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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blog Tour: Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity for providing a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review. The opinions contained herein are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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The year is 1945. The war is over and 21-year-old Betty Lake has been invited to Europe to sing in a USO tour for American soldiers who now occupy Hitler's Germany. The first nights performance is a hit. Betty becomes enthralled with the applause, the former Nazi-held mansion they're housed in and the attention of Frank Witt, the US Army Signal Corp Photographer. Yet the next night this songbird is ready to fly the coop when Betty's dear friend, Kat, turns up missing. Betty soon realizes Franks photographs could be the key to finding Kat. Betty and Frank team up against post-war Nazi influences and the two lovebirds' hearts may find the each other.
But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon.

Tricia Goyer is another author that I found through the Litfuse Nest Blogger program. I've reviewed several of Mrs. Goyer's books, including The Swiss Courier, Every Sunrise, A Whisper of Freedom, and Generation NeXt Marriage. Each book has confirmed that Mrs. Goyer is an author worth reading.

Songbird Under a German Moon is another winner for me. The romance of a bygone era lives and breathes within its pages, and the mystery is intriguing, making you want to keep reading so you can find out what really happened. Some of the plot twists were not complete surprises, but they were exciting nonetheless. The characters felt human, and the details included in the story showed that Mrs. Goyer took the time to thoroughly research her subject.

If you like romantic fiction set in the WWII era, you'll enjoy reading Songbird Under a German Moon.

You will find links to other bloggers' reviews at the blog tour post.

Songbird Under a German Moon is available in your local bookstore, at Wal-Mart, and everywhere you shop online.


Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime.

She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005.

In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions.

She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana. Find out more about her and her books at


Monday, March 08, 2010

Daisy, Daisy ...

Give me your answer, do.
I'm half crazy
All for the love of you.

I swear I have never sung the chorus of "A Bicycle Built for Two" as often in my life as I have since we acquired our dog Daisy! Nearly every time I say or think her name, I begin singing, which is really beginning to annoy me despite the fact that I do like the song.

I never wanted a dog, but of course the children did and were continually asking for a dog. I always referred them to Daddy, and his answer was always no. A neat, reliable system. I just didn't count on Pookie's prayers.

I should have known from past experience that her prayers were likely to be answered. She prayed for a brother (and announced to her teachers and friends that I was having a baby boy a couple of months before I was even pregnant - boy, was that interesting!) and got one. She has prayed for other things we had no intention of getting for her and has received them. A dog proved to be no exception.

Daisy appeared at our house one on a Monday. Next thing I knew, the children were playing with this strange dog, petting her, and trying to get her into our backyard - something which I absolutely forbade. When she was still hanging around the next day, the kids did get her into our backyard and gave her food.

When I spoke to Mr. Incredible on the phone, he told me to make the kids get her out of the backyard. They did, but they continued to leave food for her under a tree just outside our backyard gate.

On Wednesday, Daddy relented and said that if the dog was still hanging around we should put her in our backyard and try to find her owner. Of course she was still around. After putting her in the backyard, I searched online and called the local animal shelter to see if anyone was missing a dog fitting her description.

The animal shelter told me that there was only one dog reported missing that might be the dog in our backyard. After receiving my permission, the shelter called the owner of the missing dog and gave her my contact info. She called within minutes. Our conversation convinced me that the dog in our backyard might actually be her dog. I gave her our address and she immediately came to find out if we had her dog.

The kids were ecstatic when the lady said that we didn't have her dog. That night, the kids were more thrilled when Daddy told them that we could keep the dog if we couldn't find her owner.

We haven't found her owner, and Daisy is now a member of our family. Although I didn't want a dog, if I had to have a dog, Daisy is the kind of dog I would have chosen: calm, well-mannered, intelligent, good with children, quiet, patient, and even-tempered. She rarely barks and appears to like everybody in our family equally well.

Why is she now named Daisy? That was the name of the missing dog, and the girls decided that's what they wanted to call their dog. So now I have that song permanently stuck in my mind.