11/04/11 Rachael Phillips of Upland, Indiana, formerly of Plymouth, will sign her historical romance novella Pirate of My Heart at City Center News and Books this Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. till noon.
In her novella, or short novel, Keturah Wilkes, an Illinois Quaker girl living in 1825 near the Ohio River, loves God, her family and her fellow Friends. But even those closest to her question her craving for a radical red shawl, a steamship ride, and Christmas, which Keturah celebrates secretly. Henry Mangun, the son and grandson of river pirates, rescues Keturah from drowning. Henry is drawn to God, the Quakers—and her. But the steamship ride Henry’s handsome, devil-may-care brother Charlie promises proves much more than Keturah imagined.
Phillips’ novella is one of four in the book A Quaker Christmas, a collection already on the October Evangelical Publishers Association Best Seller List. It also includes novellas A Crossroad to Love by Lauralee Bliss, a story of Quaker hospitality to a hostile guest; Simple Gifts by Ramona Cecil, in which a young widow blames God for her Quaker husband’s untimely death; and Equally Yoked by Claire Sanders, in which a new wife, formerly a bystander regarding her Quaker husband’s Underground Railroad activism, spends their first Christmas aiding a pregnant runaway slave.
The wife of physician and Taylor University adjunct professor Steve Phillips, Rachael also will sign Women of the Bible, a reference guide she co-authored that released this past February, as well as A Door County Christmas, which earned Rachael a nomination for a Carol Award, the American Christian Fiction Writers’ highest honor. She also has written four biographies (Frederick Douglass, Billy Sunday, St. Augustine, and Well with My Soul, a four mini-biography collection of hymn writers), as well as more than 400 newspaper columns, magazine articles, devotionals and stories.
Rachael can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. She also likes to hear from readers through her website www.rachaelwrites.com, Facebook and Twitter. She enjoys speaking to diverse groups and often sings for her audiences.
“Steve and I always look forward to returning to Marshall County,” said Phillips. “We enjoy Upland, but can’t wait to greet special friends in Plymouth.”
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