The Rose Trilogy by Christine Keleny

The Rose Trilogy by Christine Keleny. – A nice blog post/review by Christoph Fischer. Thanks Christoph! (Check out Christoph’s book, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, about people in the small town of Bratislava pre-WWII.)

Book III is finally Here!

Book III in the Rose Series is finally here and I want to celebrate!

Cover by Aaron Keleny Parks and Earl Keleny

So I am giving away THREE ebook or paper books of any of my books in the Series. How fun is that!

To enter to win go to my website: ckbookspublishing and enter the rafflecopter giveaway. There are many ways to enter and the more you enter, the better your chances to win!

(Note: the giveaway says you can win Rose From the Ashes or Rosebloom, but you can win A Burnished Rose too, if you prefer – I”m just too lazy to redo the giveaway to correct that. If you are a winner, I’ll contact you and ask you what book you would prefer. Also – I will send an ebook (or pdf if preferred) to anyone, anywhere, but will send a paper copy to those in the US only.) The giveaway will run until Friday, Oct 26th.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

Book Review from Sandra Butler of My Fiction Nook

This was taken from Sandra’s blog myfictionnook.com with her blessing – thank you Sandra!

Rosebloom by Christine Keleny

RosebloomRosebloom by Christine Keleny
My rating: 4 of 5 starsFrom the blurb:Rose, a precocious young girl in 1930’s Wisconsin, runs away from home to avoid going on to high school and what she sees as a certain path to marriage and motherhood. What she seeks is adventure. What she finds is much more.Rose takes a job on the River boat “Capital,” and is thrown in to the lives of the varied people and towns of the Mississippi, from Prairie du Chien to New Orleans.

“Rosebloom” takes place in a time in history that buffets Rose between the great depression and the coming wave of WWII. She gets herself into situations that test her reslove and teach her not only about herself but about the world of others, which she would have never known if she hadn’t left her small farm in Southwest Wisconsin.

Rosebloom tells the story of Rose Krantz, a 16 yo girl growing up in southwest Wisconsin during the Depression. Knowing that her family is overburdened, she decides to run away from home to seek adventure. Upon signing up to work on a river boat, she begins to realize that the world she knows and the ‘real’ world are two different things.

The author skillfully weaves historical facts into her book, and it’s easy to tell that a lot of research was done prior to writing this novel. I also found that Ms. Keleny took on some rather difficult subjects, such as racial tensions and prostitution, and handled them very realistically and very responsibly, yet managed to capture the voice of a young, naive girl whose optimism and genuine friendliness sets her apart from the people of her time.


Rose doesn’t see color – she just separates people into nice and bad. This allows her to form a strong friendship with Lilli Mae, a colored girl whose room she shares on the river boat and who works with her. It allows her to view Grandma B. as family, and be invited into the matriarch’s home. It could be argued that her lack of understanding in regards to segregation is a tad unbelievable, but I chose to overlook that aspect, and decided that her sheltered upbringing on her family’s farm was the cause of that.

Upon her arrival in New Orleans, Rose is separated from Lilli Mae at the docks, and makes the acquaintance of a Madam running a brothel. Madam E. takes the young girl under her wings and offers her a job keeping the books as well as sending her to school, plus room and board, in exchange for those services.

It is there that Rose meets Malcolm, a young, Cajun man who is a jack of all trades. They fall in like and begin a courtship, one that I’m told is continued in the sequel.

Rose’s voice was mostly believable. The story is told primarily from her POV though we also get glimpses at the other characters’ inner thoughts. She’s usually optimistic and cheerful, even in dire circumstances, choosing to see the glass as half full and exhibiting a canny ability to find good even in bad situations. The narration is almost always so cheerful that I found myself smiling along with the character.

The writing is rich and very detailed, and I found myself completely immersed in the vivid descriptions of the country side, the boat and the towns, so much so that it felt as if I was right there with the characters.

The primary focus of the story is not romance, but the adventures of a young girl in the mid-30s, coming into her own. Very nicely done.

I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review

REMEMBER – the books on sale all of January on smashwords and via my email (see post dated) 7/1/12 for details!

A nice interview on the blog: indiebookspot.com

Indie BookSpot

Christine Keleny, whose books include A Burnished Rose and Rosebloom, talks about her approach to writing and her plans for the future.

Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently?

I think it’s kind of funny, I really didn’t like to read when I was in school, and it’s hard to be a good writer if you aren’t a big reader. I write now because it makes me smile. It’s something I can’t wait to do when I get home from my other job. I started writing when I was in college. My nephews were small at the time, and when I would read them stories, some of them were just plan bad. I thought: “I can do better than this,” so I did. I wrote children’s stories. I still have those and…

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The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

The history in this historical fiction novel was a little too complicated to follow since it was set in a time (1863) and a place (Istanbul, Turkey) that I have such little knownledge of, it’s hard to understand some of what the author is talking about. You can tell he has studied this area extensively. The fiction part of the story was interesting enough (unexplained murders of soldier cadets), but lagged at times. I had to make myself finish it. It was okay, but not the riviting piece the back blurb would make you think it was. Sorry Jason.

Armchair Book Expo America starts today!

 Want to know everything and anything about what you’re missing, or not missing, at the American Book Expos in New York city this week? Just click on the armchair and it will take you to the official blog spot.

For me. I don’t mind viewing from afar. I love New York, don’t get me wrong. But it’s pricy, and I’m more interested in getting my own stuff out there than looking at other’s new stuff right now. I get plenty of that at my local library.

But back to me – I’m supposed to introduce myself to all those BEA fans that might come to my site during this week to say Hi.

Hi! (insert heavy breath here)

This is not me, of course. But it feels like me!

As part of the armchair event, I’m supposed to introduce myself for all you armchair fans.

I am a writer, author, publisher [just published my second book this May!] and a general fool.

I also love to read, but that is probaby a given. I will read just about anything, but I particularly like historic fiction, so guess what I write? At least so far,  anyway, though I am working on a memoir for someone and a screenplay off my latest book. Now that is a learning experience.

I am new to this blogging world – just started this spring – so let me know what you think of my site. Then tell me where you live in that big spider web out there. I like making new friends!

But make sure you visit again tomorrow for giveaway tuesday in honor of armchairbea. My giveaway will be my latest book. Just visit tomorrow and comment on one of my posts, any post you like, and you’re entered! (Make sure you leave me some way to get a hold of you – email, blog address…)

Happy booking!