Thanks for swinging by for a stop in the blog tour in honor of the launch of WWII, when Germany invaded Poland. Be sure to read to the end for the questions you’ll need to be entered in the grand prize of eight books plus a separate giveaway for a copy of my WWII novel Shadowed by Grace.
For my offering in this tour, I’ve created a prequel to my novella in Where Treetops Glisten. In this you’ll see how the heroine of White Christmas learns about the invasion. I hope you enjoy! It was such fun to come back to Abigail Turner and imagine how she would have reacted to the news.
Prequel to Where Treetops Glisten
Classes dragged all afternoon as Abigail Turner shifted from room to room. It might be September 1st, but she’d rather be about anywhere but sitting in classes. The weather still whispered to her the refrain of freedom and summer, while the calendar yelled the reality of school and drudgery.
Finally the bell rang signaling the end of the day. She grabbed her bag and cardigan and joined the flow of students racing out of the old high school.
She waved good bye to a couple classmates, but instead of heading home, she turned west and walked downtown. The many shops didn’t grab her attention. She wanted a fountain cherry Coke and a few minutes with Father. Today hadn’t been one of his days in court, so maybe she’d be able to do her homework in his extra office and walk home with him.
At the corner of Sixth and Main her steps took her to the door of Glatz’ Candies. One day she’d work here making the candy and drinks she loved. She just had to convince her parents that a job would give her a little independence. The long glass case revealed row after row of sweets, but Abigail bypassed them. Today she just wanted a Coke. She could read her history text while waiting.
A low murmur filled the room. It went beyond the normal post school flow of people. Instead there was a stiffness and almost harried undertone to the words. Abigail flashed a smile at the young woman behind the cash register. “A cherry Coke, please.”
Hannah Morris’ return smile was fleeting. “You’re usual on such a day, Abigail?”
“What do you mean?”
“You haven’t heard?” An eyebrow quirked as Hannah grabbed a glass and filled it with ice.
“I must not have.”
“One of the reporters from across the street ran over not ten minutes ago with the word that Germany’s invaded Poland.”
Abigail turned the words over in her mind. The summer had been filled with talk of Germany, but she wasn’t quite sure why this mattered so.
Then someone bumped into her shoulder. She knew without turning it must be Sam. A year ahead of her at school, he was a senior and ready to tackle the world like he tackled men on the football field. “It only means we’re that much closer to entering the war.”
“But we have no treaty with Poland.” That’s what always confused Abigail. Everyone seemed to jump from small countries in Europe to the United States joining in.
Sam’s grin didn’t reach his brilliant blue eyes. “No, but England and France do. Mark my words, once England is attacked we’ll throw in with them.”
As Hannah handed her the finished drink, Abigail followed Sam to a booth. Others crowded in around them, an edge of excitement in their voices. Yet all she could think of was the families in the way of the Germans. God help them all.
For a chance to win ALL EIGHT 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. The contest opens September 1, 2014 at 6 am EST and closes September 6, 2014 at 11 pm PST. The winners will be announced on Monday, September 8, 2014.
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Question from Cara’s Post: Where does Abigail Turner want to work? (Keep the answer, but don’t answer in the comments). If you win the grand prize, you’ll need the answers from each post in the tour!)
Be sure to go to the BLOG TOUR PAGE to enter the grand prize: one of each WWII novel from eight authors. And you can enter below for a copy of Shadowed by Grace or Where Treetops Glisten. Good Luck!
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