Monday, August 12, 2019

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dragonfly by Leila Meacham

DRAGONFLY
by
LEILA MEACHAM
  
Genre: Historical / WWII / Espionage
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 
Date of Publication: July 9, 2019
Number of Pages: 576

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes a gripping new novel about five young spies embedded among the highest Nazi ranks in occupied Paris

At the height of World War II, a handful of idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the government, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds-a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer-all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of her or his own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly. 

Thus begins a dramatic cat-and-mouse game, as the group seeks to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But...is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

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PRAISE FOR DRAGONFLY:
Meacham’s impeccable pacing and razor-wire tension evoke the daily drama of life under a Reich whose French reign might have lasted little more than four years but felt like the thousand years that it threatened to endure.” ―Bookpage

"Meacham's nail-biting tale will please fans looking for an intricate story of spycraft and deception." ―Publishers Weekly

"Meacham ratchets the suspense ever tighter, while providing fascinating backstory on the intrepid five [American spies] as well as delivering a detail-rich portrait of Paris during the Occupation." ―Booklist

"Complex, epic, and rich in historical detail-an uplifting story of finding friendship behind enemy lines." ― Kirkus
Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the bestselling novels Roses, Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and Titans.

- You grew up in Wink. What was that like and how do you think that later informed your writing?
Despite the sandstorms, desert (and deserted) landscape, and the appearance of hard-scrabble living, my West Texas hometown was a magical place to grow up. Life revolved around school, community, and church activities, and oil tax revenues paid for the best public education money could buy. It was a halcyon time before TV, video games, and smart phones so we kids had to provide our own entertainments. These were played outside the house in a world beyond the living-room couch and required physical exercise and social interaction and imagination. Girls played games like Jax and pick-up sticks, hop-scotch, jump rope. With the boys, we played marbles, hide-n’-seek, cowboys-and-Indians, Annie-Annie Over, and built forts out of Christmas trees, flew kites, rode bikes, and built scooters out of wooden fruit crates. And of course there was reading, the favorite pastime of summer.

- What authors did you read growing up? Did you ever dream of being a writer?
I never paid too much attention to authors’ names unless of the ilk of C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain, but some of the titles I remember to this day. Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, The Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows spring to mind. After the elementary years, I graduated to heavier stuff and by the time I graduated from high school, I believe I had read every work of fiction in the county library. I especially enjoyed the novels of the likes of Elswyth Thane, Fennimore Cooper, and Storm Jamison, authors you never hear of anymore. No, I never dreamed of becoming a writer, though I enjoyed writing themes and research papers in school.

- What Texas authors do you enjoy reading?
Larry McMurtry, Sarah Bird, and Steven Harrigan among numerous others who claim Texas their home.

- You were a school teacher, a military wife, and a corporate executive wife. How did these experiences affect your writing?
They didn’t actually, or at least in no way that I can recall. I’ve never felt inclined to incorporate aspects of the classroom, military life, or business world into a novel, perhaps because my curiosity to research and learn about topics that I know nothing about outweighs a desire to write about personal experiences.

- What is your creative process like? How often do you write? How much time do you spend on research? Do you have beta readers, etc.?
I wake at five and begin writing shortly thereafter until eight o’clock. I take a 30-minute walk, come home and eat breakfast, then go back to the computer around nine. I write until 11:30, break for lunch and a nap, then return to the novel until six o’clock. I keep to this schedule five days a week unless interrupted by appointments or errands or phone calls or the pleasure of social meetings or the occasional lunch with friends. In addition, I usually get in a couple of hours of writing on weekends. I do general research on a topic I’m curious about but have no knowledge before I begin a novel and out of it emerges the “inciting incident” that will drive the plot and shape the characters. Specific research I do as the narrative takes shape. I have only one reader, a friend who is a fictionaholic and a very astute one at that. I read the week’s output to her over the telephone. I have found her ear and my voice invaluable editing tools. Her ear picks up any jangling note, and my voice catches a glitch in the rhythm and flow of the sentence.

- You’ve been publishing bestsellers for five years. What’s been the key takeaway for you?
The wonderfulness of people who love to read books. The news media would have us believe that the human race is going to hell in a handbasket, but my writing journey has led me to places and people that dispute that reporting. When I am old and gray and full of sleep, as William Butler Yeats expressed it in his immortal poem, I hope I’m fortunate to remember most of all the marvelous encounters with the good people I met along the way.
The author, Leila Meacham, at a publisher's dinner in Paris, France.
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Win a  signed hardcover of Dragonfly by Leila Meacham. There will be two winners!
August 7-17, 2019
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