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 about our stories, our research, and our unique settings. With each blog 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 books release.
- 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 gather the answers, you may download the Word document on the BLOG TOUR PAGE.
The Art of War
Edward Wesley Wedge was from a small Northern Michigan town, just outside of Port Huron. “On the tip of the thumb“, he’d always say. He was one of the flyboys – the young Yanks who took to the air, defending the skies over Europe. As far back as I can remember, this former B-17 co-pilot’s stories were a part of the conversations over just about every holiday dinner table we ever had. We heard about the series of exploding bombs that pierced the sky in a line leading up to his plane…one more and their crew would have taken a direct hit. He talked about how cold it was “up there” in the skies, how your fingers felt like ice and your breath froze on air. He recounted stories of the boys who survived. And we listened, gathered around a table, being reintroduced time and time again to the generation of men and women who gave so much.
Late in his life, I asked him: “Grandpa, what was the one thing you remember from the war?” I expected to hear another story of his flight missions – this first of which was in a plane dubbed Lucky. Or maybe he’d talk about why our nation went to war. Would he tell us about rations? Sending letters home to his young wife? Would he talk about the bombing missions, the food drops, the triumph of the Allies?
None of the above. My grandfather, “Big Ed”, thought about it for a moment, then quietly answered, “You never made friends; the moment you did, the next day they were gone.”
And so my heart for this WWII generation was cultivated at a very young age. And by the time I reached college, my heart was further prepped to stumble upon the story that would change my life: the art of Auschwitz.
I first learned of the art of the Holocaust during a Modern Art survey course. It was something I’d never heard of before – the camps had rich cultural communities within their barb-wire walls. Auschwitz had official orchestras? Prisoners created art even while they faced death? This idea of the art of creation, the beauty of the human spirit was so moving, so inspiring yet haunting in a way I couldn’t explain.
How could the Nazis be so focused on the humanities, yet so horribly apathetic to the horrors they were committing against the human race?
Prisoners risked their lives to create non-commissioned art, rendered in secret – drawings, paintings, even writing and composing music – all while facing some of the most horrific circumstances of the war. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has many examples of the some 1,600 works of art left behind when Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army in January, 1945.
In writing The Butterfly and the Violin, I wanted to tie Adele’s story of survival back to a piece of history that was left behind for the generations that came after my grandfather’s. Sera James, a gallery owner from present-day Manhattan, stumbles across the painting of a Holocaust victim – Adele – and like so many others before her, the course of her life is forever altered because of it. WWII became more than a story in a history book – it came alive.
The photographs of flight crews, letters sent from war to sweethearts back home, even the haunting images of art left behind in the barbed-wire shell of a liberated Auschwitz… These are the voices we have left of this great generation. They’re the art of war.
For a chance to win a SIGNED COPY of The Butterfly and the Violin —
TODAY’S QUESTION: The Butterfly and the Violin weaves together contemporary and historical storylines. What object unites the characters from the two time periods?
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!
In her historical series debut, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives to produce a poignant tale of the power of love and faith in difficult circumstances. Those interested in stories of survival and the Holocaust, such as Eli Weisel’s Night, will want to read. — Library Journal, Starred Review
In chapters alternating between past and present, debut novelist Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith. — Publishers Weekly
May we never forget.
In Christ’s love,