Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Book Tour + #Giveaway: The Yellow Baton by David Sebra @RABTBookTours

Historical Fiction

Date Published: 11/2/22


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Tragedy disrupts the idyllic life for the Kohanow family in 1939. Living on their small dairy farm in Poland the Jewish family immediately becomes embroiled in the tragic events of World War II. Sent to separate prisons, the family loses track of each other but the only child, Jozef, survives the holocaust. After the war he begins rebuilding his life in Poland and eventually immigrates to America.

In Wisconsin Jozef marries and raises a fine family of his own. But the after affects of the war trail him there and have a significant impact on his grandson, Caleb. The young boy grows and develops a vengeful attitude toward those who mistreated his grandfather years earlier in Germany. After the death of Jozef, Caleb decides it is now up to him to satisfy the demands of justice.

This gripping story follows Caleb’s early life and brings the reader to the point where Caleb is ready to carry forth the rightful sentence. But conflicts enter Caleb’s mind and he must decide the proper step to take. The choice will certainly affect the young man for years to come.


Interview with David Sebra

    How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

    I have written only two books and sine they are different genres, I really like them both. But for the purpose of this question I will say, The Yellow Baton.

    If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

    A sequel for The Yellow Baton could be interesting writing and reading. But I haven’t decided on that yet.

    Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

    If I was to move forward with a sequel to The Yellow Baton I would definitely want a bond between the two works. To me, that creates a better flow.

    How did you come up with the title for your book?

    This was actually easy. The baton became a main focus for several of the characters lives. Making the baton yellow gave it some uniqueness. I also think it is a catchy title.

    How long did it take you to write this book?

    The initial manuscript was completed in about three months. Then there was the review and revision process of a few months that followed.

    What does the title mean?

    Simply, it was the weapon of choice of a person who used it to inflict pain on another man, but also became the symbolic choice of how two characters dealt with the situation.

    What did you learn when writing the book?

    I found that researching and writing went fairly smooth. Getting published is the hard part.

    What surprised you the most?

    The biggest surprise was how easy the words came to my mind.

    Have you ever killed off a character your readers loved?

    No, I haven’t but I like that strategy.

    What do you do to get inside your character’s heads?

    I place myself in their shoes and what comes out of my goes into their character. 

About the Author

David Sebra grew up in Richmond, Virginia and has over 300 years of heritage in the Commonwealth. As a child he had an aversion to both reading and writing. That gradually changed when he went to college.

He earned a BS degree in engineering and spent many years in the defense and aerospace industry. David transformed into an accomplished technical writer during that career and then turned his focus to teaching. He is a former Brigham Young University, Idaho Online Instructor.

Now writing is his passion and he has published two works in 2022. There is certainly more to follow. David currently resides in Southern California with his wife of 50 years.

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