The War Song Series
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Series: War Song
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: LampLight MediaWorks
ISBN-10: 061592669XISBN-13: 978-0615926698
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Series: War Song
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: LampLight MediaWorks; 1 edition (November 3, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Series: War Song
Publisher: LampLight MediaWorks (June 21, 2022)
Paperback: 261 pages
Item Weight: 13 ounces
Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.66 x 8 inches
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Articles and Bios
2010 - present
2010 - present
Long Form Bio
As the unusual child who asked her parents to stop at historical sites on vacation, I have always loved a good story! While I enjoy fiction, I believe the most fascinating stories come from history. That is why I love meaningful historical fiction that is based on real experiences and the people who lived through him. In the The War Song Series, I bring to life fictional characters based on my grandparents and other men and women who lived, worked, and loved through World War II to the Korean War. This time period was full of heartache, sacrifice, struggle, and immense social change. It was also a time of great big band music, and I feature as much of it as possible! The music is the backdrop of the series, and I hope the reader can hear the songs as he or she reads.
Since graduating from Samford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, I have had a diverse writing career to say the least. I have written everything from books to author blogs to video scripts to newsletters to government grants to Christian, travel, and health articles. My over 150 articles and short fiction have been published in nine print and online publications. I have also helped raise more than $15,000,000 through grant writing for nonprofit organizations. As you can see, I love the writing process no matter what it is!
When I’m not writing, my husband Jason and I are hiking with our dog Bucky, traveling as much as we can, and watching our teenage sons, Avery and Elijah, play soccer. I’m also a group fitness instructor who loves a good workout every day.
Short Form Bio
Laci Barry Post is the writer of The War Song Series. The series spans the momentous timeframe from World War II through the Korean War on the American home front. Women’s aid groups, bomb drills, rationing, children born to absent fathers, women entering the workforce, post-war acclimatization, and much more – it was time of great social change. The series is full of family, faith, struggle, survival, and strong women, set to a backdrop of the remarkable music, radio, and television of the time.
Laci lives in Georgia with her husband, two sons, and dog, Bucky. When she is not reading and writing about history, she loves hiking, traveling, and teaching group fitness.
(The following article can be used freely in part or in whole. It is avialable as a Word Document in the download section to the right.)
Our Endangered History
“The atmosphere was contagiously exhilarating even for women who were losing their lovers. They were a part of world history, right there in their small chair in a small restaurant in a small southern town.” Songbird, Chapter 34
It was a scene that rang true for many in Anniston, AL in the 1940s when World War II and neighboring Fort McClellan brought the world to their doorsteps. The fort hosted young soldiers from all over the nation and German POWs from halfway around the globe. This southern town was faced with the joy and excitement of welcoming these soldiers into their lives and then with the heartache of letting them go when they were called to the front. It was a time that brought great change to the world, and the people and families of this town experienced that change daily.
The stories of this pivotal time in our history are what led Jacksonville, AL native, Laci Barry Post, to write Songbird. This historical fiction novel was inspired by the stories of her grandparents who grew up in the Jacksonville/Anniston area during World War II. “I can remember as a child listening to my grandparents talk about how Anniston was booming and how the soldiers from the fort filled Noble Street. My great grandfather worked at the fort, my grandfather was in the Navy during World War II and stationed in the Pacific, and my other grandfather was later in the Army. I realized that these amazing stories only exist in the memories of those of who tell them. When they are gone, those memories are gone with them. I want my book to show the reader what life was like in the 1940s, the sacrifices that were made, the joys that were experienced, and the lives that were changed forever.”
While the plot of Songbird is fictional, it is centered on true historic events that took place during the war era and how they affected people living in Anniston and Jacksonville, AL. Highlighting historical elements, such as bomb drills, rationing, women entering the work force, war-related radio broadcasts, the writings of Ernie Pyle, and the unforgettable music of the 1940s, the novel offers an insight into what life was like in the small towns of war-time America. “It’s wonderful to know the big dates and events of World War II, but the true heart of history is how those big dates and events impacted families and individuals, and that’s the story I tell,” Laci shares.
Song of Return and The Final Song, books two and three in The War Song Series, are now available. These books continue the stories of small town America in the post-war era and into the Korean War. On TheWarSongSeries.com website, not only will you find information about the books, but a historic preservation blog called “War Stories” is hosted on the site and features photos, videos, and articles retelling the history of the World War II and post-war era.
What is The War Song Series about?
Songbird, the first book in the series, is an inspirational, historical fiction novel about life on the home front during World War II in Alabama. It’s a story about family, faith, strong women, and the changing south. It takes the reader on a journey to the 1940s, exploring historical elements like women’s aid groups, rationing, bomb drills, Ernie Pyle’s writing, D-day, radio and music, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death. The war is the ultimate adversary, and it has both profound and positive effects upon the Stilwell family.
Song of Return, the second book in the series, takes place just after World War II. Returning soldiers must cope with the war they survived as they learn to live again in the world they left behind. Broken relationships, new educational opportunities, children born to them while they were away, family expectations, and a changed economy all await them. It is not just the men who must learn a new way of life. The women must almost learn how to incorporate their newfound independence with the roles expected of them. It is a pivotal time in American history and the Stilwell family.
The Final Song, the third book in the series, takes place after World War II and at the onset of the Korean War. A world still reeling from one war is not ready for another, but the fight against communism is bringing a new conflict. Mothers must once again fear for their sons’ lives, and soldiers, including James Stilwell, must decide if they will return to the battlefield. In this new social and political climate, men must continue to deal with post-war acclimation, women must navigate new opportunities, and families must learn to thrive again. Faith and love guide the Stilwell family through one war to another.
Where does the series take place?
The War Song Series takes place primarily in Jacksonville and Anniston, AL. Ava Stilwell, the principle character, and her family live in Jacksonville, but Ava’s work and music take readers to other prominent cities throughout the United States, such as Birmingham, Atlanta, Richmond, and Topeka. Song of Return and The Final Song transport readers even further away to Detroit, Michigan, where many men sought their fortune in a booming economy after World War II.
What inspired you to write The War Song Series?
I am from Jacksonville, AL. Growing up, I loved to listen to my grandparents’ stories of what life was like when they were young. My grandmother worked in a department store on Noble Street in Anniston, AL and knew soldiers from Fort McClellan. My great grandfather earned fifty cents an hour at Fort McClellan as a dispatcher and grew vegetables on the fort’s Pelham Range for the officers. One of my grandfathers was in the Navy during World War II and stationed in the Pacific, and the other was in the Army just after the war. All of my grandparents were raised by farmers who had to deal with the economic changes caused by the war. Life was simpler yet more challenging. The whole world was turned upside down during World War II, and we still live with the effects of it today, both good and bad. While many men lost their lives for our freedom, women and African Americans were given more opportunities, and couples who would have never met were brought together. It was an era of both great loss and gain.
Where can readers purchase a copy of Songbird and Song of Return?
You can purchase a Kindle or paperback copy of Songbird, Song of Return, and The Final Song at Amazon.com or any other major online bookstore. Links can be found on TheWarSongSeries.com website and on my Facebook page.