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WELCOME AUTHOR PEGGY BLANN PHIFER
Saturday, November 10, 2018 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Whispering Hope

AUTHOR:  Peggy Blann Phifer

PUBLISHER:  Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications

GENRE:  Historical Romantic Suspense

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  All ages

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR PEGGY BLANN PHIFER TO PATTI’S PORCH. PEGGY TALKS ABOUT THE STORY BEHIND HER LATEST HISTORICAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL.

 

PEGGY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OFWHISPERING HOPE.

 

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE WRITING OF WHISPERING HOPE

 

 

by

 

 

Peggy Blann Phifer

 

 

 

In what seems an impossibly long time ago, I’d become captivated by a property we drove past regularly. It had a large fieldstone arch over the driveway at the highway, a wide, two-story house, another building I assumed was a stable because it didn’t look like a barn, and other outlying buildings. Best of all, it was situated along the shore of a rather large lake.

 

 

The sad truth is that I never drove through that arch, never got to explore those buildings, or see what it looked like from the lake. But my imagination did … and this was long before I ever thought about writing. But the memory of that place stayed with me over the years, and eventually became the fictitious setting for Whispering Hope.

 

 

As a history buff, particularly American history, for some odd reason I can’t explain, I was drawn to the era of Prohibition, of all things, and the notorious Al Capone. Maybe it was because, in those long-ago days, the show The Untouchables was on TV, about the Prohibition Bureau agent Elliot Ness and his efforts to ‘clean up’ Chicago.

 

 

Maybe it was because, not far from where I used to live, was the stone fortress Al and Frank Capone built as a hideout when things got too hot for them in Chicago.

 

 

Whatever it was, when I sat down to write Whispering Hope, it seemed natural to combine these two fascinations and write a story about my heroine Virginia Hopewell, a Wisconsin country girl visiting Chicago and getting caught in a gangland shooting at a speakeasy, in Al Capone territory.  Of course, I had to have a hero, so I created my own “Elliot Ness” in the form of Ransom Blake who encounters Virginia at that same speakeasy.

 

 

The research was daunting, but I loved it. I bought a DVD of a PBS documentary by Ken Burns, as well as other books that helped me a lot. I visited Chicago several years ago and went to dinner with friends at Capone’s hideout, though I’ve forgotten where it was, and browsed their gift shop, buying a few books about the man. I downloaded and printed copious amounts of pictures and documenting the era amounting to about a two-and-a-half-inch stack, most of which I will probably never use again.

 

 

So, there you have it.

 

 

 

Back Cover Copy for Whispering Hope

1930 Chicago is no place for a Wisconsin country girl.

Virginia Hopewell visits her cousin in Chicago and gets caught up in a deadly gangster shooting at a speakeasy, barely escaping with her life. After learning of the tragic death of her father, brother, and sister-in-law, Ginny returns to Wisconsin and convinces her mother to reopen the resort her father had closed after losing everything in the stock market crash in 1929.

Ransom Blake, an agent with the Chicago Bureau of Prohibition, had been at the same speakeasy acting on a tip about the shooting. Rance is charged with finding the gangster responsible. He and his team are sent to Wisconsin where the man was reported being seen, and to investigate how illegal liquor from Canada is making its way to Chicago.

With the opening of Whispering Hope Resort, Rance registers as a guest and comes face to face with the lovely redhead he’d briefly encountered at the speakeasy during the shooting. 

 

 

 

Buy LInks:

WHISPERING HOPE Paperback 

WHISPERING HOPE: (Kindle) 

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF WHISPERING HOPE BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. (U.S. entrants only eligible for print copy)

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

Author Peggy Blann Phifer lives in the ‘boonies’ of NW Wisconsin with her daughter, son-in-law, and a Border Collie mix dog named Rocky

Peg’s debut novel, To See the Sun, a contemporary romantic suspense, released in January 2012. A second novel, Somehow, Christmas Will Come, contemporary women’s fiction with a touch of romance and mystery, released in November 2014, revised and re-released in late 2015. A recent work titled Whispering Hope, an historical romantic suspense, set during the years of Prohibition, released in May 2018. Broken, Book 1, and Stronger, Book 2, in a series of novellas called Sweetwater River, released in September 2018.

Peg is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, blogging, supporting her fellow writers, and watching Netflix movies on her Kindle.

Connect with Peg online:

Blog/website

Facebook

Twitter  @pegphifer

Pinterest

Google+ 

Goodreads

Email: [email protected]

Purchase links for Peg’s other books:

TO SEE THE SUN: Paperback 

TO SEE THE SUN: (Kindle)

SOMEHOW: Paperback

SOMEHOW: (Kindle) 

BROKEN  Paperback

BROKEN (Kindle) 

STRONGER Paperback  

STRONGER (Kindle) 

 


Comments

Lual Krautter From MT At 11/18/2018 6:45:27 PM

Hi! Sounds like a book I'd be very interested in! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to enter a giveaway, especially as it is nearing Christmas soon:) Would sure love to win a print copy of Whispering Hope! Thanks, again, and God bless!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lual. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing.

Pat Davis From PA At 11/18/2018 4:46:01 PM

Enjoyed learning about the story behind the story, Peg. Whispering Hope sounds like an intriguing story. I've watched many PBS documentaries in doing the research for a novel. Thank you for sharing here.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Pat. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here. Peg is a wonderful writer and this story definitely sounds compelling.

Peg Phifer From WI At 11/13/2018 10:33:25 AM

Hi, Vivian and Gail. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment here on Patti's Porch. Good luck in the drawing.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 11/12/2018 7:47:21 AM

This sounds like a very interesting story what with gangsters, a speakeasy and an investigation in it.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian . Thank you so much for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 11/11/2018 1:41:24 PM

What great background info - I can see that place by the lake. Isn't it interesting how we become intrigued w/a certain era? Lastly, what an ELEGANT cover, Peg!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us.

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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Wildlife Video
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Welcome Home!
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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