Friday, May 2, 2014

Author Spotlight: Penny Jo Renner and "Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames"

Please join Peni Jo Renner as she tours the blogosphere for Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames from April 28-May 30. 9781491705933_COVER.inddPublication Date: September 17, 2013 iUniverse Formats: Ebook, Hardcover, Paperback On a cold night in 1692, two young girls are caught up in the divining games of a slave woman-and then begin to act very strangely when the game goes wrong. Suddenly, Salem Village is turned upside down as everyone fears that witches may be involved. Six months later, as news of the girls' strange behavior becomes known, fear and suspicion overwhelm a nearby farming community, pitting neighbors against neighbors and turning friends into enemies. When Rebecca Eames makes one careless utterance during a verbal attack on her family, she is falsely accused of witchcraft. After her fate is decided by three magistrates, Rebecca must endure a prison sentence during which she and her fellow captives have no choice but to valiantly struggle to find humanity and camaraderie among dire conditions. In this novel based on a true story, a woman wrongly imprisoned during the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials comes full circle where she must determine if she can somehow resume her life, despite all she has endured.

Praise for Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames

"Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames is a story of the fear, suspicion, and accusations as they permeate the surrounding communities. The narration was exquisite, really painting a picture in my head and bringing to life the language of the Puritans much better than it usually is done. I loved that it was based on a true story and that the story really expands on a piece of the darkest of American history. Such a cool read!" - Katelyn Hensel, Readers' Favorite “Elegantly written, meticulously researched, and historically accurate, the author’s work rings true. … Renner’s vast talent as a writer is enhanced by the fact that she’s telling the story of her own family, completely captivating from beginning to end.” - Kelly Z. Conrad, award-winning author of Shaman “In the colonial-era tale Puritan Witch, the plight of Rebecca Eames and her family plays out against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing periods in American history.” - Julie Castillo, writer and editor

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About the Author

Peni Renner is the author of "Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames", an award-winning historical novel based on the true-life account of Peni's 9th great 03_Peni Jo Rennergrandmother. The book is Renner's first published work, and follows Eames' life and struggles in 1692 Massachussetts during the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Writing historical fiction has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I was discouraged for many years after receiving multiple rejection slips, and turned to other creative outlets like crocheting, quilting and cross-stitch for many years. Then I met a 3rd cousin of mine online who is also into geneology and history. She told me we shared a common ancestor who was involved in the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, and her story had never been told. My love of writing was rekindled and I began to research this ancestor, Rebecca Blake Eames. In August of 2012 I had the privilege of visiting her grave in Boxford, Massachusetts. After months and months of research, writing, rewriting and revising, Puritan Witch came into being, featuring a lovely sketch done by my sister-in-law, Jane Sisk. I have several other story ideas I am working on at the moment, all pertaining to interesting ancestors my 3rd cousin has introduced me to. For more information please visit the Puritan Witch Facebook Page. You can also follow Peni Jo Renner on Twitter.

Virtual Tour & Book Blast Schedule

Monday, April 28 Book Blast at Broken Teepee Book Blast at Our Wolves Den Book Blast at The Musings of ALMYBNENR Tuesday, April 29 Book Blast at The Lit Bitch Book Blast at A Book Geek Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse Wednesday, April 30 Review & Giveaway at Closed the Cover Thursday, May 1 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Book Blast at Historical Fiction Obsession Friday, May 2 Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Saturday, May 3 Book Blast at Griperang's Bookmarks Sunday, May 4 Book Blast at I'd Rather Be Reading Monday, May 5 Book Blast at Kincavel Korner Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes Tuesday, May 6 Review at Just One More Chapter Wednesday, May 7 Review at Books in the Burbs Book Blast at Kelsey's Book Corner Thursday, May 8 Book Blast at Curling Up with a Good Book Friday, May 9 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past Book Blast at Carpe Diem Monday, May 12 Interview at Flashlight Commentary Book Blast at West Metro Mommy Tuesday, May 13 Book Blast at Let Them Read Books Wednesday, May 14 Book Blast at Historical Tapestry Thursday, May 15 Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews Review at Impressions in Ink Friday, May 16 Book Blast at Historical Fiction Connection Monday, May 19 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Tuesday, May 20 Review at 100 Pages a Day Book Blast at The Maiden's Court Wednesday, May 21 Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time Thursday, May 22 Guest Post at Bibliophilic Book Blog Friday, May 23 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer Book Blast at Reviews by Molly Saturday, May 24 Book Blast at Book Nerd Monday, May 26 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Tuesday, May 27 Review at WTF Are You Reading? Guest Post at Layered Pages Wednesday, May 28 Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews Friday, May 30 Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict Monday, June 2 Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages Book Blast at To Read or Not to Read  photo c6a89d97-37a3-4cb5-9caa-d8829f543f90.png

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