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Friday, September 1, 2017

Big Book Giveaway in Honour of the Canadian Historical Bride Series

I’m very excited to blog about the Canadian Historical Bride series published by BWL Publishing. These are books created especially to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. My novel, Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies is coming out on Sept. 19th. Can’t wait. So to promote the Canadian Historical Bride series, I’ve asked the various authors to give one of their other novels for free! And to start out, here’s mine: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/92piu

Today, I’m interviewing Nancy M. Bell, author of His Brother’s Bride, book 2 of the CHB series. Hey, Nancy, how’s it going?



Hi Suzanne, thanks for inviting me. Things are crazy! It’s been a busy summer with book signings and events to promote the Brides collection. I’m excited to report that in October I’b going on a 20 library/10 day tour of northern Alberta for the Northern Lights Library System. I’ll be talking to various age groups about my books, books in general and the writing process. I’ll also be seeing you at the Surrey International Writers Conference at the end of October. Always so much fun.

Wow! Sounds like you’re the hot author of Alberta! I totally understand why. So tell us about your Canadian Historical Bride novel. I absolutely loved it. It was poignant and kept me on the edge of my seat, plus I didn’t see that ending coming. You totally got me.

Thanks for the kind words. His Brother’s Bride is set in Ontario during the first world war. The location is Eaganville and then the Sprucedale/Huntsville area. It touches on the story of the “Dr. Barnardo children” those who were sent to Canada as children to be ‘adopted’ by families here. Some were treated well, some were no more than endentured servants who were not treated so well. Annie Baldwin is the youngest daughter of a reasonably well to do family who farm outside Eaganville. She meets and becomes friends with two brothers who were both sent to Canada from Liverpool, England as Dr. Barnardo boys. They were lucky enough to be placed close to each other even though they came at different times on different ships. Both boys end up going to France while Annie waits at home for them and her brothers to come back.  The trio also take a bit of a side trip early in the story to explore the caves along the Bonnechere River. Today the caves are a tourist attraction with guided tours, but in the early 1900s they were entered via a sink hole and the explorers were on their own.   

What made you decide to write this particular story?

The premise of the novel is based very roughly on my grandparent’s story. I took some liberties with their actual story line, but the foundation is there. It just seemed like it would be a good story to tell and it had a lot of personal meaning to me. I felt closer to my grandfather and his brother as I delved into the research. It also helped that I’ve been to the places in the novel, Sprucedale, Doe Lake, the Bonnechere Caves and the Haliburton Highlands.

I know what you mean about feeling closer to your grandfather. My story is about my grandparents as well, and even though I’ve never met my great grandfather, I feel like I know him well after having written this story. Now please do tell where can we get His Brother’s Bride?

His Brother’s Bride is available in e-format and print. It can be found on all the normal ebook sites as well as in print from Chapters/Indigo in Canada and the Red Tuque Books website.
Here is the link to my author page. If you click on the cover of a book it will take you to a page where you can take your pick of vendors. 



And what’s the book you’re giving for free?

I thought I’d add some humour here, so I’m giving away The Teddy Dialogues.  Here’s a bit about Teddy, a most remarkable dog.


Do you ever look at your dog and wonder what he’s thinking? Well, wonder no more. The Teddy Dialogues takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of what goes in a dog’s mind and how they perceive the odd way their humans behave. Teddy’s dry wit and irascible personality make this a quirky and fun read. You’ll never look at your dog the same after you read The Teddy Dialogues. Prepare to be entertained.

https://www.instafreebie.com/free/lB5uZ  Here’s the giveaway link.

Great! Thanks! I really laughed when I read that book, but His Brother’s Bride is my favourite so far.

Thanks Suzanne, I always enjoy reading your work. Love those unicorns.

And in case you'd like to be one of the first to read Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies, you can pre-order it here:






13 comments:

  1. I'm very happy to see Nancy Bell here sharing about the Canadian Historical Brides series. I loved her novel, Canadian Historical Brides novel, His Brother's Bride. I'm sure after reading it readers will agree that Nancy Bell has written an exceptional novel. She succeeds in transporting her readers back in time to WWI where we become part of the lives of ordinary Canadians as they go about their ordinary lives and adjust to the extraordinary circumstances that suddenly change everything.

    As for the Teddy Dialogues that she's giving away, readers, you are in for a treat. This is a laugh out loud funny novel with a delightful ending. Jude Pittman

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  2. BWL certainly knows how to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a whole series filled with Canadian history. Dr. Bernardo is new to me. This sounds like a fascinating read. Wishing you success with your new Canadian brides books, Nancy and Suzanne!
    JQ Rose

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    1. I know. I had never heard of him either. Almost like Dr. Dafoe, the guy who was in charge of the Dionne quints.

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    2. Dr Barnardo ran homes for homesless children in east end London and sent them to Canada for adoption. He sent orphaned and homeless children from Liverpool as well to Canada. My grandfather was one of them and also his brother. If you google Dr Barnardo Homes you'll get tons of info.

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  3. I put this up on Facebook and Suzanne asked me to repeat it here so here goes.
    We still have a branch of Barnardos here in New Zealand. When my husband was a child near Ilford, Essex there was a huge Dr Barnardos orphanage near where he lived. When the old Dr Who series finished with the Daleks they gave them to the home and going past on the top of a double decker bus the passengers could see all these kids whizzing around in Daleks.

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    1. Hey Sue, that's a cool bit of info. Daleks? Who would have thought. The Barnardo Society is still active and a lot of people are contacting them searching for ancestors. It can be daunting as some children changed their names and some just seem to have disappeared. There's a novel there I want to write from one of the kid's POV but the story line isn't clear yet. (and I need a ton more hours in the day LOL)

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  4. Thanks for sharing about My Brother's Bride. There's so much about the history of Canada and its people that is so fascinating, especially to one with very little prior knowledge. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. You'll love it. It never stops moving and adresses some serious issues about war.

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    2. Thanks Kathy. I'm looking forward to your book. I love the cover.

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  5. His Brother's Bride is one of the best books I've read this year. I also grew up in London knowing all about Dr Barnados. Canada is one country I would love to visit before it gets too late, and the books in this series only make me more keen.

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    1. Thanks Tricia. Be sure to visit Western Canada when you come! Would love to meet you. Nancy

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    2. Would love to meet you too, Nancy. There's just one snag--I hate flying and never travel outside Australia these days.

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