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!
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.
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.com, TheBetter
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