August 1, 2011

Giveaway - The Soldier's Cross

Recently Scribbles and Ink Stains passed fifty followers. Fifty is a nice number, perfectly situated between zero and a hundred, and in honor of the event I have decided to host a giveaway of my historical novel The Soldier's Cross. Note that this does apply only to readers living in the United States, since shipping out of the country is just a wee bit expensive.

Historical Setting:
The Soldier's Cross
is set in the early 1400s, a full century before Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the doors of Wittenberg, but in a time where the first rumblings of the Reformation can be heard through the preaching of Jan Huss and the underground movement of the Lollards in England. It stands on the threshold of the Protestant break from the Roman Catholic Church, a time when the ignorance of the Dark Ages was just beginning to give way to curiosity and knowledge.

This was also a time of renewed conflict between England and France. Henry V, the new king of England, invaded northern France in mid-1415 in order to recapture the lands that he believed were rightfully his. He took the fortress of Harfleur in September and then moved on toward Calais, but on October 15 his tired army was met by the French for the most famous battle of the Hundred Years War: the Battle of Agincourt.

A.D. 1415 - Fiona's world is a carefully built castle in the air, made up of the fancies, wishes, and memories of her childhood. It begins to crumble as she watches her brother march away to join in the English invasion of France. It falls to pieces when he is brought home dead. Robbed of the one dearest to her and alone in the world, Fiona turns to her brother's silver cross in search of the peace he said it would bring. But when she finds it missing, she swears she will have it and sets out on a journey across the Channel and war-ravaged France to regain it and find the peace it carries.

To meet the characters of The Soldier's Cross, check out my Dramatis Personae post.

Want to win a copy of The Soldier's Cross? Here's how to enter:

Mandatory Entry
Follow Scribbles and comment to let me know (1 entry)

Additional Entries
Comment and tell me why you want to win The Soldier's Cross (1 entry)
Shout-out this giveaway on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook account (2 entries)
Buy Jennifer Freitag's The Shadow Things from her blog* (3 entries)

Post one comment for every thing you do: if you shout-out the giveaway, comment twice; if you buy Jenny's book, comment three times. Be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you. Giveaway ends August 15. I will then choose two (2) winners using a random number generator, each to receive one free copy of The Soldier's Cross.

*NOTE: Copies of Jenny's The Shadow Things MUST be bought from her blog in order to be eligible for this giveaway.


  1. I would love to win this book because I adore historical fiction, especially historical fiction that is set in certain time periods like this one!

  2. I would like to win this book because I have heard about it here on your blog and it looks really fascinating. I also like historical fiction and I would be able to use this book for school this year as it is set in the Middle Ages.

  3. Though it may take long and treturous treks up and down the mountains of the Himalayas, I shall follow the blog Scribbles and Ink Stains. Through the mines of Moria, I shall follow it. Through the back of a wardrobe and into a deathly winter storm, I shall follow it. Indeed, even through a raging battle I shall never leave its side.

    Um, yes. All this to say "I follow your blog!"

  4. I posted about the giveaway on my blog.

  5. I'm not free to post my email address on the Internet, so I'll just send it to you by the email address you have under "Contact Me."

  6. And I would love to win this book because there is so little fiction about this period of history, much less any Christian fiction. I love historical fiction that doesn't take place in 'normal history,' so I'm excited to enter this contest to read it! :)

  7. I would love to have a copy The Soldier's Cross, because I dearly love the story. I love the writing, how the words ebb and flow with beauty even through the pain -- emotions so clearly and deftly penned. I love the characters: Fiona, Leah, Pierre (during That Part, I cried and shook so that I could barely read), Giovanni, and David. In short, I would love to own The Soldier’s Cross, because it is a wonderfully written novel that is swiftly becoming one my favorites.

  8. I do follow your blog, but don't meet the location requirements (now or when I move).


    I don't mind that I can't enter - because I am really looking forward to ordering a copy when I get to Oxford. I'm going to have to skimp on what books I do take, and I am really excited to know that I will be ordering at least one more to add to the pile. I'll let you know once I'm settled in and have my finances in order :-P

    Ajjie >'.'<

  9. I would love to win this book because, well, I would like to read it. I've been wanting to read it for awhile now, actually.

  10. I follow! Of course I follow! Why wouldn't I follow? You're awesome to follow! ;-)

  11. I would love to win a copy of The Soldier's Cross because:
    1. I want to read it!!!!
    2. It's by a great friend. ;-)
    3. I hear very good things about it.
    4. I want to read it!!!!
    5. It sounds very intriguing.
    6. I haven't been able to afford it on my own, yet. :-(
    7. I want to read it!!!! ;-)

  12. I follow Scribbles and Ink Stains.

  13. I would love to win this book because I am always on the lookout for awesome new books, and this sound awesome.

  14. I gave a shoutout on my blog and my Facebook!!!

  15. I can't follow since I have WP; but I 'liked' your FB page, I gave you a shout-out on Facebook, and I'm commenting! =)

  16. Consider the news of this giveaway very loudly and joyously shouted-out over at Whisperings of the Pen. ^.^

  17. I would like to win this book because of the strong christian morals I heard it has one Katie's blog. I'm always on the look out for clean christian fiction, and even more so if it is a budding author!

  18. Mirriam - Just a note to say that you count as a follower and will certainly be entered, in case you were wondering. Thanks for your support!

  19. I now follow your blog! Congratulations on getting over 50 followers! :) ~Rachel (

  20. And I've very much enjoyed it - I like what I've seen of your writing and I would love to read your book!!!

  21. I'd love to win a copy of The Soldier's Cross for two main reasons:
    1.) Because Katie at Whisperings of the Pen spoke so glowingly of it
    2.) Because you are a young author, and as such, give us other aspiring writers hope that one day our own books might find a place in the wide wide world. :)

    Oh! And I thought of a third reason!

    3.)Because historical fiction, particularly in under-used time periods, are my favorite kind of book to read. :)

  22. I did a post about this giveaway on my blog! I can't wait to read your novel...I'll get ahold of it by hook or crook! ;) ~Rachel

  23. ...tweeted about it!!/KatherineSofia_

    Congratulations on reaching 50 followers! :D

  24. Ah, almost forgot to add this second comment!

    My email:

    And just so this is not all business: A good friend of mine is reading your book right now and loving it. She told me just that with a big smile on her face and light in her eyes. Thought you should know. ^.^

  25. Oh! I almost forgot to leave my email, too.

  26. I follow!
    And I would love to read it because I love that time in history and it sounds fascinating!

  27. I heard about it from Katherine Sophia's tweet so...

  28. Oh and oops I put two comments together, sorry! I would find this book fascinating it. I love reading new authors and that is a favorite time of history for me.

    And my email is jessapphire {at} gmail {dot} com

    Thanks so much!


  29. Here is the tweet link,!/Safirewriter

  30. I would like to win a copy because I've heard so many good things about your book from friends of mine. I also have very limited funds, so free books are always welcome! A Christian historical book that my sister could read, too, would be just awesome.
    (I forgot to add my reason :)
    ~ Mirriam

  31. Hi Abigail! I'm so stoked about your giveaway because I've been wanting to buy your book forever and something kept coming up that prevented me...

    So yeah, my first entry is because I follow your blog - and love it. =)

  32. Hello again!

    My next three entries are because I have bought a copy of The Shadow Things from Jenny's blog. (I did before the giveaway, though. Does that still count?)

  33. Comment #2
    the Shadow Things is on my bookshelf =)

  34. comment #3

    Oh, and I'd leave my email, but I believe you have it, since I found an email from you in my inbox this morning =)

    ~ Liz

  35. Oh, and I have several reasons for wanting to read your book:

    1.) your blog is always interesting and insightful - thus I am assured your novel will be as well. =)
    2.) The Soldier's Cross is an epic title. And I judge books by their title.
    3.) You bought my book and read it, therefore you must be awesome!
    4.) I can tell that you love the story you've written and that makes all the difference in whether a novel is good or not.

  36. I would like to win The Soldier's Cross because it was written by a young author, and I like it that it was written by a young lady like myself, and it actually got published. It is sort of inspiring. =) Plus, I did read part of the first chapter (I think that's what it was) on Amazon, and it looks interesting... and it's historical fiction, which is what my novel-in-the-works is. =)

    P.S. I like your blog.


    I shouted out about it on my blog. You can contact me on my blog (my mom doesn't want me to give out my email publicly).


    I posted on my blog.

  39. I would LOVE to win this book because I've been following your blog for awhile now and am very interested to read your writing! It looks like an amazing story, and I love it when I hear of other homeschool writers, like myself, who have actually been published! (Unlike myself) :P

  40. I'm giving you a shout-out on my blog's Facebook page.

  41. I would love to read your book because I really like historical fiction and it sounds like such a good story!

  42. I follow you! (And boy am I glad I do, :)

  43. And I would love to win it for several reasons:

    1. I love historical fiction
    2. I love Christian books
    3. I love getting things in the mail,:)
    4. From what I've read on your blog, you are a very good writer.

  44. I follow you. ^.^ And have for quite some time, methinks.

  45. I would like to win the book because, though I already own it, I have a friend who I would like to give it to, who hasn't been able to afford it. :)

  46. Jenny's Book already sits on my "bookshelf." Quite happily. ^.^

  47. I now follow your lovely blog :)

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  49. "a time when the ignorance of the Dark Ages was just beginning to give way to curiosity and knowledge."

    I dont mean to sound rude or arrogant but I have a real problem with this sentance. For one thing the 'Dark Ages' came to an end in the 7th-10th century and very few Historians would regared the 15th century as the 'Dark Ages'
    Secondly Medievalists do not even like that phrase at all.This is because medieval people were not 'ignorant' or stupid as is widely believed. That is a total misconception- as is the fictitious idea that they believed the earth was flat.

    Medieval people were as clever, ingenious, inventive, curious and knowledgeable as the people of the Renassiance.

  50. You make a good point about ignorance! Of course not everyone in the Middle Ages was stupid, nor have I portrayed them (I hope!) as ignorant buffoons. The mind of man has been a powerful thing throughout time. However, it is the case that illiteracy was rampant and religious ignorance was not only prevalent, but encouraged by the Church during this time. As I deal far more with religious turmoil than any scientific or inventive discoveries in "The Soldier's Cross," this was the point I was specifically making. I should have been more specific, but hopefully this clarifies matters!

  51. Personally, I have to say I do have a bit of an issue with the whole 'illiteracy was prevalent' in the Middle Ages thing mainly because the sheer amount of Bureaucracy and other such written material left behind. Parish records, manorial records, Parliament rolls (so called because they were in thier original form literally huge rolls of parchment) close rolls etc etc. For 'illiterate' people they wrote a lot down!

    I'm inclined to agree with the part about the church though.

  52. I love the blog design and background . Is Blogspot better than Blogger for that sort of thng?

  53. Medievalgirl - In fact, most of the records were kept by the churchmen, particularly the monks (who were also the scribes of the times). Even many of the nobleman were unable to write; it was simply not an immediate necessity. Added to this was the fact that, until the development and wide-spread distribution of the printing press, writing books was a laborious process and literature was thus comparatively scarce. This, combined with the struggles on the part of the noblemen to keep their lands and the struggle of the lower classes just to live, kept literacy from being as widespread as it would become after the Reformation and the Renaissance.

    Anna - Thank you! Blogspot and Blogger are actually one and the same thing; if you get a Blogger account, the address of your blog will be "blogspot." A little confusing, I know! The layout takes some getting used to, but I have found it very neat and organized; there hasn't been anything I've wanted to do with the design that hasn't been possible.

  54. I dont mean to sound rude or arrogant or be difficult but in my experience the idea that only churchmen or the aristocracy were literate in the Middle Ages is somthing of a misconception and I think has been rejected by some historians.

    The were people of certain professions like merchants and traders who would have had to deal with written and numeric information for instance- and Geoffrey Chaucer is said to have come from this very background as the son of a wine merchant. There are also plenty of examples of people not of the clergy or the aristocracy who were literate such as the Pastons of 14th century England who came from peasant stock.

    Personally also I find the words 'common' or 'peasant' a little problematic as it implies all non-aristocrats were poor or unfree serfs and this was simply not the case- as with those of the above Middle Classes.

    There was also seem necessity for nobles to be able to manage and administer thier estases as well as just defending them militarily- and even for thier wives to have knowledge of this so they probably had some measure of literacy.

    BTW me and Anna are the same person. I used my name instead of Wordpress username because the latter can be so finicky and complicated to log into using blogger. You are right about

  55. Apologies I did not finish last message- you are right about how confusing the different names can be I thougt Blogger and Blogspot were different. I have tried to start blogs on it a couple of times but have usually been less than satisfied. Perhaps I just do not have the technical knowledge and expertise necessary- that is often the case.

    Oh and 'seem necessity' should be 'some necessity.

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I am a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, scribbling from my home in the United States. More importantly, I am a Christian, which flavors everything I write. My debut novel, "The Soldier's Cross," was published by Ambassador Intl. in 2010.
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The Soldier's Cross: Set in the early 15th Century, this is the story of an English girl's journey to find her brother's cross pendant, lost at the Battle of Agincourt, and of her search for peace in the chaotic world of the Middle Ages.
finished writings

Tempus Regina:Hurled back in time and caught in the worlds of ages past, a Victorian woman finds herself called out with the title of the time queen. The death of one legend and the birth of another rest on her shoulders - but far weightier than both is her duty to the brother she left alone in her own era. Querying.
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Wordcrafter: "One man in a thousand, Solomon says / will stick more close than a brother. / And it's worthwhile seeking him half your days / if you find him before the other." Justin King unwittingly plunges into one such friendship the day he lets a stranger come in from the cold. Wordcount: 124,000 words

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