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Thank you for voting in this quarter’s historical fiction contest. I am excited to announce that 37 of you have voted for the contestants mentioned last week. This quarter’s contest was for historical fiction/nonfiction books. The 10 contestants were:
- Saturday and the Witch Woman
- Countess Jacqueline
- The Tea Room
- The Matthews Family
- Fire Blossom
- The Wise Men and The Star
- The Lonely Vampire
- For Want Of A Ship
- Quasimodo: A Prequel
- Choosing Life: My father’s journey in film from Hollywood to Hiroshima
Check out the post to see more about the books that were a part of the Q4 2020 Monthly Contest. Now it is time to announce who the winner was for and what happens from this point on.
First, there was a Bride-Show, then there was a revolution.
Locked away in the seclusion of the Terem Apartments, the Romanov Tsarevnas was no threat to the crown. Yet the same Romanov blood flowed through their veins, and they weren’t so easily forgotten – one of them ruled Russia for seven years. Maria Alekseyevna writes her deepest thoughts in her diary, hides away to read, and has a forbidden love that lives in her secret script.
The untold tragic story of how Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo, the bell-ringer of Notre Dame came to be.
It’s the year 1456, in Paris France. The Royal Family is at odds over the crown, and the King and the Church fight for authority. A young girl, Jacquette, is raised by a controlling aunt, ruled by blind obedience to the church and mentored by the dark and manipulative Archdeacon.
Jacquette’s only comfort is her friendship with Agnes the midwife, and the strength she pulls from stories about her hero, Joan of Arc. As Jacquette’s life is hurled into despair by forces beyond her control, she questions everything she had believed since childhood. This is the untold beginning, before Victor’s Hugo’s, Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is the tragic story of how Quasimodo came to be.
Saturday and the Witch Woman is the winner!
With tears flooding his cheeks, my Grandfather Philip Chartrand read a terrible letter from his brother in Cuba: Saturday their slave father had died. Suppressing his grief, Philip carried the first of eleven letters that Saturday had written about his life into the Branchville, SC depot kitchen.
There he began reading it to his wife and to an old slave cook. As Saturday begins telling about life in the written word, the little audience became transfixed by his story and always craved Saturday’s next letter until Philip read all eleven of them.
The story opens when Kwambe Ansong (Born on Saturday) fell captive in 1767 to slave raiders in Nigeria. He was only seven years old. French slave traders transported him on the Middle Passage to Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), but not before the ship captain murdered his mother.
Sold to the Breda plantation, Saturday grew up and was secretly educated. In 1781 he became slave attendant to my Grandmother Catherine Chartrand at Mille Fleurs (Thousand Flowers) Plantation. They became very close, but when she died in the great slave uprising of 1791, he fled to Charleston with her two white boys (my Grandfather Philip and Uncle John).
There he refused his freedom because it was the only way Charleston authorities would allow him to raise Catherine’s children. They bonded as a family and love tied them together until Saturday’s death at age ninety.
Long after the boys grew up, Saturday became involved in a Charleston slave conspiracy (1822) and had to flee to Cuba where he gained his freedom and continued his search for the love of his life–Witch Woman, a voodoo priestess. Through many tribulations of the heart, they were finally reunited.
Readers should enjoy my “Saturday & The Witch Woman” because it is well-told and well researched and in the first-person narrative. For more information, see my website. I am Thomas Ott, a Haitian historian, and storyteller.
What Happens Now?
Alright, so the contest winner announcement has been made. Now what?
Well, I will be sending an email to Thomas Oliver Ott asking for a copy of the book. Then, I will be sending that copy to the first 25 people that voted for his book (keep an eye out in your email inbox!). I ask that all those who voted for his book please fulfill their promise and leave a review where you said you would. Be that on Amazon, GoodReads, your blog, or anywhere else. I can not require that you do so, but, in order for these contests to continue, I ask that you do.
To those who voted but did not vote for the winning book, I will be emailing you as well with the link to the winning book. Please support the author by buying the book!
Better luck next month to all the authors and voters. Submissions are open now for the Q1 2021 contest. This month’s genre is Fantasy. Submit your book!
Let’s Talk About It!
Watching the votes come in was so much fun this quarter. It started with a clear winner, then went to a tie, and then it completely changed with Saturday and the Witch Woman coming out on top. The contest winner announcement for Q4 2020 is Saturday and the Witch Woman.
Keep an eye out for your email to see if you won the book for free. And, please, don’t forget to leave a review if you do get the book. I can’t tell you how much it means to the authors whenever a reader leaves a review. Lastly, Q1’s book submissions are open, so if you are a fantasy genre author, you should submit your book. Who knows, you could be next quarter’s winner!
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