The Purple Nightgown Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

The Purple Nightgown

About the Book


Book:  The Purple Nightgown

Author: A.D. Lawrence

Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Release date: March 1, 2021

Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Book 10 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

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About the Author

A.D. Lawrence makes her home in Northeastern Nebraska. She has been passionate about writing and true crime for years, and her two obsessions melded into the goal of authorship. She is an active member of the ACFW, writes a true crime blog, won the 2019 Crown Award and was a 2019 First Impressions finalist.

More from A.D. Lawrence

Times have changed. And like so many things, health retreats have experienced their own metamorphosis. Sure, they’ve always catered to people with both spare money and time, but aside from similar clientele, the face of the health spa is nothing like its early 20th century sister.

If you could afford a getaway to a modern-day health spa like The Golden Door, you’d be treated to the luxury of rest. Yoga on the beach. Deep tissue massages. A much-needed break from technology and life’s constant pressures. Mental well-being is valued almost as highly as physical health, and the two are thought to be connected. After days or weeks of pampering, you would return home relaxed, recharged, and ready to dip back into the hustle of the real world.

In 1911, during the time of The Purple Nightgown, the medical community took a diametrically different approach to health. Weight equaled health.The prevailing assumption was that any ailments were directly connected to weight. Thus, ‘fat camps’ grew in popularity. Men and women checked into sanatoriums where the aides put them through grueling exercise regimes and provided them with just enough food to sustain life. No coddling. Not many of us would subject ourselves to the treatments early health spas required.

In this era of already extreme health measures, Linda Hazzard made her mark in Washington State. Obsessed with fasting, she ran her patients through an unfathomable course of ‘diet and exercise’ that proved the undoing of many. She did give massages though, which you’ll learn more about when you read The Purple Nightgown.

Although it’s fun to long for a simpler time while reading historical books and watching shows like Little House on the Prairie, there are some modern ways of thinking and advances in human comfort I’d rather not give up. One of those is the vastly superior spa experience we have today. Somehow, a facial with soothing background music sounds much more appealing than running mile after mile every day with nothing to look forward to but a glass of orange juice or a bowl of canned tomato broth.

Hot stone massage anyone?

Interview with A.D.

  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

The ideas for my stories typically hit without warning. My mind tends to travel a creepy path, and lots of times when I see something harmless I think of ways it could be used in a crime. (Yeah, I’m lots of fun at parties.) Oftentimes, boring objects spur the craziest plots.

  • What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?

Editing is my favorite part of the process. To be honest, writing rough drafts is hard. But there’s something satisfying about taking my hideous words and poorly constructed ideas and reshaping them into something more pleasing to the eye.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Definitely tension. While memorable characters are a good thing, without tension there is no story and no character growth. For me, inner tension keeps the pages turning. When a main character has two opposing desires and some outside influence whether it be a circumstance or person forces them to choose. That kind of thing gets me every time. And it’s so true to life. We all have warring desires, and not everything turns out dancing with rainbows and unicorns. Life’s tricky, and I like to see characters work through tension and come out on the other side without everything they ever wanted but knowing they made the right decision and growing stronger values because of that.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

From the time I was about eleven, I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. I know, I’ve always been an odd bird. But I grew up watching Forensic Files, Dateline, and Body of Evidence. I always wondered what made criminals tick. Now, I get to read abnormal psychology textbooks as I research my stories, so I’m getting to the bottom of some crazy things.

  •  What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?

I’m currently brainstorming a contemporary thriller that involves psychedelic plants, MK-ULTRA techniques, Operation Paperclip, and crimes committed by people who have no recollection of the events. I’m so excited about this one! I hope it turns out as twisty on paper as it is in my noggin.

My debut novel, The Purple Nightgown, can be purchased on Amazon, CBD, and Barnes and Noble. You can keep up with the latest news on my newsletter. The link to sign up is:

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Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 23

lakesidelivingsite, March 23

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, March 23

For Him and My Family, March 24

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 24

Godly Book Reviews, March 24

Through the Fire Blogs, March 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 25

For the Love of Literature, March 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 26

Mary Hake, March 26

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 27

deb’s Book Review, March 27

Pause for Tales, March 28

Remembrancy, March 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 28

Connie’s History Classroom, March 29

Genesis 5020, March 29

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, March 29

Babbling Becky L’sBook Impressions, March 30

Texas Book-aholic, March 30

Inklings and notions, March 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 31 (Author Interview)

Cathe Swanson, March 31

Older & Smarter?, April 1

Betti Mace, April 1

Rebecca Tews, April 1

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2

Vicky Sluiter, April 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 3

Amanda Tero, blog, April 3

Blossoms and Blessings, April 3

Christian Bookaholic, April 4

Blogging With Carol, April 4

Spoken from the Heart, April 4

Splashes of Joy, April 5

Artistic Nobody, April 5 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Southern Gal Loves to Read, April 5


To celebrate her tour, A.D. is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

5 thoughts on “The Purple Nightgown Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

  1. Roxanne C. says:

    I was surprised to see the author’s favorite part of the writing process is editing because so many writers dislike that part.


  2. carylkane says:

    I’m enjoying the True Colors series! I’m looking forward to reading “The Purple Nightgown”. Thank you for sharing.


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