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

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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
again.

 

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
novellas
Lisa Lickel, Paula Mowery, Kathleen
Rouser, Teena Stewart
Brief interviews with each author:

Kathy

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!
Paula
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.
Lisa
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
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.
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The Treasure Seeker by Teena Stewart

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Q:  What motivated you to write this book?

A:  I have always been fascinated with stories of lost treasure. I am also an artist and for years have worked with recycled and discarded objects. The idea for the book developed over time as I read various treasure stories, including the ones in the Bible dealing with lost treasure, and as an artist began working with broken and discarded items making them into something valuable and beautiful. It is very much what God does with us…seeking out the lost, broken and discarded and making it into something truly valuable.

Q:  Tell us a little more about your book

A:  I weave treasure stories I have collected throughout the book. The first part of the book covers the concept of mutual searching and finding between us searching for the greatest treasure–a deep relationship with our Heavenly Father–and His quest to enter into a close relationship with us. The next part of the book looks at God as the Master Jeweler who takes us, his rough gemstones and polishes us and refines us.

Q:  You have a section in your book dedicated to gemstones

A:  Yes. As I considered how we are each unique with our own unique skills and personality traits, I began to see how we are like certain gemstones and every gemstone has its own flaws and inclusions. One section of the book talks about certain gemstones, gives a bit of their history. Readers can have fun identifying the ones they are most like based on their personality, etc.  I also created a Treasure Seeker jewelry line and have designed necklaces and earrings based on these particular gemstones. Those who purchase my book can also order these handmade—for a 10% discount when they purchase my book.

Q:  What do you hope women will learn from this book?

A:  Most of all how important it is to stay in a deep relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we yield to him He will refine and develop us into the gemstone we are meant to be. I also want them to learn they are valued and that they can help others find value and worth as well.

Q:  What is the exact book title and where can people purchase it?

A:  It is called The Treasure Seeker: Finding Love and Value in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father.  It comes in paperback or Kindle and is available on Amazon and through my website and most bookstores.

Some of the book’s unique accompaniments include:

• Intriguing and exciting Treasure stories

• Treasure and gemstone trivia

• Points to ponder at the end of each chapter

• A chapter devoted to helping you understand your personality strengths and quirks and discover which gemstone you are most like

• Inspirational quotes and stories

• Spiritual gifts questionnaire

• A strong Biblical foundation

• A Treasure Seeker jewelry line designed by the author which ties into the book.  Purchase the book and provide proof of purchase an you will receive a 10% discount on this beautiful jewelry

Teena Stewart

Author Bio

Teena Stewart is an author and artist whose work reflects the spiritual message of being broken and yet valuable in God’s eyes—a message incorporated in her book The Treasure Seeker: Finding Value and Love in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father (Wine Press). When she isn’t creating up-cycled treasure (artwork and jewelry) from discarded and found objects, she is writing articles and books or leading ministry for Java Journey, an innovative coffee shop ministry in Hickory, NC.
Teena understands firsthand what it means to go from something of seemingly little value to a beautiful and valuable treasure in God’s eyes.
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