Friday, March 8, 2013

DON'T FORGET, 'TIL 10 PM--WWII Romance/Giveaway

Do you love WWII romance? What is it about WWII that gives you warm fuzzies? Well, I'd like to give away 5 advanced copies of this novel. Just leave you name and email addy (YOU MUST INCLUDE THE ADDY TO HAVE YOUR NAME TOSSED IN THE HAT, EVEN IF I KNOW YOU!!!!!!)
And I'll draw 5 names tomorrow night at 10pm. Leave a comment, let me know why WWII is a favorite
era for your romance!
 With Eyes of Love/Heartsong Presents/Harlequin



Barbara (Bunny) Richardson lives a perfect life. Wonderful family, amazing voice, and very handsome, very wealthy fiancĂ©. But it doesn’t take long for her to realize he will always make decisions that benefit only him and his business. Barbara will never know the desires of her heart, only that she will be the beautiful woman on his arm. Then, when traveling with her family, Barbara is stranded in a flood in Tennessee, and the handsome man who comes to her rescue turns her perfect life into chaos. Two years later, when they find their paths have crossed again, Jackson, holed up in his room, refuses to meet with her. How could she love a burned and scarred freak, a remnant of Pearl Harbor’s destruction? A man who didn’t save a seventeen-year-old seaman who was counting on him? But Barbara has other ideas. She intends to shame the pity party out of Jackson and when that doesn’t work, she tries a dangerous game of making him jealous at his sister’s wedding. How deep is beauty? And do we get the chance to see real beauty with eyes of love?
 

25 comments:

  1. Aha -- I LOVE the WWII era. Even though it follows the Roaring Twenties, there's an innocence about it - an innocence about to be shattered, but yet...it's still vibrant. Life is moving from simple to faster-paced, but people still sit on their front porch evenings, still gather around the radio together, and still know how to communicate.

    Ahhh....and I would love to win this book - gkittlesonatmyomnitel.com

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  2. With Eyes of Love sounds like a terrific read, about not valuing the superficial over one’s character.

    My interest in WWII era novels began when I read A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, a romance but so much more. While it’s not about America in the war, it’s an epic story of love, loss, suffering, sacrifice, courage and determination. I also was quite taken with Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk. A friend gave me those books because he said it reminded him of my Navy family. The World War II era was a time when the character of our nation was admirable. For the most part, Americans were patriotic, generous, and willing to sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves. JanetGrunst@gmail.com

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    1. Awesome. I'm so drawn to that era through the fifties. I guess because I grew up in the fifties and find it such a gentler time. Not the rush, rush of today.

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  3. My father fought in WWII, and right after the war he met my mom (at Michigan State Univ.) but stood her up on their first date. During the following summer, my father reacted to a parasite he picked up in the South Pacific (He's a skin diver.) and nearly died. The next fall at college, my mother heard about that and asked one of my dad's friends how he was doing. My dad was so touched by her kindness that he asked out again... They celebrated 64 years together last September.

    A parents' romance is a great reason to be drawn to that era, Linda. Can't wait to read your book. I'm sue@sueharrison.com.

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    1. You're so right, Sue. The two women in book one are VERY loosely based on my mom and aunt, but only their friendship, not the actual story. However, I managed to sneak dad in there, he's Barbara's old boyfriend from a private school who shows off at the bowling alley. So I managed to get him in there even if it was a cameo. hehehe

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    2. And your parents' story is so precious. Has he lived that one down yet?

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  4. To be honest - always the best policy - it's not my favorite era. In fact, I hadn't read much WWII fiction at all until I won a trilogy by Jack Cavanaugh. Wow! I was hooked! Not only me, but my son (age 25) read them and, well, they seem to have found a permanent spot on *his* bookshelf. I'd love to read more WWII era stories. My favorite era? Still Civil War. Yup. I'm a Civil War buff!
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. I hear ya. We did CW re-enacting for years, but the year water was limited and my mom and 2 yr old both got heat stroke, there was way too much vomit and way too little water to clean it up. Yup, my re-enacting days were done, but it was fun while it lasted.

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    2. If I lived closer to a unit I'd love to get into re-enacting. My uncle is involved with a group near Jackson and he loves it. But the commute is a wee too far for me.

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    3. As a side note, that original re-enactment was in Mason Mi, it later moved to Jackson but the original one was dedicated to my dad who re-enacted Jefferson Davis.

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    4. How cool is that? There aren't too many units in Michigan, so my uncle probably belongs to the same one. :)

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  5. I remember returning from Church on December 7, 1941 and hearing that Japan had just bombed Pearl Harbor. My parents went to their knees in the front yard, telling my sister, brother, and me to pray for our nation. Three of my cousins drove B-17s, another served on a battleship, and my brother-in-law served on an LCI. Dad was a test-pilot at Boeing. This was a period when Americans pulled together, swallowed rationing without too much grumbling, bought bonds and cried when the Pathe News showed the horrors of war. Maybe I'm just getting old and sentimental, but those memories compelled me to write my own series about that time frame.

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  6. Forgot to add my contact. dimpsprice@bendcable.com

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  7. Linda,

    I love the World War II era! I know it was filled with the agonies and heartbreak of war, but Americans were proud to be Americans, they pulled together, grew victory gardens, went to work in factories to replace men who marched off to war. I'm no doubt romanticizing that time, but my mother and dad came out of that era--my dad served in Europe in the Army--and I can't help agreeing that it was gentler time. America was still innocent. I often wonder why someone hasn't developed a television series based in the 1940s. Seems to me there are a lot of us who would love to "relive" that time.

    As a side note, General Jimmy Doolittle, who commanded the group that bombed Tokyo after Pearl Harbor (Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo), was my fourth cousin :-)That's my sole claim to fame. I'd love to win your book; my email is deborahdeetales@gmail.com.

    Blessings,
    Deb

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    1. There was a great tv series called Homefront
      1991-93 a shame that they stopped it , it was awesome!

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  8. Please enter me in your drawing, I'd love to read this. I think the reason people love WWII romances is because romances during this painful period provided a bright glimmer of hope. Our servicemen and women needed the support and loyalty of someone that believed in them and believed they would survive the great world war. We are inspired by that kind of lasting love and devotion. pgrau (dot) ggi at gmail (dot) com

    Sending my thanks for your generous offer from sunny Florida,
    Pat

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  9. I love the fashions of WWII era. So romantic and feminine. kkakins at gmail dot com

    Even if I don't win, I want an autographed copy of this book!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!

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    1. Yes, I love the fashions from the 30s and 40s. Absolutely beautiful!

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  10. The clothes, the songs, the movies, I love so much of that time period. An epic battle that required everyone to contribute. It all rolls together into a time period I love to read and write. cara at caraputman dot com

    Congrats again!

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  11. I love WWII romances because that's the time it started with my grandparents. :) Thanks for the opportunity, and congrats! :)

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  12. I enjoy WWII romance because my parents were engaged on Pearl Harbor Day. Their stories of the era will forever be embedded in my memory.

    susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

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  13. My parents were WWII sweethearts - dating myself here even though they were "older" when I came along. I've been toying with a story idea related to my dad's time in Korea after WWII. Love the era and so proud of you!

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  14. I love the World War II era because as a young child I lived through the black outs, and remember the day my sister, Clara, received the phone call that her fiance was killed in action. I remember the day I heard the war was over, and I ran down the street with wild enthusiasm, swinging my arms in circles as my feet ripped down the street. I have no idea if I was even going anywhere, but I had to do something with the joy.

    I'd love to have your book. I understand the romance side being the youngest of the big family and the official "tattle tale." Clara married her fiance's best friend. She stuck her red hair out the window when he came to visit, and he fell in love. They were married over 50 years before he died.

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    1. Ada, I love stories like that. My youngest was our tattle tale too. And my redhead in book two is the "bad guy".
      Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to send me your email addy in case you're picked!

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