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Glenn Miller’s Last Flight

Today, as I finally begin to feel the approach of Christmas, I'm in the mood for...Glenn Miller. I always think of him around this time of year. Have you seen the movie, The Glenn Miller Story, starring James Stewart and June Allyson? It's fabulous and I never tire of watching it, but I warn you,… Continue reading Glenn Miller’s Last Flight

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On This Day in 1939

September 3rd 1939 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declares Britain is at war with Germany. On the 1st September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, attacking all fronts. People throughout Britain heard the whispers of war grow and grow and by the morning of the 3rd September 1939, the tension hung in the air of many a household. Chamberlain… Continue reading On This Day in 1939

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On This Day in WW2

The beloved film, The Wizard of Oz opened today, August 25th 1939 in theatres throughout America. Starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. The film was based on the children's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Also on this day in 1944, Paris is finally liberated following many days of fighting between the… Continue reading On This Day in WW2

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On This Day in World War Two

On August 23rd 1940, the British destroyer, Hostile, strikes a mine off Cape Bon in the Strait of Sicily while on passage from Malta to Gibraltar and is later scuttled. HMS Hostile. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Also on this day, King George VI orders all Germans and Italians to be stripped of their British titles… Continue reading On This Day in World War Two

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On This Day August 20th 1941

On this day in 1941, Drancy Internment Camp opened as an assembly and detention camp for Jewish people who would later be deported to other camps elsewhere. Originally built as a modern urban community, named La Cite de la Muette - The Silent City - it was situated in Drancy, a northeastern suburb of Paris,… Continue reading On This Day August 20th 1941

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On This Day, August 21st, in WW2

Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. The film starred Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari and the fabulous Glenn Miller Orchestra. It features Dorothy Dandridge who performs "Chattanooga Choo Choo", which did of course receive a nomination for an Oscar for Best Song, was later inducted into the Grammy… Continue reading On This Day, August 21st, in WW2

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Nancy Wake’s True Love

When I first decided to write about SOE heroine, Nancy Wake, I read the tiniest snippet about her beloved husband, Henri Fiocca. It wasn't much to go on, but it gave me an insight. Having watched and re-watched Nancy in interviews she gave over the years, I gained more insight whenever she was asked or… Continue reading Nancy Wake’s True Love

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Anzac Day 2021

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. It also commemorates all those who contributed and suffered as a result of their service. It is annually observed on April 25th, the day… Continue reading Anzac Day 2021

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Nancy Wake, Gestapo’s Most Wanted by Suzy Henderson

"I hate wars and violence but if they come then I don't see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas." Nancy Augusta Wake. My novel, Madame Fiocca: A WWII Novel, is based on the life of Nancy Wake, the famous SOE heroine, journalist and French Resistance… Continue reading Nancy Wake, Gestapo’s Most Wanted by Suzy Henderson

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On Tour with Madame Fiocca

This week I'm on tour with my latest release, Madame Fiocca. For those who don't know, it's about Nancy Wake, the infamous SOE heroine, journalist and French Resistance courier. Here's a piece I wrote for Viviana Mackade's fabulous book blog today. To read the entire piece click the link below: https://viviana-mackade.blog/2020/03/09/on-tour-with-madame-fiocca-by-suzy-henderson-and-meet-the-author/comment-page-1/?unapproved=32162&moderation-hash=684d3ec31090c1487941ac2f9acc95e1#comment-32162 Finding Nancy Wake by… Continue reading On Tour with Madame Fiocca

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On Tour with Madame Fiocca by Suzy Henderson and Meet the Author

Join me here at Viviana Mackade’s wonderful book blog and discover more about Nancy Wake, the lady behind my latest book, Madame Fiocca. Enter the giveaway for your chance to win a free copy of the book.

Viviana MacKade

This is so interesting!

Madame Fiocca by Suzy Henderson released in December last year in the Adult, Historical, Young Adult genre.

February 1933: Nancy Wake is a gregarious twenty-year-old looking for adventure. Having fled her unhappy family home in Sydney, she becomes a journalist and is thrilled when she is posted to Paris. Thecity is glamorous, brimming with journalists, artists, and a growing number of refugees.

Later, in the French Riviera, she uncovers more than news following a chance encounter with wealthy industrialist, Henri Fiocca. Their relationship blossoms as Hitler makes waves across Europe. While onan assignment in Vienna in 1938, she witnesses Nazis whipping Jews on the street and she vows to fight for justice if ever the opportunity arises.

When Henri is called to the Front to fight, Nancy, determined to help the war effort, joins the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. Every day she witnesses atrocities. When Paris…

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New Year New Books Fete & Prize & Giveaway

N.N. Light's Book Heaven New Year New Books Fete running throughout January. Open internationally. Runs January 1 - 31 2020. Draw to be held on February 1, 2020. Calling all readers! It's a brand new year and I'm ringing in 2020 with N. N Light's Book Heaven New Year New Books Fete. 39 books from… Continue reading New Year New Books Fete & Prize & Giveaway

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The Moments that Define Us

People often ask me when I began to write and why. Well, the answer is, it crept up on me. My first desire to write cropped up during my English lit degree with the Open University. For those of you familiar with the OU, one chooses which module they wish to study from a selection… Continue reading The Moments that Define Us

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Penny Dreadfuls – Only a Bit of Fun?

Today I welcome fellow author, Pam Lecky, who's here to tell us about her latest novel, No stone Unturned, book one in a new crime series. If you enjoyed a good old execution in the 18th or early 19th century, it was possible to buy a crime broadside at the hanging which was produced by… Continue reading Penny Dreadfuls – Only a Bit of Fun?

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Cover Reveal

Madame Fiocca By Suzy Henderson Marseille, September 1939. War is coming. Nancy Wake is a gregarious twenty-seven-year-old about to marry wealthy French industrialist, Henri Fiocca. When Henri is called to the Front to fight, Nancy, determined to help the war effort, travels to Paris to join the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. Every day she… Continue reading Cover Reveal

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Serenade To Lost Voices

My love of military history has led me to the most fascinating discoveries - of people and their stories. Of those, one, in particular, stands out from the crowd. Serenade To The Big Bird was written by 1st Lt. Bert Stiles, of the United States Air Force. Before this, Bert flew bomber missions as a… Continue reading Serenade To Lost Voices

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New Release: The Betrayal by Award-Winning Author, Anne Allen.

Today I'm so pleased to welcome historical fiction author, Anne Allen, whose latest book, The Betrayal, will be released tomorrow, October 20th. Hello Anne and welcome! Congratulations on the new release! This is a very exciting time for you as you're launching the sixth book in The Guernsey Novels series and I'm sure you have… Continue reading New Release: The Betrayal by Award-Winning Author, Anne Allen.

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New Release: The Du Lac Princess

Today I'm thrilled to announce The Du Lac Princess - a fantastic new release by award-winning author, Mary Anne Yarde, available to buy now. For fans of her series, The Du Lac Chronicles, this latest release is certain to be a hit with new and existing fans alike. Blurb War is coming… The ink has… Continue reading New Release: The Du Lac Princess

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New Release & Guest Post by Author Jennifer Young

  Today I’m honoured to host my friend and fellow author, Jennifer Young. Her latest novel, After Eden, (book 2 in the Dangerous Friends Series) is released today and she has generously agreed to tell us a little about writing a series, something I've never done. Welcome, Jennifer. Congratulations on the latest release. Over to you: I… Continue reading New Release & Guest Post by Author Jennifer Young

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Interview with Author Samantha Wilcoxson

Today it's a pleasure to have historical fiction author, Samantha Wilcoxson with us to chat about her writing life. Her latest novel, Queen Of Martyrs was released on April 12th, 2017, and is the third book in the Plantagenet Embers series. Welcome, Samantha. How have you found the publishing process so far? Now that I’ve… Continue reading Interview with Author Samantha Wilcoxson

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Waltzing to the Tune of the Past: A Guest Post by Author Pam Lecky

  This week I have the pleasure of author Pam Lecky, who has written a beautiful piece about the story and the inspiration behind her latest release, In Three-Quarter Time, a historical WW1 romance. If you have ever spent time digging around in your family history, you will know how addictive it can be. Like… Continue reading Waltzing to the Tune of the Past: A Guest Post by Author Pam Lecky

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Spotlight on M.C.V. Egan & New Release Death of a Sculptor.

It’s a pleasure to host you here today, M.C.V. Egan. Welcome. To get warmed up, can you please tell us about the premise of Death of a Sculptor. Thank you very much for inviting me. Death of a Sculptor is a murder mystery in which the reader sees the story from a variety of points of… Continue reading Spotlight on M.C.V. Egan & New Release Death of a Sculptor.

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New Release & Interview With Author Jennifer Young

Today I'm honoured to have my friend and fellow author Jennifer Young here to talk about writing and her latest release.  Welcome, Jennifer. It's a pleasure to have you here today and congratulations on the release of your latest novel, Blank Space.  Can you tell us which book has influenced you the most?  I’m not conscious… Continue reading New Release & Interview With Author Jennifer Young