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Dear Friends & Readers,
Cheers! I've been in my writing cave for the past six months, and it's hard to fathom that summer is well underway. I cannot wait to send off my manuscript of The Last Plane To Honolulu to my editor (soon), so I can focus on the release of Radar Girls on July 27. As it turns out, dual timelines are not as easy to write as one might think.
I have some fun updates for you:
6 Book Giveaway
The Lieutenant's Nurse is only $1.99
Radar Girls Book Club Guide
Upcoming Author Events
A favorite review
I am SO excited to share that Cassandra Campbell is the narrator for Radar Girls. If you've listened to Where The Crawdad's Sing, then you know how amazing she is.
Signed copies of Radar Girls are available at Da Shop: books + curiosities in Kaimuki. You can preorder online. They are also having a BOGO sale, so if you preorder from them, you can get one of my other books for 40% off (while supplies last)
For anyone in Australia/New Zealand, Radar Girls releases on the 28th of July. Audio too!
Also, please follow me on Instagram @saraackermanbooks and Facebook @ackermanbooks to learn about upcoming interviews, giveaways and events for Radar Girls.
Historical fiction lovers, this one is for you. Read on for a little bit about each of these fabulous novels:
THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS by Kristin Harmel
The New York Times bestselling author of the “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” (People) The Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything.
THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
The USA Today bestselling authors of Meet Me in Monaco, return with a coming-of-age novel in which estranged sisters, Clara and Madeleine Sommers, travel across pre-WW2 Europe to fulfill their dying grandmother's last wish, and complete a journey started forty years earlier, inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Kate Quinn.
RADAR GIRLS by Sara Ackerman
An extraordinary story inspired by the real Women’s Air Raid Defense, where an unlikely recruit and her sisters-in-arms forge their place in WWII history. “This historical fiction novel is empowering... Deliciously visceral, readers will be transported into the dreamy Hawaiian backdrop.” —Bookriot
SISTERS IN ARMS by Kaia Alderson
Kaia Alderson’s debut historical fiction novel reveals the untold, true story of the Six Triple Eight, the only all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, who made the dangerous voyage to Europe to ensure American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II.
Readers of Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz and watchers of The Queen’s Gambit won’t want to miss this amazing debut set during World War II. A young Polish resistance worker, imprisoned in Auschwitz as a political prisoner, plays chess in exchange for her life, and in doing so fights to bring the man who destroyed her family to justice.
I love book clubs, and had so much fun creating the A Night In Hawaii - Book Club guide for Red Sky Over Hawaii that I created one for Radar Girls and The Lieutenant's Nurse, too. Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers will be coming soon. Included in these guides, you'll find a Dear Reader letter; hand picked island music, drinks, and menu; discussion questions and more. These are all on my website AckermanBooks.com.
I'm also happy to mail out signed bookplates (until I run out) to book clubs who have chosen one of my books. Just email me firstname.lastname@example.org with info. Note: the discussion questions may contain SPOILERS.
Stay tuned on my Instagram or Facebook for more events and more details.
Loki the Kona Stories resident cat.
A Review That Made Me Smile
Riveting! 5 star
What an incredible story! I had the pleasure of listening to Red Sky Over Hawaii, by Sara Ackerman at the same time I was reading Radar Girls. Two very good books about WWII set in Hawaii.
Radar Girls is the story of the brave women who stepped into the roles vacated by the men who left to fight in WWII. The training was intense and it took a lot of courage and skill to guide the pilots home under trying the most trying circumstances. The research for this book was impeccable and the author has you on the edge of your chair as the Rascals calculates distance, altitude and weather conditions for the safe return of pilots who were nearly lost to sea. The brave WARDs were an unknown entity in the beginning and came to earn the respect and admiration of men who thought the women were treading into a man's world.
The story takes on several turns, for it wouldn't be a good story without the personal stories of romance, coming of age, sorrow and loss mixed in with a devastating war. I encourage anyone who enjoys a well written war romance to pick up a copy of Radar Girls. What an amazing role in our history these
*Thanks to Pink Granny for the lovely review!*
This is a question that I've been asking myself a lot lately. With five WWII Hawaii novels under my belt, I may be moving to other topics. Will they be historical or contemporary? Will they be love stories or thrillers or a little of both? I'm not sure yet.
I do have one manuscript I wrote a few years back called The Alchemy Room, set at the Volcano (same house as in Red Sky Over Hawaii) and I would love for that to make it out into the world. For now, I will be brainstorming for new book ideas (I do have one idea I love that I keep coming back to which has a small time travel element) while I also work on revisions for The Last Plane To Honolulu. Revisions are daunting, but essential.
I'd love to hear from you about what kind of stories you'd like to see from me next!
- Charlie Mackesy, from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (I'm obsessed with this book)
Thank you for going along on this ride with me. I am so grateful to all my reader friends out there. I appreciate your words of encouragement, reviews, posts, shares, emails, letters and support for my work. Happy summer and happy reading!