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Ok folks. I got an email from Danielle over at Sourcebooks and for the sake of time I am just going to copy and repost it here for everyone to see. Love y’all and Merry Christmas.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sourcebooks will be taking the holiday cheer beyond December 25. After our 25 Days of Christmas eBook Promotion ends, we’ll start the 12 MORE Days of Christmas eBook Promotion!

 Things will be a little bit different for the promotion—you MUST sign up for the daily newsletter to find out the deals of that day. You can sign up here: http://books.sourcebooks.com/promos/.

Additionally, these deals will last for ONE DAY ONLY, and all books featured will be 99 cents at all eBook retailers. But JUST FOR ONE DAY!

Just like the Christmas song, “12 Days of Christmas,” each day will feature the corresponding number of books on sale. So 1 book on day 1, 2 books on day 2… all the way up to 12 books on day 12. Some will be by one author, and others will be grouped together around a genre. But remember, to find out which books will be discounted, you should sign up for our newsletter. We’re putting some of our best titles on promotion just for you, so make sure to get them while you can! http://books.sourcebooks.com/promos/

Please feel free to share this info with your readers. And Happy Holidays!

Best,

Danielle

I’m a day late and a dollar short (as the saying goes) but here is some info about The Elven Realm Blogger Hop from Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. Publishing House (I will just post the email she sent me, word for word)…

Good Afternoon!

I’m pleased to announce a celebration of all things Elven! In honor of the release of The Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy this month, the third book in her Elven Lords Series, we have an exciting book blogger hop in which 7 bloggers will take you on a journey to the mythical version of England Kathryne Kennedy has created in her magical romance series.

 Ruled by seven dangerously powerful Elven Lords, who use the Kind as a pawn in their wars and games, the rebellion of humans and half-breeds (half elven, half human) have joined forces and risked their lives to try to defeat the treacherous rule the Elven Lords have over their homes. In each book in this series—The Fire Lord’s Lover, The Lady of the Storm and The Lord of Illusion—brave men and women sacrifice almost everything for the rebellion… but they also fall in love along the way!

 The blogger hop begins on Monday and will last until the following Monday, February 13th. Each day you will learn about a different realm, read excerpts from the books handpicked by Kathryne, and have a chance to win fun prizes on each stop. On the very last date, Sourcebooks’ will announce the grand prize of a $100 B&N Gift Card. If you comment on the other blogs, those comments will also count in the big grand prize drawing!

 You can find out more information about Kathryne at the following places:

©       Website: http://kathrynekennedy.com/

©       Blog: http://kathrynekennedy.blogspot.com/

©       Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathryne-Kennedy/26885956277

©       Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/KathryneKennedy

 We hope to see you along the way as we celebrate the magical world and breathtaking love stores Kathryne has created for the Elven Lords Series.

 Best,

Danielle

 

 Elven Realm Blogger Hop Schedule

Featuring the Elven Lords Series by Kathryne Kennedy

(Prizes open to US and Canada Only)

 2/6 “Dewhame”—hosted by Star-Crossed Romance http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Small Desktop Fountain + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/7 “Firehame”—hosted by Books Like Breathing http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Red Candles (battery operated) + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/8 “Dreamhame”—hosted by SOS Aloha http://www.sosaloha.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Pretty Sparkly Make Up + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/9 “Stonehame”—hosted by Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Purple Jewelry + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/10 “Bladehame”—hosted by The Royal Reviews http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Sword Letter Opener + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/11 “Terrahame”—hosted by Debbie’s Book Bag http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Terra Cotta Wind Chimes + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/12 “Verdanthame”—hosted by Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Fairy Garden Orament + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/13 Elven Realm Blogger Hop Grand Prize Announcement—hosted by the Sourcebooks Buzz Blog http://www.sourcebooks.com/authors/the-buzz-sourcebooks.html

-Anyone who comments on the other blogs throughout the blogger hop will be eligible for this overall grand prize, too-

Grand Prize: $100 B&N Gift Card + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 

OK, so you guys got the word, now head out in the blogosphere and enter the Elven Realm for your chance to win. Good Hunting to you all.

Write On!

What better way to spread some lovin’ this Valentine’s Day than jumping at these romance fiction and non-fiction eBook deals from Sourcebooks Inc. publishing house…

 These deals are available with all major e-Book retailers!

Please be aware of the following:

    • There are 12 titles included in this promotion!
    • These titles consist of Romance Fiction and Romance Non-Fiction titles.
    • Pay attention to prices—they vary from Free up to $2.99— prices are below each title.
    • This promotion will last from 1/31/12-2/15/12. 
    • Promotions are available at all Major eBook retailers!

Title: Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown

Promotional Price: FREE (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Contemporary Cowboy Romance

When hunky rancher “Lucky Beau” Luckadeau accuses spitfire Milli Torres of stealing his prize bull, she promptly shoots at him, triggering a feud that only gets resolved when they discover they share a steamy hot memory from a night long ago…

It was a night of passion that has always haunted Lucky. The mysterious beauty he seduced at a cousin’s wedding disappeared. He’s always been lucky at cards, lucky

with cattle, and lucky with land, but he’s never been lucky in love.

Now Milli Torres has come to southern Oklahoma to help out on her grandfather’s ranch. A cut fence and a big, mean Angus bull in the pasture are bad enough, but then she looks up and sees Beau Luckadeau. Great God Almighty, how did he get from Louisiana to Ardmore, Oklahoma, and what in the hell is she going to do if he recognizes her?

 

 

Title: 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom

Promotional Price: FREE (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Paranormal Romance

Jazz can’t decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him.

Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can’t stay out of trouble.

Nikolai Gregorivich, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop on the trail of a serial killer.

The sizzling love affair between Jazz and Nick has been off-again, on-again—for about 300 years. Mostly off, lately. But now Nick needs Jazz’s help, and while Jazz and Nick try to figure out their own hearts and resist their ever-increasing attraction, they must steer clear of a maniacal killer with super-supernatural powers. They are surrounded by a hilarious cast of oddball paranormal characters, including Irma, the chain-smoking ghost who haunts Jazz’s sports car, Dweezil, her ghoul of a boss, and Fluff and Puff, a pair of bunny slippers with sharp teeth and short tempers (watch your ankles)!

 

 Title: The Greatest Love On Earth by Mary Ellen Dennis

Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Historical Romance

He’s fearless, except when it comes to Calliope Kelley…

Nothing could shake the courage of lion tamer Brian O’Connor, until the circus is threatened and the love of his life deserts him…

Danger, drama, dazzling excitement are her world…

Bold, beautiful Calliope Kelley would jump through flaming hoops to protect her father’s circus. But when disaster strikes and Calliope loses everything, she knows she must build brand new dreams…

Torn apart and betrothed to others, a twist of fate brings Brian and Calliope back under the bigtop, where together they’ll walk the high-wire to see if great loves turn to ashes or rekindle to burn brightly forever…

  

Title: The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy

Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Fantasy Romance

If his powers are discovered, his father will destroy him…

In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord’s son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father—until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever…

Unless his fiancée kills him first…

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married…

 Then Dominic and Cassandra together uncover an unspeakable evil, one that threatens the destruction of the magical realm they would give their souls to save…

 

 Title: The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice by Abigail Reynolds

Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Contemporary Romance

A modern love story with a Jane Austen twist…

Marine biologist Cassie Boulton has no patience when a modern-day Mr. Darcy appears in her lab on Cape Cod. Proud, aloof Calder Westing III is the scion of a famous political family, while Cassie’s success is hard-won in spite of a shameful family history.

When their budding romance is brutally thwarted, both by his family and by hers, Calder tries to set things right by rewriting the two of them in the roles of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice…but will Cassie be willing to supply the happy ending?

 

Title: Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What else? Enough lessons about life, love, and everything in between to help you with your own happily-ever-after.

Lessons like…

  • Romance means believing you are worthy of a happy ending
  •  Learning to tell the prince from the frog
  • Real-life romance is still alive and kicking
  • No matter how bad it is, at least you haven’t been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably)

   

Title: 1001 Ways to Be Romantic by Gregory J.P. Godek

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

More Romantic than Ever!

 Sure, you could buy some roses.

Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.

Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

 But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else.

 Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). More than one and a half million people have used this book to kick up the fun and romance, making it a modern classic and #1 national bestseller. It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship, who wants to spark some more love in their lives.

 

Title: It Was Love When… by Robert K. Elder

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

He told me I was a penguin: “tiny, adorable, and loved by everyone.”

TALES FROM THE BEGINNING OF LOVE

It may be after three days together, or after three months-it’s that moment when it all falls together. From heartfelt declarations to all-knowing smiles, It Was Love When .. captures that moment when love is just beginning.

• I thought to myself, “I love him more than Spider-Man loves Mary Jane.”

• I was looking through his iTunes when I realized that our playlists were nearly identical.

• Suddenly he turned off the lights and told me to look up at the ceiling. Glow-in-the-dark stars covered the entire ceiling, spelling out “I love you.”

Both addictive and heartwarming, It Was Love When .. is a freeze frame of that moment when you realize that you’re truly, completely in love.

 

Title: Love by the Numbers by Glynis McCants

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

The love you have always desired is in the Numbers…

International bestselling author and media sensation Glynis McCants created this exciting guide to love through the power of Numerology because she believes that the greatest gift one can receive is that of true and lasting love. The secret is in understanding you and your partner by the Numbers, and gaining the insights you need to keep your love thriving!

 Glynis’ celebrated system is a contemporary spin on the ancient Science of Numerology that is easy to use and amazingly accurate. She’ll teach you the simple way to create a Numerology Blueprint that reveals what kind of mate would fulfill your—or a potential mate’s—innermost needs and desires.

 If you’re single, you’ll learn how to pick the right partner from the start!

If you’re in a relationship that’s lost its spark, you’ll have the information you need to reignite the passionate love you once had.

 With Love by the Numbers as your guide, you can ensure that your love relationship stays healthy, satisfying, and on track for a lifetime.

  

Title: 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him by Anne Hooper and Phillip Hodson

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Sex (Non-Fiction)

A saucy new edition of the perennial seller, with fresh photography and updated content, from sex guru Anne Hooper (more than 1.75 million sex books sold).

 Everything is covered (or should we say “uncovered”) from head to toe and beyond, for the most mind-blowing sex you’ve ever had!

 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him gives men everything they need to be an amazing lover and to turn on and satisfy their woman.

  

Title: 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her by Anne Hooper and Phillip Hodson

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Sex (Non-Fiction)

A saucy new edition of the perennial seller, with fresh photography and updated content, from sex guru Anne Hooper (more than 1.75 million sex books sold).

 Everything is covered (or should we say “uncovered”) from head to toe and beyond, for the most mind-blowing sex you’ve ever had!

 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her gives women all the details on how to please their man and make their sex life amazingly satisfying.

  

Title: Porn Star Secrets of Sex

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Sex (Non-Fiction)

You don’t have to have aspirations to stardom or want any more audience than your own special guy. This guide will show women how to get rid of inhibitions and find new ways to be beautiful and sexy with over 100 mind-blowing tips, tricks and games.

 Tips and advice cover every aspect of sexual behavior to build a woman’s confidence and make her feel like a true sex goddess, including how to:

     * Strip with confidence – there’s a reason guys are turned on by just the right amount of teasing.

    * Get comfortable with oral sex – find out how to do it and receive it in ways that will totally enhance your and your partner’s libidos.

    * Have multiple orgasms if you want to – why deny yourself this mind-blowing treat?

    * Talk dirty like a pro – a top turn-on and a great way to get what you want in bed.

Yo ho there! I have a  little tastey morsel to share for all ye landlubbers…the book trailer for Hellen Hollick’s Sea Witch Trilogy.

 

Hope you liked!

If you want to know about the blog tour, or enter the Helen Hollick Give Away, just click on the tour button above and read on!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It…Huge Newsflash folks:
Beth from Sourcebooks Inc. Publishing House just sent me a press relaease, that I simply had to get out to you ASAP.

If you haven’t already checked out the Sourcebooks British Babes Book Brigade Facebook Page (where you can participate in giveaways and interact with authors like Elizabeth Chadwick, Jill Mansell, Helen Hollick, Sarah Bower Phillipa Ashley and more…) then you should before next week because the page is about to go royally mad!!

Being that the royal wedding is only a week away Sourcebooks Inc. Publishing House and the British Babes Book Brigade are going to be celebrating all next week. Starting Monday they will be doing a giveaway every day until the big celebration on Friday. And not just any kind of giveaway – these are royal wedding prize packs!

3 winners will be randomly picked each day:

  • The 1st place winner will get a William & Kate wedding memento (what memento exactly, is top secret for now (just like Kate’s dress ) that will be revealed on Monday. Each day there will be a different memento, so keep re-entering. Along with that they also get their choice of three books from any of the British Book Babes.
  • The 2nd  place winner will have their choice of any two books from any of the British Book Babes. 
  •  The 3rd  place winner will have their choice of one book from any of the British Book Babes.

And this isn’t all. There is so much involved, that you simply have no choice but to…go royally mad with excitement. That sums up what I can tell you for now, but check back, because there will be more news coming to you hot off the presses, as soon as I know, you know.

Publishing power house; Sourcebooks Inc, is launching a Facebook Fan Page: The British Babes Book Brigade—giving you an all access pass to connect with the most beloved British female authors, who are now published by Sourcebooks!  

To celebrate the launch of theirFacebook page, Sourcebooks is offering a number of British Babe eBooks for only .99 Cents from March 22-March 28. Here’s a link to their eBook Specials page, and where you can also sign up for a newsletter that let’s you know about their eBook deals on a regular basis: http://www.sourcebooks.com/readers/browse-our-lists/ebook-specials.html

  • The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
  • Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
  • Amelia O’Donohue Is So Not a Virgin by Helen FitzGerald
  • Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell
  • Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley
  • Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe
  • The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
  • Mr. Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange
  • Beautiful People by Wendy Holden

 All week, they’ll have great giveaways and the authors will be stopping by to chat with everyone as well. Don’t forget to check out the Discussion Boards! And as things continue to build, new features will be added, as well as opportunities for more great prizes.

Today, the 8th of March, marks International Women’s Day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. In many other countries, women are given gifts, in recognition of their efforts.

Today, I give you quotes about women, some funny, but mostly sayings to make you really think about the meaning of WOMAN. I am also providing a list of some of the most illustious and unforgettable women in history. I can not mention all the women who deserve to be mentioned, but I have named a few. If you know some, feel free to share.

Quotes about Women

Sure God created man before woman.  But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.  ~Author Unknown

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.  ~Arnold Haultain

A man’s face is his autobiography.  A woman’s face is her work of fiction.  ~Oscar Wilde

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.  ~Ovid

Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.  ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right – instantly.  ~Sam Slick (Thomas Chandler Haliburton)

The torment that so many young women know, bound hand and foot by love and motherhood, without having forgotten their former dreams.  ~Simone de Beauvoir

Be to her virtues very kind,
Be to her faults a little blind.
~Matthew Prior

It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.  ~Alexandre Dumas, fils

There are three things men can do with women:  love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature.  ~Stephen Stills

Under his forming hands a creature grew,
Man-like, but different sex; so lovely fair
That what seemed fair in all the world, seemed now
Mean, or in her summed up, in her contained,
And in her looks; which from that time infus’d
Sweetness into my heart, unfelt before,
And into all things from her air inspir’d
The spirit of love and amorous delight.
She disappear’d, and left me dark; I wak’d
To find her, or for her ever to deplore
Her loss, and other pleasures abjure:
When out of hope, behold her, not far off,
Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn’d
With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow
To make her amiable: On she came,
Led by her Heavenly Maker, though unseen,
And guided by his voice; nor uninform’d
Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites:
Grace was in her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.
~JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Great Women Throughout History

Emmeline Pankhurst – Freedom fighter for a woman’s right to vote
Rosa Parks – Civil rights activist. On December 1, 1955, Parks became famous for refusing to obey bus driver James Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
Tomyris – Queen of the Massagetae, an Iranian people of Central Asia east of the Caspian Sea. She was famous for defeating and killing the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great during his invasion and attempted conquest of her country. When Cyrus captured Tomyris’ son, she sent a letter to him denouncing his treachery and challenging him to honorable battle. In the fight that ensued, the Persians were defeated with high casualties, Cyrus himself was killed, and Tomyris had his corpse beheaded.
Joan of Arc – She was tried and executed for heresy when she was only 19 years old, even after being one of the main reasons Charles VII was able to become King.
Florence Nightingale – A pioneer of modern nursing and a writer.
Susan B. Anthony – The 19th century women’s movement’s most powerful organizer. Together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony fought for women’s right to vote. She was also very involved in the fight against slavery and the temperance campaign to limit the use of alcohol.
Clara Barton – Clara Barton got involved with tending the needy when she treated injured Union soldiers on the battlefield during the Civil War. She later was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross.
Cleopatra – Queen of Egypt and the last pharaoh. She was 17 or 18 when she became queen. Cleopatra was a shrewd politician who spoke nine languages. During her reign, Egypt became closely aligned with the Roman Empire.
Amelia Earhart – The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, she opened the skies to other women. In 1937 while attempting to become the first person to fly around the world, Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
Helen Keller – A childhood disease left her deaf, mute, and blind. Helen Keller became an expert author and lecturer, educating nationally on behalf of others with similar disabilities.
Mother Theresa – Founder of a religious group of nuns in Calcutta, India, Mother Theresa devoted her life to aiding sick and poor people throughout the world.
Harriet Tubman – This abolitionist was born a slave. She eventually became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — a system developed by a secret group of free blacks and sympathetic whites to help runaway slaves get to free northern states. Harriet Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom.
Isadora Duncan – Isadora Duncan brought modern dance to the world, teaching dance lessons at the age of 6, while living (and dying) with personal tragedy.
Lady Godiva – Rode naked on the streets of coventry to opppose a tax made by her husband; Leofric Earl of Mercia.
Harriet Beecher Stowe – Wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book anti-slavery proclaimed to start the Civil War. When Stowe met President Lincoln in 1862, he is said to have exclaimed, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!”
Anne frank – A young Jewish girl in the Netherlands, kept a diary during the time she and her family were hiding from the Nazis. She did not survive her time in a concentration camp, but her diary still speaks of hope in the midst of war and persecution.

And of course, you can’t forget Mary, the mother of Jesus.

If you are a woman, then roar! Let out all the emotions pent up inside you, whether they are happy, sad, fears, worries or pangs of broken hearts, unrequited love or injustices. Roar!

If you are a man, tell the women you know how much they are appreciated, show them that you recognize how worthy they truly are.

Love today goes out to the Veterans of the United States of America also to those of Australia on this their Remembrance Day. Being Australian-American I have to show love to both sides, proudly might I add. Today is Veterans Day and I for one am proud to be the daughter of a Marine Corp Veteran. Semper Fi rings true to those jarheads more than anyone knows and the old adage “once a marine, always a marine” too. I will not go into detail on all I feel for the brave men and women who fight for their country, their families and their freedom. It is a soft spot with me, as I think Veterans today don’t get half the respect they deserve. I love these Veterans; those who fought in wars, and those who prepared too if they were called. My heart weeps for their sacrifice today and remembers their loyalty and faithfulness to God and Country.

A Nation’s Strength
Walt Whitman

Not gold, but only man can make
     A people great and strong;
Men who, for truth and honor’s sake,
     Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
     Who dare while others fly –
They build a nation’s pillars deep
     And lift them to the sky.

 
The Still Fighting Veteran
Jessica Hastings

Even when our shores are not wrought with war,
men and women take up arms to be ready for one.
In between these wars we remember well,
Vietnam and Korea and World War 1,
there are still men and women who answer the call
to prepare for what may some day come.

Mothers weep for sons and daughters,
Children dressed in green, blue and white,
Walking away from their empty arms,
Tall, proud, brave, a soldier
Evident by their high and tight.

They rise up amidst their battle call,
Running to defend and protect
Their country, their family, their freedom,
All of them ready to give their all.
Some returned, some remained,
Other still fight to this day.

Those who are home, what have they left?
Pride upon their backs, pain in their hearts,
Burdens weighing wearily upon them
Nightmares and dreams that torment and remember
Hidden to civilians who don’t know the cost
Or what they have forsaken

“You were not there, you do not know”
Ready to jump from their lips,
As they stand and listen to the sign holders
And nay sayers who glare and curse
So unwilling to in a soldiers shoes take a trip

So returning again to a mother’s arms,
She looks at a son different some how,
Down her cheek slides a tear he brushes aside
“Do not weep for me, I am not here,
My heart still fights by my brother’s side”

Semper Fi.

Happy Labor Day Folks!

Maybe some of you are enjoying a nice palooza event  with the kids, soaking up the last rays of the summer sun and tasting blueberry snowcones on your tongue, picking off the flecks of powdered sugar from your pants; thanks to a funnel cake…

or maybe you are a writer.

Maybe you are still bleeding over your keyboard and trying “unsuccessfully” to overcome your writer’s block, or maybe your fingers are flying over the keys because your muse has inspired your mojo and it is flowing freely; You just can’t take a break for fear of breaking this magical moment. Nah, that’s not you or you wouldn’t be reading this.

Seriously though, do readers get a labor day? Intellectual work is still laborious work. Our fingers cramp, our backs hurt from too many hours in the office chair (or on the floor), our bodies get exhausted. But do we take the time to have a vacation day? Do we, writers, actually stop or do we continue to push ourselves past the point of no return? Without us, what would other people read on their labor day vacation? Without us, progress of the written word would be halted. We are a needed group.

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother;  – Shakespeare

And we sure do shed our blood for the goof of the world. Without us, literature would cease, without us prose would not exist. We are story-tellers, we are informers, we are history recorders, and we bleed over our work. We pour all that we are into our work, if we don’t then we are nothing. Anais Nin was not lying when she said:

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”

Ernest Hemingway knows what I am talking about, or maybe I know what he meant when he said:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

So, while others enjoy the last days of summer, we happy few will dig into the imaginations we live in and bleed onto the pages until something worth reading pops out. We will continue to labor, sometimes in vain, but labor nonetheless, and on Labor Day when hard work is honored, we will work all the harder. And remember that even though we are alone in our works, we are together in the world.

The amazing and inspiring romance author; Leigh D’Ansey recently awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Not only is this my first ever blogging honour, but to be awarded this title from a romance author of Leigh’s class…well that just beats all. Thank you, thank you Ms D’Ansey. So, according to the rules (as mentioned on Leigh D’Ansey’s Blog) I have to write seven random things about me. So, without further adieu:

1. I want to own my own book shop…some day.
2. My Great-grandfather was an olympian, a runner. Everyone in my family runs…I don’t.
3. I would rather travel than live in one place.
4. I like eating chocolate and drinking tea while reading.
5. I love storms…thunder, lightning, rain; BEAUTIFUL.
6. I like spiking my adrenaline with jet-skis, fast cars etc.
7. I really love my dogs; Chala and Reese and hope to adopt more into the family.

Ok, so now that you know somethings about me, I have to complete one more thing in order to officially accept this award… I have to share the love. I am now going to pass the award onto some blogs I love and think you will love too.

So, check these out and congratulate them on becoming the new recipients of the Versatile Blogger Award:

Delicacies  – This is a blog of some serious delicacies, some of which are forbidden in polite conversation :)

Dawn Treader  – This blog is by a friend I love dearly…Miss Jennifer Neyhart.

Pocket Full of Words  – by Holly Lisle…be sure to join her newsletter for writing tips.

Cafe Book Club – This is a community blog that everyone should check out.

Good job guys on winning the Versatile Blogger Award.