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Promise For Tomorrow, a World War II series
 
Friends and Enemies

A heartbroken German widow. A grieving American airman.
They meet when he’s shot down. She agrees to help.
Then they’re betrayed.
            Widowed seamstress Heidi Wetzel finds new meaning in life by caring for evacuated children on a farm in war-torn western Germany. Never a supporter of National Socialism, she takes pleasure in passive resistance, but must exercise caution around neighbors who delight in reporting to the Gestapo. Having lived in the United States, she wonders about her friend Rachel.

             Flying cadet Paul Braedel’s wife dies while he trains for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following bereavement leave, he joins a navigation class. He’s lost his zest for life and heads to England, not caring if he lives or dies.
            When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, he evades capture and, for the first time since Rachel’s death, hears the voice of God whisper guidance. “Find Heidi.”
            Heidi meets a man she recognizes from her high school days in America. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution, but she agrees to help.
            She takes him to the farm to pose as a convalescing German soldier. Through her brother’s underground contacts, Paul acquires German ID papers. Before he can journey along an escape route, they’re betrayed and the Gestapo comes calling. Together, Paul and Heidi flee across Germany in a desperate journey for Allied lines.

2013 Category 5 Contest Historical Winner

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No Neutral Ground

Germany rejected him. America took him in. Now he’s back,
at war with his homeland and his father, who turned his back.

After his father divorces his mother because of her Jewish ancestry, Rafe and the rest of his family flee Germany. As a B-17 navigator, he returns to Europe. On the ocean voyage, he meets Jennie, an artist journeying to Sweden to work with the OSS.

Flying missions against his former homeland arouses emotions that surprise Rafe. Despite being rejected, he is troubled by the destruction of Germany and his heart still cries for his father’s love.

Sweden may be neutral, but it’s full of intrigue. Jennie assists the OSS at the American legation in Sweden. She thought she’d be doing passive, behind-the-scenes work. Instead, she’s pushed into an active role to gain intelligence and frustrate the Germans.
            How can Rafe and Jennie succeed in their dangerous roles when they are so conflicted?

2012 ACFW Genesis Historical Finalist, 2014 Genesis Semi-Finalist

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Soar Like Eagles

She wants to do her part for the war, but struggles to maintain her ideals.
He joins the air force, hoping to find peace.
            Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale.
Believing wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements and transfers to France, away from Chet, the airman she’s falling for.
            Chet’s father always belittled him. Now a well-regarded navigator, he longs to prove him wrong. He’s ditched in the North Sea, parachuted into France, and been called before a review. His focus changes to staying alive and winning the Red Cross girl he keeps crossing paths with.

2013 ACFW First Impressions Historical Winner



                                                                                       



 A Stand-Alone WWII Novel

Wheresoever They May Be


A sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. 


Frank Swanson has plans. He has good job prospects, maybe even broadcasting in Hollywood. He has a beautiful wife. The war is an interruption to a good life he’s eager to get back to.
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
 Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They’re all doing their part for the war. The enemy kills none of them, but sometimes, the enemy can be hard to identify.

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The Hope of Christmas





Three heart-warming historical short stories of Christmas, including my Typhoon Prompting
A destroyer escort is among the smallest of warships, but the USS Tabberer has the heart of a giant. A typhoon threatens the US Fleet in the Pacific during World War II, days before Christmas. The men of the Tabberer stand tall as they rush to the aid of their fellow sailors. For Seaman Jerry Collier, the typhoon prompts a greater awareness of what he wants in life. First, though, they have to survive.
This is a companion story to Wheresoever They May Be.