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Today in World War II History—Feb. 17, 1943

US 31st Fighter Group at Thélepte Airfield, Tunisia, 1943 (US Air Force photo)

US 31st Fighter Group at Thélepte Airfield, Tunisia, 1943 (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 17, 1943: In Tunisia, US evacuates Fériana & Thélepte Airfields; Germans occupy the airfields and the towns of Sbeïtla and Kasserine.

Baseball player Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees enlists in the US Army.

Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) is commissioned at Quincy, MA.

Newly commissioned carrier USS Lexington in the icy waters of Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 17 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo)

Newly commissioned carrier USS Lexington in the icy waters of Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 17 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo)

Three Historical Fiction Authors…Three-Book Giveaway! Q&A #6

Three-book giveaway! Q&A #6: What are you reading right now? - answers from Kristy Cambron, Jocelyn Green, and Sarah SundinLast week, three historical novels released, spanning the centuries. Jocelyn Green’s A Refuge Assured starts in the French Revolution, Kristy Cambron’s The Lost Castle is a “time-slip” novel with story lines during the French Revolution, in France leading up to D-day in World War II, and in modern times. And my The Sea Before Us leads up to D-day!

As release-day sisters, we decided to celebrate together! Six Q&As by the three of us, and we’re giving away three bundles of all three books! You can enter here on my blog, on Jocelyn’s blog, and/or on Kristy’s Instagram! Up to three chances to win! Visit my blog each day from Feb. 12-16 – for additional chances to win!

Q: What are you reading right now?

Kristy:

The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Jocelyn:

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Sarah:

Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

For your chance to win a bundle of all three books, please enter the Rafflecopter below. US addresses only please. Giveaway ends Feb. 18, 2018 at midnight. Winners will be announced here on Mon. Feb. 19.

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Today in World War II History—Feb. 16, 1943

Insignia of the US Sixth Army

Insignia of the US Sixth Army

75 Years Ago—Feb. 16, 1943: US Sixth Army established in Southwest Pacific Area under Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger.

Soviets retake Kharkov, Ukraine.

Mildred Fish Harnack is executed in Berlin for resistance activities, the only American woman to be executed on Adolf Hitler’s orders.

Three Historical Fiction Authors…Three-Book Giveaway! Q&A #5

Three-book giveaway! Q&A #5: Favorite novel published at least 10 years ago - answers from Kristy Cambron, Jocelyn Green, and Sarah SundinLast week, three historical novels released, spanning the centuries. Jocelyn Green’s A Refuge Assured starts in the French Revolution, Kristy Cambron’s The Lost Castle is a “time-slip” novel with story lines during the French Revolution, in France leading up to D-day in World War II, and in modern times. And my The Sea Before Us leads up to D-day!

As release-day sisters, we decided to celebrate together! Six Q&As by the three of us, and we’re giving away three bundles of all three books! You can enter here on my blog, on Jocelyn’s blog, and/or on Kristy’s Instagram! Up to three chances to win! Visit my blog each day from Feb. 12-16 – for additional chances to win!

Q: What is your favorite novel published at least ten years ago?

Kristy:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jocelyn:

A Voice in the Wind  by Francine Rivers

Sarah:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

For your chance to win a bundle of all three books, please enter the Rafflecopter below. US addresses only please. Giveaway ends Feb. 18, 2018 at midnight. Winners will be announced here on Mon. Feb. 19.

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Today in World War II History—Feb. 15, 1943

US poster by J. Howard Miller, 194375 Years Ago—Feb. 15, 1943: British Eighth Army arrives at German Mareth Line in Tunisia.

Actress and pin-up girl Betty Grable leaves prints from hands & one leg at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It” poster, now identified with Rosie the Riveter, is first posted at Westinghouse for a 2-week in-house campaign.

Three Historical Fiction Authors…Three-Book Giveaway! Q&A #4

Three-book giveaway! Q&A #4: Favorite writing snacks of Kristy Cambron, Jocelyn Green, and Sarah SundinLast week, three historical novels released, spanning the centuries. Jocelyn Green’s A Refuge Assured starts in the French Revolution, Kristy Cambron’s The Lost Castle is a “time-slip” novel with story lines during the French Revolution, in France leading up to D-day in World War II, and in modern times. And my The Sea Before Us leads up to D-day!

As release-day sisters, we decided to celebrate together! Six Q&As by the three of us, and we’re giving away three bundles of all three books! You can enter here on my blog, on Jocelyn’s blog, and/or on Kristy’s Instagram! Up to three chances to win! Visit my blog each day from Feb. 12-16 – for additional chances to win!

Q: What are your favorite writing snacks?

Kristy:

COFFEE 🙂

Jocelyn:

Honey Almond Tea

Sarah:

Tea – berry black, Earl Grey, pomegranate-blueberry green tea, and more!

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Today in World War II History—Feb. 14, 1943

US 37-mm antitank gun crew waits for the German column through Faïd Pass, Tunisia, 14 February 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

US 37-mm antitank gun crew waits for the German column through Faïd Pass, Tunisia, 14 February 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 14, 1943: Germans launch offensive in Tunisia through Faïd & Maïzila Passes, overpower US troops, and take Sidi bou Zid.

British & Indian Chindits cross Chindwin River into Burma to raid Japanese supply lines.

Book Beat – The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

The Lost Castle by Kristy CambronIn 1789, Aveline Sainte-Moreau arrives at the Château des Doux-Rêves, which will be her new home when she marries Philippe, the Duc et Vivay’s son. But revolutionaries attack during Aveline’s engagement party, destroying the castle and her future, and sending her into hiding.

In 1944, British spy Viola Hart, on the run from the Nazis, stumbles into the ruins of the Château des Doux-Rêves—and handsome Resistance member Julien. The local Resistance is planning for attacks when D-day arrives, but should Viola assist or complete her original mission?

Present day…Ellie Carver is concerned for her Grandma Vi, ailing from Alzheimer’s. When her grandmother shows her a photograph of herself in 1940s France, Ellie is compelled to discover the lost castle and the secrets it holds.

As intricate as a French tapestry, as lush as the Loire Valley, and as rich as Ellie’s favorite pain au chocolat, The Lost Castle satisfies on every level. The three timelines weave and build upon each other, as the three heroines navigate dangerous times and unravel ancient secrets. Kristy Cambron’s writing evokes each era in loving detail, and the romances are touching and poignant. C’est bon!

Three Historical Fiction Authors…Three-Book Giveaway! Q&A #3

Three-book giveaway! Q&A #3: Where did you visit to research The Lost Castle, A Refuge Assured, and The Sea Before Us?Last week, three historical novels released, spanning the centuries. Jocelyn Green’s A Refuge Assured starts in the French Revolution, Kristy Cambron’s The Lost Castle is a “time-slip” novel with story lines during the French Revolution, in France leading up to D-day in World War II, and in modern times. And my The Sea Before Us leads up to D-day!

As release-day sisters, we decided to celebrate together! Six Q&As by the three of us, and we’re giving away three bundles of all three books! You can enter here on my blog, on Jocelyn’s blog, and/or on Kristy’s Instagram! Up to three chances to win! Visit my blog each day from Feb. 12-16 – for additional chances to win!

Q: Where did you visit to research your novel?

Kristy:

Arrington Vineyards, Arrington TN

Jocelyn:

Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern

Sarah:

Crossed the English Channel to Normandy on a ferry.

For your chance to win a bundle of all three books, please enter the Rafflecopter below. US addresses only please. Giveaway ends Feb. 18, 2018 at midnight. Winners will be announced here on Mon. Feb. 19.

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Today in World War II History—Feb. 13, 1943

Army-Navy "E" Award for excellence in production, US, WWII

Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in production, US, WWII

75 Years Ago—Feb. 13, 1943: Germans order Tunisian Jews to pay 10 million francs.

US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established.

Boston Navy Yard is awarded the Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in production.