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HARMON GENERAL
Misfits and Millionaires #2 
by
KIMBERLY FISH
Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII / Spies 
Expected Date of Publication: June 16, 2018

Number of Pages: 330

ABOUT THE BOOK: Harmon General is book two in the WWII historical fiction series entitled Misfits and Millionaires—set in Longview, Texas. The novel picks up about two months after the storyline in The Big Inch ended.
Familiar characters and locations get a shot of adrenaline from the biological hazard espionage going on at the U.S. Army’s new medical hospital treating diseased and wounded soldiers—a 156-acre pop campus created as part of a master plan to place U.S. Army hospitals around Texas specializing in long-term wound care for WWII soldiers. The Office of Strategic Services has one of its best agents in place as a nurse at Harmon General—Sgt. Emmie Tesco—and she’s soon up to her blood pressure cuff in intrigues at the hospital campus, particularly the mission to stop a culprit code-named “Dr. Death” who is accused of skewing the malaria test protocols being established at Harmon so that no one will notice him preparing to sell the malaria research to the enemies of the Allies. Heroes and villains circulate in Longview from the post at Harmon General, and Emmie ropes Lane Mercer into helping manage the overload of responsibilities. Readers of The Big Inch will better understand what drives Emmie Tesco and why poking at old wounds can be a messy affair. The backstory of Lane Mercer and her first husband gets a brutal airing too, and stakes grow dangerous for Lane and Zeke Hayes as the plans they’d wanted for their wedding are upended by well-meaning, Aunt Edith.

 

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OF HARMON GENERAL


PRAISE FOR HARMON GENERAL:
“The war that changed the world brought the world to East Texas through Harmon General, a significant US Army hospital that treated thousands of wounded soldiers in Longview.  In Harmon General, we meet again Lane Mercer, a World War II heroine, and we enjoy again how the drama of her secret service to the nation and her complicated personal relationships pull us into the vast impact of the world war.”
— Dale Lunsford, Ph.D., President, LeTourneau University

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. 


She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in January 2017, released the first novel in the Misfits and Millionaires series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch. Her second book, Comfort Plans, was published later that same year.

She lives with her family in East Texas.

 

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The Big Inch – Author Interview

BNR The Big Inch

THE BIG INCH

by

KIMBERLY FISH

Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII

Date of Publication: January 19, 2017

Number of Pages: 344

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Cover Lo Res Big InchKimberly Fish’s debut novel, The Big Inch, was released in February, 2017 and it reveals the lengths to which Texas oilmen, state, and federal governments would go to get Texas crude oil to the troops fighting their first mechanized war. With Nazi threats (and a steady stream of oil tankers sunk by German submarines) speed was necessary, as was OSS intelligence. The Office of Strategic Services was often staffed with female spies and Longview’s World War II efforts were critical for success.

Lane Mercer, sent to Longview, Texas in July 1942, is part of a select group of women working undercover for the fledgling federal agency, the Office of Strategic Services. Assigned to protect the man carrying out President Roosevelt’s initiative to build the nation’s first overland pipeline to hurry East Texas crude to the troops, she discovers there’s more to Longview than the dossiers implied. There’s intrigue, mayhem, and danger. Shamed from a botched OSS mission in France, Lane struggles to fulfill her mission and keep from drowning in guilt. Getting involved in local life is out of the question. Between family, do-gooders, and Nazi threats, she’s knitted into a series of events that unravel all of her carefully constructed, plans, realizing that sometimes the life one has to save, is one’s own.

PRAISE FOR THE BIG INCH:

“With an eye for detail, Kimberly Fish weaves a compelling story of a war widow who finds herself in Longview, Texas in 1942. Reading Kimberly’s novel was a bit like going back to a cloak and dagger time, and I enjoyed the local references. Longview was an amazing place to be during WWII.” — Van Craddock, Longview News Journal, Columnist

“Kimberly Fish’s unique writing style snatched me out of my easy chair and plunked me down into the middle of her character’s life where I was loathe to leave when my real life called me back. Her descriptive visual writing drew me in on the first page. Can’t wait to read more stories by Mrs. Fish.” — Vickie Phelps Author of Moved, Left No Address

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Author Interview 2 – Kimberly Fish

What do you think most characterizes your writing? Color, texture, and sound. I hope people think the chapters play like a film.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? Interviewing people who knew of Longview’s old stories, and hearing them told without the filter of political correctness.

Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured if your book? As in many places in the south (and East Texas has a lot of Southern culture,) the issues of black and white residents in the 1940s was quite disparate. I shed light on some of that, and a way through that some might have taken.

Who are some of the authors you feel were influential in your work? I read many authors who wrote about this area, about the oilmen who defined a new era in East Texas, and those who wrote memoirs of their life in Texas. Don Carleton’s biography of J.R. Parten, A Breed So Rare, was invaluable, as was James Clark’s and Michel Halbouty’s book, The Last Boom.

What literary character is most like you? The Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. I’d LOVE to waltz into any one of her novels.

What did you find most useful in learning to write for publication? Rejection is a powerful learning tool. It grew grit.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing? I’m a full-time novelist when I don’t have freelance writing jobs on my desk. I’m working to limit volunteer obligations that interfere with my writing time. I can’t say I’ve mastered that yet.

What are some day jobs that you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing? In high school, I worked in a bookstore. Shocking, I know. Since I graduated college, writing and turning ideas into products has been a part of every job I’ve had—even when I was in apartment management, I started creating marketing materials to improve outcomes. Because we lived overseas the first few years of our marriage, and then I stayed home with our children, the bulk of my professional work has been as a freelance writer.

How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing? Going away to college was essential to helping me understand that I was not the center of my universe. I fell in love with the big, wide world that was out there, and the crazy, beautiful people who came from paths totally different from my own.

What do your plans for future projects include? I intend to release the contemporary novels I wrote that are set in one of my favorite Hill Country nooks, Comfort, Texas.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die? Ride in a hot air balloon.

What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody yet has? What would the government have done had the pipeline not worked out?

If you had a superpower, what would it be? I’d really like to heal sick people.

What’s your funniest flaw? Well, I over-think things ALL THE TIME. Is that funny?

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Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won a Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats, She lives with her family in East Texas.

 

 

                           

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