Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review Friday: Blue Skies Tomorrow

I'm continuing my January book reviews with Sarah Sundin's third novel release, Blue Skies Tomorrow, her final installment of the Wings of Glory series.
 
 
Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?




Filled with tender romance, witty dialogue, and suspense this book has it all! It's a great read for the weekend and its characters will warm your heart despite the plummeting temperatures outside.
I enjoyed this gripping, World War II romance and would gladly read it again.

Look for Blue Skies Tomorrow online or in your local bookstore!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 
      - Rachel                         
 
 
 
 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Author Interview: One on One with Sarah Sundin


Have you ever been completely and totally sucked into a book from the very first page?
That's what happened to me when I read my  first Sarah Sundin book.
Today, it is my great privilege to post a one on one interview with this wonderful World War II writer from My Front Porch! We'll be covering topics from the beginning of her writing career to what's coming in the 2013 year! I hope you will recieve a blessing from today's post.






Rachel: Sarah, you are a fairly new author with your first novel debuting in 2010. You are also an on-call hospital pharmacist—what prompted you to begin writing novels?

Sarah: A dream. Of the sleeping kind. One morning in 2000, I woke from a dream with such vivid characters that I had to write their story. I argued with God for a few days… “Pharmacist,” I said. “Not a writer. Tested out of college English, and was glad to do so.” God just smiled. So I wrote that book, and very badly. But I was hooked. I wrote another book very badly, then started attending a writers group and writers conferences and learned how to write novels. The third novel I completed became my debut, A Distant Melody.

Rachel: In your first series, Wings of Glory, readers follow three brothers who are all pilots in the United States Army Air Force. Book 1, A Distant Melody, begins with Walter Novak serving with the US Eighth Air Force particularly—why did you choose to follow the Eighth Air Force into England?

Sarah: I knew Walt was a pilot, but no more than that. Then my husband and I watched a History Channel special about the Eighth Air Force. The stories were so gripping and harrowing! And it was England, beautiful England! And it involved B-17s! My great-uncle flew a B-17 both in the Pacific and with the Eighth Air Force. The decision was made.


Rachel: Revell recently released your fourth novel, With Every Letter, which is also the first book in your next series, Wings of the Nightingale. In this story you introduce the reader to brand new characters with a variety of personalities and take us into detail about flight nursing. What was the inspiration for this story?

Sarah: The heroine of my second novel, A Memory Between Us, is a nurse in World War II. While researching the Army Nurse Corps, I read about the flight nurses, and they intrigued me. My heroine ended up becoming a flight nurse in the second half of the book, but I felt I’d barely touched on what these brave women did. I had a vague series idea floating around about three mismatched women who become solid friends, with romances for each of them. So I made them flight nurses.

Rachel: Your novels have the tender romance between the hero and heroine, but you also delve into the mechanics of how WWII bombers and military strategies function. This may draw in readers of the male gender. Do you find you have a male following also?

Sarah: I’ve been pleased by how many men enjoy the Wings of Glory series. The emails I receive from men always start the same way: “I never read romance, but I picked up your book because of the B-17 on the cover. I’m surprised, but I actually liked it!”

Rachel: All of your novels have discussion questions at the end of the book. Being a Christian Fiction writer what message are you trying to relay to your readers?

Sarah: I never start a novel with a message in mind, but the message develops from the characters and the situations they face. Overall my goal is to help readers remove whatever barriers are in their lives (pride, fear, shame, disobedience, distrust, discontentment, etc.), so they can do His will.

Rachel: What can we expect from you next?

Sarah: The second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, On Distant Shores, comes out in August 2013. I’m currently writing the third book in the series, which will release in August 2014.

Thank you, Sarah, for joining me on From My Front Porch. I’m ecstatic you were able to join me for today's interview and share your love for WWII with us. I have one more question before you go: What is your favorite WWII military aircraft?

Sarah: Do you even have to ask? The B-17 Flying Fortress. Not just a beautiful airplane, but a rugged one that could take a lot of damage and bring her crew safely home. I’m also growing fond of the C-47 cargo plane that plays a supporting role in the Wings of the Nightingale. Another rugged plane, sturdy and dependable, and kind of cute too. While the B-17 is the glamour girl, the C-47 is the friendly girl next door.

Thank you for having me today! I’ve enjoyed visiting.
And I thank all our readers for joining in the fun!
For information on how you can learn more about Sarah's books, upcoming events, and blog  please click on the link below.

Bio:
Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review Friday: Sarah Sundin, A Distant Melody

1 Corinthians 13:4 "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up."

Sarah Sundin's debut novel, A Distant Melody, is a must read!! I cannot stress it enough. Both men and women will be drawn into this beautifully written story page after page.



Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie 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.

I urge you to pick up this book and curl up on the couch with this historical. I read it in two days...I could not put it down. A book well worth the purchase!
Check out Sarah Sundin's website and view all four of her novels, inlcuding her newest release- "With Every Letter"- plus her upcoming novel in 2013!

If you can, stop by her blog and say "Hello" and don't forget to visit on Monday for an interview with Sarah on her books, inspiration, and what's coming up in 2013!



Have you read A Distant Melody? Do you plan to read it? Let me know!!


Did You Know?

In 1945 the digital computer, ENIAC, was completed. It stood a towering 2 stories and weighed 30 ton!