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

Celebrating VE Day 75 with Books

This Friday, May 8th, is a significant one in World War II history. It is the 75th anniversary of VE Day-- the day that the Allies declared Victory in Europe. With gatherings banned in many places, we can't quite celebrate like they did that first time around. However, several WWII authors (myself included) are offering… Continue reading Celebrating VE Day 75 with Books

Books, Life, Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

A Post of Christmas Past, and Plans for the Near Future

Well, readers and writers, Christmas has come and gone again. I truly hope that you and yours had a happy, peaceful day. It was a different Christmas in the Clare household. We still ate far too many cookies, lit our Advent candles and sang carols, attended worship services, opened presents and made an absolute mess… Continue reading A Post of Christmas Past, and Plans for the Near Future

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Publishing Paths: A Visit from Author Jennifer Hallmark

Today, I'm pleased to welcome author Jennifer Hallmark! While she's been travelling her writing and publishing road for several years, Jennifer is celebrating the publication of her first novel, Jessie's Hope! She's graciously offered to stop by and share her publication story, and some advice and encouragement for other writers. Take it away, Jennifer!   Hi,… Continue reading Publishing Paths: A Visit from Author Jennifer Hallmark

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Unarmed and Behind Enemy Lines: Cate Lineberry’s THE SECRET RESCUE

I've mentioned before that I love a good survivor story. While scouring my library's shelves for some writing research material, I came across Cate Lineberry's The Secret Rescue. I read the book's description- an escape from behind enemy lines by a whole plane-full of nurses and medics- and was immediately hooked. The story begins in the… Continue reading Unarmed and Behind Enemy Lines: Cate Lineberry’s THE SECRET RESCUE

Books, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

The Red Cross: “In War, Charity”

Welcome to the first special post counting down to my book's launch date next Friday, June 28th. First of all, I'm pleased to share a look at the first of three prize packages in my giveaway.* While the little pieces of history that I found for this prize pack are small, they're significant. Both vintage… Continue reading The Red Cross: “In War, Charity”

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK

In the post-Depression United States, nursing wasn't considered a particularly "nice" job for young, unmarried women. Still, in an uncertain world where jobs were scarce and educational opportunities limited, a nursing career offered a certain amount of security. With the onset of the Second World War, "secure" became a less apt word for a nurse's… Continue reading Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK

Books, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

The Power of Historical Fiction and Connie Willis’ BLACKOUT

In a part of the U.S. that shuts down when we get an inch or two of snow, we now have about six inches on the ground. You know what that means- TIME! Time to work on my books, time to read, time to clean house....well, at least the first two. In case you're in… Continue reading The Power of Historical Fiction and Connie Willis’ BLACKOUT

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Laurie Calkhoven’s G.I. DOGS: JUDY, PRISONER OF WAR

I didn't expect my next World War 2 read to come from the book orders my child brought home from school. However, my husband spotted Laurie Calkhoven's middle grade book G.I. Dogs: Judy, Prisoner of War in the form, and it found its way into my Christmas stocking! https://www.amazon.com/G-I-Dogs-Judy-Prisoner-War/dp/1338185233/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0/132-9180241-5738858?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KEA9JN99BD4VASAK7JPG While the intended audience for this book… Continue reading Laurie Calkhoven’s G.I. DOGS: JUDY, PRISONER OF WAR

Books, Marketing and Branding, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Publishing Paths: An Interview with Vanessa Rasanen

I'm a sucker for a good story, be it fiction, non-fiction, or something in between. Getting to read a great book before everyone else- that's just a bonus! My new friend, Vanessa Rasanen, was kind enough to let me be one of her early readers for her debut novel Soldier On, which she just released this… Continue reading Publishing Paths: An Interview with Vanessa Rasanen

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

POW Angels

Nursing was not a career for a "nice," unmarried girl in the 1930s. After all, it was dirty, physical work, and required learning far too much information about the opposite sex. However, it was one of few opportunities for a young woman who couldn't afford college to continue her education. In the Depression era United States,… Continue reading POW Angels