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Cover Reveal and Featured Spotlight for "Katarina's Dark Shadow"

Congratulations to Miranda Chivers for her new cover designed by White Rabbit Arts at The Historical Fiction Company!


Book Blurb:

Historical fiction with a twisted mystery. This coming-of-age series portrays the true heroic struggle of the German Mennonites before Ukraine became a country, during one of the most tragic times of the early twentieth century. First Came the Horses.

Book One: Katarina's Dark Shadow: As the civil war erupts in the shadow of the Great War. Katarina discovers that faith is more than a badge and a belief system. During war-time, it requires resilience.

1951:Peter stumbles on Katarina's diaries from the Russian Revolution. What happened during those early years that prompted Katarina to go back to Ukraine during WW2? What secrets lie behind the Iron Curtain?

1915-1917: While the winds of the great war circle Ukraine, the country seeks independence from mother Russia. But for fifteen-year-old Katarina, war is still too far away to feel real. She dreams of a exotic future as a missionary school teacher in foreign lands.

Then a rebel attack at the family farm changes everything. Injured and fearful, Katarina seeks guarantees of safety. Her sister Anna’s wealthy estate with its security detail offers freedom and promises of dreams fulfilled. But after the Czar is overthrown and the separatist army grows, suspicion lurks at every corner. Even the servants can’t be trusted.

As the solid foundations of faith and family are threatened, Katarina’s world unravels. She faces the ultimate decision that will determine her future. Will she depend on her peaceful Mennonite faith to fight the forthcoming evil? Or, will she abandon all hope and emigrate with the others?

Is life a journey or a destination?

Set during the darkest days of Ukraine’s history, Katarina’s Dark Shadow portrays the courageous human struggle inside a distinct faith during violent political times. Like the book of Job in the Bible, the story portrays the quest for meaning during troubling times.

If you like intrigue, complex characters, and strong women of faith, you'll enjoy this spine-chilling Christian historical fiction series.

Inspired by true stories and actual events based on the harrowing tales of the author's ancestors, this book will particularly interest those with German-Prussian, Ukrainian, or Russian Mennonite ancestry.

If you enjoyed Tears of Amber and The Girl with the Silver Star, you’ll enjoy stepping into this intriguing and unusual world with its unique cultural dynamics. Witness the Russian revolution from an entirely different perspective.

Author Bio:

Award-winning Canadian author Miranda J. Chivers writes about faith, mental health and authentic living. As a second-generation Canadian of Russian Mennnonite refugees, she grew up surrounded by poverty and trauma. As a former social worker, avid researcher, and student of the Bible, her writing reflects her fascination with cultural diversity and social differences through a Biblical lens. Her goal is to heal hurting souls through both nonfiction and fiction.

Her NEW historical fiction series takes place during the Russian revolution. This coming-of-age story portrays the true heroic struggle of the German Mennonites during one of the most tragic times of early twentieth-century history. This series will be released under the pen name of M.J. Krause-Chivers, the fictional stream for Miranda J. Chivers.

In her debut non-fiction book “Unequally Yoked: Staying Committed to Jesus and Your Unbelieving Spouse,” the author explores the challenges of living in an unequally yoked marriage; and provides scriptural resources and practical support to navigate this often complicated and grief-filled journey.

Miranda is a contributing author to the Christian devotional collaborations:

Hope When it Hurts: The Scars that Shape Us;

Holy Resilience: Finding the Way Forward;

Peace in the Presence of God: Devotionals for Women with Anxiety.

The Favor of Forgiveness: Find Yourself Again

All are available on Amazon.

Miranda regularly guests blogs on various online Christian magazines and is in the process of updating her own blog.

AWARDS: “Unequally Yoked: Staying Committed to Jesus and Your Unbelieving Spouse” won the Silver Medal in the 2018 Readers' Favorite Award (Christian Biblical Counseling); 2019 Author's Academy Awards (Advice) Top Ten; 2019 Top Shelf Awards Finalist.

Katarina's Dark Shadow is the bronze medal winner of the 2021 Global Book Awards (historical fiction.)

To contact: please reach her on FB @mirandajchivers

Check out her website for free info and read her latest blogs

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