War Bonds

Authors, libraries and books– what a great combination!

I’m delighted to be partnering with Spokane Public Libraries this summer for a trio of War Bonds events.

Auntie’s Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies.

Really looking forward to this opportunity to engage with readers!

Here’s a snippet from the Library’s newsletter:

Peggy and Harold Smart celebrate two anniversaries– the day they married and The Fourth of July. They met in high school and though Harold was an older man, he thought he’d have a chance with the beautiful Peggy. “I am 39 days her senior,” he confided.

—Cindy Hval, from her book, War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation, Chapter 22, “Peg O’ My Heart”

Cindy Hval – War Bonds
July 18, 4 pm at Shadle
July 28, 6 pm at South Hill

August 7, 5 PM at Downtown

More information here.

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Thoughts From the Road

Spent some time sharing War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation with readers in Wenatchee, WA. and had a signing event at a wonderful indie bookstore in Leavenworth this weekend.

Safely home now, but the Sleepy Hollow wildfire is  burning in the area I just left. Many homes have been evacuated and my thoughts and prayers are with the people in Wenatchee during this fire season– especially my family there.

The reading at the Wenatchee Public Library was especially cool, because my sister and her family live in Wenatchee and my niece works at the library! War Bonds Family

The crowd was wonderfully responsive and asked some great questions during the Q&A time.

War Bonds at Wentachee Library

Then it was on to Leavenworth, WA and the delightful bookstore, “A Book For All Seasons.”

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This store is a must visit when in Leavenworth. They have a great selection of books and a welcoming, knowlegeable staff.

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Perhaps not all authors will agree, but for me the best thing about being an author is meeting wonderrful readers and interacting with bookstore staff. It’s good to be home, but I’ll never forget the people I’ve met during this adventure.

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War Bonds in Wenatchee and Leavenworth

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Really looking forward to these upcoming events! Wenatchee Library, Thursday, 7 PM, Leavenworth Library, Friday, 6:30 PM and A Book For All Seasons in Leavenworth on Saturday at 1 PM.

A Book For All Seasons will be selling War Bonds at both library events. Great time to get your personalized copy.

More information here.

Hope to meet some new readers!

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Letter from Maryland (Hooray for Libraries!)

Just received this wonderful note from Mary in Maryland.

Mrs. Hval,

I saw your book “War Bonds” on a display table at my local library in Cockeysville, Maryland and checked it out. I had recently read “War Brides” by Helen Byran, a historical fiction, so I was most interested in reading another aspect of marriage/relationships during WWll– this one true. I very much enjoyed your book.

You are so right to remind us about the “greatest generation” and all that they did for us. Thank you again for writing your book so we could learn about these special couples. I look forward to reading your next book.

I now enjoy reading your column in the “Spokesman Review”– life on the west coast is not much different from life on the east coast. I can relate.

Beyond thrilled that War Bonds is being read across the U.S. and hooray for all the libraries that place it on their shelves!

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What a month!

10995923_10153087961739556_3470153634427158925_n[1]Cindy Hval at War Bonds book launch, February 22, 2015.

One month ago today marked the publication date for War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation.   

What a month it’s been! Two weeks ago Casemate Publishers informed me the first print run of War Bonds had already sold out and new print run ordered! There are still copies in stores aross the nation, but the major book distributors are out and are waiting for the next run due on or before April 19.

To me this response means these stories resonate– not just with members of the Greatest Generation but their children and grandchildren, too.

Since the book launch at Auntie’s Bookstore, I’ve done several author reading/signing events. (See scheduled events here.) At each event people come up and share stories involving family members who served during WWll. Their stories move and inspire me.

I am so grateful to those who’ve purchased War Bonds and have written blog posts or posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. I’m thankful for the book stores, libraries and other groups who’ve invited me to do reading/signing events and most of all for the people who show up!

I’ve always felt these stories deserved to be shared and these people deserve to be honored for their committment and sacrafice on the battlefield and on the homefront.

How wonderful to find that so many agree.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to a third print run!

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War Bonds book launch at Auntie’s Bookstore, February 22, 2015.