So…today is Wednesday, people, and I know I made up this whole thing about how I post bookish things on Thursdays, hence the name “Book Thursdays,” but apparently, all authors do not cater to my blogging schedule. Ah, well. Wednesdays are great too, therefore, I declare today Book Wednesday. 🙂
I have a cover reveal for an author today, Miss Jack Lewis Baillot. I have not read any of her books yet, due to them being currently edited and on their ways to be republished and me not having the time to review this new book just yet, but I hope to soon.
This is her new book, Brothers-in-Arms. It looks mighty intriguing, I’ll say, and with that, I’ll leave you with the synopsis.
Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler’s Germany?
Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high.
With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they’ve always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet’s heritage a secret. Taking his best friend’s safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations.
With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can’t be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.
I’m really excited to read it. Ever since I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, World War II Germany has really interested me. Everything that went on was so horrific, what with the Hitler and the Nazis and the brutality of persecution and concentration camps among other things. I can’t enjoy reading about the pain, but books set in that time period, whether fictional or true accounts, are so eye-opening and bring me back to that place in history.
Now I’m sure that you all would like to read about who Jack is before picking up her newest book. And ha, you’re all in luck, because I have a bio and picture right here.
Jack is one of those strange people who calls herself an Author. She spends a lot of her time writing and even less time editing. She likes to write about friendships which is partly how Brothers-in-Arms came to be. More than ten years in the making, this is the book she dreaded the most writing, but which also has the most meaning for her.
When Jack isn’t writing, which doesn’t happen too often, she keeps busy with various other hobbies – such as reading, playing the bagpipes to the dread of her neighbors, and drinking tea – which might not be considered a hobby by most but which should be.
She lives in a cabin in the woods with her dog and a library which isn’t quite equal to Prince Adam’s but will be given enough time and a secret doorway.
Now, if you’d like to contact her, she’s on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and also has a blog. Click on the links below to find her in those online places. Her blog is lovely and amusing, and she taunts all of us with the fact that 99.9% of us don’t know her real name (because Jack is a pen name) or have seen a picture of her face. Quite clever, actually.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JackLBaillot
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JackLBaillot
Hmm, am I forgetting something? Oh, right! The cover!
Ta-da! Here it is. The long-awaited piece of artwork to represent a deep story. Interesting, isn’t it? It seems to tell two stories while still presenting just one. I’m looking forward to reading it. Keep your eyes peeled for the release of this book, coming soon!
How about you? Does this seem like a book you’d like to read? Let me know in the comments!