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Sheilah Vance

Sheilah Vance, President and CEO of The Elevator Group, is the author of the award-winning novel Becoming Valley Forge.  She is also the author of the novel Chasing the 400; the novel Land Mines and its companion journal, Journaling through the Land Mines; the non-fiction book, Creativity for Christians: How to Tell Your Story and Stories of Overcoming from the Members of One Special Church, and the mini-ebook, Six Days in December:  General George Washington's and the Continental Army's Encampment at Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills, December 13 - 19, 1777.    Email Sheilah at svance@TheElevatorGroup.com.   Read more about Sheilah on these pages: 

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Although a work of fiction, author Sheilah Vance has included a great deal of historically factual background details in her stirring saga of a novel.  Impressively well written from beginning to end, "Becoming Valley Forge" is highly recommended for both community and academic library Historical Fiction collections. -- Midwest Book Review, April 2016, Small Press Watch

In her epic-length novel Becoming Valley Forge, Sheilah Vance dramatizes the horrific depredations experienced by George Washington's Continental Army as it endured brutal conditions during the winter camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1777.

The author centers her story around a small cast of colourful characters whose lives become tangled up in the war, whether they want to or not. There is a local blacksmith named James, a former slave, a conflicted patriot, Daniel, tavern-keeper Norman, Continental General Anthony Wayne, and the seemingly opportunistic Pennsylvania brothel-keeper, Connie.

The result of all these viewpoints playing out against the broader historical backdrop becomes a truly immersive reading experience. -- Historical Novel Society, May 2016


This exacting work of historical fiction from Paoli’s Sheilah Vance explores the lives of ordinary men and women—a former slave, a farmer, Army volunteers—as revolution engulfs the region. The perfect beach read for a patriotic month. 

--Main Line Today Magazine (July 2016)

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Six Days in December: General George Washington's and the Continental Army's Encampment on Rebel Hill, December 13 - 19, 1777; a mini-ebook prequel by Sheilah Vance

This mini-ebook prequel to Sheilah Vance's upcoming novel, Becoming Valley Forge (April 2013), tells the little-known and moving story of General George Washington's and the Continental Army's six day encampment on Rebel Hill and Gulph  Mills, six miles from Valley Forge, from December 13, 1777 through December 19, when the army marched to Valley Forge. This is the thrililng story of the threshold to Valley Forge.

Creativity for Christians: How to Tell Your Story and Stories of Overcoming from the Members of One Special Church (with Rev. Felicia Howard)

Land Mines

Black Expressions Book Club features two Elevator Group books in January 2012:  Sheilah Vance's Land Mines and P. J. McCalla's Cousin Myrtle.

Click on the link below to read our e-newsletter with more information or go to the Black Expressions Book Club site.


E-newsletter announcing our Black Expressions Book Club January 2012 features

Black Expressions Book Club

Chasing the 400

National Book Clubs Select Chasing the 400 by Sheilah Vance

May 10, 2011--The Elevator Group is pleased to announce that Chasing the 400 by Sheilah Vance is now available in a special hardcover edition as a featured selection on Black Expressions Book Club, www.BlackExpressions.com, and as a selection of Book of the Month Club, www.bomcclub.com and BOMC2 (powered by Book of the Month Club) www.BOMC2.com.
Black Expressions is the book club when it comes to books for and by African Americans. From new urban fiction to black romance novels and African American Christian fiction, Black Expressions truly has something for everyone. See Chasing the 400 in the "Now Featuring" column on the Black Expressions home page

BlackExpressions.com has an exclusive offer. .Get 4 books for $2 plus a FREE gift with a new membership. You can purchase Chasing the 400 for just $0.50 (normally $15.95 retail). If you're already a member of this popular book club, then please go right ahead and order Chasing the 400 this month.
Book of the Month Club and BOMC2, premier direct to consumer book clubs, also have great exclusive no-cost or low cost offers for Chasing the 400 for their members--old and new!
"I am so thrilled to be a part of the Black Expressions and Book of the Month Club families," said author Sheilah Vance. "This is truly a dream come true."
Chasing the 400 was a popular and critical success when Vance first self-published the book in 2006. It has gone on to become the first selection of the African American Museum of Philadelphia Book Club, a top-seller of Vance's publishing company, The Elevator Group, and a favorite of readers everywhere.

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Creativity for Christians: How to Tell Your Story and Stories of Overcoming from the Members of One Special Church (Personal Christian Testimony P)
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price: $12.44

Chasing the 400
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price: $12.44

Land Mines
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price: $15.95


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