Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to gather with loved ones to give thanks for all the Lord has provided. I love the food, the fellowship, and the endearing spirit of the season. What a great time to host a Giveaway!
I’m thrilled to have friend and fellow historical author, Tara Johnson, partner with me in this special Thanksgiving Giveaway!
Tara Johnson is a writer, singer, speaker and passionate lover of stories. She makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Connect with Tara online at her website (TaraJohnsonStories.com)
Her Giveaway novel: Where Dandelions Bloom
Cassie Kendrick is on the run. Her abusive father arranged her marriage to a despicable man, but she’s discovered an escape. Disguised as a man, Cassie enlists in the Union army, taking the name Thomas Turner. On the battlefields of the Civil War, keeping her identity a secret is only the beginning of her problems, especially after she meets Gabriel Avery, a handsome young photographer.
Anxious to make his mark on the world and to erase the darkness and guilt lurking from his past, Gabriel works with renowned photographer Matthew Brady to capture images from the front lines of the war. As Gabriel forges friendships with many of the men he encounters, he wonders what the courageous, unpredictable Thomas Turner is hiding.
Battling betrayal, their own personal demons, and a country torn apart by war, can Cassie and Gabriel learn to forgive themselves and trust their futures to the God who births hope and healing in the darkest places?
Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia Roemer enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800’s prairie and pre-Civil War Era. She writes from her family farm in the Midwest where she resides with her husband and two college-aged sons.
Cynthia’s Giveaway novel: Under Moonlit Skies
Her life was planned out ~ until he rode in ~ Illinois prairie ~ 1859
After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.
Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.
I’m honored Tara so graciously wrote an endorsement for Under Moonlit Skies.
Endorsement: Trapped between the weight of obligation and the haunting pull of conviction, Under Moonlit Skies brings to life the beauty that is found when two hearts yield control to the plans of a loving Creator. Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this story is sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart.
Both novels are set during the Civil War Era. And though Where Dandelions Bloom (set in 1861) is more steeped in the Civil War, Under Moonlit Skies (1859) touches on some of the pre-Civil War tensions of the times. We pray you’ll be blessed by our novels. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends! God bless!
A random winner will be chosen to receive a signed copy of Where Dandelions Bloom. A second winner be chosen to receive a signed copy of Under Moonlit Skies, along with the above friendship pin (US addresses only).
Cynthia Roemer’s PRAIRIE SKY SERIES: Stories of faith and resilience on the Midwest prairie Inspirational Historical Romance
UNDER THIS SAME SKY ~ BOOK ONE
UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES ~ BOOK TWO
UNDER MOONLIT SKIES ~ BOOK THREE
~Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
**Connect with Cynthia Roemer on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.
Love spending Thanksgiving with my family, kicking back relaxing together, as well as sharing our meal together, and reminiscing past holidays. Most of all thanking God for our many blessings.
My thoughts exactly, Christine! It’s the simple things in life that mean the most! Thanks for sharing.
Deciding who gets the Thursday dinner and who gets Friday. We usually eat with both sets of grandparents.
Sounds like a fun tradition, Rachel! That’s wonderful that you still have both sets of grandparents to share Thanksgiving with! Enjoy!
My favorite tradition at Thanksgiving was to put up to my Christmas tree.
I’ll be doing that this year for the first time, Sonnetta! We’ve always put it up the day following Thanksgiving, but it’s going to work better on Thanksgiving day this year. Thanks!
I always decorate the house the day after Christmas while the rest of the family is out braving the craziness of Black Friday. I love the quiet peacefulness of decorating with Christmas music playing and a cup of hot tea nearby. 🙂
This book sounds awesome. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for this opportunity.
You’re very welcome, Barbara. Thanks for your continued support! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Just spending time with family and friends!
That’s the best part. Thanks, Faith! Enjoy! God bless!
Both books sound really good!!! Happy Thanksgiving to both authors!!
Thank you, Trudy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. The best to you in the giveaway!
Thank you! I sure hope you enjoy it! Happy Thanksgiving!
We don’t really have traditions per say – just family gathering – loud and joyous 🙂 Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
You too, Natalya! Sounds like a fun time. Enjoy!
We don’t really have any traditions. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
You as well, Ann! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
These all sound good! Is the dandelion one a remake of Mulan?
My fav Thanksgiving tradition is putting up my in-laws’ 10-ft tree with the whole family.
Wow! That’s a huge one! How fun! No, I don’t believe Where Dandelions Bloom had Mulan in mind. I’ll let Tara respond to that. LOL! Thanks, Lila! Hope you have the opportunity to read them both at some point. Blessings!
HI Lila! I’m late to the party…I have a whole pack of teenagers in my house and I finally escaped for a moment of peace! lol I never envisioned Where Dandelions Bloom as a remake of Mulan but several people have noticed several comparisons which is so awesome! Both woman had a phenomenal amount of grit and courage. They are true heroes.
All the yummy food, reminiscing with family & friends, football & board games! I love it all! So grateful for family & friends! Happy Thanksgiving Cynthia!
Same to you, Robin! Sounds like you have a very enjoyable list of Thanksgiving traditions. Enjoy! God bless!
Thanks so much, Orlinda! It’s nice to meet you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Day is a day of faith, family, and food and it is a special day to remember the past and give thanks for the present. Happy Thanksgiving!
Amen, Connie! Well said. Thanks for stopping by to enter. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Our Holiday tradition is spending time with our little family and making Thanksgiving placemats with our 2 grandchildren that live here in our same town. They are 13 and 11 years old I have one other grandson but he doesn’t live here. So my 2 grandchildren that live here have been coloring and making Thanksgiving placemats , we made them just yesterday, they were off from school and they were here, so I had them make them. It is always fun, especially seeing the placemats they colored when they were a lot younger. All these books sound like very good reads and the covers are Beautiful. You all have a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
What a wonderful tradition with your grandchildren. Thanks for sharing, Alicia! That will be something they always remember and cherish! God bless you!
I like spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends for dinner and spending time together.
Definitely the highlight of the day–being with family. Thanks, Dianne! The best to you in the giveaway!
Making the meal and sharing it with whomever, as long as I’m in good company 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Amen! Thanks, Amber! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
The food is always great! But I also enjoy getting together with family.
Right on both counts. Thanks, Rachael! =)
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when we can go eat a special meal together at the house and spend time together. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Love to win print books! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hi Lual! Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving traditions. The best to you in the giveaway! Have a great Thanksgiving!
Staying home with the family and eating our turkey dinner together is our yearly tradition. Thanks for the chance of winning two delightful books.
So glad you stopped by to enter, Stephanie! The best to you in the giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!
Spending time with family is the absolute best!!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly! It’s great to meet you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Our meals are pretty set and very traditional. One of my favorite things is the special thanksgiving breakfast from a local German Bakery. Of course, the parade will be on and later in the day, football. A nap is a necessity! The best part though is doing all of this with my family.
Sounds wonderful, Brandi! Thanks for sharing!
My daughter says her favorite Thanksgiving tradition is coming home for my lemon meringue pie. Blessings
What a blessing for you to know, Lucy! Have a wonderful time with your family!
My favorite thanksgiving tradition is getting family together and telling what we are thankful for.
That is one of mine as well, Paula! Blessings!
Fabulous bundle. Thanks so much for the chance. 🙂
Thanks so much, Nancy! So glad you stopped by to enter.
Having a Thanksgiving meal with family. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving.
You too, Beth! God bless you and yours! =)
Ever since I was a child, our family has gathered in the early afternoon to share the Thanksgiving feast. Because everybody is usually too full to eat dessert right after dinner, we wait until supper time to eat pie.
Sounds like a great tradition, Roxanne! Hope you enjoyed your day yesterday. Thanks for sharing!
We had a nice Thanksgiving today. My husband and I had my sister Donna over. We had a good time of food and visiting.
Hi Vivian! I’m so glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! Thanks for stopping by to share! God bless!
Favorite is eating pie and watching a Christmas movie!
Hi Stephanie! I enjoyed both of those traditions myself yesterday. Blessings!
No Thanksgiving traditions. I was able to catch up on my reading. 🙂
Hi Caryl! I’m sure that was enjoyable for you. The best to you in the giveaway!
I always enjoy gathering our family around and having good food we all prepare, as well as counting our blessings and thanking God.
This year our family included our son’s Korean in-laws and our daughter’s in-law, including mother-in-law from Netherlands. We sang hymns in two languages.
How wonderful is that?? Thanks for sharing, Bonnie! So glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving with extended family. God bless you!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is simply gathering with my family and saying what we are thankful for.
Those are wonderful traditions, Jean. Thanks for stopping by to enter! God bless!
After we finish our feast – we go to the Christmas Tree Farm to pick out our tree!
What a wonderful tradition, Cheryl! Oh how I miss my growing up days when we would pick out a live tree and sing carols in the back of my parents’ truck! Blessings!
This would be great, Cynthia. I’ve been wanting to read your books and this would get me started. It’ll be one book less on my “TBR” list then. LOL So many books, so little time, such a slow reader. LOL
Hi Sharon! Thanks for stopping by to enter. The best to you in the giveaway!
Enjoying a wonderful dinner with family and friends.
Nothing better! Thanks, Karen! God bless!
The last three Thanksgiving, including this past one my daughter has done a 5 K. This year she did it with her sister under a cold rain. What we as a family do varies, but we try to get our Christmas tree up Thanksgiving weekend. And there is usually some Black Friday shopping.
Your daughter is very energetic! LOL! I could never run that far, especially in a cold rain! Good for her. Thanks for stopping by to share about your day, Linda! The best to you in the giveaway!
We had an awesome Thanksgiving shared with lots of family! Just the group from Alaska unable to come this year! It was wonderful!
Hi Jan! So glad your Thanksgiving turned out so well! God bless you. The best to you in the giveaway!
I love traditions especially during this season. Our family gathers on Thanksgiving day, I make the entire meal and set the table with my Mom’s china. She would be so pleased.
What a lovely way to honor your mother’s memory, Heidi! Thanks for sharing about your special traditions. God bless!
Watching football with family and friends
Hi Bree! That seems to be a popular tradition for a lot of families. Thanks for stopping by to enter!