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Thursday, December 6, 2012

WOUNDED WARRIORS BLOG HOP!

THANK YOU, for stopping by. I have rounded my donation up to $50.00. Winners of books are: Jeanine McAdam, Kelsey Summer, Cindy Christiansen, Amber Dane and Angela Quarles. Please email me at sunnydaysbook@gmail.com with your choice of format: Kindle, Nook or PDF. Thank you all for entering and leaving comments. Following is the return email I received from Wounded Warriors for my donation:
We want to thank you for your generous donation to Wounded Warrior Project®. Your gift enables us to provide comfort and aid to injured service members and their families.
Please help us spread the word about injured warriors’ needs and encourage your friends to learn more about Wounded Warrior Project by sending an email or posting on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you again for your gift. This is a summary of the information that you provided.
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Name: Jean Joachim
Email: sunnydaysbook@gmail.com
Payment Information
Payment ID: 841424
Payment Type: CREDIT
Payment Date: 12/9/2012 5:30:55 PM EST
Donation Amount: $50.00

Jean Joachim
160 West 77th St. #1A
New York, NY 10024

Thank you for your generous donation to Wounded
Warrior Project, Inc. Your gift enables us to provide
comfort and aid to injured warriors and their
families.
Contribution Summary:
Payment Amount: $50.00
Reference ID: 841424








The full amount of your gift is tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code since Wounded Warrior Project Inc., a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3), did not provide goods or services of value to you in consideration of your contribution.
 

Christmas and Hanukkah are times for giving. To say THANK YOU to all our military personnel who serve so bravely, I am pledging one dollar to Wounded Warriors for each comment up to $100. Come on, let's get the comments rolling so we can raise money to help those who have given up so much in service to their country. You can also win a free book. Scroll down for details.


I'll give a copy of either of my two military romances to five lucky commenters chosen at random, their choice. So leave your email address on your comment. 

The first is NOW AND FOREVER, THE BOOK OF DANNY.
After three years, Captain Danny Maine reconnected with Callie Richards, his dead brother's fiancee.   Callie was the sister he never had. This is their conversation:
“Why the military? After Kyle’s death…” Callie asked.
“I had a plan…a mission. I went there to kill the people who killed Kyle.”

“How could you know…?”
“All the snipers, suicide bombers, terrorists…they all killed him,” Danny said, clenching his fist.
“Did you get them?” she asked him, gently, putting her hand on his shoulder.
“You’re damn right I did. I killed them all…those bastards. Every time we went on patrol and came across the enemy, I was the first one there with my rifle. I’m a crack shot, a sniper, a detonator, an executioner. I shot them, I blew them up. I splattered their blood all over the Middle East,” he said, heatedly, his face growing red and a vein in his arm bulging as his fist closed tighter.


Callie saw the pain and fury on Danny’s face. She hardly recognized the new Danny. Where was the intellectual scholar Callie knew? An enraged, vengeful man faced her, clearly injured on the inside. Her friend never found respite from the pain of losing Kyle. Callie placed gentle hands on Danny’s shoulders.
“Only you could understand,” he said as he put his arms around her, laid his head on hers and wept uncontrollably. Callie held him, hugging him to her, as if she could squeeze the rage out of his body.



Now a snippet from the second military romance, written with retired Marine, Ben Tanner, called LOVE LOST AND FOUND. 
 Sgt. Mick Peterson is on a date with Tara. Walking in the moonlight, he starts explaining what his medals are for. Then he opens up about this horrifying experience: awards and decorations. Ben wrote this scene and it always moves me to tears.
"Won’t bore you with details on all of them, only a few. This first one, the Blue/white/red/white/blue one is The Silver Star. I received it in Fallujah. We were clearing houses of insurgents and terror suspects when we were ambushed at a two-story house along the primary north-south road in Fallujah.”
He paused for a ragged breath, almost a sigh. Tara rested her hand on his forearm for a moment.
“I dropped back into the courtyard, with gunfire spraying out of the house and from across the street. I was struck in the hip by shrapnel from two grenades that had been rolled through the front door.
My squad moved away from the courtyard, headed for the street. They continued firing on the house, I was the last to emerge. That's when my leg gave out on me, and I dropped. I huddled into a position alongside three wounded comrades in the middle of the road as multiple rounds flew all around us”
His eyes watered as he paused before continuing. She tightened her grip.
“I kept firing my weapon, just shooting, waiting to get hit. I'd pretty much figured it was all over. I kept firing but I didn't think I’d make it. When my ammunition was exhausted, I grabbed magazines from the wounded and managed to protect the position until another Bradley fighting vehicle arrived on the scene. I helped load the most seriously injured soldiers before letting them take me.”
He moved away from her, put his face in his hands…tears flowing freely, and said, almost inaudibly, “Crawford, Matthis, Chambers, and Blake…all…gone.”
She moved to him, opening her arms, gathering him in. He rested his head on hers, closing his arms around her shoulders. They stood together in silence. The breeze picked up, cooling the air, and the rustling of the palm leaves covered the sound of his soft shuddering sigh.


DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT AND INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. THANK YOU FOR VISITING AND HELPING TO RAISE MONEY FOR SUCH A WORTHY CAUSE. WINNERS WILL BE POSTED SUNDAY MORNING.
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ELAINE RACO CHASE IS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS CHARITY DRIVE, TOO. PLEASE CHECK OUT HER BOOK, AT A SPECIAL PRICE FOR THE HOP, $1.99. SHE WILL DONATE PART OF THE PROCEEDS TO WOUNDED WARRIORS. CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE FOR MY WEBSITE.

42 comments:

An Open Book said...

Very good post Jean! Thank you for this blog event and for always helping others!

Dawne

Kelsey Summer said...

Thank you so much for your very generous donation to our troops. Hopefully you get lots of comments!

Kathleen Ball said...

Happy Holidays Jean- Thank you so much for putting this together

Amber Dane said...

Awesome cause and best of luck!

Tessa said...

Awesome cause, awesome bloghop. Thank you!
tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

Carolyn Gibbs said...

Great post, Jean. Thanks so much for putting this together for SCP. Happy Holidays!

Lindsay said...

Thank you for organizing the radio interview last night and this hop. I've got both books

Tamara Hoffa said...

What a great charity to choose! Merry Christmas to all our military personnel and their families!
sugerlady@aol.com

havensrealm said...

Great post! Thanks for participating.

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Jean for arranging this wonderful blog hop!

Jeanine said...

Thanks much for organizing us -- Jean. Happy Holiday's!

Laurie White said...

What a wonderful idea you came up with, Jean! Thanks for organizing it.

Tabitha Shay said...

Wish I had time to visit everyone's blog site, but alas, family issues don't allow me that luxury, so I'm trying to hit some of your sites and leave a comment. You ladies/gents make me proud to be a part of SCP every day...Your kind, generous with your time and caring...TY for caring for our troops...Tabs

Jamallah Bergman said...

Great post Jean....much love to our troops and their families!
jamallahbergman73 at gmail dot com

carolynwrenauthor said...

My grandfather returned from WW1 with PTSD but was never treated. I am so glad we live in a world where soldiers receive the help they need.

Jennifer Labelle said...

Great post, Jean. Happy Holidays!

Madison Sevier said...

Beautiful post <3 Merry Christmas Jean <3

Cindy A Christiansen said...

Wow, Jean. So generous of you. Thank you and happy holidays.

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

Many thanks for all your work on this blog hop for Wounded Warriors. PS-- I love Danny's book.

angelaquarles.com said...

Very moving scenes, Jean!

Jennifer Simpkins said...

Nice post, Jean! Hope you get many more comments. jsimpkins91 at yahoo dot com

Layna Pimentel said...

Thank you for sharing.

Your snippets sound wonderful!

Happy Holidays!


layna.pimentel@gmail.com

msromanticreads said...

Thank you for participating for such a worthy cause. I hope you reach your goal, and Happy Holidays to you and yours <3

msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

BLHmistress said...

Thank you and all that are participating in this wonderful hop for a great cause.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

Eva's Flowers said...

What a great cause to be part of, and so many lovely authors! Thanks to all the service member, hope they stay safe and know we are thinking of them during the holidays!

evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for making this blog hop happen, Jean.

Lacie Nation said...

You are an amazing person Jean!!! This is such a great cause.

Jillian said...

This is such a great event. I love it. Thanks for doing this for wounded warriors

Barbara B. said...

What a wonderful thing to do! So proud of all the SC authors for doing this!

Barbara
bbsbooknook@gmail.com

Molly Daniels said...

Excellent post and what a way to honor those who put their lives on the line every day for us! Both of these books are on my TBB list:)

God bless our troops!

storimom2@aol.com

Ben Tanner said...

Glad to see everyone supporting such a good cause! Our military men and women need all the help we can give them when they get back, as almost all of them are wounded, whether physically, or mentally.

Melissa Limoges said...

Wonderful cause! Happy Holidays!

John Lovelady said...

Great project, Jean, and a great blog. Thank you.

Margie said...

The Wounded Warrior Project is one of my favorite charities. I am so happy to see all this support for our military heroes. Thanks everyone. Merry Christmas

margie.hager@yahoo.com

Kathryn Merkel said...

Thanks Jean for being part of this great cause. All our countries warriors have a special place in my heart.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

Lena said...

What a great cause! I'm happy to support!

lenahartwrites@gmail.com

Layla Hunter said...

The Wounded Warrior Project is such a fantastic cause! I'm honored to be able to participate!

And $100 is a fantastic goal!

laylahunter@gmail.com

Chloe Waits said...

Great cause and great post!

Vanessa Johnston said...

Thanks for the opportunity to help!

Shadow said...

This hop is so sweet!! I love that your doing this! Ya all are amazing! Best wishes and many blessings to all of you!! :)
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Davee said...

Thank you very much once again for organizing such a worthwhile hop. You are a one of a kind lady.

Karen said...

Just stopping by to say hi. Wonderful cause. Happy Hanukkah!