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Thursday, October 24, 2019

LSBBT PROMO BOOK EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey (Historical Fiction)


Genre:  Historical Fiction / Friendship
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: October 15, 2019
Number of Pages: 326 

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From the author of The House by the Lake comes a powerful novel of friendship during World War II, fighting for the truth, and making peace with the past.

At the height of World War II, Eva Scott’s dream comes true. Accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she leaves balmy California and the man she loves for grueling training in Texas, ultimately landing at formidable Camp Davis in North Carolina. 

Vastly outnumbered by men and amid contempt, discrimination, and sabotage, Eva and her closest friends, the unconventional Nina and straight-laced Helena, remain loyal to their mission and to each other. They stay focused on the horizon, determined to prove themselves capable women pilots. Until a fatal mission sends Eva’s dream crashing to earth . . .

Now, decades later, is it possible to discover the truth about the night that changed her life? Is there any hope she’ll recover all that she’s lost? When Eva finds herself embroiled in the fight to get military recognition for the WASP, she’s forced to confront the past, and to make a decision that could forever change her future.

Thrilling and inspiring, Beyond the Horizon is a portrait of love, friendship, and valor in a time of war—and a tribute to the brave women who risked their lives for their country.


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In Beyond the Horizon, Eva’s husband, Jack, does not want Eva to join the battle for military recognition that the WASP took on in 1977. Their records had been locked away for over thirty years, after the WASP were disbanded in December, 1944. Their records were marked ‘classified’ and were sealed and stored in government archives. The Women Air Force Service Pilots’ contribution to the allied victory was not recognized or recorded by historians writing official history books, and consequently, many Americans do not know about the WASP. 

“I’m saying, supporting some movement to militarize women pilots is not a good idea.” Jack stood framed in the doorway of their bedroom in the house in Hancock Park. 
They’d lived there all their married life, and they’d raised Alex there. Alex would most likely move out when he went to college next year, but for now it was still their familiar nest, even though it had become riddled with arguments during the last three months over Eva’s decision to go to Washington and help fight for her sisters in the WASP when the bill went to Congress. 
Eva folded the last sweater from the pile of clothes on their bed, its everyday pale-green quilted cover smooth as always. She zipped up her small red leather suitcase. 
“I doubt I’ll be gone long.” 
“Look how crazy the past makes you. You space out, have these episodes where you just sit and stare. You don’t need that. Stay home.” 
Eva sighed. “Jack, for over thirty years, I’ve done what you said. For the first time, I’m doing what’s right.”
Jack took a step toward her. He placed his hands on her shoulders, standing over her. Eva took a step to the side. Mimicking her, he took a step too, blocking her way.
“Really? You’re going to stop me?”
“You gave up flying. I gave up acting. That was the deal. I’ve kept my side of the bargain.” 
Eva looked up at him. She focused on the expression on Alex’s face when he had urged her to go, remembered the unfathomable determination that she’d so admired in those fellow WASP of hers, remembered that girl who’d marched out the door with her suitcase in her hand and a whole pile of confidence back in 1943. 
Eva felt her lips forming a strong-willed smile. “I’m not going flying. Yet.” 


“With snappy dialogue, impressive historical details, a sense of adventure and courage on every page, and even a love story, Ella Carey has hit all the markers that make fine historical fiction.”  —Ann Howard Creel, bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea

“Fans of inspirational World War II fiction will cheer on Eva and her fellow pilots as they chase their dreams, endure heartbreak, and discover their true strength. Carey’s evocative descriptions bring home the exhilaration of flight—and the everyday indignities endured by young women who challenged the expectations of their time. The story’s final twist makes for a surprising and moving conclusion.” —Elizabeth Blackwell, author of On a Cold Dark Sea and In the Shadow of Lakecrest

“A moving, beautifully written novel about the amazing WASP during WWII. True to life and packed full of emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed feeling like I was one of these extraordinary women pilots as I read the story.” —Soraya M. Lane, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Girls of Pearl Harbor

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen countries, in twelve languages. Her sixth novel is Beyond The Horizon, set around the Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War Two. Ella is incredibly excited to share this book with her readers, as her mother was a W.A.A.A.F during World War Two, and her father was in the R.A.F, flying airplanes over occupied France. Ella traveled to Sweetwater, Texas, to research the novel, and is grateful to Ann Hobing, the then Executive Director of the WASP museum for sharing her wonderful knowledge of the WASP. Ella also worked with two pilots to craft the flight scenes. Ella loves to connect with her readers For more information on the background to her novels and updates about her next release, and to contact her about appearances at your local book club, please visit her website.

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OCTOBER 17-27, 2019
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