Hello. It’s that time again everyone. So, get your hopping feet ready. This month Carrie Ann is graciously hosting the
Starting on Friday Nov 9th and ending on November 12th, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love, and how Autumn makes things even more enjoyable. While we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways. One on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that’s not all….
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
What do you love about Autumn and Fall? What does it remind you of? What about reading? Do you think it’s a good subject to read? Tell us your favorite Autumn stories! Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Autumn stories and why we love snuggling in the cold.
My favorite thing about Autumn is how so many beautiful colors grace the trees. I’m a huge fan of bright colors. In fact, during our wedding in a long ago Oct, the trees were decorated with purple, blue, green, orange and red leaves. To me that added a very magical feeling to our big day. I’d never seen purple and blue leaves until then.
My husband stood before me, wearing a pale blue suit that really brought out the Norwegian blue of his eyes, holding my hands. I stood there in an old fashioned hoop wedding dress his grandmother insisted I wear. I thought it was a sweet offer. and was honored she’d allowed me to wear it. It’s one of the best days of my life , and my favorite Autumn story.
What about you? Do any of you have sweet Autumn stories you’d like to share with us? I’d love to hear them.
My prize this time will be a free PDF of my Dangerous Temptation preview.
Here is an excerpt from chapter three:
Fast moving clouds filled the sky as the massive crowd gathered. Three closed, wooden caskets lay in a line in the front for all to see. A large grey marble stone towered into the sky, the names of the fallen soldiers carved in black near the bottom. Marines stood in their dress blues, with white berets, and saluted the plaque as somber music filled the air.
A Chaplain stood in a navy blue suit clutching the podium. He raised his hand, signaling for silence as he faced the congregation. “Heavenly Father, today we gather before you to honor our fallen brethren. We commend their souls into your almighty hands, that they may know eternal peace.” He bowed his head, as did the massive crowd, all dressed in black formals.
The surviving soldiers and the family members of the fallen stood in attendance. The flag, which symbolized everything their loved ones died fighting for, waved at half mass.
Seventeen year old Kaitlin stood at the front of the crowd, with Peter Nolan beside her in his cop uniform.
As the three shot volley fired, tears streamed down both their cheeks. Her father was gone. How could that be? He’d always seemed so invincible and now… he was lost to her forever. Her free hand rubbed the heel of her palm against her broken heart.
Officer Bryant walked over and held out the folded flag with three shell casings wrapped in it. “I’m deeply sorry for your loss,” he mumbled, passing her the flag and saluted her.
Her chin quivered as she reached for it with a shaky hand. She hugged it to her chest and sniffled.
Kaitlin was unable to speak past the lump of mixed emotions in her sore throat. Her heart constricted, and a fresh wave of tears flooded her cheeks. She ducked her head and allowed her tears to soak into the flag.
She wiped her tears with a hand and mouthed: “Thank you.”
Bryant saluted her, and returned to his place near the head of the memorial.
“Many good men and women were lost, but their sacrifices weren’t in vain. These people put everything on the line to protect their country and its citizens.” The Chaplain pointed to the monument behind him. “This is to remind us of every man and woman, and the sacrifices they’ve made. Brave people like these are what truly make America a free country, where we can live in peace.”
Her body shook with sobs as the coffins were prepared to be lowered into the ground. She and her father had their differences, but he was the only family she’d had left. A cold gust blew past her as the realization she was alone in the world settled into her soul, and chilled her.
In unison, the front line of Marines placed a small bouquet of red, white, and blue roses onto each of the coffins, and returned to their spots. The seven guns fired a volley of three shots each in unison. Marines saluted as the coffins as they were lowered into the ground. When the trumpets finished, the sky opened up with fat droplets, pelting everything, as if weeping for the fallen men.
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