“I felt compelled to tell Mary’s story” – See discount for books below!

A few years ago, with many genealogical facts in hand, I made a research trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia in search of a place my ancestors helped settle when they first arrived on America’s shores around 1638. At the time, the land on Old Plantation Creek was being developed as Bay Creek Golf Resort and we were able to drive out to the actual spot where my ancestor’s plantation was located.


Compelled to write her story

When we reached the area, I stood on the actual ground on Old Plantation Creek where my direct ancestor, sixteen-year-old Mary Wilson, settled with her new husband. While standing there, I realized that Mary may have stood on the same ground and probably had the same view of Old Plantation Creek that I was now viewing.  I was suddenly filled with emotion. I felt compelled to tell her story and the story of how her descendants made their way to Bibb County, Alabama.

I knew many facts about Mary’s life from all the research I had done, but I that would not be sufficient. I wanted to tell her life story with the emotions and feelings she must have experienced, instead of simply writing a compilation of the facts which surrounded her life.Historical fiction seemed to be the perfect genre since I could use my imagination to fill in the gaps and provide the depth necessary.

Ancestors seemed to guide me

When I returned home, I started writing with enthusiasm. The story line developed quickly and the characters became very real and alive to me. At times, my ancestors seemed to guide me and I couldn’t type the words fast enough.

While doing the historical research necessary for such a project, I was continually astonished by the many facts that I had never been aware of before—especially in regard to religious freedom in the early days of America. I included many of these historical facts within my ancestor’s story whenever possible.

John Cottingham (1707-1723) home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Inspired by real people and real events

Since my ancestors’ story is typical of many families who migrated to Alabama from the same area, I decided to present it as a historical fiction series and include many other families who resided in the Eastern Shore community.

The result is my series, Tapestry of Love, which was inspired and includes the names of actual people and events that occurred on the Eastern Shore of  Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware around 1638. I imagined much of their life so it is a fictional account, but I included many true historical facts and events within the storyline. The Appendix at the end of each book delineates fact from fiction by each chapter.

The second series, The Cottinghams begins with the first book,  Discordance, and continues my family line with direct Cottingham ancestors who eventually migrated to Bibb County, Alabama.

Revel West house Accomack VirginiaRevel-West House in Accomack County, Virginia (Library of Congress) The Revel and West families are mentioned in  Tapestry of Love Series

 

Discordance – The Cottinghams – is the first book in The Cottingham series

Hungar's Church, Northampton County, VaHungar’s church, Northampton County, Virginia – There has been a church on Hungar’s Creek since the early 1600s. This church is mentioned often in my Tapestry of Love Series but this is not the original building.

My first fictional series

My 1st edition of  Tapestry of Love series was my first attempt at historical fiction writing and had some typos, misspelled words, etc., so I reissued a 2nd edition of the series with new covers, both in paperback and Ebook format.

I need your help

Reviews can be tough to come by these days for authors and I need your help. I’d greatly appreciate a review or simply a short comment about any of my books on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. I read everyone and keep them in mind when writing.

As my way of thanking you, you can receive a 15% discount on the books from my historical fiction series purchased from my publisher at the links below if you use this code: WYMYP7QL at checkout.

Links below to receive the discount from my publisher’s paperback versions. 

Tapestry of Love Series

and

The Cottingham Series

The books can also be purchased as Ebooks (as well as paperbacks) at Amazon.com through the links below but without the discount.

Tapestry of Love Series on Amazon.com

The Cottinghams on Amazon.com

Thank you for your help and follow the series on Tapestry of Love Facebook page.

Donna R. Causey

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Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)


By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

11 Responses to “I felt compelled to tell Mary’s story” – See discount for books below!

  1. Back then a doctor was midevil they called them witches

  2. William Cole says:

    Yea, they now live in Utah! Poor Mormans. Actually there was a lot of killing when the Cole family moved out west. They eventually moved further north. All Cole family member’s were related to 3 Cole cousins descended from Constantine the Great or the Krauss family. I think that they were relatives as well.

    • Donna R Causey says:

      The religious persecution I refer to in the Tapestry of Love series is to the Quakers. They came to American to get away from religious persecution only to have it occur in colonial America as well. The Mormon religion did not start until the 1820s.

  3. Peggy Adams says:

    I love everything “Alabama Pioneer” and admire your enthusiasm and efforts. I would love to read your Tapestry of Love book series. I too want to write my history of growing up on a rural Alabama farm and include my ancestors, some of which are Native American. In reading your books, I have a problem–is I have no way to purchase books from Amazon, or any online source….I do not have a charge card and would be afraid to use it if I did. Are your books in the Library, bookstores, drugstore, grocery store, in fact where I can purchase and/or check out to read?

    • Donna R Causey says:

      Hi Peggy,
      Thank you for your question. Libraries, all bookstores and other retail stores can purchase all the paperback books for you if you request them. All they need is the ISBN number of individual books. Simply print out the description of the book and they should be able to acquire it for you. They may charge a little extra for this service.

      If you go to Barnes and Noble or Books a million, they can enter my name Donna R. Causey as a search in their online site and they will see all my books with the ISBN numbers on their websites.

      Libraries are beginning to purchase some E-books to borrow as well. My books will be made available at more local stores and libraries if people request them. I am dependent on word of mouth advertising so thank you for asking. Donna

  4. Yes.the devil never rest.

  5. All kinds of persecution took place in this country since inception. No surprise

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