Fun Facts About The Maple Leaf Chronicles

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Just in time for the 4th of July, I published Across the Land I Love. This was originally part of A Very Bookish 4th of July. But it is also the second book in my novella series, Maple Leaf Christian Retreat Center Chronicles. Each of the stories is set around the people who run a Christian retreat center. I thought it might be fun to share some fun facts about this series with you.

The retreat center is based on one my family wanted to create. One year, our family was given the gift of a week at a Christian family camp. While we enjoyed the experience, we came away wishing that there had been more family time and more focus on enjoying the beauty around us instead of all the hyper activities we did separately. We sat around and envisioned a place. We even looked into making it happen. It didn't work out, but that idea has stuck with me.

Each book in the series is inspired by a classic work. Because these were originally part of the A Very Bookish novella collections, I knew they had to be based on a classic work, As Long as I Belong is inspired by Mansfield Park and Across the Land I Love is inspired by Around the World in 80 Days.

More novellas are coming. I already have ideas for two more novellas in the series. One is an Easter story that is set at Maple Leaf and the other is about the younger brother in As Long as I Belong.

They are set at or near real locations. The Maple Leaf Christian Retreat Center is fictitious, but I set it near the Lost Maples State Natural Area in Texas. Across the Land I Love is a road trip novel with lots of real locations I had fun looking up and imagining I was there. You get to visit Mount Rushmore and Phliadalipha, just to name two. 

I'm planning on tying this series to a couple of my other novellas. I have plans in the works to bring Ellie from Fanny's Hope Chest and all the characters from Molly and Anna into the series as time goes on. I'm excited about bringing many of my fictional worlds together like that.

Don't forget that all of these are free to read on Kindle Unlimited. 

Have you read either of the novellas in this series? What did you like about it?

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  1. I love these fun facts! And that is so cool you're going to tie some of the different stories together!

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them! It was fun to put it together.