Welcome back to another #FriendlyFriday everyone, where I tell you all about my fabulous friends and what brilliant things that they are up to. 

Today is a very special Friendly Friday, as I get to introduce you to a BRAND NEW AUTHOR!! That's right, my friend Jill Wallace just released her FIRST BOOK! She is a member of our STAR chapter (Space coasT Authors of Romance) of RWA. Born and bred in South Africa, She has lived half of her life in South Africa and half in America and thrives on being ambicultural. 

To hear Jill tell it, WAR SERENADE was inspired by stories told by her mother during the "quiet times" of the afternoon. Jill's favourite of all the true stories her mother imparted, was that of lovers on the opposite side of WWII. Their story was so vivid to her and their love story so poignant, it stayed with her so much that it compelled Jill to spend years learning the craft of screenwriting in an attempt to bring their beautiful story to life. 

Ready to hear more about the book?


When bon vivant Italian opera star-turned-pilot Pietro is shot down during World War II, he nearly loses his life. Worse, he's lost his passion for music and is close to losing his sanity in a soul-crushing prisoner-of-war camp in South Africa when he meets Iris. He has a vision of a love worth dying for--worth living for--and realizes he must find his voice if he ever hopes to find her again. 

Iris's dreams are at stake when she meets Pietro. All she wants is for her brother to come home alive from the war and to fulfill her destiny as a costume designer in Hollywood. But this spirited redhead's life turns upside down as her eyes meet Pietro's through the cage of his prison. The world may be at stake, but so is her heart. 

Their secretive and daring courtship raises the suspicions of the bully who runs the camp, a scarred and damaged tyrant who once dated Iris. Consummating the couple's almost mystical connection will mean crossing the barbed wire, risking the deadly charge of treason and confronting their worst fears.

Inspired by a true story, WAR SERENADE is compelling, heart-wrenching, sometimes funny and always dramatic as it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit, the evolution of rich friendships, and love's triumph against impossible odds. 

I fully believe Jill is just starting to scratch the surface of her talent, and you should definitely keep an eye on this rising STAR. (Pun totally intended!) Head over to her website to learn more about Jill! 


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