Today, we’re talking with Annette O’Hare, author of the critically-acclaimed “Bolivar Lighthouse” series. Search Light, book three in the series, releases on June 21st.
Tell us about your hero and heroine. What makes them likeable?
The novel, Search Light takes place on Galveston Island in South Texas during the height of WWII. Captain Frank Chessher is an Army pilot flying reconnaissance missions over the Gulf of Mexico searching for German submarines lurking in U.S. waters. Behind the strong confident Army officer façade, Frank is a kind, gentle Christian man. While being fiercely loyal to duty and Country, Frank’s heart is pulled from the battle at hand to his hometown and the troubles his family and friends are experiencing. These tender traits and his adamant defense of the heroine’s virtue is certain to endear him to reader’s hearts.Pauline Lopez, a WAAC in the U.S. military. Despite her flawless reporting of what appears to be enemy activity, Pauline’s account is deemed a false alarm earning her the dubious nickname, ‘The WAAC’ Who Cried Wolf.’ When it seems that everyone in the military is working against her, she remains true to her beliefs and convictions until she finds someone who believes her.
How much of the book is based in real life?
Search Light is based on the very real threat of German submarines or U-boats that stalked the U.S. coast, bombing, and sinking more than five-hundred supply ships intended for the war effort. Because the U.S. coastline wasn’t properly defended, around five-thousand merchant seamen and U.S. Navy sailors paid the ultimate price for freedom. The defunct lighthouse tower on the Bolivar Peninsula was used by the U.S. military as an actual lookout point for enemy submarines.
What makes this book special to you?
Search Light is the third and final book in the Bolivar Point Lighthouse series covering nearly 80 years of Texas history. My father, Jerry McRae always said the two lightkeeper’s houses had plaques, one bearing the name, Boyt, and the other, Maxwell. My grandmother’s brother, George was the Maxwell patriarch who married Ila Boyt, sister of rancher, E.V. Boyt. The name plates were placed in 1947 when E.V. Boyt and my Great Uncle George Maxwell purchased the lighthouse, the keeper’s cottages, and the grounds at a war department auction for $5,500.00. To this date, the lighthouse remains under the ownership of the Boyt and Maxwell families and it will always hold a very special place in my heart.
What did you learn from writing this book?
Every historic book I write requires intense research. Over the years I’ve learned so much about the early days of the people who struggled to survive and eventually thrive on the Texas Gulf Coast … these were some of my ancestors. I love studying history, especially the history of the great State of Texas.
How can readers connect with you?
I love hearing from readers. Please my website to sign up for my e-newsletter or email me: www.annetteohare.com
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Your Bolivar Lighthouse books each ave a spiritual aspect to them. What is the spiritual takeaway for your reader in this novel?
The truth shall set you free.
What makes your hero heroic?
His role as an Army Air pilot. His desire and his ability to get to the truth.
what makes your heroine heroic?
We love to get your opinion on readers’ taste in books. Fill in the following blankMy book will appeal to readers who like______: Sarah Sundin Because: she also writes WWII romance.
If my story had a musical theme it would be______: Moonlight Serenade by The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Search Lightby Annette O'Hare
Release Date 2023-07-21
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Historical, Fiction / Christian / Romance / Historical
When no one else believes her, will a WWII pilot save her from the enemy?
It's 1942, and WAAC Corporal, Pauline Lopez, is on sentry duty atop the Bolivar Point Lighthouse. Her job: to search for German U-boats, or submarines in the Gulf of Mexico responsible for sinking supply ships intended for U.S. Forces. When Pauline calls in enemy activity, the report is deemed a false alarm, and her reputation in the Women's Army Auxilliary Corps is soiled.
After meeting Pauline at a USO function, Army Air Corps pilot Captain Frank Chessher doesn't believe she deliberately called in a false report. He launches an investigation to clear her name, but he can't stop the rumors, and he can't force his fellow corpsmen to trust Pauline's reports.
The next time Pauline sees something that she knows is an authentic enemy attack, armed Nazi sailors are heading for Fort Travis where German POWs are being held. She calls Harbor Defense, but they refuse to help. No one is coming to rescue her.
Will Frank hear her Mayday call? Can he make it in time to save her from the enemy, or will she become a casualty of war?