Unexpected Friendships by Rose Allen McCauley

Have you ever had a friend whom you weren’t sure you would get along with when you first met, but you now are best friends? I have, in fact we sat side by side at a funeral service this afternoon and held hands during the prayers! Although we got off to a rocky start years ago, and have differing opinions on many things, we decided a long time ago to like each other and be there for each other regardless of our differences.

My novella “Hidden Dreams” in The Courageous Brides Collection shows the heroine Elinor Peck and her slave girl Shug as lifelong best friends, despite the differences society sees in them. They grew up together, playing on the floor of the cellar kitchen while Shug’s mom cooked and watched them both. Now Shug must walk behind Elinor when they walk in public, but Elinor plans to emancipate Shug when she marries and has a home of her own. Read “Hidden Dreams” to discover other courageous things Elinor does to help slaves on the Underground Railroad as they pass through Kentucky to try to reach the Promised Land.

Since Shelia always has great recipes on her site, I am sharing an old recipe that my daughters loved when they were younger, and I’m sure Shug and Elinor enjoyed as girls, too.

Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies Recipe

1⁄2 cup butter, softened
,1⁄2 cup lard (or substitute additional butter or margarine), 11⁄2 cups sugar, plus extra for dipping, 
1⁄2 cup molasses,
2 eggs
, 4 cups flour
, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 
1 teaspoon cloves,
11⁄2 teaspoons ginger, 
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and lard (or substitute) with sugar. Beat in molasses and eggs. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add to creamed sugar mixture and blend. Dough will be stiff. Shape dough into small balls. Dip into small bowl of sugar. Place sugar side up on greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Cool and store. Makes about 4 dozen.

Courageous_Brides_CoverThe Courageous Brides Collection

Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?

About RoseAllen McCauley
Rose has been writing for over a decade and has four books published. She is thrilled for this to be her second novella collection with Barbour. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over forty years, they enjoy their growing family of three children and their spouses and five lovely, lively grandkids! She loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website www.rosemccauley.com or twitter @RoseAMcCauley and Facebook http://on.fb.me/1LrXNoS

Books are available in bookstores and on Amazon in print and on Kindle  https://www.amazon.com/Courageous-Brides-Collection-Compassionate-Attracts/dp/1634097777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467631271&sr=8-1&keywords=the+courageous+brides+collection

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About shelia@sheliastovall.com

Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

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