Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Enza by Kristy K. James


Product Description

It is a time of innocence and prosperity. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gains more attention with each passing day. All across the country housewives and young ladies harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away.

On the home front, in a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. Until an unseen enemy, deadlier than any human adversary, threatens Mankind’s very existence.

Elliot Owens – The only thing in the world that matters to Elliot is his wife and their five children, and he will do everything in his power to protect them.

Daniel Pullman – When his plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury, meeting the love of his life makes the disappointment easier to bear.

Colby Thornton – A devoted minister whose congregation loves him nearly as much as he loves them, Colby struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn’t love him at all.

Marcus McClelland – One of the local funeral directors, Marcus lives his life avoiding close relationships because if he doesn’t care about anyone, it won’t hurt when he loses them.

Jonathon Owens – At ten years old all Jonathon dreams of is to be a war hero…by proving that his German neighbor is a spy.

When all is said and done, will any of them survive?

About the Author:

Kristy K. James

Kristy K. James' first goal in life was to work in law enforcement, until the night she called the police to check out a scary noise in her yard. Realizing that she might someday have to check out scary noises in other dark yards if she continued on that path, she turned to her other favorite love...writing. Since then her days have been filled with being a mom and reluctant zookeeper (7 pets), creating stories and looking for trouble in her kitchen.

You can follow Kristy on Twitter and Face book and on her blog.

Guest Post by Kristy James:

I’d like to take a moment to express my appreciation to Donna for helping me celebrate the release of my new novel, Enza.  Donna, thank you so much for allowing me to share this special event with your readers.  ~Kristy~

After deciding to write Enza, I thought researching 1918 would be a breeze.  It didn’t take long to realize that the phrase, “That’s what I get for thinking,” came about because of people like me.  It wasn’t because there isn’t a lot of information available about that year.  It’s just that nearly all of it relates to World War 1 and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. 
But daily life for ‘regular’ people?  Not so much.

Books weren’t a great deal of help.  And movies?  The only things I could find were a couple of old Doris Day flicks (On Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon).  While they were very entertaining, I’m fairly sure that the upbeat musicals aren’t an accurate depiction of a lifestyle from any era.

So what’s a girl who wants to write knowledgeably about a time, decades before her birth, to do?

She spends countless hours in state and local libraries, skimming through microfiche until she can hardly see straight.  She also makes many, many copies of old newspapers to take home and study.

Newspapers from the early 20th century are just a bit different than what we’re used to today.  No, I really mean they were different. 
One ad, under the heading ‘School Days,’ advised shoppers not to purchase a badly designed, badly fitting corset for young girls.  Why?  Because it claimed that a girl’s figure will develop into the shape of the corsets she wears.  (So, so glad that corsets went out of style before I was born!)

But that’s not all.  A family reunion?  Not only was it announced in the paper but a list of attendees was often included.  Bridal shower?  Everyone in the county would soon know how many guests showed up, gifts received, and refreshments served.  Soldiers leaving for the war, or even just training camps?  Lists upon lists of individual names could be found in most papers I read.

School-Teacher Needs Brains’

‘F.N. Boyee, Conserver of Eyesight’

Yeah buddy!  Those were headlines. 

Know what though?  I learned so much about people from 1918 just by reading these papers.  Sure I chuckled at some of things they considered newsworthy.  But it was nice to see them inserted wherever they might fit.  In the middle of a page that includes information about a local farmer missing in action, a new warden arriving at a prison, and a couple of suicides is the fairly long article about the reunion, as well as a tribute to women.

Why were events such as these given space in the papers?  I can only assume that it’s because the people who lived in the area were just as important as a big news story.  What was happening in their lives was newsworthy.  Can you imagine living in a time where a visit from an out of town relative is important enough to merit a write up in the local paper? 

I can…and can’t.  I’m too attached to things like computers, air conditioners, taco salads, and vehicles that travel faster than 40 mph to want to be transported back to the past.  But I sure wish we could figure out a way to import the innocence and attitudes so prevalent in 1918 to 2012.

My Review:

I love reading books depicting life from times long gone and full of colorful characters. Enza was such a book. In the beginning, I was a little lost trying to keep up with the different characters, but once I got in to the swing of the story, it became a natural current between each chapter and each character.

Kristy James did an exceptional job of taking the reader back to the early 1900’s and immersing them into the ebb and flow of the everyday lives of Enza’s characters. From the innocence of a little boy so intent on helping his president capture a German spy to the preacher who cares deeply for his flock, but is married to a heartless woman, the reader is taken on a ride through their lives. You learn to love and you learn to dislike some of the characters, but you keep turning the pages hoping to catch another glimpse into their lives.

 The book takes the reader back in time to a charming and nostalgic period of history, a time of community when neighbors truly looked out for one another. Enza has humor, camaraderie, community, sweetness, and sadness. It will play with your emotions until the last page and you will love every minute of it. This is a great book and one I am happy to recommend.


Kristy is offering one print book and 3 digital copies, so all together there will be four winners. One for the print book and 3 for digital copies. 

Kristy has also decided to add another giveaway, but this one will be from the comments of the entire blog tour. I encourage you to follow the blog tour and comment on each blog post because Kristy is giving out TWO $25 gift cardsand FIVE $10 gift cards to amazon.com, so the more blogs you comment on the better your chance of winning! 

Here is the list for the blog tour. I am pretty sure that you can go back to all the sites and comment to better your chances for winning one of those two great AMAZON gift cards!

Tour schedule:
April 23rd - Patricia @ Live and Dream a Little Dream
24th Andi @ Radiant Light
25th Heather @ It's All About Me
26th Shannon @ Cocktails and Books (guest post only)
28th Kathleen @ The Celtic Lady's Reviews
28th Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews
29th Molly @ Reviews by Molly
30th Hayley @ Hanging Off The Wire
May 1st Tracy @ Booked Up

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  1. Nice Review....I am Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews.

    I am a current follower.

    Enter me in the Amazon giveaway please.


    1. Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by Donna's to read her review. :)

  2. Sounds like a good story, I'm a fan of the 1918 period, as I was fortunate to have a friend who was in the great war, great review I'll put it on my list to download from Kindle.thank you

    1. Hi, Agman. That era was a great one, wasn't it? I really enjoyed all the research for the book. I've never had the privilege of meeting anyone from WW1. Hope you enjoy Enza when you read it. :)

  3. Donna...thank you again for the lovely review, and being part of the blog tour for Enza's release. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know. :)



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