Wednesday, March 09, 2016

"I'll always catch you."

 Wherein Jack can't believe it is happening.

 I got my Brothers-in-Arms proof copy in the mail yesterday. I got to hold my book, from a publisher, and turn it's pages and put it on my nightstand reading stack. It looks rather nice there if I may say so.

 I still can't believe it is happening. I've been wanting to get a book published since I was twelve or thirteen. And while I still count Haphazardly Implausible as a published book there's a different and new exciting feel to having someone else's logo on my book.

 But I don't suppose you all came here to hear me ramble about my lovely paperback edition I've set on a shelf so I can admire it.

I believe you're all here for another purpose...if only I could remember what it might be. While I think I shall share with you the blurb my publishers did for me. 

Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler's Germany?


Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high. 

With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they've always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet's heritage a secret. Taking his best friend's safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations.

With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can't be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.


 Nope, still can't remember. Maybe have an Author Bio for the fun of it while I think.


Jack is one of those strange people who calls herself an Author. She spends a lot of her time writing and even less time editing. She likes to write about friendships which is partly how Brothers-in-Arms came to be. More than ten years in the making, this is the book she dreaded the most writing, but which also has the most meaning for her.
When Jack isn't writing, which doesn't happen too often, she keeps busy with various other hobbies – such as reading, playing the bagpipes to the dread of her neighbors, and drinking tea – which might not be considered a hobby by most but which should be.
She lives in a cabin in the woods with her dog and a library which isn't quite equal to Prince Adam's but will be given enough time and a secret doorway.

 And some book links to go with it.



 Aw yes, that did it. You could only have come by for one of two reasons. One was to hear what I had for dinner, which was a sweet potato.

 The other was perhaps for this.


TADA!!!!

 Although it wasn't what I first envisioned when I thought of covers, I came to be very fond of it when my publishers sent me the final draft. (Though it doesn't show up in the picture, the Star of David is actually a faded yellow which I quite like.)

 What do you think?!

 I took a line from the book...yeah, my own book. It's a bit weird, but I'm feeling too lazy to hunt down another.



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10 comments :

  1. It looks good! Congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations, Jack! It looks great!

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  3. It's beautiful, Jack I am so excited for you! Can't wait to read it.

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  4. Eep!! *flails*
    So exciting! I love the cover!! :):)

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  5. Yay!!! And that is one of my favourite quotes from it. :)

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  6. *Screaming, flailing, kicking stuff*

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  7. That's so exciting! Yay! I'm so happy for you. Success! :-)

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  8. OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, MY HEART STOPPED WHEN I READ YOUR TITLE, AND OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH I WILL ALWAYS CATCH YOU, OOOOOOOH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! LF:KHSDKLFH:LSDFHIDSFKJSILDJFHLIDSUFHSDKJGDS

    It's here! It's real! It's in print and published and *real!* The cover! Look at that fabulous cover!!! I a so excited for you Jim. I am so freakin' proud of you.

    *HIGH SHRIEKING AND UNEVEN RUNNING THROUGH THE HOUSE*

    My boys! My broken boys! My war hero boys! Bros forever! *flailing* NOW I WANT TO RE-READ IT!


    ..... Just a sweet potato? And you wonder why everyone thinks you are starving.

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