Thursday, February 27, 2014

Coming Home from Many Wars

Next month here at The Word Place, I'll be taking some of my older books off the shelf, blowing away the dust, and letting you know they're still available and still a good clean fast-paced read.

In 2008, I was fortunate enough to connect with the wonderful Wild Rose Press which took a chance on an unpublished author and brought out Where Is Papa's Shining Star? as well as it's sequel, Finding Papa's Shining Star. The terrific editor for both was Nan Swanson, and Rae Monet crafted an outstanding cover from the hodge-podge of images I threw at her.

But I won't be just doing "promo" for the book(s). There's a wealth of information out there about how the past repeats itself: specifically, soldiers have been coming home from wars for hundreds of years, and each new era has welcomed/assisted them in different ways. I'll be taking a look at

  • soldiers returning from World War I--what was available to help them make the transition in 1919 compared with what the military can expect today
  • a recounting of the infamous Bonus March on Washington, D.C. in 1932 when an noted American general led the rout against his own
  • an overview of the changes  for women on the Homefront, many of whom played a critical part in defense work as well as "keeping the home fires burning"
  • links to sites expanding on the information mentioned above
  • 'interviews' with the pivotal characters--Alan Ashley and Leonore Seldon, one consumed with bitterness and the other with keeping secrets

You'll also get

  • the full Prologue which sets the stage for the rest of the book
  • and finally, a sneak peak at the sequel, Finding Papa's Shining Star which catapults Alan and Lenore into yet another war--on the battlefield and in their hearts 

  Take a minute to read this blurb for Where Is Papa's Shining Star?

      Wealthy Alan Ashley, blinded in World War I, returns home to face a challenge to his ability to run the family business. As the case goes to court, he finds himself drawn to the cheerful, ever-optimistic Lenore Seldon, his defense attorney’s secretary. When he wins his case, he offers her employment, but she declines and disappears from his life.

     Ten years later, frail and in desperate need of work, Lenore answers his ad for a personal assistant. He hires her with the agreement she will live in, chaperoned by his housekeeper, so she can drive for him, and he can teach her to use the Braille writer. She is the perfect employee, but he senses that she is frightened of something—or someone.

     When he finds himself falling in love with her, he must uncover her secrets in order to save their relationship---and to save her from herself. 


Visit Someday Is Here  and click on the tab for The Shining Star Books to view book trailers and read more about this multi-generational romance spanning two world wars.

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See you tomorrow!

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