I have just returned from the West Point Women’s Summit and want to extend many thanks to the West Point Association of Graduates and the Women of West Point. Everyone made me feel so welcome and I enjoyed my visit to the United States Military Academy very much. I appreciate the efforts the Alumni Support Staff extended on my behalf. Huge thanks to Nadia, Lexie, Nicole, and Debbie for helping me set up and making sure that I had everything I needed. I want to offer a special thank you to Jim for his suggestions and recommendations which made my visit to the Academy grounds so memorable. The Alumni Gift Shop sales associates were most welcoming and very helpful. I didn’t get a chance to meet Norma, as she was attending a conference elsewhere. However, Kim made sure that I was given full support. I especially enjoyed meeting Marguerite, the talented graphics artist who does such fine work with the layout of WEST POINT Magazine. The final person I would like to mention is the one with whom I have worked most closely: Amelia Velez. It was wonderful meeting her at last after months of email exchanges. Throughout the process, she has been professional as well as warm and supportive.
The women graduates and current cadets of West Point were most gracious in permitting me to share in their Summit. As many of you know, my only claim on the Army is that of an Army brat so, while I have a great deal of empathy for the professional officer cadre, I don’t share in their background of attending the Academy or serving in uniform. I was impressed by the caliber of the women and the care they had for each other and for the service they have given and are giving currently. West Point has a long history of turning outstanding leaders for our country; both in the military and civilian realms. The women certainly adhere to those high standards and their contributions and sacrifices reflect the same sterling qualities as those of the legends who graduated from the Academy from the time of its inception in 1802. I didn’t have the opportunity to speak to everyone but I enjoyed the conversations I did have as well as just sitting and observing the affection and closeness that these women share. From the women of the first class to graduate in 1980 to the cadets from the Class of 2016, everyone was so gracious in their efforts to make me feel comfortable and at ease.
I enjoyed meeting Anne and Joan, especially, since, if my own life journey had taken a slightly different turn, we may well have been classmates. Doris came upon me climbing up a hill and must have thought me a bit balmy when she asked me if I was lost and I could only blather about having just found the old train station. So many took the time to stop and speak briefly to me that I’m afraid I can’t mention everyone without creating a very long list. Hopefully, many of you will let me know what you think of the story that I wrote for you and we can continue our conversations via email. I also have some of the PIN Codes left for free eBooks (Books II – V). If you would like to receive one or more, just send an email to email@example.com and let me know which book or books you would like to read. Remember, Book I: SHADOW OF THE FLAGS is free already on most of the eBook retail sites (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, ITunes, etc.). I only have a few codes so it will be first come first served.
Thank you to everyone for making my first visit to West Point one that I will remember for a very long time.
As one of the sponsor’s of this year’s West Point Women’s Summit (11 April – 13 April), I will be visiting the United States Military Academy in a few weeks. I am thrilled at this opportunity to finally visit West Point and to stay in the historic Thayer Hotel.
In addition to providing me with a terrific opportunity to do some on site research (museum and tours here I come!), I will also be signing copies of BOOK VI: PERSHING’S EAGLES (which is available for the week of the Summit at the West Point Association of Graduates Gift Shop in Herbert Hall). Attendees of the Summit will discover an exclusive short story (written just for this event) in their registration bags. I will have a sponsorship table where I will be delighted to sign your copies of the short story, PERSHING’S EAGLES (or copies of the other books if you have them with you), and tell you more about the BLACK KNIGHTS series.
I look forward to meeting all of you!
One of the things that I enjoy tremendously is to hear from those who have read one or more of my books. I try very hard to answer any emails that I receive or comments here on the blog.
I treat reviews on the retail and book club sites differently, however. To me, such reviews are by readers for other readers. While I read every one that I encounter, I rarely respond and then only in a case where there might be incorrect information. For example, I commented once when the reviewer attributed the work of another writer to me to ensure that I was not given credit for another writer’s book.
From time to time, I receive requests to write another historical series dealing with a different family and profession. It delights me that you’all share your treasured ideas with me and believe that I can do justice to some of your favorite historical characters and eras. Certainly, the history of our country, while briefer in span than that of England or Russia or China, has its own wealth of stories to explore. At this time, however, I’m a bit hampered due to having to work a full-time job. Nothing would give me greater joy than to spend all day, every day, weaving the stories that you’ve asked me to write. Unfortunately, for now, I don’t have that option. Until that happy day comes, all I can promise is that I’ll do my best not to keep you waiting too long between books. There may be an occasional surprise along the way and I will keep you posted here.
Thank you all so much for giving me some of your precious reading time. There are so many wonderful stories out there and I appreciate it that you choose to spend some of your time in my world of historical fiction.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the publication of PERSHING’S EAGLES, Book VI in the BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSON series. At this time, the eBook is available via Amazon and Smashwords. The paperback will be available within a few days and the other eBook outlets in several weeks. I will update the links as PERSHING’S EAGLES becomes available at the other sites.
Remember, if you don’t have an Amazon device, you can use Smashwords to download the book into your non-Kindle device (if you don’t want to wait for the distribution to the other retailers).
I appreciate everyones’ patience in waiting for this book. I hope it lives up to your expectations. Let me know what you think!
Veterans’ Day began as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day (Commonwealth) as a memorial to the Veterans who served in World War I. Shortly after WWII, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, suggested to expand Armistice Day to celebrate the Veterans of all wars, not just WWI.
There have been many words written about those who served, who sacrificed their youth, limbs, and lives to preserve our liberty. One of the most poignant remains a poem written by a Canadian physician who served in WWI. On this day of 11 November 2012, please take a moment of silence to recall the poem of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. We were not alone, in these vast struggles, so give thought as well to those friends and allies who fought alongside our own military in all of our wars, foreign and domestic.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
—- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 03 May 1915
One of the nice things about the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the ability for readers to synchronize audiobooks and eBooks. For those who can’t decide between an eBook or an audiobook, now you can enjoy the best of both by using the new Kindle Fire HD to synchronize your Kindle eBook with a companion audiobook from Audible.com.
The following information is taken from Amazon’s product description for the new Kindle Fire HD:
Whispersync for Voice
Now you don’t have to put a good book down, even if you’re cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off.
Experience Immersion Reading
With Immersion Reading, Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.
BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSON BOOK I: SHADOW OF THE FLAGS is one of those titles that is supported by both formats. The audiobook format for BOOK II: BOOTS AND SADDLES is currently in production and will soon join the eBook format; just in time to try out with your new Kindle Fire HD!
Want to try the first Black Knights Audio Book but are not sure that audio books are for you?
Starting today (25 August 2012) and for the following week only, BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSONBOOK I: SHADOW OF THE FLAGS will be on sale at audible.com for $5.95 (Audible members get their 30% discount on TOP of the sale price). Just follow this link to audible.com.
I am delighted to announce that BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSON BOOK I: SHADOW OF THE FLAGS is now available in audio book format. As of this time, it is available at Audible.com, Amazon and in the ITunes Store where it can be downloaded to your IPhone, IPOD, IPAD, PC, etc.
The narrator, Steven Roy Grimsley, performed outstandingly and brought an entire new dimension to the MacKendricks and their saga.
For those who have long commutes or don’t have as much time to read as you’d like, an audio book can be a great way to listen to a story.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The greatest miracle of 1776 was that so many gifted men, existed at the same time, in the same tiny geographical area, and were able to come to an agreement on their chosen course.
If you have never seen 1776 (the movie adaption of the Broadway musical), I urge you strongly to try to watch it. It provides the viewer with a real sense of the birth-pangs the representatives of the 13 Colonies endured to set the stage for our independence from England.
I hope all of you have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Remember, the Goodreads Giveaway ends at Midnight on 06 July. TWO winners will receive the first FIVE books in the BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSON series (signed, paperback edition).
To participate, just go to the following link: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/27120-boots-and-saddles