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Trust Chronicles – Georgie Taylor

The Trust Chronicles is a blog hop and collaborative project between five historical romance authors. Our desire is to bring you lasting hope through these letters, grounded in trust in our Lord that, and written from the fictional viewpoints of each book’s heroine. We’re so glad to have you join the event. Each day this week, a new Trust Chronicles post will go live, complete with a letter and a new giveaway for... Read Article
Poster for US Victory Loan Drive, 1945

Happy V-E Day Anniversary!

Sixty-eight years ago today, the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. People went to church and prayed. Bells rang. Parades rejoiced through small towns and cities. The cost of victory was high. Tens of millions were killed in battle. More tens of millions were murdered and starved in concentration camps. And more millions perished as civilian casualties of bombing. Many of Europe’s great cities lay in heaps of... Read Article

Hope Chronicles: Mellie Blake

Welcome to the final day of The Hope Chronicles. The Hope Chronicles is a blog hop and journal between 5 historical romance authors. Our desire is to bring you lasting hope through these letters, grounded in the hope of our Lord that does not disappoint, and written from the fictional viewpoints of each book’s heroine. We’re so glad to have you join the event. Each day this week, a new Hope Chronicles post will g... Read Article
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

On Distant Shores – The Book Cover Is Here!

I’m thrilled to reveal the book cover for On Distant Shores, the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series! As always, the team at Revell did phenomenal work! On Distant Shores will be released August 2013 (not June as I originally announced), and is already available for pre-order at ChristianBook.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. The Wings of the Nightingale series follows three World War II fligh... Read Article
US poster promoting canning, 1943

Lessons from the 1940s – Yes, I Can!

My plum tree overfloweth. Right now, two bags full of ripe plums are sitting on my kitchen counter, saying, “We want to jam!”  Soon I’ll boil jars, pit and puree plums, measure sugar, and emotionally bond with my ancestors. Something about canning appeals to me. I love my food processor, heavy-duty mixer, and modern stove. I love buying my meat already butchered and wrapped in clear plastic. I lov... Read Article

Girl Scouts in World War II

This week, the Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th birthday. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, the Girl Scout organization promoted character building through outdoor activities, community service, arts and crafts, and homemaking skills. When World War II started, the Girl Scouts were well poised to take a solid role on the Home Front. Organization In the 1940s, the Girl Scouts ha... Read Article
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

With Every Letter – The Book Cover Is Here!

I’m so excited to reveal the official book cover for With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, coming in September 2012! Once again the cover team at Revell managed to capture the feel of the story! The book is now featured on my publisher’s website at Revell Books, and is available for pre-order on ChristianBook.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble. The Wings of the Ni... Read Article
Make It Do - Metal Shortages in World War II

Make It Do – Metal Shortages During World War II

Imagine going to the store and not finding batteries, thumbtacks, alarm clocks, or paper clips on the shelves. During World War II, metals were needed for military purposes. Ships and planes and jeeps and guns and ration tins and helmets took precedence over civilian products. After the United States entered the war, factories quickly shifted from manufacturing civilian goods to military matériel. Preparation for Wa... Read Article

Sheep in Chutes

Conducting research for historical fiction is usually interesting, sometimes dull, but occasionally yields an odd or funny story. I found this little story while reading The Army Air Forces in World War II, Volume 1: Plans and Early Operations: September 1939 to August 1942 by Wesley F. Craven and James L. Cate (Washington DC: Office of Air Force History, 1948). When the Italian army invaded Ethiopia in 1935, they fa... Read Article
B-17G Aluminum Overcast of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Buchanan Field, Concord, CA, 2 May 2011 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Flying in a Fortress

On Monday, May 2, I had the privilege of flying in a B-17 Flying Fortress. The Experimental Aircraft Association visited Buchanan Field in Concord, California with their beautifully restored B-17G, Aluminum Overcast. I’ve enjoyed walking through this plane for years and always dreamed of taking a flight. This year one of my readers, who volunteers with EAA, arranged for me to participate in the media flight. W... Read Article
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