Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Stephanie Burkhart, Destination Berlin

Please join me in welcoming today's guest.  Stephanie Burkhart, writing as S. Cardin, is here to announce the release of her new book, Destination Berlin, available through iUniverse. Stephanie served in the military, doing a tour in Germany, and wanted to incorporate some of the flavor of the country and that time into a story.

Destination Berlin is the culmination of that dream.  
Blurb for Destination Berlin:

Stuck in a routine job in Cold War Germany guarding nuclear weapons, U.S. Army Corporal Sharon Cates thinks she is going to Berlin to attend an orientation tour. Unknown to her, the briefcase she carries contains top-secret information that the Stasi and KGB are willing to kill for.

Russian Junior Sergeant Dimitri Nagory is an assistant to a high-ranking Soviet officer in his country's embassy in England. Dimitri isn't expecting a great adventure as he boards the duty train for a routine trip to headquarters in Berlin, and he certainly isn't expecting to meet any Americans.

The Stasi derails the train in the middle of East Germany, expecting to take the information from Sharon's dead body. But when the sudden explosion hurls Sharon and Dimitri from the train and into each other, he too becomes a target. With Sharon nursing badly bruised ribs and branded by her country as a traitorous thief for stealing top-secret documents, Dimitri goes against everything he's ever been taught to ensure her safe return to the West.


When she heard the gate close, Sharon felt a weight lift from her. Dimitri backed away from her, his back falling against the cold stone wall of the pantry. He took in deep, ragged breaths, visibly shaken.

"They were talking about me. I am a traitor," he said.

Sharon held her spot on the foot as her eyes looked toward him. She was afraid to approach him. The human thing to do would be to touch him, offer him comfort, but that might escalate into something more, and she didn't need any more complications in her life. She had to keep her military bearing.

"You can defect, Dimitri. My government will give you safety," she offered, stiffening her back. A drop of water from her damp bangs fell onto her cheek, but she ignored it.

"I should have turned you in. I had the chance, I did, but I just couldn't."

"Why didn't you?" Sharon asked.

"Because I've gotten to know you and I trust you," he admitted.

Stephanie, thank you so much for stopping in and giving us a peek at your book.

Stephanie's book can be purchased at and at the iUniverse Bookstore

***For my followers who are looking strictly for Inspirational books, please note that Stephanie's book, Destination Berlin is a secular fiction novel, but it is a sweet romance.


Julia M. Reffner said...

Wow, this one sounds so interesting. I love WWII novels and since Stephanie has experienced Germany that will make the book even more interesting I'm sure.

StephB said...

Thanks so much for having me here. *smiles* Good morning, Julia. I loved my time in Germany. There was so much to see and do. I'd like to consider this a Cold War novel. I'm glad I had a chance to go to Berlin when I did.


Gina said...

Hi, what a great interview! Steph, you have done so many interesting things! Good luck with your writing career :-)
Tina, you blog is great! My first visit, and I'm looking forward to many more to come. Good luck to you, as well.

misskallie2000 said...

Wow, this sounds like a great book full of suspense, intrigue, mystery and of course romance. lol

Thanks for introducing me to Stephanie..

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Shawna Williams said...

Hie Steph! I wish you the best with this book. And thanks for your service in the armed forced. :)

Maggie Toussaint said...

Steph! I've never seen a pic of military Steph. You look quite distinguished, m'dear. Sharon and Dimitri's story soungs like another winner from a very talented author. Wishing you all the best with sales!

StephB said...

Regina, thanks for popping in. It's nice to see you here.

Miss Kallie, it's nice to meet your acquantance as well. I hope you follow the tour. I will be giving out two copies of the book along the way.

Shawna, your welcome. I may not be in now, but I know how taxing a deployment is for a family and my thoughts and prayers go out to all the service members currently on active duty.

These are my Dress Blue's, a "step up" from my Dress Greens, used for more formal occasions in the military. This picture was taken right before I got out.


StephB said...

Thank you so much for having me today. Congrats to Julia and MissKallie2000 - my picks for the autographed postcard of Berlin's cover. Please send me an email to or with your snail mail so I can get that out to you.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me on the tour. I hope you've enjoyed learning about Berlin.


Tina Pinson said...


thanks for stopping in good luck with Destination Berlin

appreciate everyone for coming by