May 14, 2020

Patriotic Service Leads to Victories in Romance - Part 1 and Part 2

Homefront Heroines Novella Collection

Four authors come together and write four wonderful stories. You will find
information with each author in four parts

Relive life on the American Homefront as four women of the WWII era join the workforce and discover romance in surprising ways.

Part 1 "Moonlight serenade" by Rita Gerlach

 1941, Washington D.C.

When Kate St. Claire takes over a sailor’s job at the Naval Yard in Washington, DC, she is thrown into a romance she never expected.

The inspiration for Homefront Heroines occurred to me when I read the V-Mail poem my grandmother wrote to my dad in 1942. It caused me to think about what the women on the homefront experienced. And so, Kate and Ronny's story evolved.

It was a joyful writing experience for me, being able to develop their romance, and include a mention of my mother working at the Navy Yard and my dad serving on the USS Vulcan.

Rita Gerlach lives in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Rita incorporates into her newer fiction what she learned through her journey --- courage, faith, and the precious gift of family and friendship. Connect with her on her website and on Facebook. 

Part 2     "Only Forever" by Lauralee Bliss

                1943, Springville, New York

Marilyn and Arthur learn the hard way that it’s not the outside that matters, but the inward working of the heart that is precious to God and each other.

With the summer here comes gardening and the thought of fresh vegetables. I’ve already harvested baby lettuce with much more to come. During World War II, the setting for the Homefront Heroines collection, families turned to planting victory gardens to supply food and supplement the nation’s economy. The characters in my novella, Marilyn and Art, work together to see victory gardens established in their humble town.

But never did they imagine the stranger who appeared willing to help in their endeavor would be the one to subvert the people, steal their hard-earned money, and ruin the vital project. A wolf in sheep’s clothing is always on the hunt to prey upon the innocent. We try to grow gardens of peace, joy, patience, and endurance in our lives. But these fruits can be easily preyed upon in unknowing ways.

We must put on our glasses of spiritual insight, equipped with the weapons of faith and prayer and the truth of scripture so wolves will not steal, kill and destroy our garden and we may enjoy its fruits. Stand tall then in these tough times until you see the fruit of your garden of life! And then rejoice! 

Lauralee Bliss is a published author of many romance novels and novellas both historical and contemporary. Lauralee’s hope is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that speaks to the heart and soul. When not out hiking her favorite trail, Lauralee is home tending her garden of veggies, a bed of roses, and her favorite orchid. Connect with Lauralee on her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @LauraleeBliss.

1 comment:

  1. This was a great idea. World War II and the women who lived during this time were amazing. Thank you both for bringing us a wonderful book. It will certainly bring back memories for those of us whose parents lived in that time.