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Among the Pages by Sara R. Turnquist will release August 18 in the Historical Romance (sweet) genre.
A woman’s choice…is in question. Brianne is a somewhat naïve college freshman. She becomes disillusioned as her professors and peers challenge many of her long-held beliefs. When she finds a diary that belonged to a distant relative, she hopes it will offer much needed distraction. And she is soon drawn into the story of a passionate woman who seems to whisper from the past.
In 1915’s New York, idealist and primary teacher Margaret struggles with the problems women face at home and in society. She is first timid about speaking her mind, but in time cannot keep her impassioned spirit hidden—not even from the gentleman who teaches in the classroom next door. His concern for her stretches the limits of their friendship, pressing into something more. Caught up in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, she faces down authority figures and others who question her beliefs.
And so, Brianne is whisked along on this journey as Margaret joins the fight for women’s rights, all the while trying to work through her own questions and experiences with modern feminism.
Before long, things spin out of control and she wonders where her newfound relationship fits into everything? Are there any clear answers? Will she land on her feet? Or be forever lost to herself?
HISTORICAL TIME PERIOD (1915) – Margaret and Henry talk on a Sunday after church.
She narrowed her eyes and bit at her lip to keep her surprise from showing. How did he know this? Surely he didn’t care about the Woman’s Movement. Or did he? Why should he? His precious Abigail was ever the dutiful, demure, docile girl that any man would seek. She wouldn’t be caught within a hundred yards of anything related to women’s rights.
He continued, “I also understand that anyone caught attending her speeches on Sunday is in danger of being thrown out of their church. You don’t want that, do you?”
“Maybe I do,” she shot back and looked away. His words stung. Perhaps more so because he wasn’t wrong. About any of it.
“You don’t mean that.” He craned his neck, trying to catch her eyes.
“What if I do?” She jerked her head, turning her features toward him. “Pastor Thompson said some harsh things today. I don’t know if I can continue to submit myself to the authority of a man who preaches in such a way.”
“In what way?” His voice was gentle. Try as she might, she could not find anything accusing in his tone.
“He made a several assertions without the Scripture to support it. Yet he insisted that the Bible was clear about the subject. I think a man of the cloth ought to be more careful when making such statements about the word of God without the proper foundation.”
Henry’s eyes searched hers. The deep brown fell soft upon her eyes and caressed her features with gentleness. How could she stay angry when she was losing herself in such dark warmth?
She averted her gaze. What was this? It would not do for her to be thinking about him this way. This was not proper! He was someone else’s beau.
“Listen,” he said, moving closer. “I’d regret if anything bad happened to you.”
She nodded, focusing on the lines of the sidewalk.
“I would have to teach your class and mine.” His voice became thick with sarcasm.
Her eyes shot to his and found his lips spreading in a huge grin.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sara is a coffee lovin’, word slinging, Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That’s what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.
But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.
Sara is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American wild west and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.
Balancing Life and Work
by Sara R. Turnquist
Writers and other creatives are challenged in many ways. One being how to get the picture in one’s mind onto a medium (paper, canvas, etc) and have it display or play as wonderfully as it is in one’s head. That is truly difficult. Another, really problematic thing facing every creative person is how to get their work (a piece of themselves) into the world for others to consume, without risking the criticism of those who won’t understand.
But a third issue is how to balance life and the creative process. I find this to be a real problem for writing. The work seems to “bleed” into all areas of my life if I’m not careful. No part of my life is sacred. Nothing is off limits when it comes to where my stories can reach and infiltrate—sleep, family time, mealtime, meetings, time with friends, etc.
How do I draw lines without squelching creativity? Without cutting into the natural process? That is a hard question. And one that I struggled with.
But I don’t want to look back and realize that I missed precious moments with my children because I couldn’t shut my computer or close my notebook. Or realize that all the meaningful conversations I had with my husband involved plotting.
And, during the summer, while my elementary school aged kids are home, I don’t want them in front of a screen all day, but my husband is the primary breadwinner and needs to work (though he works from home).
So, my husband and I have found a compromise that seems to work for him, and me, and our kids. We divide the workday! It works also for our children to have a schedule (as long as it’s not too strict). They thrive in routine.
While they have their block schedule going, my husband works the first half of the day and I monitor the kids’ schedule (in which there is time for me to interact with them and about an hour for me to work while they have workbook time and 30 minutes of screen time). Then at lunch, we switch and I get the rest of the day to work while he has the kids’ routine (and he, likewise has time to interact and about an hour in their schedule while they read for him to nab an extra hour of work).
We reconvene at dinner and set our work to the side for the day. It has gone well for us. Saturdays are great for me to catch up on extra things in the morning and family fun in the afternoon. While Sundays are dedicated to restful activities.
It didn’t happen overnight. I recommend for those who struggle with this balance, to try different things. Don’t give up. First identify what the specific imbalances are and work toward the solution for those. A desire to rebalance is the key and a sign that it will happen for you.
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