Seasons greetings to you all!
A group of authors of queer historical fiction from the QUILTBAG Historicals FB group have got together with posts loosely (sometimes very loosely!) themed around the 12 days of Christmas.
There’s also a fantastic giveaway – the link is in the group.
Today’s theme is French Hens, but although I haven’t got anything hen like, the snippet I’m sharing is from Comes a Horseman, is set in France, and features a French man. This is book 3 in my WWII Echoes Rising series. I’m aiming to publish Book 2, Winter Duet, in January.
“I hope these are your friends,” Kristopher said. If not, they’d have to scatter and go deeper into the forest.
“So do I.” Michel whistled the first few bars of a folk song he’d taught Kristopher while they’d been hiding at St Gertrud’s.
After a moment’s silence, Kristopher heard the answering phrase—the final few bars of the song. A woman stepped into the clearing. She was about Michel’s age and had striking blue eyes. Wisps of brunette hair had come free from her headscarf, just enough to frame her face. When she saw Michel, her face lit up with an enormous smile and she lowered her weapon, tucked it into the waistband of her skirt, and ran over to them.
“Michel!” she exclaimed, and then spoke animatedly to him in French.
“German, please,” Michel said. “My friends do not speak our language well.” He smiled at her. “It is very good to see you again too, mon amie.”
They embraced, and Michel kissed her lightly on both cheeks. Although Kristopher knew it was a typical greeting, he still felt a pang of jealousy that he couldn’t show his feelings for Michel in public. He started to take a step closer but stopped. What could he say? He and Michel could only claim friendship, and besides, that was all this woman was to Michel. An old friend.
Read how the story begins…
Echoes Rising Book 1
Complete their mission or lose everything.
An encounter with an old friend leaves German physicist Dr Kristopher Lehrer with doubts about his work. But when he confronts his superior, everything goes horribly wrong. Suddenly Kristopher and Michel, a member of the Resistance, are on the run, hunted for treason and a murder they did not commit. If they’re caught, Kristopher’s knowledge could be used to build a terrible weapon that could win the war.
For the team sent by the Allies—led by Captain Bryant, Sergeant Lowe, and Dr Zhou—a simple mission escalates into a deadly game against the Gestapo, with Dr Lehrer as the ultimate prize. But in enemy territory, surviving and completing their mission will test their strengths and loyalties and prove more complex than they ever imagined.