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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Advent - After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop

***2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist*** 
 ***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction–Mid-Atlantic*** 
 ***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER-- Literary Fiction*** 

 For every woman who thinks she left her past behind…Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story... 

 It's 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous “killing smog.” Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family. When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. 

When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?.

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A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's debut novel, The Last Letter was garnered multiple awards in 2011.  Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One) and Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love. Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are near completion.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's Christmas Wish...
"Just to share wonderful, magic moments with family. I love the lead up to Christmas more than anything."

Funniest Christmas Memory...
"My funniest Christmas moment was when my older brother, my sister and I pretended to be elves so our little brother would think Santa was real and that he had helpers watching him all the time. We made beards of cotton balls and dressed in robes and hats--it was a success--he believed. A close second was when we did a rendition of the Christmas story and used that same little brother as baby Jesus--he was probably 6 months old--we put him in a doll cradle and as we were all reading our parts, he crashed through the bottom, adding levity to a serious tale!"  

Best thing about Christmas....
"Giving gifts and seeing people smile just being together."

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  1. My book list is huge thanks to your blog. I love reading and you have some brilliant reviews. This book goes on the list too!

  2. I love that description - it's left me wondering what will happen. It sounds like the heroine is emerging from a metaphorical and physical fog and as anyone who has lived through that knows - it feels easier to run back in...

  3. Now there is no reason to not pick up this book at this bargain price! I've been wanting to read it for a while.

  4. Anyone reading this-if there is one book you read either this year or next--it should be this one!! And the price of .99 is unbelievably good. This book is unlike any I have ever read--It is definitely on top of my favorites for 2013 and I have read (according to Goodreads as of yesterday) 185 books).

  5. Wow I have never heard of the Killing Smog but upon reading this post did research it. What a horrible event to occur. Amazing that more weren't killed and tragic to not have answers for a long time.

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  7. I´m not the kind of person that likes reading romantic stories, more of a sci-fi fantasy kind of reader, but I must say it did sound interesting.

  8. This sounds like an interesting read, I can't resist an historical novel!

  9. What a fascinating premise for a story with the gases and calling her nursing skills into play. Sounds good!


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