D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour
June 2-13, 2014
Welcome to the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour! Ten authors of Christian World War II novels are commemorating the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Thank you for joining us as we remember their heroism and sacrifice.
Our novels illuminate different aspects of the war—from the Holocaust to the Pacific to the US Home Front. Each day, visit with a new author as we share about our stories, our research, and our unique settings. With each blog post, you’ll have the opportunity to win that author’s novel, plus a chance to win a packet of ALL TEN featured novels!
For a chance to win ALL TEN novels featured on our blog tour, please visit each blog, collect the answers to the questions, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on the BLOG TOUR PAGE
You have a new chance to enter each day of the tour! The contest opens June 2, 2014 at 1 am PST and closes June 13, 2014 at 11 pm PST. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 16, 2014. *Note* Several of the titles will not be released until later in the year—these copies will be mailed to the winners after the books release.
To win the prize of ALL TEN books, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. The winner must be prepared to send ALL TEN answers within 24 hrs of notification by email, or a new winner will be selected.
You can enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once each day! The more often you visit, the more entries you receive! However, you only need to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once to be entered. But don’t forget…to win, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. To gather the answers, you may download the Word document on the BLOG TOUR PAGE
Welcome to those of you visiting me – Liz Tolsma – today!
My second WWII novel, Daisies Are Forever, released last month and I’m so excited about it.
Why I Write What I Write
Have you ever thought about what it must have been like to be a civilian during WWII? Not an American here on the home front dealing with rationing and victory gardens and riveting tanks. No, a civilian caught in the middle of the fighting in Europe or the Pacific. Imagine the fear and the suffering these people endured.
Now imagine being a civilian in Germany during that time. Not many of us think along those lines. Sure, there were plenty of Germans who were Hitler fans, to say the least. But there were also plenty of everyday Germans who felt much differently about him. Who just wanted the war to be over and for Hitler to be gone.
One of these civilians was my aunt. She was born in the U.S. to German parents who returned to Germany in the 30s. This courageous woman spent the last part of the war in Berlin, which was being bombed almost constantly. There was little of the city left by the time peace was declared.
She and her parents lived in the basement air raid shelter, desperately trying to survive. She told me how they would sit there and listen to the bombs fall. Each one brought it’s own terror. Would they be hit? Was this the final few seconds of their lives? But each bomb also brought it’s own hope. Hope that soon the Allies would prevail and that liberation would come soon.
What a mix of emotions.
And then one day, she returned from work to find her apartment building destroyed and her parents missing. It took several frantic hours of searching for her to locate them. Put yourself in her place.
Can you feel the sheer panic she felt?
My aunt is the inspiration for my newest novel, Daisies Are Forever. I have admired her all of my life. She taught me to think about the “other side”. She and the others were ordinary people like you and me caught up in the circumstances of time. She taught me about hope and faith and grace. In order to survive, she had to depend on God and God alone to bring them through.
In what circumstances in your life have you had to rely on hope and faith to get you through?
In the final days of Nazi Germany, the strength of one woman’s heart will determine the fate of a family.
The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst. Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin—and take Ella’s two small daughters with her. The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye, Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Joseph Cramer. Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion. But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family. With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.
“[Daisies are Forever
] is a compelling and fast-paced tale about the atrocities and tremendous losses endured by those marked forever by World War II. Recommended for fans of Rosamunde and Robin Pilcher, Kate Morton, and historical romances.” —Library Journal
“Tolsma isn’t afraid to detail the horrors of war as she depicts how tragedies can be obstacles to one’s Christian beliefs.” —Romantic Times, 4-star review
“Excellent storytelling, accurate historical reporting and gritty, persevering characters make this WWII-era novel a must-read.” —CBA Retailers + Resources
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com
Blog hop question: Who was the inspiration for Daisies Are Forever?
Remember to write down the answer of log it in the Word doc available on the blog tour page. And enter the main Rafflecopter giveaway today!
To win a copy of Daisies Are Forever, please …
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Schedule for the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour
Be sure to visit each site for a chance to win ALL TEN featured novels!
Note: Links will go live on the post date.
June 3: LIZ TOLSMA, author of Daisies Are Forever
June 12: SIGMUND BROUWER, author of Thief of Glory