Saturday, June 25, 2011

Patty Smith Hall's Hearts in Flight

A romantic at heart, Patty Smith Hall is an award winning, multi-published author. Her stories of encouragement and hope can be found in Guideposts, Journey and Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul.

Her Genesis award winning manuscript, Hearts in Flight, will be released by Love Inspired Historical in July, 2011. Patty resides in Georgia along with Dan, her husband of 28 years.

You can find Patty online at

Hearts in Flight

Serving her country as one of the Women's Army Special Pilots is Maggie Daniels's dearest wish. But there are obstacles to overcome above and beyond the enemies in the Pacific, including her overprotective family, skeptical fellow pilots—and handsome, distant squadron leader Wesley Hicks. Whatever it takes, Maggie will prove herself to Wesley, until she succeeds in winning his admiration…and love.

Wesley can see that Maggie's a first-class pilot. She's also too fearless by half. The war has cost Wesley so much already. Can he let go of his guilt for a chance at happiness—and can he learn to trust in God…and Maggie…enough to believe in love for a lifetime?

Here's an excerpt of Hearts in Flight:

Georgia 1943

"You'll never catch a husband if you keep messing with that plane."

Maggie Daniels bumped her head against the instrument panel, the memory of her mother's words at the breakfast table faintly ringing in her ears. She leaned against the weathered pilot's seat, her fingers lifting to the knot forming at her hairline. Well, someone had to get her plane, Old Blue, up and running or Daniels's Crop Dusting would be permanently grounded.

"Ms. Daniels?"

The deep timbre of a man's voice rumbled against the worn-pine hangar like her two-seater right before takeoff. Hidden from the intruder's view, Maggie peeked over the cockpit. Less than a wingspan away, an unfamiliar man stood with his back to her. A field of khaki cotton stretched across his broad back, his olive suit coat flung over his shoulder like a kite's tail.

What's a flyboy doing in my hangar?

"There's no telling where the woman is at." The plane shifted slightly as he leaned against its nose. "I've got other things to do than stand around here."

Heat crept up Maggie's neck and into her cheeks. Why was it that men, at least the ones she knew, didn't seem to have a patient bone in their bodies? Always assuming that a girl was more interested in what she put on her head rather than what she put in it? She poked a stray curl into the wool binding of her snood. Well, this war had changed all that, and if she could put her two cents in, she would say it's about time.

She grabbed the leather handrail and pulled herself upright. "Lookin' for me, mister?"

The man turned. Steel-blue eyes stared over darkened lenses, sending her midsection into a tailspin. Taking a deep breath, Maggie climbed out of the cockpit and shimmied off the wing.

"So, you're my new pilot?"

The question irked her. "That depends." Maggie leaned back against Old Blue. "Who are you?"

The man stepped closer and extended his hand. "Captain Wesley Hicks."

First rule of war—trust no one. Maggie stared at his outstretched hand. "Could I see some ID, please?"

He reached into his jacket, his mouth a grim line as he pulled out a worn leather wallet. He extracted a blue card and handed it to her.

Maggie skimmed over the typewritten information before settling on the black-and-white photo. The grainy photograph couldn't blur the determined set of the man's jaw or the sharp intelligence lighting his eyes. Something told her she'd have to watch out for this one. She handed it back to him. "So what brings you all the way out here, Captain Hicks?"

He pocketed his wallet. "Major Evans thought it would be a good idea if I met you before you continue your training on the B-29."

"No disrespect, but I'm home on family business." She patted the run-down crop duster, the feel of warm metal beneath her fingertips more steady than her life had been in the last few months.

"My condolences on your uncle."

"Thank you." Maggie stared out the hangar door toward the house, a gold star hung proudly in the front window. It still didn't seem real that she would never see Jackson again, at least not this side of heaven. She gave the antiquated plane one last pat before dropping her hand to her side. Blue had been Jackson's responsibility before he'd joined the air force to fly bombing raids over occupied Europe.

"I have to be honest with you." The captain cleared his throat, jarring her away from her somber thoughts. "You're not quite what I expected."

The gruffness in his voice put Maggie on alert. "What exactly were you expecting, Captain?"

"When I was given the assignment to train Air Transport Command pilots for the B-29, I didn't know I'd have a woman in the ranks."

Maggie stretched to her full height and looked up. He towered over her like a hundred-year-old pine. She pressed her lips together. "Is that a problem, Captain?"

A muscle in his throat jerked as he glanced at her. "Not unless you make it one."

"Why would I?" She balled up her hands to keep from shaking her fist at him. "I'm only trying to serve my country the best way I know how, transporting planes to airfields all over the country so that able-bodied men can be assigned to squadrons on the front."

"I hope that's true, because we're not talking crop dusters here, Ace." Flinging his coat on the wing of the plane, the captain tugged at his tie as if it were a noose around his neck. "This is the big leagues."

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Patty is giving away a copy of Hearts in Flight. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Lynda Schab said...

I love Patty! She is a true Southern sweetheart. Had the pleasure of meeting her when she lived in Michigan, but then she had to go move back to Georgia. Sigh... :-)

Hearts in Flight sounds wonderful. I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of "Hearts in Flight". I love the cover of this book!

Thanks for the book giveaway!



PriviesAndPrims said...

totally different story line. Should be interesting!

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Jackie S. said...

Patty's book is definitely on my "wish list"....hope I win it!
Just another Georgia reader....

Leanne said...

I'd love to read this book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Charity U said...

Please enter me! :)

ann said...

Enter me in the giveaway please.


apple blossom said...

love the love inspired books please include me in this giveaway thanks

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Marianne said...

Hi Esther and Patty! Thanks for the grat interview and post, and chance to win! mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Tracy Smith said...

Great interview!! I love this blog!! Hearts in Flight sounds likea a great book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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Jo said...

Patty's book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it. Please enter me


lgm52 said...

Sounds wonderful...loved the excerpt!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This book looks amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Amy said...

A beautiful cover. Sounds like a great story. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

This book sounds good.


noseinanovel said...

This is such a unique premise! I love the time period. Please enter me :)


Patty Smith Hall said...

Hi Everyone and thanks for dropping by! I see a lot of familiar faces and feel so blessed to have you come 'visit' while I'm here!


Merry said...

My oldest sister is a pilot and had a friend that was a pilot during this time period. Please add me!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Katy said...

Thanks for the chance. Looks like a neat book!


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