Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review and Giveaway of "Night of the Cossack" by Tom Blubaugh



"In "Night of the Cossack", Tom Blubaugh has created an interesting fictional account of a young boy facing a series of tough life-or-death decisions when forced into the life of a Cossack soldier. Readers are sure to be entertained by this tale of Nathan Hertzfield's life, his struggle to maintain the upstanding character and morality set forth by his mother."
-Michelle Buckman, Christy Award Finalist

"Tom Blubaugh takes the reader to a neglected time and place in this touching exploration of his own roots. An encouraging story that should inspire appreciation of one's own family heritage.
-J.B. Cheaney, author of The Playmaker and The Middle of Somewhere

Tom Blubaugh, author of "The Night of the Cossack", is a freelance writer. He has written nonfiction most of his adult life. He resides with his wife Barbara in Southwest Missouri where he is currently writing fiction. Tom and Barbara have six children and fourteen grandchildren. In addition to writing, Tom loves macro photography. He is president of Jericho Commission,Inc. Tom believes his retirement is about continuing to fulfill God's purpose.

I'm thrilled to have Tom as a guest on Butterfly Journey and I've asked Tom a few questions. He's be gracious enough to answer them for us.

1) Can you tell us about your writing journey?

I started writing poems when I was in my early teens—hoping to convert them to song lyrics. This didn’t happen and my writing was set aside until I was nearly thirty. I started writing nonfiction successfully. Night of the Cossack is my first fiction work.

2) What is a Cossack (for those who have not read the book) and how did you come up with the title "Night of the Cossack"?

A Cossack would be called a mercenary soldier today. The word means “freeman”. The hired out to different authorities such as the tsar of Russia. They were taken over by the Russian army in the early 1900’s. The title, Night of the Cossack, came as a result of what happens in the first three chapters of the book. To fully answer this would give away a key part of the book.

3) What genre would you place "Night of the Cossack?"

Historical fiction—Young Adult although it has been read by those as young as ten and as old as 80.

4) I can see how you book would appeal to all ages, young adult to seniors. Did you plan for this?

The book is about my grandfather who died before I was born. I wrote the story for myself first and then for my children and grandchildren. I wasn’t writing to be published. My oldest son is forty-two and my youngest grandchild is two. It doesn’t surprise me that it covers a wide audience.

5) Do you have any books planned for the future?

I am writing a sequel. I also have some children’s books in the works.

Thank you Tom! Tom is offering a copy of "The Night of the Cossack" as a giveaway. Here is what you need to do:

1) You must be a follower or sign up as a new follower.

2) Leave a comment about YA books. Have you read any?

3) For an extra chance to win send a new follower my way and come back and tell me they signed up.

4) Leave an address where I can contact you if you win.

5) The contest ends June 15th, 2011.



  1. I definitely want to get Joy this book. I try to expose her to as many authors and books as possible, especially those that have some historical value with a Christian worldview (but that is not preachy). She gets enough of that from me:)

  2. I love the fact that there are authors reaching out to YA with Christian fiction. They love to read, and I, as a parent, would love to have them read exciting books with good values.

    I'm already a follower.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. This one definitely sounds like a great book! Not too many set in czarist Russia. I am always looking for something my teen boys would like. They are military minded so this one would has appeal. I don't think I have actually read a YA. Most of the ones I see are fantasy and that is NOT my genre. This one I would read. Love historical fiction! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    follower :)


  4. I just signed up as a follower. I haven't read many YA books but hope to have some to share with my grandchildren as they grow. My son is an avid reader and has written a couple pretty complicated SHORT fiction stories himself before he joined the army. Now his children are growing up to love books as well.
    Thank you for entering my name in your drawing.
    cepjwms at wb4me dot com

  5. This sounds like an awesome book to read! I would love to read it...and have it of course!! And I haven't read any YA books yet, though I don't know why because I read so much. That will be on my list to check out.

  6. Oh, Deborah, you sure know how to to ask great interview questions! I sure loved learning about Tom, too.

    Btw, I'm holding an MC Blogfest in Jeannie's honor! Drop by and join us, please! <3

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!