Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’re just joining us, the hunt begins at www.LisaBergren.com, with Stop #1. If you complete the loop of 26 stops, writing down the clue on each author’s site, you can enter to win all 25 books as well as Amazon gift cards, an iPad and more!
Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Tamera Alexander. Tamera is a master of historical fiction, an author who consistently writes novels that draw you into their stories and hold you fast until the final page.
I have not had the pleasure of reading With This Pledge – yet. But it’s on my immediate TBR list.
Here’s her professional bio, in case you’d like to learn more: Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers of inspirational historical romance. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for many of her critically-acclaimed novels.
Here’s the summary of her latest book:
Sorely wounded and disillusioned, a decorated Mississippi sharpshooter clings to life after the Confederacy is dealt a heavy blow. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause—but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. From the pages of history and the real love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Lizzie Clouston who met—and fell in love—following the Battle of Franklin (November 1863), With This Pledge is the story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
And here’s her EXCLUSIVE content that you’ll only find in this hunt!
When Fiction Becomes Real…and Visa Versa
by Tamera Alexander
I often wonder how Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Clouston—real people who lived in the 19th century—would feel knowing that their lives and love letters are the inspiration for a 21st century novel.
Captain Roland Jones and Lizzie Clouston are the real life hero and heroine in With This Pledge who met and fell in love at Carnton in Franklin, Tennessee during the Civil War, following the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864.
In researching and writing Roland and Lizzie’s love story, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of connecting with Captain Jones’ great-great-great-great grandson, David. (Quite a thrill for this history loving author!)
David has shared the love letters between Roland and Lizzie with me, along with the family history (as have the wonderful folks at Carnton), and this rich wealth of resources and intimate insights have made the writing journey for With This Pledge a wonderful one. But it hasn’t been without its challenges. Weaving real history with fiction can be tricky. Add to that a cast of characters which is largely based on real people…and the challenges multiply!
I first visited Carnton in the fall of 2007 after my husband and I moved to Nashville following 17 years in Colorado. I purchased my ticket for the tour in a small trailer on the grounds and walked up a worn path toward the house.
As the docent unfolded Carnton’s history and turned time back on itself, I fell a little in love with the home that day—and with the McGavocks, the real family who lived there. But it was the living, breathing memory of what happened within those walls and on the surrounding hallowed fields of a bloody Civil War battle that stayed with me through the years. That kept pulling me back to Carnton.
And now, 11 years—and 15 novels—later, it’s those same living, breathing memories that have inspired me to write about this home, this family, and the remarkable people who lived, worked, fought and died at Carnton.
Christmas at Carnton, a Carnton novella, released in October 2017 and was written specifically to launch this brand new Southern series.
Thanks for stopping by on the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THIS CLUE:
Secret Word: to tell.
Got ‘em down?? Great! Your next stop is #12, Tamera Alexander’s site. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found on Lisa Bergren’s website.
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