Wednesday, September 18, 2013

World War II Radio Heroes Second Edition is Available Via Kindle- Finally!

Friends, Dave Williams, my designer has pulled it off. Moments ago I submitted the finished Kindle version of the second edition of World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion. It will be made available for purchase within 24 hours. I'm announcing it here on my blog first, as a special thank you to those of you following it.

The Kindle version is $9.90 for US and adjusted at that same rate for other currencies around the globe. It is exclusively available via Kindle at this time.

If you purchase the paperback book from Amazon, you can also purchase the Kindle version for an extra $2.99.

This book will make a great read and gift for your friends and family who enjoy history, military history, particularly WWII, and those who simply love a true story that makes you feel good.

I want to thank you for your patience. This was no easy task. All of the images made the conversion very challenging for Dave. He hung in there and I am so appreciative. My eyes are crossed from so much review over the last 3 months. :)

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion SECOND EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Hello dear friends.

The time has finally come. The second edition of World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion (2013) has been published! As of yesterday, Ingram, my distributor released the title (book speak for "It's available") to book sellers (like Amazon). Now, each book seller is independent and will go at their own pace at listing it and making it directly available to you. So, that said, ask your book seller to look for it by title, author and ISBN:
World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion SECOND EDITION (2013), Lisa Spahr & Austin Camacho,  ISBN  978-0-9891914-0-1
Make sure it is not the first edition, which my publisher will take out of print/availability in the coming week. And, don't worry if they say they can't find it... that may be the case for a few weeks. Just keep asking, politely of course. :) Rest assured it is listed with Ingram and your book seller will have access to it, double-check the ISBN and ask again in a week.
The list price is $19.95 and it's more than 200 pages! I sure hope you love it. And, please help us spread the word and by all means, post a review on Amazon or elsewhere.
Thank you for your support. This wouldn't have been possible without such positive feedback from the first edition and your encouragement over the years. Thank you.
Lisa (and the entire cast of characters that made this happen)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reviews Wanted!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to be weeks away from the Second Edition of World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion debut. We're expecting it to be out for Memorial Day 2013.

I am looking for 10 reviewers who can review the book in high-profile publications, outlets, etc... (more than one preferably) within 15 days of receiving it (expected arrival May 1st or so). Is that you? If so, email me and let me know where you could publish a review (or a list of places). Those 10 reviewers selected will receive a complimentary copy of the book as soon as I get them!

Help me spread the word about this great story!

All the best to  you- and as always, thank you for your support!


Friday, March 15, 2013

The POW/MIA Table

Hello friends.
I had the honor to attend a recent event that celebrated veterans and their families. The attention to detail was impeccable. The exhibits were museum quality and the volunteers that put it all together couldn't have been more passionate. The room was filled with memorabilia and artifacts. It included the POW/MIA table which I want to introduce you to- in the event you have not seen it or understood the elements involved.

The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women.
The tablecloth is white- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The single red rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends, who keep the faith while awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon- a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured.
There is also salt on the bread plate- symbolic of the tears of the families, as they wait.
The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this evenings toast.
The chair is empty. They are missing and missed.

May I suggest that we each include one or more elements listed here, or create our own, to honor our veterans at our own family table, especially at the holiday time but everyday is welcome as well. Thank you to each and everyone of you who have served. And, thank you to your families as well.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Messages from a Prisoner of War by Craig Henderson

I am so excited to share this link, photo and bit of news with you! I was approached by Craig Henderson some time ago, for a radio documentary he was doing with Mona Thornton. (Both Craig and Mona are pictured above.) He was featuring Mona's father's letters and records that he kept from WWII, which alerted her mother that he was a POW. His documentary is complete and can be found at:

I will include this information in the second edition of World War II Radio Heroes, which will debut by Memorial Day 2013 at the latest!

I'm honored to have been a part of this. I'm thrilled that it will help us keep sharing this wonderful message with audiences around the globe. And, I'm thankful to Craig and Mona for their work and dedication.

Let me know what you think of the documentary.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Student Project Anyone?

I am looking for a bright and eager college or grad student who may want to use my Pow Message Relay, WWII, letters and related collection for a student project/thesis or dissertation. In exchange, and in addition to full access to all that I have, I would ask that they help me organize the materials more effectively and perhaps prepare the materials for ease of electronic sharing- for others to use/see. Private Message me if you want more information or know of someone. Thanks.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Springfield IL March 2, 2013

With great pleasure I announce a program on World War II Radio Heroes will take place March 2, 2013 in Springfield IL at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10302. Sponsored by: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10302 and the Sangamon County Radio Club W9DUA.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lisa Spahr, Author of “WW2 Radio Heroes – Letters of Compassion”

 The title of Lisa’s Program is “Radio Heroes – Letters of Compassion” - the Author’s Story.  This program will bring history to life, while also relating a touching human interest story that spans generations. For more information regarding the author and links to Radio Heroes interviews, please see the page below. .

 Where:    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10302

                 2349 Stockyard Rd

                 Springfield Illinois, 62702

                 Phone: 789-4725

 When:    Saturday, March 2nd, 2013  7:00 pm 8:30 pm

 Schedule: “Meet the Author” - 6:30 pm -  7:00 pm

                 Program: “Radio Heroes - Letters of Compassion” – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The program is provided as public service at no cost by the sponsoring organizations.

Directions:  From I55, take Sangamon Avenue Exit (100B) to Sangamon Avenue.   Proceed on Sangamon Avenue to Stockyard Road ,  Turn right on Stockyard Road, and proceed about 1000 feet (past the grain elevators).  The VFW will be on your left, parking on the right.
An interesting link to a radio of the era:

For additional  information, call 217.628.3697 or email