Welcome Ada Brownell and her book: Love’s Delicate Blossom

ada_book_loves_delicate_blossom_ebook (003) I’ll leave you with Ada here in just a moment. Can I just comment on the book cover first? This book is just begging to be read! Beautifully done. And now, I’ll turn you over to Ada.

A MILLION DIED OF 1918 FLU PANDEMIC

By Ada Brownell

The advantage of growing old is that you experience history.

My mother, born in 1900, was a victim of the great influenza pandemic in 1918. She survived, but her younger brother, Bud, died.

As many writers do, I use real life tragedies and let them happen to my characters. That’s what I did in my book, Love’s Delicate Blossom.

While I grew up as the youngest of her eight children, I heard Mama talk about how using mustard plasters blistered and scarred the chests and backs of many where flu complications spiraled into pneumonia. Pneumonia is still dangerous if left untreated, but historically a dangerous killer.

People knew little about reducing fever in those days, except bathing the sick will a cool cloth, but they often piled the blankets high and that complicated things. Some pioneers and Indians, however, knew willow bark tea would help with pain and fever. It was probably years later when researchers discovered aspirin also helps decrease inflammation, but it thins the blood. Willow bark is where pharmacists get salicin to make aspirin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the pandemic was so severe that from 1917 to 1918, life expectancy in the United States fell by about twelve years, to 36.6 years for men and 42.2 years for women. Before the flu outbreak, life expectancy wasn’t very high because of infant mortality, according to CDC.

Plus that was before the discovery of antibiotics, and many other important medical advances.

The rapid spread of a deadly strain of influenza around the world killing millions often is attributed to World War 1, a time when soldiers went from nation to nation, and few knew about prevention.

Another tragedy of the historical medical world that seldom happens in America anymore is parasites, and a student’s family in my book lost a child from this problem. The teacher, my main character, is interested in health education and prevention and with the community’s doctor addresses the problem head on.

Not too long ago I saw the death certificate of a young child who died from parasitic worms in about 1913. Why should I write about it? I imagine it still occurs in small numbers today, and if people don’t know about why they need to be clean, it could return as a risk.

The book is an historical suspense, and a reader said, “Your book set a tone and world from your grandmother’s time; the historical elements are what readers read the genre for.”

Ah, but it’s not all trouble. A thread of romance runs through the pages. Two men have their eyes on Ritah O’Casey, who is the daughter of Jenny Louise Parks from the first book in the Peaches and Dreams series, The Lady Fugitive.

Besides that, there’s humor, inspiration about love that you might have never heard before, more friction and suspense, making a great story.

Buy it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1731156065

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MEET ADA BROWNELL

Ada Brownell blogs and writes with Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement. She is the author of nine books, more than 350 stories and articles in Christian publications, and she spent a large chunk of her life as a journalist, mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. She and her husband L.C., have five children, one of them in heaven, eight wonderful grandchildren. and three great-grandchildren.

Her book, The Lady Fugitive, the first book in the Peaches and Dreams series was a finalist for the 2015 Laurel Award.

Amazon author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/adabrownell

Her blog: http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com

FINALLY! NEW RELEASE

Love’s Delicate Blossom, an historical suspense

By Ada Brownell

Sequel to The Lady Fugitive and Peach Blossom Rancher

Edmund Pritchett III wants to marry Ritah Irene O’Casey, but she says wait. The beautiful redhead is trying to rescue Tulip, a 14-year-old orphan kidnapped by Henry Hunter to work in his brothel, and Ritah doesn’t have much time. She has a train ticket to go to college and hopes to fulfill her dreams.

Ritah wants to become a teacher who can help widows keep their children when tragedy strikes. She also wants to teach mothers how to prevent dangerous diseases and treat health problems, in an era when few have access to a doctor and too many children die. Instead, Ritah ends up fighting for the lives of injured soldiers in a World War I Army health clinic, and finds her own life threatened by an influenza pandemic.

But Ritah finds a teaching job in Kansas, and there Joe Nichols, a handsome farmer, edges his way into her heart. But Edmund Pritchett III isn’t giving up, and neither is Henry Hunter, who is still after Tulip and about to open his brothel.

Will Ritah be able to continue to fight for women and families, understand enduring love, decide on the man she loves, and defend herself and her students when Henry Hunter bursts into the school shooting a pistol?

COMMENT FROM A READER: Your book set a tone and world from your grandmother’s time, the historical elements are what readers read the genre for.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1731156065

 

 

Thank you, Ada, for spending the morning with us. I loved your blog post and your books look like something I would love to read.

 

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Welcome Gail Sattler and her book: The Other Neighbor

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday, the new addition to the blog where authors talk all things books. Today we have Gail Sattler here with us. Welcome, Gail!

True Story? Say what?the other neighbor cover

Okay, it’s not a “true” true story, but it’s based on a true story. In The Other Neighbor, the antagonist, Jeff, has plans to build a bomb. When the “real” situation of the attempted bomb first happened, the public knowledge of potential bomb threats in North America was usually a false bomb threat at an airport, with very few (thankfully) real bombs being detonated. That’s a good thing. Except in my situation. The real bomb threat this story is based on was real, and the real antagonist, is still sitting in jail for it. Thankfully his plan did not happen.

But I built a story about it. You won’t know until the end if it was successful in fiction. I won’t give it away.

This is the first romantic suspense I’ve done, and I had to say, it was a lot of fun building it while everyone was wondering what it was Jeff was planning to blow up, and for what gain.  Some people are just bad. Some are just good. Most are somewhere in the middle. I’ll let you decide where in the middle my bad guy is.

Link for The Other Neighbor

About the author:

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Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver BC Canada, where you don’t have to shovel rain. When she’s not madly writing (Gail Sattler has over 40 published novels and novellas, plus a few works of non-fiction) she plays bass for an Elton John tribute band as well as a community jazz band, plus she plays piano for a smaller private jazz band. When she’s not writing or making music (or at her day job) Gail likes to sit back and read a book written by someone else, along with a good cup of hot coffee.

Visit Gail Sattler’s website at http://www.gailsattler.com

Gail Sattler’s blog – What Goes On In The Mind Of A Writer – http://www.gailsattler.com/category/new/

Facebook  – https://www.facebook.com/gail.sattler.3

Gail Sattler’s Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/Gail-Sattler-author-568988573496833/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Serious comedy – no kidding!
November 2018 – The Other Neighbor
September 2018 – Mercury Rising
April 2015 – Dating the Best Man
see all Gail Sattler’s titles on www.amazon.com
www.gailsattler.com
www.goldenearsjazzband.com

Thank you for spending the morning with us! Gail, it was wonderful to hear from you.

Welcome Nike N. Chillemi and her new release: Courting Danger

Welcome our first author of the new Thoughtful Thursday blog posts! I’ll leave you in Nike’s capable hands.

Now that I’m living in the Sunshine state, I’d like to fashion myself as something of a Florida, beach-town mystery/suspense writer. I want to bring a crime wave to the state I love…in fiction, of course.

COURTING DANGER is a detective novel set in northeast coastal Florida. I put a lot of effort into setting a semi-tropical locale for the novel. I paid attention to heat conditions in the story, making sure that characters were dressed for a beach town. And, of course, I threw in a hurricane.

My novels are a detective series, which is a cousin to a police procedural series. The tone tends to be a little gritty when it comes to crime scenes. I have a number of male readers. Two, independently of each, other termed my series “cozy thrillers.” I’ve done quite a bit of research and pay attention to my police procedure so that it comes off as accurate. I like to give my readers somebody to root for. My main characters do have flaws, but they are definitely the good guys, on the side of right.

I think what gives my work “coziness” is my penchant for humorous and colorful secondary and tertiary characters. I enjoy developing those characters and writing their scenes so much. I think Florida is the perfect setting for “cozy thrillers” what with sun, the beach, tourists, snow birds, and much more. I like to have a lot of fun with that. Of course, in a cozy, you have the sense that everything ends well, I go all out to make that happen in my detective novels. I like a happy ending.

Blurb:

COURTING DANGER in a nut shell…CD Cover

Newly installed Pelican Beach, Florida detective Katerina “Kat” Andruko fears the prime suspect will get off in the murder of a teen with the help of the department’s forensics psychologist, a man she’s just started to trust.

This case has national security implications that gives former US Army Ranger, Dr. Dimitri Garmonin a chance to work with the FBI. The case could give him the chance to obtain the funds needed to expand his small Behavior Analysis Unit. He’s unmoved by the chic FBI agent sent to assist but is intrigued by Kat with whom he shares a Slavic heritage.

Kat and her partner detain two wrong suspects, giving the department negative press. The predator turns his anger on Kat, targeting her. Can Dimitri use his profiler skills to catch this killer before he hurts the woman he’s growing to love?

 

Author Bio:                  Moi 2017 Ponte Vedre Library

Nike N. Chillemi writes contemporary detective and/or suspense novels with a touch of wry humor, and there’s often a national security twist to them. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better. Her newest endeavor is COURTING DANGER.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. The first novel in the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes series HARMRUL INTENT won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.  http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/

 

Purchase COURTING DANGER on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KCBMFCX/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1541793175&sr=1-1&keywords=Courting+Danger%2C+Chillemi

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nike.chillemi

Twitter: @NikeNChillemi

 

Thank you for spending time with us, Nike! I will be adding your book to my TBR pile.