Monday, April 02, 2012

Calico Trails Welcomes Cheryl St. John

I’m excited about this new mini-series, Irish Brides, and honored to kick it off with The Wedding Journey as well as a free online read. The series starts toward the end of the Irish potato famine, 1845-1852, when a million people died and a million others immigrated. At this time nearly all the land was owned by rich English families and overseen by agents or middlemen. The tenants were powerless, penniless and lived on potatoes and water. It’s no wonder why so many dreamed of a new life and the possibility of owning their own land.

In The Wedding Journey, you’ll see how the ship owners took advantage of the fleeing Irish by selling passage on overcrowded and unsanitary ships, where thousands upon thousands died at sea. One of the best things about what I do as an author is my ability to create story people who deal with the worst conditions history can throw at them and survive. Meet the Murphy sisters, three young ladies determined to leave their lives of poverty and forge new lives in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I was fortunate to find a diary, written by a man aboard an immigrant ship, and between its pages I learned of the daily life and hardships of the journey to the new land. I'm always inspired by stories of men and women who courageously face the unknown and who face devastating hardships to triumph over weather, suffrage, poverty, false accusations, and I like to write strong people of enormous character. The Wedding Journey was an opportunity to populate an entire ship with interesting characters and watch them interact. I believe you’ll be inspired by their stories of courage and their discoveries of love.

The Wedding Journey
Love Inspired Historical, April
ISBN: 978-0-373-82911-8

The mysterious inheritance is the answer to a prayer. Now Irish lass Maeve Murphy and her sisters can come to America. She's sure happiness awaits her, even if it won't--can't--come from widowed ship doctor Flynn Gallagher. Yes, he made her his assistant, but she's not foolish enough to fall for the man all the eligible, wealthy female passengers admire.

Flynn Gallagher may have his pick of ladies, but only one cares as he does for the sick and poor. Flynn vowed never to marry another woman who would break his heart. With Maeve, has his heart found safe harbor at last?

Link to The Wedding Journey on amazon:
The Wedding Journey (Love Inspired Historical)

The Wedding Journey, Book One in the Irish Brides trilogy is Cheryl St.John's fortieth book. In May, Renee Ryan's Mistaken Bride is the story of middle sister Bridget. June brings A Baby Between Them by Winnie Griggs.

Cheryl has given us lots of fun things to do today. Enjoy!

1) DRAWING: Cheryl is giving away the complete set of three autographed books to one person who emails her with the names of the two main characters in Donnelly's Promise. Include the character names as well as your name and address in the body of the email and DRAWING ENTRY as the subject line. Send to:

2) FREE READ: The Harlequin website features a free daily online read, the prequel to The Wedding Journey: Read Vaughn and Darcy's story, titled Donnelly's Promise.

3) TRAILER: You don't want to miss The Wedding Journey book trailer. I got a sneak peek and it's awesome. Check out Flynn Gallagher and tell us what you think!

Scroll down to see THREE of Cheryl's most prized possessions from Saturday's Sneak Preview. Cheryl, what a joy to have you with us on Calico Trails!