GIVEAWAY: BLOSSOMS AND BAYONETS: A STORY OF LOVE, FAITH, AND COURAGE UNDER JAPANESE OCCUPATION BY JANA MCBURNEY-LIN & HI-DONG CHAI PRINT EDITION
Who: TLC Tours
What: OBS is back this week in an all new giveaway, in which we’re happy to collaborate with TLC tours where we’ll be choosing one lucky reader for the opportunity to win a print copy edition of Blossoms and Bayonets: A Story of Love, Faith and Courage Under Japanese Occupation by Jana McBurney-Lin and Hi-Dong Chai! All you have to do is click on one of the options or on everyone of them for more possibilities to win!!
When: This giveaway will be running between May 22th through June 1st. Giveaway ends at at midnight eastern time.
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO UNITED STATES AND CANADA RESIDENTS ONLY.
About Blossoms and Bayonets: A Story of Love, Faith and Courage Under Japanese Occupation:
Hi-Dong Chai and Jana McBurney-Lin, the award-winning author of My Half of the Sky, turn their hands to a remarkable story of a family and country torn apart by outside forces. The time is 1942, the place, Japanese-occupied Seoul, Korea. Fifteen-year-old He-Seung is full of fire, ready to take on these Japanese…if only he could convince his father, a Christian minister more concerned about saving his flock in a time when Emperor-worship has become mandatory. Since occupation, the Japanese have eradicated the Korean language, names, even the country’s flower. Now they are seeking Korean boys as volunteers for their army. When his father is arrested by the Japanese, however, He-Seung must swallow his hatred of the enemy and volunteer for the military. Even harder, he must leave his mother and baby brother He-Dong to fend for themselves. Based on a true story, Blossoms & Bayonets is suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period. The story lends an eyewitness perspective to events as they unfold. revealing an era of nuance and complexity. The result is a work that speaks volumes about the power of faith.
“McBurney-Lin crafts…an engaging and entertaining read from beginning to end.” –Midwest Book Review
“Impossible to put down-or to forget-authors’ grippingly suspenseful and deeply affecting historical novel limns the lives of a Korean family under Japanese rule with astonishing grace and power.” –Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
“Riveting internal dialogue and narration interspersed with quotes from those running the war efforts on various fronts combine to compel the reader forward. I say compel rather than propel, because I had to read. I had to know how this family and those around them would fare in the end.”-Keri Rojas, bookseller at Cornerstone Cottage, Hampton, IA. (Goodreads)
About author Jana McBurney-Lin:
Jana lived in Asia for fifteen years. She wrote for media in seven countries, including National Public Radio, Writer’s Digest, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Islands Magazine, Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times and dozens of others. She was an editor at ALC Publishing in Tokyo when she met her husband, a native of southern China. They then lived in Singapore, frequently visiting his family in Fujian province, China. Jana now lives in the Santa Cruz mountains of California with her husband and four children. She’s a dedicated participant in the Bay Area writing community, having served five years as President of the Peninsula Branch of the California Writer’s Club. She also founded the Writers Camp for Kids and volunteers annually in the local schools to teach creative writing.
- For more information about the author and her books visit her at her Official Website here.
- Read our review for Blossoms and Bayonets: A Story of Love, Faith and Courage Under Japanese Occupation here at OBS.