I am having my first book Release Event for my second book A Burnished Rose at Frugal Muse on Madison, Wisconsin’s west side (235 Junction Rd). It’s starts at 7pm and ends whenever. Dessert and beverages provided. Free and open to the public.
I’m really excited. I am reading with the wonderful narrator for my first book Rosebloom, Adam Seeger. He’s got a great voice and an energetic presence. He’s worth coming to the event just to hear him read (and you’ll hear mostly Adam. I’m only reading a bit part!)
I have lots of family and friends who are going to be there to support me, which is so special. The other great thing is that for every book I sell, I donate a dollar to an organization that helps educate very poor children. I’ve very excited about this. It’s the continuation and a next big step for this program. Education is such is an important thing in every child’s life, and gives their families so much hope. As a parent, I know how important this is for me for my children, and how frustrated I would be if I couldn’t provide an education for my children. So thank you to everyone who contribute to this work.
So here’s the Media Release for A Burnished Rose
Ninety year old, WWII nurse’s story finally told.
Macella Korda/Schlemma, resident of Minnesota, turned 90 this February, but you would never know it. Her small frame and clear eyes hide the fact that she has persevered through three Army invasions, worked 12 hour shifts in temperatures ranging from 130 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 30 degrees, in four different countries, all over a 26 month period. Marcy was a nurse in the Army Nurse Corps and served on the front lines with the 95th Evacuation Hospital in WWII.
Marcy’s little know story, and that of others, is portrayed in the fictional novel just published by Christine Keleny titled A Burnished Rose. This story vividly brings to life the lives of the men and women both at home and in the armed services from the late 1930s through the end of WWII. It tells of the personal sacrifices that were made and the hurdles people frequently had to overcome.
In particular, the story illustrates what it took to become a nurse in the 1930s. It tells of the lives of the women, like Marcy, who volunteered to join the military looking for adventure but also feeling a strong duty to support their country in a time of war.
A Burnished Rose also follows the mission of the Flying Tigers in China before the US enters the war and what happens to those airman that become a part of the 14th Air Force when the Flying Tigers are disbanded.
A Burnished Rose is a sequel to Christine’s debut novel, Rosebloom, which won an Independent Book Publishers award when it came out in 2008. Rosebloom was released in audio November 2010. The 2/1/11 Library Journal review “Recommended” Rosebloom to its readers saying: “Keleny details her journey and the myriad (of) characters she encounters in an entertaining an enjoyable way.”