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Kristina McMorris | THE PIECES WE KEEP: Inspired by true stories


It all started with a televised news segment. At the center of the story was a young boy who frequently suffered from physically violent night terrors about dying in a plane crash. His knowledge of obscure historical facts eventually convinced his skeptical parents that, in a past life, he had been a WWII pilot who perished in battle.

For personal reasons, the account instantly piqued my interest. Not only had my oldest son suffered from night terrors as a toddler, he also used to speak about a grandmother who didn't exist. No doubt, it could have been merely the creative ramblings of a youngster. And where I stand on the topic, I couldn't tell you for sure. But the news story did cause me to wonder: What would I have done if my own son had spouted historical details he couldn't possibly know?

And, from a literary view: What if those details were secrets other people wanted to keep buried?

In completing the premise of my novel, I soon recalled a declassified report a friend had once shared with me—a case of Nazi saboteurs who were dropped off by U-Boat on the East Coast of America in 1942. As I researched the topic further, I discovered a fascinating trail of romance and tragedy, deceptive dealings by J. Edgar Hoover, and a secret military tribunal convened by FDR. It all seemed the makings of a Hollywood film, a unique tale I couldn't resist.

Needless to say, I hope readers feel the same about THE PIECES WE KEEP.


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A little about Kristina:

Kristina McMorris's works of fiction have garnered more than twenty national literary awards and appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels include LETTERS FROM HOME, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and most recently THE PIECES WE KEEP.

To celebrate today's official release of THE PIECES WE KEEP, Kristina is giving away one copy to a U.S. resident!




18 comments posted.

Re: Kristina McMorris | THE PIECES WE KEEP: Inspired by true stories

Thank you for the giveaway ^^ I can't wait to read this book
(Somia F 5:06am November 26, 2013)

I would love to read this one. Keeping my fingers crossed!
(Melanie Backus 8:56am November 26, 2013)

I'm so glad that you're writing books that are keeping History alive!! Since my Dad served in WWII, I try to read any books that I can, so that I can get a rough idea about what he went through, since he really doesn't talk about the war to this day!! The book sounds like an exciting read, and I can't wait to hunker down (no pun intended) with it!! It should make an exciting read for this time of year, especially since D-Day is right around the corner!! I love the cover, too!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'll be sure to look up your other books as well!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:08am November 26, 2013)

Sounds fascinating. Can't wait to read the book.
(Pam Howell 9:25am November 26, 2013)

This sounds like a very interesting book and I'd love to read it. Thanks!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:34am November 26, 2013)

This sounds like a wonderful story. I'm excited to read your books!
(Barbara Wells 10:27am November 26, 2013)

I love historic fiction and non fiction history books. This sounds very readable. Thanks for the contest!
(Vennie Martinisi 11:24am November 26, 2013)

I too heard that same news story and am so intrigued by
children who have these memories. I love the setting of your
book and reading about WWII era. Thanks for the contest entry.
(Kay Martinez 11:50am November 26, 2013)

Sounds like a great book.
(Tina Lechuga 1:16pm November 26, 2013)

I think I saw a news report on something similar. A lady made statues based on past life experiences she had about WWII. I'm going to see if our local library will get this book.
(Laura Gullickson 1:18pm November 26, 2013)

Thank you for writing this story, it sounds like a book that one can just get lost in, and knowing its based on truth. Thank you
(C Culp 4:09pm November 26, 2013)

What a fascinating book! Thanks for sharing.
(Bonnie H 4:47pm November 26, 2013)

A compelling and captivating novel. This topic and era is my
favorite historical fiction to read. Best wishes.
(Sharon Berger 4:52pm November 26, 2013)

Sounds like an interesting book. A book about a past life would be fascinating to read.
(Lori Yost 5:07pm November 26, 2013)

This sounds like a terrific story, and I can't wait to read this. I'm also very interested in reading your book, Letters From Home which sounds very good, too. I'm going to look for it today at our library. My father served in the U.S. Navy aboard a large ship during WWII so these stories always interest me. I read the true story diary written by one of his fellow crewmen last year, and I learned a lot about the war on a day-to-day basis and what my father endured (many hardships...extremely humid weather in the South Pacific, very little food, strenuous tasks lasting hours, sickness striking most of the crew, etc.). My father didn't talk much about his experiences, only that he was almost killed and he lost his hearing in one ear from one of the gun turrets going off near him and causing him to suffer a concussion.
(Linda Luinstra 6:14pm November 26, 2013)

My husband and I are both avid believers and researchers in
past lives. I am so excited to have found a new book to add to
my library!
(Jen Myllymaki 9:10pm November 26, 2013)

Sounds fascinating. Thanks for giving us a chance to win this book.
(Carol Woodruff 3:55pm November 28, 2013)

I knew there was more to FDR and his involvement leading to World War II. Yes, I believe he did what he did to keep our country safe and knew we were heading into war even though the majority of the country was against it.
(Kai Wong 12:11pm November 29, 2013)

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