Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Dana Vacca

Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

Freedom Calling Dana Vacca

Not just another Civil War novel! This inspiring story is an unforgettable story of strength & determination against the forces of the elements and the evil sides of human nature. It will make you re-think your own definition of freedom, morality and humanity. A perilous sea voyage, a New Bedford whaling ship, Virginia’s Dismal Swamp, and the war-ravaged South test the determination and willpower of two escaped slaves who struggle to overcome tribulation, conquer hardship and prevail in the face of adversity. This is a book you won’t want to put down!

This page-turning drama is packed with action, emotion, romance and tumultuous adventure, and is vibrantly painted with powerful characters, vivid imagery and factual details of the Civil War era. It is an exploration into the meaning of freedom and love and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

In the midst of the Civil War, runaway slaves Daisy Green and her daughter Celia attempt a nearly infallible but risky plan to escape from their Southern plantation and stow away on a sailing ship headed north. The cruelties of slavery that have broken Daisy’s body have only reinforced her steadfast will to get her daughter to freedom. They will do whatever they must to be free.

Mother and daughter are soon separated, and everything changes. Help and danger come from unexpected places.  Although their strong bond endures, their hearts are torn by desperation, sorrow, and fear.  Faith in God’s divine guidance, and in each other, gives them strength to persevere in their courageous struggle to find liberty and happiness.

Emotional, fast-paced, exciting, and compelling, their journeys take them to heights of happiness and plunge them to depths of despair – and back again. Their incredible search for freedom becomes a fight for life and a test of love.

FREEDOM CALLS to these unforgettable heroines, Daisy and Celia. Will they find freedom,… and each other?

Watch the book trailer here.

Dana Vacca

Dana Vacca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. She is retired from teaching visual media and design at the college level. She has illustrated children’s books but equally loves to paint with words to create exciting adventure, vivid imagery and compelling characters in her creative writing and fictional works.
Dana is a lover of old things and collects antiques. Often, an estate find leads her deep into the past and into the life story of its former owner. Treasured possessions can unfold the whole history of a bygone era and offer a glimpse, as if through a keyhole, the intimacies of lives lived long ago. These meanderings into the past feed into her writing and breathe life into the characters she creates.
Visit Dana’s Facebook blog for Civil War trivia and book highlights! And find Dana’s books on Amazon.
Dana is giving away a print copy of her book to one winner – just leave a comment on this blog to be eligible.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

29 thoughts on “Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Dana Vacca

  1. I’ve been helping a friend with the text for his next musical set during the Civil War. I know he would love this book both for research and enjoyment. This war is an important part of our history and your book is valuable for everyone to read and learn.

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    1. Thank you, Claremary!! It is an important period of our history that should never be forgotten! A war fought on our own soil over values and ideologies that in many ways are still held in the balance today.

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  2. This sounds marvelous. As one who reads history books for pleasure, historical fiction as well, I look forward to adding this intriguing story to my collection.

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    1. History can really come to life in a very relevant way when you learn it via historical fiction and become invested in the lives of the people of the era!

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  3. Two good friends of mine love books based on the Civil War Era, so I would be excited to win a signed copy of Freedom Calling to give as a Christmas gift. Even if I’m not the winner, I will be purchasing Freedom Calling – two signed copies please.

    Not only is Dana a talented writer, she’s a great illustrator too. I purchased a copy of the children’s book, that she illustrated, for my friend’s grandchild.

    Congratulations on the release of Freedom Calling!

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  4. Your comments are much appreciated, Dana! Yes, indeed, the book would be appropriate for high-schoolers. It is based on true, factual history and though some events are harsh they are historically accurate; but there is nothing portrayed in a manner that would be inappropriate for high-school readers.

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  5. The struggles of a mother and daughter during that horrible period sound quite compelling. The Civil War era to reunite our divided nation should never be forgotten, and a big thank you to Dana for reminding us of that period in history. What the mother and daughter went through, together and then alone, needs to be told again and again. Bravo, Dana, sounds like a winner to me!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. The meaning of freedom is a fundamental principle that founded our country and is always worthy and deserving of re-examination. It has always been a very charged subject especially at the time of the Civil War era but is very relevant to humanity in any era.

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    1. Hi Michelle!!! You are the winner of my book!!! Congratulations!!! Please contack me at and give me the mailing address you want it sent to. Thank you so much for participating in the BOOK A DAY and for commenting in my book, Freedom Calling. I hope you enjoy the story!!

      Best Regards,
      Dana Vacca

      PS: you can also private message me via my Facebook page at:


  6. I had the good fortune of attending Dana’s book presentation at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket a week or two ago. It was a fascinating presentation about an intriguing story. Though I seldom read novels, I purchased a copy of this one and look forward to diving into it. I also discovered that I may have a distant familial relationship to Dana. A good day all around!

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  7. History buffs this one is definitely for you! I can even see many high schoolers gravitating towards this text to compliment their history courses, providing a deeper understanding of a variety of themes associated with war, freedom, loss, etc.

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    1. Your comments are much appreciated, Dana! Yes, indeed, the book would certainly be appropriate for high-schoolers. Although some of the events surrounding slavery and the Civil War are harsh, and the book is historically accurate, nothing is handled in a way that would be inappropriate for high-school students.

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