Veterans Day by Alicia Coleman

Here’s a little bit of history concerning Veterans Day. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

A Congressional Act approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November of each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans.  Weeks approached  Gen. Dwight Eisenhower with his idea. The General supported Weeks idea of a National Veterans Day.

I am proud to be the daughter of an Army serviceman, a Corporal who served his country with distinction and honor. He considered his time in the military a great milestone in his life. What makes this Veterans Day so poignant is that my dad is no longer here to celebrate this day with me. So instead of spending time together and maybe going out to lunch, I’ll spend my day sharing memories of him with family or visiting the cemetery…or both.

I am also proud to be the cousin, niece, great-niece, great grand-niece and friend of men and women who answered our nation’s call to duty.

Restaurants are paying tribute to active and retired military personnel by offering promotions for Veterans Day.  If you can, please take advantage and honor a veteran you know as a thank you for service to our country and a job well done.

What about you? Do you have family and/or friends who defended our nation in war and/or peace time? How will you spend your Veterans Day?

Waiting on Wednesday by Alicia Coleman

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Book: Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

By: Larissa Ione

Release Date: November 20, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

From Amazon:

They’re here.

They ride.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell’s minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . .

ROGUE RIDER

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous . . .

Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he’s putting Jillian in danger. And once it’s revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?

What book or books are you waiting on?

Southern Magic Readers Luncheon by Alicia Coleman

The Southern Magic Readers Luncheon was a great event.   My mother and I attended.  We arrived early to get our swag bag.  We moved to another area to await entrance to the hall where the Luncheon was held.

Readers were encourage to sit at the table with their favorite authors.  My mom and I sat at the table with  my fellow members of Southern Magic and published authors, Kerry Freeman and Fred Arceneaux.  Many door prizes and baskets were awarded to  registrants and raffle ticket holders.  The meal was served as  Milestone  and recognitions were award to such authors as Christy Reece/Ella Grace, Naima Simone, Jennifer Echols, Kathy Bone, M. V. Freeman, Kira Sinclair, Kerry Freeman, Bonnie Gardner, Debra Glass, Suzanne Johnson, Debby Giusti and Susan Carlisle.

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dianna Love was the  Welcome Speaker.  She spoke on her life before writing. She also spoke about authors Ernest Hemingway and Emily Bronte receiving bad review on their work, but persevered to become highly respected writers.  Ms Love also introduced the Keynote Speaker.

Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times Best-Selling Author, took the podium.  She used her life as an example of life’s adversities and advised all-readers and writers alike-to never give up on your dreams.

Publisher’s Weekly Contributing Editor, Barbara Vey and Lou Anders of Pyr Books were special guests.

The Luncheon ended with book signings.  Approximately 38 authors participated.  The Luncheon was held Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Harbert Center.

Quotes presented by Alicia Coleman

“Happiness resides not in possessions or in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.”
~Democritus

(The Gerbera flower represents Happiness)