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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sarah Sundin and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lisa Bergren's novel, Torrent, is:

blstef1@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Sarah Sundin, author of Blue Skies Tomorrow (Revell, August 2011).

PhotobucketSarah Sundin lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers and Christian Authors Network. She is the author of the Wings of Glory series—A Distant Melody (Revell, 2010), A Memory Between Us (2010), and Blue Skies Tomorrow (August 2011). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--During summer breaks in college, I worked as a ride operator at Knott’s Berry Farm. I knew how to jump on and off of a moving merry-go-round. Don’t ask to see it now.

--For my birthday present I made my husband buy me a model kit of a B-17 Flying Fortress (the plane my heroes fly in my series). He and I put it together—175 itty-bitty pieces to paint and assemble—and I was a prissy girly girl who never did models. It’s so cool! One half of the fuselage is clear so you can the itty-bitty crewmembers and bombs and all.

--I don’t like mushrooms, beans, or fish.

--I wrote the rough drafts for all three of these books longhand, curled up on my couch. I’ve skipped that step with my next series.

--My least favorite subject in school? Creative writing. Go figure.

I lived right down the road from Knott's Berry Farm when I was a little kid! It was itty bitty back then. Fond memories . . . 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Blue Skies Tomorrow.

PhotobucketLt. 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?

Blue Skies Tomorrow is the third 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. Each book stands alone.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Helen Carlisle is an energetic young war widow who does everything she can to help her country on the Home Front while raising her young son alone—and dealing with deep hurt in her past. Raymond Novak is a gentle thoughtful soul who takes on a role he feels ill-equipped for, and he has to find the courage to forge forward and to turn to God to find the purpose in his adventure.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

This is always so hard for me. I don’t picture celebrities for my characters. I see them firmly in my head but almost never find anyone who looks just like them. But for Ray, I would cast the model who “plays” him on the book cover. Oh my goodness! He looks just like the Ray in my mind. Uncanny. The model for Helen isn’t quite like I pictured her, but she’d do nicely. She has that pretty, girl-next-door look.

What were some of your favorite words of encouragement from a mentor, colleague, or reader?

Ironically what encouraged me most was some verbal slaps upside the head. During a discouraging time in my rejection letter years, I had two godly women ask me the same question in a week’s span: “Sarah, what are you afraid of?” Afraid? I wasn’t afraid. I just had natural concerns. Or did I? Nope. Fear. And what’s God’s most common command—do not fear! I had to let go of my fear, turn to Him for guidance, and obey.

I think nearly every woman I know struggles with fear. No wonder the Lord addressed it so often in the Scriptures. 

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I’m stuck in research mode right now, so my fiction to-be-read pile is getting way too high and it taunts me. The latest book I finished was And If I Perish, by Evelyn Monahan, about front-line nurses in World War II. While it was research, it was a touching and exciting narrative about some of our least-recognized veterans.

What are you working on now?

I signed another contract with Revell for a series tentatively titled Wings of the Nightingale. It follows three World War II flight nurses who discover love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. I just finished the first novel in the series, which will release Fall 2012. It features a You’ve Got Mail-like anonymous pen pal relationship between a loner nurse and an Army engineer burdened by the legacy of his infamous father.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.sarahsundin.com
Blog: www.sarahsundin.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahSundinAuthor
Twitter: twitter.com/sarahsundin

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase through the following buttons:

734237: Blue Skies Tomorrow, Wings of Glory Series #3

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I love hearing people’s family World War II stories, from the child collecting scrap metal to the grandmother counting ration points to the uncle on the Normandy beaches to the father working in a factory. What’s your story?

Thank you, Sarah, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sarah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sarah's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Christa Allan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


lgm52 said...

I dont have a WWII story, but I love to read novels about it, especially romance novels, and I enjoy hearing other people's stories.

Carol M said...

My dad was in World War II. He was a cook and he would tell us about the poor kids that would go through their garbage looking for food. My dad would put out some food for them when he could. This sounds like a story my mother and I would both love to read. Thank you for the giveaway!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

wfnren said...

I really don't have a WWII story, unfortunately my family didn't pass down stories like some do.


windycindy said...

My 93 year old dad is a WWII Veteran!
He still has his dress and duty uniforms, hammock, canteen, etc.
When our two sons were in middle
school, they earned extra credit
for bringing in his WWII items.
Also, my only and much older brother
was an infant when dad was drafted.
Dad met a seamtress on a train to
Boise and she said she would make a Navy uniform for my brother. Dad paid her and the little uniform arrived to mom, two weeks later.
My brother was 2 when dad came home and of course, my brother didn't know who he was and cried because he was afraid of him...

Thanks, Cindi

Laura J said...

My grandpa was a gunner in WWII, and last year as my dad battled cancer, he was able to fly in the same kind of plane my grandpa (his dad) flew on. It was a life-long dream of his, and it warmed my heart that he was able to do that.

My grandpa was hit by a train when I was one, and although he lived, he was never the same. He didn't tell a whole lot of stories about his wartime after the train accident. I'm so sad I missed out on hearing those stories.

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

Some happy and some sad details, ladies. I suppose that's to be expected when talking of anything during a war.

My parents met during WWII. He was a fighter pilot, and she was selling tickets to a dance in England (she's a Brit), where he was stationed. She was actually supposed to go out with his buddy, but the buddy got orders to be elsewhere, and my dad stepped in. They were married three months later. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last week!

Patsy said...

Honestly I don't know much about my background on my parents side. They just didn't keep any kind of notes or records. However, my husband's dad has done all kinds of research on his family. There are quite a few war people in that family. I'll have to ask him about some of the people and stories. This books sounds like it would be really good. I enjoy reading books like that.


Pam K. said...

I read A Memory Between Us and enjoyed it very much. My parents both had older siblings who served in World War II. We have photos of one of my uncles in the courtroom where the Nuremberg war trials were held (I think he was a guard). Another uncle was in the Philippines during the war and another in England. My aunt's husband was killed in the war just a few weeks before their baby was born (their first child).


Amanda Stephan said...

Another great interview, Trish! Thank you for hosting her here today. I know that we have to answer the question for a chance to win the book, but alas. I don't have any WW2 stories as I have no relations with my grandfather who would have been involved in it. :( I do have some VietNam stories, though!

apple blossom said...

No WWII stories in this family sorry

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] [com]

Jen said...

No WWII store here either but I love reading books set during different time periods and have always found WWII stories great to read and I can learn so much from them.


Sarah Sundin said...

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I took so long to come over. I'm still decompressing after a fabulous, exhausting writers conference.

It's okay if you don't have any stories - you can still be entered :) Some families don't talk about it and some people felt their roles were insignificant because they "only" helped on the home front. But people on the home front bought war bonds, saved scrap, and dealt with rationing. All those things helped win the war.

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Sarah, I am still entering to win "Blue Skies Tomorrow". Maybe this will be my winning comment.lol
My uncle JC was a Marine stationed on Iwo Jima and saw the raising of the American Flag. He celebrated his 90th birthday in Aug 2011, is still very active, and repairing tv's for the elderly and those not able to pay much.

I loved "A Memory Between Us" and can't wait to read "Blue Skies Tomorrow". Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Trish Perry said...

Loving these WWII family histories. That was such an honorable generation. I'm proud of both of my parents and their involvement with the Allied forces. I'm glad the interest in WWII fiction is gaining momentum again--a terrific era, and one we should never forget.

I'm looking forward to reading your novels, Sarah!

Merry said...

My Dad couldn't serve in the military, so he worked in a factory building planes. My brother-in-law was a bomber pilot who lived after being shot down. I love WWII stories and Sarah's are wonderful, please include me in the drawing.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com



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