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Roses Underneath and What is Forgiven by C.F. Yetmen


Thanks to Danielle H. Acee, Author’s Assistant, I am giving away 1 print copy and 10 ebook copies of Roses Underneath and  1 print copy and 10 ebook copies of What is Forgiven by C.F. Yetmen

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What is Forgiven follows Anna Klein, who has been working with the Monuments Men for a few months and continues to struggle to put her life back together. In this book, she confronts the Holocaust and her complicity, as a German citizen, in the atrocities the Nazis committed. Because the Nazis stole the property of Jewish collectors, the art now under the Americans’ control must be restituted. But she learns that when the stakes are this high, people rationalize their greed and crimes to protect themselves, their reputations, and their loved ones.

The series is inspired by the circumstances of the German half of Yetmen’s family at the end of World War II. Although no one worked with the Monuments Men, her grandmother, who was displaced, along with her great-grandmother and mother—then five years old— was lucky enough to get a job working for the American Occupation Forces. Yetmen’s day job as an architectural writer sparked her interest in the work of the Monuments Men, many of whom were architects. The two ideas collided to create the stories of the Anna Klein Trilogy.

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It is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, struggles to support herself and her six-year old daughter Amalia. Her job typing forms at the Collecting Point for the US Army’s Monuments Men is the only thing keeping her afloat. Charged with securing Nazi-looted art and rebuilding Germany’s monuments, the Americans are on the hunt for stolen treasures. But after the horrors of the war, Anna wants only to hide from the truth and rebuild a life with her family.

When the easy-going American Captain Henry Cooper recruits her as his reluctant translator, the two of them stumble on a mysterious stash of art in a villa outside of town. Cooper’s penchant for breaking the rules capsizes Anna’s tenuous security and propels her into a search for elusive truth and justice in a world where everyone is hiding something. 

In her debut novel C.F. Yetmen tells a story of loss and reconciliation in a shattered world coming to terms with war and its aftermath. 

Roses Underneath and What is Forgiven by C.F. YetmenAbout C.F. Yetmen


C.F. YETMEN is the author of The Roses Underneath, which received the 2015 IPPY Gold Medal for Historical Fiction, was named a 2014 Notable Indie Book by the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition, and was a 2014 Finalist in the Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

She lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Giveaway of Roses Underneath and What is Forgiven by C.F. Yetmen


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My Last Lament by James William BrownMy Last Lament by James William Brown

Thanks Loren Jaggers of Berkley Publishing Group, I am giving away one print copy of My Last Lament by James William Brown.

Description of My Last Lament by James William Brown

A poignant and evocative novel of one Greek woman’s story of her own and her nation’s epic struggle in the aftermath of World War II.

Aliki is one of the last of her kind, a lamenter who mourns and celebrates the passing of life. She is part of an evolving Greece, one moving steadily away from its rural traditions. To capture the fading folk art of lamenting, an American researcher asks Aliki to record her laments, but in response, Aliki sings her own story…

It begins in a village in northeast Greece, where Aliki witnesses the occupying Nazi soldiers execute her father for stealing squash. Taken in by her friend Takis’s mother, Aliki is joined by a Jewish refugee and her son, Stelios. When the village is torched and its people massacred, Aliki, Takis and Stelios are able to escape just as the war is ending.

Fleeing across the chaotic landscape of a post-war Greece, the three become a makeshift family. They are bound by friendship and grief, but torn apart by betrayal, madness and heartbreak.

Through Aliki’s powerful voice, an unforgettable one that blends light and dark with wry humor, My Last Lament delivers a fitting eulogy to a way of life and provides a vivid portrait of a timeless Greek woman, whose story of love and loss is an eternal one.

Praise for My Last Lament by James William Brown

“This is an astonishing novel, an imaginative feat of epic proportions. I was gripped from the first line. These characters! This story! Here is war and joy and terror and love and death and humor all mixed up, just as in life. I loved MY LAST LAMENT so much I kept shoving it in people’s faces, saying, ‘This book! You have to read this book!’”—Anna Solomon, author of ‘Leaving Lucy Pear and The Little Bride’

“If you loved All the Light We Cannot See, you will devour this novel; a heart-rending World War II story you’ve never heard and won’t soon forget.”—Susan Meissner, author of ‘Secrets of a Charmed Life’ and ‘A Bridge Across the Ocean’

“A Greek epic in its own right, MY LAST LAMENT is the story of a nation trying to live up to its past while struggling to come to terms with its present, and of the indomitable people surviving that struggle. Aliki is a vivid and fully-realized heroine, both fragile and formidable, and her story is one that will keep readers quickly turning the pages even as they linger over Brown’s lovely language. MY LAST LAMENT is a book I will never forget.”—Alyssa Palombo, author of ‘The Violinist of Venice’ and ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence’

About James William Brown

James William Brown, author of the critically acclaimed Blood Dance, is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford and has also been a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

The recipient of two fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, he has also directed the editorial departments of textbook publishers in New York, Boston, and Athens, Greece.

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Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. GreeneJustice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

Thanks to Jill Nuppenau of Ankerwycke Publishing, I am giving away one print copy of Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene.

Description of Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Dachau trials, the single largest yet least-known series of war crimes trials in history. Bestselling  and award winning biographer Joshua M. Greene (Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, Here Comes the Sun, Swami in a Strange Land) has written the definitive account of the trials as seen through the eyes of the chief prosecutor. Col. Bill Denson, a humble lawyer from Alabama, had no experience of war, yet he succeeded in winning due process verdicts against the operators of Hitler’s concentration camps–and nearly lost his life in the process.

In a makeshift courtroom set up inside Hitler’s first concentration camp, Denson was charged with building a team from lawyers who had no background in war crimes and determining charges for crimes that courts had never before confirmed. Among the accused were Dr. Klaus Schilling, responsible for hundreds of deaths in his “research” for a cure for malaria; Edwin Katzen-Ellenbogen, a Harvard psychologist turned Gestapo informant; and one of history’s most notorious female war criminals, Ilse Koch, “Bitch of Buchenwald,” whose penchant for tattooed skins and human bone lamps made headlines worldwide.

Denson, just 32 years old, with one criminal trial to his name, led a brilliant and successful prosecution, but nearly two years of exposure to such horrors took its toll. His wife divorced him, his weight dropped to 116 pounds, and he collapsed from exhaustion. Worst of all was the pressure from his army superiors to bring the trials to a rapid end when their agenda shifted away from punishing Nazis to winning the Germans’ support in the emerging Cold War. Denson persevered, determined to create a careful record of responsibility for the crimes of the Holocaust. When, in a final shocking twist, the United States used clandestine reversals and commutation of sentences to set free those found guilty at Dachau, Denson risked his army career to try to prevent justice from being undone.

Originally published in hardcover by Random House in 2001, this is the first time Justice at Dachau is available in paperback.

About Joshua M. GreeneJustice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

The New York Times described Joshua M. Greene as “a storyteller…who traces journeys to enlightenment.” In 1982, after living thirteen years in the ashrams of India and Europe, he returned to his native New York City and produced a series of Emmy award-nominated children’s films for The Disney Channel and PBS. In 1995, he became Director of Programming for Cablevision, the nation’s fifth largest cable provider.

From 1999 to 2002 he served as Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn, New York’s largest public relations firm, where he advised faith communities on their role in peacekeeping initiatives. In 2000, Mr. Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Planning for the United States Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year, his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaust was produced as a feature film for PBS.

His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history. His editorials on tribunals in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. Mr. Greene is a frequent lecturer and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities. He serves on the boards of several non-profits and provides volunteer family meditation services.

Giveaway of Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

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