Today we're celebrating a Cover Reveal along with an inside look at what inspired our guest author, Gayle C. Krause, to write about Colonial Philadelphia and the spirit of independence. Gayle is donating an ARC for Twice Betrayed or a first chapter critique of a YA or MG novel to one lucky winner who leaves a comment about the post. The winner will be chosen by random.org. Last week's winner of the comment contest is announced at the end of the post.
Cover reveal of Twice Betrayed
The thread of friendship is stretched to the breaking point…
With the spark of independence crackling in Colonial Philadelphia, three girls dress as boys and head to the river to put a perilous plan into action, but only two return. The third, a young milliner’s assistant, is found drowned, with gold coins sewn into her hems, coded spy letters in her bodice, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice in the treasonous plot.
All eyes turn toward Perdy Rogers, Betsy Ross’ thirteen-year-old apprentice. But she’s no spy! With one friend dead and deserted by another, the thread of friendship is stretched to the breaking point, when Perdy is accused. With her life on the line, Perdy risks more than her freedom as a new nation struggles to be born.
The Inspiration for Twice Betrayed by Gayle C. Krause
I’ve always loved history and discovering how things came to be.
When I walked in Pompeii, I felt like I had been there before.
In the Coliseum, a new story blossomed, which I’ve yet to write about one of the entertainers.
In the Caribbean, I’m positive the long-lost pirates whisper to me with each crash of the waves, and so I also have a female pirate story I’m working on.
But Perdy’s story was different. I wrote it first, and when I visited the Betsy Ross House, after the story was completed, I froze in my tracks and my husband asked me what was wrong.
But nothing was wrong…it was right. I had described the shop, the kitchen, the bedroom Perdy shared with her sister and grandmother in great detail, with the only difference between Twice Betrayed and the real thing being the shape of the stairs. Mine are square with landings between floors and the real house has circular stairs within the walls. And since the whole story about Betsy Ross making the first flag is a legend, with no real proof that she actually did make it (ask any historian) it was a perfect setting for my story.
TWICE BETRAYED is a mix of fact and fiction stitched together to bring a new light to the fabric of our beginnings, told from the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, who fell into a web of deceit and struggled to win her freedom, just like the country being born around her.
More about the author: Gayle Krause was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and being the oldest girl on the block, always led the younger kids in creative dramatics, wilderness expeditions through fields, and fossil hunting in the shale piles left from the heyday of mining. Those early interactions led her to a career in teaching, where, as a Master teacher she continued to inspire teens as she prepared prospective Elementary Teachers and Early Childhood Educators at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Simultaneously, she directed an instructional Laboratory Pre-K for her students, where she worked with eager young preschoolers.
Because she taught both young adults and preschoolers, her books fall at both ends of the Children’s Literature spectrum. You can find them on her website: www.gayleckrause.com
Gayle is most comfortable in front of students, be they four years old, or forty. She loves to teach Children’s Literature and enhance literacy skills in young readers. She is a member of SCBWI, Keystone State Reading Association, KidLit, Ink, a member of the Rhyme Revolution Best Rhyming Picture Book Selection committee 2015 and 2016, and a past member of The Poets’ Garage.
Follow Gayle’s writing journey on Facebook: Gayle C Krause
Twitter @GeeCeeK, and on Goodreads.
The LUCKY winner of The Jolly Regina is: KRISTIN !! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Kristin, Please e-mail me with your mailing address and how you'd like the book personalized: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you, dear friends, for your support of authors and good books! Happy reading!
I'll be back next week to announce the winner of Twice Betrayed. ~Clara