World War Two

Working Women and Latchkey Kids in WWII America by M. Ruth Myers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in 20th Century US, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, World War Two | 0 comments

Mothers working in factories to support America’s war effort while their children roamed the streets at night provides a minor plot thread and a stroke of historical color in Dames Fight Harder, the sixth Maggie Sullivan mystery. It’s grounded firmly in the reality of 1940s Dayton, Ohio, where the detective series is set, and of the nation in general. The Dayton War Manpower Committee made a multi-pronged effort to recruit women workers. In his book Home Sweet Home Front: Dayton During World War II, local historian Curt Dalton shows one of the billboards used throughout the city to attract...

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A Midwestern City Gets News of the Pearl Harbor Attack by M. Ruth Myers

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, World War Two | Comments Off on A Midwestern City Gets News of the Pearl Harbor Attack by M. Ruth Myers

Imagine the horror and uncertainty which Americans experienced on 9/11 — but without modern communications — and you can begin to understand what the country felt on Dec. 7, 1941, as they began to get news of the attack on Pearl Harbor which plunged them into World War II. Teletype was the swiftest way to send information. Home radios were becoming more common, but were still a bit of a luxury in middle class homes. Only two radio networks broadcast nationally, and only one of those broadcast news on Sundays, the day the attack occurred. Images of breaking news in distant places might, via...

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The KPD and The Red Orchestra by JJ Toner

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, World War Two | 4 comments

Before 1933, the Communist Party of Germany, the KPD, was a significant political party in Germany, with 100 seats in the Reichstag. Their main rivals were the NSDAP, the right wing Nazi Party. Running battles between the two groups were commonplace in the streets of every major city in Germany. On February 27 1933, the parliament building, the Reichstag in Berlin, was burned to the ground. The KPD was blamed for the fire. Describing the arson as the opening salvo in a putative Communist uprising, Adolf Hitler, the newly appointed Chancellor, was able to throw millions of Germans into a...

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Researching The Jossing Affair by J. L. Oakley

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Featured Book, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits, World War Two | 1 comment

            “He found the young man lying in the snow, his battered body pushed deep under the brambles at the bottom of a ravine. If it had not been for the sound of the car door slamming, Hans Gunnerson would never have found him.” This is how my new WW II novel, The Jøssing Affair, opens, just as I dreamed it nearly twenty-five years ago. After I told a friend about it, she said write it down. I did. She loved it and said to do more. I never had written a novel before. Worse, I knew nothing about Norway during WW II beyond Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down and some Kirk Douglas movie....

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Historical Fiction Holiday Boxed Sets

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in 19th Century U.S., 19th England, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Medieval Great Britain, World War Two | Comments Off on Historical Fiction Holiday Boxed Sets

Several of our members have put together books in their historical fiction series as boxed set that provide the reader with a significant discount and work well as holiday gifts. Enjoy!   Jewish Regency Mystery: Holiday Boxed Set by Libi Astaire If you’re not yet acquainted with the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, this is a great way to get introduced. Included in the holiday box set are: TEMPEST IN THE TEA ROOM: “[A] highly recommended page-turner” —Jewish Book Council In this full-length novel set in Regency London, a young Jewish physician is accused of poisoning his wealthy patient,...

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Writing is a Great River by Greg Johnston

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Featured Book, Historical Fiction Influences, World War Two | Comments Off on Writing is a Great River by Greg Johnston

The Danube, Tiber, Nile, Thames, Derwent, Ganges, Hudson, Seine, Euphrates, Amazon Writing is a great river.  From a dribbling source in a mountain range, some small spring that any other day may have caused a writer to shrug and turn away, drips and drips.  As the drops coalesce, collapse, overcome the surface tension between them, merge, pond, fracture and cling together, they start to run. On the cusp of starting a new novel, I’ve been pondering the source of The Skin of Water.  Peeling back the layers, I arrived at a paragraph, a hundred words at most, in a manuscript I was editing.  It...

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