Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thankful Author 2018- Ilona Fridl

In this year of horrible news, it gets harder and harder to find something to be thankful for. I'm going for my little corner of the world. Despite some health problems, my husband and I are doing well for people around seventy. We are still contributors to society, as locksmiths and authors. My daughter is doing well as an IT manager, and her husband is a tattoo artist, running his own shop. My granddaughter graduated from UW at Madison, and starting out in the working world. 

All in all, I look around at people who are having problems in their family life; be it drugs, liquor, crime, or abuse, and count our blessings. As long as the family is going well, I am thankful.

Lenora LaRue, Bareback Rider Extraordinaire, is the star of her family’s circus—until a cyclone hits. A main tent pole falls on her during the storm, and when her injuries require the loss of her leg, her family abandons her, believing she is of no further use to them.
John Mallory, the young surgeon who does the necessary operation, decides to help her readjust to the real world, against his father's advice. John takes her to his aunt’s sanitarium in the resort city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where the two of them undertake to teach Lenora how to live outside the harsh circus culture that has been her whole life. He sets up a practice in the town to be near her, positive that rehabilitation is possible. As a woman doubly cursed by society as both a cripple and a former circus performer, Lenora is not so sure. She struggles to learn social skills…but can she learn what love is, too?

The young man nodded to her, but his eyes were sad. “Miss La Rue, I’m Dr. Mallory, your surgeon. I need to talk to you.”
The nurse set a tray of bandages and tools on a stand by Nora’s bed. She, too, looked sad. She slipped her hand around Nora’s and squeezed it slightly.
Mallory absently ran his fingers through his hair. “You asked what happened.” He paused. “Miss La Rue, from what I was told, you were found under the tent with your leg trapped under a horse and a tent post. Apparently, in it's death struggles, the horse ground your leg into the wooden blocks of the ring.”
Nora’s throat constricted and tears filled her eyes. “King is dead?” She gripped the nurse’s hand.
He nodded. “That’s what I was told.” He took a deep breath. “Your leg was severely shattered. We had to remove it above the knee.”
What he told her went through her ears, but her mind rejected it. What seemed like an eternity passed before she realized what he said. Shaking, she sat partway up, lifted the sheet and looked down at the bandaged stump that was once her right leg. “No! Oh, please, no! It can’t be gone! Put it back! Put it back!” A wail came from her throat like it had been sent from the bowels of hell.

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The book is published by The Wild Rose Press. This is the 8th novel by Ilona Fridl.


Ilona Fridl was born in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, where she lived the first twenty-one years of her life. In high school and college, she took Journalism and Creative Writing. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she met her husband, Mark. They started a locksmithing business and raised a daughter to adulthood. All the while, she dreamed about being a writer, but she hated typewriters. In the nineties, they purchased their first computer, and she never looked back. With some articles and short stories under her belt, she started her first novel. The eighth book is just being released by The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and a student of AllWriters in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


  1. As someone who has dealt with health problems this year, yes, as long as your family is good, there is always something to be thankful for.

  2. My daughter just applied to UW at Madison! Wishing you and your husband the best of health.

    1. I have nothing but good to say about UW Madison! Hope she thrives there.

  3. So happy to hear you and your family are doing well. All the best!

  4. Thank you, Angela for doing this post. It reminds us there are still things to be thankful for.

  5. Good to hear you and your family are doing well. It's been a rough year for our family, but like you when I look around at others I feel fortunate! Have a happy holiday season!

  6. You're so right, Ilona, it's been a challenging year. Horrible news seems to come at us from all sides. Glad you're able to keep your perspective!

  7. Every day that you have your health and can get out of bed is a blessing. Having your kids and spouse and the rest of your family okay is a bonus --like the cherry on top of a sundae.

  8. Great post, Ilona. You're so right...it's all about family. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Great post, Ilona. You're so right...it's all about family. Thanks for sharing.