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Book Spotlight/Giveaway: World of Ink Tour of Hope Irvin Marston


About the Author: Hope Irvin Marston is a native ofBeech Creek,PA, the eighth child in a farm family of nine.  She started school about the time World War II began.  Since there were no children’s books in their home, the monthly visit of the bookmobile to the little one-room schoolhouse on the corner of the farm was a wonderful event in her eyes.

Once she learned to read, Hope never grew tired of books.  She decided at an early age, she would write a book some day.  Thus far that dream has been fulfilled twenty-eight times.

Hope enjoys writing in several genres.  Her current projects include two historical fiction books and another junior biography.

In 1990 she retired to devote her time to writing.  When she isn’t working at her computer, you will find her reading, making author appearances, doing research or attending workshops as a presenter or a learner.

She was the founder of the Black River Valley Writers Club and the founder and director of the North Country Children’s Writers and Illustrators Workshop.  She has taught creative writing workshops at JeffersonCommunity Collegeand the Jefferson-LewisTeacherCenterfor many years.  She has also been on staff at Christian Writers Conferences at Hephzibah Heights (MA), Montrose Bible Conference (PA), and a St. Davids Christian Writers Conference at Beaver Falls, Pa.  Hope is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a book reviewer for Church Libraries.

Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson

About the Book: 17th centuryScotland is a place of cruel intolerance for the Covenanters, a people bound together by their loyal faith.  A young, earnest Covenanter, Margaret Wilson finds her pledged loyalty to Christ and his Covenant in opposition to King Charles II’s demand for her absolute obedience.  Will Margaret choose to defy the authorities?  Or will devotion to her family, love for her sweetheart, and hopes for future happiness rule her heart?

Eye on the Iditarod Aisling’s Quest

About the Book: This is the real-life story of a young girl with a big dream. From the time she was three years old, Aisling (pronounced “Ashley”) Lara Shepherd loved watching sled dog racing on television. Inspired by the drive and determination of the dogs and the people who race them, Aisling set out on a personal quest to one day run her own dogs in the famous Iditarod race inAlaska. Follow eleven-year-old Aisling as she conquers obstacles, deals with heartbreak and loss, and achieves great victories–all while keeping her Eye on the Iditarod.

My Little Book of Bald Eagles


About the Books: This is a delightful story about a new family of bald eagles. From newborn’s first lessons in life to the first solo flight, this beautifully illustrated book is ideal for introducing young children to the wonders of nature.

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World of Ink Schedule for Hope Irvin Marston

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Giveaway (US ONLY)

There will be 1 Winner

Comments like these would be deleted –  Great contest, Please enter me, Love to win this!, This is so cute! So please leave a helpful comment relating to this book.

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Giveaway Ends Feb 29th. Winners would be selected via and notified by email.


This Giveaway Has Ended!

Winner is #1 – Carol L


February 6, 2012 - Posted by | Blog Tour | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi Hope,
    I just came from your web site and saw the great comments for Against The Tide. I’m definitely a lover of Historical Fiction as well as anything to do wit Scotland. Thanks for this chance to win these books.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | February 7, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments, Carol. I love reading historical fiction, too.. When I was researching and writing Margaret’s story, I read some super Scots historical fiction written by Lz Curtis Higgs. They are adult books with wonderful plots that keep you turning pages because you are so concerned about the fate of her characters..

      Comment by Hope Marston | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  2. All of the books sound super cute, especially the one about the eagles. Thank you for the chance to win these books for my niece! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I loved the author trailers.

    Comment by krystallarson | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hi Carol,
    It was exciting when I was asked to write about bald eagles. It’s number eight in MY LITTLE BOOK Series. I grew up smack dab in the center of Pennsyvania. The nearest town was Beech Creek. Our farm was in Bald Eagle Valley. I never saw a bald eagle. Happy day, now they are back. Blessings. _Hope

    Comment by Hope Marston | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  4. Your books look just darling! I also love the photo of you your dog. That’s one of my favorites breed of dogs.


    Comment by thedarkphantom | February 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment, Mayra. We are “boxer” people through and through. I met a Bernese mountain dog when I was staying in a Vermont home…up there researching anmother historical novel. We had to put our our last boxer down when Heidi was about six months old. I still miss him, but Heidi is the perfect dog for us “older’ folks. Blessings, _Hope

      Comment by Hope Marston | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  5. Can I just say I love the bald eagle diorama made by the Lyme Central sudent!
    I like all your varied topics. My grandkids are bird and dog lovers so those books would appeal to them. I have just started reading some historical fiction – Against the Tide sounds interesting.

    PS – My son was stationed at Fort Drum for 2 years – we love the Thousand Island area for vacationing – a beautiful area of our state.

    Comment by Teresa Young | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  6. These sound (and look) wonderful. I love the cover illustration of Against the Ride. Beautiful!

    Comment by Marci | February 15, 2012 | Reply

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