D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour | The Story Behind ‘Chasing Mona Lisa’

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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 our stories, our research, and our unique settings. With each post, you’ll have the opportunity to win that author’s novel, plus a chance to win a packet of ALL TEN featured novels!

Giveaway Details


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 release dates.

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 collect the answers, you may download the Word document on the BLOG TOUR PAGE.

Tricia Goyer, Author of Chasing Mona Lisa


It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps. You can purchase Chasing Mona Lisa and learn more about my other historical novels here.

Chasing Mona Lisa, The Story Behind the Novel



I was going through old photos today when I came upon this one:


This is a photo of me and my two author friends Cindy Martinusen Coloma and Anne de Graaf. In 2000 both of them were researching for books, and I was along for the ride. Yet God had something in store for me, and when we visited Mauthausen Concentration camp the next day, I found a story—a story that started my writing career . . .


From Dust and Ashes was my first World War II novel, and I discovered my love for World War II. This led me to interviewing World War II veterans, and hearing stories that needed to be told.

Tricia interviewing Alvin

It also let me to unexpected partnerships.

This is my writing friend Mike Yorkey and his lovely wife Nicole. Nicole is Swiss, and Mike is a World War II history buff. Both of these facts made my World War II, set in Paris, possible. The title? Chasing Mona Lisa!


So what is Chasing Montana Lisa about? I like this reviewer’s description:

“Paris, France. The city of love is the not-so serene center of this story set during WWII in occupied France. With romance blooming in the midst of death and destruction, serendipitous safe-cracking, barbarism and betrayal, and the grand theft of the most famous painting in the world—this and more makes for an edgy, action packed novel.” —Judy, Amazon.com

This book is a page-turner, and the cover fits perfectly!


Here are a few things Mike and I discovered about France, August 1944, while we were researching Chasing Mona Lisa:

  • the Nazis bought up tons of art as well as confiscated magnificent pieces from Jewish families
  • the Parisians rose up and fought the Nazis in the days leading up to Liberation
  • Paris was liberated without much warfare or bloodshed
  • the Louvre curators hid the Mona Lisa and other famous pieces in their collection during the war
  • the Mona Lisa was moved around like a pea in a shell game and was hung in a girl’s bedroom during the war
  • Allen Dulles, an American, ran a spy network in Switzerland. The OSS was the precursor to the CIA
  • there was skimming and “Swiss bank accounts” among the Nazis (I bet you’re not surprised!)

To find out more about Chasing Mona Lisa, head here!

And I’d love to hear from you. Are you a fan of all things World War II? What piqued your interest?

Today’s Question: What was Tricia Goyer’s first World War II novel?

For a chance to win Chasing Mona Lisa, see below. For a chance to win ALL TEN books featured in the blog tour, write down the answer to Today’s Question or log it in the answer sheet (available on the BLOG TOUR PAGE), go to the BLOG TOUR PAGE, and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Make sure you have the answer to Today’s Question ready! And remember you can enter the giveaway every day of the blog tour!

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 2: SARAH SUNDIN, author of In Perfect Time

June 3: LIZ TOLSMA, author of Daisies Are Forever

June 4: MURRAY PURA, author of London Dawn

June 5: CARA PUTMAN, author of Shadowed by Grace

June 6: MELANIE DOBSON, author of Chateau of Secrets

June 7: KRISTY CAMBRON, author of The Butterfly and the Violin

June 9: TRICIA GOYER, author of Chasing Mona Lisa

June 10: PATTY SMITH HALL, author of Hearts Rekindled

June 11: CATHY GOHLKE, author of Saving Amelie

June 12: SIGMUND BROUWER, author of Thief of Glory

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.comTheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

Enter to win a copy of Chasing Mona Lisa using the widget below. Only those in the U.S. are eligible to win.

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I have a few books on sale right now! Generation NeXt Marriage is $2.99. You can also get my four World War II novels in the Liberators Series for $13.99.

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  1. I have read “Chasing Mona Lisa” and would highly recommend anything by Sarah Sundin!

  2. Our online book club is reading For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. We’ve read through chapter 9 and will read to chapter 21 by Friday. The ladies say they hate to put it down! If any ladies would like to join us in reading the book they can find us https://www.facebook.com/groups/CherishedBookClub/.

    Amanda Geaney

  3. I really liked Lynn Austin’s WWII novel as well!

  4. Your books are awesome!
    I almost have the full collection of your books. The only ones I don’t have are, Swiss Courier, Chasing Mona Lisa, or Dawn of a Thousand Nights.
    That will soon change, one day.

  5. Kimberly wallace says:

    I have already read this! It’s a fantastic story!!

  6. Chris Bures says:

    Loved Swiss Courier! Also loved Sarah Sundin’s books. Thanks!!!

  7. I am amazed at all the great WWII novels available – total immersion into the era is certainly avlbl for anyone interested!
    Here are some of my recommendations:
    Rilla of Ingleside
    Tangled Ashes
    London Dawn
    The Best of Daughters
    Shadowed by Grace
    The Plum Tree
    Daisies are Forever
    A Promise in Pieces
    The Quilter’s Apprentice
    Princess Elizabeth’s Spy
    Pardonable Lies
    Heathersleigh Homecoming

    and for true stories –
    any of Elie Wiesel’s and Corrie ten Boom’s

  8. I fell in love with reading about WWII when I was in high school and read the Thoenes’ series The Zion Chronicles and The Zion Covenant. I also had read Diary of Anne Frank, Weisel’s Night, and Corrie Ten Join’s The Hiding Place. I’ve been readingb WWII books voraciously since then.

  9. Safe Passage by Ida Cook.

  10. Vickie Jones says:

    I bought the liberator series on Kindle last night, didn’t even realize you where next on the blog hop. My church Librarian recommended it It’s my reading for our vacation next week, can’t wait!

  11. Oh my gosh, I just love anything written during WWII it seems! Some great ones have been the Maggie Hope mystery series and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

  12. Both your books mentioned here have me intrigued. Thanks for introducing them here and for this exciting blog tour.

  13. Such exciting background material for a fast-paced novel! I love reading about the insights that sparked your novels, Tricia!

  14. Claudia says:

    I am currently reading From Dust and Ashes and am enjoyin it immensely. Sarah Sundin’s books are fabulous; also Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma is great!

  15. There are so many wonderful adult WWII novels out there, hard to choose the “best”. Many have already been mentioned. As a former elementary school educator, some of the children’s WWII books I read to my students were Number the Stars-Lois Lowry, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes-Eleanor Coerr, and Baseball Saved Us-Ken Mochizuki.

  16. Samantha Shank says:

    Definitely The Auschwitz Escape – LOVED that one!!

  17. Debbie Rhoades says:

    The Diary of Anne Frank was a wonderful book, even though it broke my heart.

  18. Besides the books and authors already part of this event? Susan May Warren’s Nightingale is a beautiful read, and definitely a different take on the subject, given that it focuses on a concentration camp for Germans in America.

  19. I’d recommend Love Finds You in Victory Heights.

  20. I am just starting my own list of Historical Novels to read. The Anniversary of D-day blog tour is a great list to start with. I have pinned them to my pinterest board!

  21. I love the Zion Chronicles!

  22. Linda Cox says:

    Plain and simply, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your books!!!!! Blessings ……. Linda

  23. Hi Tricia. I guess the reason I was interested in WW ii was because tis was the first war in which I was old enough to know what was happening. You see my brother was fighting in this war, along with many friends(some who brother-in-laws later), and cousins. Two friends, brothers, lost their lives. My folks moved to Houston Texas so daddy could work in a shipyard. Mother cooked Sunday dinners many times for servicemen. Three of my sisters would go to the USO to help entertain our boys at the dances. Most men who couldn’t serve and women served however they could. All wanted to help. I was 9 to 11 at this time. Also when I heard about the horrible Holocaust made me want to read Corrie,ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, and her others she wrote later. And, Diary of Anne Frank. I would recommend these to all who love these kind of books. I haven’t read Tricia’s books yet but want to. Know they will be good. Would love to win Chasing Mona Lisa. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  24. I’ve read both these books by Tricia and enjoyed them. I’d also recommend Sarah Sundin’s books. They are all set in World War II.

  25. Linda Campos says:

    I too, recommend any of your WWII novels as well as Sarah Sundin’s.

  26. George Simon says:

    I have read all of Sarah Sundin’s WWII novels and highly recommend them!

  27. I’d like to read both. 🙂

  28. Connie Saunders says:

    I highly recommend Shadowed By Grace.

  29. Connie Hendryx says:

    wow….Chasing Mona Lisa sounds like a great book, as does the first one….thanks!!!

  30. Christina says:

    Your novels based on ww2 are really good and can’t wait for your next novel to come out. Great work writing these stories Tricia. Thanks chris

  31. Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men by Cara C. Putman
    Wings of the Nightingale series by Sarah Sundin ~ With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time
    Wings of Glory series by Sarah Sundin ~ A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, Blue Skies Tomorrow

    My uncle was an Army cook during World War II. He and his wife continued to cook fabulous food.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  32. I’m really enjoying the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour. Am really excited to read ‘Chasing Mona Lisa’ and the other books highlighted in the tour!

  33. Kristen says:

    I would recommend any of The Swiss Courier, Cara Putman’s WWII books as well Sarah Sundin’s. Heck, I’d recommend any of the author’s books on this blog tour! Even if I haven’t read the books myself, I know the books will be top notch! Thanks for the chance to win Mona Lisa!
    Kristen Anissa

  34. don’t know any

  35. Cyndi Wilson says:

    Definitely the Thoenes’ Zion Covenant! 🙂 Helped me understand WWII SO much better than any history class!

  36. Anne Rightler says:

    Sarah Sundin’s books are really good and I would also recommend For Such a Time by Kate Breslin.
    Am enjoying the D-Day contest. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to enter the contest.

  37. Hi Tricia, I do love all things WWII. I’m currently working on my 2nd WWII novel and hoping to break into the publishing world with one of them. My mother’s life during that era is what sparked my passion for it. So many stories to tell.

  38. Ellen Gray says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Cara Putman’s Shadowed by Grace. It is a great WW II book. I also would recommend any of Sarah Sundin’s books about WW II.

  39. I am looking forward to reading “Chasing Mona Lisa”. It sounds intriguing.

  40. Sharon Miller says:

    Lynn Austin has a couple WW2 books, I believe and they are fabulous. THE HIDING PLACE is the classic one for me. Thanks for the contest and your blog. Your book looks fabulous and with another author on it with WW2 specialty, it should be fabulous. sharon

  41. Patricia says:

    I really want to read The Butterfly and the Violin, by Kristy Cambron

  42. In addition to the titles on the blog tour:
    Boy in Striped Pajamas
    Number the Stars
    Swiss Courier
    Hiding Place

  43. Pam Burke says:

    In addition to Tricia’s, I would recommend Sarah Sundin’s and Bodie and Brock Thoene’s WWII books.

  44. This book sounds very good! I really enjoy books, movies and stories about World War II. I’m not sure how that got started considering I’m Mennonite and a pacifist. But there is something attractive about the spirit of unity in the United States and a lure of “simpler” times before computers, drones, instant media, etc. I think it is also partly how the tragedy of the Holocaust tugs at my heart, calling for my sympathy. When I was still in high school I read “My Bridges of Hope” by Holocaust survivor Livia Bitton-Jackson. It remains one of my favorite biographies.

  45. Linda Borromeo says:

    All the books on this blog tour sound wonderful and are on my reading list. Some favorites from the past are “For Such A Time” by Elyse Larson, “The Secret of the Rose” series by Michael Phillips and Sarah Sundin’s series of books.

  46. Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I would recommend any from the WWII blog tour authors! I love your books, historical or modern. Keep writing, please!

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