Category Archives: 1943

#LeftHandersDay and my WW2 romance “Christmas Once Again”

I’m left-handed!

I’m left-handed.

It’s like living life looking through a mirror.

Everything is backward.

When I was a kid in ballet school, I got thrown out of the chorus because I always went right instead of left. I worked hard to get a solo gig so I wouldn’t run into anyone when I chasséd across the stage.

And I love Japan. They read from right to left and back to front (I was at the top of my Japanese language class since right to left is more natural to me).

Yes, it’s a pain, but I’ve learned to find the pot o’ gold in all this. Like a lot of left-handed people, I’m artistic. And I love to write. Create stories.

And therein lies the magic.

I walk through the looking glass every time I sit down to write and go off into a world only I can see. It can be funny, soulful, heart-wrenching, sad, but always romantic.

How about you? Any lefties out there?

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My heroine in CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN finds out how important eating with your left hand is for an American spy in Nazi-held France when she receives a mysterious letter after the war…

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Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

 

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th!

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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#VinylRecordDay and my WW2 romance “Christmas Once Again”

When a soldier found some quiet time during World War 2 to read a letter from his girl back home, most likely he was humming his favorite tune . . . a romantic melody they danced to . . . fell in love to . . . and kissed under the moonlight to on his last furlough home.

Big bands ruled the radio waves, but vinyl records of those romantic tunes were played in USO canteens and community center dances and anywhere soldiers could find a piece of home overseas.

So on VINYL RECORD DAY I want to remember those tunes and the soldiers and their sweethearts. I’ve put together some favorites from my sheet music collection from World War 2.

And now for our quiz question. What was the number one tune on the charts in August 1943?

(hint: it’s one of the pieces of sheet music in my graphic)

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Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th!

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.
In 1943.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Answer: YOU’LL NEVER KNOW by Dick Haymes and the Song Spinners.

 

Check out my “Christmas Look Back Tree” Blog Post on A Slice of Orange

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th!

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

More info about what inspired my story on A SLICE OF ORANGE blog.

What is a Christmas Look Back Tree?

LAST DAY for Summer Love Romance Giveaway…and Vintage WW2 photos for #LiptsickDay

Summer Love

All-Genres Romance Giveaway 

July 9-29

Kindle Fire 7 • Kate Spade Book Tote • Amazon Gift Cards • Ebook Prize Packs

https://bookwrapt.com/summer-love-romance-giveaway/ 

Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer love? Enter our giveaway and you could win a Kindle Fire to load up with a dozen new summer flings, Amazon gift card, e-book prize pack, or a sweet Kate Spade book tote!

Then, shop our book fair and you’ll definitely find that next summer crush. All ebooks priced at 2.99 or less, some FREE. We even have a bonus scavenger hunt giveaway!

And a Book Fair: My New Year’s Eve COME FLY WITH ME is only 99 cents!

(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

A.K. Shelley • Amanda Uhl • Bernadette Rowley • CB Samet • Clarissa Lake • Debbie White • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Eliza Watson • Elizabeth Rose • Em Petrova • Emberly Hart • Grace Roberts • J. L. Campbell • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jami Denise • JC Andrijeski • Jina Bacarr • Joan Reeves • Karen D. Bradley • Karen Michelle Nutt • Koko Brown • Lane Hart • Laura A. Barnes • Leslie Scott • Linda Mooney • M.C. Cerny • Mary Morgan • Michelle Dalton • Mimi Barbour • Naleighna Kai • Penelope Wylde • Regan Walker • Rhondi Ann • River Ames • S.L. Sterling • Samantha Holt • Shaylin Gandhi • Soraya Naomi • Stella Marie Alden • Stephanie Queen • Suzanne Jenkins • Tamara Ferguson • Theresa Paolo • Tracey Cramer-Kelly • Vivien Jackson


Special for LIPSTICK DAY!

Check out my Instagram story featuring vintage photos I’ve colorized to show off the beautiful lipsticks of the 1940s and learn more about Christmas Once Again my WW2 time travel romance.

Click on my photo on my Instagram page to hear my Lipstick Story and see all the photos: https://www.instagram.com/jinabacarr/

 

NEWS!!! on my Boldwood Books debut CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN

Pub Date: October 10, 2019

 

CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN is a cozy, homey Christmas story in a place I know well — but also filled with the angst and longing of a determined woman who goes back to 1943 to save the man she loves from being betrayed during a mission in France…and then lost to her.

Stay tuned for more!

 

Summer Love Romance Giveaway and Come Fly with Me for 99 cents! And news about my Christmas WW 2 Time Travel Romance for Boldwood Books

 

Check this out: My novella COME FLY WITH ME is part of the book fair!

Why spend New Year’s alone when you can fly first class with a sexy billionaire?

Summer Love

All-Genres Romance Giveaway 

July 9-29

Kindle Fire 7 • Kate Spade Book Tote • Amazon Gift Cards • Ebook Prize Packs

https://bookwrapt.com/summer-love-romance-giveaway/ 

Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer love? Enter our giveaway and you could win a Kindle Fire to load up with a dozen new summer flings, Amazon gift card, e-book prize pack, or a sweet Kate Spade book tote!

Then, shop our book fair and you’ll definitely find that next summer crush. All ebooks priced at 2.99 or less, some FREE. We even have a bonus scavenger hunt giveaway!

(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

A.K. Shelley • Amanda Uhl • Bernadette Rowley • CB Samet • Clarissa Lake • Debbie White • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Eliza Watson • Elizabeth Rose • Em Petrova • Emberly Hart • Grace Roberts • J. L. Campbell • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jami Denise • JC Andrijeski • Jina Bacarr • Joan Reeves • Karen D. Bradley • Karen Michelle Nutt • Koko Brown • Lane Hart • Laura A. Barnes • Leslie Scott • Linda Mooney • M.C. Cerny • Mary Morgan • Michelle Dalton • Mimi Barbour • Naleighna Kai • Penelope Wylde • Regan Walker • Rhondi Ann • River Ames • S.L. Sterling • Samantha Holt • Shaylin Gandhi • Soraya Naomi • Stella Marie Alden • Stephanie Queen • Suzanne Jenkins • Tamara Ferguson • Theresa Paolo • Tracey Cramer-Kelly • Vivien Jackson

 

NEWS!!! on my Boldwood Books debut CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN

Pub Date: October 10, 2019

I don’ t have a cover yet . . . but I can tell you that nylons play an important part in my story in Ch 1 — they were rationed during WW 2 . . . here’s a vintage RF photo I colorized of girls getting their legs painted since they couldn’t get nylons.

I’ll be posting vintage colorized photos. It’s quite a challenge to “paint” these old photos — but I wanted to open the door to WW 2 like opening the door to Oz and seeing how the folks on the home front did their best to win the war — in color.

Imagine daily life with a party telephone line or shoes being rationed…l’ll be taking you on a trip back in time with interesting b.g. stuff about life during WW 2 as I introduce you to the Arden family in Posey Creek, Pennsylvania.

CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN is a cozy, homey Christmas story in a place I know well — but also filled with the angst and longing of a determined woman who goes back to 1943 to save the man she loves from being betrayed during a mission in France…and then lost to her.

Stay tuned for more!

 

Veterans Day and Doughnut Dollies

I love this fabulous painting outside the Salvation Army Building in Tulare, CA re: the photographer © Karinoza – Dreamstime.com .

(originally posted on A Slice of Orange.net — visit my sister site to meet some wonderful authors and read their posts!)

I was a doughnut dolly.

Back in the day, I served with the U.S. Army in Livorno, Italy. My job was to make coffee and play pool with the troops, set up entertainment and gourmet tours.

And make cookies. I whipped up hundreds and hundreds of cookies. Chocolate chip.

And doughnuts, too. I got help from the mess hall sergeant, a bespectacled guy from the Midwest who let me commandeer his big pots. Along with my Italian liaison, Maria, we’d cook up hot doughnuts and top them with powdered sugar we got from the PX, a sweet favorite with the boys.

Those were the days.

I’m proud of the time I spent with US Army Special Services — I made turkeys, fruitcakes, hot chocolate, and tons of cookies!

So on this Veterans Day I think about all the Doughnut Dollies who helped bring our servicemen and women a touch of home.

Especially on this 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day when the treaty was signed in a railcar in the French forest on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour.

God bless all those who have served our country. Thank you.

Jina

PS — For fun, I put on my old uniform with U.S. Army Service Clubs patch. And yeah, I lost the hat years ago somewhere in Italy.

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For this Veterans Day, my Civil War time travel romance is on sale for 99 cents!

 

She wore gray…he wore blue…but their love defied time

Love Me Forever

http://amzn.com/B00YI8SX68

How many women soldiers fought in the Civil War?

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And check out this audio/video excerpt from Chapter 1 of my WW 2 sweet romance.

Christmas 1943

American soldier and an Italian nun in war torn Italy dare to fall in love…

The captain thinks he’s found Shangri-La until he realizes there’s stolen art, Nazis and a whole lotta snow

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas on Amazon

http://amzn.to/1bcVMwG

 

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