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Cut From Strong Cloth by Linda Harris Sittig Book Tour and Interview

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Title:  Cut From Strong Cloth


Author:  Linda Harris Sittig


Published:  November 21st, 2014


Publisher:  Freedom Forge Press


Genre:  Historical Fiction


Content Warning:  Non-graphic sexual content


Recommended Age:  18+


Synopsis:  At nineteen, Ellen Canavan lives for the dream of her late father: to succeed in business. But being a woman in 1861, she finds the path to entrepreneurship blocked many times over. The threat of war, her mother’s disapproval, and even a malicious arsonist threaten to limit the aspiring textile merchant to the status of impoverished Irish immigrant. As she travels from the factories of Philadelphia to the riverfront wharves of Savannah with her business mentor, James Nolan, the Civil War explodes amidst their blossoming love, and the two are separated. Can Ellen’s undaunted, fiery strength guide her through a divided nation, or must she abandon her dream in order to save her own life? 



Excerpt from Cut From Strong Cloth by Linda Harris Sittig: 


“Then you don’t know me as well as you think. Remember when I told you I wouldn’t let disappointments interfere with my dreams of success? Weaving is my legacy from Da. I was meant to become a textile merchant all along. And I don’t need anyone taking care of me. I can take care of myself.”
“Ellen, your Da’s been dead for years. You don’t owe him a thing.”
Her eyes stormed as she held her head high. “I’ll succeed for him because he never got the chance.”
James shook his head. “If I canna talk you out of this foolhardy scheme, then I won’t be giving you my blessings for the trip.”
“I dinna ask for them.”




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About the Author:


Born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey, Linda’s love of history and a commitment to family and literacy led her to a career in writing articles and books for parents, grandparents, and teachers on how to instill the love of reading in children of all ages. Twice recognized for her journalism by the Virginia Press Association, Linda and her husband live in western Loudoun County, Virginia, where the Blue Ridge Mountains are the first to greet the dawn.


 Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I grew into a logophile because of being a writer.
  2. What is your favorite color? green
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Born in St. Vincents Hospital, lower Manhattan, NYC, but grew up in the Jersey suburbs of Bergen County
  4. What is your favorite football team?
  5. Who is your favorite author? Anya Seton because she introduced me to historical fiction as a genre
  6. What is your favorite book? I have too many to select only one
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Reading, traveling, spending time with family
  8. Do you have a day job as well? I taught as a reading specialist for 36 years in the public school system of VA
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? PERSEVERE
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Both
  11. Where do you write? I have a dedicated room in our house filled with my research and books and photos
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? silence
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Nothing because I once killed my computer with a spilled mug of tea on the keyboard and another time I deleted a 4 page article I was writing for the Washington Post while drinking my second glass of chardonnay.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Getting my first novel published.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? It took 10 years to research and 2 and ½ years to write and one additional year to find a publisher
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? A younger Liam Neeson for James Nolan, Colin Farrell for Nash Finch, Alan Leech for Michael Brady, Cillian Murphy for Patrick Canavan,  Julianne Moore for Magdalena, Martha Steward for Cecilia, and for Ellen…me!
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? We are kindred spirits
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best?I have tried many avenues. What works best is for me to do a live author talk about the story behind the book: then I always sell lots of copies
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far?
  20. What has been the best compliment? So many people told me that they simply did not want the story to end.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?Almost every character was written with real people in my life in mind
  22. How did you come up with the title? A good friend read the entire book and suggested the title.
  23. Will there be a sequel? There will be 3 books in the series.
  24. What project are you working on now? I am writing book #2 now.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? Where can people get a copy of this 5 star ranked book?  From and Amazon and in local stand alone bookstores.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Never Give Up _________________




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Giveaway Details:


There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:


    • Print copy of Cut From Strong Cloth (US)


    • Ebook copy of Cut From Strong Cloth (INT)


    • $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)


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  2. Thank you for hosting Linda’s book on your blog! Linda’s motto is “every woman deserves to have her story told.” And we are honored to have the opportunity to help her tell the story of Ellen’s quest for freedom to be a businesswoman in 1860 America!

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