New Releases 6-14

What's new at Mill City Press this week? We've got five books making their grand entrances into the world today.

First up is...

Phil Saunders was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army in 1942. After receiving further training at Fort Benning and serving as a training officer at Camp Wheeler, he was assigned as a combat liaison officer with Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalist army in China. He arrived in the China-Burma-India theater in the fall of 1943 and soon discovered the Chinese soldiers were underfed, underpaid, unprepared for combat, and reluctant to engage the Japanese.

Advising Chiang’s Army details Phil’s two years spent in China and describes how the troops he worked with gradually became an effective fighting force, shifted from defensive to offensive combat, and ultimately defeated the enemy. The book also recounts his post-war career in state politics and with the National Labor Relations Board.

Stephen Wilson is an adjunct professor in the History and Political Science Department at Concordia University-St. Paul. In 2013, he retired from a 35-year law career. During that time, he worked for three different law firms and spent five years with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. From 1991 until retirement, he was a partner with Foley & Mansfield in Minneapolis.

In 1970, Wilson graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.A. in Government. He then enrolled at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, completed the Philosophy, Politics and Economics course, and was awarded B.A. and M.A. degrees. He obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan.

He has been married to Kristine since 1977, and they have three children: Matthew, Todd, and Sarah. His interests include traveling, hiking, fishing, getting together with family and friends, reading nonfiction, and listening to music and public radio.

Learn more at stephenlwilson.com, buy the book directly from Wilson here, or grab your copy on Amazon.

Second up is...

Answering the Call describes Allen Wilson's World War II service.  The ROTC course he took while attending college, Officers' Candidate School at Fort Benning, his assignments on the West Coast, and the 18 months he spent in Algeria, Italy, and Austria are all chronicled in detail.  There is also a chapter that focuses on wife Barbara's life with their daughter Suzan while Allen was overseas.  Photographs, maps and cartoons accompany the narrative.

Based primarily on letters Allen wrote between 1943 and 1945, military records and histories, and interviews with Barbara and Allen, this book provides an in-depth, personal account of the challenges and triumphs that occurred when a young soldier "answered the call."

Stephen Wilson is an adjunct professor in the History and Political Science Department at Concordia University-St. Paul. In 2013, he retired from a 35-year law career. During that time, he worked for three different law firms and spent five years with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. From 1991 until retirement, he was a partner with Foley & Mansfield in Minneapolis.

In 1970, Wilson graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.A. in Government. He then enrolled at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, completed the Philosophy, Politics and Economics course, and was awarded B.A. and M.A. degrees. He obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan.

He has been married to Kristine since 1977, and they have three children: Matthew, Todd, and Sarah. His interests include traveling, hiking, fishing, getting together with family and friends, reading nonfiction, and listening to music and public radio.

That's right, Stephen L. Wilson is releasing two titles today! Again, you can find more at stephenlwilson.com, buy the book directly from the author here, or get your copy on Amazon.

Third is...

Seventy-year-old Gerty Murphy is losing her Ohio farm to foreclosure. She had lost her Marine son in Afghanistan, then her husband to a broken heart. A ruthless, big-city banker is closing in fast. When an afraid-of-heights, awkward wannabe pilot aptly nicknamed “Trip” drops into her life, he overcomes a bullied past for a worthwhile payoff.

Poignant. Clever. Adventurous. Barnstorm combines the high-flyin’ exploits of World War II stunt pilots with the feel-good rural life reminiscent of 1950s Americana. Biplanes. Air shows. County fairs. Bull riding. Rodeo clowns. Cantankerous roosters. Farm-pond skinny-dippin’.

This coming-of-age tale is packed with high-flying action as loop-de-loop airplanes streak through the clouds.

Author is an ex-Air Force Officer who flunked his first and only flight aptitude test ("I flew the entire test upside down.")  Born and raised a farm boy, Page provides an entertaining and engaging romp through life on a small farm. Previous writing credits include screenplays, short stories, and musical plays.

Grab your copy of Barnstorm directly from the author here, or find it on Amazon.

Fourth is...

Ishmael Morgan was six years old when her mother—a long-distance swimmer—disappeared into the ocean. To comfort her, Ishmael's father told her that her mother didn't die but simply swam off into the sunset as a mermaid. 

Ishmael hadn’t thought much of that tender lie until early one morning—while speeding down a Mexican highway after a fight with her fiancé—her truck plunges off a cliff.

But Ishmael doesn't die: she is rescued.

When Ishmael awakens, her memories post-accident are of impossible things. She’s sure they must be hallucinations; since she seems to remember watching her own legs turn into a tail.

Testing her theory—while putting off returning to her old life, including her cancelled wedding—Ishmael dives into the mystery of her new life. What if her father’s stories about her mother weren’t just stories he told to ease her grief? Seeking answers to her past, as well as her future, Ishmael begins a trek across land and sea into a life she hasn’t even begun to imagine.

Author Kate Smith was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and has spent a significant portion of her adult life living on the West Coast. She now resides in the Deep South on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with her boat captain husband and their two water-loving, brown dogs. She owns a yoga studio named after Mother Earth.

Connect with Kate Smith on her website brinebook.com, buy Brine directly from the author here, or get your copy on Amazon.

Fifth is...

Detective Audrey Durant appreciates the American Revolutionary War tactics of General Francis Marion—strike at night, then vanish into the swamp. So when assigned to investigate the murder of attorney Jeremy Wade, Audrey readies herself for a guerilla-style hunt.

Wade had hid the truth, obscuring his life with private trickery and leaving everyone in the dark. He had finessed his way into a position of influence, scaling the barrier that, more often than not, keeps the less mighty out. Faced with the challenge, Audrey launches an incursion to uncover the secrets that Wade had used to catapult himself from obscurity into the world of the powerful. What she discovers puts her in an ethical dilemma and in need of a Swamp Fox offensive.

In Tyranny Begins, heroine Audrey Durant unscrambles the covert life of Jeremy Wade, drawing on her fascination with South Carolina’s colorful history and finding echoes and clues from the past in the realities and characters of the current-day case.

Elizabeth Hatcher True is a native South Carolinian.  She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and her family traces their roots in South Carolina to pre-American Revolution.

Her first book, Where Law Ends, was published in 2009.

She currently resides in Minnesota.


Grab your copy of Tyranny Begins on Amazon.

Happy book birthdays, authors!

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