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Winter Fiction Giveaway!

Between winter weather and sheltering-in-place, reading is the best activity! So Tara Johnson, Laura Frantz, and I decided to give away books! Here’s what you could win:

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to marry. True, Jamestown has a shortage of potential wives–but Selah has her hands full assisting in her family’s shop. Xander Renick is the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. But can he convince Selah to become his Tidewater Bride?

All Through the Night by Tara Johnson

Cadence Piper wants to become a nurse but is told she’s too young. So she begins singing to the soldiers at the hospital–butting heads with Joshua Ivy, a doctor with a compassionate heart and clandestine plans. Things become even more complicated when Joshua and Cadence unearth a secret society. Can they fight this unseen enemy? Read my review here!

When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin

In Munich, American foreign correspondent Evelyn Brand is determined to prove herself in her male-dominated profession–and spotlight the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. Working on his PhD in German, fellow American Peter Lang is impressed by Germany’s prosperity and order. But when the Reich’s brutality shows itself, will he work for its downfall instead?

To enter, please enter the Rafflecopter below and follow all three of us (options listed in the Rafflecopter). You can get bonus entries for sharing about it on social media. Giveaway runs January 5-February 4, 2021. The winner will be notified by email. US mailing addresses only please.

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Today in World War II History—January 5, 1941

Australian troops rushing through the streets of Bardia, Libya, 4 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 006083)

Australian troops rushing through the streets of Bardia, Libya, 4 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 006083)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 5, 1941: Australians capture Bardia in Libya, taking 45,000 Italian POWs.

Record-breaking British pilot Amy Johnson, who navigated solo from Britain to Australia, is killed when the trainer plane she’s ferrying crashes into the Thames Estuary.

British aviatrix Amy Johnson, 1930 (British government photo)

British aviatrix Amy Johnson, 1930 (British government photo)

Today in World War II History—January 4, 1941

US cartoon honoring Felix Eboue, colonial governor of Chad during WWII and France’s first black colonial governor (Artist: Charles Alston; US National Archives: 3569253)

US cartoon honoring Felix Eboue, colonial governor of Chad during WWII and France’s first black colonial governor (Artist: Charles Alston; US National Archives: 3569253)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 4, 1941: Free French lead Tuareg and Tibesti tribesmen from Chad to destroy Italian air base at Murzuk, Libya, having crossed 468 km of desert.

German-born singer-actress Marlene Dietrich becomes a US citizen.

Bugs Bunny receives his name in “Elmer’s Pet Rabbit.”

Today in World War II History—January 3, 1941

Crew of gunboat HMS Ladybird operating a 6-inch 50-caliber Mk XIII gun during the bombardment of Bardia, Libya, 2 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 127945)

Crew of gunboat HMS Ladybird operating a 6-inch 50-caliber Mk XIII gun during the bombardment of Bardia, Libya, 2 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 127945)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 3, 1941: After suffering heavy losses, the Italian Air Force withdraws its aircraft from supporting the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.

Australian troops launch attack on Bardia, Libya in their first major action in WWII.

Medical study shows the antibiotic sulfanilamide reduces the death rate from pneumonia.

Today in World War II History—January 2, 1941

Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco, CA, Fleet Week, October 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco, CA, Fleet Week, October 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 2, 1941: President Roosevelt announces plan to build Liberty Ships, cargo ships designed to be produced quickly and efficiently.

The Andrews Sisters record “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

In the Rose Bowl, Stanford beats Nebraska 21-13.

Today in World War II History—January 1, 1941

German Luftwaffe officers at café on Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-247-0775-38 / Langhaus / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

German Luftwaffe officers at café on Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-247-0775-38 / Langhaus / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 1, 1941: Nazis require all radios in the Netherlands to be registered and taxed.

At urging of the BBC, many French stay indoors from 3-4 pm in a silent act of resistance against the Germans.

BBC first broadcasts “The Brains Trust” radio program.

Today in World War II History—December 31, 1940 & 1945

US poster urging conservation of rubber, WWII

US poster urging conservation of rubber, WWII

80 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1940: Three French scientists who specialize in High-Frequency Direction-Finding equipment (HF/DF) arrive in New Jersey, having escaped Nazi-occupied France; they will work with the US Navy.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1945: US National War Labor Board is disbanded.

US ends tire rationing. [Read more: “Make It Do—Tire Rationing in World War II”]

Australian Women’s Land Army for farm workers is disbanded.

Radiation Laboratory at MIT is closed; the Rad Lab had completed over 100 radar systems, half of the systems used by the US in WWII.

Today in World War II History—December 29, 1940

St. Paul’s Cathedral during the great raid on London, England, 29 Dec 1940 (US National Archives: 306-NT-3173V)

St. Paul’s Cathedral during the great raid on London, England, 29 Dec 1940 (US National Archives: 306-NT-3173V)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 29, 1940: The worst Luftwaffe raid on London causes 1500 fires in the “Second Great Fire of London,” but St. Paul’s Cathedral survives.

President Roosevelt makes “Arsenal of Democracy” radio address in a Fireside Chat, promising aid to Britain.

Today in World War II History—December 28, 1940 & 1945

Mussolini and Hitler, Munich, Jun 1940 (US National Archives: 242-EB-7-38)

Mussolini and Hitler, Munich, Jun 1940 (US National Archives: 242-EB-7-38)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 28, 1940: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini requests German aid against Greeks in Albania.

Students at Raphael Weill Public School, Geary & Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, say Pledge of Allegiance, 20 April 1942; students pictured of Japanese ancestry would soon be sent to War Relocation Authority camps (Photo: Dorothea Lange. US National Archives: 210-G-C122)

Students at Raphael Weill Public School, Geary & Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, say Pledge of Allegiance, 20 April 1942; students pictured of Japanese ancestry would soon be sent to War Relocation Authority camps (Photo: Dorothea Lange. US National Archives: 210-G-C122)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 28, 1945: US Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance.

Movie premiere of Hitchcock suspense film Spellbound, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman.

Movie premiere of Adventure, starring Greer Garson and Clark Gable in his first postwar film (tagline “Gable’s back and Garson’s got him!”).