Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday's Warrior - Aloha to Maggie Leffler and SECRETS OF FLIGHT


Coming in May for Military Appreciation Month .... 

This captivating, breakout novel—told in alternating viewpoints—brings readers from the skies of World War II to the present day, where a woman is prepared to tell her secrets at last.

Estranged from her family since just after World War II, Mary Browning has spent her entire adult life hiding from her past. Now eighty-seven years old and a widow, she is still haunted by secrets and fading memories of the family she left behind. Her one outlet is the writing group she’s presided over for a decade, though she’s never written a word herself. When a new member walks in—a fifteen-year-old girl who reminds her so much of her beloved sister Sarah—Mary is certain fate delivered Elyse Strickler to her for a reason.

Mary hires the serious-eyed teenager to type her story about a daring female pilot who, during World War II, left home for the sky and gambled everything for her dreams—including her own identity.

As they begin to unravel the web of Mary’s past, Mary and Elyse form an unlikely friendship. Together they discover it’s never too late for second chances and that sometimes forgiveness is all it takes for life to take flight in the most unexpected ways.

Check out the book trailer at this link.

A native of Columbia, Maryland*, Maggie Leffler graduated from University of Delaware with a major in English, a minor in biology and was team captain of women's cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. She was the recipient of a Wilmington Trust scholar athlete scholarship and part of a North Atlantic Conference championship-winning women's cross-country team. She volunteered with Americorps before attending St. George's University School of Medicine.

After completing her residency in family practice, she became a board certified family physician. Her essay, The Other Side of the Stethoscope, appeared in the inaugural issue of The Examined Life Journal of University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In 2011, she received a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Alumni from University of Delaware. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and sons.

Learn more about Maggie and her books at

* Kim now lives in Columbia, Maryland!

Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner & Blanche Osborn
with their aircraft leaving Pistol Packin' Mama 
Public Domain (link)

I am giving away military swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1. If you were a pilot, what would you name your airplane?

2. Comments are open through Saturday, April 2, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 3.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Love this! I would name mine the Ice Maiden. ;)

  2. I would name my plane, Scary Mary's Flying Machine.

  3. I love a god WWII book!

    my plane would be Erinyes

  4. This sounds like it will be an interesting and enlightening book. Working with WWII veterans we have learned that many have kept things bottled up inside since the war. Finally facing these memories has made a world of difference for them.

  5. Hi,

    not sure what I would call my plane. Maybe after somewhere I have lived. Cool Runnings!!

  6. I love these type of stories. It's definitely going on my TRL.
    How about Angel Wings for a name.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. I love these type of stories. It's definitely going on my TRL.
    How about Angel Wings for a name.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. I'm a Blue Hen, too!!!

    I'd name my plane So Saffron because I grow saffron.