Monday, March 22, 2021

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Ack Ack Girl by Chris Karlsen @AuthorCKarlsen @GoddessFish


The Ack Ack Girl

by Chris Karlsen

GENRE: Historical Romance


Love and War
A country under attack and the story of one woman’s fight to protect England and her heart.

1941. The German war machine has crushed all of Europe-only England holds fast. To force a surrender, the German Luftwaffe bombs cities and villages the length of the country. As the battle rages, Britain is in desperate need to put more pilots in the air.
To free up more men a new unit is formed: The Ack Ack Girls. These special teams of courageous women will now fight in the anti-aircraft stations. Determined to be part of the effort, Ava Armstrong, volunteers for one of the special teams.
Her unit just happens to be located near an RAF airfield teaming with pilots. Sparks fly, and not just from artillery, when Ava crosses paths with Chris Fairfield, a handsome and cocky pilot stationed there. But nothing is easy in time of war, not even love.


Ava put her new uniform bits away. Someone had left a flyer for a pub called the Two Roses in her stand. Skimming it as she headed toward the mess she ran into a solid body.

Have a care, watch where you walk. You nearly trod on my foot.”

Startled, Ava looked up into a square-jawed, dark-haired pilot with a dimpled chin, who could pass for Cary Grant’s younger brother. Distracted, apologizing escaped her.

I’d say I accept your apology had I received one.”

Sorry, I was reading this flyer.”

He eyed her up and down. “You’re part of the new anti-aircraft branch of the ATS.”

I am.”

He eyed the length of her again but this time a snort accompanied his comment. “I hope you can see planes better than tall men inches from you.”

The cheek of the man! She wasn’t about to let that comment slide. “Had you considered stepping out of the way when you saw me coming?”

No, why should I? I was in this spot first. You’re lucky I don’t ask the captain to have your lot stop to salute us.”

What cheek. Pardon me, I’m hungry and you’re boring.” Ava tucked the flyer into her jacket pocket and whispered, “Wanker” as she pushed past.

The wanker hummed White Cliffs of Dover and got in line behind her.

Lieutenant Fairfield, it’s good to see you here. Finally on the mend?” the blonde, ATS corporal serving the food asked the wanker in a sugary voice.

I still have the tail-end of the nasty pneumonia cough hanging on, but I believe I’ll be ready to return to my squadron this week.”

We might see you around before then. When we have a bit of time to ourselves, my friends and I go for a pint at the Two Roses pub in the village. Come by and I’ll buy you a pint.”

If they don’t send me off the same day as my orders come through, I’ll do that but I’ll buy.”

Ava made a note to ask what village they were near. No one had indicated so far and she was curious. She didn’t dare ask in front of the arrogant wanker Fairfield. He already thought her a clumsy goose. No need letting him think she was lost too.

She moved down the food line, pausing for a second trying to decide if she wanted the soupy mashed potatoes. Then a long, blue wool uniformed arm reached over her to take a roll, his tray clinking against hers.

Excuse my reach but you’re taking too long and I’m ravenous.”

You really are a wanker.”

You wound me.” He pressed his hand to his chest. “At least I’m not a dawdler.”

He walked away with his roll before she could offer a comeback.

My Review:

The Ack Ack Girl takes place during World War II in England. Germany is hitting them hard. England is in need of more pilots. This is when the Ack Ack girls or Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) were created. England recruited women to help fighter pilots shoot the Germans.

The Ack Ack Girl is the story of one of these girls, Ava Armstrong, and her journey in a fighter plane during the war and shooting down Germans. During her time in the war, Ava meets a pilot that she falls madly, deeply in love with.

Before the war, Ava worked in a library so when she volunteered to do what she could for the war she just assumed that she would be put behind a desk with her librarian skills so you can just imagine how she felt when she was chosen to be an Ack Ack Girl.

I really enjoyed reading The Ack Ack Girl and learning about them and their participation in the war. The descriptions in The Ack Ack Girl were so vividly written I could see Ava and the other girls in their uniforms and their planes. I could see every word read playing out in my head as if I was watching a movie. The book came to life right on the page. The moment I picked up The Ack Ack Girl I couldn’t let go until I had turned the last page.

The Ack Ack Girl is filled with action from the very beginning some good and some not so good. The Ack Ack Girl made me feel so many different emotions from happy to sad. It had some good times and bad times that kept me hanging on wondering where it was going next. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the Love and War series.

I recommend The Ack Ack Girl to anyone looking for your next great read. One-click your copy of The Ack Ack Girl today to begin this epic adventure!  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was raised in Chicago. My father, a history professor, and my mother, a voracious reader passed on a love of history and books along with a love of travel. My husband and I retired to the Pacific Northwest where we live with four crazy rescue dogs.

I am a retired police detective. After twenty-five years in law enforcement, I decided to pursue my dream of writing. I’ve completed a historical-time travel romance series called Knights in Time. I currently write a historical suspense called The Bloodstone Series.

I am also working on a world war two series of novella romances. The first is Moonlight Serenade and currently available. The second is The Ack-Ack Girl.

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Buy Links:

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Thalia (this is a German site)

Bol-de (another German site)

Angus & Robertson (British site) 


$20 Amazon/BN GC

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Chris Karlsen said...

I want to thank The Avid Reader for the wonderful review and the opportunity to feature my story. I find there's a marvelous sense of romance in the 1940's, in movies like Casablanca and Random Harvest. I'd love to ask Avid Reader followers what era they feel is deeply romantic.
Chris Karlsen

abbie said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

peg42 said...

I adore historical romance stories. Sounds like a great one.

susan1215 said...

Sounds great, I like the cover and the excerpt.

Ann Fantom said...

This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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Chris Karlsen said...

Thank you for stopping and commenting and for liking the excerpt and the cover. The cover won a contest this month at Global Book Network. For more excerpts, email me or visit my website:

bn100 said...

nice excerpt

Chris Karlsen said...

Thank you, BN. Glad you liked the excerpt.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt, thanks for sharing!

Chris Karlsen said...

Thank you, Victoria and Debbie
I enjoyed writing the story.

clc408 said...

The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

David Hollingsworth said...

The excerpt sounds intriguing and the cover is great too.

Chris Karlsen said...

Thank you, David and ClC.

slehan said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

susan1215 said...

This sounds like a very good read, thanks for sharing!

Doreen said...

I enjoyed the excerpt!

Francine Anchondo said...

The cover is great. Also sounds like a great read.

slehan said...

Thanks for the contest.