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The Pieces We Keep

press_kit-kristina_mcmorris_oct2009Many of you already know this but I’m happy to say it again: Kristina McMorris is one of my favorite people and I love to meet up with her every chance I get.  I find her fascinating and engaging and just so interesting to talk to.  She’s beautiful and warm and witty… and so smart!

I also love her books and she’s been a guest on my blog before.  She joined us last year in March to tell us about Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, a novel I absolutely adored!  So it should come as no surprise that when I found out she had a new release coming up, I wanted to know more and here’s what Kristina shared about her new book,  The Pieces We Keep :

 

The Pieces We Keep features a young boy, whose violent, recurrent night terrors uncover family secrets that trace back to WWII. The idea for the novel was originally inspired by a news segment about a skeptical mother and father who became convinced that their son’s nightmares of dying in a fighter plane were actually memories from a past life, supported by his knowledge of verifiable historical details.

The story immediately piqued my interest, since my own son suffered from night terrors as a toddler and would even speak of a grandmother who didn’t exist. Could they have been just the creative ramblings of a youngster? Absolutely. Nonetheless, they ultimately laid the foundation for a novel, its premise completed by a true account of Nazi saboteurs on American soil in 1942. The declassified case captivated me with elements of love and tragedy, deceptive dealings by J. Edgar Hoover, and even a secret military tribunal convened by FDR. Needless to say, I hope readers feel the same about The Pieces We Keep. 

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The deepest bonds are never broken…
Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying – but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.
As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack’s dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound – and perhaps, at last, to heal.

 

Doesn’t that sound really good?  There’s a book trailer too -

I’ve just added this book to my Kindle and have plans to read it soon.  I hope you’ll add it to your reading list too!  Kristina has graciously offered a copy of The Pieces We Keep for giveaway and I’m adding some holiday treats and sweets including a $5 Starbucks drink card to the prize!  Leave a comment for a chance to win.  Contest ends on 10th and I’ll announce winners on Tuesday and I’ll announce the winner on the Wednesday!

59 Comments

  1. Quilt Lady says:

    Your book sounds really good and I would love to read it. It sounds different then anything I have ever read.

  2. Robyn L says:

    definitely a different story line but it does sound intriquing. Thanks for being here today and thanks Jane for bringing a new author to me.

  3. JanieC says:

    Will definitely check out Kristina’s books.

  4. Phyllis Lamken says:

    Love the premise of the book. Looks like a fantastic read. Also love the cover.

  5. phxbne says:

    I am intrigued by the book

  6. Donna D says:

    I’m intrigued by the premise of the book, and definitely want to read it. Although, I don’t believe in past lives, I don’t deny some odd and strange things that do happen.
    I like the cover also.

  7. ellie says:

    I am captivated with this wonderful post. Kristina’s novels are memorable and wonderful. Best wishes for a happy and special holiday season and many adventures in writing. I have enjoyed all of Kristina’s books and look forward to this latest one very much.

  8. Carrie Addessi says:

    I am fascinated with past lives! Can’t wait to read this book!!

  9. denise says:

    cool storyline

  10. Roberta Conty Emby says:

    This book has an interesting story line that sound intriguing, would like to read. I’ll also add Kristina mcmorris to my list of authors for me to read.

  11. Michelle Harlan says:

    Wow…this sounds like an amazing story. I just added it to my “Read in 2014″ list!

  12. Melinda Garza says:

    Will have to read this one for sure.

  13. Elizabeth Whitlock says:

    The book sounds really interesting…especially because it’s during the time I was born ! Thanks so much Jane for suggesting do many great books for us to read. I really appreciate sll your suggestions. ❤️

  14. Melissa in Texas says:

    Sounds like a good book for a cold, wintery day like today!

  15. Kari n. says:

    This sounds great! It’s going on my list!!

  16. Cindy moody says:

    Sounds really interesting!

  17. Donna says:

    Sounds like such a interesting book. Will have to add it to my list to read.

  18. Kimberly says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I am adding it to my TBR list right now.

  19. Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Kristina on her new book! It sounds like a fascinating story.

  20. vickie dailey says:

    i have this book on my too read list – it sounds very interesting – seen it on several sites -

  21. Janine says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I have added it to my must read list.

  22. girlfromwva says:

    Beautiful cover. The story sounds very compelling.

  23. bn100 says:

    Nice trailer

  24. Jane, thanks SO much for having me back here — and for the amazing compliments. (You know I feel exactly the same about you AND your beautiful writing.)

    I appreciate all the readers’ lovely comments, too. Best wishes in the drawing! I hope you all enjoy the story.

  25. karenk says:

    would LOVE to read Kristina’s latest novel…thanks for the chance, jane :)

  26. Kathy P says:

    Would love to read Tje Pieces We Keep.

  27. BARBARA HOPKINS says:

    OH JANE,
    YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. KRISTINA SOUNDS JUST AWESOME,AND SO DOES HER NEW BOOK. I LOVE FINDING A BOOK THAT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I USUALLY READ,AND NOW I HAVE ANOTHER AUTHOR TO ADD TO MY AUTHOR LIST. YOU ARE AWESOME,YOU HAVE GIVEN ME SEVERAL NEW AUTHOR’S TO ADD TO MY LIST. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MELISSA’S BOOK. SO,I’M GOING TO KEEP MY FINGERS CROSSED ,MAYBE MY LUCK IS DUE TO CHANGE.AFTERALL I DID FIND YOU AND YOUR BOOKS. THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD WRITER AND A KIND SOUL. BIG FAN..B

  28. Sharon A says:

    This sounds like a great book, I’ll look for it!

  29. Rosemary huelsebusch says:

    Would love to read this book.

  30. Mary Preston says:

    THE PIECES WE KEEP sounds fantastic thank you.

  31. Beverly Gordon says:

    I just love that cover andthe book sounds awesome will be adding The pieces we keep to my wish list ty for sharing about her

  32. Karen B says:

    Your book sounds fascinating and the trailer is terrific! Another addition to my wish list.

  33. Deanna says:

    It sound like a lovely book and is on my t-b-r list. After this review it will be moved up.
    Thanks for the review.

  34. Deanna says:

    sounds!

  35. Jean L says:

    I love a mystery so I know I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  36. Rachel Jones says:

    I felt goose bumps watching your trailer. Can’t wait to read The Pieces We Keep.

  37. Cate Sparks says:

    This is a very interesting concept for a book .. I think children are way more open than people generally think.

  38. Jessica M says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  39. Elisabeth says:

    I love the book trailer. Who knew that there was such a thing. Loved it.

  40. Sue Malar says:

    This sounds amazing! Love the cover, too!!

  41. Joan Woods says:

    Sounds like an interesting story. I like reading new authors.

  42. I have met Kristina before and she is one fabulous lady! Sounds like a most intriguing book – on my ‘to get’ list for sure!

  43. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I definitely want to read “The Pieces We Keep”. When I saw the short description and read this
    “they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets”, this story really captivated my attention because my father was a WWII veteran. Thank you for this giveaway!

  44. Melanie J says:

    I really want to read this book. it sounds great.

  45. Rhonda says:

    I have added it to my ever growing TBR pile! I’m always glad to meet a new-to-me author! Merry Christmas!

  46. Andrya Wallace says:

    I love Kristina’s books and I can’t wait to read The Pieces We Keep!

  47. Library Lady says:

    This is another great author for us to read…thank you so much Jane. I will certainly look for Kristina’s book. What a well done trailer, too. Hope things are going well for you and your family Jane and for everyone else here, too.

  48. Nancy says:

    I really like the idea behind the story of this book. The dad of the little boy did an interview about his son’s experience and it was quite interesting. Looking forward to reading this one!!

  49. Brittany Vinyard says:

    This last week while at a local Fred Meyer store, I was browsing a few books and saw, “The Pieces We Keep.”Needless to say, the description of this book is so intriguing it is now on my Christmas list. When I went home I did more research on her for other books on barnes and noble and now all her books thus far are on my list. Love the cover and the paper used as well, it caught my eye immediately! As an avid bookworm and love and intrigue into world war two, would be thrilled to get my hands onto my first Kristina Mcmorris book!

  50. karla says:

    It sounds like something that makes you think long after you read it.

  51. Shannon in Tustin says:

    Oh man I love that cover! Sounds like a great book, I’d love to add to my Kindle. :)

    #teamkindle

    xoxo
    Shannon

  52. Lynette says:

    This looks like another amazing book. Thank you for sharing!

  53. kribss says:

    I love stories with history in it- this sounds Ah-mazing!

  54. Moran says:

    The Pieces We Keep sounds like a very interesting book.

  55. Bridget O'Neill says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Vanessa says:

    Can’t wait to read the book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  57. Lorie says:

    Sounds like an amazing book!

  58. Jane says:

    Congratulations, #14 Elizabeth Whitlock! You are the winner for this contest!

    Send me an email please with your mailing information and we’ll get this prize in the mail at the earliest.

    Thank you, everyone for making Kristina welcome. :) Stay tuned for more fun and contests coming soon.

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