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Nov
2011

Hurray for our Troops and Tour de Troops

Welcome to Blog Tour de Troops. You should have joined me from Tracy Rozzlynn’s Blog.  The next stop on the tour will be at Alison DeLuca’s

11-11-11 through 11-14-11

50 authors.

Anyone is invited to comment on each of these 50 blogs.

Everyone who makes a comment gets that author’s ebook.

WHAT!

Too good to be true? Wait…it gets better. For every book that is gifted, a copy of that book is donated to one of our troops overseas! Oh, and did I mention that you and the troops are eligible to win a Kindle? Wow! This just keeps getting better!

Announcing Blog Tour de Troops 2011, Veterans Day Weekend. What an amazing way to honor our men and women who serve our country. Ask yourself: when was the last time that you were really, in truly uncomfortable? I mean dirt in your eyes, 114 degrees, 100 lb pack on your back, worried that a bomb might go off in your vicinity, uncomfortable. Outside of illness and personal tragedy, we are a nation of great comforts.

We are a nation that has much to be grateful. In our home, we teach our children that their freedoms would be compromised, if not lost, if our troops did not make those sacrifices.  As a grief specialist, I’m also well aware of the cost: Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, Depression, Anger, and when the despair gets too great, suicide. That is why I never shy away from speaking or writing about grief and it’s effects. Writing about grief is my passion and is a theme in my novel, Out of Breath, a fictional account of parental bereavement, addiction, Compassion Fatigue and hope; it’s the prodigal story of grace undeserved.

Given that my step-father served in the Korean War years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to give back to the troops and also to partake of this exciting blog tour! I interviewed my step-father (here forward referred to as Dad) about his time in the Navy.

Tell me about yourself when you entered the Navy:

I was right out of high school. I’d been living at home, didn’t have the money to go to school, so the Navy was a good option. Also, I figured three years in the Navy would help me grow.

What helped you cope with the loneliness and the distance away from your family?

I formed some close friendships. We were all on the same ship. We worked together, played together, did everything together. We would share our feelings and laugh, joke around.

Did you lose any friends to death or illness in the war?

Nobody on my ship, but friends of my cousin on another ship got hit by a submarine. I was on the phones listening to all of this while it happened. I could hear the screams of people as compartments were shut off to keep the ship from sinking. These people were drowning. Twenty-seven of them died. (I can hear Dad get choked up…)

How did you cope with that? Do you see that people talk about their feelings now more than they used to?

Well, they made a chaplain available. We thought it was just part of it. I think guys didn’t talk about their feelings as much back then. They did some. They held a lot in. Some would drink their sorrows. It may not have been “right”, but not talking seemed the thing to do.

Share one of your more interesting memories: Keep it G-Rated please…your grandkids will read this!

I was on Midway Island in the South Pacific and climbed on top deck, put down a blanket, stripped, (hey now…), fell asleep. It was blazing hot. I woke up 4 hours later  and 90% of my body burned. On my chest was 3rd degree burns. I could take a pencil and peel skin from my shoulder and roll it all the way down to my toes. It wasn’t funny then, but in retrospect, it’s a good story. I never tire of hearing it :)

If you could say one thing to the troops today, what would it be?

Hang together. The friends you make there will be forever. Sixty years later, I still rehash with my Navy buddies; they are lifelong friends.

Thanks, Dad for your service to our country.

Don’t you want to do something special for our troops AND get a book for yourself while doing a good deed?

Here’s what you do to receive my book, Out of Breath, ensure that it gets to the troops, and enter the drawing for the Kindle:

*Comment on my blog. Let’s “tawk.” I love to get to know my readers.

*Write down your email in the body of your comment.

*I will be sending you my book in a PDF version after you leave me your email!

It’s THAT easy!

Thank you for giving to our troops and thanks for participating in Blog Tour de Troops!

Don’t forget to visit the NEXT STOP ON THE TOUR:  Alison DeLuca


  1. Lisa Mastropieri Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Susan thank you for your amazing gift. I really appreciate how you give back.
    Loved your book and want to read it again :)

    • Thank you, Lisa. You are so kind! I look forward to you reading Out of Breath again as well. Giving back feels good and is such a small thing that I can do for our troops who serve despite the discomforts every day! You are a blessing! ~Susan

  2. Your book looks like a fantastic read.
    Thank you for your generosity and support for our troops! My father served in WWII and we didn’t learn much about his service until after he died. He wouldn’t speak about it.
    tweezle(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Hello Theresa and thanks for stopping by. You know, it wasn’t unusual for that generation to be very silent about the trauma they experienced. As a grief therapist, we now know that PTSD is not a new experience. These men coming back from war were seeing there best friend die right before them and then had NO help in processing this! They came home, were heroes, and then were thrown right back into life. Shutting down and not talking about it was a coping tool. Now, our service men are better equipped with counseling, debriefing, and services when they arrive home. I salute your father for his service. Thanks for reading Out of Breath and please review it on Amazon when you are done and visit me on Facebook!

  3. Great idea for the tour – love it!

    • Hi Berit! Thanks so much. It’s wonderful to meet so many people at 5:00 in the morning in California!! I hope you enjoy Out of Breath. Please stop by Amazon and review it when you are done. You can also find me on Facebook and on Twitter at SSalluce. Enjoy the read and have a great day!

  4. loved the interview with your Dad :) Thank you for being a part of this tour.

    miranda_lynn2001(at)live(dot)com

    • Hi Miranda. Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoyed interviewing my dad. I had heard some of those stories (like the sunburn), but not the more touching, sad one, such as the ship getting hit. We have so much to be thankful for! Enjoy out of Breath. I’ll send it to you shortly in a PDF. When you are done, please review on Amazon and visit me on Facebook. Then share with your friends that they can get a copy of Out of Breath on the Kindle or any other e-reader! Thanks again!

  5. I nearly choked up just reading about those poor servicemen who drowned. That is just so tragic… but I guess it happens all the time, which makes me even more teary-eyed.
    Your step-father’s story about his burns made me cringe… I can’t even imagine the pain he must have been in. Ouch!
    Best wishes
    Suzy Turner
    suzy.turner[at]hotmail.com

    • Hi Suzy, I think it’s a realistic view peek at what really happens to those guys. They face real stuff that we can’t even imagine. We have so much to be thankful for in our freedoms! Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I’ll send you my book, Out of Breath, as a PDF, Suzy, and then please review it on Amazon. I’m on Facebook and also on Twitter at SSalluce. Tell your friends that they, too can read Out of Breath by visiting the Kindle store or other e-reader stores. Thanks again!

  6. Thank you so much for your support of the troops. They deserve this and much more. Nice interview with your Father and tell him I said “I sincerely thank you for your service to the American people”!

    If I could I would also like to donate the copy you would send to me, to the troops also. I hope it will give them some hope and realization that we all think of them and they haven’t been forgotten. Bless you!

    Marsha S.
    ladymargaretrose@yahoo.com

    • Thank you, Marsha for your kind words and generosity! I will thank my dad. It’s fine, though, for me to send you a PDF copy. It is no trouble, as I send it from here. Enjoy, read, review and then let others know about Out of Breath! Blessings! Susan

  7. Stephanie O. Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you to our Troops, and thank you to our Authors for doing this!

    Stephanie O.
    ladybug07999@yahoo.com

    • Hi Stephanie- It is our pleasure and honor! Thanks for stopping by. I will be sending you your copy of Out of Breath very soon. Enjoy, read, review on Amazon, and then let others know about Out of Breath! Thanks for participating!

  8. I love that the Indie authors are doing this for our soldiers. Thank you so very much!

    • Hi Leslie- Our pleasure and so enjoyable. I will be sending you a copy of my book, Out of Breath, shortly. Stop by my Facebook author page and tell your friends about Out of Breath as well. It can be purchased on all of the ebook sites. Also, feel free to review at Amazon.com. Have a great day!

  9. Great cause. With a niece and nephew just leaving active service I know how much they appreciate the little bits of home they get no matter who they come from.
    Thanks!

    Don

    • Hi Don-Wow, two! That is something to be proud of. Thanks for visiting Blog Tour de Troops. Look for your copy of Out of Breath to arrive soon. Please stop by my Facebook Author page and review my book on Amazon as well. Thanks for coming by.

  10. Thank you for participating in this awesome cause :) I loved the interview with your dad, my granddad was in the RAF and fought in WWII, he would always have interesting stories to tell. I look forward to reading Out of Breath

    shroudedheart@hotmail.com

    • Hi Holly- Thanks for stopping by. I know, aren’t their stories great?! It’s sad that too few people take the time to ask and listen. We have so much to learn from those who have lived years before us whether they were soldiers, mothers, or farmers. All of them have something vital to share and often the inspiration of a great book! Please visit my Facebook page and review Out of Breath on Amazon and you can also subscribe to my blog by email. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Thank you for supporting our troops and thanks in advance for Out of Breath.
    cmhswi@yahoo.com

  12. Great Event – thanks for participating!

    laurenclarkbooks@gmail.com

    • Hi Laura- Thank you for participating! I’ll send you your copy of Out of Breath. I’m on Facebook so stop on by and tell others about Out of Breath available on all e-readers. I’d love it if you’d review Out of Breath on Amazon when you are done reading. Thank you in advance!

  13. That was a great post. thank you for taking part in this great event

    • Hi Glenn. Thank you for those kind words. I had a GREAT time interviewing my dad and learning something new about him. This has been a great opportunity to give and get to know other authors and meet readers. Stop on by my Facebook author page and if you’d like, you can sign up to receive my blog by email subscription. Please consider reviewing my book on Amazon as well. Thanks again!

  14. Thank you for participating. I think this is a wonderful project!
    pamela@Pbdesigns.biz

    • Hello Pamela. It is a wonderful project! Thanks for stopping by. Please stop by my Facebook page and you can also review my book on Amazon. Let your friends know that they can receive my book on all e-readers. Thanks again! ~Susan

  15. thank you troops. we can’t say it enough.

    • Hi Rhonda- Our pleasure and it is the number one item that they request in their care packages. I’m sending you a copy of Out of Breath momentarily and I’d love it if you’d review Out of Breath on Amazon when you are done reading. Stop by my Facebook author page and tell your friends about Out of Breath as well. Thank you in advance!

  16. What an amazing interview. I loved the story about getting sunburned in the South Pacific! Thank you for supporting our veterans and active duty troops!

    • Hi Brain- I know, isn’t that a great story! I think every time he tells it, he embellishes a little more! That’s okay, he’s allowed to do that :) I’ll be sending you my novel, Out of Breath, as a PDF very soon. Enjoy, review on Amazon, and tell your friends that they can purchase it on all e-readers and especially the Kindle! Check out my Facebook author page as well!

  17. Thank you for participating in this very worthwhile event.

    • Hello Kay. You are so welcome. I hope you enjoy the read and please review it on Amazon and tell your friends they can purchase Out of Breath on the Kindle and other e-readers. Thanks for stopping by today! Please visit my Facebook author page and “like” it. Happy Veteran’s Day.

  18. Great blog :) Thanks to all our troops for everything they do!!

    kkellijo@yahoo.com

    • Thanks Kelli! If you like the blog, you can subscribe by email :) I’ll be sending you my book, Out of Breath shortly. Our troops are amazing and we have so much to be thankful for. Please review Out of Breath on Amazon and feel free to stop by my Facebook author page! ~Susan

  19. You are to be praised for donating your time and talent to such a worthy event! Thank you for the chance to read your book and pass one on to a deserving soldier.

    • Thanks, Pam, for visiting my blog and you can subscribe by email if you’d like! I’ll deliver your copy of Out of Breath momentarily. Please let your friends know they can get their copy at all e-readers and you can review Out of Breath at Amazon. Stop by Facebook and visit my author page! ~Susan

  20. Thank you for what you are doing. Happy Veterans Day. karen.honderich@gmail.com

    • Hi Karen- Thanks for stopping by and Happy Veteran’s Day to you, too. Enjoy your copy of Out of Breath and visit me at my Facebook Author page. You can also review my book on Amazon and tell your friends!
      ~Susan

  21. thanks for the giveaway! leia@leiashaw.com

    • Hi Leia- You are so welcome! Your copy of Out of Breath will be sent to you very soon. Please review Out of Breath on Amazon and feel free to stop by my Facebook author page! Thanks for stopping by sipnsharewithsusan!

  22. Thanks for participating in the blog tour and donating books.

    acm05atjuno.com

    • You are so welcome, Anne. It’s been a great morning. Please let your friends know they can get their copy of my book, Out of Breath, at all e-readers and you can review Out of Breath at Amazon. I’ll send you my book momentarily.

  23. Thank you for supporting the troops! This tour is a wonderful idea!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Thank you, Winnie, for your support in participating in Blog Tour de Troops. Your copy of Out of Breath will be sent very soon. Please visit my Facebook author page and review Out of Breath on Amazon and tell your friends that they can get Out of Breath on all E-Readers!

  24. Thank you for supporting our troops. As a wife of a current soldier I am so proud of our service men and women. Thank you is never enough for everything they and their families sacrifice.

    To my soldier Jon,

    I love you honey and I am a very proud wife. You along with all troops sacrifice so much. Our girls and I are so proud of you for helping to keep us free.

    betty.vickery.johnson@gmail.com

    • Hello Betty, what a touching reply. It must be very difficult at times to have your husband away. We appreciate the sacrifice your entire family makes for our safety and freedom. Please enjoy the copy of my book that I’ll be mailing you momentarily. Please review Out of Breath on Amazon and feel free to stop by my Facebook author page! Thanks for stopping by sipnsharewithsusan!

  25. This is amazing. Thank you for being part of the tour.

  26. Just stopping by to say hi and get a copy to a soldier. These tours are always a lot of fun!

  27. Thank you for sharing your dad’s stories! He sounds like an amazing man. What you are doing is fantastic.

    • Hi Melissa. Thanks for saying that; he’s a lot of fun. Enjoy the blog tour and your copy of Out of Breath. Please review Out of Breath on Amazon and feel free to stop by my Facebook author page! Thanks for stopping by sipnsharewithsusan!

  28. Christy Gibbon Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your book with all of us and a very special service member too! They definitely deserve this and much more. christygibbon at juno dot com

    • Hi Christy. You’re welcome and you are so right. They deserve special treatment and above all the respect that they deserve. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll send you my book momentarily. Please let your friends know they can get their copy of my book, Out of Breath, at all e-readers and you can review Out of Breath at Amazon. Also, stop by Facebook and visit my author page. Thanks again!

  29. Recently I sat down to write a story for a school assignment. After much thought, I decided to tell the story of a great trauma that happened in my teens. When I went to send the finished story to my teacher, I realized that I had never told the tale in more than the most brief terms, leaving all details out. No one – not my husband, not my parents, not my counselors or psychiatrist – had ever heard the whole nitty-gritty.

    I asked my husband if he would be willing to give me feedback on the story. He declined, saying he didn’t want to know the details. It was then that I realized that most often we edit our grief, our horror, for the benefit of others more than ourselves. It becomes a habit. No one wants to know the nitty-gritty.

    I heard this unsaid rule in everything my cousin didn’t say this summer at our family reunion. He’s recently back from Iraq, with a Purple Heart. According to him, from “a little shrapnel”. But you can see it there – there is more to the story, but he is not going to tell.

    I look forward to reading your book (and having a copy sent on to a soldier!) Sometimes reading even fiction of some one else’s pain can help us deal with our own. Thanks for participating in this great event!

    Angi
    ailishification @ gmail . com

    • Hi Angi- I’d love to hear your story…and you are right. There’s lots of stuff that I put in fiction that is real that a character gets to tell the world. I also hope to touch others through Out of Breath. I love to help others in their grief; it IS my passion. I bet you have a story in you…Thanks for your thoughtful response. Visit my on Facebook and I look forward to your thoughts and review of Out of Breath….

  30. Thanks to those who have served and thank you for giving some great books to them.

    andreagrendahl@gmail.com

  31. This tour is a fantastic idea!
    Thank you very much.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

    • Diana- Blog Tour de Troops is a great event and I’m honored to be included with such high quality writers who have a heart! Your book is on the way and spread the word about Out of Breath that it’s available on all e-readers! When you get a minute, visit my on Facebook!

  32. heartNsole Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for helping the troops!

    nook_heartnsole at yahoo dot com

  33. latisha depoortere Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for this great blog tour I think it is so nice for all The Authors to do this and so many great books ! My father was in the military for 30 years Navy so Thanks again :)
    tishajean@ charter.net

    • Latisha- I bet you can really appreciate Veteran’s Day more than most! Please thank your father for me. My dad was in the Navy, also. What a blessing these men are to our country. Your book is being sent and let your friends know they can get their copy of my book, Out of Breath, at all e-readers and you can review Out of Breath at Amazon. Also, stop by Facebook and visit my author page. Thanks again!

  34. Kudos to all the authors involved in this wonderful effort.

    nancyg5997@gmail.com

    • Nancy- Kudos to all of you, the participants, who are taking the time to read our blogs and make this happen! My book, Out of Breath, is on the way. Enjoy, review, and pass the word on to others!

  35. :( I don’t think my first comment went through :(
    Well, here it is again: This is such a fun and easy and awesome way to help the troops! Thank u for participating!

    email: cruz042@ csusm. edu
    http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

  36. Thanks to your dad and all the other vets and active military out there.

    Heather
    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

  37. This is such an amazing thing you are doing. Thank you so much.

    carrieannryanwrites at gmail dot come

    • Hi Carrie- We are all a part of it and thanks for the encouragement! Your book is on the way and spread the word about Out of Breath that it’s available on all e-readers! When you get a minute, visit my on Facebook!

  38. Would love to read your book and it’s amazing what your all doing for the troops!!

    MESchlegel3@gmail.com

  39. Thank you to all our troops and the wonderful people who are participating in this blog tour :)

    mels2884 @ yahoo.com

  40. Melora Brock Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    That was a nice interview, and ouch at the 3rd degree burns- oy!
    Thank you for taking part in this great tour. I would also love to read your book.

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  41. Hello! I am a fellow tour de troops author. i am so glad to be a part of this today. Feel free to come and check my page as well so we give even more books to the troops at the end of the weekend

  42. Oh MAN, that sunburn sounds insanely painful…though I can see how, in retrospect, it turns into a good story!

    I’m another author on the tour just stopping in.

    Here’s to a lot of comments, a lot of traffic, and a lot of ebooks for soldiers. Thanks to all of them for their service, however they may render it.

    ~ Erin M. Klitzke
    athensmcleod@hotmail.com

    • Hi Erin- This is an amazing event, isn’t it! Yes, lot’s of books and a great thing for our soldiers. Lot’s of caffeine required, too! We should have Starbucks sponsor us! Yes, the sunburn is his claim to fame story. There are other, but they are less “G”-Rated! Book is on its way!

  43. Thank you for supporting our troops.

    shadow31071 (at) suddenlink (dot) net

  44. Dear Susan,

    Thank you stepfather for me. I appreciate his service, as someone who enjoys the freedoms he fought for I can never say thanks enough.

    rivawriter(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Tracy

  45. With the help of the dedicated At&t girls I was able to see your blog and see all the great comments on your book. Congratulations!!! I am very proud of you.Your interview with your choice of a Veteran was excellent.

    Love, Dad

    • Hi Dad- Oh, I’m touched and completely shocked! You got on the computer! Thank the AT&T staff for me! You are awesome!! Thanks for making this day special for me-you’re the best and I love you!

  46. You have a lovely blog and I enjoyed your Veteran’s day piece. Send my regards to your step father and tell him that I, for one, thank him for his service. If I have gotten nothing from this tour today it is how proud I am of these men and women and how moving it is to know what they have done for us.

    Warm regards,

    D. M. Kenyon
    author at lotus blossom book dot com

  47. Allyson Meyer Says:
    November 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the free read – I’m excited to get it! Also, thank you for supporting our troops!

    allyreads81 at gmail dot com

  48. Thanks for participating in the awesome giveaway! It’s nice to feel like we are helping them in some small way! Thanks for hosting.
    bevsharp@desch.org

  49. Thank you for participating in the Blog Tour de Troops! Such a great cause.

    ~Jesi

    jesilea(at)charter(dot)net

  50. Thanks to you and all the troops who have served this great country through the years. As a fellow author on tour with you, I too jump at the chance to give back to such worthy individuals.

    dianne(at)diannevenetta(dot)com

    • Dianne- thank you to you for your service as well. What a great opportunity for us to give back if even in a small way to those who give us our freedom! Thanks and look for you book to come shortly!

  51. Amanda Wimer Says:
    November 12, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Thanks to you and your Dad! Thanks for supporting our troops in such a special way!

    iarvd@yahoo.com

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

    I look forward to reading your book!

    Sandi(at)Beckman(dot)me

  53. I’m so thrilled this has started. It’s always wonderful to recognize those who served out country!

    Karen

    kmoaton@hotmail.com

  54. What a wonderful way to show support to those serving or have served. Everyone like to read a great story.
    Happy Veteran’s Day.
    My father served in the Korean war.

    Amelia
    rejoicegmj@goldenwest.net

  55. Thanks for sharing the story about ‘Dad’! Look forward to reading your book and more. Congratulations on your writing success!!

  56. Great interview! Pretty informative (at least as much as you could when keeping it G-rated I’m sure). Wish I could see the look of the lucky soldier who gets this book :).

  57. Happy Veterans Day. I am thankful to all the veterans then and now. There stories are really interesting to hear. Thanks for your post.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

  58. Thanks for participating in the event and thinking about the troops

  59. Thanks for this wonderful observance for Veterans Day.

    ainfinger@comcast.net

  60. Maghon Thomas Says:
    November 12, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I’m stopping by to support my troops and thank you for the ebook but I would like my copy to go to another soldier :) they deserve it more!! Thanks again!!

    • Hi Maghon- I appreciate your generosity, but since I’m the author and I can simply send you a PDF from home, it really doesn’t require any extra effort to send you a copy. Your thoughtfulness is so wonderful, though. I hope you enjoy Out of Breath and thanks for your support!

  61. Hi,

    I’m the pretty intellegent blonde that helped your dad write a comment on your blog! Can’t wait to read your book :)

    Cheers!
    Caitlin

  62. Hi,

    I’m the pretty intellegent brunette that helped your dad write a comment on your blog! Your dad’s great! I’m really excited to read your book :)

    Cheers!
    Katie

  63. Thank you for participating! Happy Veteran’s day!

  64. Your book sounds like a very fitting read of the tour. Thanks for sharing.
    helpersarah2009@gmail.com

  65. Thanks for supporting our troops! This is an amazing hop!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  66. Tammi Hagberg Says:
    November 12, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for the support of the troops. My son- in- law was stationed in Bagdad and I told him about this blog and he said the soldiers will really appreciate the books , thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  67. Thank you so much for supporting out troops!! I know they appreciate it!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

  68. Thank you for doing this for the troops and thanks in advance for the copy of Out of Breath!
    This is a great cause! ^^
    ycelestial@hotmail.com

  69. This is such a great cause. Thanks to all the troops & their families for their sacrifices.

  70. hi Susan! your contribution to the members of the troops through your writing is commendable. thank you for sharing your gift to the troops and to civilians as well. c”,)

    aobibliophile(at)gmail(dot)com

  71. This is amazing what you guys are doing for the troops! They deserve it!

    ennapenglin(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net

  72. Thank you for supporting our Troops!
    t_manfredi@hotmail.com

  73. Thank you for the wonderful interview and for supporting our troops :)

  74. Hi,

    Here for the Blog Tour – Thank you to all of the men & women of the armed forces for everything you do and for keeping our country safe!

    Pinky
    pinkmaiden821(at)gmail(dot)com

  75. Brittany Carrigan Says:
    November 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Thank you so much for being a part of this!!

    brittanyrose40 AT yahoo DOT com

  76. I think its great what you all are doing.

    ticklebear2 at yahoo dot com

  77. Carolyn Valdez Says:
    November 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This is so great for you all to do this tour for all the troops. Thank you so much. carolynvaldez51@yahoo.com

  78. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post and for supporting our troops! Your book sounds great.

    Laurie
    readergirls(at)gmail(dot)com

  79. Thank you for participating in the BTDT. I look forward to reading your book. I would like to say Thank you for your service! to all the men and women who are currently serving or have served in the past.

    pefrw(at)yahoo(dot)com

  80. Thanks so much for participating in this and sharing your dad’s memories! I lost my dad in ’89 to cancer that was a direct result of his service in Vietnam. I really appreciate this, and your dad’s remembrances!

    DiNozzoGibbs @ gmail . com

  81. What a wonderful way to support our troops. Thank you.
    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  82. Thank you for being part of the tour and supporting the troops!

    Have a great day!
    pauline@pjhandcrafts.com

  83. This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for supporting our troops!

    ruby[dot]meek[at]yahoo[dot]com

  84. I used to send care packages via ‘Books for Soldiers’, and this is an awesome way to continue that effort!

  85. This is a great post! I love everything you guys do to help the troops!

  86. What an awesome way to say thank you to our troops.
    Thank you for giving me a chance to enjoy your book
    Maggie

  87. I just that this is a great way to show thanks to the troops. I know as a Marine wife that I love it when I see ways to give back to the troops. So thank you!

    klmullins88@hotmail.com

  88. Thanks for the interview and a big thanks to your stepfather and all service people.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  89. Thanks for being part of the Blog Tour de Troops. I loved your post.

    Cheers,

    Ardee-ann

    sagemoon_cottage at yahoo dot com

  90. So glad to see you as a part of this tour. Your book looks interesting and I can’t wait to read it.
    thank you
    rebeccapoindexter@gmail.com

  91. Thank you for supporting our troops and thank you to our troops.

  92. Kathryn Merkel Says:
    November 13, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I’ve done a lot of blog hops recently, but this one is the only one that has made me cry. Thanks for sharing our dad’s story with us Susan.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  93. Melissa Sandahl Says:
    November 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

    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 in 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, 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.

    Thanks for the free book – can’t wait to read your story!
    missyebookmail (AT) mediacombb (DOT) net

  94. Teresa Kleeman Says:
    November 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Susan,

    Thank you and all the authors for doing this special blog to help our troops.
    Showing your love like this is what makes our Military Men and Woman serve the great country.

    They put there lives on the line for our freedom and safety.I can never say thank you enough for what they do.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

    • I agree, Teresa. We should say a prayer of thanks everyday for these amazing men and women who allow us our freedom and safety! Thanks for stopping by and I’m sending you your copy of Out of Breath right now!

  95. Thank you for taking part in this Blog Tour de Troops.
    Thanks to the troops for what they do.
    And thank you to your father for personalizing their efforts.

    jandhj2 (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca

  96. Heather Cloer Says:
    November 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    God bless our troops! Thank you for participating in this tour! Many blessings to you today and always!!!

    nurse6030@gmail.com

  97. Thank you for that interview! I really enjoyed it! I’ve had a bad sunburn before localized to my shoulders I cannot imagine having burns that bad over that much skin! Phew that had to be uncomfortable! I remember when I was in the 4th or 5th grade a few Veteran’s came to school to speak. I will never forget the stories they shared about Pearl Harbor. My grandpa was in Korea. My dad was supposed to go to Vietnam but he had previously hurt his knee, he couldn’t pass the physical. He always felt shame that he couldn’t go he lost so many friends to that war. I will always have fierce respect for anyone that chooses to serve. Thank you to all Veteran’s and those still serving today!

    miranda.grissomATgmailDOTcom

  98. Thank you to all who are serving and have served our country!

    Please donate my copy to a service member.

  99. Thanks for making this such a great event and for your generosity!
    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  100. Great interview, and thank you for supporting our troops like this.

    • Carmen- Thanks. I enjoyed having time to spend with my father in that way. His stories made me cry, laugh, and learn about his devotion to our country. Thanks for supporting this blog tour and our troops!

  101. Hi Susan, great interview! Thanks for doing this!
    diamondskye20 at yahoo dot com

  102. This is a great cause! I would love to read your book!

  103. Thank you for your support and the ebook

    kolists at gmail dt com

  104. This is such a great thing. Thanks!

  105. Tim Perrin Says:
    November 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Many thanks for our troops protecting us! The sacrifice they make gives us the freedom to enjoy our lives……..

  106. Thanks for supporting our troops. I look forward to reading your book.
    wanda72(at)aol(dot)com

  107. Thanks for participating in this effort to support all of our deployed service members. After 33 years in the military, I retired this past spring. I can personally assure you that reading is a way to get through boredom, waiting time and provides sanity. eBooks have made reading easier and readers (as well as laptops) are everywhere downrange.

    -H (prosekniticATyahooDOTde)

    • Thanks to the troops for their dedication and patriotism! Thanks also to the authors who are using this weekend to show their support!

    • Hello Holly- That’s wonderful to know and thank you for your lifetime of service! It’s so great to know that eBooks have made their way into the lives of people who need a way to decompress! God bless you for your dedication to our country!

  108. Love this interview! Thank you for participating in this!

  109. I can only imagine how terrible it was to listen to all those people screaming. I’m not sure how I would react to it but I can imagine the nightmares.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

    • Yes, it is true, Jessica. There is a lot of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They didn’t know what to call it back then, but we know now. I think little by little the older generations are learning to share more. Our soldiers now have so much more support when they come home. God bless them for their sacrifices!

  110. So happy to participate in this wonderful blog tour. Thank you!

  111. 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

    • Thanks, Diane, for that very personal comment. I would love to see that picture! As a writer, I’m always moved by these stories. Thanks for sharing and I appreciate your father’s sacrifice….your copy of Out of Breath is on its way!

  112. Thanks for participating!

    Roxs
    roxburysnoopy-blogtourdeforce at yahoo.com

  113. Thank you for participating in the Tour! I love getting free books and I just think its wonderful that you are giving away two! My grandfather served in World War II and Korea as a Marine and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Thank you for supporting our troops in such a wonderful way! And thank you for including us civilians in the giveaway too! My email is mammysfave at hotmaildotcom.

    Gratefully,

    Suzanne

    • Thanks, Suzanne for stopping by. We love to give away books for such a great cause. Your grandfather sounds amazing. Maybe he and my dad crossed paths? Enjoy your copy of Out of Breath. I’ll send it ASAP!

  114. Hi Susan, Getting in just under the wire! Great interview. Cant wait to read your book. Will check in later – late now…

  115. Hi again, forgot to give my email: smtrainer55@gmail.com

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