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News about Book 3 in the Promise Series!

Many people have asked when my third historical book in the Promise series will be released. I’ve researched and written throughout the year, and the book is almost, almost completed. I plan to publish it in early 2019, and the tentative title is  A Promise of Hope. I’m excited to share it with you!

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Found a picture showing Margaret Pope’s beautiful blue eyes.

Sibyl and Fremont Pope, who lived in Shawnee, Oklahoma, from 1939 to 1941, struggled through the Great Depression, family disappointments and losses, and questions about God. The attack on Pearl Harbor coincides with a catastrophe of their own.

The incidents in the books are taken from family autobiographies, interviews, newspaper articles, and other published texts. Many fellow writer and people from Shanwee, Oklahoma, have given important input. However, the details are primarily memories from my mother, Margaret Pope, the baby born in the first book, A Promise to Break.

This year, my mother developed bladder cancer. She has gone through a lot of treatments, been seriously ill at times and, at 85 years old, is weak. For a strong woman who had a secretarial job at her church until she was 84, it has been difficult. Chemotherapy did not work and she ended up in the hospital for four days afterward, so she is taking immunotherapy. The last cat scan showed that the treatment is working, so we are hopeful that by next year she’ll have gained her strength and health back, enjoying life as much as she always has. Our hope is in the Lord’s mercy.

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him. In those who hope in his mercy. Psalm 147:11

Our family appreciates all your prayers and concerns.

In the meantime, I have been working on a series of historical short stories. The five stories are about my Grandma Akin and her sisters during the 1930s in Hollis, Oklahoma. Each sister dealt with different issues. I look forward to sharing their lives with you soon.

If you haven’t read the first two historical books in the series, A Promise to Break, and A Promise Child, you can find them here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tempting Curves of a Classic Car

Saturday I took a walk with a friend through Hafer Park in Edmond, Oklahoma, and about a hundred smooth-looking, shined-to-perfection classical cars were lined up. My heart lurched. It was the Liberty Fest Car Show and I love, love, love old cars.

I took a picture with the owner who won “The Best Car of the Show” while another car owner, Jack Sweeden, gave me his book “How to Wire Your Street Rod.”


My love for these classics started back in the early 70’s when a Model T convertible sat in our driveway. I piled my three little daughters into back seat (no seat belts) and drove into town. Since it had no gas gauge, I’d always stop and get a dollars’ worth of gas. Those were the good ole days!

One of the main characters of my historical novel, A Promise to Break, was a mechanic back in the 30’s. Maybe I got my love of cars from Fremont Pope, my grandfather. I tried to describe some of the old classics in my novel. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 4 in my book.

“The Chrysler’s body was long, smooth as silk and classy as a mink stole. A neighborhood mutt chased the wire wheel spokes, and a gardener turned to stare at the curved fenders and rear bumper guards passing by.
Through the speckled Saturday afternoon sun, I drove the sleek motorcar south under the tall oak trees past Wallace Street. Their limbs stretched high over the road like people standing on tiptoe, struggling to touch in the middle.”

I’m still gathering notes for the rest of the 1930’s novels based on a true story. See A Promise to Break: Love, Faith, and Politics in the 1930s.

Kathryn Spurgeon

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Thanks, Lawton, for supporting my book!

It’s been a couple of months since we had a book signing for A Promise to Break in Lawton, Oklahoma, but Gina Hinton is still tops. She has sold more books than anyone else since the book was first published!

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It was a fun day! The staff at Salt Cellar, a Christian book store, were gracious and let us set up by the front door. They also told me that I had sold more books in a signing than anyone in their store! That was encouraging.

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Even more encouraging are the many people from Lawton who read my book and said they loved it! I am still getting requests for the book and for the next book, (which is halfway finished!).

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Since my last blog, we have posted A Promise to Break, a Christian historical novel, on several other sites:

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BARNES AND NOBLE

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The  book is also on KINDLE and AMAZON 

This journey has been exciting. I don’t know how to thank all the people who have supported me for A Promise to Break, but my gratitude increases every day!

You are loved,
kathryn

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Nashville Christian Writing Conference

Writing conferences tend to lift my spirits, but the 2016 American Christian Writers Conference (ACFW) in Nashville inspired me beyond measure.

First I traveled by car from Oklahoma with renowned authors—three sweet, godly women who have successfully published many Christian books, finalists for Carol awards, and on top of that were friendly and fun. Who could have orchestrated that except God? I didn’t know the ladies before the trip and they didn’t know me, so it was by pure miracle they tolerated me. Thank you, thank you Robin Patchen, Sharon Srock, and Linda Goodnight! I am now firmly planted in your super fan club!

The conference, housed in the hotel adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, was one of the best I have ever attended. Worship service and prayer rooms set the mood, with keynote speaker, the awesome suspense thriller author Ted Dekker, leading us through spiritual awakening as intense as his books. I loved meeting fellow authors like Martha Fouts, my dinner buddy, and Carrie Pagels, the atmosphere of helping one another, the gala, and the classes offered. I also received good feedback on my book, A Promise to Break, from encouraging publicists, Jeanne Wynne and Katie Shroeder.

 

I toured the Belle Meade Plantation, where Tamara Alexander’s books are set, so it wasn’t just all work! Thanks Linda.

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Yes, I dressed in an outfit for genre night. I’m beginning to feel right comfortable in my 1930’s hat and gloves. The conference was overwhelming but I returned home ready to finish my second book! I think every Christian fiction writer should make an effort to attend an ACFW Conference!

 

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New Christian historical novel set in the 1930s

I’ll be at By the Book at Henderson Hills Baptist Church on Sunday morning. They will be selling my book.! Dennis Newkirk, our pastor, has graciously reviewed the book. Here is his endorsement.

“Kathryn Spurgeon has given us a very special story. I found myself sensing the weight of the central character’s desire to keep the promise she makes in spite of all the reasons there seem to be to break the promise. Sibyl’s loyalty to the ones she loves and fear of life’s unknowns display a raw humanity that most of us can relate to on several levels—even if there are times in the story we wish we didn’t! In the end, this is less a story of Sibyl trying to keep her promise as it is a story of Sibyl learning a lesson that we desperately need today. We need to understand that God’s grace overcomes our mistakes and His sovereignty will actually work all things together for the good of those who love Him. That understanding will have a profound impact on our daily lives. I encourage you to read this fine work.”

A Promise to Break will also be in several other bookstores, including Living Word at the Shawnee Mall, Best of Books in Edmond, and the Pottawatomie County Historical Museum & Historical Society.

You are loved,