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Meet the Bartlettes: Extended Family in the WW1 Trilogy

The Bartlettes are extended family to the Stewards in my WW1 Trilogy.  The trilogy is comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (released 2020) and Adjustment Year (launching April 2021). Here are the six members of the Bartlette family: Amelia “You don’t know how difficult it is,” Amelia said between sobs, […]

Fiction Melina's Books Writing & Editing

Meet the Stewards: The Main Characters in the WW1 Trilogy

The Stewards are the main characters in my WW1 Trilogy comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (released in 2020) and Adjustment Year (launching April 2021). Here are the 10 members of the Steward family: Benjamin “Your mother and I must learn to accept that most of our children are grown […]

Fiction Melina's Books Writing & Editing

A Guide to My WW1 Trilogy

My historical fiction WW1 trilogy is comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (released in 2020) and Adjustment Year (launching in April 2021).    Here’s your guide to the trilogy.  Some spoilers ahead! Each One is a Stand Alone Story Each novel in the trilogy is its own standalone story.  They are […]

History Medicine Melina's Books

Rheumatic Fever: An Ailment From a Bygone Era

Rheumatic fever is not a disease you hear much about in the 21st century.  It is a disease, however, that plays a minor role in my WW1 Trilogy. Hettie Bartlette’s father, Benjamin, suffers from the ailment. What is rheumatic fever?  It is a complication that can result from streptococcal infections such as strep throat.  It […]

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What is Victoria Day and Why Do Canadians Celebrate It?

In my novel, Angel of Mercy, Hettie’s birthday and her marriage to Geoffrey Bartlette correspond with the celebration of Victoria Day.  If you’re American, you may be unaware of this holiday or why Canadians celebrate it. The holiday commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria who was born May 24, 1819.  It did not become a […]

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Sir Wilfred Laurier: Canada’s First Modern Prime Minister

Hettie Bartlette, the main character in my novel Angel of Mercy, was born in Ontario in 1892.  Despite being 27 at the end of the third novel in the series, Adjustment Year (publishing April 2021), she has memories of only two prime ministers.  The longer serving of which was Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Laurier was Canada’s […]

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What Affect Does Birth Order Have on Personality?

Families in the 19th and early 20th centuries often had large families.  What affect does birth order have personality?  This is a question I considered while creating the Steward family in Angel of Mercy. Birth order and personality wasn’t something people considered until the 1920s.  That’s when Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler first theorized that birth […]

Canada Edwardian era History Melina's Books United States

Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

My latest nonfiction book, Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, was inspired by news stories I discovered while researching A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1.  As I conducted my research, I discovered case after case of murder, suicide, murder-suicide, lynchings, cop killings, doctors and nurses poisoning patients, and fatal traffic accidents.  It […]

Books & Publishing Canada History Melina's Books Nonfiction United States World War One

5 Things I Learned While Writing A Tale of Two Nations

If you’ve been studying a subject for as long as I have, you may think there isn’t anything left to discover. I’ve been studying World War I and how it changed the lives of ordinary people since I was a teenager. When I embarked on writing A Tale of Two Nations: Canada. U.S. and WW1, […]

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5 Things I Discovered While Writing Enterprising Women

Starting your own business is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do, especially if you’re a woman.  Entrepreneurs often talk only about their successes, but the truth is every business struggles in its first several years and half of all businesses fail within the first five years. This struggle, and the contrast between […]

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Origins of Angel Surnames: Accuracy in Historical Fiction Writing

In the course of writing Angel of Mercy, I did some research into the origin of the family’s surnames. This is what I found out: Bartlette – English with some pockets in Scotland Steward – Scottish-English Goodwin – English Grey – Anglo-Saxon Taylor – English with French origins Winthrop – from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Appleton […]

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