The Locket

International Bestselling Author Rita Delude  

     Vanessa Minkle and Simon Rosenstein meet and fall in love in the Warsaw Ghetto. Eventually, like so many others, they are shipped to Birkenau to work or die. He promises that no matter what happens he will love her forever, and they’ll be together at the moment of their deaths. 

     Will their love and the precious locket he’s given as his promise keepsake survive what’s in store for them? Only time will tell. 


I knelt down then and reached into my pocket for the locket that I prayed she’d accept instead of a traditional ring. 

“Vanessa Rachel Minkle, will you do me the honor of being my wife. I promise to love you always.” 

I held up the locket then. With the darkness in the alleyway, I wasn’t sure if she could see what it was. 

She knelt down next to me. “Oh, Simon, I would love to be Mrs. Simon Abraham Rosenstein.” 

“I don’t have a ring for you. I only have this locket. I promise a ring as soon as the war is over, and I can get a job to buy one.” 


It’s never too late to chase a writing dream. But in order to pen it best, an author must first live it. International Bestselling Author Rita Delude has done just that. Raised by a hardworking alcoholic in a house full of both love and chaos, Delude creates rich, deep characters, who pop from the page. Unafraid to dive into important young and new adult subjects like bullying, bigotry, homosexuality, drugs, kidnapping, and sexual abuse, she also writes adult contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance, and suspense/horror. Together, like the quilts she sews, her stories stitch together the experiences she’s had as a junior high teacher, college professor, newspaper reporter, parent, and grandparent. 

Delude has published KaleidoscopeBaby Blues, and Adam’s Anguish, a three-part contemporary romance set in Escape, CO around Alice Glover and her quilting shop and family and friends who run it. She’s also published and Caught in the Middle, a two-part series about finding love on the internet and keeping the flame burning after almost a decade of marriage and two contemporary romance novellas Rhode Island Rendezvous and Chance MeetingSister’s Revenge is her horror/suspense read and Sweet Revenge is its sequel. Dracula’s Choice and Driven by Desire are adult paranormal romances for readers who enjoy the darker side of love. Her other works include YA romances: Bubble Gum Love, Lemon Yellow, and Lollipop Lure. She’s published short stories in numerous anthologies by multiple publishers. 

These days, when she’s not out living and learning, she can be found quilting or researching for upcoming works including For the Love of Lily another World War II historical romance and Second Ride, a contemporary romance about lovers sharing the thrills of motorcycle riding. 

Now a Crazy Ink exclusive author, she has been a magazine writer and a newspaper columnist for decades. Delude holds a MFA in Writing. She is retired from her position as a full professor at Nashua Community College, Nashua, New Hampshire. She lives in New Hampshire, USA with her husband and their rescue dog, Daisy. 

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