As you can probably tell by the sawdust, paint chips and metal shavings scattered about, my website is under construction–by me! I’m currently learning he Divi Theme Builder, so I suspect it’ll be slow going as I drill and hammer and pound my thumb–at least at first! What better time to divert my time and attention than when I’m on a book deadline? It’s a good thing that I work best under pressure.
To keep my head in both worlds, over the next few months, I’ll be posting about my Romance In Progress — THE LEGEND OF NIMWAY HALL: 1940-JOSIE — set against the British Home Front in the early years of World War II, available for pre-order right now, and to be released April 5, 2018. World War II is a new era for me as an historical author, since my ten previous romances have been populated by Medieval knights, Victorian railway barons and Regency rabble-rousers.
Josie Stirling, the heroine, is just managing to keep up with her family’s vast, wartime farm in Somerset when Lt. Colonel Gideon Fletchard, the hero, and his staff of officers take over the west wing of the Hall. A private war ensues between them, and the couple soon learns that resistance is futile when it comes to love in the heat of battle. Please come visit and see what’s new around the place. Best– Linda
This is “Bess”, Josie Stirling’s 1938 Bedford Van that she uses on the Nimway Hall estate.
I chose the name Bess in tribute to the then 14 year-old (in 1940) future Queen Elizabeth II, who, in May 1942, insisted on joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service where she learned how to maintain and rebuild engines and drive ambulances like the Austin K2 in the photo below.
Don’t you love a woman who can change the oil in her own car in the afternoon and meet with world leaders that evening! Queen Bess is just another of the many millions of heroes and heroines of World War II.