has been free to explore the joy of painting in her attic. Yet when Gabe Flaud’s curiosity leads him to speculate that Regina herself is the painter, the full weight of their community’s judgement falls on her shoulders. When Gabe stands up to defend Regina, questioning the Order’s restrictions, he reveals his own guilty secret and is shunned along with her. Forced to turn to each other for companionship, the young couple must learn to balance their own needs with their deep faith … and a love that will show them all things are possible.

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EXCERPT:
Regina entered her bedroom, stepped onto her large wooden trunk, and then opened the short, narrow door in the wall so she could climb the wooden stairs to the attic.

What if nobody wants my paintings, or worse yet, ridicules them? And what if folks figure out that I’m the artist—and that I’ve been living a lie for years? Best to nip this in the bud before I have to tell any more whoppers and get caught in them.

And yet, as Regina stood in the center of her secret studio, something deep inside her longed to display the work that so satisfied her soul. Nearly every evening, after a day of staining furniture, she spent a few hours in her hideaway, painting nature scenes.

Regina needed to paint the way most folks needed to eat and breathe. Her schoolteacher had complimented her artwork when she’d been young—and her parents had allowed her to take a short watercolor class at Koenig’s Krafts when she’d entered rumspringa. Dat’s brother Clarence was a preacher, however, so he’d been adamant about Regina joining the church at an early age. She’d secured her salvation at seventeen by being baptized, but she’d forfeited her innermost soul: in the Morning Star district, members were forbidden to create art for art’s sake because it was considered worldly and it called attention to the artist.

Regina had obediently tucked her paints and brushes into her wooden trunk, but she’d felt the loss of her art acutely. After her parents had died when a train collided with the bus they were all riding home from a wedding, Regina had kept herself sane by taking up her paints again, setting up her easel in the attic—out of sight when anyone came to visit. At twenty-two, she’d been rather young to live alone on her family’s small acreage but moving in with Uncle Clarence, Aunt Clara, and their young daughters would’ve killed her spirit forever.

Bishop Jeremiah had taken her side and had dropped in on her often until she’d gotten a little older. Martin Flaud had hired her because her father had been one of his finest craftsmen—and because Regina had proven herself to be more meticulous at staining and finishing than any of his male employees. She’d survived the rough, lonely times by working hard at the factory, and by surrounding herself with the quilts and curtains Mamm had made and the furniture Dat had built for their cozy home.

And so the last ten years had passed . . .

Regina had willingly given up any chance for marriage—because she couldn’t reveal her sinful pastime to a husband.

Gazing at the nature paintings that surrounded her on that Sunday afternoon, Regina felt torn. Why had God given her a keen eye and the talent to render woodland scenes, flowers, and wild creatures on paper if He wouldn’t allow her to paint pictures of His creation openly and without guilt?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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GIVEAWAY:
Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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38 comments:

  1. Congrats on this tour and thanks for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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  2. Sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Good to see you here today, Victoria!

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  4. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Ann! My publisher's art dept. does a wonderful job with my covers.

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  5. sounds like a fun one

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  6. Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous cover!!

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    1. And thanks for spending some time with us today, Julie!

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  8. Thank you for sharing! Sounds good!

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  9. congrats on the tour, this book sounds great

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  10. It sounds like an emotional read. Loved the excerpt.

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  11. We used to live in a rental farm house located on an Amish farm...my four youngest did have to walk up a 1 mile dirt and gravel road to catch there school bus. The 3 in elementary school sometimes rode up on the local Amish school Teachers buggy. Occasionally, other Amish friends coming down the farm road would give the boys a ride in on their open buggies. If the weather was bad...snowing or raining, I’d give them a ride in the car. Such stories and memories we have! Can’t wait to read your book.

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. What a lovely cover and title...a must read for me..

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  14. This book sounds quite lovely. I would really love to read more!

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  15. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. I really like the blurb and the cover! Thank you

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  17. Oh wow this looks amazing and really fascinating - I love learning about different cultures like the Amish! I'd definitely like to read it!

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  18. I love Amish romance books! The cover looks great and I really would like to read this book. Will be adding to my to-be-read list.

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  19. This looks like a book that many people would enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  21. I loved the excerpt. I can't wait to pick up a copy of the book.

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