Monday, September 12, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Ack Ack Girl (Love and War #1) by Chris Karlsen

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for The Ack Ack Girl by Chris Karlsen. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Ack Ack Girl
Series: Love and War #1
Author: Chris Karlsen
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Publication Date: February 14th 2021
Print Length: 221 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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Love and War

A country under attack and the story of one woman’s fight to protect England and her heart.

1941. The German war machine has crushed all of Europe-only England holds fast. To force a surrender, the German Luftwaffe bombs cities and villages the length of the country. As the battle rages, Britain is in desperate need to put more pilots in the air.

To free up more men a new unit is formed: The Ack Ack Girls. These special teams of courageous women will now fight in the anti-aircraft stations. Determined to be part of the effort, Ava Armstrong, volunteers for one of the special teams.

Her unit just happens to be located near an RAF airfield teaming with pilots. Sparks fly, and not just from artillery, when Ava crosses paths with Chris Fairfield, a handsome and cocky pilot stationed there. But nothing is easy in time of war, not even love.
 
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EXCERPT:
Ava put her new uniform bits away. Someone had left a flyer for a pub called the Two Roses in her stand. Skimming it as she headed toward the mess she ran into a solid body.

“Have a care, watch where you walk. You nearly trod on my foot.”

Startled, Ava looked up into a square-jawed, dark-haired pilot with a dimpled chin, who could pass for Cary Grant’s younger brother. Distracted, apologizing escaped her.

“I’d say I accept your apology had I received one.”

“Sorry, I was reading this flyer.”

He eyed her up and down. “You’re part of the new anti-aircraft branch of the ATS.”

“I am.”

He eyed the length of her again but this time a snort accompanied his comment. “I hope you can see planes better than tall men inches from you.”

The cheek of the man! She wasn’t about to let that comment slide. “Had you considered stepping out of the way when you saw me coming?”

“No, why should I? I was in this spot first.”

“What cheek. Pardon me, I’m hungry and you’re boring.” Ava tucked the flyer into her jacket pocket and whispered, “Wanker” as she pushed past. Humming White Cliffs of Dover, he got in the food line behind her.

She paused to decide if she wanted the soupy mashed potatoes. Then a long, blue wool uniformed arm reached over her to take a roll, his tray clinking against hers.

“Excuse my reach but you’re taking too long.”

“You really are a wanker.”

“You wound me.” He pressed his hand to his chest. “At least I’m not a dawdler.” He walked away with his roll before she could offer a comeback.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.

I’m currently working on the Bloodstone Series, which is historical suspense with romantic elements. I’m also writing a world war two romance series, The Love and War series.

My past series include my historical/time travel romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters.

Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and two wild and crazy rescue dogs.

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GIVEAWAY:
Chris Karlsen will be awarding a $20 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 assumes all responsibility.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

66 comments:

  1. I enjoy books like this.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  3. I love story lines in this time period. Looking forward to reading.

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  4. Love historical love stories.

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  5. interesting title, this sounds great

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    1. The title comes from the how the women in the anti-aircraft units were referred to at the time. The teams said the guns made an ack-ack sound.

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  6. I want to thank All the Ups and Downs for the opportunity to feature The Ack Ack Girl. It is a WW2 romance set in England. I really enjoyed writing a story in this time period.
    QUESTION: some of my favorite movies are set in WW2. I'd love to here some of your followers favorite movies for that time: three of mine are: Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan, and Hanover Street.

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    1. You're welcome =) Thanks for stopping by!

      Gosh, I don't think I can remember any movies set in WW2! I don't watch much tv as embarrassing at that sounds. =/

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    2. If you choose to watch one, I'd suggest Casablanca. It is a classic with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Paul Heinreid. It is available for rent if you have Prime.

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    3. Thanks! I have Prime, so I'll be sure to watch it when I get a chance. =)

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  7. This book sounds extremely interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. The Ack Ack Girl by author Chris Karlsen sounds like a boo I would enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  9. This sounds like a great historical fiction read. My favorite genre! Best of luck with the success of the book.

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    1. I really enjoyed writing this WW2 setting. I had written a WW2 romantic short story prior about an American Marine who has a 3-day leave in Melbourne, Australia. While there he falls in love with a big band singer. Writing that story inspired me to do a full length book with the wartime setting.

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  10. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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    1. I'm very lucky to have a great cover designer who works closely with me. I'll have a concept in mind and she brings it to life.

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  11. Thanks for sharing The Ack Ack Girl with me, Chris, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a fascinating historical romance! Good luck with your book and the blast!

    Have a spectacular week!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. I am crazy about War Era stories. As a food historian, especially. writer61 at yahoo do com

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    1. Doing my research I found copies of several ration books the Brits were issued. Not a lot of food. I don't know how they managed on so little. The resilience of a people under attack is amazing.

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  14. I very much enjoy this era - fiction and non-ficton. WWII changed the world and the personal stories are amazing.

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    1. The research available was amazing. All the BBC programs are archived and I was able to listen to several Churchill speeches. You Tube has interviews (from 20 years ago) of surviving Ack Ack girls and RAF pilots. Fascinating to hear them talk.

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  15. Sounds like good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  16. I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, The Ack Ack Girl sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it myself . Thank you for sharing the author's info and book details

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  17. Sounds so cool! I didn’t even know about the ack ack girls in the war

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    1. They were a newly formed unit after the Battle of Britain. England needed to get more pilots in the air. Training the teams of anti-aircraft women freed pilots to fight. I have a one minute reel with actual footage on You Tube and my Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_KqiE4ff1E

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  18. Happy Monday

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  19. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Every scene you include should move the story or affect a characters actions that results in some kind of change. We all write a scene or scenes that we love but we often wind up having to edit to keep the reader's interest and the pace timely.

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  20. Looks like a very interesting read - on my TBR list for the holidays.

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  21. added to my TBR sounds really interesting

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  22. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  23. I’m not sure if my post earlier went through so I’ll ask again…. What is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

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  24. This one sounds so interesting and one I would so love to read this fall season.
    heather

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  25. Happy Tuesday!

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  26. What is your favorite season to write in?

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  27. What was your favourite comic strip?

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  28. How do you handle writer's block, if you have it?

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  29. congrats on the release hope all is going well

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  30. I have to remind myself to do more reading in this sub-genre. Most of my time reading is usually in and around the topic of history or non-fiction. However, this year I've committed to reading a bit more in each sub-genre. For me reading as I call it real world fiction seems easiest to read. I'm drawing parallels in some regards to The Martian which I really enjoyed as it had some truth to the sci fi. I love when I read about an author that seems to have real world experience in another career that they can pull from in some form or another rather than just having been an author for x number of years. Seems like a great author and book!

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  31. I find it so fascinating that the author is a retired detective!

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  32. Happy Wednesday!

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  33. What kind of book are you writing right now?

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  34. I'm a War History Food Historian- are meals mentioned in the book?

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  35. I hope you are having a good day

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  36. What's your favorite sandwich?

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  37. Do you ever wake up in middle of night with new and wonderful ideas for your book(s) ?

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  38. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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  39. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  40. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  41. I love the synopsis and excerpt. This will be an enjoyable read

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  42. The excerpt is really good, thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  43. is there a time of the year you tend to write more

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  44. I’m going to try to talk my daughter into being an ack ack girl for Halloween!

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  45. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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