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Monday, March 30, 2020

Terri Wangard and Free Books!

Sailing on the Lusitania is a dream-come-true for Rosaleen and Geoff Bonnard, but their journey turns into a nightmare. Will they ever find their joy again?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Jeanette Morris's Young Adult novel, Her Shining Eyes, is:


Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Terri Vanguard, author of the historical novel, Roll Back the Clouds (Independently published, March 2020).

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist.

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I swam competitively on the Green Bay YMCA swim team and missed going to Nationals by one second.

Wow. Sometimes a second holds such importance!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Roll Back the Clouds.

Geoff and Rosaleen Bonnard receive a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but that shouldn't affect a passenger liner.

As they approach Ireland, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen scrambles into a lifeboat, but where is her husband? She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many people. Geoff is finally located in a Cork hospital, alive but suffering a back injury.

While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

What is it about Rosaleen that will make your readers care about her?

Rosaleen is full of excitement about their voyage, but has to deal with a nemesis who loves to torment her. She refuses to cower though. She cares about people, shown in her concern for the maid and her rescue of the baby. She’s lost and distraught when Geoff is missing. She wants to meet her mother’s family, but her insecurity shows. She’s frustrated at changes in their lives. Readers should be able to relate to her. She’s someone you’d want as a friend.

She sounds as if she experiences struggles many readers will recognize from their own lives, but for different reasons. 

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

A pain-free night. Most mornings, I wake up with a headache.

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

Being Known, by Robin Jones Gunn. Four close friends provide a safe haven of encouragement and vulnerability that is a godsend when life gets messy. To have such close friends is a blessing beyond compare; a very heart-warming story. (Releases April 28.)

What are you working on now?

A companion book to Roll Back the Clouds, which features Geoff and Rosaleen’s next-door neighbors, Peter and Maren Bloch. Maren’s family immigrated from Germany a few years before WWI, and she has to face the anti-German hysteria on her own when Peter goes off to war.

Where else can readers find you online?

Twitter: @terriwangard
Instagram: @terriwangard
Website: www.terriwangard.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

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

The Lusitania was nothing like the cruise ships of today. If you enjoy cruising, what do you like best? If you haven’t cruised, what would you most like to experience?

Clearly, readers, I interviewed Terri before the Corona Virus hit us all. Hopefully, the cruise industry will eventually rebound from its current troubles (along with just about every industry in the world). Let's assume that rebound, in answering Terri's question.

Thanks, Terri, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Terri has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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Alison Boss said...

I have never been on a cruise before, but I have heard many say they had a wonderful experience. I would like to experience all the fun activities, delicious food and pamperings that the cruise ship has to offer, as well as visiting all the different sites/countries the cruise takes you to. I would love to go on a Caribbean cruise. :)

Historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre to read. Roll Back the Clouds likes a very intriguing story! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of it!

Gail H. said...

I’ve been on two cruises, one as a single, and a few years later as a married
lady. My favorite part was the abundance and variety of food. And being included in the cost of the cruises made eating more accessible. Needless to say I gained weight but enjoyed every bite !
My husband and I had a ten day Alaskan cruise scheduled for June. Before the virus hit big, in early Feb I had an auto accident that was not my fault. I have several broken bones in my body and am receiving care from Home Health services. I have five more weeks of non weight bearing before I can start “learning” to walk again. I’m hoping we can reschedule it for next summer. It was my dream trip!

Paula Shreckhise said...

I have never been on a cruise. I think I would enjoy the variety of things to do and foods to eat. And of course the scenery and places to visit.
We just finished watching Titanic Blood and steel. There was so much to consider while building a huge ship at that time of history. I would enjoy reading this book.
I’m from Missouri and the closest I was to water was the Mississippi when we lived in St. Louis. Near us we have a lot of lakes and rivers.

Terri said...

Paula, I would enjoy a Mississippi steamboat cruise. That's something I haven't tried.
Yes, food is a big part of cruising. When I started cruising, many ships had midnight chocolate buffets. Sinfully delicious! It was not easy practicing self-restraint.
Best wishes on a successful recovery, Gail. I've been to Alaska three times. It's beautiful.
Alison, the Caribbean is too crowded for me now. The mega ships bring in thousands of tourists, always on the same day it seems.

Vivian Furbay said...

What an interesting story and a horrible experience to go through! Would enjoy reading this book. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Trish Perry said...

I've only been on one cruise--it was a writers' cruise in the Caribbean, and I loved it. I roomed with the lovely author, Virginia Smith, who was a wonderful cruise mate. I agree about the food--lots of fun. I almost went on an Alaskan cruise several years ago, but I decided I wasn't crazy about the time of year we were going, so I decided against it. And my sister and I have talked about taking one of the Viking Cruises down the
Danube, or something very European like that. Maybe some day...

Nancy P said...

I like that it's an all-inclusive vacation & they don't lose your luggage! Thanks for the chance. positive DOT ideas DOT 4you AT gmail DOT com



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