Blog Tour de Troops – November 11th – 14th – Final Day!

Blog Tour de Troops – November 11th – 14th – Final Day!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | 115 comments

Blog Tour de Troops – November 11th – 14th – Final Day!

A Time to Give Back to those that serve this country. That was my only real purpose in joining the blog tour. As the old saying goes, I have no dogs in this hunt. None personal. I had uncles that served in the Armed Forces. I can remember my Uncle Bob coming back one year unexpectedly from wherever he was stationed. Every Christmas Eve my mother’s family got together for my grandparents anniversary. He dressed up as Santa, and brought us all presents. No one knew who he was. *smiles* Because of him I believed in Santa until I was eleven – when I found the Christmas present hidden, badly, in the basement. Until then, no one could convince me otherwise because I’d SEEN him.
Other than that, I have Facebook friends who have children who are serving, but nothing that touches me personally.
Except I guess, empathy. I see the names of those lost on TV and listed in my newspaper, mostly young men but some young women. They joined for a variety of reasons – because of 9/11, for the desire to serve their country, or just to support their families – all of which I can admire. For whatever reason, they put their lives at risk to uphold the principles of this country. I wanted to honor that, so I give to them and to you one of the most precious things to me, and hope that you like it. In this month of Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks for those who give everything that they are.

A word about the blog tour: Fifty authors are offering their books as free giveaways to anyone who comments on this and the other blogs.

In addition, every comment earns an ebook for a troop. Plus, each comment is an entry into a drawing for a free Kindle! We’re also giving  multiple KINDLES to several lucky troops. So, how cool as that?

Why? Because the number one care package item request is books. So, let’s give them to our troops!
Want to donate money toward the troop KINDLES? Excellent. Just click here for secure donations via Paypal.

If you have been following the tour, you joined me here at Writer’s Blog from Sherry Ellis’s blog, “That Mama is a Grouch”  I do hope that you will continue on to Zoe Saadia’s blog, “The Cahokian”

So, here is how you get your free ebook:
• Leave a comment below and share with us your connection to our military – is it you, a family member, a friend? Also please remember to include your email, or I can’t send you a free book!

• Do you have a specific soldier in mind to receive my book? Let me know! Leave their info below in your comment.

Here’s where I get annoyingly redundant: Don’t forget your contact info when you comment! Because otherwise I can’t find you and give you a free book!

• If you just want us to designate a soldier, we are on it.

• It may take me a day or so to get through the comments and respond to you with the free ebook. Oh, I know you want the books and I want to give it to you! But I hope to have loads of responses (since each response sends a free book to a soldier, and all) and so it might take a bit to catch up.

• As authors, we’d ALL really appreciate a review on Amazon after you read our free books. Because that would just be so great.

Please help me to support the troops by sharing this post on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, or your own blog. You would be the coolest person ever if you did that!

Now, don’t forget to mosey on over to Zoe Saadia’s blog, “The Cahokian” for more Tour, and more books…

Thank you all, very much. (And to anyone who responded to my prior post, I will be checking there, too!)


  1. Thanks for supporting our troops and for the free read – I can't wait to check out your book!

    allyreads81 at gmail dot com

  2. I love your honest post – and the Santa story 🙂 Thank you so very much for sharing and supporting our troops. Your book looks like a fantastic read.

  3. Thank you for supporting our troops!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  4. No, thanks to all of you for participating. Without you, none of this would work.

  5. Thank you for being a part of this terrific event.


  6. I'm not American but believe that we should be thankful for all the soldiers and the "shadow" soldiers, men and women, who serve so that we can be free. This is a worthy cause. Thank you for your generousity.

    tamsyn5 at yahoo dot com

  7. thanks for being part of this give-away for the troops. You can give my copy of your book to the troops as well.

  8. Thanks to all of you, and Georgia, they already get a copy of my book… *grins* but no problem!

  9. That's a very nice Christmas story.

    Thanks for being part of this tour and I hope your book makes somebody’s day better 🙂

    hellenlovesbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. God bless you for participating in this tour. And God bless our troops and bring every one of them home safe and sound. Not one more life lost!
    [email protected]
    My brother-in-law served in Vietnam and my father-in-law served in Korea. My uncle served in Vietnam, too.

  11. Thanks for supporting our troops; they deserve it!

  12. Thank you for taking part in this tour and thanks to those who have served our country.

    andreagrendahl AT gmail DOT com

  13. I'm not American(Canadian),but, it's truly a great cause.

  14. Thank you for supporting our troops.

  15. Thanks so much for participating in this! What a sweet memory you have 🙂

    My family has a long military service, from my cousin the Navy Admiral who enthralled me when he came home every year in his uniform. I was five or six and he was such a dashing figure. To my grandfather and his brothers who served in WW II, his brothers in Europe and him in the pacific.

    My father and stepfather both served in Vietnam and my father died as a result of his Agent orange exposure when he was 44 yrs old. My mom and stepfather both worked many years at my state's veteran's nursing home…and I grew up there, spending time with amany veterans from WW I and II. It was an experience I'll always cherish.

    You can find me at DinozzoGibbs @ Thanks so much!

  16. One of the best things about doing this (outside of supporting the troops) is hearing all the lovely stories you all have to tell!

  17. Thank you for participating in such an amazing cause 🙂 My Granddad was in the RAF and fought during WWII, as a big reader himself before he died I know he would have loved the idea of the Tour de Troops.

  18. Thank you for participating in this 🙂 I come from a military family so I know how much this means to them. I have 3 cousins currently serving, as well as grandparents, great grandparents, etc that have served for us in the past. I appreciate each and every one of them 🙂

    brittanyrose40 AT yahoo DOT com

  19. Thanks to those who serve, their families – and to everyone participating in this tour. What a wonderful way to support the troops!

    beritlemons AT gmail DOT com

  20. From a currently serving 24yr Army vetran. Keep up the great work. It is the support from home that helps keep the soldiers going.

    Thank you, ryan.mills68(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. I salute each and every one who served, and you can see here how many others do. You are all so appreciated!

  22. Thank you so much for supporting our troops!

    nook_heartnsole at yahoo dot com

  23. Not sure if you're already on my list to review. Have a great tour! 🙂

  24. My maternal grandfather & two of his brothers served in WWII. One brother, Howard, was killed near Winghausen, Germany by enemy fire on April 6, 1945 while serving in the Medical Corps. Everyone in our family has made sure that future generations understand that freedom is not free & soldiers are the real superheroes.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  25. Thanks for bring part of such a good cause. Send my copy to a soldier too.

  26. Hi Coral..I always welcome reviews!

    And keep the stories coming…

  27. Just another author on the tour checking in. It's been an awesome experience, being a part of the tour. Here's to many more, similar tours with similar success!

    As I said in my own post on Saturday, both of my grandfathers served in the US Army and my great-grandfather (whom I never knew) served in WWI in the Navy. I didn't know much about their stories until I was a teenager–and an adult–when I was old enough to really understand what they had done.

    And that was just what it was. Their service was something they had done, a part of their lives that, somehow, was unremarkable to their grandchildren until they were asked. I never would have known either of them had ever been in the service until I asked. Interesting to think about that.

    ~ Erin M. Klitzke
    [email protected]

  28. Thanks Erin!

    And a reminder to everyone – the soldiers are already receiving their free copies, so you don't have to donate yours. If the free book selection isn't your cup of tea, take a look at some of the others….

  29. Hi Valerie! Thanks for doing this! I have a bunch of cousins, aunts, and uncles who are currently serving in the military or have served. This tour really means a lot to me.
    diamondskye20 at yahoo dot com

  30. I used to send books overseas via 'Books for Soldiers', and this is the best way I've seen yet to continue that effort!

  31. Thank you for participating in such an amazing cause, you and all the other authors are doing a beautiful thing, thank you! 🙂


    mpa931 (at) yahoo (dot) es

  32. Hi there! Please give my free copy to another soldier. The more free books for soldiers the better 😀 Thanks! *hugs*

  33. I'd like to get your book.

    kolists at gmail dt com

  34. Thank you for participating in the tour. I have family that was stationed overseas but thankfully they have come home safely. I look forward to reading your book.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  35. i am most grateful for soldiers stopping the nazis many, many years ago. It would have been horrific otherwise.
    cheryl @

  36. Thank you for participating in the blog tour and for generously donating your book to the soldiers and to your commentators.

    Please donate my copy to the soldiers, thanks.

    My connections to the military involve my brother and both my parents in the Air Force and my dad also served on tour with the Navy. My grandfather's were Army, my great grandfather was army. I grew up amongst military so the majority of the kids in my highschool signed up for all branches. And now their kids are serving too.

    [email protected]

  37. What a great cause – thanks for supporting our troops!

    I look forward to reading your book!


  38. Hi, Valerie. As I have already bought your book, I'm just here to make a comment so a serviceman or woman can have a copy.

    I come from a long line of military people. From the Revolutionary War to Iraq, my family has been in every conflict. In the case of the Civil War, we were on both sides.

    Thank you for participating in this and for providing an ebook for someone who, in rough times, might really need to take his or her mind away from the present reality.

  39. That escape was why I choose this book from all my others… to jump to another world…

  40. I believe that every generation of my family has always had someone who has been in the military. We were not a total military family like some, but there was always at least one soldier. My son now intends this to be part of his life's path once his studies at university are through. I have had to tone down my emotions during the Blog Tour de Troops, as we have so much to be grateful to our troops and veterans for. This is such a wonderful event, thank you so much for participating and honoring our veterans on their day and giving to our troops the joy of a good book. I am also thankful for your providing us readers a copy of your lovely book as well. Your efforts are appreciated.


  41. Valerie, I'd just like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the amazing authors that participated in this event to honor our troops this Veteran's Day weekend. My husband & my roommate's fathers both served during the Korean conflict & I have friends who have served or who have children that are serving currently. The cause of supporting our troops is near & dear to my heart, though. It has been a trait of mine since high school that's never left me. A special thanks to your Uncle Bob, who not only served our country, but who kept you believing in the magic of Santa for so long. That is one amazing man! 🙂

    My email is audacityshewrote at gmail dot com

  42. My father is a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. It's a wonderful thing all these authors are doing with the Blog Tour de Troops. I was just reading a news article in which active duty troops were lamenting the lack of new books to read! Thank you for your generosity and the contest!

  43. I think what you all are doing for our soldiers is a wonderful thing! My husband served in the Navy, and my mother-in-law and daughter served in the Air Force, so our men and women are very close to my heart at all times, but especially on and around Veteran's Day 🙂
    Thank you for the free copy of your book! I am really looking forward to reading it:D
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  44. Thank you for supporting the troops! I think this tour is a wonderful idea and I'm glad so many authors are participating!


  45. thanks for supporting the troops and participating in the event.

    eileen at

  46. Thanks for supporting our troops.

  47. Thank you for supporting…I have a cousin who is on his way back.
    twinmomx5 at gmail

  48. Our Military touches my life in a very personal way. My grandfather served in WWII and now my husband is serving our country in Afghanistan.

    Having my husband; my daughters dad, in Afghanistan is hard. Having him so far away from home during this holiday season is difficult for the girls.

    We are also so thankful that he does what he does, it's his and all soldiers sacrifices that give us the freedom to post our comments.

    [email protected]

    My loving soldier Jon:

    provert247 AT gmail DOT com

  49. Thank you so much for supporting our troops… I have many connections to the military, Family, Friends, Classmates! They all sacrificed for us to have our freedom! Thank you again!!!
    [email protected]

  50. I'm the same way as you. I'm not personally attached to any soldiers, but I highly respect them and would want to do all I can for them.

    [email protected]

  51. My dad was a WWII vet and landed at Omaha Beach on D-day. He didn't live quite long enough to go on one of the Honor Tours and he didn't talk about the war but he looked very dashing in the pictures.
    Thanks for the book and thanks for supporting our troops
    OmahaUrbanec AT aol Dot com

  52. My husband is a former Marine. I have several family members who are active or veterans.

    Just designate a soldier to send a copy to.

    Thanks for supporting the troops,

    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

  53. Thank you for being part of this tour. I had two brothers that served over seas. We were some of the lucky ones am
    Nd got them both back safely.
    [email protected]

  54. Thank you so much for supporting our troops and for doing this. I have a slight connection to the military. My cousin-in-law is in the army but I have never met him so I guess, I don't have a concrete connection.

    thenarcissuslibrary at gmail dot com

  55. Thank you for caring and brightening the day of many soldiers. christygibbon at juno dot com

  56. Thank you for supporting our troops in such a wonderful way! My father served in WWII.

    Please donate my copy to a soldier.

  57. My grandpa served in Korea. Thank you to all Veteran's and those still serving. Thank you for participating in this awesome blog tour.


  58. Thanks for supporting the troops. Please send my copy to the troops as well. Thanks again.

  59. My brother in law, cousins, and gradfathers all have or are actively serving in the military. Thank you for this book offer. Email address is [email protected]

  60. I have friends who have served/are serving in the military. Mostly school friends.
    And of course several relatives who served in wars gone by.

    Thanks for taking part in this Blog Tour de Troops. And thanks to the troops for what they do as well.


  61. This is a sweet post. I too beleived in Santa til I was in 5th grade, when my class talked about Santa. I think I covered my shock, but I don't think I was not overly surprised.
    Thank you for participating in this great tour, I look forward to reading your book!
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  62. Thank you for supporting our troops. 🙂 My grandfather fought in the Pacific in WWII, and my niece is currently in the Navy.

    I don't have a specific soldier in mind for your book, please send it to someone who has requested ebooks.

    reikibirth at gmail dot com

  63. This was such an amazing idea! Thank you for helping support our troops!


  64. Thank you so very much!!! Your generosity and the generosity of all the fabulous authors on this tour is just remarkable!!
    I would love to read this book and love that my comment will mean that one of our troops can read it too.

    My son is a vet. My brother served in the Navy. My dad served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. My grandfather served in WWII.
    Lauriej170 at gmail dot com

  65. thanks for doing this. As an army veteran of multiple deployments, I can assure you that reading provides sanity and a chance to explore worlds outside the dust/rain/dirt of the present un-fun. With the advent of eBook readers it has become even easier to read, try new authors and to feel less cut off from the world.

    sincerely – Holly (prosekniticATyahooDOTde)

  66. Thank you for taking the time to honor our troops and to take part in this event!


  67. I don't have an immediate connection to the military but I do support our troops and their families. Thanks for supporting this wonderful event.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  68. I have friend, neighbors and family in the armed forces. I live near Camp Lejune, NC..the largest Marine base in the world..I know how much all appreciate things like this!

    [email protected]

  69. I have connections to the military coming out the wazoo. My son just joined the Navy and will be going to basic in June. My father was in the Navy and served in the South Pacific in WWII. My grandfather was in the Army Corps of Eng. and served in Europe during WWI. My brother was in the Army during Vietnam. I am currently in the process of joining the DAR. I had great uncles that served in WWI as well and had great-great grandfathers/uncles/cousins who served in the Cival War (even had one from the North, gasp).
    thanks for the support to our troops
    lvs2dv (at) gmail (dot) com

  70. Thank you for supporting our troops! My father, uncle, and lifelong best friends served in the Army and Navy.

    brjf at yahoo dot com

  71. Thanks for sharing your book with everyone. And for participating even without a personal connection.
    [email protected]

  72. Thanks so much for supporting our troops! My dad and hubby are Marine Corps veterans. Semper Fi!

    [email protected]

  73. Hi Valerie

    Just wanted to stop in and show my support.

    A couple of years ago my Mum mentioned a name that instantly made my ears prick up. It was a friend from school, someone I'd actually stayed in touch with until my early twenties but then we'd drifted out of touch.

    Sadly, the mention was to mark his passing. He'd been killed in Iraq, leaving behind a wife and two small children. I know having a family would have been everything to him: but I also know serving his country was too.

    I'm so pleased that initiatives like this help us remember those who we have lost but also help those who do so much for us each and every day.

    Thanks for posting!
    [email protected]

  74. Thanks so much for supporting our troops. My uncles were in the Vietnam war and boy did they tell stories. some good, some bad. But all very memoriable. i wish we could give our troops the world for all that they do for us.

    [email protected]

  75. Thanks for supporting our troops by doing this. My father, Husband, and brother-in-law have served or are currently serving, and anything that supports them and our troops is something that is near and dear to my heart.
    Many Thanks,

  76. Thank you for helping in the support of the troops, the past, the present and the future. Also I want to thank you for all your hard work in this memorial.
    I can't wait to read your book.
    [email protected]

  77. I'm honored to be a part of this. My dad and brothers were in the military. Our soldiers are truly heroes. Thanks for your support.
    [email protected]

  78. I work with veterans every day, and always thank them for what they gave to keep us free and safe. Most say it was just their job, and nothing special, but I beg to differ. They are the true heroes in this modern world.

  79. My grandfather was in the navy, so the military has always held a special place in my heart! Thank you for participating in this tour!

    [email protected]

  80. Stopping by on the tour to show my respect for the troops! Again what an awesome idea this is and thanks for the opportunity to be apart of it.


  81. Thank you for participating in this wonderful project, and thank you to our veterans and their families for their service!

    [email protected]

  82. Other than respect for the military personnel and thankfulness that they do what they do I have no current connections to the military. My Grandfather was a veteran but passed many years ago but he taught me the importance of what a soldier is and what they sacrifice to be what they are. Thank you for participating in this event, I think the tour is a great way to show support for our troops and am happy to see so many participating authors. shadow31071 (at) suddenlink (dot) net

  83. Hi, Valerie.Thanks for being part of this great event. I can't wait to find out how many comments were left for the 4 days.
    Believe or not, just a few minutes ago, I realized that my father is a vet! He was in the Korean War (or conflict as the idiots in Washingto dubbed it), but he never has thought of himself as a vet because as an accountant and a self-proclaimed chicken-sh_t, he volunteered to go to Triest to be in the Finance Corp. his stories are funny and all about how he got out of every possible "army" type thing he was supposed to do. I have to ask him about this, but my sense is that he had friends who saw action in Korea and the Viet Nam and felt that he didn't qualify as a "real" soldier because those people went into combat.
    Hmm. More grist for the therapy mill, I always say!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  84. My uncle was part of the air force. Thanks for participating!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  85. Thank you for supporting our troops in such a generous manner! I know that each and every book received will be greatly appreciated! And thank you for allowing me to be a part of it through you!

    [email protected]

  86. Thanks for participating in the Blog Tour de Troops! Such a great cause. 🙂



  87. Hi I have a grandfather that was in WWII and several uncles and cousins that were and are active military along with some friends. I think this is awesome!!!

    brandyzbooks at yahoo dot come

  88. My paternal grandfather served in the Korean War and my maternal grandfather served in WW II.

    Thank you to all that serve.


  89. My son served 13 years in the Army, and served in Iraq. He returned home safely recently. Thanks for sharing your book.
    [email protected]

  90. I admire what you all are doing. As a child of the military, (my mom, biological father, and step father, all are military, in various branches, not to mention aunts, uncles, and grandparents), it's always been part of my life, so I think it's really nice when people acknowledge what they spend their lives devoted towards.

    jamileigh17 at gmail dot com, kindle format preferred.

  91. Thanks for supporting our troops! Much gratitude to the many family members and friends who have served in the military across different conflicts!

    pk4kids at sbcglobal dot net

  92. Vietnam era vet that never went OS. I have young friends who do, often. James Lewis, Nathan Tilton, Scott Winters. A whole bunch from Hurlburt and Eglin AFB's. I'm sherahart at gmail dot com, a MG fantasy writer whose hubby served over 20 years in AF before he retired and is still TDY almost half the year working civil service.

  93. Both my dad and my to be stepdad have served our country. Other than that, I have some friends who have loved ones that are serving. Thank you to all the troops, veterans and heroes out there. You'll never know how appreciated you are. I hope that everyone returns home safely.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

  94. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts, and for the memories you've shared.

  95. I'm so glad there's another Tour de Troops!! Can't wait to see if there's more comments than Memorial Day! What a great way to give our troops a little escape in a book while they are away from home and at war. Thanks IndieBookCollective!!

    I grew up a Navy Brat, so I greatly appreciate the sacrifice of our military and their families! As a former Navy Brat, I know the families definitely serve and sacrifice also! Luckily, my dad wasn't sent to war (he was enlisted during the 70's) but he had A LOT of sea duty and was out to sea for months at a time! He missed many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. We moved around the country a lot. So another big sacrifice was that we changed schools a lot (7 times in one school year moving from Virginia to California – literally coast to coast), but I wouldn't trade it for anything! I am so proud of his service. Just as I am so incredibly proud of all the heroic men and women fighting for us today whether they are overseas or stateside, they are all important to our nation. I can't wait to see them all coming home, hopefully soon.

    I would like the troop book to go to my cousin Zachary Neer serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan.
    His email is:

    Thanks for the free book – can't wait to read your story!

  96. My dad is a vet of the Korean War and I have a really close friend who is a vet that still struggles with the effects of the Vietnam War he served in and his wife with how physically ill he still gets from agent orange that was dumped by the USA right on his army troop in the jungles of Vietnam. He is the last surviving member of these men.

    He is a real war hero to me. He has told me some of what he went through in Vietnam and it is horrific. After yrs of PTSDs, agent orange in his body causing numerous physical problems, an addiction to heroin when he got wounded there and people in US airports spitting on him and calling him names when he came home from the war. He is one of the biggest lovers of the United States of America I have ever seen!

    This same close friend of mine has one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen! I admire the devotion he has to this country and the sobriety he has achieved over many many yrs. Most of all he doesn't hate this country that made him physically ill over all these yrs. Agent Orange is a terrible thing to have had in your body. It created all kinds of other illnesses.

    My life has changed from hearing the experiences of a soldier who was in the thick of this war. I have gained compassion for those serving and more so for those who have served and have to live a normal life here in the USA after being aware always of someone shooting or bombing you and being ready at a moments notice to go and shoot. No wonder so many have trouble going back to a regular life.
    God bless all of them.
    Laurie M

  97. I just got my email for the fourth day, I hope I'm not too late.

    I would like to thank all of the women and men in the military for their sacrifices, their honor and for keeping our country safe! I would like to thank the families of the military men and women for their sacrifices too!


  98. I also hope I'm not too late!

    Books were the main thing that my nephew requested during his tours of Irag & Afghanistan. He said it was a way for him to escape for a time the misery & tragedy he saw while there. He came back home earlier this year thankfully.

    Thanks for the opportunity to read your book. I hope the soldier who gets your book enjoys it too.
    Thanks again. [email protected]

  99. I don't have anyone currently in the military but a good friend of mine used to be in the Navy.

    waverlyn at hotmail dot com

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