I blogged about my great uncle in the first world war, a few days ago. It was my way of introducing my participation in Blog Tour de Troops, run by the Indie Book Collective (more about the Tour later.) My column today, however, features my family and what happened to them in WWII, in England and Ireland.
My mother and father were kids then. Mum's family had just moved to Northern Ireland, so they were suddenly part of it and found that they had to endure rationing. My dad, though, probably had the worst of it. Along with other kids from London, he was put on a train with his sister, my aunt, and sent to the country, to get away from the terrible air raids at the time.
|An evacuation worker writes a label to put on a small boy|
Parents put their children on those trains, not knowing where the boys and girls would end up. Brothers and sisters were divided. The towns in the country that received them had no idea what they were getting into, either. One village that had been assigned twenty children ended up with over two hundred extra mouths to feed.
My father never talked about what happened to him during that stint in the country, and that silence is perhaps worse than knowing the truth.
It is in my parents' honor, then, as well as the men and women in uniform, that I join Blog Tour de Troops.
If you have been following the tour, you joined me here at Fresh Pot of Tea from Susan Salluce's blog, http://sipnsharewithsusan.com/ I do hope that you will continue on to Delphine Pontvieux's blog, http://missnyet.wordpress.com/. I love both of their blog names, by the way, and I can't wait to read what my fellow authors have written to celebrate the troops.
A word about the blog tour: Fifty authors are offering their books as free giveaways to anyone who comments on this and the other blogs.
In addition, every comment earns an ebook for a troop. Plus, each comment is an entry into a drawing for a free Kindle! So, how cool as that?
So, here is how you get your free ebook:
• Leave a comment below and share with us your connection to our military – is it you, a family member, a friend? Also please remember to include your email, or I can’t send you a free book!
• Do you have a specific soldier in mind to receive my book? Let me know! Leave their info below in your comment.
Here's where I get annoyingly redundant: Don't forget your contact info when you comment! Because otherwise I can't find you and give you a free book!
• If you just want us to designate a soldier, we are on it.
• It may take me a day or so to get through the comments and respond to you with the free ebook. Oh, I know you want the books and I want to give it to you! But I hope to have loads of responses (since each response sends a free book to a soldier, and all) and so it might take a bit to catch up.
• As authors, we’d ALL really appreciate a review on Amazon after you read our free books. Because that would just be so great.
Please help me to support the troops by sharing this post on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, or your own blog. You would be the coolest person ever if you did that.
Now, don't forget to mosey on over to Miss Nyet for more Tour, and more books...