Friday, January 5, 2018

Reader's review of Katrin, almost American

Dear Lilly,

I just finished reading Katrin, almost American and just loved it. I hope a movie will be made from it. What an information and loving story. My sister, Nancy, bought it from you at Bishop Hill for me at Christmas. Thank you for your note in it. 

She included information about her father who came to Nebraska in 1920 with his parents and says that she has been to Sweden several times and has seen where he was born and baptized...

She finished her letter with these words:  I loved visiting Sweden. I plan to get some of your other books.
Janet Nelson

Friday, November 17, 2017

Price promotion

Starting Dec. 1, 2017, I'm running a price promotion of my Maiden of the Titanic on Kindle. See First 24 hours $1.99, second 24 hours, $2.99, third 24 hours, $3.99. On the fourth day, the price goes back up to $4.99.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Adio sample

I have created an audio file of chapter 1 of my latest manuscript, Titanic Sails Again, and will forward it to potential publishers, whose eyes are worn out from reading manuscripts.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Books and Quilts

Book Signing
The Quilt Shop in the Village Smithy, 309 N. Bishop Hill, IL, next to the Filling Station.
Friday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Books: Katrin Almost American, a Swedish Immigration novel (2017).
Second Love After 50, a contemporary Illinois novel
Maiden of the Titanic, a historical novel
Hero of the Titanic, the sequel to the Maiden of the Titanic.
Not my time to die, nonfiction about survivors and victims of the Titanic.
Books Signing

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Titanic Sails Again, a manuscript for a novel

In 2013, mining billionaire Clive Palmer of Brisbane, Australia, proposed to build a replica of the Titanic and call it Titanic II. He said it would sail from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. My manuscript is a work of fiction based on facts about the Titanic. It would be my fourth Titanic book, my fifth novel, and my 21st book.  

"Titanic Sails Again" takes the reader on an exciting global journey spanning more than one hundred years between 1912 and the time Titanic II sails. I have chosen to write the novel as a collection of related short stories. The first part begins with the fictional survivor story of Anna Olson Whitmore. The second part begins with her rescuer Roberto Cosentino ’s letters from his deathbed to his wife and son. The reader will get to follow the adventures of the eldest son in each generation and learn why some family members feel compelled to sail on the new Titanic. In the third part, the Whitmore and Cosentino descendants meet on Titanic II and sail together on its maiden voyage. I have sprinkled Titanic facts about survivors and victims throughout the manuscript. (If you have read my Maiden of the Titanic and Hero of the Titanic, both published by the Midwest Writing Center, you know that my main characters are Roberto Cosentino and Anna Olson Whitmore.)   

The Whitmore boys are rich, carefree, and adventurous.   
Henry loves to fly and crash-lands a small plane in Canada.  
Bill loves sailing and travels to Europe on a passenger liner before working his way on smaller ships to Sweden, where he connects with both his past and his future.   
William flies to England, Australia, and China, and encounters life-changing situations. 
Henrik Whitmore tours Europe and remains a lady’s man, single and available.   
The Cosentino boys have to work for a living. Through luck and pluck, they eventually become owners of a newspaper enterprise. 
Joshua serves as a war correspondent in London during World War II.
Ronald serves as a war correspondent in Saigon during the Vietnam War. On the day of his departure, he rescues a Vietnamese orphan and brings him to Boston.
Sean serves as a captain in the Afghanistan War and is killed in action.  

The two main characters are Bill Whitmore and Ronald Cosentino. The patriarch of his family, Bill Whitmore, sails on Titanic II with his wife and two grandsons, Henrik and Michael. Bill’s son, David, chief officer, brings his son Matthew. Ronald Cosentino sails with his wife and three daughters.

Henrik Whitmore romances Ronald’s daughter, Lynn. Bill’s other grandsons, Matthew and Michael, compete for Ronald’s daughter, Laurie. Ronald’s eldest daughter, Michelle, dates the First Officer, and Michelle’s friend Vicky, gets an unexpected chance to date Chief Officer David Whitmore. The possibilities abound.

The book has a thought-provoking ending about why Titanic sank.