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“B” is for Brilliant, Boisterous, and Not Boring

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter B

Today I am continuing my Blogging A to Z series with the letter “B”.  First, “B” is for Brilliant.  Homeschooling allows your child’s brilliance to shine through.  They have the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths instead of highlighting their weaknesses.    The abundance of curriculum choices also lets parents choose brilliant curriculum selections that capture the minds and spirits of their children.

Second, “B” is for boisterous.  Since we began our homeschooling journey I have had three boisterous, rambunctious sons who love moving and being loud.  Homeschooling allows them to channel that energy into useful and meaningful endeavors rather than being forced to be quiet and stationary in a classroom.

Finally, “B” does not stand for boring, or at least not the majority of the time.  The variety of choices and activities homeschooling allows for keeps our children from complaining they are bored.  Plus, through the years, we have had a wealth of opportunities for social interaction and other interactions.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, click here.

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“A” is for Adaptable

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter A

Welcome to my series for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  “A” is for the fact that homeschooling is adaptable.  No matter who you are as a parent or who your child is or what your soci-economic background is, your family can homeschool.

Homeschooling offers so many choices for curriculum, methods of delivery, the way of structuring your day, it truly is adaptable to all situations.  Even within our family, I have adapted our curriculum choices and more to fit our individual children’s needs at a given time.  Truly, the options and possibilities for homeschooling are endless.  So even if you think you are not capable of homeschooling, check out homeschooling for yourself.

If you want to check out all my posts for this series, click here.

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Historical Fiction

Review and Giveaway for “The Songbird and The Spy”

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About the Book

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Book: The Songbird and the Spy

Author: J’Nell Ciesielski

Genre: Clean historical romance

Release Date: Feb 19, 2019

As shells explode over Nazi-occupied France, American music student Claire Baudin is trapped behind enemy lines, struggling to protect her identity. Singing as a barmaid while she plans her escape, a handsome Third Reich captain threatens everything she knows to be true about the enemy.

Nazi Captain Michael Reiner isn’t who he claims to be. A British language expert turned spy, he discovers the truth about Claire, but he knows the importance of a secret. Struggling to resist his attraction to the songbird, he’s determined to complete his assignment, no matter the cost. His cover is threatened when a ruthless female Gestapo officer arrives hunting Resistance fighters. The raid forces Michael’s hand: complete the mission or save Claire.

As the war threatens to tear them apart, they must rely on each other for survival. Is there hope—and a future—for an American songbird and a British spy?

Click here to purchase your copy!

MY THOUGHTS (1)

The Songbird and The Spy caught my interest from the moment I started reading the book.  I enjoyed every minute of the book, well except for Ilsa.  Claire demonstrates courage, faith, and more throughout the story.  From the beginning of the book when the train crashes until the end of the story, she refuses to give up or lose hope.  Faith plays a major role in this book, even if it is not overtly preached to the reader.

Michael, a British language expert, turned Nazi to spy, proves to be the perfect protector and defender of Claire.  Whether saving her from a local or saving her from Ilsa and other German Nazis, I always knew he would do what was best for everyone concerned.  When faced with a decision about completing his mission or saving Claire, he risks everything to save Clarie.  My only complaint was that the book ended.  I would love to read more about Michael, Claire, and their family and friends.

Claire’s love of and need to perform music comes out in a way that truly brings the story to life.  So if you like World War II or historical fiction, check this book out for yourself.

About the Author

J'nell Ciesielski

Believing she was born in the wrong era, J’nell Ciesielski spends her days creating heart-stopping heroes, brave heroines, and adventurous exploits in times gone by. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages contest and Maggie Award, J’nell can often be found dreaming of a second home in Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Born a Florida girl, she now calls Virginia home, along with her very understanding husband, young daughter, and one lazy beagle. Find out more at www.jnellciesielski.com.

More from J’nell

The most popular question an author is asked is where did the inspiration come from. Most of the time, if not always, my inspiration comes from a trifecta of resources: movies, music, or books. A single song lyric, or secondary character, or novel setting can trigger a whole world of possibilities that has to be explored. In the case of Songbird and the Spy, it was a movie. A Quentin Tarantino movie to be exact set during WWII where one of the characters is a British officer posing as a Nazi meets up with other spies in a French bar. Another character was a Jewish woman posing as a theater owning Frenchwoman. My brain immediately tingled with ideas. What if identities were all in question? What if you fell in love with the wrong person? Not just the wrong person, but the enemy? The drama and tension in such a situation would be unbelievable!

And that is how Songbird was born.

Here are a few bits of trivia for you:

  • Songbird was originally titled Iron Shepherd for Michael’s call sign.
  • There have been three or four different endings written.
  • Michael Reiner was based off of Michael (see what I did there?!) Fassbender’s character in Inglorious Basterds. The actor was born in Germany to German and Irish parents, and later grew up in Ireland J Art imitating life.
  • Music always makes its way into my stories and here it takes center stage.
  • I’ve always wanted to write a USO story so the ending was my perfect chance to squeeze it in.
  • Ilsa von Ziegler was based off of Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones.
  • There was a scene showing Michael at SOE training in Scotland, but it was later cut.
  • Nazi headquarters in Paris really was located on Foch Ave. The building is still there.
  • The molten lead that Michael’s new assistant talks about is a German New Year’s tradition to divine fortune in the coming year. A small bit of lead or tin is melted, and then dropped in water. The form created by the metal predicts the future.
  • Chanteuse is a female singer. Edith Piaf, the most famous French singer of all, was known as The Little Sparrow. Songbird and chanteuse are both used to reference Claire and pay homage to Piaf.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2

For Him and My FamilyApril 2

Among the Reads, April 3

Where Faith and Books Meet, April 3

Wishful Endings, April 4

Carpe Diem, April 4

Connect in Fiction, April 5

Emily Yager, April 5

Through the Fire Blogs, April 6

The Christian Fiction Girl, April 6

Hallie Reads, April 7

Lis Loves Reading, April 7

Babbling Becky’s Book Impressions, April 8

Genesis 5020, April 8

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 9

Godly Book Reviews, April 9

Stories By GinaApril 10

Maureen’s Musings, April 10

Carla Loves To Read, April 11

Mary Hake, April 11

Inklings and notionsApril 11

Inspired by Fiction, April 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 12

BigreadersiteApril 13

As He Leads is Joy, April 13

Texas Book-aholic, April 14

The Becca Files, April 14

janicesbookreviews, April 15

A Reader’s Brain, April 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, J’nell is giving away a grand prize of a print copy of Songbird and $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.