Legends of Windemere Vol. 1-4 Giveaway! 2 People Can Win All 4 Paperbacks!

I’ve read the first three of this fantasy series. Enter to win all four copies! I’m entering. Maybe I’ll win that 4th book!

Legends of Windemere

(The widget didn’t work, so I’m going to keep this up as a sticky post until the end of June.  Thank you to everyone who enters the contest and spreads the word.)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Family of the Tri-Rune by Charles E. Yallowitz

Family of the Tri-Rune

by Charles E. Yallowitz

Giveaway ends June 30, 2014.

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Paying Tribute to Our Veterans

Yesterday, my husband and I took our kids to a Memorial Day service at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas (near Fort Hood). There wasn’t enough seating so many of us had to stand. When the National Anthem began to play, these veterans in front of me snapped to attention.

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Lieutenant General Mark A. Milley gave a moving speech to honor those who served. Many veterans from our nation’s wars (all the way back to World War II) attended and received recognition.

After the speech, I saw this disabled veteran proudly walking around with his adorable little granddaughter (or great-granddaughter) and he allowed me to take a picture of them.


The ceremony concluded with the dedication of the 2013 memorial slate which listed the names of those Texans who died last year,  followed by a 21-gun salute and Taps. I spent some time among the mourners, reading the plaques of the memorial. I snapped a few more pictures, then turned to see my son with a solemn face and eyes reddened by the effort of fighting back tears as he watched those in attendance mourn the loss of a loved one.

2013 SlateThe plaque reads:

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” ~ Arthur Ashe


AbeI hope you took a moment during the Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In honor of my late grandfather, Joseph Lutz, who served in WWII and my children’s “adoptive” grandfather (Veteran’s Day: A Tribute to Peepaw) Donald Morrison who also served in WWII.



Teaser Tuesday: Champion by Marie Lu

champion.inddI’m reading Champion by Marie Lu as part of my Series Challenge for 2014. It is the third book in the Legend trilogy. Here’s a teaser:

“A slow smile spreads across Pascao’s face. ‘Well, That sounds like it could be fun. What do you have in mind?’

I put my hands in my pockets and put my arrogant mask on. ‘What I’ve always been good at.'”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!