Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:
1) Video Trailer for At First Light
Rick Portier is a videographer and feature reporter for WAFB 9News in Baton Rouge. We met during the World Premiere of the book when he did a news story about the book that was carried around the world by the Associated Press. Rick was kind enough to produce this video trailer for At First Light. Let me know what you think. Trailer – First Light – Portier – 1080 – 2022-06-29
2) At First Light well-received by readers
I’m delighted that my WWII book about my father’s exploits and heroism, At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse, has received 100% 5-star reviews on Amazon (43 reviews), Barnes & Noble (22 reviews), GoodReads (23 reviews), Walmart (16 reviews), and Target (17 reviews).
2) Article featuring At First Light in WWII Quarterly Magazine
A significant excerpt from At First Light, titled “For Love and County: A 3rd Infantry Division Officer’s Story of Combat and Survival” is featured in the Summer 2022 edition of WWII Quarterly Magazine. If you’ve never heard of the magazine (I know I had not), they say this about themselves, “WWII Quarterly, the Hardcover Journal of the Second World War is printed in full vivid color on thick, luxurious paper. But as handsome as these editions are, it’s what’s inside each issue that will reward you the most. Each 100-page volume includes feature-length, in-depth articles that bring specific aspects of the war to life for you in ways very different from the same war stories or accounts found elsewhere.” Again, you can read the article here.
3) Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Review and Award Nomination
As we see Phil lead his troops through Italy, France, and Germany, we get a history lesson and a reminder of true American heroes. We get to know the characters, complete with photos, including the animals in Phil’s world. He trains mules to get supplies and equipment to the front lines.
He was also highly skilled with horses, but his love for them is what gets him through hard times, even after the war. The usually stark WW II story is humanized by this unequivocal expertise, and his romantic joys and heartbreaks.
Through years of research the author discovered that distinct part of life so many of our fathers and grandfathers couldn’t share.
Never before has a book moved me to tears, out of pride—for 2nd Lieutenant Phil Larimore’s legacy, and my own humble service in the U.S. Army.
Review by Sue Rushford (June 2022)
4) Another wonderful review of At First Light
Dee Long’s review of my WWII book was an encouragement. She titled the review, “Books Make the Best Travelling Companions.” Here’s an excerpt:
Larimore and Yorkey have done a yeomen’s job of reporting Phil Larimore’s story in vivid detail. … It memorializes the efforts and sacrifices made by Larimore and his comrades during some of the darkest days of World War II. At First Light is also a great book choice for those who are relaxing in their backyard or den this summer and want to time travel to an era when decency, right, and respect were all shared values.
5) Podcasts and Radio Shows about At First Light
Here are several programs on which I was interviewed about the book that you might find interesting:
6) Award Nominations for At First Light
Besides being nominated for a Military Writers Society of America Award, as mentioned above, At First Light has been nominated for:
8) My Washington Examiner Op-Ed: What Should Our D-Day Anniversary Mean?
The Op-Ed ran in the June 6 edition of the Washington Examiner newspaper in Washington, D.C. I hope it will be a blessing (and perhaps a surprise) to you. If so, please share this with family and friends so we can all remember together the amazing sacrifices, suffering, and successes of these incredible soldiers.
9) July’s “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living
10) Answers to Last Month’s Prayers
6) Prayer Requests for Upcoming Events
7) Past Editions
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