Today in World War II History—August 1, 1944

65 Years Ago: Aug. 1, 1944: US Third Army under General Patton breaks out of Normandy into Brittany. Warsaw uprising begins: Polish Home Army rises up against Germans as Soviets approach.

My Book Cover!

It’s official! Here’s the cover for my first novel. If you received my newsletter last week, you may notice Allie’s suit is now red.

A Distant Melody will be released by Revell in March 2010 and is now featured on their website at http://www.revellbooks.com

Here’s a brief summary of the story: Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie Miller will do anything to gain her approval–even marry a man she doesn’t love. Lt. Walter Novak–fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women–takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

A Distant Melody is the first book in the Wings of Glory series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

So many of you have lavished me with prayer and encouragement, critique and advice, for which I am deeply grateful. The name on the cover is almost a lie – none of this could have happened without the support and love (sometimes in the “tough love” category) of my family, friends, and critque partners. Thank you all! I love you!

Today in World War II History—July 26, 1944

65 Years Ago: July 26, 1944: President Roosevelt meets with General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz in Honolulu to determine strategy in the Pacific. The decision is made to invade the Philippines rather than Formosa.

Today in World War II History—July 25, 1944

65 Years Ago: July 25, 1944: Operation Cobra: US forces begin breakout from Normandy. While supporting Cobra, US Eighth Air Force accidentally bombs friendly troops, killing 102, including Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair.