Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Wild Blue Yonder by M. W. Arnold. I adore the sound of this book, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Plus, I have an exclusive guest post, which is pretty darn great I hope you love it as much as I do.
Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for the invite tot this tour.
About the Book
Wild Blue Yonder by M. W. Arnold.
Series: The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club
Genre: Historical Fiction
Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he’s stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she’s determined to clear her name.
Ruth’s POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny’s estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.
In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.
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Writing in a Genre you Never Intended to Write in.
Guest Post by M. W. Arnold.
If you’re a writer, have you ever found yourself writing in a genre which you hadn’t intended?
That’s exactly what happened to me back in 2020. Before this, I’d thought of myself as a ‘wannabe’ Romance writer. In fact, I’d actually had a Romantic/Drama published back in 2017, ‘The Season for Love’.
The reason I’ve become a Historical Saga author? Well, after the above book was written, my body decided it needed to be ill for pretty much of the next couple of years and by the time I was able to pick up the metaphorical pen again, I decided to follow a writer friends advice and try something different. This was just as well, as I’d tried to pick up a couple of work-in-progresses and it simply didn’t work.
So Historical Saga? Well, I happened to have been watching a program about the Air Transport Auxiliary at the time and once that had finished, I found myself trawling the internet for anything and everything I could find on the subject. Within a few days, I’d the bare bones of what became ‘A Wing and a Prayer’, the first book in my ongoing ‘Broken Wings’ series. Before I really knew what was happening, I’d been drawn in by the period and the associated research which went along with it.
Maybe this was meant to be? I don’t know, though there are times when it feels like it, as World History was my favourite subject whilst at school and I’ve continued to have a big interest in the subject ever since. Writers are famous for procrastination and as a big part of writing a book is research, especially where the subject is in any way historical, I get to spend a lot of my time looking around the internet and calling it research!
Personally, I think historical authors have a responsibility to keep the past alive, which is why it’s so important to get your facts right, make things authentic. Because I’ve veered off from what I’d started out writing, I have to occasionally remind myself that I’m allowed to not make everything sweetness and light (not that romantic fiction is, I hasten to add), though this also means I can indulge my imagination, whilst still keeping things authentic. In my case, this means paying homage to a group of very brave men and women. That these civilians took up aircraft in weather which grounded the RAF was such an amazing fact to come across, as was that they had no radio and hence no way of calling for help, plus no working guns, so they couldn’t fire back if attacked by Nazi planes. So you can see why I feel such a responsibility to keeping the memory of these people alive and I’m very thankful for stumbling across the line into the Historical Saga genre.
I’ll finish by asking myself if I’ll ever go back to the Romance genre. Well, I’ve a few finished stories which I’d like to go back to, tidy up, plus quite a few ideas for other stories. However, I’m very happy in writing Historical Sagas and have so many ideas for different stories, I really don’t know if that will ever happen. However, never say never.
On a final, final note, ‘The Season for Love’ is still available for your eBook. To see the genre I’ve sidled into, I hope you’ll take a look at my ‘Broken Wings’ series. ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ came out in November last year, with July 26th bringing book 2, ‘Wild Blue Yonder’.
About the Author
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s replaced it somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Wild Blue Yonder is the second novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.
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