Sarah McNeal is a multi-published author of time travel, paranormal, western, contemporary and historical fiction. Her stories may be found at Publishing by Rebecca Vickery and Prairie Rose Publications. Her website: http://www.sarahmcneal.com
Life In Hazard, Wyoming After WWII
The world changed after WWII. After the dust settled in Europe, buildings and infrastructure were destroyed, the economy teeter-tottered on the edge of disaster. Changes began to happen between nations like the United States and Russia who were friends until the war ended. The Cold War had begun. The fear of obliteration of the entire human race pressed into our hearts after the atom bombs dropped on Japan and proved to be a dark foretelling of what could happen if we continued to build things that could destroy us.
In spite of these revelations, Americans carried on in the aftermath of the war. We didn’t suffer the loss of buildings, infrastructure and economy the way other countries did, but we would never think we could be untouched by world events the way we once did. Americans fell in love with big, beautiful cars as the automobile industry went into overdrive and that industry helped promote our economy.
In my fictional town of Hazard, Wyoming, the townspeople were beginning to settle down and carve out new lives for themselves. With the return of the men from war, some wiser or tougher, and some broken, life began to settle into normalcy once again. The folks in Hazard picked up their lives and began to build on the faith of prosperity and happiness.
But there are some things a good economy and wishful thinking just can’t fix. For Harmonica Joe and Lola’s younger daughter, Juliet, life has dealt her a cruel blow—so cruel, in fact that she has called off her wedding to Harry O’Connor, the only man she has ever loved. And for four abused children, the days are still filled with fear and hopelessness. Unexpected Blessings is my contribution to the Lassoing a Bride anthology with Prairie Rose Publication.
LASSOING A BRIDE
A broken dream…a cancelled wedding…and an unexpected blessing
When Juliet Wilding’s dreams are crushed, she cancels her wedding plans to Harry O’Connor. But Harry is not about to give up on the only woman he has ever loved. What neither of them expects is the event that will forever change both their lives.
I have come to like this particular time period when people still wrote letters by hand, listened to the radio while they worked, and families ate supper together. Hollow Heart, my story in the Valentine anthology, Hearts and Spurs, which also takes place just following the end of World War II. Madeline mourns the loss of Sam Wilding when he didn’t return from the war, and finds it difficult to move on with her life.
HEARTS AND SPURS Anthology
Lost love and the hope for possibilities
Madeline Andrews is a grown up orphan. Sam Wilding made her feel part of his life, his family and swore he’d come home to her when the war ended, but he didn’t return. With the Valentine’s Ball just days away, the Wildings encourage Madeline to move forward with her life and open her heart to the possibilities. But Madeline is lost in old love letters and can’t seem to let go.
Still in this time period, I am writing a story for the Fall anthology from Prairie Rose Publications: The Beast of Hazard. Joey Wilding has turned his grandfather’s ranch into a veterinary clinic. He has an innate love of all creatures, but there may be one creature he cannot help, and one love he cannot attain.
A Terrorized Town…A Killer Beast…And Deliverance
I love my fictional town of Hazard, Wyoming, and I love my Wildings, but there are other people in town who have a story to tell, like the widow, Penelope Thoroughgood who once found solace for her loneliness with Banjo when he was young.
I am giving away a digital copy of Fly Away Heart, my Great Depression era story about Lilith Wilding and the English born, Robin Pierpont, who was saved from a terrible fire by Banjo Wilding to someone who comments today. Be sure to include your email address in your comment for a chance to win.
FLY AWAY HEART
The Great Depression…Rum Runners and Old Fears…Love Against the Odds
Lilith Wilding can’t remember a time when she didn’t love the English born Robin Pierpont, but she knows he loves another so she hides her feelings beneath a hard veneer of self-protection.
Robin Pierpont dreams of flying airplanes and winning the heart of the one he loves, but when he gets involved in illegal rum running to help a friend, those dreams seem to turn into just a fantasy. When he is called upon to face his worst fear to save Lilith’s life, his fate may be sealed in death.