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Thursday, November 8, 2012

GUEST BLOG: FRAN SHAFF

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100 Years of Love



Oreo and Lorna Doone cookies, Life Savers and Crisco were introduced into the marketplace in 1912. The Girl Scouts and the Campfire Girls formed the same year.


A meteorite exploded over Arizona, which had just been granted statehood, causing thousands of rocks to rain from the sky.


A brand new volcano erupted in the territory of Alaska, and the HMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean resulting in the deaths of more than fifteen hundred people.


Dozens of fascinating facts like these from the years 1912, 1913 and 1914 are included as bonus material in the new Heart Junction Series 100 Year Special Edition, a collection of three Historical Romance Novels set in the early Twentieth Century in Heart Junction, South Dakota.


The beginning decades of the Twentieth Century saw great changes in communication, transportation and other fields. The first transcontinental phone call took place between California and New York in 1914. Henry Ford had perfected his assembly line in 1913 to the point of producing one car about every two and a half hours, and the first paved coast to coast highway, the Lincoln Highway, running from New York to San Francisco, was dedicated.


The general population in the USA was finally gaining the ability to have things like telephones, indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles and leisure time.


For a few minutes, I’m going to ask you to leave behind your smart phones, I-Pads and instant videos and think about the era when motion pictures first came to theaters. Pretend it’s 1914, and you’re going with a friend who’s dressed like a character from The Music Man to see the film Kid Auto Races at Venice starring Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp. Or visualize going with your sweetheart to see the first ever full-length feature film Tillie’s Punctured Romance.


Maybe you’re a baseball fan, and the make-believe year you’re living in is 1912. If you’re in Detroit or Boston, you’ve been patiently awaiting the opening of Tiger Stadium or Fenway Park, and, finally, in 1912 these venues are ready to welcome fans.


Now that you’ve placed yourself 100 years back in time, imagine a pretty, young, blonde woman named Laura Windsor who wants a family of her own more than anything. Having lost her family ten years before, at the age of thirteen, she’s spent most of her time yearning for the return of love to her life. She decides to make her dreams come true by taking in a little girl from the orphan train when it comes to Heart Junction, South Dakota in 1912. Laura’s terribly excited as she waits with little Angelina to sign final papers for the placement of the child in her home. Upon meeting the handsome Gavin Maitland whom she believes will help make her dream legal and real, Laura is surprised to find herself unexpectedly smitten--until the striking man tells her that orphan train children can be placed with married couples only. Gavin is terribly distressed at having to break beautiful Laura’s heart, and he vows he’ll do whatever he possibly can to help make her dream come true in Laura’s Lost Love, the first book of the Heart Junction Series.


The series continues with Stephanie’s Surprise--1913: Stephanie Porter rejects the sweet advances of Dr. Aaron Wesley until he helps her overcome a tragedy in her past--and Mari’s Miracle--1914: Rich, spoiled Marigold Mahoney learns the true meaning of love when she discovers the secret sacrifice Grit Truman has made to keep one of his promises. (Mari’s story is my favorite!)


American Historical Romance is a preferred genre of mine, whether I’m reading or writing. Two of the Historical Romances I’ve written are available as FREE downloads, Change of Heart, a very popular book set in 1850s Nebraska, and the newly-released Resurrected, the first book in the brand new ten-book Tender Mysteries Series, set in the 1890s. Books Two and Three of the Tender Mysteries Series, Restitution and Retribution are available November, 2012 in e-book and paperback on the Internet and through bookstores.


As a rule of thumb we shouldn’t live in the past in our real lives, but, when it comes to fiction, I can’t think of a better place to exist, can you?


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About the Author:
Fran Shaff is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical classic romance, young peoples' novels and short stories. Her books are available in hardcover, paperback and electronic formats. Her short stories have appeared in such places as Woman's World magazine and at major venues on the Internet.


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1 comment:

Debby said...

Amazing things happened that year. I don;t think living in the past is good but visiting through a book is the best thing of all
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