Help! One last thing …

Here are two options for the promo copy to go on the back of the book. The cover designer is waiting patiently for a decision or he says he will just pick one! Can you please read and tell me which one is the more intriguing? Option One or Option Two?  It’s the quality of the  cover and the text on the back of the book that sells it. THANKS!!

Option One:

Egypt, 1942, Mick Thompson, a secretive cross-dressing, ANZAC soldier prepares to fight in El Alamein, one of the severest battles of WWII.

The war is nearing its zenith as Europe and America throw all their resources at the expanding Nazi terror. Mick buys silk underwear which he buries in the dunes to dig up later, away from prying eyes.

Mick struggles with his sexuality, furtive in his dark desires as he gradually creates Moira, his clandestine alter ego who dresses in exotic silk and sips champagne.

First, he loves Moira and takes every surreptitious opportunity to dress up and party until he returns home to New Zealand in 1945 and falls in love with his neighbour’s wife, Glenda. Their shared love and lust becomes the flip-side of this enigmatic character’s top-secret survival.

 Mick uses Moira to escape memories of childhood ridicule and humiliation from his older brother and the horrifying images of war’s death and destruction.

Can this hero maintain the fiction of his restricted reality? Will Glenda blow his cover and confidence? Mick’s secret attic stash of women’s clothing is just one of his many secrets.

The narrative exposes war, love and sex with humour and insight making for a captivating read.

OR ……

Option Two:

Mick Thompson’s secretive cross-dressing life throughout WWII continued after returning home to New Zealand in 1945. This seductive and intriguing true story contrasts love against the back drop of this courageous soldier’s fight in Egypt’s Western Desert war.

The writer carefully delves into his personal struggle with sexuality, focusing on his secretive alter ego. It intrigues and challenges conventional thinking about bravery, male and female roles, love, lust and forgiveness.

Mick received a bravery award and promotion to Sergeant during the war. His courage defined his desire to cross dress as Moira and live a secretive double life. He goes to extraordinary lengths to hide his obsession including an affair with his neighbour’s wife.

 Over the years he regularly transforms himself into Moira to escape memories of childhood ridicule and humiliation and the horrifying memories of war’s death and destruction.

The narrative exposes war, love and sex with humour and insight making for a captivating read.

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  1. Oh my goodness Nicky, I felt instantly and completely drawn into your story plot reading No 1 – brilliant !!
    Then No 2 describes your story more. After reading both a second time perhaps I like No 2 even more. Can’t WAIT to read it !!

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