Monday, March 22, 2010

The Mockingbird's Call by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver

This week's feature title is:

The Mockingbird’s Call by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver
HP 892
ISBN 978-1-60260-769-9

How did Amelia get herself into this mess?

From the back cover:

Amelia Montgomery never would have planned to become a notorious agent on the Underground Railroad; it just happened. Someone needed help, and she helped. Before she knew it, she had acquired the code name Mockingbird, and the whole Confederate army was looking for her—including her brand new fiancĂ©, Captain Luke Talbot.

Jared Stuart finds himself torn between his convictions and his duty as a Tennesseean. While he can no longer support slavery, he will not fight against his friends and neighbors. Instead, Jared chooses to use his talents as a writer to prove the pen is mightier than the sword.

When Luke arrests Jared, accusing him of being the Mockingbird, Amelia must face herself and make difficult decisions. Will she admit to her actions, freeing Jared and destroying her own engagement, or will she play it safe and stay silent?

About Diane and Aaron:

Diane Ashley, a “town girl” born and raised in Mississippi, has worked more than twenty years for the House of Representatives. She rediscovered a thirst for writing, was led to a class taught by Aaron McCarver, and became a founding member of the Bards of Faith. Visit her at

Aaron McCarver is a transplanted Mississippian who was raised in the mountains near Dunlap, Tennessee. He loves his jobs of teaching at two Christian colleges and editing for Barbour Publishing. A member of ACFW, he is co-author with Gilbert Morris of the bestselling series, The Spirit of Appalachia.

Question of the Day: Was your state involved in the Civil War? Do you live near a battlefield?


  1. Ginger VaughanMarch 22, 2010

    My state of Mississippi was the site of several fierce civil war battles. I live an hour away from Vicksburg National Military Park. One of the things I liked about The Mockingbird's Call was the realistic feeling of being in the middle of a battlefield and the tension and flavor it added to the story. Great job, Aaron and Diane!

  2. Diane AshleyMarch 22, 2010

    Thanks so much, Ginger. We work hard to have our characters actually take part in the history of our settings. One of the fun aspects of writing historicals is discovering interesting facts to include in our novels.

  3. Illinois was involved in the Civil War, but I'm fairly certain no fighting there. Lincoln was from our capital, Springfield, and there are several camps, national cemeteries, and some Civil War prisons, but no battlefields.

  4. Minnesota was heavily involved in the war in two ways. We sent soldiers (the first volunteers when Lincoln called for aid) and those soldiers saved the day at Gettysburg. We also had our own civil war happen in 1862. The Sioux Indian Uprising occurred and launched the Indian Wars that continued for the next twenty years in the central plains.

    I love the cover of this book.

  5. This book sounds great!

  6. Can't wait to read this one, Aaron and Diane! I love the cover, too!

  7. what a beautiful book...would enjoy reading it.

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  8. Aaron McCarverMarch 22, 2010

    Thanks so much, Ginger! Jared and I appreciate it. :) And thank you, Janet Lee. I hope it comes up to the standards of your books! We love the cover, too, Erica. In fact, it is my favorite I have had. Thanks to you, too, Linda, I hope you enjoy the story! As Ginger said, Vicksburg is close to us, being from Jackson, MS. (Diane and I actually have a story in the works for HP that will happen around the siege and battle of Vicksburg and will feature a character from "The Mockingbird's Call.") Growing up in TN, I was close to Chattanooga and the famous Lookout Mountain battlefield park. The county I grew up in, Sequatchie (Try saying that 3 times fast!) voted to secede from the Union, but the area of East Tennessee was very divided on this issue as we show in the book. The destruction of the railroads shown in the book was a very integral part of the War and help the North win by cutting off means of getting supplies and troops around quickly.

  9. Aaron McCarverMarch 22, 2010

    Thanks, Karen. Hope you enjoy it!

  10. Sounds like a great story!

    My family has some letters from one of my ancestors that fought in the Civil War. The letters are written in German, but we think he was stationed somewhere in Tennessee.


  11. I absolutely love series on the underground railroad. Please enter me. Thank you.

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  12. I am an aussie so not involved in the civil war but am fascinated by the subject.
    the underground railway is also interesting.
    I have read several books on the subject and think Gilbert Morris's series was a great series as it gave alot of history.
    My favourite movie is actually gettysburg.

  13. Diane AshleyMarch 24, 2010

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Aaron and I hope you enjoy The Mockingbird's Call. Wow, Heather, how neat to have letters of a family member from that time period. Ausjenny, I agree with your opinion of Gilbert Morris' series. He's such a gifted writer that he brings any time period to life.

  14. I am so excited about this book and can't wait to read it! My great-grandfather fought for the South in the Civil War. I live 2 miles from a Louisiana State Park called Rebel Park - the site of the grave of the unknown Rebel. He was killed there and buried by a local family. There were several battles fought near here - like the Battle of Pleasant Hill where they do a reenactment each year and the LA State Park in Mansfield, LA where the Battle of Mansfield was fought.

  15. Great book! I have always been intrigued with the Civil War era. Aaron and Diane do a great job combining the history with romance. I look forward to reading more!