Sunday, February 4, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: To Love A Falcon by Nancy C. Williams


Book: To Love A Falcon

Author: Nancy C. Williams

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale retelling

Release Date: November 7, 2023

When life already seems bleak, the Russians send her to Siberia.

Aircraft mechanic Katya Morozov longs for her beloved Mikhail, a Russian naval officer, to return from war. But when an unwanted work assignment takes her far from her home into remote Siberia, Katya faces threats—perhaps because she and her father were engaged in covert protection for persecuted Christians.

A chance encounter with charming test pilot, Yuri Sokolov, turns into more than a passing acquaintance…igniting the flames of a conflict between Katya’s faithfulness to Mikhail and her growing attraction to the enigmatic pilot. Will messages from a mysterious woman in the woods give her the wisdom and strength she needs?

Yuri, who has hidden battles of his own, must likewise make a decision—does he follow his dreams or pursue the lovely mechanic who has captured his heart?

To Love a Falcon, a retelling of the Russian fairy tale “Finist the Falcon,” takes readers into the intrigues of Russian operatives, the stark landscape of Siberian winters, and the courage of those who risk death for faith and love.


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I have been enjoying this series, The Ever After Mysteries, so I was excited to read Book 14 in the series. The series is written by various authors and each book is a retelling of a Classic Fairytale, but told in as a Murder Mystery novel. To Love a Falcon by Nancy C. Williams is a retelling of a Russian Fairy Tale,  “Finist the Falcon,”.

I have to say that I have never even heard or read any Russian Fairy Tales. I was very intrigued by the fact that this book is based on a Russian Fairy Tale. The time period is the 1940's, right after WW2 and the author has done her research for accuracy of the time period and happenings, I felt I was back in that time. Katya, the main character, is a woman Aircraft Mechanic and I found that to be awesome for the time period. The chance meeting with Yuri Sokolov in Siberia has her thinking about her beloved Mikhail and she realizes her feelings are growing for Yuri. Katya and Yuri both have "baggage" to overcome as they grow in a relationship. I really LOVE how Katya received advice from the Mystery Woman in the Woods. The book is filled with Mystery, Romance, thought provoking situations, twists and turns and more. I began reading and could not put it down until I was finished as the plot kept getting more and more intriguing!   I HIGHLY recommend this book to those who enjoy Mystery with a Fairytale slant! WONDERFUL BOOK!

Nancy C. Williams grew up on “Nancy Drew” books…and occasionally still tells people her middle name is “Drew,” just to get their reaction. Following in the steps of the intrepid sleuth, Williams is an adventure enthusiast who loves hiking, snow-skiing, taking photos, sharing a good laugh, and enjoying a good mystery. She’s a history buff, too, with an affinity for antiques and fascinating stories from the past. Her writing career began with five years in the “Mad Men” world of ad agencies, crafting ads and commercials for ceiling fans, soft drinks, and pest control, among others. Then, during nearly a decade of editorial work at Federal Express headquarters, Williams traveled the globe (often in FedEx jet cockpits) and collected memories of international cultures. She also taught PR at a Christian college for a decade, sharing strategies and practices to the next generation of professionals. These days, blogs and novels are at the top of her “fun stuff to-do” list. She’s serious, though, about serving Jesus Christ…as a prayer warrior and writing for God’s glory, striving to encourage others on their spiritual journeys. When she’s not writing, look for her on the Appalachian Mountain trails with her beloved husband and mini-schnauzer.

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Want to know more about the real-life murder of a Russian naval officer…during a top-secret World War II mission? It’s a fascinating story that sparks even more questions, such as, what if the slain officer had a fiancée back home who didn’t know he was killed?

“To Love a Falcon” is a historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of life in post-WWII Siberia, the persecution of Christians by an anti-religious régime, and the plight of loved ones left at home who waited for lost soldiers. There’s a dash of suspense, romance, and fairy-tale lore thrown into the mix, too!

My father-in-law, who served in the U.S. SeaBees for the top-secret mission, had shared some of the details about the murder…and, I knew an old Russian fairy tale called “Finist the Falcon” that would serve as the perfect template for telling his story. I have my own personal story from Siberia (my husband and I adopted our son from there in 1999), but I learned many more interesting facts during research about this mysterious, challenging place—still largely uninhabited to this day. Our son, who is now a pilot, also helped tremendously in delving into the MiG-9, the first jet-powered fighter aircraft developed in Russia.

I hope you’ll join me on this adventure into the risks of untested flight…the murderous threats of anti-religion zealots…the relationship between a plucky female aircraft mechanic and a charming test pilot…and the possibilities of love and forgiveness in a snowy wilderness. Maybe you’ll fall in love with Siberia, too!

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To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and a $25 Amazon card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Michael Law said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks like a great book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

The Mystery Woman in the woods sounds quite intriguing.

Nancy C Williams said... Best Blogger Tips

@Michael Law

Michael, how nice to see that you’re following the Celebration Tour for “To Love a Falcon”! If you like war stories, I encourage you to look up “Project Hula” from WWII…the secret mission where my father-in-law served as a SeaBee. You’ll find out more about it in my book, from my father-in-law’s firsthand experience. Enjoy! Nancy C Williams

Nancy C Williams said... Best Blogger Tips

@Roxanne C

Roxanne, the mystery woman represents part of the fairy tale lore…but she’s really more than that. I encourage you to read the original tale, “Finist the Falcon” (it’s in Wikipedia) to see how she fits in—I enjoyed creating her character. Best wishes, Nancy C Williams

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