Thursday, October 1, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - THREADS: A Depression Era Tale by Charlotte Whitney

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Threads by Charlotte Whitney. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: THREADS: A Depression Era Tale
Author: Charlotte Whitney
Publication Date: November 19th 2019
Print Length: 326 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
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It's a boring, hardscrabble life for three sisters growing up on a Michigan farm during the throes of the Great Depression. But when young Nellie, digging for pirate treasure, discovers the tiny hand of a dead baby, rumors begin to fly. Narrated by Nellie and her two older sisters, the story follows the girls as they encounter a patchwork of threatening circumstances and decide to solve the mystery.

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EXCERPT:
When I got home from high school today, Jeepers, I knew immediately that something wasn’t right. Aunt Hazel and Ma were sitting out by the milk house on a couple of turned-over pails, and Irene and Nellie were sitting on the ground close by. All of them were looking towards the lane that goes down to the two meadows and onto the woods and crick. The county sheriff’s car sat empty near the silo. No one was talking.

Worried, I raced across the yard. Could Pa have gotten hurt? As I ran toward Ma I looked over at the west field and saw Ace and King hitched up to the wagon piled with brush. Rover was sleeping near the wagon.

It looked like Pa had finished about half of the field, but he was nowhere in sight. Pa never leaves the horses hitched up when he isn’t working. When he comes up for noontime dinner he al- ways puts them in the barnyard so they can rest, too. Naturally, I panicked.

When Ma saw me running over she jumped up and walked over to me, a strange look on her face.

“Is Pa all right?” I blurted out.

“Yes, yes,” Ma answered. “He and Elmer are down in the woods with Sheriff Devlon.” Nellie pushed me aside and threw her arms around Ma’s legs.

“Nellie thinks there’s a dead baby in the woods,” Irene piped up, all knowingly. “The Sheriff’s gone with them to look at it. Who in their right mind would bury a baby in that woods? Nellie musta gotten it all mixed up.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charlotte Whitney grew up in Michigan and spent much of her career at the University of Michigan directing internship and living-learning programs. She started out writing non-fiction while at the University and switched to romance with I DREAM IN WHITE. A passion for history inspired her to write THREADS A Depression Era Tale chronicling the stories of three sisters on a farm during the throes of the Great Depression. She lives in Arizona, where she loves hiking, bicycling, swimming, and practicing yoga.

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GUEST POST:
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- Which real life mystery has you most intrigued?

Given my penchant for the 1930’s, and for strong female characters, it will probably come as no surprise that I am fascinated by Amelia Earhart. As you probably know, she was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became a celebrity, setting a number of aviation records and writing books about her experiences. The mystery is that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared on July 2, 1937 and investigators have been searching for her and her plane, ever since. 

On that morning they took off from an island in New Guinea, while attempting to fly around the world. They never made it to their next destination that night, Howland Island, in the Pacific Ocean, 2,500 miles away. It was speculated that they had run out of fuel and crashed into the ocean and drowned. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard provided a huge search mission by both air and sea, to no avail. To date they have never been found, nor has their twin-engine plane been discovered.

Several theories have been posited regarding Earhart and her navigator. The one I’m most intrigued by is that they made an emergency landing in the Marshall Islands and were captured by the Japanese who took them to the island of Saipan, not far the island of Guam. In Saipan they were supposedly incarcerated in an old jail. When my son had a law internship on the island of Saipan, I visited the primitive, old jail ruins, imagining the horror of being captured, perhaps tortured. During World War II, seven years later in 1944, the U.S. won the island after a bloody three-week battle with the Japanese. The jail remained, but there was no sign of Earhart or Noonan. Of course, by then, more than one-thousand remaining Japanese on the island had committed suicide. There was no one who could answer any questions about the aviation pioneer.

What many people don’t know is that Amelia Earhart wrote several best-selling books about her aviation experiences. 20 HOURS, 40 MINUTES is a description of her flight across the Atlantic, and FOR THE FUN OF IT is an autobiographical account of her interest in flight from childhood through her 1932 trans-Atlantic flight. LAST FLIGHT published in 1937, is a compilation of her diaries during that fateful last trip.

While I have not mentioned Ms. Earhart in THREADS which is set in 1934, it’s possible that the characters had heard of her, even on their farm in rural Michigan. She became a household name in 1937 after her disappearance.
GIVEAWAY:
Charlotte Whitney will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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50 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. 

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  2. Love new to me authors. Means more books to read.

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  3. Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for hosting.

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  4. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  5. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  6. I enjoyed the guest post, I have always been fascinated with Amelia Earhart as well, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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  8. This sounds like a very good book.

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  9. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. I like the cover. It looks pretty accurate for the period.

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  11. Enjoyed the post, sounds good!

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  12. This is a time period that I have not read many books about.. Think I will like this book.. Thank you....

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  13. I enjoyed the excerpt. thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Sounds like an interesting story and I'm anxious to read this one!

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  16. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  17. This sounds like a great book with a lot of mystery.

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  18. I agree with wanting to know more about Amelia Earhart; both my twins did reports on her as well.

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  19. We are having a very warm (80°+) day for October.

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  20. Oh wow!! this sounds like a wonderful book, nothing like a bit of mystery and I wonder who that baby belongs to. Great looking cover and looking forward to reading this.
    @tisonlyme143

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  21. What is your five year plan for writing?

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  22. Congratulations!! Your book sounds wonderful!!

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  23. sounds like a fun one

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  24. What have you felt discouraged writing?

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  25. I hope everyone is having a great day!

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  26. What was your best writing moment?

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  27. Charlotte Whitney is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this.

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  28. Have to say this due to your bio ~ Go Blue :-)

    Also, new to me author, looking forward to more

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  29. This book sounds great! I would love to read it.

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