Civil Air Patrol, World War Two & the ESVA

We, the many, owe so much to the few. There was an almost forgotten time ago when German u boats prowled off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Only those living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina understood how precarious was our freedom.

Nightly, they watched in horror as the u boats sank freighters and passenger ships. The Civil Air Patrol, with bases from Florida to New Jersey, was established to locate the German wolf pack and target them before they could target Allied shipping. The CAP kept watch over the coastline until sabotage and invasion was no longer a threat, breaking the backbone of Nazi aggression in the Americas.

When the late Billy Davis of ESVA took my husband on a quick side trip to see an old World War 2 airstrip, the idea for The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family was born.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Minute #Video—Using Flower Frogs

Remember Monica Potter from Parenthood?

She has become a real life DIY guru and a lovely fictional inspiration for Kristina in The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family.

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What is a flower frog?

A flower frog is a device used to help hold and arrange flowers. Floral frogs are still used, but were in their heyday during the 1920s, 1930s and World War Two era. I adore all things Art Deco.

Here are some of my favorites—

 

Do you own a flower frog? Did your grandmother?

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3 Minute #Video—White Cliffs of Dover

There’s nothing like the romantic ballads of the World War Two era. This song was on my playlist as I wrote The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family. Enjoy . . .

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Behind the Scenes Inspiration for The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family

Here are a few of the settings from The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family

Inglenook, Margaret’s house

Sandpiper Cafe

The Kiptohanock Volunteer Fire Department

 

Kiptohanock Library

Kiptohanock Church

Weston’s lighthouse

Kristina’s house

Canyon’s plane

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Release Day—The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family

The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family

Young widow Kristina Montgomery moves to Kiptohanock, Virginia, hoping it will give her and her teenage son, Gray, a fresh start. She longs for the peace and quiet only a small town can provide. But her plans are thwarted by her new neighbor, Canyon Collier, a former Coast Guard pilot and a crop duster. Gray is instantly drawn to the pilot and his teenage niece, Jade—and Kristina’s not far behind. She and Canyon are soon bonding over parenting their charges and their spark becomes undeniable. Could it be that the spirited pilot is just what Kristina needs to teach her heart to soar again?

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14 second #Video—Up, Up and Away—Crop Dusting on the #ESVA

Or as Canyon Collier, in The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family, would be quick to remind us—aerial application.

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