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  • Writer's pictureCat T. Gardiner

A Moment Forever Book Birthday

Hi-Di-Ho, friends it's Memorial Day here in America, a time to remember and honor, a time to celebrate the memory of those noble heroes who gave all in the fight to preserve our liberty. It's appropriate that A Moment Forever releases on this occasion not only for the significance of the day or it being a novel set during WWII but also because this story takes the reader on a sentimental, emotional journey of love and deception. Today was also the day that one of our romantic couples meet in 1942 - at a lawn party to raise funds for the American Red Cross.

The novel begins with a house - and one of several photographs that points the way to that innocent romance ...

The other was the image of a beautiful white mansion situated behind large wrought iron gates. The letter M was forged within the intricate metalwork of the archway. A small notation in the corner of the snapshot immortalized someone’s fond memory, “May 30, 1942.”

“What is this place and why is it so dear?” Juliana mused. “What happened on May 30, 1942?”

A singular item drew Juliana’s attention away from her speculation of the black and white photograph: resting beside Lizzy’s photo sat a small, royal blue velvet art deco era box.

She opened it. Nestled inside, within the pearl gray satin lining, was a cushion-cut diamond engagement ring.

“I have to know. I have to find out what happened to you.”

I'm excited, I'm nervous, and I'm taking deep breaths as I publish my first Historical Fiction out of the Jane Austen genre. It's been a two and a half year process to get to this point from writing to posting to editing to publishing - and here I am wearing my frock, snood, and celebrating with you and the boys of Fox Company at the museum! Wow. It seemed like only yesterday that I was in my contemporary novel in Seville with Denial of Conscience's "Iceman" on the back of a motorcycle singing to "Welcome to the Jungle," and now I'm standing under a WWII canvas bivouac tent, listening to the Andrews Sisters sing "Pistol Packin' Mama" and thinking what Pistol and Ducky would be doing.

This day has been incredible, made all the more special by the events of the morning: meeting people (including a Congressman), speeches, taps, and a gun salute. I spoke with vets, young and old and my heart was moved. Then I came home to such overwhelming reviews for the book. Thank you all for your generous praise that moved me to tears and for sharing this day with me. I'm humbled by your support.

Living History

Now, step into my time machine for an exclusive interview with two of the "boys" from WWII. History tells us that tomorrow 72 years ago, they embarked for a secret assault (even to them) as they boarded ships at the port of Weymouth, England. Of course, we know of this secret event as D-Day 6/6/1944. We had a good time and a few laughs and the boys were good sports!

Thank you so much for celebrating with me and the boys. I hope you'll give Ducky and Pistol (William and Elizabeth) of A Moment Forever a chance to win your hearts.

For more on AMF visit the special novel blog created for the history lover as you read chapter by chapter: HERE

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