Published May 22, 2020
In love, as in war, truth can be the greatest casualty
When her New Orleans editor refuses to grant war correspondent credentials to a woman reporter, Hadley Claverie finds another route to the front lines: overseas duty with the Red Cross. She wants nothing more than to carve out a career as a respected journalist, but a sexy pilot set on playing by the rules undermines her determination to expose truths about the war, no matter the cost.
Struggling to overcome emotional trauma linked to Pearl Harbor, once-freewheeling B-25 bomber pilot Skip Masterson longs to prove he is worthy to carry on his brother's legacy. Duty compels him to avenge the horrors his brother and friends suffered aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, but all Skip really wants is peace on a quiet porch back home. His heart has other plans, in the form of an intrepidly curious Red Cross Girl who threatens his resolve to fly straight and subvert his hell-raising past.
As Allied forces wrest control of the Pacific, one island at a time, and the military taps skilled pilots for a highly-classified and unprecedented bombing mission from which Skip may not return, Hadley's journalistic fire places her squarely in an ethical drop zone where truth harms, secrets protect, and love just might be the most harmful weapon of all.
From the sunny beaches of Australia to the lush and oppressive jungles of New Guinea, Carry a Crusading Spirit is a sexy and thrilling continuation of Clubmobile Girls, a series that champions the trailblazing role of women in World War II.
Published January 18, 2019
Finalist in 2019 National Reader's Choice Awards (Historical Romance and Best First Book)
As the bombs fall on Europe, their new love must survive a deadly war…
Vivian Lambert wants to do her part. When she wins a coveted overseas post with the Red Cross, she focuses on her war service. Falling hard for a sexy pilot wasn't part of her plan.
Jack Nielsen has a mission. Motivated by patriotic duty and desire to avenge the death of his best friend, Jack commands a ten-man B-17 crew. Keeping himself and his men alive in the fire-filled skies over Europe will require Jack's full focus. Romancing a headstrong Red Cross Girl is a distraction he knows he shouldn't indulge.
While Vivian's work takes her across France and into the heart of Nazi Germany, mounting casualties drive Jack to confront his dwindling odds of survival. As Allied forces converge on all fronts, can Vivian and Jack's relationship withstand an excruciating battle between love and duty?
Courage to be Counted is the first in a series based on real-life war heroines deployed in every theater of the war – Europe, the Pacific, North Africa and China-Burma-India.
Planned novels in my Red Cross Girls series will feature a Red Cross Girl heroine serving in the Pacific, North African/Italy, India, and China. I expect to also write novellas or novels with Red Cross Girls serving in Iceland, Iran, Burma, Cuba, Panama, Brazil, and other locations.
As I continue to work on my series, you may enjoy checking out some of my favorite novels set during WWII.
These are some of the non-fiction sources I consulted for research and background material for my series.
To the left are a small selection of the great 40s tunes that inspired me while writing Courage to be Counted and the book trailer video for Courage to be Counted.