This Day in History — Jodie Wolfe (+ GIVEAWAY)
Today I’m happy to welcome author Jodie Wolfe as she shares about her latest story, some family history, and more. Read through to the end to find out how to enter for a chance to win her e-book, To Claim Her Heart.
What is significant about today?
Today, September 16th marks the 125th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Land Run which took place in Oklahoma Territory in 1893. This was the last great race for land in our Nation. The run came after some major economic struggles. Overinvesting in the railroads led to the financial collapse of banks, throwing the country into a depression of sorts. Folks were desperate. Over 115,000 showed up for only 42,000 packets of land. I imagine it was quite a sight to see. If you’ve ever seen the movie, Far and Away, it gives an accurate depiction of what it must have been like.
How does the date relate to your new book?
The opening of my story, To Claim Her Heart takes place along the starting line of the land run at two of the nine different spots that people raced from. Readers will get a chance to follow my hero and heroine as they claim the same piece of property, both refusing to leave. Instead they agree to let the courts decide their fate. In the mean time, they have their own thoughts of how best to utilize the land and most times they don’t line up with each other.
Why is this event meaningful to you?
My husband had several family members that participated in this land run and claimed property. It’s the story my mother-in-law always wanted me to write since she grew up in Oklahoma. Sadly, she never got to see the story in print, but I did include some of the true stories from her family. I can’t help but think she would have liked that.
Thanks for allowing me to visit today. I’d love to give away an ebook of my new book, To Claim Her Heart. Leave a comment to enter the giveaway!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancée. He hasn’t counted on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking.
Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She’s willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie’s determined to keep it.
Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jodie Wolfe
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She’s a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at http://www.jodiewolfe.com.
Purchase Link for To Claim Her Heart: https://www.amazon.com/Claim-Her-Heart-Jodie-Wolfe/dp/1946016470/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525790723&sr=8-1&keywords=to+claim+her+heart
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1