May/June 1945 枝広げ 追手惑わす マンゴの木 Eda hiroge Oite madowasu Mango no kiThe great mango tree Hides me from my searching foes Under wide branches. NIGHT PATROL Luzon, 1945 Outside the closed perimeter, we wait Until full dark; then , at a word, we go Like green-clad ghosts to stalk the distant foe. Still harbingers of … Continue reading The Poetry of War Sonnets: Hunter and Hunted
Tag: historical fiction
Book Review: Sisters at the Edge of the World, by Ailish Sinclair
At Stane Hame, a first-century tribal village near Cullykhan Bay in Scotland, Mooragh, spiritual leader of the Caledonia tribe known as the Taezali, worships at the standing stone--the place where she hears the Goddess.* They communicate with visions: Mooragh is mute. She is also young--perhaps in her teens. Far too young to be a spiritual … Continue reading Book Review: Sisters at the Edge of the World, by Ailish Sinclair
2022 Book Recap
2022 is now at an end and I've completed my task of seeing how many books I read in a year. I tend to read two books at a time: one ebook that I read while exercising and at lunch, and a hard-copy that I read at bedtime. Two at a time works out okay, … Continue reading 2022 Book Recap
We Interrupt Your New Year’s Eve Celebration…
Congratulations, your book "War Sonnets" is the bronze category winner for "Historical General" in the 2022 HFC Book of the Year contest. Attached is the award badge and if you need physical stickers for your books, please let us know and we can send you the private link and password for ordering. What a way … Continue reading We Interrupt Your New Year’s Eve Celebration…
The Poetry of War Sonnets: War Zone
Leo's troopship lands in the Lingayen Gulf in early February 1945, shortly after the main assault force lands in late January. They meet no resistance, but the remnants of battle are fresh. Leo's sonnet envisions the landing troops that preceded him. Tadashi and Kaito, the only survivors of the raid on the Cabanatuan POW camp, … Continue reading The Poetry of War Sonnets: War Zone
Book Review: “The Unlocked Path” by Janis Robinson Daly
In 1897 Philadelphia there are limited choices for young women. If one has enough connections they will be invited to be "presented" at the annual Charity Ball, a fast ticket to a society marriage and a comfortable life. But Eliza Pearson Edwards wants none of it. Eliza has grown up in a family dominated by … Continue reading Book Review: “The Unlocked Path” by Janis Robinson Daly
A Five-Star Review for “War Sonnets”!
While I'm (not so patiently) waiting for responses to my search for an agent/publisher for War Sonnets, I decided to submit the manuscript to the Historical Fiction Company for a review. I so desperately needed some kind of moral boost! As the days passed, I realized that whatever the results, it would be a make … Continue reading A Five-Star Review for “War Sonnets”!
The Woman of “War Sonnets”
There is little room for women in a World War II novel. But to Tadashi, there is only one woman who matters anyway: his wife, Sachiko. Most marriages in early twentieth-century Japan were "arranged"; Tadashi's was no exception, and he feels honored by the gods when he realizes how much he loves her. Sachiko is … Continue reading The Woman of “War Sonnets”
New Years Resolution?
I'm always reading. Usually two books at a time: one for reading during the day, another for bedtime reading. So I decided that this year (you could call it my New Year's Resolution), I'm going to keep track of what I read. (the first two were started in December, but finished in 2022 so, hey, … Continue reading New Years Resolution?
Meet the Men of “War Sonnets,” Part Three
When I last wrote about my War Sonnets characters, I had no idea I'd be adding a bunch more. Major changes took place in my most recent draft (Draft Three), the largest of which is the expansion of Tadashi's story to include more depth, more chapters and more characters. Let me introduce Tadashi's latest comrades: … Continue reading Meet the Men of “War Sonnets,” Part Three