Friday, December 30, 2022

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Flying Home by R. D. Kardon @rdkardonauthor @RABTBookTours


The Flygirl Trilogy


Date Published: 02-21-2023

Publisher: Acorn Publishing LLC

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Never forget…

In September 2001, Tris Miles faces difficult choices. As Chief Pilot of Westin Charter Company, she’s mentoring Jannat, a brash young captain with limitless potential and a shocking secret. An offer to summit the peak of the pilot pyramid entices Tris to quit her job, but an old nemesis stands in her way.

Meanwhile, Tris juggles the men in her personal life. A friend-with-benefits pushes for commitment. An ex-boyfriend returns, still in love with her. Unexpectedly, Tris develops new feelings for someone who is already dear to her.

On September 11th, Tris and her crew depart Edinburgh for the United States. Just feet off the ground, they are mysteriously ordered back to the airport where they learn of a deadly terrorist attack on U.S. soil—using airplanes as bombs.

When Tris discovers that her best friend was a passenger on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, her world is shattered.

With a broken heart and her entire life up in the air, Tris doesn’t know where to turn. Can she find the courage to navigate her way home?

Interview with R. D. Kardon, author of Flying Home, Book #3 of The Flygirl Trilogy

    How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

    Each of my books, including my latest, Flying Home, is based on my actual experiences as a professional pilot. So I am familiar with the themes, the details, the drama, the conflicts and the successes first-hand.

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

    Of my three novels, this was the most important for me to write. I wanted to take my readers along with me on a journey detailing what it was like to be a pilot who was flying on 9/11. I also wanted to shine a light on the challenges faced by women of color and those who pursue alternative lifestyles.

    So much of the day to day lives of pilots is unknown by the flying public, and I wanted to bring readers into that world.

    I am very proud of Flying Home, and believe without question that I achieved my goals.

    What was the hardest part of writing this book?

    The hardest part of writing Flying Home was reliving the experience on being a pilot on 9/11, what that felt like, and how the industry changed in response.

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    The best part of writing Flying Home was having the ability to honor the lives that were lost that day.

    Where there alternate endings you considered?

    Of course!

    Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

    I was able to draw on numerous resources to help me get the clearest possible picture of that dark day in U.S. history. Also, because I was drawing characters with arcs I had no personal experience with, I spoke to many people in the LGBTQ+ community. Also, because one of my characters is the daughter of Iranian immigrants, and a Muslim, I spent a lot of time with members of the San Diego (where I live) Persian community learning of their history and traditions.

    What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

    I love true crime, of all things, and epic family dramas. 

About the Author

Robin D. “R.D.” Kardon is a native New Yorker, educated in the New York City Public school system. She attended New York University where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Sociology, magna cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Robin graduated with a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law.

After ten years as a litigator, Robin began her professional flying career. She holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with three captain qualifications and has flown all over the world in everything from single-engine Cessnas to the Boeing 737.

She currently resides in San Diego where she volunteers with local animal rescue organizations and dotes on her beloved rescue pets.

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Sherry said...

I love the cover and look forward to reading the book.

Damaris Maidana said...

What a cute book! It was recommended to me a couple of times, I hope to read it soon. Thanks for the recommendation!