Last night I just felt so supported! No, I’m not talking about my–ahem–clothing. I’m talking about my overwhelming pleasure at the support I receive from readers.
When I got to Ingersoll Public Library for my author talk last night, I wasn’t sure how many to expect. This is not my community even though long ago I skated at the arena one Saturday night. Seven years old, I heard my name boomed out over the loudspeaker, “Come off the ice!” I made my way along the boards, big boys whizzing by me so close I was afraid they’d trip my feet right out from under me, to my tall and smiling daddy standing at the propped open door. (He was afraid for my safety!) I felt safe then and I felt safe last night in that same nearby community.
It’s a beautiful library as you’ll see by clicking the link and its designers obviously treasure their past. Right in the spacious foyer stands a life-size statue of Thomas Ingersoll for whom the town is named. He received a grant of 67000 acres of land from the famed Governor Simcoe back in the 1700’s; hence, the town’s name. At today’s prices of $20,000 an acre, that’s some pretty awesome grant! My accountant husband busily did the math and told me it’s in the billions.
Back to the supporters. A number of familiar faces formed part of my small audience but at least half of the group were new to me. I was delighted to see all of them because as any author knows drawing a crowd is not easy. Thoughtful questions and generous comments came from this group who were excited about both my books and the Author Cruise I’m featured on in the fall.
Two people had their cell phones out taking pictures and tweeting about the event. Wow! That’s the first time I’ve been the lucky recipient of that! Their posts awaited me as I checked my own phone once I got home. I went to sleep thinking how great it is to be a published author.
Please share your own happy experiences along this journey or in any way you felt supported. And check out the cruise!
For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!
Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.
The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!
by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship
Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards
When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.
With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.