Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I wrote a Western novel from a male point of view


Released Aug. 1 by Elk Lake Publishing Inc.

The Peach Blossom Rancher, an historical romance

Sequel to The Lady Fugitive, second in Peaches and Dreams series

By Ada Brownell

NOTE:  I started this novel without even thinking about being a woman writing a story from a male point of view.  The story belongs to John Lincoln Parks', along with Dr. Dillon Haskill, the young doctor who is held in an asylum because of one seizure.  Did I succeed in telling John's and Dillon's stories? Please read the book and let me know.                 

A handsome young man with a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect. How will they achieve their dreams?

John Lincoln Parks yearns for a wife to help make the ranch all it should be after his uncle, a judge, ravaged it before he was murdered. John has his eye on his sister Jenny’s elegant matron of honor, Valerie MacDougal, a young widow. But Valerie, a law school graduate, returns to Boston to live since her little son was born. John and Valerie write, he’s kissed her a few times, but while in Boston Valerie and one of her father’s law partners try to get three patients wrongfully judged as insane out of the Boston asylum—and they spend a lot time together.

Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor who has been in love with John since they were in grade school? Edwina’s father is in a wheelchair and she’s taking care of their ranch. John tries to help and protect this neighbor who has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. But John and Edwina fuss at one another constantly. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?

Here’s a comment from one of my editors Deirdre Lockhart of  Brilliant Cut Editing.By the way, I want Polly to live near me. Not just for the food, which made my mouth water, but she made my spirit sing too. I feel my absolute faith a little stronger after living with her and Abe this week.”

Ada’s Qualifications to write this book

Ada grew up in peach country. Picked fruit, worked in a peach packing shed
 inspecting peaches, and had a job for a short time serving peach pickers.

She is a journalist who spent a good chunk of her life in the newsroom at The Pueblo Chieftain and other newspapers in Colorado. She had a little experience with horses, but even more experience with mental illness the last seven years before retiring.  The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo was on her beat. In this work, she was given a couple of biennial reports from the Board of Lunacy Commissioners showing “form” of insanity in patients 1899-1900 and 1909-10. We now know many of those people were not insane.

In addition to newspaper work, Ada Nicholson Brownell has written for Christian publications since age 15 and still writes for them.

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