Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sarah Sundin's Blue Skies Tomorrow

Sarah Sundin lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

She is the author of the Wings of Glory series—A Distant Melody (Revell, 2010), A Memory Between Us (2010), and Blue Skies Tomorrow (August 2011). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

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Blue Skies Tomorrow

Blue Skies Tomorrow is the third book in the Wings of Glory series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II. Each book stands alone.

Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

Here's an excerpt of Blue Skies Tomorrow:

Helen Carlisle strolled up G Street, careful to keep a pained expression. Some days the performance of grief was easier than others, but it was always necessary for her son’s sake.

She shifted two-year-old Jay-Jay higher on her hip and inhaled the Delta breeze, flowing fresh from the San Francisco Bay into the Sacramento River Delta, rain-scrubbed and scented by new grass on the hills.

With a bump of her hip, Helen opened the door of Della’s Dress Shop and set her notebooks on the table by the door.

From a picture frame on the table, Jim Carlisle smiled up at her—long, lean, and handsome in his Navy blues. The hometown hero. Was he wearing that uniform when a Japanese torpedo slammed into his destroyer off Guadalcanal?

She pressed her fingers to her lips and then to the cold glass over Jim’s cold face. But a scan of the shop revealed no sign of her in-laws. Footsteps came from the back room and the curtain swished open, so Helen repeated the performance, laid another kiss on the portrait, and lifted it for her son. “Give Daddy a kiss.”

Jay-Jay mashed his palm over his mouth, making a crunching sound, and passed the kiss to the father he couldn’t remember.

A crunching sound? Jay-Jay’s cheeks stretched rounder than usual. “Sweetie, what do you have in your mouth?”

He shook his blond curls, his mouth clamped shut.

“Let Mama see.” Helen dropped to her knees, pinned the boy on her lap, and pried open his mouth. He howled and flapped his arms at her.

“Please, sweetie?” Nausea billowed through her. Chunks of slimy gray shell lay in her son’s mouth. She’d set him down for a minute, only a minute while she hung the thermometer poster in the window of the Red Cross Branch Office to monitor the War Fund Campaign.

You can purchase Blue Skies Tomorrow from Amazon.

Sarah is giving away a copy of Blue Skies Tomorrow. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an incredible book. I would be grateful to win it! Thank you for the chacne!
Kelly Y.

Judy said...

This book sounds like a great read. I would love to win a copy of, Blue Skies Tomorrow.

Thank you for this giveaway.


Marjorie said...

I have the first 2 books in this series and would love to read this one.
A super giveaway, thanks for the chance to win it.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

PriviesAndPrims said...

I'm hooked! I wanna read it!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Tracy Smith said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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Charity U said...

Oh, please please please please do enter me! I read this one and loved it. :)

Rebecca said...

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


Marianne said...

Thanks Esther and Sarah...would love to know more about this book via reading it. Thanks for the post and interview and chance to win! mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Pam K. said...

I've been wanting to read this series for awhile and have the second book in my to be read pile. It would be great to win a copy of Blue Skies Tomorrow so I could just continue on with the story. I do like that all the books stand alone.
Thanks for giving away a book!


ann said...

This sounds like a great interesting book I would enjoy reading

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lgm52 said...

Oh, my...this looks really good. I'd love to win it!

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read sarah's latest novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

This sounds like a great book. Please enter me.


Sarah Sundin said...

Thanks everyone - I'm honored so many people want to read Ray & Helen's story!

Margaret Metz said...

Great verse! I love the interview and look forward to reading the book. Thanks for a chance to win it. :o)

Laura J said...

This looks like a great book.

I'd love to read it.

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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