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Titanic Tuesdays: Titanic and Honeymoon Couples

There were 13 honeymoon couples on the Titanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine you’re on your honeymoon and you’re sailing home on the Titanic.

Four days – and four passionate nights – at sea with your man.

Cozy afternoons in the lounge reading a book… slipping your hand in his. Knowing that later you’ll be in each other’s arms.

Long strolls at night on the deck, looking at the starry sky overhead.

Forget the bitter cold. He has his arms around you to keep you warm.

On a drizzly Sunday morning, you attend services with your man, then look forward to an informal dinner and another night of passion–

Until 11:40 p.m.

It’s the night of April 14th, 1912.

Your honeymoon comes to an abrupt end when the Titanic hits an iceberg.

According to Titanic Story, there were thirteen couples aboard the ship of dreams celebrating their honeymoon, though some sources report the number was twelve. The new young bride of Col. John Jacob Astor, pregnant with their child, was among them and escaped in lifeboat No. 4 (along with Ava O’Reilly, the heroine of my Titanic novel).

Here’s what went through her head when Ava, an Irish emigrant, found herself in the company of these women:

Ava held her head in her gloved hands. It wasn’t that the fear of death was all around her, but that she was here in the lifeboat and not the grand gentlemen married to these ladies.

First cabin ladies.

Wearing fur coats and teardrop diamond earrings and big, feathered hats with silver hatpins. Smelling of lavender. Not the salty sweat of steerage.

Dressed in the pink of fashion, they looked as out of place in the lifeboat as perfect plump prawns tossed into a fisherman’s dirty pail. Bickering among themselves about keeping their part of the boat for their kind only. Making comments about the sailor at the tiller smoking. And generally being what they were.

First cabin ladies.

Ava couldn’t stop peering at them through the dark. Such a curious eye she had, she missed nothing. Like a fine new broom she was, its hay bristles sharp and pointy and with a passion for sweeping.

Col. Astor did not survive and unfortunately, several honeymoon couples met the same fate.

A couple who did survive, John and Nelle Snyder, had left from Southampton and were returning home to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to a story in the Daily Mail, Mr Snyder said he owed his life to his wife’s insistence that he get out of bed and check to see what happened when they felt a ‘bump’ on that fateful night.

They were among the first to get into the lifeboats (they were in lifeboat No. 7 along with three other newlywed couples, according to one news source) and were later photographed in the clothes they wore that night. They were quite an elegant couple, according to the photo in the Daily Mail story referenced above.

They lived for many years afterward (Mr Snyder was 71 when he died and Mrs Snyder was 94), but their letters and photos have only now surfaced, engaging us with their wondrous escape.

The Titanic continues to fascinate us with its elegance and romance. It’s comforting to know that for the Snyders, their Titanic honeymoon had a happy ending.

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 The Runaway Girl  Love audio? Listen to the fab Laurel Lefkow  reading a sample on Amazon at: amazon.com/dp/B084MM1D4R

Meet Ava O’Reilly and the handsome Captain Lord Buck Blackthorn:

THE RUNAWAY GIRL

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Next time on Titanic Tuesdays:  Titanic and the Wireless: What does MGY mean and why it was so important

THE RUNAWAY GIRL 

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…

When Ava O’Reilly is wrongly accused of stealing from her employer, she has no option but to flee Ireland. The law is after her, and she has only one chance at escape – the Titanic.

Aboard the ship of dreams, she runs straight into the arms of Captain ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a dashing gentleman gambler who promises to be her protector. He is intrigued by her Irish beauty and manages to disguise her as the maid of his good friend, the lovely Countess of Marbury. Little does he realise, that the Countess is also in love with him.

As the fateful night approaches, tragedy strikes further when Ava is separated from Buck, and must make a daring choice that will change her life forever…

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A sweeping, emotional historical romance set aboard the Titanic, perfect for fans of Gill Paul and Suzanne Goldring.

This is a revised and fully updated edition of a novel previously published as Titanic Rhapsody.

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What readers are saying about The Runaway Girl:

‘A fantastic Titanic take woven in with a great portrayal of love, friendship, and even forgiveness. I would have rather seen this as a movie than the Jack and Rose story!!!’

‘Oh how I adored this story… From start to finish I was enchanted with the story and the characters and all the finer details describing the ship, clothes and scenery.’

‘This book was so well written and such vivid descriptions were used that I really did feel as though Jina had put me in a time machine and sent me back to 1912,’

‘A breathtaking romance that is sure to stay with you long after reading’

‘Perfect for historical fiction and romance fans.’
‘A mesmerizing romance that is sure to sweep you off your feet and take you away to another place, another time.’

‘A fabulous book you won’t want to miss’

THE RUNAWAY GIRL:

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Christmas Holiday Giveaway

 

I always enjoy being part of Aileen Harkwood’s giveaways — here is the Christmas promo!

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HOLIDAY WISHES ROMANCE GIVEAWAY

December 5-25

A Sleighful of Prizes and Video Holiday

Greetings from the Authors!

Holiday Wishes All Romance Giveaway

Come listen and watch as some of your favorite romance authors give you their best wishes for the holiday in a special video! To celebrate the season, they’re giving away a grand prize package that includes a Kindle Fire, 6-months of Kindle Unlimited, and a $20 Amazon gift card. Santa also has a bag full of runners-up prizes, including gift cards and ebook prize packs.

Still want more? Check out the fantastic reads in the Holiday Wishes All Romance Genres Book Fair, and play the Scavenger Hunt Game for your chance at a $50 Amazon gift card!

Holiday Wishes Romance Book Fair



(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

Allyson Lindt • Amanda Uhl • Angelica Kate • Anne McClane • C.A. King • C.D. Gorri • Crystal Dawn • Danielle M Haas • Debbie White • Diane Benefiel • Elizabeth Rose • Elsie Davis • Emmanuelle de Maupassant • G.K. Brady • ID Johnson • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • JC Andrijeski • Jina Bacarr • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • Judith Sterling • Karen Michelle Nutt • Kat Drennan • Kat Samuels • Kerry Blaisdell • Keta Diablo • Kristy Tate • Laurel O’Donnell • Liz Durano • Maria Elena Alonso Sierra • Melissa McClone • Michelle Jo Quinn • Mona Sedrak • Monique McDonell • Naomi Bellina • Penelope Wylde • Ravyn Wilde • Regan Walker • Rhondi Ann • Samantha Keith • Sara Beth Williams • Shana Gray • Sofie Darling • Soraya Naomi • Stormy Legend • Tammy Andresen • Victoria Saccenti • Zoe Dawson • Aileen Harkwood

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My book in the fair CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!

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Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-

Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Christmas Once Again WW 2 time travel romance in color: Victory Red Lipstick

Watch this black and white photo of the 1940s lady change to a color photo in my video

We always think of World War 2 as being shot in black and white, but what if you could experience it in color?

Check out my video for a vintage b&w photo turning into color, then travel in time to 1943 with Kate Arden when she goes home for Christmas for a chance to follow a different path and mend her broken heart…

All she wants for Christmas is to save the man she loves…

Christmas Once Again from Boldwood Books.

You can check out Christmas Once Again here:
US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

Next video in series: Girdles for the War Effort

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Bookbloggers — get your copy on NetGalley!

Calling all Bookbloggers:

I’m thrilled to announce that Christmas Once Again

is on Net Galley!!

All she wants for Christmas is to save the man she loves…

Christmas Once Again – WW 2 time travel

US https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/174137

UK https://www.netgalley.co.uk/catalog/book/174137

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If you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you!

A hot, sexy hero, a spunky heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

So hop aboard the Mistletoe Flyer and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

More about Christmas Once Again as we get closer to pub date…

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I’m happy to present the BOLDWOOD BOOKS Releases:

So, here we are with my wonderful publisher for my Christmas book, BOLDWOOD BOOKS — I love making videos and I put together the video above to introduce you to my fellow Boldwood Books authors with releases during the month of September 2019:

UK Links:     

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland 

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley

Stalker by Gemma Rogers                

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

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US Links:

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland  /   

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley 

Stalker by Gemma Rogers 

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

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And here are the August 2019 releases in my video:

UK Links:

The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet 

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

 

US Links:

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

Go to BOLDWOOD BOOKS for more info about their authors and e-books and print books. Audio books also available!

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Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th! It’s now up for pre-order at $2.99

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Christmas Once Again WW 2 time travel romance in color: Nylons

We always think of World War 2 as being shot in black and white, but what if you could experience it in color?

Check out my video for a vintage b&w photo turning into color, then travel in time to 1943 with Kate Arden when she goes home for Christmas for a chance to follow a different path and mend her broken heart…

All she wants for Christmas is to save the man she loves…

Christmas Once Again from Boldwood Books.

You can check out Christmas Once Again here:
US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

Next video in series: Victory Red Lipstick

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Bookbloggers — get your copy on NetGalley!

Calling all Bookbloggers:

I’m thrilled to announce that Christmas Once Again

is on Net Galley!!

All she wants for Christmas is to save the man she loves…

Christmas Once Again – WW 2 time travel

US https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/174137

UK https://www.netgalley.co.uk/catalog/book/174137

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If you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you!

A hot, sexy hero, a spunky heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

So hop aboard the Mistletoe Flyer and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

More about Christmas Once Again as we get closer to pub date…

————–

I’m happy to present the BOLDWOOD BOOKS Releases:

So, here we are with my wonderful publisher for my Christmas book, BOLDWOOD BOOKS — I love making videos and I put together the video above to introduce you to my fellow Boldwood Books authors with releases during the month of September 2019:

UK Links:     

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland 

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley

Stalker by Gemma Rogers                

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

 ——————–

US Links:

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland  /   

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley 

Stalker by Gemma Rogers 

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

——————

And here are the August 2019 releases in my video:

UK Links:

The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet 

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

 

US Links:

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

Go to BOLDWOOD BOOKS for more info about their authors and e-books and print books. Audio books also available!

———-

Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th! It’s now up for pre-order at $2.99

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Calling all Bookbloggers: Christmas Once Again is on NetGalley!

Bookbloggers — get your copy on NetGalley!

Calling all Bookbloggers:

I’m thrilled to announce that Christmas Once Again

is on Net Galley!!

All she wants for Christmas is to save the man she loves…

Christmas Once Again – WW 2 time travel

US https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/174137

UK https://www.netgalley.co.uk/catalog/book/174137

=============================

Click here to go to US NetGalley

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If you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you!

A hot, sexy hero, a spunky heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

So hop aboard the Mistletoe Flyer and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

More about Christmas Once Again as we get closer to pub date…

————–

I’m happy to present the BOLDWOOD BOOKS Releases:

So, here we are with my wonderful publisher for my Christmas book, BOLDWOOD BOOKS — I love making videos and I put together the video above to introduce you to my fellow Boldwood Books authors with releases during the month of September 2019:

UK Links:     

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland 

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley

Stalker by Gemma Rogers                

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

 ——————–

US Links:

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland  /   

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley 

Stalker by Gemma Rogers 

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

——————

And here are the August 2019 releases in my video:

UK Links:

The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet 

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

 

US Links:

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

Go to BOLDWOOD BOOKS for more info about their authors and e-books and print books. Audio books also available!

———-

Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th! It’s now up for pre-order at $2.99

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Boldwood Books September and August 2019 Releases and my Christmas Once Again preview video of Kate and Jeff’s story

If you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you!

A hot, sexy hero, a spunky heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

So hop aboard the Mistletoe Flyer and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

More about Christmas Once Again as we get closer to pub date…

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So, here we are with my wonderful publisher for my Christmas book, BOLDWOOD BOOKS — I love making videos and I put together the video above to introduce you to my fellow Boldwood Books authors with releases during the month of September 2019:

UK Links:     

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland 

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley

Stalker by Gemma Rogers                

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

 ——————–

US Links:

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland  /   

The Orphan Daughter by Sheila Riley 

Stalker by Gemma Rogers 

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran 

——————

——————

And here are the August 2019 releases in my video:

UK Links:

The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet 

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

 

US Links:

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

Go to BOLDWOOD BOOKS for more info about their authors and e-books and print books. Audio books also available!

———-

Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th! It’s now up for pre-order at $2.99

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Boldwood Books August 2019 Releases and the story behind my story

They say, everybody has a story.

For me, it began a while ago when I wanted to write a Christmas story, but not just any story. Not every Christmas happens the way we want it and sometimes the not-so-great ones stick with us.

Which made me wonder if I was alone in my thinking. That remembering the poignant Christmases when something happened to upset our universe was just me. I knew I couldn’t be the only one who looked back every year and took time to remember that Christmas and at times, wished I could change things.

So I did.

I wrote about a woman who laments every year about a lost love at Christmas and finally, she can change it.

By going back in time…

More about Christmas Once Again as we get closer to pub date…

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So, here we are with my wonderful publisher BOLDWOOD BOOKS — I love making videos and I put together the video above to introduce you to my fellow Boldwood Books authors with releases during the month of August 2019:

UK Links:

The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet 

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

 

US Links:

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins

Go to BOLDWOOD BOOKS for more info about their authors and e-books and print books. Audio books also available!

———-

Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th! It’s now up for pre-order at $2.99

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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