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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Journey of a Book: Flight Before Dawn

Today's the day! Flight Before Dawn launches around the world today! 

As we celebrate its launch into the world, I'd like to show you the behind the scenes journey of a book. 

It begins with an idea. For me, this was sparked by my visit to Normandy when I lived in Germany. 
These postcards and museum ticket represent that firsthand experience. 

Next comes research. Each of these books, complete with tabs of notes sticking out, represent part of the research that went into the creation of Flight Before Dawn. There were various other sources that were also used, including online archives and my educational background.
Next, came the writing. Flight Before Dawn was written entirely by hand. It began with this notebook. 

I kept filling notebooks, until I hit the end at page 973.
These are my six complete notebooks filled with the story of Flight Before Dawn.

Next came the typing. 
Then it was time to edit. I edit on my e reader. Then I returned to the computer to implement my notes. Then I read again on my reader. These steps repeat for awhile. 

Then, there's all the various stages of publication, including layout and cover design and proofing everything. There are advance reader copies. And finally....

There's a completed book!

Flight Before Dawn is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook!

Now, the next stage is the readers. That's where you come in! 

If you'd like to read Flight Before Dawn, you can find out more information here: www.MeganEasleyWalsh.com and find me on Goodreads here .

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If you enjoy Flight Before Dawn and leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon or Barnes & Noble so other readers can find me, I'd be grateful.
Thank you!
My best to you all,

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day


Today is Veterans Day and also Remembrance Day. I grew up in an Air Force family and thus know many veterans. When I lived in Germany during high school, we participated in a service project each Memorial Day where we decorated the graves of the largest American cemetery in Europe from WWII with a French and American flag. For many, their service demanded all. For others, their service helped hasten peace, free the oppressed and feed the hungry. Of course, families are also such a large part of Veterans Day. One of my favorite articles is about the littlest veterans.

On Monday, Flight Before Dawn, my debut novel about the French Resistance in WWII is launching!
The next book, What Edward Heard, will be releasing next month and follows the life of a WWI veteran when he returns to England from the trenches of the Western Front. I've previously written on why I write about war and that to me it is an illustration of the importance of peace.

Here are two previous posts about Veterans Day that I'd like to share with you.
A new way to celebrate Veterans Day

Top Ten Tuesday Books for Veterans Day

My best to you all,

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Writer Wednesday: Sneak Peek at Flight Before Dawn, launching on Monday!


On today's Writer Wednesday, I'd like to share with you a sneak peek at Flight Before Dawn, launching on Monday! Peace is central in the theme of Flight Before Dawn and it is dedicated to those who strive for it. 

My best to you all,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books I've Added to my To-be-Read List Recently


On today's Top Ten Tuesday, from The Broke and the Bookish, is ten books I've recently added to my to-be-read list.

1. Book: Flight Before Dawn
By: Me!

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2. The next books... Flight Before Dawn is the first of over ten new releases to be launched in the coming months. I'm busy at work on the various proofing and editing stages for those! For the most up-to-date information consider joining my newsletter. It's full of seasonal fun, writing tips and all things reading!

3. Your writing... I also help others through my editing at Extra Ink Edits.

4. Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Why I picked it: It's the last of Jane Austen's for me to read.

Books 5-9, I picked up at a bargain book charity event recently. I was able to purchase all five of them for a combined total of €1!

5. Title: Two Brothers
Author: Ben Elton
Why I picked it up: It's historical fiction, set in Berlin in WWII.

6. Title: The Messenger
Author: Daniel Silva
Why I picked it up: I love art history and I'm intrigued by the idea of an art history spy. Although this is part of a series, I haven't read the others before. I've been curious about this series.
(Also, this book is hardback and still had its €28 sticker on it!)

7. Title: The Secret Keeper
Author: Kate Morton
Why I picked it up: Secrets. Secrets that span generations through history... sounded intriguing!

8. Title: The Paying Guests 
Author: Sarah Waters    
Why I picked it up: I haven't actually read anything by Sarah Waters before, but of course I know of her and I remember reading about The Paying Guests when it was on Publishers Lunch (a literary email for those in the industry...)

9. Title: L is for Lawless
Author: Sue Grafton
Why I picked it up: The key on the cover intrigued me. Sue Grafton is another author on this list that I've not read before. The back of the book described secrets and WWII. That's a combination that I find intriguing in my reading and in my own writing.

10. Something seaonsal- I always pick up a book that is related somehow to the season. I'm considering Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan this year. It's a work that many early Americans read and, although not about American pilgrims, the idea of journeying forward on a path of faith is very in line with the pilgrims.

My best to you all,

Monday, November 7, 2016

Why Normandy? One Week Until Flight Before Dawn Launches!

One week from today, Flight Before Dawn launches!

Cliffs at Etretat in Normandy
As part of the continuing behind the scenes tour, today I'd like to explore the theme of why Normandy...

Flight Before Dawn begins in Normandy in 1943. For many, Normandy is iconic for WWII. Those memories and thoughts usually focus around D-Day. I wanted to explore before D-Day, in the buildup to the Allies landing, in those days of hoping for the future and not yet knowing what it would mean. We all have times of waiting, of needing light and hope in a seemingly dark place. That is what the heart of Flight Before Dawn explores, the courage and the hope when faced with difficult, and sometimes impossible, situations.

Normandy is also in my blood. In addition to historical research, genealogy is something that I enjoy exploring. I've discovered that I have centuries of Norman blood in me. Perhaps, that helps explain why when I really did visit Normandy, while living in Germany during high school, I felt at home. I walked the beaches of D-Day, but I also visited Monet's home at Giverney, the Bayeux tapestry, the beautiful cathedral of Rouen and the enchanting island of Mont St. Michel. Normandy breathes history and unleashes its magic over you. Joan of Arc is famously linked to Rouen and thereby Norman history. Her spirit of courage was something that Victoire in Flight Before Dawn embodies.

Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France
I'm American, but I live in Ireland with my Irish husband. Normandy and Ireland are also not so unalike. In fact, the beaches of Wexford were used in the filming of Saving Private Ryan. Standing on Irish beaches, I've often thought of how they looked like Normandy. As I first began to envision Flight Before Dawn, I looked across the Irish beaches and was reminded of when I had walked the Norman shores. I recalled picking up a rock that was streaked with red on Utah beach. It was almost as if the blood of the battles had stained it. History etched itself onto the landscape. Still, you can see the bullet holes. Still, war whispers from the shadows. Yet, despite all of that, peace is alive and beautiful in the lush green of Normandy. It is a peace that I strive to convey in my writing and that Victoire earnestly hopes for in Flight Before Dawn.

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My best to you all,