Mohamed Reza Pahlavi on his inauguration as Shah of Iran, 17 September 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1941: German army orders that 50-100 communist hostages are to be killed for every German killed by resistance members in occupied nations and orders death sentence for acts of resistance.
In Iran, Reza Shah Pahlavi abdicates in favor of his son, Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, who will be inaugurated the next day; the son is favored by the Allies.
I’m thrilled to announce that in July I signed another contract with Revell Books for three more World War II novels! These stories will each stand alone, not as part of a series – although there is a family connection.
I’ll be returning to Britain to tell the stories of three cousins who escape from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom in World War II—for three very different reasons. These will be exciting and romantic tales of mystery, espionage, and resistance in the midst of World War II, which also highlight issues with contemporary relevance. Of course, I used the new contract as an excuse to buy research books! The spines of these nonfiction books give you a few story clues!
I can’t wait to share more about these novels as their publication dates approach. The books are scheduled to release in spring 2024, spring 2025, and spring 2026.
Thank you to my agent, Rachel Kent with Books & Such Literary Management, and to the entire team at Revell for giving me a chance to tell these stories. And extra thanks to all of you who have read my books and supported my writing habit. I can’t do it without you!
Inside a hangar, a British paratrooper learns to land correctly using a special harness, August 1942 (Imperial War Museum: H 22867)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 15, 1941: British 1st Parachute Battalion is established, Britain’s first airborne battalion.
Quartermaster Supply Unit during Louisiana Maneuvers, September 1941 (Library of Congress AS-124-LC)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 14, 1941: German Army Group Center encircles two Soviet armies near Kiev.
Louisiana Maneuvers begin, with 350,000 men of US Second & Third Armies, with Army Air Force, Navy & Marine Corps air support; runs through Sept. 28.
Amanda Richards has a going-nowhere job and a nosy mother determined to marry her off. So when her aunt and uncle ask Amanda to take over their beloved Blue Crab Café, Amanda leaps at the chance at a fresh start – and on her favorite island of Nantucket. But the changes she wants to make to the café rub the locals the wrong way – especially handsome electrician Tyler Adams.
Tyler is finally managing to put his failed engagement behind him, but he gets off on the wrong foot with Amanda. When Amanda impulsively offers to run the community’s annual Cranberry Festival to prove she has the town’s best interest at heart, Tyler volunteers to help her. However, to make a success of the festival means herding a group of eccentrics – who may or may not be able to come through.
Set in autumn amid the charm of Nantucket, Sweet Cranberries is a delightful novella about giving people a chance and about fresh starts. Sherry Kyle‘s fun banter and eccentric locals make this a story full of laughter and heart. Enjoy! By the way, it even includes a recipe for Clara Reynolds’s famous Cranberry Crunch Bars – which I’m going to try!
Soviet soldiers in Leningrad, Russia, 28 Sep 1941 (public domain via WW2 Database)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 13, 1941: German army decides Soviet POWs will have smaller rations than other POWs.
Gen. Georgy Zhukov replaces Marshal Klement Voroshilov in defense of Leningrad.
USCG cutter Northland in Greenland, 1944 (US Coast Guard photo)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 12, 1941: In Mackenzie Bay, Greenland, US Coast Guard cutters Northland and North Star seize Norwegian trawler Buskoe carrying 30 Germans establishing a weather station; the first capture of an Axis ship by the US in WWII, the first true violation of the US Neutrality Acts.
Daily bread ration in Nazi-besieged Leningrad is reduced to 300-500 grams.
First flight of prototype RAF Airspeed Horsa glider.
Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, delivering radio address, 11 September 1941. Note his black armband for his mother’s death four days before (US National Archives: 197058)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 11, 1941: Ground-breaking ceremony for the Pentagon is held in Arlington, VA.
In a Fireside Chat radio address, President Roosevelt says US Navy will “shoot on sight” at German or Italian ships in US waters or any attacking US ships or ships under US protection (due to USS Greer incident on Sept. 4, 1941).
Corvette HMCS Moose Jaw, 1941 (Canadian Navy photo: H-2693)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 10, 1941: In convoy SC-42 off Greenland, Canadian corvettes Moose Jaw and Chambly sink U-501, the first U-boat sunk by Canadian ships.
First US-made B-24 Liberator bombers leave for Britain for use by the RAF under Lend-Lease.
Cab Calloway records “Blues in the Night.”
Lt. Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham when commanding the British Eighth Army in the Western Desert (Imperial War Museum: E 6661)
80 Years Ago—Sept. 9, 1941: Iran formally submits to Allied occupation (USSR north of Tehran, UK south, Tehran shared), which aids in bringing Allied supplies to the USSR.
British Eighth Army is established under Lt. Gen. Alan Cunningham, which will fight in North Africa.
US Senate opens investigation into pro-war propaganda in film and radio, launched by isolationist Sen. Burton Wheeler; adjourns in one week after a firestorm of criticism.