Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Harmon General Lone Star Book Blog Tours Promo, Review, & Giveaway!

HARMON GENERAL
Misfits and Millionaires #2 
by
KIMBERLY FISH
Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII / Spies
Publisher: Fish Tales, LLC 
Date of Publication: June 16, 2018
Number of Pages: 330

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In 1943, Lane Mercer and Emmie Tesco had nothing in common. Well, nothing stronger than a town neither of them chose and careers they couldn’t advertise as agents within the Office of Strategic Services. During the days of Longview, Texas’s Friendly Trek Homecoming Parade, Lane was gearing up for the grand opening of a bookshop that also disguised an espionage safe house, and Emmie was chasing a criminal with evil intent through the US Army’s new medical facility, Harmon General Hospital, treating diseased and amputated soldiers. Emmie ropes Lane into international threats at Harmon General, making it increasingly hard for the two spies to navigate the Junior Service League, church life, or anything else that might be considered normal for a town sizzling with oil boom wealth. A friend from Lane’s past arrives and pushes against the fiction she’s created to distance her spy history from the wedding bells ringing her future. Emmie flirts with the idea of finding a life outside of the OSS but justifies the danger as a way to make amends for those she’s betrayed. Connecting the two women, to their surprise, is a rogue agent who targets them for crimes he believes they created. For better, or worse, they have to put aside their differences to share responsibility for stopping “The Grasshopper” before he blows apart the Big Inch Pipeline project and Harmon General Hospital. The hope of malaria treatments for US soldiers depends on it, and justice of the heart demands it. 

PRAISE FOR HARMON GENERAL:
"The war that changed the world brought the world to East Texas through Harmon General, a significant US Army hospital that treated thousands of wounded soldiers in Longview.  In Harmon General, we meet again Lane Mercer, a World War II heroine, and we enjoy again how the drama of her secret service to the nation and her complicated personal relationships pull us into the vast impact of the world war." -- Dale Lunsford, Ph.D., President, LeTourneau University

Harmon General is a brilliant story for historical fiction readers! Set in World War II, the female spies, Army hospital setting, and drama amongst the Longview townsfolk kept me riveted and engaged until the very end.” - Jody T. Morse


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HALL WAYS REVIEW: OH MY GOSH. I never do this, but I must start this review by saying the epilogue at the end is magnificent and I CRIED Y’ALL. There, I said it. To say I really enjoyed reading Harmon General, book two in the Misfits and Millionaires series by the always awesome Kimberly Fish, is a gross understatement.  The mark of a great book is when I get so caught up in the story that I forget I am supposed to be reading it critically. What wonderfully unexpected twists there are – right to the very end. This is a five-star story, all the way.

Harmon General begins with a prologue that does a great job of setting Emmie Tescoe’s state of mind and the numerous conflicts she’s battling (internally and externally). Where in The Big Inch, (side note: free eBook download today!) she was tough-as-nails and somewhat cold, in HG, she’s human and readers will enjoy watching more of her complicated story unfold. The epilogue that concluded the book, also about Emmie, (did I mention it MADE ME CRY, Y’ALL), was the perfect bookend to the story. I may have hugged my gorgeous print copy when I closed the cover.

In addition to the perfect bookends, Fish includes some cool features that truly help readers get a feel for the setting. There are maps included that show both actual historical locations and fictitious ones that are included in the story line. Plus, there’s a “Cast of Characters” section that helps readers reacquaint/acquaint themselves with who is who and from where each character hails.  These touches are what make the book top-notch.

“You have so much energy that you make people believe that danger is just a passing ghost.

This is the third book I’ve ready by Kimberly Fish, and her writing shines in Harmon General by painting vibrant pictures of people and places that bring the story alive. The world-building puts readers in the midst of a bustling and exciting Longview, Texas at the height of the war.  The characters are real, really flawed, and really memorable – from the quirky clothier to the jazz club diva, the book is filled with personality.  

One of my favorite aspects of the plot is that in the midst of all the spy action and the romance and the friend and family drama, main character Lane Mercer is a businesswoman running a book store! (Ka-ching: librarian points scored). Between the Lines Bookstore is a hub of activity (both during and after business hours) and adds several extra dimensions to the plot.

Of course, Harmon General ends with a little hook that assures us there are more dangers and adventures ahead for Lane and Emmie. The author has said that there’s another book in the works, and readers can look forward to Lane and Zeke’s East Texas wedding (and certainly more of Aunt Edith’s shenanigans). I love Lane Mercer and can hardly wait for the next Misfits and Millionaires book… and how about a companion book about Emmie??

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for sharing her amazing story with me in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: $0.99 eBOOK!
As a complement to the Lone Star Book Blog Tours promotion of Harmon General, the Kindle  e-book of The Big Inch, the book that started the whole Misfits and Millionaires adventure, is just $0.99!!  Click to download your copy!

A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR:

Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. 

She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in January 2017, released the first novel in the Misfits and Millionaires series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch. Her second book, Comfort Plans, was published later that same year.

She lives with her family in East Texas.


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2 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your review! Makes me want to read the book.

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