Category Archive: WWII

Cover Reveal for The Redgrave Murders

Today I get to reveal the cover for my July release, The Redgrave Murders.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Here’s what the book is about: Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well.… Continue reading

Cover Reveal for Defiance

Today is the cover reveal for my next novel, Defiance. It’s been kind of hard for me not to post it all over the internet until today, so I’m glad I don’t have… Continue reading

March Meme Madness, Week 1

Defiance comes out in a month! To celebrate, I’m posting memes with quotes from the novel. I took a day off from writing a few weeks ago and made several. It was fun… Continue reading

The Good Word Podcast

This past spring I was interviewed on the Good Word Podcast. The host, Nick Galieti, interviewed as many of the Whitney finalists as he could during April and May, and since then he’s… Continue reading

The 70th Anniversary of D-day

Seventy years ago today, American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in the largest amphibious invasion in history. It wouldn’t be overly dramatic to say they were on a… Continue reading

How to Code Messages Like a WWII Spy

This blog post will take you through the steps of encoding a message using double transposition, just like British and American spies did in WWII. Should you feel like trying it out, it… Continue reading

Things not to do if you’re an agent in a Nazi-occupied country

This past summer I read a nonfiction book about several British agents who went into France during WWII as part of the Special Operations Executive. SOE was created by Winston Churchill to “set… Continue reading

The 69th Anniversary of D-day

Last year I posted some pictures my sister took of the WWII memorial in Washington DC. Now that another anniversary of D-day has rolled around, I thought I’d post those pictures and captions again.… Continue reading

Sweeney Todd, Sherlock Holmes, and Stephen Ambrose

A friend of mine asked me about the name of one of my characters, Sherlock. He’s in Sworn Enemy, a British medic and a paratrooper, and his real name is Richard Holmes. I… Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Sworn Enemy

Here’s the cover for my new novel coming out in April: And here’s what will appear on the back cover: June 1944: As World War II rages, the people of Eastern Europe are… Continue reading

What’s in a Name? Part Two: Commander Courage and Other Names That Border on Perfection

I recently read an article about the first naval battle of Narvik, which took place in April 1940 between British and German ships in Ofotfjord (also called Narvik Fjord) in Norway. I won’t… Continue reading

What’s in a Name? Part One: Paulus and Paullus

Seventy years ago today, on February 2, 1943, the last German troops in Stalingrad surrendered. The fight for Stalingrad was huge in terms of lives lost and prisoners taken. (Estimates of total casualties… Continue reading

My New Maps

I didn’t have a map for my first novel, Espionage. Most of the novel took place in Calais, France, so hopefully it didn’t need one. But when two test readers for my next… Continue reading

Research Finds: Unusual Stiches and a Little-known Battle

One thing about writing historical fiction—you have to do a lot of research. Good thing I like learning new things. A lot of tidbits I come across won’t appear in one of my… Continue reading

Hitler and Revenge

You’ve probably heard the saying “revenge is a dish best served cold” (often attributed to the Klingons). Apparently, it’s something Adolf Hitler missed, and today I’m going to make the wild assertion that… Continue reading

The 68th Anniversary of D-day

Today is the 68th anniversary of D-day. In honor of the men who fought so hard to secure our freedom, I’m posting some pictures from the World War II memorial in Washington, DC.… Continue reading