The Boys of Summer Now Available!

The Boys of Summer400x600I can’t tell you how delighted and excited I am to finally be able to present to you The Boys of Summer. This novel hold a special place in my heart, due to the enormous amount of research I found myself doing when I started a little fact-checking for background information.

It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it? It started with a simple scene concept: I wanted to place one of my characters in an RAF fighter pilot’s uniform and have him leaning up against a Spitfire. You might ask, what does that have to do with a contemporary romance about a locations scout for a film company and an ex-Air Force pilot? That’s a good question because the answer is: not much. However, this image just wouldn’t leave me. I decided that I would incorporate it in a little dream sequence, nothing much, just a little nod to WW2 and back to the main story.

Once I began researching the time period, however, I got completely sucked in. I was frankly appalled at how little I knew about the history of WW2, and the Battle of Britain in particular. Germany had been cranking out airplanes and pilots prior to the invasion of France, with the idea of tackling Britain from the air and reducing resistance to rubble, prior to launching a simultaneous land and amphibious attack. It was one of the largest and most prolonged air campaigns, and sustained bombing attacks, as well. For just over four months during the summer and early fall of 1940, a comparatively small force of British pilots held off the Luftwaffe. The inability of the Germans to force Britain into surrender or defeat marked a major turning point in the war. Because Germany couldn’t destroy Britain’s air defenses, Hitler decided not to launch Operation Sea Lion against Britain.

The dream sequence became a major segment of this story. I don’t want to give away too much, but the stories I read of the heroism and acts of everyday ordinary fortitude just blew me away. It became very important to me to try and depict some of what I learned about this time period. I hope that I’ve captured even a fraction of the essence of what it was like to live and fight–and love–during that time. I hope you will enjoy this story and share it with others, too.

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      • I’ll write more about The Boys of Summer when I’m not quite so dizzy & besotted [what?–I get this way after immersing myself in a book that grabs me up & swoops me along] but I wanted to tell you right away that its extended dream sequence is brilliant. Of course the whole story sets it up & gives it context; I don’t at all mean that I didn’t enjoy the whole book. But that relatively brief section packs a devastating emotional punch made even more poignant because it’s historically accurate. Really, I think it may be the best stuff by you I’ve read–& you know I’ve been a serious fan for years. πŸ˜‰

        I know it’s been tough to find & claim time & energy for writing. From my POV, TBoS proves the struggle is worth it!

        • *big fat stupid grin*

          You don’t know how delighted (and relieved!) I am to hear you say that! πŸ™‚ I knew I was taking a big chance by including such a long and detailed dream sequence and that it wouldn’t work for everyone. I’m just so glad you *got* it and understood what I was trying to do here!

          That just makes my whole day–thank you!
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  1. Who did this cover? It’s amazing…I’m not much of a historical reader, but one, I’m a huge fan of yours…two, it sounds wonderful…and three, this cover is beautiful…so yeah, I’m headed out to get it now…

    • The cover was by the incomparable Reese Dante, and I swear, she’s psychic! When she came up with the image of the young pilot, that was exactly how I pictured the main character, Rick Sutton, in his early twenties. I adore this cover! πŸ™‚

      Oh, you don’t know how happy it makes me to hear that you’re a fan! Seriously, blushing here now! Thank you!
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      • So, I mainlined it yesterday at work (Thanks Amazon Cloud!) while I was supposed to be, you know, working. What a beautiful, gut-wrenching story. Am I allowed to have my own personal fanon, though? In my head, the whole lyrical dream interlude (sobs) they both had, read to me as Fate’s way of slapping them upside the head. That they really did live back then, the war separated them through death, but now have a second chance to be together. Also, the camp they found after crashing was where WWII David ended up at (dying there) and the identity disc they found was WWII Rick’s, that David kept. I’ll stop rambling now.

        What a gorgeous story, and so very vivid. It kept startling me when I looked out the windows at work, and it was overcast, dark, and rainy.

    • The cover is gorgeous, isn’t it? I am thrilled with it! Oh, I so hope you like this story–when I wrote the prolonged ‘dream sequence’, I knew I was taking a major risk here, and that it wouldn’t work for everyone. But after researching the era, and in particular, the Battle of Britain, I just couldn’t use what I’d garnered as a simple one-off for the protagonist–I felt like I had to do justice to the period. That just wasn’t possible in a single scene.

      When you get around to reading it, please do come back and tell me what you think–I would love hearing the opinion of a history buff!
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