Books, Film, History Class, Music, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

"Little girl by radio" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain, cropped from the original. Music is powerful. Even a quick study of how it affects the brain is fascinating, but it doesn't take a degree to see the way that shared music creates connections between people. Music inspires, gives… Continue reading Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

Books, History Class, Marketing and Branding, Poetry, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Remembrance Poppies: Book Launch Giveaway

Hello again, Readers, Writers, and lovers of History! My new book launch is just days away, and it's time for another post, giving YOU another chance at the giveaway prizes I've prepared. (If you don't know about the giveaway, details are down toward the end of this post.) Along with the other prizes, I was… Continue reading Remembrance Poppies: Book Launch Giveaway

Books, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

WWII Allied Military Currency: Book Launch Giveaway

Allied Military Currency, printed for the invasion of Sicily and Italy, 1943 Hello Readers, Writers, and History Lovers! It's the second day of my pre-book-launch giveaway. (If you haven't heard about this, the details are at the end of this post.) Today, I'm writing a bit about one of the prize items I'm giving away:… Continue reading WWII Allied Military Currency: Book Launch Giveaway

Books, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK: Book Launch Giveaway

While I love writing World War II fiction, the fact remains that any stories I come up with pale next to the true stories of courage and sacrifice from those tumultuous years. In celebration of the launch of my new book, Where Shall I Flee?, I'm giving one giveaway winner a paperback copy of Ruth… Continue reading Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK: Book Launch Giveaway

Books, Marketing and Branding, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Let the Book Launch Giveaway Begin!

It's time! The launch day for Where Shall I Flee? is only one week away. That means that it's time for some book-launch festivities! I'll be sharing new posts each day this week relating to my upcoming book. Each post will ALSO be an opportunity for a chance to win a prize! What are these… Continue reading Let the Book Launch Giveaway Begin!

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2

Would You Like a Sneak Peek at My Book Launch Giveaway Prizes?

Sorry, Kindle not included. BUT winners will have the option of an e-book or signed paperback! I received some exciting mail this week! I've been gathering some interesting items as giveaway prizes for the upcoming launch of Where Shall I Flee?, my second novel set in WWII Italy. I'll share the giveaway guidelines next week… Continue reading Would You Like a Sneak Peek at My Book Launch Giveaway Prizes?

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Storytelling, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I'm on the verge of launching a new story, which means introducing new protagonists and hoping they "play well" together. While their personalities are different than the characters from my first book, (i.e. the characters this post was about when I wrote it a few years ago) the lessons are essentially the same. I hope… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

Books, Family History, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

Image courtesy of Joel Dinda, via flickr.com. License information linked here. When writing fiction, choosing a solid character name is important. (See my last post for details on THAT struggle.) Developing a solid background for that character is just as essential—if you don’t know who your characters are, how can you write about them? As… Continue reading Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Playing cards made history — Pacific Paratrooper

Playing cards to pass the time War can be hell… and war can be absolute boredom.  There are few better ways to pass the time than by playing cards.  They’re easy to carry: small and lightweight, they fit into a rucksack, duffel bag or Alice pack without having to sacrifice any piece of essential gear. […]Playing… Continue reading Playing cards made history — Pacific Paratrooper

History Class, Music, Publishing, Storytelling, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”

I first shared this post in 2018, but as "Jeannie's" story is nearly ready for launch (and is currently up for pre-order!) it seemed like a good time to share it again. Launch Date: Nov 1, 2021! Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”