The French Girl by Lisa Lickel


About the Book

Marie Brinker moved to America with her family. Her friends have new ways of dressing and talking, and making crafts. Will the new sewing machines take away her father’s tailoring work? Will Papa like his new quilt instead of his featherbed? When her neighbor Augusta makes a poor choice at the county fair, Marie must decide who is a true friend and what new customs to follow.

Book Excerpt

“Mama, Augusta Beger has sold all her hair!” Henri shouted when he and Marie came home that night when the sky was dark.

“What in the world are you talking about, child?”

“At the fair, Mama!” Henri told her.

“The man gave her four nickels and a beautiful silver comb, so she let him cut it off and take it,” Marie said as stroked her own long hair.

“That’s silly.” Henri pretended to fluff long hair away from his face. “Why would she want a silver comb if she had no hair?”

“That’s not all.” Marie folded her arms and stomped her foot. “When we got home, Augusta showed me her Godey’s Ladies Book where they gave instructions for making jewelry.”

“Hmm.” Mama said. “It’s quite fashionable these days, to make hair brooches. But how did Mrs. Beger let Augusta do such a thing?”

Henri made bug eyes. He pretended he was choking and stuck out his tongue.

“You may wash up and get ready for bed, young man. You’ve had a long day.” Mama sat down with Marie and took her hands. “Marie, my daughter.”

“Yes, Mama.”

“You must never, ever do anything like sell your hair.”

“No, Mama, I wouldn’t,” Marie said. “Mrs. Beger was mad. She went to find the constable. He made the hair buyer leave the grounds. He had already bought hair from six ladies, and the tails of eleven horses.”

Mama turned her face away, but Marie could still see a smile when she asked what else they had seen at the fair.


About the Author

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author, a freelance editor, an avid reader, blogger, and book reviewer. A complete list of her novels, which often include historical elements, can be found on her website. The French Girl is part of a series of Children’s Historical chapbooks for young readers, ages 8-10. More resources are found on her website.

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Brave New Century – Four-in-one historical romance novellas by Lisa Lickel, Paula Mowery, Kathleen Rouser and Teena Stewart

For a limited time, a holiday special for 
historical romance lovers!


Product Details
From the Publisher:

Four young women each brave challenges at the dawn of the 20th century. Will they overcome their hardships and find love?

Three Rings for Alice by Lisa Lickel

Alice Smith is a thoroughly modern young woman at the brink of the twentieth
century. She may be an orphan, but she enjoys the companionship of close
friends who all look toward the future. When they begin pairing off, Alice
feels lonely. In her job as the Milwaukee Mayor’s secretary, she keeps long
hours at City Hall, filing, copying correspondence, and answering the new
telephone system, the first without a switchboard. When an intriguing-sounding
man makes an accidental call to the mayor’s office, they strike up a
companionship. Alice tells herself she doesn’t miss him when his random calls
stop and she begins a no-nonsense courtship with a friend. Until he calls


Forgiven by Paula Mowery
Henry isn’t interested in working in the family business. He has his own
aspirations. And his mother is determined to make sure he weds a woman he
doesn’t love.
Jessie wants to build a life for herself and her sister that is more than the
life her father dealt her when he abandoned them.
When Henry and Jessie meet, it seems to be the classic love at first sight
until a shocking revelation tears them apart.
The Pocket Watch by Kathleen Rouser 
Isabel Jones, an orphan, receives a ruby ring left by the mother she never knew and wants more than ever to find her roots. When a young physician, Daniel Harper, rescues her from an oncoming automobile and she finds his pocket watch in a puddle, her circumstances take a turn. She begins to consider what life outside the orphanage could be like. Daniel’s heart has been broken before and the attractive young lady who finds his treasured timepiece wouldn’t be deemed suitable by his social climbing parents.
When Isabel and Daniel work side by side, caring for the orphanage children
during an influenza epidemic, she becomes gravely ill. Compelled to redeem the
time by helping her find the past, Daniel finds a buried truth, connected to
the ruby ring, which creates an unbridgeable chasm between them. Where will
they find hope in a hopeless situation?
Flames of Hope by Teena Stewart
Young San Francisco police officer Gideon Light is smitten the moment he sees
Lily McMinn rolling down the awnings on her father’s mercantile. Lovely,
petite, and spunky, Lily had to grow up quickly after her mother passed away.
She not only oversees the welfare of two younger siblings, she also helps run
her father’s business.
Gideon and Lily are immediately attracted to each other and soon become good
friends. It doesn’t take long before Lily realizes her feelings for Gideon have
changed to something far deeper. He secretly harbors dreams of advancing in the
force to earn a substantial enough income to make Lily his wife.
Before either has a chance to pursue each other, however, an earthquake of
unthinkable magnitude shatters their world. With a raging fire fast in its
wake, tragedy and triumph await as Gideon, Lily, and her family flee for their
lives with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Set during the time of the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, this
tale of great loss, incredible human courage, and sweet romance will inspire
and warm your heart.
Print – $13.99
Ebook on sale in December – .99
ISBN – 978-1940099250
November 2013
Four-in-one historical romance
Lisa Lickel, Paula Mowery, Kathleen
Rouser, Teena Stewart
Brief interviews with each author:


What about Detroit’s history influenced your story, The Pocket Watch?
I knew someone who’d grown up in a Catholic orphanage in Detroit many years ago. I wondered if there were similar Protestant ministries in the city at an earlier time and discovered the Protestant Orphan Asylum of Detroit. I had been researching the Crittenton Mission, a home for unwed mothers, for another story, but wondered about what it would be like for a child left in and growing up at an orphanage.
How did you use your setting, Kathy? Did you make your story fit facts, or did you use facts you uncovered to create your story and guide your characters?
I mostly tried to make my story fit the facts, doing my best to find as much as I could about the streets, the homes, and the stores, some which have names that are familiar even today. Also, I remember my mom talking about riding on the streetcars, a trolley type of transportation, and found that it existed many years before her time. I hoped to create as realistic a backdrop as possible.
There had been some flu outbreaks in the city in other years. Though there wasn’t an epidemic reported at that exact time, I felt it was a plausible reason for quarantine conditions at the orphanage.
How did you come up with the idea of making the pocket watch a key part of your story?
There’s something I’ve always found intriguing and elegant about the use of a pocket watch. The watch, a gift from the Daniel’s father, is something which a doctor would be hard pressed to live without. The lost object is like a treasure to an orphan like Isabel and she wants to return it to the owner. The timepiece, like time itself, becomes integral to bridging Daniel’s past to his future. This also fits with the focus of a new year and indeed, the new century coming.
Kathy, what did you enjoy most when writing your tale?
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed digging up books containing old photos of Detroit, learning a little more of the history of the city which I grew up so near and where I spent much time. It was nice to see its past vitality and know there’s hope for its future as well.
I also enjoyed watching my characters grow and adding humor with the cantankerous poodle, Taffy. It was hard to say “good-bye” to Isabel and Daniel!
How did you go about finding historical facts about Knoxville’s history for your story, Forgiven?
My mom and I took a little trip to an archive section of the library that is in downtown Knoxville. We had a fun time exploring there. I found directories for exactly what business was at what spot on the city streets. Many of the building numbers and establishment names used in Forgiven were really those listed for that time in the 1900s.
Of course, another part of the story, the shoot-out, came from some ancestry probing done by my father. The hero and heroine are based upon my paternal grandparents.
Where did your story meld with the setting, Paula, to make Knoxville the unique influence on your characters?
Knoxville is the place the hero and heroine “find” each other. My grandparents actually lived in a house near downtown Knoxville.
Your story Forgiven is based on a true story. Who were the people in the real life story and how did you learn about the tale?
My father had done some ancestry digging and found the newspaper account of a shoot-out between his father and uncles and some business colleagues. My paternal grandfather, Henry, survived the gun battle and went on to marry my grandmother, Jessie Lee. I have never heard the story of how they got together. That’s where I took some fiction writer’s license.
What takeaway would you like readers to get from Forgiven?
Forgiveness is something we must learn to extend just as God has so willingly extended it to us.
What gave you the idea for making the telephone a part of your story in Three Rings for Alice?
I was researching inventions around the turn of the twentieth century for a blog I
used to write for—Favorite Pastimes—and learned more about the telephone and
switchboards and how technology was changing. It also happened to be about the
time of the 100th anniversary for the Milwaukee City Hall, and when I learned
that this building was one of the first to feature direct dialing, I was able to incorporate that aspect into the story.
Why did you choose Milwaukee for the location?
It’s only thirty miles from where I live—I grew up south of there, and now live north of there. I love the county history museum, which is also nearby the city hall.
Teena, what influenced your choice to set your story, Flames of Hope, in San Francisco?
We lived in the Bay area of California for a while and I learned about the great earthquake and fire. When I was invited to write a story for the book the stipulation was for it to be a romance set at the turn of the century and in a city, so it was a natural choice for me.
When you devised your story, was it more around the facts, or did you have your story in mind before you researched the events of the era, and what choices did you employ to guide your characters?
All I knew was that I wanted a romance to take place in San Francisco during the earthquake. I had no story line in mind and no idea of characters. I brainstormed who those characters might be and why they would know each other. I came up with the idea of a shop girl. Who would she know? Locals. Who could be a local she is drawn to and see on a regular basis–a young policeman. I felt that if there was already a spark between them, then putting them in danger would be a catalyst for drawing them closer together and would make for an exciting story.

The Last Detail by Lisa Lickel


About the Book

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…

Amalia enjoys her predictable life in a quiet little Illinois town—until long-time intended, Hudson, finally proposes in a way that shows her boring and old are coming way too fast. When a mutual friend introduces Merit and Amalia, the spark of attraction makes Merit reconsider his bachelorhood. When he can’t return to the mission, he accepts a call as pastor to Amalia’s church. As the two grow closer they weather constant interruptions from ministry, business, and family, even at their wedding and beyond. When tragedy strikes, they must learn to rely on each other in ways they couldn’t have prepared for.

Book Excerpt

Seven seconds. Merit counted silently from the time the last missile whined past his ear.

Senna’s goon needed seven seconds to reload. Merit ignored the flash on his right and kept his eyes on the child who sat in the dirt about a dozen long steps in front of him, waving her tiny fists.

After the next barrage of fire went silent, Merit took off in a crouching run, grabbed Tangra’s youngest granddaughter, Mardra, and rushed toward the nearest pile of rocks. The punch and stabbing sensation in his left shoulder, followed by a thud, let him know he had almost made it. As he was lifted off his feet, he thrust the child he’d delivered last spring into her father’s outstretched arms. As gravity reclaimed him his left foot plunged between stones. His ankle twisted viciously as strong hands pulled him to relative safety amongst the band of defenders.

The child began to scream when her uncle fired his weapon close to her little ears. Merit felt like doing the same as his ankle thrummed and ground with his every movement. Broken, at least. No competition for the shoulder wound. He took Mardra back into his arms so her father could aim his US-made hunting rifle, meant for small game—not humans—back toward Senna’s position.

Merit hunched over the little girl as a brilliant flame arced overhead. A ground-shaking explosion followed, then smoke and men’s shouts and the acrid scent of the rocket’s accelerant. He hoped he wouldn’t have to run, because he couldn’t. Nothing he could do but pray between the throbs of searing pain and deep anger at Senna.

The baby wiggled, tugging Merit’s heartstrings away from his fury. It wasn’t her fault her grandfather’s rival destroyed Merit’s life work. Both factions were going to miss the little missionary medical clinic Merit ran in the mountains of Nehrangestan, a tiny spot on National Geographic’s map of Asia.

Something tickled. Wha—oh, right—blood from the shoulder wound. He touched the front of his blue shirt then looked at the growing red stain flowing like a waterfall. Tentatively, he reached behind his collarbone and hissed at the gouge. Not serious. He’d probably get a nice scar out of it. Senna’s pound of flesh. Merit shifted the baby and tried to flex his ankle. He bit back a scream and panted while sparkles pulsed in the fringe of his vision. Yeah, broken.

Well, that answered that question. If he got out of here alive, the mission board would make him go home for treatment. Question was, how soon could he get back to rebuild the clinic?


About the Author

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit her website

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Healing Grace by Lisa Lickel


About the Book

Grace Runyon could fix anyone — until her husband developed cancer and died. Believing no one would forgive her, Grace runs from the life she knew, hoping even God wouldn’t find her in a little out-of-the-way town in Michigan. It takes a very sick man and his little boy to help her face her past, accept who she is and battle her way back to redemption. Just when they begin to hope for the future, he relapses. Grace faces the ultimate choice once again: Trusting God to work through her precious gift, or letting a terminally ill man die. What if the price is more than she can pay?

Lisa Lickel

About the Author

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the, and enjoys blogging at and She loves to encourage new authors. Find her at

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A Summer in Oakville by Lisa Lickel and Shellie Neumeier

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A Summer in Oakville


Lisa Lickel and Shellie Neumeier









Set in Wisconsin, A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is the story of a family reuniting to save the rural life they once cherished. One magical summer in fictional Oakville, Wisconsin, love finds its way through four entwined lives. Tessa’s marriage hangs by a thread; her daughter, Lindsay, takes on the local town board and the developer who threatens to steal not only the farm but her heart. Tessa’s widowed brother Art hasn’t been home in twenty years; how can he send his out-of-control teenage son, Andy, to his aging parents?


“We set out to tell the story of the changing landscape in rural Wisconsin,” Lickel says. “We wanted to try something unique while using our individual strengths as authors. Shellie writes fiction for young adults, and I write older characters.”


“Our family, the Hasmers, could be anyone,” Neumeier says. “They want to keep their heritage, while at the same time they struggle with the changing times. It’s hard to make a living on a family-sized farm, and sometimes you have to make tough decisions.”


“In our story, the adult siblings, Tessa and Art, have their own problems but come together in order to help their parents and their children,” Lickel adds.


“Their children, Lindsay and Andy, are good kids who are also victims of the tough economic times and peer pressure today. But they have good hearts and learn from their grandparents’ and parent’s good family and faith values,” Neumeier says.



Black Lyon Publishing, LLC is an independently owned Oregon-based publishing house producing fiction titles in trade paperback and e-book formats, and the only Romance Writers of America recognized publisher in the state. Black Lyon titles are available at, local bookstores and most major online retailers.

Shellie Neumeier

Best-selling author Shellie Neumeier holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a minor in Psychology, Sociology and Social Studies. A devoted mother of four, Shellie previously worked on staff with Northbrook Church as the King’s Kids ministry assistant (serving children in grades 2nd through 5th). She is an active member of SCBWI and ACFW as well as a contributing author for various blogs.


Lisa Lickel

Multi-published author Lisa J. Lickel also enjoys writing and performing radio theater, short story-writing, and is an avid book reviewer and blogger. She enjoys teaching writing workshops and working with new writers. She is the editor of both Wisconsin Writers Association’s Creative Wisconsin magazine and Written World Communication’s OtherSheep Magazine. She lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house in Wisconsin filled with books and dragons. Married to a high school biology teacher, she enjoys travel and quilting.


What Others Are Saying


“A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is a cleverly-composed novel that addresses issues from the past, affecting four characters’ present-day lives. Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel are a dynamic writing duo!”

Andrea Boeshaar, author of Seasons of Redemption


“Like quills of bittersweet devotion that pierce the heart, yet warm with the matchless comfort of forgiveness-A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is a beautifully woven series of unforgettable novellas.” Tessa Stockton, author of The Unforgivable


“Four sweet novellas combine to tell the charming story of A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE in Oakville. Saving your heritage, forgiving the past, and uncovering years of family secrets are weaved through four very different romances to create a delightful read that I looked forward to coming back to each day. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy.”

Cherie Burbach, author of Internet Dating Is Not Like Ordering a Pizza and Working Writers

“You’ll be hooked from the first page of A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE. This novel grabs the senses and doesn’t let go.”

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi award-winning novelist and poet