Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Broken Wings Series by M W Arnold

Welcome to my stop on the Broken Wings series by M W Arnold. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the first book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Air Transport Auxiliary Murder Club!

Four ladies of the Air Transport Auxiliary bond initially by solving the mystery of who was responsible for the death of one’s sister, finding along the way a mutual love for solving mysteries, which have an unerring knack of landing in their laps. Battling both internal forces and those of the country’s mutual enemies, these are sweeping stories of love, mysteries and hope, set against the backdrop of war when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong.
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Title: A Wing and a Prayer
Series: Broken Wings #1
Author: M W Arnold
Publication Date: November 9th 2020
Print Length: 290 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
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When Betty Palmer's sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.

Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle's complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty's sister.

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EXCERPT:
“Mind the duck!”

Mary’s warning was a smidgeon too late. Betty turned her head toward the shout just when she needed to do the exact opposite and keep her eyes on the path.

“Aargh!” cried Betty as she was sent sprawling to the ground.

A loud, angry, “Quack! Quack!” was followed by a flurry of wings and feathers as the slightly stunned duck half flew and half staggered to the sanctuary provided by the river.

“I did tell her to watch out for the duck,” Mary muttered in her own defense as they rushed to help Betty to her feet.

Penny and Doris took an arm each as Mary reached to retrieve Betty’s handbag. It had landed precariously close to the edge of the river, and the dastardly duck was snuffling at it before Mary seized it and handed it back to Betty.

“Mary!” cried Betty. “Grab that envelope!”

Swiveling, Mary saw a large brown envelope and stooped for it before it could fall into the water. “Got it!” she yelled, waving it in the air. Unfortunately, the envelope being upside down, the contents spilled onto the ground around her, luckily missing going into the river. She bent down to pick them up and was surprised to discover they were all newspaper cuttings.
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Title: Wild Blue Yonder
Series: Broken Wings #2
Author: M W Arnold
Publication Date: July 26th 2021
Print Length: 388 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
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Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he's stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she's determined to clear her name.

Ruth's POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny's estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.

In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.

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Title: I'll Be Home for Christmas
Series: Broken Wings #3
Author: M W Arnold
Publication Date: October 20th 2021
Print Length: 276 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
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A mysterious key left by her murdered sister takes Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Betty Palmer on a journey of discovery and danger. Her estranged parents force themselves back into her life, motivated purely by greed and self-preservation.

Penny's life is unexpectedly turned upside down by a potentially life-changing situation that causes her wounded husband to question their marriage. No one seems safe in the turmoil of the middle years of the war, and some relationships face a breaking point whilst others become stronger.

Kidnap, crashes, and dogfights—the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club have never faced such dangers before. To survive may not be enough. They must find the strength to rise above their most trying times yet.

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Title: In the Mood
Series: Broken Wings #4
Author: M W Arnold
Publication Date: TBA
Genre: Historical Mystery
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Coming soon!

















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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mick Arnold is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Were-Cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.

Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. In the Mood will be his fourth published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

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GUEST POST:
Write what you know; is often the first thing out of the mouth of any author when they’re asked, ‘What should I write?’ I love history and the same day this was suggested to me by an author I knew, I caught a program on television about the women (men did the same job of course) pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary who ferried aircraft to the operational squadrons around Great Britain. Now, that sounds interesting, I thought. So, I spent the whole of the rest of the day scrolling through the internet for anything along the same lines, not realising I’d stumbled upon what was going to be my genre.

A Wing and a Prayer’, the first book in what’s become my ‘Broken Wings’ series wasn’t planned. A couple of years ago, I wrote and had my first book published, ‘The Season for Love’, a contemporary Women’s Fiction story. I followed this up with a bout of ill health which lasted the best part of two years. This was where my good author friend popped up and suggested it would help to write something new, instead of taking up an unfinished project. The theory was, by going for a new, unrelated project, I could take myself somewhere I hadn’t been before. It seems to have worked.

I’m usually a pantser but on this occasion, I found myself planning out a saga novel. I’d only ever read a couple but with help and suggestions, again from the same friends, I knew what it needed to read like. Quicker than I’ve have thought, this novel came together and the The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club was born! I didn’t set out to write a mystery into the story of how four girls from different parts of the world find a way of living and working together, yet the first scene in the story sets the scene with one of the girls sisters being found dead in the cockpit of a Tiger Moth biplane!

I served for over sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, travelling all over the world and, of course, the United Kingdom. Some of the bases I served on were once visited by these brave people I've written about and I feel honored to play a small part in keeping their story alive and in, perhaps, bringing it to a new audience. Their bravery needs to be heard about and with the ‘Broken Wings’ series, I hope to be able to perform this task I've set myself.
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GIVEAWAY:
M W Arnold will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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60 comments:

  1. A Wing and a Prayer in the series Broken Wings #1 by author M W Arnold sounds like a book that will sweep readers away to another time and place.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. That's so kind of you to say, Nancy - Mick (M W Arnold)

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  2. this sounds like a wonderful story

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  3. I really love the covers and the excerpt.

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  4. Just back from work, so I can now enjoy myself! Thank you so much for hosting me. I wish you and your readers all my very best. Keep safe all! Mick xx

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  5. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Well Jamie, it's been said many a time, but write what you enjoy and don't give up. There's no point in writing in a genre you'd never read. All the best of luck! Mick (M W Arnold)

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  6. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. I like the cut of your jib (and taste) lol! Mick (M W Arnold)

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  7. The book sounds intriguing. Love the cover!

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    1. Hi Pippi. After a long day at work, I'm now smiling ;-) M W Arnold

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  8. Great guest post and excerpt, Broken Wings sounds like an excellent book for me to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

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    1. And my smile gets wider...thanks so much Stormy! Mick (MW Arnold)

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  9. The book sounds interesting. Thanks.

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  10. These are books I know I will enjoy.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    1. I really hope you will. Thanks, Mick (M W Arnold)

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  11. Have you ever seen the Beach Boys in concert? Do have a favorite Beach Boys song?

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    1. Hi, Many times, even once at Caesers Palace in Vegas in 1987. Last saw them as part of the 2012 celebration, but won't go and see the Mike Love show now, that's not the Beach Boys I remember. Was lucky enough to be at the premiere of Smile in London too. Favourite? Difficult, but I'd probably say, a toss-up between 'Please let me Wonder' and 'Surf's Up' (Brian's original).

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  12. I enjoyed reading the excerpt for this series!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  13. All these books sound absolutely amazing and I can't wait to read them all. Thanks for your great generosity. Linda. May

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    1. What a wonderful thing to say. Thank you! Mick (M W Arnold)

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  14. I love the covers! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  15. This sounds like a great historical read. I love reading stories set in this time period.

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    1. I hope not to disappoint you, Katie. Take care, Mick (M W Arnold)

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  16. What's your signature alcoholic drink?

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  17. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

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    1. It hasn't been too bad. New job is going well, so far ;-) I hope yours turns out good!

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  18. looks like a fun one

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  19. What has been your favorite road trip?

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    1. Hmm...well, if we're talking about one I can remember, it'd have to be when four friends and I followed the Beach Boys on a concert tour around Europe back in 1987. 6 days, a way too small car, 3 concerts in e different countries and no showers!

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  20. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. Oh yes! Usually the Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, ACDC or Vivaldi!

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  21. I like all the books and love the covers!

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    1. You are most kind to say so. Thank you very much, Anita.

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  22. what decade would you pick to live in if you could?

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    1. I'd have to pick an age to be too...if I was in my early 20's, then the early 70's.

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    1. And thank you for popping over. I much appreciate it.

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  24. How do you think we should warn future inhabitants of earth about nuclear waste?

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    1. Very serious question! I think we also have to include a warning about the dangers of plastic. Basically, the world needs a wakeup call now!

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  25. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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    1. Yes, though I settled for using my real name and initials. Most writers in my genre are women but, hey, if it's good enough for JK Rowling...lol

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  26. Do you have characters living in your head?

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    1. All the time. Fortunately, that usually brings up ideas for new books.

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