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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
Saturday, October 3, 2015 by Patti Shene

Featured book: In This Together

Author: Gail Kittleson

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Series or stand-alone: Stand-alone

Target age: women 40+

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME MY LONG TIME INTERNET FRIEND AND AUTHOR GAIL KTTLESON TO PATTI’S PORCH. GAIL CELEBRATES THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF HER DEBUT NOVEL, IN THIS TOGETHER. HERE, SHE SHARES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A CLOSE-TO-YOUR-HEART HEROINE.

 

Close-to-Your-Heart-Heroines

 

When I’m seeking a good read, characters are my main consideration. The plot doesn’t have to be wild or complicated, although sometimes they are. In fact, if I want to relax with a book, a crazy plot doesn’t help at all. What I’m looking for is characters.

 

Even one solid character does it for me—I want to share her world for a while. Having spent a great deal of time with the heroine of my debut novel, In This Together, I can say that Dottie is that kind of woman. (Or gal, as they said back during her time.)

 

If you wanted a best friend forever, Dottie Kyle would be your woman. Humble, reliable, and a hard worker, she lives right down the street (or road). After she and her husband reared three children with the usual ups and downs, World War II took her son. And it also took her youngest daughter Cora, just out of high school. 

 

After high school graduation, Cora moved to California to do her bit in a war factory, met a sailor, and settled in the golden state. Dottie’s never even seen Cora’s two beautiful little children, although like most Grandmas, she longs to.

 

When her husband died right after the war, Dottie took a job at a local boarding house—she mostly enjoys her work, except for her bum knee on three steep sets of stairs. But when her employer hires another worker, trouble brews, and Dottie must choose whether to stand up for justice or plod along against her conscience.

 

By that time, she becomes aware of the unexpected attentions of her quiet widower neighbor Al, who was married to her best friend, a cancer victim. If this weren’t enough, Cora telephones with news of her third pregnancy. With a baby and a toddler, she needs her mother desperately.

 

Since I recently learned of the release date for Dottie’s story, In This Together, she’s uppermost in my mind right now. The World War II era has always intrigued me, with its never-ending host of powerful stories, and when Dottie started relating hers to me, I couldn’t put down my pen (or computer).

 

What I love most about her is the way she discovers her own resilience bit by bit, like Miss Julia in Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. And isn’t that the way it is with us? As Eleanor Roosevelt said,

 

                        Women are like tea bags, you never know how strong

                        they are until they’re put in hot water.

 

Most likely, we can all relate to that statement. How many times do we think we simply can’t handle a certain something, and then that something hits. And we handle it. Maybe not gracefully, maybe not gratefully, but handle it, we do.

 

Living through World War II would challenge anyone, but the after-effects continued in the lives of ordinary, everyday citizens like Dottie. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite novel characters—is there one in particular that has become a real comrade?

 

In This Together is scheduled for release on Nov 18, 2015.

 

Book blurb for In This Together:

Dottie Kyle's world centers on hard work. When World War II steals her son and she loses her husband soon after the Allied victory, her job at Helene's boarding house gives her a reason to wake up in the morning. But when her daughter in California experiences complications in her third pregnancy and needs help with the little grandchildren Dottie longs to meet, old fears of closed-in spaces hinder her from embarking on a cross-country train trip. 

Meanwhile, unexpected challenges arise at work, and Dottie's next-door widower neighbor Al's sudden attention becomes obvious. Could he hold the clue to conquering anxieties that have her in a stranglehold? 

 

After teaching college expository writing and ESL, Gail and her husband live in rural northern Iowa, where she facilitates a small writing class … small but powerful! 

In winter, Arizona Ponderosa forest country provides even more novel fodder. Gail enjoys writing, reading, hiking, biking, meeting strangers, leading writing workshops, and re-connecting with old friends - please feel free to contact her at her website, on Facebook, or via email.

 


Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/5/2015 10:07:15 AM

Thanks for sharing with us, Gail! I'm so excited about the release of In This Together!

Gail Kittleson From iowa At 10/5/2015 9:31:38 AM

Thanks for having me, Pat!

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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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10/3/2015

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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10/3/2015

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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10/3/2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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10/3/2015

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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10/3/2015

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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10/3/2015

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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10/3/2015

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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10/3/2015

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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10/3/2015

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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10/3/2015

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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10/3/2015

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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10/3/2015

A Matter of Perspective
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10/3/2015

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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10/3/2015

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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10/3/2015

Wildlife Video
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10/3/2015

My Best Reads of 2013
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10/3/2015

The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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10/3/2015

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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10/3/2015

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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10/3/2015

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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10/3/2015

Shared Experience
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10/3/2015

Facing the Monster
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10/3/2015

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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10/3/2015

I'll Be Happy When...
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10/3/2015

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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10/3/2015

I Can't Do This!
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10/3/2015

BREAKING THE RULES
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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10/3/2015

Vulnerability to Fear
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10/3/2015

Faith and Fear
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10/3/2015

Those Temporary Interruptions
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10/3/2015

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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10/3/2015

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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10/3/2015

Taking Stock
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10/3/2015

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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10/3/2015

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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10/3/2015

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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10/3/2015

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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10/3/2015

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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10/3/2015

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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10/3/2015

Accountability in the Extreme
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10/3/2015

The day after Christmas
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10/3/2015

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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10/3/2015

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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10/3/2015

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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10/3/2015

News From Nashville & Beyond
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10/3/2015

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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10/3/2015

Confessions of a first book editor
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10/3/2015

Going Home
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10/3/2015

GPCWC in Restospect
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10/3/2015

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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10/3/2015

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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10/3/2015

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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