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Day 5 | End of The Week Wrap Up

It's already Friday, which means that today's the last day of the AWGF blog tour. WHAT?! Well, that week went fast! To celebrate the release, I've been drinking lots of coffee. But I would drink lots of coffee even if I wasn't celebrating a book release ...

Anyway, to wrap up the blog tour Emily Chapman and I both wrote a guest post. Emily wrote about How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane over on Joy's blog. I for one need to read and learn from that! I feel like I have so many deadlines to meet these days!

I posted on Esther's blog, sharing tips on how to create a character who comes to life on the page. Here's a sneak peek:

3. Make Them Lovable and Relatable
Even though my readers got aggravated with Gi for making stupid decisions, they still seemed to like her! This is crucial, because the last thing I’d want is an unlovable character. She has her stubborn streak and sinful pride, but Gi is also a bit silly, offbeat, loving, and compassionate. I tried to balance out her flaws and weaknesses to make her real.

Day 4 | A Package of Books + An Interview

Guess what came to my doorstep yesterday? (Well, not doorstep. The UPS guy still thinks we have a dog and he leaves packages a few feet away from the door.) 10 beautiful copies of Ain't We Got Fun! When Emily and I started the publishing process, we agreed that although kindle is really nice, we for sure wanted AWGF in paperback. There's just something about holding a real book, flipping through the pages, and setting it on your book shelf ...

Day 3 | The Writing Process + Behind the Scenes

   Since this week has been full of reminiscing about when Emily and I first began our AWGF letters, I was remembering when I wrote the final letters, and where I was at the time. Like most of you already know, we alternated posting the letters on our blogs during the month of January. My mom, sister, and I were spending the month at my older sister's house because she was expecting her fourth bambino. It was a kinda crazy month because not only was I helping watch my nieces and nephew, but I also was approving the It Took a War audio book, and trying to keep up with the AWGF letters. I also wrote 20,000 words of Resist while I was there. I actually got a lot done!

It went something like this .... =)

Day 2 | AWGF Reviews

       As I'm writing this, I'm being very Gi-like and drinking a large mug of coffee and trying to embrace my messy, curly hair. Although Gi and I both have our coffee and crazy hair, we're looking at two different scenes outside our windows. That black and white photograph is what Gi sees while peeking out her window in NYC. Me? It's overcast, but I see mountains and more mountains. I'm definitely not a city girl. Gi and I are so drastically different in many ways ... I'm an introvert, Gi's an extrovert. Gi takes off to NYC on her own, I'm a homebody. And yet, I found her extremely easy to write. I think it's because I have two very extroverted sisters. =) 
   Well, I stayed up really late last night watching When Calls the Heart, and reading about Women Heroes of WWII, so my grand plans of waking up early and writing this post didn't happen. Sorry guys, but I had to find out if Hortense Daman, the Belgian partisan courier, survived the war. (She did.) Anyway, it's day two of AWGF's blog tour! There are two brand new reviews out there this morning!

AIN'T WE GOT FUN Release + Giveaway!

Once upon a time, two teenage girls began reading each other's blogs. Their names were Emily and Emily. They found out that they had 4 big things in common: Being homeschooled, their Christian faith, their love of writing, and, quite obviously, their name! They began commenting on each other's blog posts, and eventually started emailing each other in June of 2012. 
They helped each other through writing struggles and rejoiced with each other's writing victories. They facetimed, chatted on google, and eventually got to meet each other in July of 2013. They both had the same dream. They wanted to be published authors, and God made it happen. They both published a book within the same year. Emily Chapman's Cry of Hope released in March of 2014, and Emily Ann Putzke's It Took a War released in December of 2014. For a few years these two girls thought it would be fun to write a book together. So they tried to write one, but life was too busy and their handwritten letters were soon forgotten. But in December of 2014, Emily Chapman suggested that they try writing a story again, this time posting them on their blogs as they wrote them. They alternated the letters on their blogs throughout the month of January. Many more emails ensued and they collaborated on plot ideas and fangirled over each other's characters. Meanwhile, their faithful followers encouraged and cheered them on, which gave the girls an idea. After the story was finished, they decided that they would publish the letters into a beautifully bound book in May of 2015.

Joe | Waist Gunner on a B-17

What were you doing before you were in the military?

I was out of high school about 6 months and from the time I was out of high school till I was drafted I worked in a manufacturing plant. I graduated at 17 ½ and you had to have your parents permission to go in under 18 but my mother wouldn’t sign for me. I had to wait till I was 18 to be drafted. At the time that I went in, you couldn’t choose your branch of service if you were drafted, only if you enlisted before 18.

I was drafted and sent to New Jersey for induction. The first thing they did was shave most of your hair off and give you a winter coat that was about down to your ankles, and shoes you could turn around in and they’d still be facing the other way. They gave us a bunch of aptitude tests and I was a very good typist. So one morning while we were waiting for further assignment, someone called my name out in the barracks and he says, “Follow me.” So down the street we go, and we come to this big impressive building, up the steps, down the hall into an office complex with soldiers sitting at the desk. “Have a seat.” I sat down and pretty soon a high ranking officer sat down and he’s looking at these papers and he says, “Well … your aptitude test shows you're a good typist.” And I said, “Yes, sir.” He said, “We’re going to keep you right here in Fort Dix … we need you.”  “Sir, “I said, “what am I going to tell my grandchildren? I fought the war in Fort Dix?” Wrong thing to say. He looked at me and I can still feel the eyes boring right through. He said, “Soldier, you're in this army to do what you’re told.” “Yes, sir,” I said, “but I’d prefer to fly.” He said, “You do as you’re told.” I said, “Yes sir,” and away I went.

Well, then about a few nights later they told us we shipping out the next day. So they marched us down to the train station. The base had its own train station. There were 13 coaches on this train and then were were three pullmans. They got the pullman car and they called my name. I said, “Boy, I’m must be going right to the front. I guess I’m gonna be canon fodder.” So I get on the pullman and it was dark. The train traveled all night and in the morning we were in Pittsburgh. We had breakfast served to us, the whole works. I says, “Boy. I oughta be dead in two weeks.” So on we went. We were almost to Texas before I knew where we were going … the Air Force. I think that officer did it. He saw my enthusiasm. And I ended up in the Air Force.