Carla Olson Gade's Blog

March 18, 2015




Here's where I'm guest posting this week:
On Wednessday I posted at Colonial Quills ~
By Turf and Twig: The Transfer of Land in Colonial America.
Thursday meet me at Heroes, Heroines, and History where I'm posting about The History of Arbor Day.
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Published on March 18, 2015 22:00 • 7 views

February 18, 2015




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February 16, 2015




My line up for this week includes a visit with Carrie Fancett Pagels at Overcoming with Blog where I talk about my characters and my own experience with Overcoming Grief.

Anne Payne at Stuff & Nonsense shares a Review of Proving Up.

Wednesday, the 18th, I'm posting at Colonial Quills on How Colonial Americans acquired Land.

Thursday, the 19th, you'll find me at Heroes, Heroines, and History where I'm blogging about The Timber Culture Act of 1873.
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Published on February 16, 2015 12:39 • 8 views

February 12, 2015



Join me at Coffee Cups and Camisoles for a Homestead Valentine and meet each of the couples in the nine novellas of The Homestead Brides Collection. And enter the gift basket giveaway!!

Here's a sneak peek at the hero and heroine from "Proving Up."


Meet the rest of the couples here and also enter to win the themed gift basket giveaway!
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Published on February 12, 2015 07:16 • 5 views

February 8, 2015




Here's a wonderful gift basket giveaway filled to the brim with themed items pertaining to The Homestead Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing. It's all part of The Homestead Brides Collection Author Blog Tour and the wagon just stopped here!

I'm excited to be included in this collection of nine novellas all about homesteading on the Great Plains. My novella is all about "Proving Up" on homesteads in Swedeberg, Nebraska, a small, but thriving, Swedish community.
Elsa Lindquist applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the Nebraska plains, intruding on a handsome homesteader’s hard work and experience. Will their dreams come to ruin, or will love prove their success?

The Timber Culture Act of 1873 is central to my story and by now I have learned more about growing trees on the Nebraska plains than any person should know. A hazard of research, for sure, but it made interesting fodder for my plot. A headstrong gal can get into a lot of trouble when she decides to grow trees in the middle of a prairie.

Our culture tends to romanticize things of the past. But it took a lot of grit to homestead. To comply with the regulations of the homestead claim a claimant had to provide proof that they have met the standards by working and living on the land within a set period of time. The process was called "proving up", thus the name of my novella. The reward was 160 acres of land after five years of homesteading. Another 160 acres could be added to this by cultivating trees for several more years.


While I'm writing, I collect resources, sources, and photographs that I use for inspiration. I keep them on my Pinterest story board and make it public to share with my readers. You can see my story board for Proving Up HERE.
My contribution to The Homestead Brides Collection themed gift basket is a diecast windmill pencil sharpener. This windmill represents the windmills used to provide energy on the homesteads, like one featured in my story. 
 
 Be sure to follow the Blog Tour and don't forget to enter the giveaway. The next stop is tomorrow with Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner.



Rafflecopter Link for the Giveaway.
Follow the BLOG TOUR here!

Available for purchase at  Amazon.com  and CBD.

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Published on February 08, 2015 23:56 • 5 views

February 1, 2015


I'm excited to announce today's release of The Homestead Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing which features my novella, "Proving Up"!
                                                                                                   

I have some promotional appearances lined up online and invite you to join me. I'll be giving away some copies of my new book so be sure to visit and enter the giveaways. The Homestead Brides Collection is available in Walmart and other retailers as well as online booksellers.

Monday, Feb 9th I'll be posting here for The Homestead Brides author blog tour. The tour starts at at Coffee Cups and Camisoles on February 2nd. There is a wonderful giveaway of a Homestead Brides themed gift basket so be sure to follow this tour for opportunities to win.



Then on Friday, Feb. 6th join me at Colonial Quills for the February New Releases Tea Party with a giveaway of a copy of The Homestead Brides Collection signed by all nine authors!

Be sure to check back as I update my list of appearances. I appreciate you helping me celebrate my new book! Blessings to you all!


Available today at  Amazon.com!
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Published on February 01, 2015 13:06 • 11 views

January 30, 2015

Today I'm sharing a devotional thoughts based on my novella "Proving Up" in The Homestead Brides Collection. Please join me at Kimberly's Musings.
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Published on January 30, 2015 14:38 • 10 views

January 12, 2015



New Year's greetings to you all! I'm gearing up for the February 1st release of my novella, Proving Up, in The Homestead Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing. I have quite a few blog appearances coming up to help promote the book, including a special blog tour with the nine contributing authors of the collection. So I hope you will join me around the web where I'll share lots of tidbits about my novella and the research that brought the story to life.

When I received my author copies the other day it was the first delivery of books to the new home we moved into over the holidays. This novella collection is a beautiful, over-sized paperback book with flaps and a deckled edge.


Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting.


Now available for pre-order: http://tinyurl.com/provingup
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Published on January 12, 2015 17:46 • 9 views

December 18, 2014


I'm sharing about 19th Century Christmas Cards in my post at Heroes, Heroines, & History. Do you know who the "father of the American Christmas card" is? Stop by and find out. There is a surprise giveaway as well for a set of A Cup of Christmas Cheer!
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Published on December 18, 2014 22:00 • 10 views



 Meet me at Colonial Quills for my post Saving Plymouth Rock about its fascinating history which I only recently learned about.


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Published on December 18, 2014 16:10 • 7 views