During this week's Book Blog Tour, we were so excited to read a "conversion" story of sorts. One of the bloggers who reviewed A GUARDED LOVE, admitted she didn't really like to read romances, but she loved Adelia's book! Here's what she had to say:
"Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of romance, but it doesn’t mean that I despise romance. I think romance is such a seasoning spice to add in any kind of genre, even there’s romance in the horror genre, amirite?
A Guarded Love is a simple, quick pace story, so sweet and dreamy. There’s a twist. I love the flow. There’s a suspense and you may see the love progress. It’s also about how you regain your trust in a relationship.
I love the hero of this book, Landon Ross. He’s such a sweet guy. So protective and responsible. I love the development of the chemistry between these two main characters. Landon is such a perfect partner for Kristin. I’d like to say, she’s lucky!
I’d RECOMMEND you to read this if you have ever dreamt of dating a celebrity. It’s so cute and sweet!"
She called the book "sweet as honey." Be sure to visit her blog for a chance to win prizes in the Book Blog Tour! You can see the full Book Blog Tour schedule in my last post by clicking here.
Adelia loves to write fun romance books with suspense and a twist, but her career quickly came to a screeching halt when she was in two car accidents with a year and a half of each other. Some head injuries from both accidents forced her to have to learn how to read and write all over again.
But she still wanted to write!
After 3 years of hard recovery, she is now writing again!
Best-selling author Trina Boice interviewed her to hear her inspiring story.
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During this worldwide pandemic, we haven't been able to travel to exotic destinations or even to the local beach or pool for that matter!
So, what do YOU do to escape and relax?
I thought it would be fun to do a quick survey just to find out!
"What's a blog tour?" you ask. A lot of fun!
It's a fun way to launch a new book with prizes while also introducing readers to other authors in a similar genre. We'll post the official schedule in a couple of weeks. When you visit the reviewers' sites, you can also win prizes.
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Hello, Dear Readers!
It's good to be back!
I’d like to explain why I stopped writing for a couple of years.
November 2017 I was walking on a crosswalk with my husband when we were both hit by a car. My husband broke his back and damaged the muscles in his rotator cuff. After four months of rest and one surgery, he's back to his normal life.
My injuries were a little different. The car initially hit my hip and that forced my head to slam into the car. Which gave me a brain injury. I've been in occupational and speech therapy. In 2018, I tried to write, and I couldn't even form a paragraph. It was very discouraging. Over time I learned to read and write again. It's been a struggle but now I have reworked my book previously known as The Perfect Match. It's now called The Guarded Love. It feels great to have a book on the market again.
As I have learned to love the new me, here’s some knowledge I’ve gained. Find joy in each day. Spend time with loved ones and let them know how important they are. Don't worry about small things everything will be sorted out.
In our personal stories, life will always throw a plot twist. It’s how we handle those challenges that shapes our character.
Whether you’re in your personal peak or valley, you deserve time for yourself. Let’s escape and recharge together.
I'm happy to announce that I have been asked to co-author a new historical fiction series about Harvey Girls with fellow author Zoe Matthews. Let me tell you about this project.
During the mid to late 1800s, railroads were quickly being built all over the United States. These lines started out small and were mainly in the East, but by the late 1800s they had reached the West coast. It soon became more common to travel on trains from city to city than in a wagon or stage coach.
There was one problem with traveling on the trains, especially for the people heading west. It was almost impossible to get a decent meal. Some people tried to fix the problem by bringing their own food in a basket, but within a short period of time that food would spoil, which made the people who were eating it sick or cause a horrible stench in the train cars.
Trains had to make a stop about every 100 miles. Most of the time, these stops were in small towns. The trains would stop only long enough to stock up on coal and water, which would only be about 20 to 30 minutes, and then go on to the next stop. During these stops, passengers would get off the train in hopes of finding a meal. Sometimes they were successful and sometimes they weren’t. At times, local people took advantage of this. They would sell food to the passengers for outrageous prices. Another tactic local people would use is charge a fee for the meal that passengers would pay for ahead of time. Once they arrived, the food wouldn’t be ready or would be of poor quality.
Some people opened a small restaurant in their towns and would take orders from the passengers that got off the train, but the train would be ready to leave again before the food was ready, so the passengers would leave hungry and a little poorer since they had already paid for the meal. It didn’t matter to the people who ran the restaurant. They would just serve the same food to the next train that stopped in their town. This situation was pretty common from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean and many people didn’t want to take long trips on trains because of it. Obviously, the comfort of the passengers wasn’t a very high priority.
In 1850, at the age of 15, a young man named Fred Harvey left England and came to the United States. He spent the next 20 years learning about how to run and operate restaurants, mostly in the East. In his travels, he realized that good-quality restaurants were needed along the railroad lines. He was especially interested in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railways. He met with the president of the railways and made an agreement. Fred would open what he called Harvey Houses at each stop and the railroad would provide free shipping of all the food and supplies he needed to run the establishments. It was a win/win for both of them. The railroad would get more passengers and passengers would eat at the restaurants Fred Harvey provided.
The first Harvey House opened in 1875 in Topeka, Kansas and fifteen years later there were 84 restaurants.
The Harvey Houses provided good and reasonably-priced meals. These were served on nice white table cloths and fine china. Even more important, the Harvey Houses were able to provide each passenger who wanted a good meal within the time allotted to stock the train with coal and water.
When Fred Harvey first started his restaurants, he hired local men, and he soon began to have problems. Brawls in the restaurants weren’t uncommon and most of the men felt they needed to carry guns to protect themselves. Mr. Harvey made a surprise visit to one of his restaurants and found that most of the men he had hired were drunk and beaten up from a huge fight the evening before. Mr. Harvey immediately fired them all. He then sent out an advertisement to various newspapers with the message that went something like this:
Young girls 18 to 30 years of age, of good character, attractive and intelligent, as waitresses in the Harvey eating houses in the West. Good wages with room and meals provided. No experience necessary.
Young women answered the ad in droves and the term Harvey Girls was born. Mr. Harvey treated them well. When girls were first hired around the year 1880, the pay was around $17.00 a month, which is equivalent to $400.00 a month today. This amount was much more than women usually could earn in the jobs that were available to them at that time.
Fred Harvey made sure the girls were well trained and there were strict rules they had to follow and adhere to, or they would be immediately fired. But most women didn’t mind the restrictions. They had a good job, a place to live, and good food to eat. Women worked as Harvey Girls until just before World War II when it became easier for people to fly to their destination. Today, most of the Harvey establishments have been shut down. There are a few that have been turned into museums and a few that are still in operation as a hotel. One of them, the El Tovar Hotel, which is located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, is still in operation today. Most of the events of this book take place at this hotel.
We always hear that men were the ones who opened the West, but women also had a huge part in helping to make the West more civilized. This is one way in which they helped. Most of these Harvey Girls married local men in the area of the Harvey establishment at which they worked at and became important citizens in their town and cities.
If you love history and romance this is the series for you!
I'm excited about this new series all about Billionaires. It's been fun to research a lifestyle that is foreign to mine. I loved learning about their wild spending, lavish parties, and upper-class mentality. I'll be incorporating much of what I've studied into these books.
I love to write books that take us out of our normal lives and transport us into another realm. Each of the Billionaire stories will do that.
I'm so excited for this book to be released soon. A Guarded Love is a sweet romance/suspense. This story is about a classical pianist, named Kristin who has a chance meeting with a famous country singer, named Landon Ross. A picture was taken of them by a fan and sold to the tabloids. Now Kristin is mistakenly identified as Landon's new girlfriend. The paparazzi made life miserable for Kristin. Because Landon feels responsible for this fiasco. Landon decides that he needs to help create the solution for Kristin by hiding her away from the paparazzi. Kristin doesn't like country music or cowboys. How does she handle Landon's help?
As I was thinking about the paparazzi and how they hound famous people and make up lies. I feel tabloids have over stepped their bounds by not letting the stars have their privacy and exploiting innocent situations. I also realized that some fans believe everything they read whether or not it's true. Come on this journey of fame, lies and love.
Sometimes in life we simply need a break. This novella is a quick read. It takes you away from everyday life and lets you escape and rejuvenate.
A high school reunion for many people is great time to see people they haven’t seen in years. It’s a chance to catch up with each other and see what your fellow students have done with their lives. There are so many we want to catch up with, but sometimes there are other people we’d rather not see.
As I wrote about Taryn, and how excited she was for the reunion, I started to think of my high school experience. I remembered a basketball player who bullied me, only once, but it really impacted my life. I realized how hard it would be for Taryn to attend a reunion if there was someone there she didn’t want to see. That is how the character of Chad was created. I decided to put Taryn and Chad in an uncomfortable position to see how this relationship would develop. I wanted this book to be happy and about forgiveness and fresh starts.
Everyone deserves a second chance.