Friday, May 25, 2012

My Hero Wears Combat Boots


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Today I’m posting as Susan Griscom and this post is dedicated to my two wonderfully courageous sons, Brodie and Michael.


I’m a military mom, so you’d expect me to write something for Memorial day, right? Okay. I have two extraordinary boys, men, as I’m sure they’d like to be referred to these days, but they will always be my boys.

Brodie J. Hamilton, Senior Airman, in the U.S. Air Force 


Michael F. Hamilton, Specialist, in the U.S. Army.


Although they are three years apart in age, they both decided to join the military the same year. I wanted to take them both and run and never look back. Yeah, it was like that. 


Needless to say, I was a little upset, maybe upset is the wrong word, more like scared shitless. But it’s okay, now, I’ve come to terms. I have nothing but respect for the military. My dad was in the Army—served in WWII, my grandfather was in the army—died in WWI. My husband’s dad was in the Marines. My sons are who they want to be and they are happy, which makes me happy. And I have to admit, they have both changed for the better and have grown into the men I always knew they would be. I’m sure that was bound to happen anyway, considering …

Brodie, my oldest, has been stationed in Guam—lucky guy—for the past two years. He’s leaving that paradise soon though, and heading to Alaska. Yep, from the warmth of a tropical island with beautiful waterfalls and sandy beaches, where I hear snakes are abundant, (yikes) to the frigid cold of ice and snow where the polar bears live. Oh my. You can be rest assured that it hasn’t been all fun and games in paradise, though. Yeah, there’s talk of golf games and kayaking, not to mention the occasional beer pong games, but let’s face it, being on the other side of the world away from your family and friends, working with dangerous artillery has to be draining on the soul. I miss you, Brodie.

Michael, or Mike, as he likes to be called, is my baby. He’s a firefighter stationed at the  Grafenwöhr Army Base in Germany—a major US Army training installation. He’s been there for two years now and in that time he’s gotten married to a beautiful lady, Stephanie and now they have a beautiful baby boy, Lukas. My husband and I call him Lucky Luke, because he is the seventh lucky grandchild we have. Mike’s job isn’t all fun and games either. He’s away from his wife and son months at a time and has missed a lot of Lukas’ first year. I miss you all.

About two years ago, I wrote what’s called a drabble for a contest in a writing group I belonged to. A drabble is a story exactly 100 words long, no more, no less. A complete story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. I won the contest by the way and I’m posting that story below, dedicated once again to my sons, Brodie and Michael.

~~~~
My Son
by
Susan Griscom

I held you close to my heart. Your eyes wide and brown, taking in my face for the first time. I never thought it would go by this fast, my life forever changed.
"Mommy, I missed you," you cried after your first day of school.
My soul overflowed with joy.
"Mom I'll be fine," you said, driving away for the first time on your own as I waved from the porch, my heart in my throat.
My ears ache for the sweet sound of your voice... Mom, I'm home. I'm fine. I've missed you.
My son, my soldier, my hero.
I'd like to say thank you to all the men and women who serve in the armed forces and the wives, husbands, moms and dads who stand behind them
and
HAVE A HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! HAPPY READING
Susan


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Preservation On Tour!



 Preservation

Author: Rachael Wade
Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press



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 Goodreads Synopsis:

Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.
Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.
When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.
But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first. 




A sexy, arrogant, playboy professor. A stubborn, independent, aspiring writer. Both masters at the art of sabotage. Let the games begin. Available 5/25 from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

  • Song: Beggin’
  • Artist: Madcon
  • Tour Date: 5/23
  • Venue: Ryan’s apartment, Seattle, WA
  • Anthem:  

Put your loving hand out, baby
I'm beggin

Beggin, beggin you
Put your loving hand out baby
Beggin, beggin you
Put your loving hand out darlin

Ridin high, when I was king
Played it hard and fast, cause I had everything
Walked away, won me then
But easy come and easy go
And it would end

I need you, (yeeah) to understand
Tried so hard
To be your man
The kind of man you want in the end
Only then can I begin to live again

An empty shell
I used to be
Shadow of my life
Was hangin over me

A broken man
Without a none
Won't even stand the devils dance
To win my soul

I'm fighting hard
To hold my own
No, I just can't make it
All alone
Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.

When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.

But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first.



Visit www.RachaelWade.com on 5/25 for the Preservation launch party!

Enjoy!

Regan






Monday, May 21, 2012

The Avengers

When my son-in-law told my husband and me that The Avengers was the best movie he'd ever seen, we laughed. You have to understand, my son-in-law is the perpetual kidder and he does it so well, you just never know for sure.

Then we watched the trailer.



Then we had to go see it. He wasn't kidding. This movie had it all. Action, witty dialog, gorgeous hot guys, and of course, a kick-ass beautiful women. Oh and people laughed so loud we missed what was said next, so needless to say, we will need to see it again.

 Chris Hemsworth -  Thor






Chris Evans -
Steve Rogers /
Captain America







Robert Downey Jr. -
Tony Start / Iron Man












 Mark Ruffalo - Bruce Banner / The Hulk
















Scarlett Johansson -
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow









Jeremy Renner - Clint Barton / Hawkeye










I highly recommend this movie in 3D Imax. A fantastic cast with kick-ass action. The only thing that could have possibly made this even better?

The man of steel, of course.

Enjoy the show.

Regan






Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dirty Little Secret #48


Dirty Little Secret #48
dirty-little-secret



Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by us at Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and our readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us!
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We hope you join us and let us know your Dirty Little Secrets!


This week's question:
If you could read one book again for the first time,
which one would you pick and why?



An oldie but goodie. I would read Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy, Valley of Silence to be exact, the last one. It was my first vampire series and the best.



Happy Reading,



Regan♥





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Next Man of Steel

Time to sit back and take a breather. If you have a few, well maybe several minutes to spare here are some clips of the next man of steel, Henry Cavill, I found that I couldn't resist. Enjoy!









Henry's next role? Well, in my dreams it's Cael Sheridan, in Whisper Cape, of course.

Thanks for viewing. 


Regan







Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Whisper Cape is free on Amazon 5/10 and 5/11


Whisper Cape, a paranormal romance-mystery is FREE on Amazon today, 5/10 and Friday, 5/11.

Just in time for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a free copy of Whisper Cape and let your mom escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible. It’s free for two days 5/10 and 5/11. Gift it to your mom or someone else’s mom, or get it for yourself. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, I hear men like it too.



You don't need a Kindle to read Whisper Cape. Download the Kindle ap to your PC, Mac, Phone or iPad.

For your Android
For your iPad and iPhone

Enjoy!

Regan

Friday, May 4, 2012

WOOHOO! A NEW COVER

BREAK OUT THE CHAMPAGNE!!

Whisper Cape has a new cover. Show some love, experience the mystery.