WWII Historical Fiction Romance Story Brings Rosie the Riveter Alive


During World War II, over six million women went to work in various capacities, all supporting the war effort, while men were off fighting overseas. Dubbed Rosie the Riveters, they played a crucial role in helping to build tanks, bombs and planes and fill other important support positions. The life of a young Rosie the Riveter during WWII has now been brought to life in the new historical fiction novel “Blueberry Steel,” by Jacqueline Bodnar.

“Blueberry Steel” shares a heartfelt story about a young woman named Evelyn, who fresh out of high school makes the decision to heed the call to work in one of the tank factories. Set in the Detroit area, this WWII historical fiction novel shares her experience working in the factory as a riveter, while also grappling with the fact that she wants to follow her dream of going to college and becoming a journalist.

Evelyn faces decisions, hurdles, and personal issues that threaten to hold her back. A historical fiction romance novel, “Blueberry Steel” has been written for those in middle school through adults. The book aims to share an interesting story that pulls historical fiction references so the reader gains a better understanding of the time period and contributions made by women during the war. Those looking for a YA historical fiction book will find the story is perfect for that age group, as well as adults. The book also comes with discussion questions and research points in the back of the book, to further learning of the time period.

“Those interested in WWII historical fiction or Rosie the Riveter stories will love this book,” says Jacqueline Bodnar. “I’ve always been a big fan of the Rosie the Riveter movement, and it inspired me to write this historical fiction romance story, hoping that more people will gain an interest in and appreciation for the period and contributions.”

The Detroit area played an important role during WWII. The author spent years living in the area where the book is set, and she uses her insight and many hours of research to help bring the area’s tank plant contributions to light in the book. Those who grew up in the Detroit area, including in Warren, Mich., will appreciate many of the historical fiction references made in the book. From Coney dogs and Vernor’s floats, to Saunders bumpy cake and visiting Belle Isle, there is something for everyone.

“Blueberry Steel” is now available through Taylor and Seale Publishing, as well as on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, various other online sites, and in select bookstores. To learn more about “Blueberry Steel” or purchase the book, visit: https://www.jacquelinebodnar.com/books.html

Bodnar is also the author of “Starting Your Career as a Professional Blogger,” and has ghostwritten eight other titles. She is a freelance writer and blogger who does extensive copywriting and has over 3,000 published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world. She also has numerous popular blogs. To learn more about Jacqueline Bodnar, visit the site at: www.jacquelinebodnar.com

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Review: Wild Rabbit Bistro in Ormond Beach

Wild-rabbit-bistro-ormondI was near Ormond Beach today, so my husband asked if there's anywhere I'd been wanting to try out for lunch up that way. Indeed, there was! I've been wanting to try Wild Rabbit Bistro out, so we decided to go there for lunch. Wild Rabbit Bistro is located in at 48 E. Granada in Ormond Beach. They moved into where the Kale Cafe Ormond Beach location used to be.

They have a nice little cafe with plenty of seating options, as well as some outdoor patio seating. I wanted to check this place out because they offer numerous vegan options they offer. They denote their menu so you know which dishes are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. It was challenging to decide what I wanted to try, because there were numerous options that sounded good.

My husband decided to get ultimate quesadilla, which is vegan and has black beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, red pepper, avocado, and hummus. I ordered to the bbq tempeh banh mi, which is served on roll and has greens, cucumber, pickles, carrots, cilantro, and wild siracha sauce. My dish comes with a side, so I chose to have roasted sweet potatoes. They ended up serving me chips with it, so when I let them know I was supposed to get the roasted sweet potatoes they brought those, too. I didn't really want the chips, so I shared them with my husband.

My husband really liked his quesadilla, which he said it was great. It looked fresh and seemed filling. I really liked my bbq tempeh banh mi! The bread that it was on was a little crunchy, which I liked, and the bbq tempeh was perfectly flavored and had a great texture. The siracha sauce that you top it off with was a nice treat, I loved it! The sweet potatoes were also delicious and made me feel like patting myself on the back for such a healthy meal. 

Their menu offers both vegetarian/vegan options and meat options. Their ingredients are non-GMO, and local and organic whenever possible. They also don't use any artificial ingredients, such as artificial sweeteners or dyes. They also try to use a lot of organic ingredients.

Overall, the food was really good. We felt like we had a healthy meal that was made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. We will go back again when we are in the area.  I'd love  to go back when I can order one of their organic acai bowls. I saw someone else with one when we arrived and it looked great. Two thumbs up for Wild Rabbit Bistro!

- Jacqueline Bodnar


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