The Gold Rose By Jodi Lea Stewart – Lone Star Book Blog Tours

Jodi Lea Stewart
Historical Fiction / WWII / Action & Drama / International Mystery
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Date of Publication: February 21, 2023
Number of Pages: 372 pages 
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Since the early 1940s, THE GOLD ROSE, a secret rescue agency with Asian origins, has used unique systems to ferret out and save victims in every corner of the world. Charlotte Hunt-Basse has faced dangerous and often deadly challenges in her decade as an agent with the agency, not the least of which was the past rescues of two of her assignments, Pinkie and Babe.
Two-year-old Pinkie is discovered abandoned on a dirt road during a violent storm. She is whisked off to Mexico by oil heir Clint Sutton and his girlfriend, Angelina, as they attempt to escape the lies of Clint’s father’s second wife. Three years later, Pinkie is stolen away to Argentina by an aging Romani. Pinkie suffers from the malice of her captor but wins the fatherly love of a Buenos Aires circus owner and his fiance. Shortly after landing in the crosshairs of THE GOLD ROSE, Pinkie’s life takes two more shocking twists. When the agency locates Pinkie again, Agent Charlotte must throw all caution to the wind to rescue her.
Babe, the child of Texas-based missionaries, is hidden by two Chinese families during the Japanese invasion and ensuing Communist takeover of China. She is forced by the second family to live incognito as a “boy” for several years to save her from soldiers invading China from the North. Martial arts are banned, but the grandfather of the family teaches Babe YǒngChūn in deepest secrecy. The civil war escalates, and Babe finds herself on a dangerous quest for survival as she journeys alone through enemy territory toward the faintest hope of rescue.

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Author Jodi Lea Stewarts’s

Top 20 Favorite Quotes to Inspire Writers

The one I most live by because it could have been written by me is this one by Roald Dahl. For years, I have said that great writing is actually rewriting.

“By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.”

~ Roald Dahl

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

~ Mark Twain

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

~ Richard Bach

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”

~Mark Twain

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

~Winston Churchill

“Style is not how you write. It is how you do not write like anyone else.”

~ Charles Ghinga

 “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”

~G.K. Chesterton

 “I want to do something splendid, something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I am dead – I think I shall write books.”

~ Louisa May Alcott

“It’s not wise to violate the rules until you know how to observe them.”

~ T.S. Eliot

 “My only conclusion about structure is that nothing works if you don’t have interesting characters and a good story to tell.”

~ Harold Ramis

“Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is; I always used to bemoan the fact that I couldn’t draw, but now I’m overjoyed that at least I can write. And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself.

~ Anne Frank

“The one common thread in all of the books that are falling apart on my shelf? Characters—flawed ones with desires and needs who spend most of the story tripping over their weaknesses in an effort to get what they want.”

~ Becca Puglisi 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world.

~ Albert Einstein

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

~ Anton Chekhov 

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

~ E. L. Doctorow

“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.”

~ H.G. Wells 

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”

~ Shannon Hale

“Decide what you want to do, then do it.”

~ Claudeen Arthur, FormerNavajo Nation Attorney General

 I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear; my courage is reborn.

~ Anne Frank

 And a bonus quote from the author!

“By writing I can get to know the characters who prance and dance through my mind. Hopefully, I will create a mountain town, a creek, a house, a nation, a cause for them to inhabit, thus allowing them to get on with their fictional real lives. It’s like coloring a page in a coloring book… as soon as you finish it, the page is alive.”

~ Jodi Lea Stewart


Jodi Lea Stewart is a fiction author who centers her themes around the triumph of overcoming adversity through grit, humor, and hard-rock tenacity. Born in Texas and growing up in Arizona smelling cedar berries and cow pens on a large cattle ranch wedged between the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe, most of her friends were Native American and Hispanic, with a few Anglos thrown in for good measure. On the ranch, she climbed petroglyph-etched boulders, sang to chickens, bounced two feet in the air in the backend of pickups wrestling through washed-out terracotta roads, and rode horseback on the winds of her imagination through the arroyos and mountains of the Arizona high country. Later, she left her studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson to move to San Francisco, where she learned about peace, love, and exactly what she didn’t want to do with her life.
Moving back to her native Texas, Jodi graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Management, raised three+ children, worked as an electro-mechanical drafter, penned humor columns for a college periodical, wrote regional western articles, and served as managing editor of a Fortune 500 corporate newsletter. Her lifelong friendship with all shades of folks, cowpunchers, southern belles, intellectuals, and “outlaws” propels Jodi into writing comfortably about the Southwest, the South, and far beyond. She currently resides in Arizona with her husband, two wild and crazy Standard poodles, one rescue cat, her fun-loving ninety-plus-year-old mom, a never-be-still-four-year-old tornado, and numerous bossy houseplants.
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