The Strong Within Us (The Olason Chronicles book 2) by J. A. Boulet and Meet the Author #Books #Historical #WWI

If you love family sagas, you’ll want to check this series out. I hosted the first book, too, so go take a look.

The Strong Within Us (The Olason Chronicles book 2) by J. A. Boulet released in November in the Historical Fiction genre.

A struggle. A war. The past. Would you recover?
Nathan Olason picks up the pieces of his life in 1893 and becomes a devoted father and grandfather. Except something from his past is holding him back.

His grandson, Mike grows up in a loving family with Nath almost raising him as his own. Mike develops a passion for hunting and guns, while his family supports him with trepid hearts as WWI looms.

Nath feels helpless to stop this dangerous chain of events, as Mike announces that he is joining the Great War. Armed and deadly, Mike hones his marksmanship skills to a perfection not seen in any other soldier. He is taken on a wild ride of following his passions, courage and gruesome fighting, arriving at Vimy Ridge, France for the fight of his life.

Nath fearing the worst, flees to a place that he thought was his salvation; an old weathered cottage that holds the key to his future.

Follow in the footsteps of heroes.

Be vulnerable.

Would you recover?

The book will be on sale for $1.99 at Kobo during the tour

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She was a stunning woman with beautiful long black hair, shockingly rare blue eyes and tanned skin. She was captivating and absolutely gorgeous. Ivan thought that he didn’t have a chance until he found out that she lived down by the pier with her father. He bought fish from her father regularly, trading vegetables and grains some days. Every time Ivan visited the large fishery at the pier, he was always scanning the crowd for the beautiful blue-eyed fisherman girl. He found out that she was almost the same age as himself; she was 18, and he was 19. How she had managed to remain single was something beyond his stretch of knowledge. Maybe she was too beautiful, he thought. No man was courageous enough to approach her. Until this day, he thought.

Ivan straightened his tie and proceeded to the fishery. He ran his fingers through his hair, adjusting his cowlick. The pesky tuft of hair at his crown annoyed him greatly. It seemed to have a mind of its own, especially in tense situations; it would stick up like a fork in a haystack. Otherwise, he thought that he was quite a handsome fellow, standing at six feet tall, slim but fit, with dark blonde hair, a young uneven beard and captivating green eyes. Women looked at him often, so he knew that he was attractive, but he still felt unsure of himself some days, especially around stunning women like her. Ivan pulled the door to the fishery open, unconsciously licking his hand and smoothing down the cowlick again as he stepped inside.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of The Olason Chronicles, a historical saga of war, courage, love and strength. The Strong Within Us Book 2 was released on Amazon November 11, 2020. J. A. Boulet was born and raised in Western Canada as a first generation Canadian from European descent. Her father was enlisted with the Hungarian military and fought bravely during the Hungarian Revolution, changing sides to stand up for what he believed in. He was granted asylum in Canada and built his family here.

J. A. Boulet was born many years later, raised with strong morals and values, which she stands behind to this day. She started writing poetry at the age of five and progressed to short stories and novels. She has a keen interest in settlers, healing, family bonds and military history. J. A. Boulet writes with a spine-tingling realism like none other, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. The Strong Within Us Book 2 will be the book you’ve been waiting for.

She currently lives in Canada with her two teenaged sons and a crested gecko named Mossio.

Can you tell us about the cover and how it relates to the story? 

The book cover for The Strong Within Us is an interesting account. At first when I explained the elements of the fist, the anguished Nath and younger soldier with the rifle, my cover artist immediately came back with something very close to perfect! I was elated until I found out that it was the wrong rifle. She said there are very few pictures of this 100 yr old rifle.

After searching for weeks, I found the MKII at a museum and was granted special permission to photograph the rifle.

As you can see from the Official Book Trailer Video and the book description, each picture symbolizes something of the two plots within the book.

A Struggle with The Past

A War

Can you guess which pictures represent what? Answers are in the video! Too easy!

I threw in a tiny beaded man bracelet at the last minute. Can you see it? You’ll have to read the story to find out what the bracelet symbolizes.

I love this cover! I think it’s the most accurate portrayal of my vision of the story. The anguish, the strength, the breakthroughs, the self-imposed prisons and the ugly beast of war all combined under an incoming storm.

Would you recover?

Thanks for following me on the tour and thanks so much to Viviana MacKade for hosting me again! Love this blog!


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