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WAR OF THE HEART by Jenna Victoria ~ a review

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On his deathbed, Louise Martin’s farther insists she must go to England after he’s gone and clear the family name. Her grandfather fled London and sailed to America during World War II when wrongfully accused of stealing a royal brooch.

Louise arrives at a particular bed & breakfast in London she’s been drawn to and discovers it’s double booked. The B&B’s manager, George Walker, finds a dusty room for her on an upper floor. As Louise unpacks the family heirloom snow globe she brought with her, she realizes George has one exactly like it.When the two snow globes inadvertently touch, both she and George are transported to London during Christmas week, 1940.

The author is masterful at weaving in historical details of the London blitz as well as British customs of that era. Louise and George must don period clothing and try to fit in on the streets of that bombed out city. If you’re a fan of authentic British characterization you’ll love WAR OF THE HEART. Along the way, they meet Brits with the proverbial stiff upper lip, as well as discovering London’s darker side and meeting miscreants.

This is an elegant historical romance with just the right amount of suspense. I highly recommend this story.

WAR OF THE HEART on Amazon

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Honoring My Dad, Emil Navor and my Uncle Nicky, on Veteran’s Day

Emil Navor, WWII

 

As it’s Veteran’s Day weekend, I’d like to honor my dad, Emil M. Navor, who was in the US Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps in the Pacific arena during World War II. Of course he often joked that Army intelligence, counter or otherwise, was an oxymoron. After the war, he attended college on the GI Bill and became a high school English teacher. When my brother and I were kids, he used to read bedtime stories to us, really great books…exciting ones. I attribute my love of reading and writing to him. He often spoke about how he loved the Philippines and its people.

I’d also like to honor my uncle Nicholas Novogrodsky who died after the attack on Pearl Harbor but in the waters not far from that base when his plane went down. He was my mother’s younger brother. I wasn’t exactly named for him. Nicola would’ve been the choice had that been the case, but my parents were on the eclectic side, you see. However, the letter “N” was chosen for my first name to honor and remember him. The village of Woodridge, NY, where he grew up and went to high school named a road “Novogrodsky Road” after him as a remembrance. My mother and grandmother never really got over his loss. You see, freedom has a heavy price. It’s not free.


Goodbye Noel ~ if you’re into Christmas in July

Goodbye Noel

 

Many thrill to Christmas in July. If you’re one of those, my classic 1940s mystery novel GOODBYE NOEL would be the perfect read for you. Especially now that World War II and post WWII novels are the new Amish.

 

 

GA Winner 2011Historical Romantic Murder Mystery, set in the mid-1940s
—murder/mayhem/kidnap/romance
—Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully
—Won the 2011 Grace Awards Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Historical Suspense category

 

The first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year (1947), the third goes head long out a window. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?

Pediatric nurse, Katrina Lenart, grew up strong willed and independent minded, while sharing her mother’s flair for high fashion. When the police chief gives her an orphaned baby to care for, her maternal instincts take over and she’s willing to fight anyone who might not have the infant’s best interests at heart, even the man she’s growing to love. After an attempt is made to kidnap the baby, she and the resolute village detective team up and do some sleuthing, undercover at a cult as well as at a fancy ball.

Detective Ian Daltry is a widower with a child and is not interested in a new love. Hunting a killer who stops at nothing has placed him in the position where he must protect a beautiful young woman he’s drawn to. Is there’s something he’s overlooked in analyzing the case? Will he find out what that is before this ruthless murderer kills someone he loves?

GOODBYE NOEL on Amazon

 


The Way We Treat Our Veterans Is Criminal ~ Honoring Them Today

Courtesy of FreeImages by Ana183

Courtesy of FreeImages by Ana183

 

We’re all familiar with the Veterans Administration scandals. It’s outrageous, and is indeed criminal. The culture in Washington, D.C. must be changed with regard of U.S. veterans, and changed quick.

But today is Veteran’s Day and I want to remember and honor America’s military veterans. I want to thank them for their service. They are a breed apart: courageous, self-sacrificing.

I’ve always had a heart for America’s veterans. Maybe that’s why the hero in my debut novel, BURNING HEARTS, was a decorated, World War II returning veteran with a degree of shell-shock. Today, we’d call that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Today’s veterans who return with PTSD and other disabling issues must receive the medical treatment they deserve. Medical attention for veterans is not an entitlement. It’s part of the compensation they were promised when they signed up. Veterans who are able to work, should be at the top of the lists for government jobs. These are not difficult things to accomplish. There simply must be the will in Washington to do so.


My Dad’s Hair Raising WWII Army Counter Intelligence Corps Experiences

Emil Navor, WWII

As it’s Veteran’s Day weekend, I’d like to honor my dad, Emil M. Navor, who was in the US Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps in the Pacific arena during World War II. Of course he often joked that Army intelligence, counter or otherwise, was an oxymoron.

Dad never spoke about any specifics of the war, or gave any details of his duties or assignments. But he did have a few hair raising tales. These are things he’d say when he was very relaxed…sometimes at the dinner table, or perhaps when he was settled comfortably in a lawn chair after a family barbeque or picnic. He said it wasn’t all that unusual for him to have been behind enemy lines and how scary that had been. More than once, he’d be laying, soaking wet, in a rice paddy while enemy transports rumbled by on a dirt road not more than twenty-five feet away. One time he and his Army buddies were walking on a road in the Philippines and an Japanese fighter jet came out of nowhere, diving at them, strafing the road. He and his buddies dove into the mud and muck in the field on the side of the road and none of them were hit.

He loved the Philippines and it’s people. He brought home a machete from that island nation and I now proudly display it on my bookshelf in front of some of my favorite mystery novels.

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I’d also like to honor my uncle Nicholas Novogrodsky who died after the attack on Pearl Harbor but in the waters not far from that base when his plane went down. He was my mother’s younger brother. I wasn’t exactly named for him. Nicola would’ve been the choice had that been the case, but my parents were on the eclectic side, you see. However, the letter “N” was chosen for my first name to honor and remember him. The village of Woodridge, NY, where he grew up and went to high school named a road “Novogrodsky Road” after him as a remembrance. My mother and grandmother never really got over his loss. You see, freedom has a heavy price. It’s not free.

I have a love of the World War II era and the 1940s. That’s why I wrote a post WWII historical whodunit series set on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Book number one of that series, BURNING HEARTS, features a WWII hero who comes home only to find powerful people have framed him for arson/murder.

Burning Hearts, Amazon Sm


With Every Letter ~ First Novel in Sarah Sundin’s New WWII Series

I’m excited to have Sarah Sundin here to share her love of the World War II era. She’s written quite a few romantic war stories. As my followers know, I write murder mysteries with romance set int the post WWII period in America. So Sarah and I have a lot in common and a lot to talk about. We both love this 1940s  time period.

WITH EVERY LETTER, September 2012. “A well-researched and absorbing tale”—Publishers Weekly

First let’s get a few particulars about WITH EVERY LETTER…

As part of a morale-building program, World War II flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake begins an anonymous correspondence with Army engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, they develop a deep friendship. But when they’re both transferred to Algeria, will their future be held hostage by the past—or will they reveal their identities?

With Every Letter is the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, in which three World War II flight nurses discover friendship, love, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean.

EXCERPT:

Chapter 1

Walter Reed General Hospital

Army Medical Center

Washington, D.C.

October 2, 1942

Lt. Philomela Blake believed mornings should start gently, with the nighttime melting into golden sunshine and birdsong luring to wakefulness.

Most nurses on the morning shift assaulted the patients with electric light and harsh voices, but not Mellie.

She pulled the cord of the blackout curtain and sang “At Last,” and the volume of her tune built with the intensity of light. Hurting and healing men deserved a soft hand.

On the nearest bed, Corporal Sloan shifted under the blankets. He’d undergone an appendectomy late last night. “Any dame . . .” He cleared his throat, his voice raspy from the ether. “Any dame with the voice of an angel must have a face to match.”

Mellie’s song and her hands stilled. How many soldiers dreamed of a beautiful nurse who might fall in love with him?

He rubbed his eyes, looked at her, and his smile flickered.

Papa called Mellie his exotic orchid, but American men seemed to prefer roses.

Nike: Your new release, WITH EVERY LETTER, has such an interesting premise with the exchange of letters, which is so 1940s. How did you come up with this idea for a story?

Sarah: The idea came to me while watching the Jimmy Stewart classic The Shop Around the Corner (which inspired You’ve Got Mail). The anonymous correspondence piqued my curiosity. What kind of person would be drawn to an anonymous correspondence? How about a shy nurse who has never fit in? How about the son of a notorious murderer who longs to be free of the prison of his name?

Nike: What first got you interested in the WWII era? You already have one WWII series (Wings of Glory) out. What is that one like and how is it different from your new series?

Sarah: I’ve always been interested in the WWII era. I loved hearing my grandparents’ stories and was always drawn to novels and movies set in that time period. When I had the idea for my first published novel, A DISTANT MELODY, I knew it had to be historical rather than contemporary, and World War II was the only time period I considered.

The Wings of Glory series followed three brothers who were B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force based in England, while the new Wings of the Nightingale series follows three friends who serve as flight nurses in the Mediterranean. Both series combine romance and action, and both involve WWII aviation, but the settings are different. Also, in Wings of Glory, the men had the “glamorous” jobs, but in Wings of the Nightingale, the men fill less glamorous but vital jobs—as an Army engineer, an Army pharmacist, and a C-47 cargo plane pilot.

Nike:  What has your personal writing journey been like? How long have you been seriously writing for publication?

Sarah: I started writing seriously in 2000 and started submitting to editors and agents in 2003. At that time, historical fiction wasn’t selling. For the next five years, I accumulated “good” rejection letters—they liked my story, characters, and writing—but not the genre. I kept praying, kept writing, and kept learning about the writing craft and the publishing industry. In 2008, the market flipped and publishers actively sought historicals. By then, the first two novels in Wings of Glory were complete and polished, and the third book was completely outlined. I submitted to Revell at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and they offered me a three-book contract a few months later.

My road to publication was long and rocky, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing. I learned so much about God and about myself through the process. The lessons I learned about obedience, faithfulness, and trusting God’s perfect timing were even more valuable than that contract.

PURCHASE LINKS for WITH EVERY LETTER:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Letter-Novel-Wings-Nightingale/dp/0800720814

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/with-every-letter-sarah-sundin/1108612393

ChristianBook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/with-every-letter-wings-the-nightingale/sarah-sundin/9780800720810/pd/720810

Wings of Glory Series:

BLUE SKIES TOMORROW, 2011. Four and a half stars, RT Book Reviews.

A MEMORY BETWEEN US, 2010. Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Finalist.

A DISTANT MELODY, Revell, 2010. Editor’s Choice from Historical Novels Review.

To obtain purchase information for the Wings of Glory series. http://www.sarahsundin.com

AUTHOR BIO:

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com


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