SS Jeremiah O’Brien–It Moves!

I received the opportunity to sell my three historical fictions on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien on a  cruise during Fleet week. I had toured the ship when researching my book, “She Built Ships During WW II” and was not aware that it still could even move since it was 72 years old now! What a wonderful experience this was. There were over 600 passengers full of excitement to see the Golden Gate Bridge and the Blue Angels, quite a party atmosphere!

The Kiss in San Diego

jeane slone under the "kiss" I have always had a great fondness for the famous photograph of a sailor’s kiss in Times Square on Victory over Japan Day, August 14, 1945.
The story goes that as soon as the end of the war was announced, a sailor grabbed the nearest gal, a nurse, and swirled in a romantic embrace with a kiss. A Photographer shot it and it ended up on the cover of Life Magazine announcing the end of the war.
I have a large poster of it and a one-foot high plaster statue of the event. It brings great emotion to me evoking the feeling of the end of a long arduous war.
When I went to San Diego for a work conference, I hoped I could steal away and go and see the 25-foot statue of “The Kiss”.
I took a trolley and headed out to the Midway. I walked along the beach boardwalk and spied it across the way next to a huge WW II aircraft carrier. It looked interesting but did not appear that large.
The closer I got the bigger the statue became as I was enthralled and drawn to it. I sat on a bench in front of “The Kiss”. Many people speaking foreign languages walked toward the giant emotion-filled statue. I watched couple after couple trying to copy the moving embrace, posing with a leg just so, and a kiss. I sat there for quite a while enjoying the variety of people copying the fun and positive energy that “The Kiss” captured.

Jeane is in the Press Democrat again, March 11, 2016

Things happen in serendipitous ways sometimes!  I was at LuLu’s having coffee and restocking the book shelves for the Local Authors.  The owner of LuLu’s was getting interviewed for a story in the Press Demo.  He then introduced Amy Schaus to me!  Voila!  Please read Amy’s Article here and let her know you support the Local Author’s of Sonoma County.  Thank you!

Hands On!

She Flew Bombers

HANDS ON!

When researching “She Flew Bombers” I wanted to see a Curtiss Jenny World War ONE biplane and feel the fabric and wood flying machine. This was one of the first planes a Woman Airforce Service Pilot learned how to fly as a young girl.

I asked at every airshow and plane event and no one knew where one could be viewed.

Finally, a pilot at the Santa Rosa Airshow told me, “I think there’s a Curtiss Jenny at the Shelleville Airport in Sonoma. At home, I googled Shelleville Airport and it didn’t exist. Further investigation later proved that it was renamed, The Sonoma Valley Airport.

I drove there and went to a hangar titled, “Vintage Aircraft Co.” and asked if they had a Curtiss Jenny. They said, “No, but Frank in a hangar nearby does.”

Frank was not around and I asked for his phone number. The aircraft co. wouldn’t give me his number, but took mine. I felt quite defeated and went home.

The next month, I got a phone call early in the morning.

“Frank Schelling here. I heard you wanted a ride in a Curtiss Jenny and you were writing a book.”

I said, “Yes, that would be wonderful.” (I never anticipated being invited for a ride!)

Frank said, “I’m going up very soon if you want to go.”

I said, “I live in Healdsburg and it takes me an hour to get there, how about next weekend?’

Frank said, “How about next year? I only go up once a year.”

I said, “I’ll be there!”

I quickly got dressed, threw my camera in my truck and broke the speed limit! I was quivering the entire way wondering what it would be like flying in an open cockpit biplane!

The Curtiss Jenny is a very long winged plane (44 feet) and I got there just when two men were pulling it slowly by the handholds out of the hangar toward the runway.

There were several guys there and they all treated me like a celebrity.(I wasn’t even a real author yet!)

Frank handed me a leather helmet, just getting into the biplane was an adventure. I had to be helped on a wooden box to get into the back cockpit. (read about the “Jenny dance” on page one of She Flew Bombers). The propeller was hand propped and away we went.

This World War One biplane was totally pristine, because Frank polished, painted, and maintained it constantly.

Frank was not going to be the pilot apparently he did not have enough ratings to take people up. Robin Reid was the pilot and he flew a commercial 747 everyday!

The sound of the 1918 Jenny made a clickety-clack very loud noise! I wrote later in my book how it sounded like three old tractors!

It was a very dreamy ride and I loved the wind in my face flying in the open cockpit above the patchwork squares of Sonoma Valley. Upon landing a “tail dragger” stops it in dirt and there are no brakes.

I found out later that I was a very lucky gal. There are only ten Curtiss Jenny’s presently airborne. Frank only went up once a year and for a little while because of the fuel shortage.

            This was my first hands-on adventure and I will never forget it. I have been in many types of airplanes since, but the Jenny is my favorite.

The Curtiss Jenny I flew in is on the cover of my book, She Flew Bombers.

 

March 12, 2016

Luncheon & Program with Jeane Slone – March 12, 2016

American Association of University Women Santa Rosa is looking forward to Women’s History Month this coming March. This will be a special day for members and guests. On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Public Policy will be presenting a luncheon and program event featuring Jeane Slone. Jeane is a researcher, author, and presenter. She writes about fascinating women of the 1940’s who were WASP pilots, ship builders and American spies.

 Jeane has been writing for about ten years and has published three historical novels: She Flew Bombers During WW II, She Built Ships During WW II, and She was an American Spy During WW II.  During her power point presentation you will learn how Jeane enjoys researching the forgotten past, especially involving amazing, powerful female heroines of the forties and multi-cultures.

 

Mark your calendar for this special event:

WHAT:  Luncheon & Program, Women Pilots during WW II

PRESENTER: Jeane Slone

WHEN:  Saturday, March 12, 2016

TIME: 11:45 – 2:30 pm

WHERE: Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa

COST:  $20 per person

 Watch for the registration flyer in the American Association of University Women February Newsletter where you can register for this exciting event.  If you have a question, please contact Marianne Holt (527-6797) or Kathleen Riley (975-9016).

Book Jeane to Speak

INVITE ME TO SPEAK AT YOUR BOOK CLUB!

Book Clubs,  I love meeting readers and am always available to chat with book groups.
If your book group is located in the San Francisco Bay Area or Northern California,
I can usually visit in person. If not, we can talk via speaker phone at a prearranged date and time.
If you’d like to have me visit your book club, please use my contact form.

Club Members can buy the books directly from me and get a 20% discount off the book and receive free book marks.
After the club reads the book, I am happy to discuss it and answer questions from the group.
Schedule the meeting by using my contact form.
Once you send in your request, I’ll be in touch with you, usually within 48 hours.

SCHEDULE JEANE SLONE FOR POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS.

Please visit all my past events to see all the groups I have presented to.

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She Flew Bombers – Audio

For people who would rather listen: A set of 6 CD’s available with the printed cover of the book on each disc. It comes in a nice boxed set. The entire book is read by the author in 6 ½ hours. $25.00 includes shipping.

Download She Flew Bombers on a computer or Mp3 player: at Audible.com. Click Button Below.

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Women Airforce Service Pilots DVD

The author, Jeane Slone received a grant from the Sonoma County Arts Council and presented a oral history panel with six original Women Airforce Service Pilots. Their amazing adventures are now available on DVD. Sound quality and visuals are excellent. Produced by the Santa Rosa Community Media Center. You may purchase the DVD for $15.00, shipping is included. Payments are handled via PayPal, please ensure that you leave a mailing address.
 
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She Flew Bombers

curtis jenny iconIn this award winning historical novel, the heroine Violet Willey wanted to learn to fly. It was an amazing time to be a female pilot and the book takes us on Violet’s journey from flying in a  “barnstormer” airplane to piloting a pursuit.
 
 

You will become immersed in her passion for flying and her unwavering quest to become a pilot during WWII. The war gave Violet the opportunity of a lifetime, which she grasped against the wishes of her oh-so-traditional mother.

Life wasn’t easy for a woman serving as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP)–a job that wasn’t military, yet subject to the military control. The 1,074 brave women pilots learn how to fly over 77 types of military aircraft, crisscrossing the United States to deliver them to over 130 army bases for the men to fly into combat. Thirty-eight WASPs died in service and never left the United States. These daring young women met up with the Soviet night witches to deliver planes to them for the lend-lease program.

 

Praises for She Flew Bombers

She Flew Bombers is a funny, sad and heroic story about the strength of one woman, Violet Willey, and her WASP colleagues, a colorful assortment of other patriotic women, each one strong in her won way. Women pilots were and exotic and unappreciated item during WWII, and as such, had to fight their own battles against gender discrimination before it became a problem. The Same was not true of Russian women pilots, as Violet finds out in the course of delivering a pursuit airplane to self-proclaimed “Night Witches,” as those extraordinary women combat pilots were called because they made their aerial raids under cover of darkness. Flying a dizzying variety of airplanes was a constant challenge of WASP pilots, as well as the terrifying problem of sabotage. Add to this the knowledge that many of the planes they flew were relatively untested as they came off the assembly line, and the reader will easily understand the origin of the term, “Flying by the seat of their pants!”.
-- Mary Lynn Archibald, author of Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse, and No Clue
She Flew Bombers is a fascinating account of one woman’s love of flying and her involvement with the WASPs during World War II. Anyone interested in aviation history, women’s history, or the World War II “war effort” will appreciate Jeane Slone’s careful research, as well as her ability to bring this little-known aspect of the US history to life so vividly.

Author Jeane Slone Does an outstanding job in her new novel She Flew Bombers. This well written and fast-paced book chronicles the history of the WASP through the personal experiences of fictional aviatrix, Violet Willey. This Civil Service Organization transported all types of military aircraft across country to bases so male American flyers could be freed up to do the job of winning the war. Violet’s passion for flying is documented from her first experience as a young girl going on a flight with a California barnstormer to joining the WASP and flying pursuits . Little seems to be written about this heroic status until 1977. The obstacles and biases they managed to overcome as women pilots during their service to our country are expertly put to paper by author Jeane Slone. Written with humor, emotion, and accuracy, this film-worthy story will be enjoyed by anyone interested in military and aviation history, a plain good book, or a fast read.
-- Tony Lazzarini, president, Military Writers Society of America
I really enjoyed your book! I laughed, cried and wondered about those exciting times and amazing women! So much of the book reminds me of my mother’s remaining days at Boeing Aircraft Co. She told me that when the woman who was a WASP came to visit on leave it really caused Big excitement. Everyone was all ears listening to her stories! I do think your book would make a great movie. I will look forward to She Built Ships.
-- Stanley E. Richardson author of Growing up in a Foxhole 1944-1946
We would like to thank you so much for sharing your book and your own flying experiences! We had the best, most fun meeting ever! Thanks to you people stayed well past our usual Estimated Time of Departure! Thanks again Jeane!
-- The Santa Rosa Ninety-Nines Women's Flying Club
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Rosa Writers wishes to express our thanks to you for presenting your novel, “She Flew Bombers” on February 28, 2009. Your well researched documentation on the subject of your book added to what was an exceptional presentation. The participants walked away with much more in-depth content from your point of view writing a historical fiction novel. You clearly communicated how your writing experience stems from a passionate and deep trust of your creative instincts as well. The informal manner in which you presented and engaged everyone to participate in a true “Forum” environment was very much appreciated. You are, indeed, a wealth of knowledge and so willing to share what you learn and know.
-- The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Rosa Writers
She Flew Bombers should be considered required reading in the schools because of the heroine’s unusual occupation. How many times have you had a conversation about a female who flies bombers? Ms. Sloane’s artful style of writing utilizes dialog, poems, letters and songs which makes the heroine, Violet come alive before our very eyes. The reader is easily transported right back to the 30’s and we can feel, see and hear exactly what it might have been like to be a young woman flying BOMBERS! It is evident that Ms. Sloane did extensive research, because her book is sprinkled with so many interesting historic facts making remembering our history lessons a cinch. This is a must read for students who are interested in learning in a fun, relaxed manner and who enjoy surprise endings! Way to go Jeane. Thanks for bringing this part of women history forward and into our consciousness in a delightful way.
-- Amy Calhoun
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