On Being Hopeful — Jacquolyn McMurray


Today I’m happy to welcome author Jacquolyn McMurray as she shares some encouragement for writers.


When I first started publishing in 2014, I published with a small press and later as an indie author. I participated in collections in both of those arenas, and in my limited experience I had not waited long for any of my stories to be published. That is, until I was included in a proposal to a traditional publisher.

The process was long—sixteen months from submitting the proposal to getting the contracts—but we didn’t give up hope! And when the publisher asked us to broaden the scope of the proposal from Triangle Shirtwaist Factory seamstresses to a more general topic of seamstresses, we said yes. Then the publisher moved from a seven-author collection model to a four-author model and we were asked to split our group. Our group —Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, and I—wanted to stay together and were fortunate to have Kimberley Woodhouse added as the fourth in our collection. Again, we didn’t give up hope.

And now, twenty-eight months later, our beautiful collection of inspirational historical romances will be released on December 1, 2019. So, don’t give up hope if you are waiting to hear from a publisher or an agent. And don’t give up on writing!

About the Book:

When four women put needle and thread to fabric, will their sewing lead to love?

HEARTS SEWN WITH LOVE by Darlene Panzera
Gold Bar, California, April 1850
During the California gold rush, a beautiful seamstress finds her heart torn between the men who want to marry her and the one fortune hunter who won’t.

WOVEN HEARTS by Jacquolyn McMurray
New York City, 1911
A shirtwaist factory fire survivor struggles to provide for her family despite the disastrous misguided intentions of the handsome union organizer who tries to help.

A  LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Kimberley Woodhouse
New York City, 1911
A milliner with thick Irish accent and a renowned baseball player with speech impediment meet at the office of a language teacher. But the issues with their backgrounds that first brought them together will also drive them apart.

Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Summer 1945
A parachute seamstress struggles with her faith in desperate circumstances. A fighter pilot teaches her to hope in her darkest hours.

I’m so honored to be published with Barbour Publishing in a historical inspirational romance collection with Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, and Kimberley Woodhouse. Preorders available on the following sites:



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About Jacquolyn:

Jacquolyn McMurray writes both contemporary and historical romance. She and her husband live on a macadamia nut farm on Hawaiʻi Island where they feed a clowder of cats and a flock of hodgepodge chickens. Jacquolyn is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Greater Seattle Romance Writers, and the American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, Jacquolyn enjoys time with her family, reading, sewing and solving crossword puzzles. In her past life, she was an elementary school teacher.

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About historythrutheages

I write stories of His Story Through The Ages that offer tales of hope and redemption.

Posted on November 2, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Jacquolyn McMurray

    Mahalo nui loa to Donna for hosting me today.

  2. Wonderful article Jacquolyn, thank you for taking the time to write it. It was a joy working with you on Sew in Love. And thank you to the gracious host who made you their guest today.

  3. Jacquolyn McMurray

    Yes, it was great of Donna to host. She made it very easy to do so.

  4. conniepsaunders

    I enjoyed ‘meeting’ you Jacquolyn. Your books looks and sounds great!

  5. Jacquolyn McMurray

    Thank you, Connie. I enjoyed researching and writing my story for the collection.

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