Please join Judith Redline Coopey as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for four of her historical novels, The Furnace, Looking for Jane, Waterproof: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood, and Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad, from March 16-April 6.

The Furnace (Juniata Iron Trilogy, #1)

01_The FurnacePublication Date: October 1, 2014
Fox Hollow Press
*Formats: eBook & Paperback
Pages: 336

Series: Volume One, Juniata Iron Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Elinor Bratton, young, beautiful, and privileged is pregnant and cast aside by her lover, the wealthy and spoiled scion of a eastern Pennsylvania family. As a result she is forced by her father into an arranged marriage to a man she barely knows. Adam MacPhail, a common iron worker whose only wish is to become an iron master agrees to the match as a means of realizing his dream. Ellie’s father, Stephen Bratton, well to do, well connected and determined to save his daughter’s reputation, orchestrates the union — not as Ellie would have it, but as he sees fit. So begins a marriage in a time when a woman had no voice, no rights, no say in matters directly pertaining to her. Ellie, exiled to the wilderness of western Pennsylvania with a man she would not have considered three months before, declares her intention to make Adam’s life miserable and make her father pay for his high-handed disregard for her rights. Adam, unschooled in dealing with women, chooses to focus his energy and attention on turning a down and out iron furnace into a profitable, well-ordered producer. Through the first half of the nineteenth century, the couple struggle to establish a life, disentangle an ill-conceived marriage, and make a success of a derelict furnace through the ups and downs of an unpredictable industry. Volume One of The Juniata Iron Trilogy, The Furnace chronicles Ellie and Adam’s efforts to find a balance and build an enterprise worthy of Pennsylvania’s iron industry, producing Juniata Iron, the finest in the world.

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Looking for Jane

02_Looking for JanePublication Date: December 21, 2012
Fox Hollow Press
Formats: ebook & Paperback
Pages: 238

Genre: Historical Fiction

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“The nuns use this as their measuring stick: who your people are. Well, what if you don’t have no people? Or any you know of? What then? Are you doomed?” This is the nagging question of fifteen-year-old Nell’s life. Born with a cleft palate and left a foundling on the doorstep of a convent, she yearns to know her mother, whose name, she knows, was Jane.

When the Mother Superior tries to pawn her off to a mean looking farmer and his beaten down wife, Nell opts for the only alternative she can see: she runs away. A chance encounter with a dime novel exhorting the exploits of Calamity Jane, heroine of the west, gives Nell the purpose of her life: to find Calamity Jane, who Nell is convinced is her mother.

Her quest takes her down rivers, up rivers and across the Badlands to Deadwood, South Dakota and introduces her to Soot, a big, lovable black dog, and Jeremy Chatterfield, a handsome young Englishman who isn’t particular about how he makes his way, as long as he doesn’t have to work for it. Together they trek across the country meeting characters as wonderful and bizarre as the adventure they seek, learning about themselves and the world along the way.

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Waterproof: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood

03_WaterproofPublication Date: May 1, 2012
Fox Hollow Press
Formats: ebook & Paperback
Pages: 266

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Fifty years after an earthen dam broke and sent a thirty foot wall of raging destruction down on the city of Johnstown, PA, Pamela McRae looks back on the tragedy with new perspective.

When the flood hit, it wiped out Pam’s fondest hopes, taking her fiancé and her brother’s lives and her mother’s sanity, and within a year her father walked away, leaving his daughter
—now the sole support of her mother—to cope with poverty and loneliness.

The arrival of Katya, a poor Hungarian girl running away from an arranged marriage, finally gives Pam the chance she needs to get back into the world; Katya can care for her mother, and Pam can go to work for the Johnstown Clarion as a society reporter.

Then Davy Hughes, Pam’s fiancé before the flood, reappears and, instead of being the answer to her prayers, further complicates her life. Someone is seeking revenge on the owners of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, the Pittsburgh millionaires who owned the failed dam, and Pam is afraid Davy has something to do with it.

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Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad

04_Redfield FarmPublication Date: April 2, 2010
Formats: ebook & Paperback
Pages: 280

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Ann Redfield is destined to follow her brother Jesse through life – two years behind him – all the way. Jesse is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and Ann follows him there as well.

Quakers filled with a conviction as hard as Pennsylvania limestone that slavery is an abomination to be resisted with any means available, the Redfield brother and sister lie, sneak, masquerade and defy their way past would-be enforcers of the hated Fugitive Slave Law.

Their activities inevitably lead to complicated relationships when Jesse returns from a run with a deadly fever, accompanied by a fugitive, Josiah, who is also sick and close to death. Ann nurses both back to health. But precious time is lost, and Josiah, too weak for winter travel, stays on at Redfield Farm. Ann becomes his teacher, friend and confidant. When grave disappointment disrupts her life, Ann turns to Josiah for comfort, and comfort leads to intimacy. The result, both poignant and inspiring, leads to a life long devotion to one another and their cause.

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About the Author05_Judith Redline Coopey

Judith Redline Coopey, born in Altoona, PA holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. A passion for history inherited from her father drives her writing and a love for Pennsylvania sustains it. Her first book, Redfield Farm was the story of the Underground Railroad in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The second, Waterproof, tells how the 1889 Johnstown Flood nearly destroyed a whole city and one young woman’s life. Looking For Jane is a quest for love and family in the 1890s brought to life through the eyes of Nell, a young girl convinced that Calamity Jane is her mother. Her most recent work, The Furnace: Volume One of the Juniata Iron Trilogy, is set on an iron plantation near where she grew up and tells the story of an ill conceived marriage of convenience as it plays out over a lifetime. As a teacher, writer and student of history, Ms Coopey finds her inspiration in the rich history of her native state and in stories of the lives of those who have gone before.

For more information please visit Judith Redline Coopey’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Judith Redline Coopey Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 16
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, March 17
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (The Furnace)

Wednesday, March 18
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Thursday, March 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day (Looking for Jane)

Friday, March 20
Review at Rainy Day Reviews (Waterproof)

Monday, March 23
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (Looking for Jane)

Wednesday, March 25
Interview at Layered Pages

Friday, March 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Saturday, March 28
Spotlight at Mythical Books

Monday, March 30
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
Spotlight at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Tuesday, March 31
Review at Beth’s Book Nook (Looking for Jane)
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (Waterproof)

Wednesday, April 1
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story (Redfield Farm)
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation

Friday, April 3
Review at Book Babe
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks (The Furnace)

Saturday, April 4
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks (Looking for Jane)
Review at Book Nerd (The Furnace)

Sunday, April 5
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks (Waterproof)

Monday, April 6
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks (Redfield Farm)
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (Redfield Farm)

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7 responses to “HFVBT Presents Judith Redline Coopey’s Historical Fiction Blog Tour, March 16-April 6”

  1. Robyn Taylor says:

    I have read all of Judith’s books, and am waiting for the second in the trilogy! I’m amazed that her historical research brings together amazing stories with unlikely heroes. She has been open and friendly with our book club, giving us an inside look at how she accomplishes her craft! Enjoy!!

  2. patricia park says:

    Judy Coopey’s books are so good. She develops characters and situations that are real. I am waiting…not too patiently … for the next book in her Iron Trilogy.

  3. “The Furnace” sounds like an exciting book. I look forward to reading it.

  4. Wonderful and I love the lay-out and the colors….very impressive and good excerpts.
    Appreciate that it is here–also now I know about this site.

  5. Debbie Oliver says:

    I’ve read Judith Coopey’s first three books and loved each one. I’ve just downloaded her most recent, The Furnace, and can’t wait to read it. From the first pages of her books, I’m hooked on the characters. They speak with authentic voices pulling me immediately into their stories. The fact that she writes historical fiction is a bonus – each book a great story and a history lesson all in one. Keep the books coming Judith Coopey!

  6. Carolyn Miller Carroll says:

    I anxiously wait until her next book is published. Judith Coopey must keep them rolling out to keep those of us that are addicted entertained. We can walk right back into History and live where many of us feel we should have been born. Her writing style, humor, just addicting. Congratulations for unleashing this talent.

  7. Sandra Foust Geimer says:

    Judith Coopeys’ books are wonderful reads. If you want to teach people history, her books do exactly that. She has been successful in combining history in her books which makes the reader want to continue turning the pages. Her gifts of humor, story telling and educating people through her books is very obvious.

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