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Whatever happened to SS General Kammler after WWII?

In 2016, I wrote my first historical novel. This was available online as a blog and then published as a paperback.  More recently, I renewed this book called The Seeds and the updated version is now available on Amazon.

What is this book about?    A brief summary is below:

The Seeds asks the question: “Whatever happened to SS General Hans Kammler?”

After World War II, a number of high-ranking officers fled to places like Argentina. This question seemed to be of great interest to my blog readers. Some readers wrote emails that they knew where General Kammler had lived. One even said the General was an uncle who was elderly and had escaped prosecution.

General Kammler, as portrayed in this book, is entirely fiction. However, the accounts of him, are based on historical facts.   From 1944, General Kammler was head of advanced weapons development in Nazi Germany, including the Me-262 jets, the V-2 rockets and perhaps even the exotic Bell Project. The enormous interest in General Kammler led me to explore the thoughts of where he might be hiding and exciting portrayal of him in The Seeds novel evolved.

Locations as described in this novel, such as the World Seed Vault in Norway…sometimes referred to as the “Doomsday Seed Vault”… are actual places that are active today.  For many readers, other locations, people and culture of the Middle East are generally not understood by people around the world. The story involvement in the Middle East only increases the mystery behind the writing of this historical fiction.    Link to The Seeds 


N.W. Boyer…A Year of Writing in 2017

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This year has been an exciting one for me.  I have had the opportunity to interview many people for my books and actually seeing the books go to print.  Today I would like to share with you my 2017 books that followed my books for children in previous years.

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One of my most recent books, SPENCER’S MILL, is fiction set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  It is a cast of characters with an exciting plot that incorporates the history of the decline and failure of mill industries in North Carolina and Virginia when those businesses went to other countries around the world, leaving people without jobs.  It is the story of their strength to carry on and find enriched lives for themselves.

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OLD TIMERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE

Old Timers of the Blue Ridge is a series of interviews with people who have relatives that go back to the Civil War.  The stories they shared are interesting reading and gives insight into the cultures of the mountain people.  They tell of what it was like to grow up in the Blue Ridge…their joys and sorrows.

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CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENTS   This book, North and South at the Blue Ridge Mountains, gives a short overview of the Civil War and the leaders from both sides. It explains the Reenactment that takes place yearly in October in the mountains of Virginia, near Ararat, VA.  I included a large selection of photographs of the reenactment which gives a beautiful description of this event. Men and women dress the part of the period. The main goal of the Civil War Reenactors is to not forget the history of our country.

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THE SEEDS       This novel originated from a post on my blog that I wrote in 2010 on Boyer Writes  It was on SS General Hans Kammler and asked the question: “Whatever happened to Gen.Kammler?”  After World War II, a number of high-ranking officers fled to places like Argentina. This question seemed to be of great interest to my readers. Some readers wrote emails that they knew where General Kammler had lived. One even said the General was an uncle who was elderly and had escaped prosecution. General Kammler, as portrayed in this book is entirely fiction. The accounts of him, however, are based on historical facts. General Kammler, was in fact from 1944, head of advanced weapons development in Nazi Germany, including the Me-262 jets, the V-2 rockets and perhaps even the exotic Bell Project. The enormous interest in General Kammler led me to explore the thoughts of where he might be hiding and thus, this novel evolved. All characters are fictional, but many of the places described in the novel, as the World Seed Vault in Norway, sometimes referred to as the “Doomsday Seed Vault” are actual places.

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I look forward to 2018 when I plan to complete a Memoirs Book called MY STORY.  I will begin with as early as I can remember in my childhood.nancy as a babybw 6x9

My remembrances of my days in boarding school and the courage that I found in my faith in Christ during years of adult hardship will be an honest and open account.  My family history and doors that opened for me to travel the world as a Christian teacher and missionary will also be part of the story.  The joy that I found when God brought into my life the husband I have loved for over 35 years is a part of “waiting for God” to do wondrous things that we know not of.  Looking back I know that the things that happened to me and around me were often most extraordinary.

It is obvious to me that everyone has a story to tell about their life.  As I have had the opportunity in the books mentioned above to share many stories told to me by others, it is time to write about my own life.

Merry Christmas to all my readers and to all a wonderful NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Everyone loves a good book…gift idea

Since you may be thinking of a book for your favorite person or a friend who may be interested in historical fiction or culture in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am going to give you some shopping ideas from the books that I have written this year.  They are all available on Amazon and if you act now, they will be to you before Christmas.

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Children’s Books are also available.  Great books for Grandparents to give or for parents to read with their children with questions for discussion at the end.parents-reading-to-two-children1

All children’s books by Nancy W. Boyer  (for elementary students or early teens)

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New Book by N.W.Boyer

This has been a summer of writing.  My home in Virginia, USA, is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  I had a couple goals in mind for the six months we spend here before returning to Florida for the winter.  The first was to finish my historical novel based on “Whatever Happened to SS General Hans Kammler?”    The creative juices began to flow and finally it was a reality.  The Seeds Book Cover

The next thing I wanted to accomplish was to write a second book in a series I had started on the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This time, I wanted to know some real people with real lives whose families had settled in these hills many generations ago.  I found not only a person whose farm land actually belonged to General Robert E. Lee’s father, but others who had five generations of farmers in the area going back to the Civil War.

Most had vivid memories of the past and wanted to share them.  I rode my Ford truck down the mountain and into rolling farm areas to meet with them over their kitchen tables and in their small businesses. One family grows apples on one hundred acres of a steep mountain and has been doing so for a very long time.  In the Spring, the apple blossoms lay a blanket of white over the hillsides.

The ride to and from these places brought unusual moments of peace as I watched the farmers bailing their hay, horses and cows grazing in the pastures and the occasional vehicle (usually a truck) ride passed me and give me a wave.  Up here, it is the one index finger wave without taking the hand off the steering wheel.   Thus, my new book  became a reality and is now published,  Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More.   The best part was getting to know the wonderful people of the Blue Ridge.  Now, the trees are turning gold, red, and yellow.  The colder winds are beginning to blow. I will pack up soon and head south…but my many memories and photographs will go with me to start a new book in the series.    (See the books mentioned in this blog below with a link to see more. )old-timers-of-the-blue-ridge-and-more-cover

Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More by N.W. Boyer        The Seeds   Historical Novel by N. W. Boyer     Blue Ridge Parkway Beauties  by N. W. Boyer

I hope you will take a moment to look at these links and pass this blog on to anyone who has a love for culture, travel, and history.

 


THE SEEDS historical novel by N.Boyer

The Seeds, written by N.W. Boyer, is now finished.    To those of you who like mystery, intrigue, love, and suspense, this may be your opportunity for the best “curl up with a book” or blog that you have found in a while.  Each chapter is presented as the latest in the plot written around “What happened to SS Gen.Hans Kammler?”    This is a new online experiment with publishing a book chapter by chapter. Because each post shows the last chapter and certainly one does not want to know the ending without knowing the story, you, the reader, may simply click on any chapter off to the side of the blog to start at the beginning.

Written amid historical pictures and videos, this novel unfolds with exciting places and people from around the world. The primary setting is The World Seed Vault in Norway.    Sound interesting?   Here is your chance to follow and enjoy THE SEEDS.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE SEEDS     

An example of the graphics used in The Seeds (chapter 31) is the amazing interactive view of the art recovered after WWII from the salt mines.    Click to view.  Run mouse over paintings.

Slide presentation of some of the pictures  in The Seeds novel by N.W. Boyer

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Rising Above Rejections

Throughout history and in more modern history, there is a lesson of rising above rejection.   Let’s look at the meaning of rejection and how it affects our lives.

Rejection:  The noun rejection can refer to the actual act of rejecting something or to the feeling one has after being rejected. In other words, you might have feelings of rejection after experiencing the rejection of others.

When we are finding love in our lives, we may have experienced rejection when someone turned us down for a date…or even a marriage proposal.   Rejection is also felt when a person may ask for a divorce.  It could even mean when family members decide not to be part of the family unit.   These are all hard experiences.   Many people experience; feel terrible about it and then decide that life must go on and rise above it.

In history, we read about the lives of very famous people who have experienced rejection in the public arena and made amazing comebacks.   Here are a few to consider:

Abe Lincoln Rail SpliterAbraham Lincoln is one of our most famous Presidents.  His heart-aches, illnesses, and rejections should encourage anyone to keep trying.  This list is long, but worth reading:

  • 1832   Lost job   Elected company captain of Illinois militia in Black Hawk War
  • 1833   Failed in business
  •  1834   Elected to Illinois State Legislature
  • 1835 Sweetheart died
  • 1836 Had a nervous breakdown
  •  1842  A jealous man challenged him to a duel.  Abraham Lincoln traveled to Alton to meet James Shields in a duel. Friends of both opponents negotiated a truce, and the duel was averted.
  • Reelected to Illinois Legislature and received license to practice law
  • 1837  Led Whig delegation in moving Illinois state capital from Vandalia to Springfield.   He became law partner of John T. Stuart
  • 1838  Defeated for Speaker, but was nominated for Illinois House Speaker by Whig caucus   Re-elected to Illinois House (running first in his district)
    Served as Whig floor leader
  • 1839  Chosen presidential elector by first Whig convention and  admitted to practice law in U.S. Circuit Court
  • 1840  Argues first case before Illinois Supreme Court
    Re-elected to Illinois state legislature
  • 1842  Admitted to practice law in U.S. District Court
  • 1843 Defeated for nomination for Congress
  • 1844  Established own law practice with William H. Herndon as junior partner
  • 1846  Elected to Congress
  • 1848  Lost nomination  (Chose not to run for Congress, abiding by rule of rotation among Whigs.)
  • 1849  Rejected for Land Officer    Admitted to practice law in U.S. Supreme Court
    Declined appointment as secretary and then as governor of Oregon Territory
  • 1854  Defeated for U.S. Senate
  • 1856  Defeated for nomination for Vice President
  • 1858  Again defeated for U.S. Senate
  • 1860  ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A few other modern-day Presidents had their setbacks before winning the Presidency.

-Reagan_on_horsebackFormer California Gov. Ronald Reagan ran for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. Incumbent President Gerald Ford beat him in the crucial New Hampshire and Florida primaries. Though Reagan was able to win some of the later contests that year, Ford edged him out at the convention.

 

 

 

 

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In his first race for office, Bill Clinton narrowly lost to incumbent Republican House member John Paul Hammerschmidt of Arkansas. He later became attorney general and then governor.  But he lost his first gubernatorial reelection race in 1980.

 

 

 

George W. Bush also entered political life by challenging an incumbent House member. In 1978, he ran against Texas Democrat Kent Hance, who mocked the Yale graduate as a clueless preppy from Connecticut. Hance won.

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  • Barack Obama

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  • Barack Obama ran in an Illinois Democratic primary against Representative Bobby Rush. Like George W. Bush, he found that an Ivy League education was not necessarily an advantage. Representative Rush exploited Obama’s Harvard law degree to suggest that he was out of touch with the district. Rush smashed him by a two-to-one margin.

 

 

To all aspiring writers, take hope from some of the best and most successful.

Rejection Letters from publishers:

JK Rowlings got 12 rejections before making a billion dollars on Harry Potter.

Dr. Seuss’s rejection said “Too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.”

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William Golding wrote The Lord of the Flies, selling 15 million copies.  His rejection letter said, “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull”

(Credit about these 3 authors from a young writer, Christian Mihai, who is following my novel, The Seeds.  Thanks, Christian)

As all can see, perseverance is always the best policy if we believe we have something to give to this world.  I write because I enjoy it and it’s challenging.   I may never have a great book published that the world will remember or make a fortune.  That is not my goal, but joy in what I do is worth all the effort.  In fact, my mind is completely absorbed, when I am writing, from the disappointments that could bring me down.

Rising above your rejections, whatever they may be, will bring renewed life and hope into your world.   Never give up!