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Warmth and Comfort for Christmas with the Fourteenth Quilt

Welcome my friend, Robyn Echols to my blog as she announces her newest book, The Fourteenth Quilt.

Annie, Ce14Quiltlia and Lynn are all that are left of the Relief Society quilting class, but they are still determined to make baby quilts for the new mothers at church. Annie, who is just south of eighty years old, calls the quiltsters (short for quilting sisters) together to ask for more. She wants to make lap quilts to give to some of the “forgotten” oldsters she sings to each week at the nursing home—something to wrap them in love at Christmastime. It’s a good idea, but the trio discovers that life and making quilts don’t always go as planned.

The quiltsters discuss recipes and quilting ideas including a crocheted cat mat to use up their fabric selvage and trim scraps, all of which they share in the book.

Sarah and Brian meet at the university. Their first date is after Sarah’s First Saturday Block of the Month class she attends with her mom at the local quilt shop. Their romance grows, and they plan their future together—a plan that will require them to be separated for six months before their wedding. But, can they bear to be apart that long?

What wraps together this Christmas tale? The Fourteenth Quilt.

Excerpt #3:      (Learning Curve)

Lynn had no sooner reached the middle of the next row than she ran out of bobbin thread. With a sigh, she lifted the unquilted fabric and stuck her head underneath as if she were an old-timey photographer focusing her shot. She opened the bobbin compartment and removed the spent bobbin.

This is ridiculous! I can’t see a thing under here.

Lynn unfastened the side tension clips and threw the fabric up over the top of the sewing machine while she exchanged the empty bobbin for a full one. As she refastened the fabric in place, she decided next time she would clip the top thread and slide the machine to the end of the quilt. Surely it would be easier to deal with threading needles and changing bobbins in the full light and without also fighting the fabric.

Once Lynn replaced the bobbin and rotated the needle to catch the bobbin thread, she slid the foot pedal over several inches, grabbed the handles to the sewing machine tray, grit her teeth and started stitching.

“I am going to learn how to do this right,” Lynn said. In an increasingly louder voice, she continued, “because I want my quilts to turn out looking nice and I don’t want to have to quilt on a tabletop where I have to fight pushing the fabric through the machine. And I paid a lot of money for this sewing machine and quilt frame and it is my present for my next birthday, anniversary and Christmas and I AM GOING TO LOVE IT!”

0014QuilterBut, I’m not there yet.

The door swung open and slammed against the doorstop with a thud. Startled, Lynn lifted her foot to stop the machine and stared at her husband.

“Did you need anything?” asked Del. “It sounded like you were arguing with someone.”

“Uh, no. We’re doing just fine in here. But thank you for checking.”

Del shook his head as he pulled the door closed.

Lynn looked down at the frame and froze at the sight of the gold and white long-hair cat stretched out across the section of quilt secured between the two upper poles.

“No you don’t, Archie, this is not your personal kitty hammock,” Lynn scooped up the cat in frustration. She carried Archie to the door and gently tossed him down the hallway as she called out to her husband. “Del, I don’t mind if you come in my sewing room, but please be sure you don’t let Archie in. I don’t want kitty fur all over my projects.”

With a huff, Lynn once again approached the quilt frame.

“I mean it,” Lynn leaned over and whispered with a determined voice to the sewing machine. “Just as soon as I brush some of this cat fur off this quilt, you and I are going to learn to work together. We are going to become real good friends. So you just get that in your motor casing.”

To see more photos that go with the chapter from which this excerpt was taken, please click HERE.

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0014QuiltRobynAbout Robyn Echols:

Robyn Echols has been writing since she was in junior high school. By choice, she spent most of her evening hours in her “dungeon”, as her mother called her downstairs bedroom, writing stories, only joining her family in front of the television upstairs when her favorite programs were playing. She has spent hours learning and teaching family history topics, and focuses on history from a genealogist’s perspective of seeking out the details of everyday life in the past.

Now Robyn resides with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite” and has fun researching and writing the books that she hopes will interest and entertain her readers. She writes Young Adult/New Adult and contemporary fiction under Robyn Echols and adult historical romance under her pen name, Zina Abbott.

The author is a member of Women Writing the West, American Night Writers Association, and Modesto Writers Meet Up. She currently lives with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She enjoys any kind of history including family history. When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.

Author Links:

Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

Goodreads  |  Amazon Author Page

Quilt Gateway blog (See posts for September 2015)

The Fourteenth Quilt Facebook Page

The Fourteenth Quilt Pinterest Board

Purchase Links:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

 

 

Every Summer Has a Love Story!

Hello! 
Today we are going to focus on the first book in the compilation. 
Check it out!

 

Dreaming in California:

In the summer of 1967, Hollywood actress, Lucinda Baker, appears to have  it all–fame, money, and an all too doting fiancé. Dark traits begin to emerge from the man she’s pledged to marry, and he threatens her. Lucinda must now lean on her best friend, celebrity photographer, George Creston to escape the clutches of the dangerous relationship. Together they are forced to summon courage, and trust each other in desperate circumstances. Will they find love in the process or lose everything they hold dear, including their lives.

Now about the fabulous lady behind this book!

 Debby Lee Author Bio:

Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.

The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.

As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can’t help but feel like a hippie child who wasn’t born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.

During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She’s also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day. 

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 BONUS INFO

SNIPPET #1

Lucinda Baker aimed her sassiest smile at the camera even though her heart churned like the waves of the nearby Pacific Ocean. The photo shoot for her latest movie should have wrapped two days ago, and then she would have been off to New York to see her fiancé, Anzario. Delay after delay had pushed the end of the session back by more than a week, leaving a painful knot in her gut. She missed Anzario. His strong arms made her feel so safe . . . at least they used to.

SNIPPET #2

Lucinda bolted to her car and dropped into the seat of her new Fiat. It was a quick little car, and had been an engagement gift from Anzario, courtesy of his Italian connections. She loved zipping around town in it. As she sped do on Sunset Boulevard, her thoughts raced as well.

SNIPPET #3

“Look, I’ve tried to be nice about this, but I’m out of time. I’m in a bind and I can’t afford to get on my father’s bad side. He breathes down my neck as it is. He says if we don’t get married, he’s cutting me out of the will without a cent. You best believe we’re getting married, even if I have to drag you down the aisle to do it. Trust me, I’m not bluffing. Father has friends who’d marry us, even without you being fully coherent, so don’t test me . . .” Lucinda’s stomach dropped. She trembled. This was a side to Anzario she hadn’t seen before, or had she merely chosen not to see it?

Main character casting  (Feel free to pic your own pictures of the actors selected, or you are also welcome to use the ones I’ve grabbed.)

For a bit of flash back, Author Debby Lee has decided to go with people who actually lived back in 1967, the time of her book!DebbyLee1

DebbyLee2Raquel Welch for the part of Lucinda Baker, Hollywood actress, the main character

Troy Donahue for the part of George Creston, handsome celebrity photographer, Lucinda’s best friend, the one who comes to her rescue when Anzario’s creepy colors are shown.

Author Interview 

1. What is your favorite past time, or hobby?

I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are John Grisham, Ann Rule, and John Jakes. I love historical fiction, especially historical Inspirational romance, but if I’m desperate or something to read I’ll reach for a road atlas or a telephone book. At least if I peruse a phone book I can come up with character names.

2. Do prefer to plan things, or be spontaneous?

I like to plan things, to a certain extent, but I like to leave room for spontaneity, as well. I’ve been called impulsive or more than one occasion.

3. Who is your hero/heroine?

Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and Corrie ten Boom are just a few people I admire.

4. What is your dream vacation?

A three-month trip around the world, beginning in Charleston South Carolina, then up to New York City, then across the Atlantic to Ireland, over to Copenhagen Denmark, south to Nice France and then over to Florence Italy. From there I’d head to Morocco, over to Tahiti and then onto sunny Los Angeles, where I’d walk along the white sandy beaches under the moonlight with the man I love … Oh I’m getting off track here. Back to the blog.

5. What inspired the title of your story?

I love the song California Dreaming by The Mama’s and the Papa’s. It was popular in 1967, when my story took place. I couldn’t use the exact title, so I put a spin on it and came up with Dreaming in California. I thought it would work as a temporary title, but it stuck.

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Don’t  forget!
Each author in this tour will be featured once during the tour,
and on her special day there will be all kinds of fun facts to check
out about her and her book!
 
June 6th: 
Featuring Dreaming in California by Debbie Lee
 
June 7th: 
Featuring A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson
June 8th: Featuring
Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley
June 9th: Featuring Summer Holiday by Carol Malone
June 10th: Featuring Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman
June 11th: Featuring The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols
June 12th: Featuring the entire compilation

 

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