Welcome to the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour! I’m so glad you’ve joined us! 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 15, 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.
Is Art Worth Saving?
I’m so delighted you joined me on this tour of WWII. Shortly after D-Day, the Monuments Men landed in France and began their journey toward Germany. But did you know there were already Monuments Men in Italy? In fact, I have a scene in Shadowed by Grace that recreates what happened in the Rome newsroom when the reporters learned about D-Day.
Imagine you live in Italy during the war that came to be known as World War II. Your country started the war as allies of Germany and Hitler, but now, it’s early 1944 and the political landscape has changed. Your former ally is now entrenched in your country, as your former enemy now slogs up the mountained boot of your country in an effort to push the German Army back into Germany.
All across your country are landmarks, works of art, and more that are irreplaceable. Many date back before the Roman Empire. Now, your former ally is taking altar pieces, paintings and sculptures with them as they slowly retreat. And less than a handful of your former enemy are trying to work with art superintendents across the country.
Who are these men? The Monuments Men. Their purpose? To save the items and places that are western civilization.
During WWII, the military and political leaders were confronted with a new challenge thanks to the advent of aerial bombing on a large scale: whether they should attempt to protect landmarks and art. If so, how should they do that?
The powers that be determined it would be a small group of architects, sculptors, museum curators and more who would follow immediately behind the front lines and shore up battered buildings, work with local officials to identify missing masterpieces, and occasionally stand toe to toe with the big-wigs to argue why the battle shouldn’t be fought in specific places.
This elite group served as the inspiration for my latest book Shadowed by Grace. In its pages, I explore the job of the Monuments Men in Italy. There’s romance, mystery, and an impossible search as well. But I was originally drawn to the story because of the impossible, but oh so important, job the Monuments Men performed.
Today’s Question: Which country in Europe did the Monuments Men serve in Shadowed by Grace?
And don’t forget to enter my separate giveaway below and follow the blog tour to the end for a chance at all ten of our books. There are some great titles out there! 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.