The Swiss Courier {Review+ Twitter Contest}

I've been getting some great books to review lately, and this latest one is no different! As a avid fan of ALIAS and anything spy-related, I got very excited about this book as soon as I heard about it. I enjoy stories set in WWII as well, and this book is a great example of authors doing their research and crafting an exciting tale as well. As soon as I started the book I was hooked. swiss courier

About the Book:

It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.

About the Authors:

TGoyer headshot 2009Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website: {I'm really beginning to love Tricia Goyer, I'm encouraged by her daily on twitter and facebook as a godly woman and writer.}

yorkeymMike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the bestselling Every Man's Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.To find out more visit his website:

Twitter Contest (includes CHOCOLATE!)

There's a fun giveaway going on along with this book's release. Help Spread the word about #SwissCourier on Twitter and enter to win a signed copy & Swiss Chocolate! Just tweet this: The Swiss Courier by @triciagoyer fast paced and suspenseful! Don't miss out! RT #swisscourier and we'll enter you into a drawing for 1 of 5 SIGNED copies of The Swiss Courier!

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I did it! NaNoWriMo 2008 Final Update

That's right, I made it to 50,000 words! Here's the proof:

made it to 50k words!

My experience was a challenging one to be sure, but I was able to persevere (thanks in part to a 9,000 writing spree while we drove from Colorado to California and the modern convenience of electricity while camping). It was well worth the stress and time spent to be able to achieve an accomplishment like this.

A highlight was having an evening out at Caribou Coffee to write with my writing buddy "A Mom in the 'Burbs," which took me back to the days when my husband and I would spend late nights in local coffee shops attempting to study.

Thanks to everyone who wished me well and supported me, especially to my husband and parents who had to deal with me typing at particularly inappropriate times (i.e., when I should have been packing, unpacking or sitting by a campfire).

I'm really looking forward to the editing/rewriting stage as I still feel like the story is incomplete, but I'm thinking I'll wait until 2009 for that.

Oh, and I only have a working title, which I'm not quite satisfied with, but here's the tiny synopsis/teaser of the novel I wrote (I really like saying that):

Tara Donovan, 25, moves from L.A. to Denver to start life over as a freelance writer and part-time nanny for her nephews. A feminine, bookish type, she also has a passionate love for baseball, and may end up closer to the Colorado Rockies than even she could imagine.