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Dunkirk

With the opening of Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk this Friday, I’m pleased to share with you the news of the Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Book Sale. From 7/21-27, more than 50 authors of the FB Second World War Club have joined together to offer you their WWII novels, most at 99c.

Our novels range from military war tales, home front drama and sagas, harrowing accounts of the Holocaust, gripping spy thrillers, moving wartime romances, and much, much more. To see our great selection of WWII books, go to: http://www.alexakang.com/dunkirk-book-sale/

We’ve also got some great giveaway prizes, including the Grand Prize of a paperback copy of Joshua Levine’s Dunkirk: The History Behind the Motion Picture. No purchases are necessary to enter the drawing. Come visit our book sale page to find out more details about our prizes and how to win.

We’re also bringing to you:

  1. A two-part blog series about the Dunkirk. You can read the excellent blog posts to learn more about this historical event by two of our authors, Suzy Henderson (The Beauty Shop) and Jeremy Strozer (Threads of War), here: https://lowfellwritersplace.blogspot.co.uk/
  2. Readings by The Book Speaks podcast of excerpts from All My Love, Detrickby Roberta Kagan plus another novel, both of which are part of the Dunkirk Week Book Sale: https://thebookspeakspodcast.wordpress.com/
  3. Our authors’ pick of the Top 40 WWII Movies: http://alexakang.com/40-recommended-wwii-films-english/

The Second World War changed our world forever. In our stories, we strived to bring you a glimpse of what happened and how everything happened through the eyes of our characters and to let you share their feelings, emotions, fears, and hopes. We are thankful that director Christopher Nolan is bringing this important part of history to the attention of the wider public, and we will try to continue what he had done through the stories we tell.

Shelley

Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, New Zealand

Earlier this year hubby and I visited the Marlborough region in the South Island of New Zealand. I took the opportunity to drag hubby to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center. Sir Peter Jackson donated his collection of WW1 planes and memorabilia to the center and they’re displayed in dioramas, which make the exhibits come alive. I loved this museum, and we spent a couple of hours wandering through and taking photos. I believe Weta Workshops made the models, and they’ve done a wonderful job.

Omaka Museum

Omaka Museum

Omaka Museum

Omaka Museum

This is a selection of photos from the museum. I wasn’t clever enough to take notes of which plane was which, but the scenes looked so real, right down to the mud, snow and tire marks.

After visiting the museum, we drove to Havelock. Hubby has always wanted to dine at The Mussel Pot Cafe and we made a point of having lunch there. The green lip mussels are world renowned and very healthy. I’m not a fan but hubby always enjoys eating a mussel pot.

MusselPotCafe

The scenery was gorgeous as we drove along the coast and back to Picton, the town at the very top of the South Island.

Coastal Scenery Between Havelock and Picton

I love visiting the South Island. Álthough I live in the North Island, the South has a special place in my heart.

Don’t forget to enter the draw to win a copy of The Spurned Viscountess

Do you have a favorite place to visit?

ANZAC Day

Tomorrow it’s ANZAC day (25 April) where New Zealand and Australia remember those who fell at Gallipoli during World War 1.

A few years ago, Mr. Munro and I visited ANZAC Cove and Chunuk Bair in Turkey. We walked from ANZAC Cove up to Chunuk Bair. It was sweltering hot and we were exhausted by the time we reached the top. We didn’t have packs. We didn’t have people shooting at us. I don’t know how the soldiers managed during the heat of battle.

Every year they hold a special service at ANZAC Cove where Australians, New Zealanders and the Turkish people remember.

Here are a few photos. (They’re scanned so the quality isn’t as good as it could be)

Trenches_ANZAC Cove

This is taken from Chunuk Bair and is of the view out toward ANZAC Cove. You can see the trenches in the foreground.

Chunuk Bair

This is the New Zealand memorial.

ANZAC Cove 

This is ANZAC Cove (click to enlarge photo)

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914

Please take a moment to remember the fallen from past battles. Without their sacrifices our lives would be very different.