4/17/2013

Book Tour, Guest Post & GIVEAWAY ~ The Devils Elbow By Ed Londergan





Today we welcome author Ed Londergan and his new work: "The Devil's Elbow" a thrilling historical story.

THE DEVIL'S ELBOW
Quick Facts:
Release Date: July, 2012. 
Genre: Historical Fiction, history, action/adventure, romance.​ 
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle

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Synopsis:


Set in colonial Massachusetts, The Devil’s Elbow follows Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of Brookfield, where he ends up in the fight of his life to protect the people and place he loves.



The knowledge Jack’s father gave him, that the measure of a man
is how he deals with the worst life can throw at him, the support of the powerful man who becomes his friend, and deep, unshakeable love for the childhood girlfriend who becomes his wife, fuel Jack’s determination and will to survive. All Jack has learned on his eight year journey meets its greatest test when he and ninety-eight others are trapped in a four-room tavern for three hot, humid August days, fighting for survival against 400 once-friendly Indians, who are determined to wipe them out and reclaim their land and way of life.


PRAISE FOR "The Devil's Elbow"

Brings the 1600's Bay Colony alive.
A rousing story about tragedy, triumph, perseverance, and love. Rich in historical detail with well developed characters you will come to know. An enjoyable read from start to finish.
Jeff Lubs- August 9, 2012


A very good story:
This book is a wonderful read. Mr. Londergan brings history to life. His depiction of life in colonial Massachusetts is right on. It reminded me of Kenneth Roberts classic story "Arundel" but much easier to read. One of the best historical novels of this era. I hope there are many more coming.
Lawrence J. Murphy - February 25, 2013



Excerpt & Guest Post Below




Excerpt:

“I can’t believe we’re actually about to be married,” she said softly, looking up at me. Her face was radiant, a wonder that filled my heart with overwhelming emotion at how much I loved this woman. “We’ve been waiting for this for so long,” she said, looking at the three of them.



“We’ve wanted to get married for years and now we will,” she told them earnestly, “and now we will,” she repeated in a whisper. Mr. Pynchon cleared his throat and began the short ceremony.



“Rebecca Morgan,” he said formally, “In the sight of our most gracious God, this man, John Parker, asks that you be his wife, from this day forward, until the Lord removes you from one another by death. How do you answer him?”



She turned and looked into my eyes. I could feel her love for me and it felt so good, so strong, and so wonderful.



“In the sight of God, I will be his wife,” she said never taking her eyes from me.



“John Parker, the Lord has given you this woman, Rebecca Morgan, to be your wife until death parts you. In the sight of God, do you accept her as your wife?” I looked at this woman, this girl that I loved for so long and was filled with a joy and happiness I had never known before.



“Yes, in the sight of God, I take her as my wife.”



“May the Lord in all ways be good to you. You have our heartiest wishes and prayers. You are now husband and wife.”

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Guest Post:

What inspired me to write this book?

The inspiration for the book came from a local quarterly historical periodical that had a story about a brutal Indian ambush on the settlers in 1675 at the start of King Philip’s War. The three day siege of 99 people in a fortified house during three hot and humid August days duirng which two women, a mother and daughter, each gave birth to twins, while 400 Indians tried
to kill them after burning the home sand barns they worked so long and hard to build. Being a history nut, I was hooked after reading the first of several articles in the publication.

It is the story of human drama, of ordinary people put in extraordinary circumstances. The plight they suffered, not knowing if their lives would be over before the sun went down, or came up the next morning, must have been horrifying. To see your young children, scared and helpless, looking to you for comfort and you not be able to give them any, must have been heart wrenching.

The events took place in Massachusetts, a place that treasures its’ history and the story takes place in a small town that understands and appreciates its’ beginnings. The places where the houses stood are marked and some of the land has not changed in 350 years so it provides the ability to stand in the same place as the settlers. To be able to walk on the same road, now just a
narrow path, to stand where they did, to see the stone bridge they built in 1673 that still stands today, is amazing and stirs my soul.

I find inspiration in little everyday things. A woman tenderly touching her husband’s arm, a look of determination on a man’s face, the smell of wood smoke on a frosty autumn night, a phrase in a book, a scene from nature, all act as triggers to my imagination.

I am a big fan of Kenneth Roberts and the historical fiction novels he wrote about events during the Revolutionary War. He was able to bring people and places alive for the reader and I want to do the same with this and every book I write.

I wanted to write a story of adventure, danger, and romance. As it came to life, it included hope, perseverance, determination, love, tragedy and triumph.

I have been through much in my life, both good and bad, and I firmly believe that a person is defined by how they handle difficult situations. I took many of my observations about the tragedies and triumphs in my own life and worked them into the story.



LINKS:

AMAZON
GOODREADS

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Author Bio:


Ed Londergan is an author and passionate storyteller who enjoys sharing his work with everyone.



He loves to write, is working on a sequel to The Devil's Elbow, and is an avid reader and an amateur colonial historian. A graduate of Holy Cross, he lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife Barbara and cat Duncan.



Find more about him at: www.edlondergan.com





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Follow the tour:

Tour Schedule 

April 11: Black Lion Tours Blog: Tour Kick- Off.


April 12: Laurie's non Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: Interview.


April 13: Ky bunny's Blog: Guest Post.


April 15: Kimberly Lewis Novels: Guest Post.



April 18: My Devotional ThoughtsGuest Post.


April 19: A Writer's Life: Guest Post.


April 20: Pure Jonel: Review.


April 21: Bookworm Babblings: Review.


              A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview.


April 22: Makayla's Book Reviews: Guest Post


               A Novel Idea Live: Promo.


April 23: I know that Book: Interview.


April 24: The Self Taught Cook: Review.


April 25: Black Lion Tours Blog: Wrap- Up.

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