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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet Author Kay Strom--And Win Her Book!

Ask Author Kay Strom a question to enter the book giveaway

You can enter the contest by asking Kay a question and you'll get a second entry if you follow/subscribe to my blog (LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO!!). Be sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

The Triumph of Grace is the third book of the Grace in Africa trilogy, a sweeping historical saga of slavery and freedom that moves from Africa (book 1) to servitude in London (book 2) to slavery in the Southern plantations of America (book 3). Set at the end of the 18th century, it revolves around Grace Winslow, daughter of a mixed marriage between an English sea captain and an African princess. She grew up naïve, sheltered from the truth about her family business—the capture and trade of slaves. When her world goes up in the flames of rebellion, Grace has to decide who she is—African or English—and to choose sides—slave or slaver. Book 1, The Call of Zulina, carried Grace through the horrific slave rebellion and siege of her parents’ fortress, and left her far wiser, a survivor in Africa. Book 2, The Voyage of Promise, saw Grace’s new family torn apart and Grace thrust her into a whole new life of danger in London. It left her free but precariously alone.

In The Triumph of Grace. . .

Grace carries her fight for freedom to America’s Deep South. After learning that her African husband, Cabeto, is enslaved on a plantation in South Carolina, Grace dons a sailor’s disguise and boards a merchant ship headed for America. But her secret is discovered and she is locked away in the ship’s hold where she is prepared for the slave auction block. In South Carolina, Grace is immediately bought as a well-spoken house slave. But her quest to find her husband, and her fatal weakness of being able to read, almost end her life. Instead she is sold to a humble man who takes her far away from Cabeto. But Grace is not what John Hull expected of his new slave. And Grace never could have imagined the power of faith, hope, and love.

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of thirty-six published books. Five were chosen as book club selections, nine have been translated into foreign languages, and one was optioned for a movie. Already well established as a non-fiction writer, her Grace In Africa fiction series has met with high acclaim, receiving praise from Publishers Weekly and a starred “Highly recommended” review from the Library Journal and placement on ALA Booklist’s 2010 listing of “Top Ten Inspirational Fiction.” Book 3 of the series, The Triumph of Grace, was released February 1, 2011. The first of her Blessings in India series will release in September 2011. In addition to her writing, Kay is an in-demand speaker. Her work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she speaks out against social injustice, especially modern-day slavery.


5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and inspiring, January 29, 2011

By James E. Kline (WILMETTE, IL, US) - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Triumph of Grace - Grace in Africa series #3

The Triumph of Grace is the third book in Kay Strom's trilogy, Grace in Africa. The books take place in the late eighteenth century, with slavery as the driving engine of the plot. They take Grace, the central character, from her childhood in Africa, the offspring of a white slave trader and an African princess, to her fall into slavery, and her transport to England and eventually to America.

Book two described in gruesome detail the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, with the hopelessness and agony of its victims, crammed in the fetid, stinking holds of the slave ships. Book three shifts to the plight of the victims of plantation slavery, with its brutality, degradation and humiliation.

Grace herself is a wonderfully sympathetic and beautifully drawn character. She comes fully alive on the page. Her travails and eventual triumph make a powerful story. For a reader who enjoys history, the allusions to real people and events make it vivid and true to life. The author creatively presents the culture and history of the era. (The time between the American and French revolutions.)

By focusing on one indomitable young woman, the story tells us not only a great deal about the period, but also about human nature. The contrast between good and evil, kindness and cruelty, is sharply drawn. But the story shows that the line between them is not always crisp and clear, and that not every person is always one or the other.

The Triumph of Grace is at once a morality play, an adventure tale, and a love story. It will have a very broad appeal. Few people will read the ending without a catch in their throat and tears in their eyes.

Review From Booklist

Best known for her nonfiction work, Strom skillfully weaves historical fact into an historical romance to conjure the atmosphere of this time, and the horror of a family being ripped apart at the seams. As the story of Grace Winslow, a woman with an African royal for a mother, an Englishman for a father, and an African husband recently taken captive in the slave trade continues, she is determined not to be enslaved or to lose her beloved forever. Grace will speak to women of faith in this robust tale recommended for admirers of triumphant women and realistic depictions of the heart-wrenching past. --Elizabeth Ponder

Compelling Action, Unexpected Grace

Date: November 13, 2010

Linda Clare

5 out of 5

If you haven't discovered Strom's action-filled writing, you're missing out. She paints her characters with depth and generosity and brings history to life. The faith element is subtle, but just right. I highly recommend the book The Voyage of Promise as well as the series.

Kay Marshall Strom

Recent Releases:

In The Presence of the Poor: Changing the Face of India

The Call of Zulina- Grace in Africa trilogy Book 1

Second-Half Adventure

Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage

The Voyage of Promise - Grace in Africa trilogy Book 2


The Triumph of Grace -Grace in Africa trilogy Book 3 (Feb 2011)

Faith: The Blessing of Ashish - Blessings in India trilogy Book 1 (Sept 2011)



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrating My New Release with a Book Giveaway!!

Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ---It's finally in stores everywhere!!

I'm proud to offer a signed copy of this book to one person who leaves a comment or asks me a question. This is the story of Christy Grey, the saloon girl who came to Last Chance, CA (in my first Love Finds You book) to cause trouble for Alexia and Justin. I'd especially like to know if you read Last Chance, or hear any questions you might have. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you in case you win. I'm sorry, but due to high postage costs I'm unable to ship out of the U.S. (if you choose to enter and you're outside the US, I'll still send you a book if you want to pay the difference in postage)

IF you are a follower of my blog, or become a new follower of my blog, I'll enter your name twice.

It's set in 1881 in the rough, rugged town of Tombstone. Here's a little peek into the book....

In a town where dreams are buried, does love stand a chance?

Love and second chances aren’t easy to come by in a town named Tombstone. When Christy Grey receives an urgent summons to Tombstone, Arizona, she reluctantly leaves her new life in California. The trip goes from bad to worse when four masked men hold up Christy’s stage. She finally arrives in Tombstone to find her mother ill and her brother trapped in a life of gambling. Desperate for money to support her family, will Christy bow to pressure from the local saloon owners and return to the life she thought she’d given up for good?

Nevada King has problems of his own. He’s been dodging bullets for years and wants nothing more than to settle down. But he’s on the run from outlaws bent on revenge, and the one woman who captures his interest recognizes him from the stagecoach holdup. Will Christy turn Nevada in to the authorities, or will the outlaws on his trail catch him first?

And here's the opening scene from the first chapter:

Late March 1881

Last Chance, California

Ma needed her. Christy Grey mouthed the words, just to see how they tasted. She stood on the boardwalk in front of the telegraph office in Last Chance, California, staring at the slip of paper clutched in her trembling fingers. Once again she read the words from her younger brother, Joshua.

Ma sick. Stop. Can’t care for her alone. Stop. Come soon. Stop. Joshua

Hope sprouted a tender shoot and quickly withered as the bright heat of reality settled around her. Christy almost laughed. She’d allowed herself to be fooled. Joshua, not Ma, needed her. Ivy Malone’s life revolved around her husband at the time—number three being the most recent. Thankfully, Christy had a stable stepfather growing up following her own father’s death. But after burying two husbands, Ma had foolishly married a man named Logan Malone, and Christy had little use for him.

She sighed and drew her double-breasted wool cloak tighter around her. It was past time to head to Miss Alice’s. The older woman would be disappointed at her impending departure, but it couldn’t be helped. Joshua wouldn’t have written if their mother wasn’t in danger. Ma wouldn’t allow it.

A blast of cold air blew snow under the overhanging roof and lifted the hem of her skirt. That was one thing she’d never gotten used to—the deep snow and cold winters of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When her fiancé, Ralph, was alive, she’d figured she’d live here forever, but after he died three years ago, her life had floundered more than once. If it weren’t for the fact her seven-year-old nephew Toby lived here, she might have moved on long ago. Of course, her friendship with his stepmother, Alexia—or Alex, as she liked to be called—and his father, Justin, had been a factor in her decision, as well.

This might be the change she’d been seeking, though. She loved the small hamlet of Last Chance, but maybe it was time for a new place and a more promising future. She appreciated all her close friends had done when they’d drawn her in and accepted her in spite of her past as a saloon girl. But so often she felt like someone on the outside looking in. While many of the townspeople were kind, her past always hovered in the background. Some had never forgiven the poor choices she’d made.

The last three years she’d floated with no purpose or sense of direction. Nothing in her life had turned out as she’d dreamed when only a young girl. So many if onlys followed by one disappointment and wrong choice after another. She’d hoped to start her own business here in Last Chance but had drifted down the easier path of working for Miss Alice at her boardinghouse. She desperately needed to figure out where she belonged—where she could make a difference.

A sense of excitement combined with dread warred inside her. She’d miss her young nephew terribly, and dealing with Ma’s querulous attitude would be difficult, but the thought of starting over where no one but family knew her brought a definite exhilaration.

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