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Love and War
A country under attack and the story of one woman’s fight to protect England and her heart.
1941. The German war machine has crushed all of Europe-only England holds fast. To force a surrender, the German Luftwaffe bombs cities and villages the length of the country. As the battle rages, Britain is in desperate need to put more pilots in the air.
To free up more men a new unit is formed: The Ack Ack Girls. These special teams of courageous women will now fight in the anti-aircraft stations. Determined to be part of the effort, Ava Armstrong, volunteers for one of the special teams.
Her unit just happens to be located near an RAF airfield teaming with pilots. Sparks fly, and not just from artillery, when Ava crosses paths with Chris Fairfield, a handsome and cocky pilot stationed there. But nothing is easy in time of war, not even love.
Read an Excerpt
“I guess you’re anxious to join your mates again.”
“I’m anxious to get in the air again. I do miss my friends, terribly. We’ve flown together since ’39. We were in the thick of what the politicians and press called the Battle of Britain. Unfortunately, they’re not sending me to my old squadron.”
A sad, resigned expression crept into his eyes, similar to her mother’s when she spoke of what the war did to Ava’s father.
“We didn’t bother to label the attacks,” Chris continued. “To us, they were constant dogfights from hell. I lost friends. Squadrons are a tight circle. We know how each other thinks, how the pilot on your right or left will react. That’s devilishly important when you’ve got Gerries swarming all around you. Folks made heroes of us, which we never gave credence. To us, we did the job we were supposed to do.”
“Let us have our heroes, Chris. We need them, especially now. It may have been just awful dogfights to you but it meant the world to us on the ground.”
The pain of losing his friends left his face. “You’re kind. Thank you.”
“Where are they sending you?”
“I’m reassigned to the twenty-ninth squadron at Hawkinge.”
It wouldn’t hurt to let him know she was from the area. Maybe, if she had more than a day’s leave down the road and went home, he might invite her for tea. It appeared he wasn’t the wanker she thought. “Really? I’m from Canterbury.”
“Canterbury. We’re practically neighbors. I’m from down the road, Ashford. How have we missed each other all these years?” He winked and the dimple in his chin deepened.
About the Author:
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.
I’m currently working on the Bloodstone Series, which is historical suspense with romantic elements. I’m also writing a world war two romance series, The Love and War series.
My past series include my historical/time travel romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters.
Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and two wild and crazy rescue dogs.
6 thoughts on “Spotlight featuring The Ack Ack Girl by Chris Karlsen w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @chriskarlsen1 #historicalfiction #romance”
Cute Cover! It sets the stage for the book.
Do you have any plans for the rest of the weekend?
I’m obsessed with history and I’m surprised that I haven’t learned about the ack ack girls before, even in college history courses. That needs to change. Thank you for sharing
A period in history that fascinates.
Sounds like a good book.
Thanks for hosting!