Tuesday, June 03, 2014


D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour
June 2-13, 2014

Welcome to the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour! Ten authors of Christian World War II novels are commemorating the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Thank you for joining us as we remember their heroism and sacrifice.

Our novels illuminate different aspects of the war—from the Holocaust to the Pacific to the US Home Front. Each day, visit with a new author as we share about our stories, our research, and our unique settings. With each blog post, you’ll have the opportunity to win that author’s novel, plus a chance to win a packet of ALL TEN featured novels!

Giveaway Details

For a chance to win ALL TEN novels featured on our blog tour, please visit each blog, collect the answers to the questions, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on the BLOG TOUR PAGE [ ]. You have a new chance to enter each day of the tour! The contest opens June 2, 2014 at 1 am PST and closes June 13, 2014 at 11 pm PST. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 16, 2014. *Note* Several of the titles will not be released until later in the year—these copies will be mailed to the winners after the books release.

To win the prize of ALL TEN books, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. The winner must be prepared to send ALL TEN answers within 24 hrs of notification by email, or a new winner will be selected.

You can enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once each day! The more often you visit, the more entries you receive! However, you only need to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once to be entered. But don’t forget…to win, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. To gather the answers, you may download the Word document on the BLOG TOUR PAGE <>


My novel London Dawn starts in 1934 & ends in 1941. It follows a family through the fascist upheavals in Germany, Europe, and Great Britain, including the infamous Nazi or Berlin Olympics of 1936, and into the beginning of the Second World War. In 1940, Hitler's Blitzkrieg flattened Belgium and Holland and France and the Luftwaffe, Nazi Germany's feared airforce, was unleashed on Britain as well. Some 700 pilots, most of them British, their ranks bolstered by Canadians, Americans, Poles, and pilots from other nations, flew into a bullet-riddled sky day after day in the summer and fall to battle thousands of German bombers and fighter planes.

They could have lost. Many still wonder why they didn't lose. The Luftwaffe was destroying British airfields and airplane factories and wearing the Allied pilots down by engaging them in constant combat. When Hitler turned on London, to try and break the will of England and the Londoners, the Allied pilots had the chance to catch their breath, and the RAF had the opportunity to repair their factories, continue producing more fighters to replace the ones lost in aerial combat, and bring all their airfields back into use. The Blitz was horrific and Londoners were killed by the hundreds of thousands - children, youths, women, and men - but London did not break, or England, or Britain.

It would have been impossible to have had a D-Day if they had broken and surrendered. Where would the invasion fleet have been assembled? Where would it have been launched from to assail the shores of the Nazi Empire? Halifax? New York? How could an invasion fleet have sailed across the Atlantic in secret? How could that massive armada have avoided detection? And what would have happened to it once the German wolf packs of submarines targeted them with torpedo after torpedo? Without the Battle of Britain - a Battle of Britain that was won - Britain's surrender would have left the western shores of the German Empire unmolested for generations. Come 2015, that battle in the air will have taken place 75 years ago. Victory among the clouds made sure there was a base to launch the liberation of Europe from in 1944.

QUESTION: What important 75th anniversary will take place in 2015 in addition to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2?

(Write your answer down or log it in the Word doc available on the blog tour page. Make sure you enter the main Rafflecopter giveaway today.)

Schedule for the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour
Be sure to visit each site for a chance to win ALL TEN featured novels!
Note: Links will go live on the post date.

June 2: SARAH SUNDIN [URL when available], author of In Perfect Time
June 3: LIZ TOLSMA [URL], author of Daisies Are Forever
June 4: MURRAY PURA [URL], author of London Dawn
June 5: CARA PUTMAN [URL], author of Shadowed by Grace
June 6: MELANIE DOBSON [URL], author of Chateau of Secrets
June 7: KRISTY CAMBRON [URL], author of The Butterfly and the Violin
June 9: TRICIA GOYER [URL], author of Chasing Mona Lisa
June 10: PATTY SMITH HALL [URL], author of Hearts Rekindled
June 11: CATHY GOHLKE [URL], author of Saving Amelie
June 12: SIGMUND BROUWER [URL], author of Thief of Glory


Cathy Gohlke said...

I'm amazed and inspired by the grit and determination of the British. They endured so much so long and kept going. I love reading their stories. Thank you, Murray, for keeping the heroism alive!

Linda Maendel said...

This is an exciting blog tour...great way to introduce people to new books. Does each author site have a raffle copter? I know the first two did.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mr. sounds great, and I'd love to win it, but can't find your rafflecopter link on your blog post....any chances you could activate it? Thanks--Connie Hendryx

Terri Wangard said...

I like Churchill's statement:
Never have so many owed so much to so few.

Sarah Sundin said...

Fascinating post, Murray! One of history's biggest "What if" questions - what if Hitler had NOT turned to London and had chosen to finish off the RAF? The world would be a far different place.

Linda C said...

I became acquainted with your books through Divine Detour's featured interview with you. Looking forward to reading more! Linda

Lara Branks said...

London Dawn sounds like my cup of tea. Looking forward to reading it.

Kimberly Wallace said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Rich with history. Keep writing!

mariposamorin said...

The "What-if's" of your blog sound enticing.

P.S. - Your literary-fodder-gathering life sounds interesting also. Perhaps someday, an expert on Antiques Roadshow will recount it to a holder of one of your valuable first editions. Ya' think?

mariposamorin said...

Thought I already did this
Lots of hoops!

murray said...

THANKS EVERYONE! Your support is great! I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour & enter every day (because you're allowed to). I will post the Rafflecopter link again. CHEERS!

Anonymous said...

Anxious to read this new book. Lived in Berlin in the 70's and was able to tour the Olympic Stadium.

Ann Mettert said...

Sounds like a great read.

Linda Maendel said...

Hmmm, didn't quite understand what to do with the answer for your question, till today. Anyway, it's Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Sorry. I will understand if you will not post this comment.

Lane Hill House said...

I like that the past is brought to the present so new generations know about it. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Amy Putney said...

London Dawn sounds like exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading. :) Hope to get a chance to read it soon!

Anonymous said...

This was a nasty war. My oldest brother, 89 is a WWll veteran . Also others of my relatives and friends.
I'm not sure about what the first was called. Enjoyed this blog. Thanks. Maxie mac262(at)me)dot)com

sm said...

The air Battle of Britain. Thanks for your writing and this contest. sharon, wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

sm said...

I will comment again as my comment hasn't shown up yet. Battle of Britain is the answer to the question. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com
I can't find the Rafflecopter on your site and your links to the other authors don't work. Sorry.

Chris B said...

It truly was amazing how the British held on. Thanks for writing their story. Blessings.