Guest Post: Niki Turner + GIVEAWAY

13 Oct

tuberculosisThere’s so much we can learn from history. The research I did for my Christmas Traditions novella, Sadie’s Gift, set in 1921, was enlightening.

Did you know that the United States suffered a mini-recession immediately after WWI that dealt quite a blow to our economy before the “boom” in the ‘20s?

Did you know that one of the main reasons spitting in public was outlawed in so many states (and still is against the law in a number of places) has less to do with how nasty the practice is and more to do with an attempt to prevent the spread of tuberculosis?

In Sadie’s Gift, Nurse Sadie Hubbard lives in an era when everything is hard… the United States has just come out of World War I, the economy is in the toilet, and after the devastating Spanish Influenza epidemic in 1918 the country continues an ongoing battle with tuberculosis.

NurseSadie’s parents died during the Spanish Flu epidemic while she was in nursing school. When she graduated, she headed west to Colorado Springs and went to work in a preventorium, caring for children who had been exposed to tuberculosis, but had yet to exhibit symptoms of the deadly disease.

Commonly known as consumption, or the “White Plague,” tuberculosis was at its peak during the latter half of the 19th century, and even in modern times, TB is still active. According to the CDC one third of the world’s population is infected with TB, and more than 1 million people died from TB-related illness in 2012. According to the World Health Organization, TB is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent.

Tuberculosis is believed to have originated in Africa some 5,000 years ago. In the early 1920s a French vaccine provided a measure of preventive relief, and the development of antibiotics nearly eradicated the disease, although resistant strains continue to present a threat.

sanitariumsSanatoriums were created in an attempt to limit the spread of the illness and to try to help TB victims overcome the disease. As the dry climate of the western U.S. was thought to be beneficial for TB patients, many of those sanatoriums were established in western states. For Colorado Springs, Colo., sanatoriums proved an economic boon.

The preventoriums, on the other hand, tended to serve more as orphanages. The children of tubercular parents or siblings who were not sick, but had nowhere else to go, ended up in preventoriums where nurses and doctors attempted to keep their patients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in top shape, in hopes that the bacteria they’d been exposed to wouldn’t have a chance to take hold. Treatment involved plenty of fresh air (even sleeping outside on cold Colorado winter nights), a strenuous physical exercise regime, and healthy food.

Sadie's GiftIn Sadie’s Gift, our heroine believes the children in her care need something more in their treatment plan: the magic of Christmas. She sets out to create a genuine Christmas experience for these forgotten children, complete with a tree and toys and treats and decorations and the message of the Gospel. Her efforts are very nearly thwarted by a chance encounter with Nathan Wells, whose brother has just died of tuberculosis in one of the sanatoriums.

Today, Sadie and Nathan’s story is more timely than ever, as our world and our nation are threatened by another deadly disease, the Ebola virus. How will we, as Christians, respond to this situation? Will we respond like Sadie, giving of ourselves to help the less fortunate around us, in spite of our own losses? Or will we respond like Nathan at the beginning of the story, angry and fearful and hardened to the needs of others?


About the Author:

NikiTurnerNiki Turner is a novelist, journalist, blogger, and the production manager for the Rio Blanco Herald Times weekly newspaper. Her first completed manuscript earned second place in the Touched By Love 2009 contemporary category romance contest. She writes for local newspapers, and won second place for best agriculture story at the 2013 Colorado Press Association annual convention. She also blogs at and is a co-blogger at Niki is the Colorado Area Coordinator for American Christian Fiction Writers and is involved in establishing an ACFW chapter on Colorado’s Western Slope, where she resides. She published “Sadie’s Gift” as one of the Christmas Traditions novella collection. Her next project, “Santiago Sol,” will be published by Pelican Book Ventures, LLC, as part of the Passport to Romance novella collection.

Connect with Niki on Facebook, or on Twitter.

The graphics used in this post were taken from Niki’s “Sadie’s Gift” Pinterest Board.



Niki has graciously offered to give away one e-copy of Sadie’s Gift!  Leave a comment, including your email address, to be entered to win this wonderful novella.  This giveaway ends Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

To earn additional entries, you may do the following:
◦ Let me know you follow my blog
◦ Sign up to follow my blog if you are not a follower
◦ Share this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or email

Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.



31 Responses to “Guest Post: Niki Turner + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Savurbks October 13, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    How interesting this novella sounds! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to receive a copy. (I am a follower.)

    • B. Adams October 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      You’re welcome! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and following my blog!

  2. Melanie Backus October 13, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Britney, Thank you for your guest post and introducing us to Niki. Sadie’s Gift sounds like a lovely story and I would love to know more. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    • B. Adams October 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      It is a wonderful story! Thank you for entering the giveaway!

  3. D K Stevens October 13, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Sounds like Sadie’s Gift is the very meaning of Christmas!
    I follow your blog.
    dkstevensne at outlook dotcom

    • B. Adams October 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Yes! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and following my blog!

  4. nikiturner716 October 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Britney, thank you so much for hosting me today! I appreciate the chance to share Sadie and Nathan’s story with new readers! Blessings!

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

      You are very welcome, Niki! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. sonja1971 October 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    That really sounds interesting. Would love to read this book! Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      It is a wonderful story, Sonja! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway.

  6. karenk October 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel 🙂

    I’m a follower & subscriber, too!

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      You’re welcome, Karen! Thanks so much for following my blog and entering the giveaway!

  7. j4hibdon October 14, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    What a neat concept for a book. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanx for the giveaway.

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      It is a wonderful, unique story! Thank you for entering the giveaway!

  8. j4hibdon October 14, 2014 at 2:01 am #

    I have shared this giveaway on Facebook, Jenifer Jurrell Hibdon, and am now following your blog.

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      Thank you so much for sharing the giveaway and following my blog, Jenifer!!

  9. Patty October 14, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    With all of the advances in modern medicine, we often don’t think of diseases like TB and all of the devastation they can bring. With all of the current news about Ebola, I am greatful for all of the doctors, nurses and scientist that work to prevent the spreading of thins like this.
    Thanks for sharing Niki and the chance to win your e-book.

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

      I, too, am thankful for those who work to treat and prevent the spreading of diseases! Thank you for entering the giveaway!

  10. susanmsj October 14, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    This book sounds really good. I love the interesting facts that authors find in their research. Thank you for sharing. I am a follower of your blog and I shared this on facebook

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

      I love fascinating research finds too, Susan! Thank you so much for sharing the giveaway and following my blog!!

  11. Bonnie Roof October 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Thanks for your beautiful post, Niki!!

    I enjoyed reading the info on TB – I had no idea it was still so prevalent, nor that it was behind the ban on spitting. There is an abandoned building a few miles from me which was once used as a Sanatorium.

    I loved “Sadie’s Gift” – a beautiful, emotionally touching book!! Oh, that everyone was as caring and loving to those less fortunate than themselves – as was Sadie!!

    Shared post!!

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much for commenting and sharing this post!

  12. Beth C October 15, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    I love Christmas books. Sadie sounds like such a caring gal. Anxious to read this.

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Christmas stories are among my very favorites! Thank you for entering the giveaway!

  13. Beth C October 15, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    I am a new follower.

    • B. Adams October 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you so much for following my blog!!

  14. Brittany McEuen October 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win this novella. My husband’s grandfather moved from Kansas out to New Mexico back in the 1930’s in order to get over Tuberculosis. He did recover, but it impacted his health and he died in the early 1950’s.

    • B. Adams October 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      You’re welcome, Brittany! Thanks so much for sharing your comment and entering the giveaway!

  15. mommachristi319 October 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Sadie’s story sounds great!!! I would love to win this book!
    I do follow the blog, I am subscribed to email updates, I shared on Facebook and Twitter.
    My email address is

    • B. Adams October 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Sadie’s Gift is a wonderful story! Thank you for entering, following, and sharing!!

      • mommachristi319 October 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

        Thank you for the opportunity to win!!! I’m so excited!

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