Vet Girl Rock Day !

Happy Tuesday !

It’s National Vet Girls Rock Day.

There are nearly two-million women who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Even during the Civil War, more than 400 women fought by disguising themselves as men. Women were officially allowed to join the military during the last two years of WWI.

It wasn’t until 2016 that the U.S. opened all military positions, including combat positions, to women.

Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories, by Donna Lowery, a Vietnam veteran, chronicles the participation of American military women during the Vietnam War. This little-known group of an estimated 1,000 women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force left its mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973. They served in a myriad of duties from intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians and communications specialists among many others.

Our Untold Stories allows the women to speak for themselves about their experiences, and, for the first time ever, brings names, facts and figures together in one literary work. The purpose of the book is to be historically significant to future researchers.

The history of the military women in Vietnam began in 1962 with Army Major Anne Marie Doering. She was born in what became North Vietnam. Her father was a French officer, her mother a German citizen. When her father died, her mother married an American businessman. Her service in Vietnam as a Combat Intelligence Officer is a compelling story of the US military women in a war zone.

It was not until 1965 that the US Women’s Army Corps (WAC) sent two women as advisors to assist the newly formed Vietnam Women’s Armed Forces Corps. The following year, the Army authorized the establishment of a WAC Detachment in Vietnam. Soon, thereafter, the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy also sent women to serve in various capacities.

In March 1973, under the Paris Peace Accords, the last women left Vietnam along with the remaining men. The impact they had in Vietnam set the stage for the expansion and integration of women into additional roles in the military. Today, women serve in areas of active combat, demonstrating their abilities and dedication to the mission. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder *

 

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Who would want to kill a sweet antiques dealer?

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“Once again a delightful cozy that kept me wondering what really happened!”★★★★★

Eva and Leila are moving back into their renovated house, and Heather is happy to see them off.

However, things take a turn when the owner of an antiques shop that they visit winds up dead. The police consider it a suicide, but Heather knows it was murder.

When robbery doesn’t seem to be the motive for the crime, Heather has to uncover why someone would want to kill the sweet “Aunt” Amelia.

Join Heather and the gang as they make sure that this killer doesn’t get away with murder.

 

Pretty Face * Sable Hunter

Today’s Mardi Gras  Event -Rolls down the river to historic town of New Roads: the perfect setting for this book-

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Pretty Face: A Red Hot Cajun Nights Story (Dixie Dreaming Book 2

 

Cody’s life is defined by two great truths. She is in love…and she has committed a great sin. Cody has been playing with fire and she’s about to get burned. Hungry for attention, she allowed a wonderful man to fall in love with her. Their only contact has been on the internet and telephone conversations. Cody put a good spin on her life by telling half-truths and sending photos of a woman with a beautiful body and a pretty face, only the woman wasn’t Cody. Scarred by abuse, she hides from prying eyes.
Cody loves Hunter enough to let him go. Full of guilt, she is prepared to disappear from his life. Hunter begs to meet her, but she refuses. But if Cody won’t come to him, Hunter will come to Cody.
Louisiana is in the midst of Mardi Gras, a time of love, laughter, and letting the good times roll. Masks are worn at Mardi Gras, and the mask Cody wears will hide more than a pretty face

This book is set in historical : New Roads home to one of the oldest Mardi Gras . For more information about this – check out my next post where I will explain the history & town of New Roads.   Lisa 

 

 

 

Author Frank Borne : Interview & Books

Let;s Celebrate Carnival with this 3 book series – The Captain series  now on Kindle Unlimited . Lisa 

 

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The celebration of New Orleans continues and the heat is turned up when Claire Boudreaux returns home from college and finds herself torn between her father’s best friend, Baxter, with whom she has a mutual love for New Orleans heritage and has known all of her life, and a co-worker, Jared, an accomplished investigative reporter who mentors her as she embarks on a career as a television news reporter. She loves them both, and struggles to make her own decision despite external influences. Will Claire and Baxter’s age difference and disapproving family members cause her to choose Jared? When Baxter, Captain of the Krewe of Sancus, becomes embroiled in a scandal involving corrupt city officials, will Claire wash her hands forever of him and his Carnival activities and political machinations, or will he become the captain of her heart? Come back to The Big Easy where the good times continue to roll.

 

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Frank Borne has authored numerous non-fiction books and short essays concerning Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, history and politics, and served as editor of The West Bank Beacon, a good-news community newspaper, for three and one half years. In 2012, he self-published his first novel, But for the Grace of God, and in 2013, Astraea Press (now CleanReads) released his novel Fame and Misfortune, which he re-released in 2017. In 2014, Beau Coup Publishing released The Captain and the Queen, the precursor to The Captain of Her Heart and Forever Her Captain.

Borne serves as Chief Deputy Clerk of Court with the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Gretna, Louisiana, where he has been employed since 1994. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in government and a minor in history, and lives in Marrero, Louisiana, with his wife Schlise.

 

My Interview with Frank Borne : 
1. How did you get started with your writing career? Why this gender? Why Mardi Gras?

I’ve always loved writing, and in the early 2000s wrote numerous non-fiction essays and books regarding local history.  Then I decided in 2011 to write a novel.  The first was But for the Grace of God, a family conflict story whose themes are forgiveness and reconciliation.  After that one, I drew on my experiences of having lost a lot of weight (I grew up heavy, then managed to lose 140 pounds) to write Fame and Misfortune.  It’s considered a sweet romance of contemporary fiction.  Since I was active in a Mardi Gras krewe, having been a member then secretary and president, I had a lot of exposure to the behind-the-scenes activities of Carnival.  It inspired my romance trilogy The Captain and the Queen, The Captain of Her Heart, and Forever Her Captain, which I just completed.  I enjoyed showcasing New Orleans and the side of Mardi Gras most people never experience.

Tell us about your book series? Something not generally known?

2.  The Mardi Gras trilogy is about a krewe captain, Baxter Edwards, who falls in love with his best friend’s daughter, Claire Boudreaux, the young woman he selects to serve as queen. Not only does their inter-generational relationship and disapproving family pose challenges, but Baxter is in a battle with a rival krewe captain, Newton Lavoisier, who is determined to destroy New Orleans’ smaller clubs so that he may maximize his profiteering from Carnival. As their conflict grows, corrupt city officials become involved, gaining the attention of the U.S. Attorney.  As Claire embarks on her career following college, a co-worker and accomplished investigative reporter, Jared Blackwood, tries to win her heart, even if it means exposing Baxter’s ties to nefarious activities.  In the series, the reader is treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into staging Carnival parades.
Future book plans?
I know your very busy -between work -family and writing? How do you find time to write?
I have two ideas for future books, one dealing with extreme coastal erosion and the negative consequences of the government and weather forecasters being able to predict more than a month in advance of a storm where landfall will occur.  The other is about the U.S.’ tricentennial being marred by a loss of all digital data due to terrorist activities.

I find time to write in the evenings after supper, usually while sitting in front of the television.  Writing is one of my hobbies, and although I belong to some organizations, I’m not out of the house much in the evening.

Okay some fun questions ? Coffee or Tea?  Favorite Meal? Cake or Pie?

5.  Coffee definitely.  I eat just about anything and love to have dinner parties where I prepare dishes I learned from watching the Food Network.  Cake…and one of my hobbies is baking.  I bake often and bring them to work where I share them with our office’s many departments and the security guards.

Now Open * New Library

Tuesday – Book Day might be my favorite day of the week. AS a reader my to buy list is always larger than my budget –

My Answer –   Local  Library

If you read my post – you know I live in a small rural town in Louisiana. Less than 2000 people surrounded by swamps and the river. But just lately a wonderful thing happened in our community – we got a  Library. With a grant – they were able to open 2 days a week for 3 hours a day -with new computers,equipment and books. It’s open but still a work in progress. My family has been rolling up our sleeves and helping out -with all the work that needs to be completed to get it up and ruining .   lisa

 

Already kids are enjoying the books and safe place -to learn  and Adults the computers for jobs and internet access.  Hopefully the Grant will  continue  and we will be able to help more  people in our Community.  And offer some outreach programs.

 

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If you have a Library – get a Library card . You can also borrow -books,e books,video and audio books from the lending libraries in your area. Make sure you sign up for this free service.    Lisa

 

Pets in Space

 

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Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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A great assortment of books from some of my favorite authors. 

Check out this list for more suggestions on Goodreads-

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/42780.Best_Dogs_in_Romance_Novels_Canine_not_Man

 

 

Tuesday – Spotlight on Books

Good Morning ! This morning we are featuring books that have -dogs,cats or other pets in them.  Lisa

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“Incredible! You’ll be on the edge of your seat to see if the heroine can make it out alive.”-Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author

When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog-and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart-until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D.D. Ayres

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

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A veteran author of romance and women’s fiction, D.D. Ayres is new to Romantic Suspense. She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and and we learn a bit moreabout who we really are.

With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best.

D.D. lives in Texas with her husband and a soft-coated Wheaten terrier named Zoe.

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My review of this series- A great book series featuring K9 dogs and there hot handler. Each book features a great dog and a hot alpha male protecting there love interest. Book 1 -features James his K9 dog Bogart and Shay who finds Bogart at the shelter and takes care of him. An outstanding series for any romantic suspense fans. Lisa 

 

Manic Monday

Back to school today after vacation break-yeah ! My son is getting ready to take Act test. Oh fun!

Now on to the fun stuff-

This week I am celebrating my other family members. My 4 footed members. 

Our cats – Luna and little bit .

Charlie Brown (charlie)  our beagle.

I’ll be sharing some funny stories,books ,crafts you can make for your animals and pet friendly recipes. 

Friday Plan-

Today is Friday Feb 24th- and my family is planning for the Parade in Lafayette on Saturday. 

Because of work schedule Saturday parades work for us. Even though school is out for a week and its a legal holiday -not all things stop for Mardi Gras.

Parade going has a lot of tradition for people –

Which Parade? (there many ) Most people have a favorite  .

Where to Stand ? Route, next to food or bathrooms , beginning or end of parade

What to bring / Wear ? The weather can be a deciding factor on clothes. Some people bring  chairs to sit, ladder to catch beads and cooler.

With a family and getting older we do the easy and safe way. We go to Saturday Parade- couple of stop along the way for some treats and off to the parade at a secure location.

Getting ready for Parade-street scene 



 

Saturday – I will be posting from the parade – check my Saturday & Sunday post for Parade action. Lisa

 

Saturday, February 25

  • Butte La Rose Mardi Gras Parade, 10 am
  • Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade, Youngsville, 11 am
  • Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade, 11:30 am
  • Krewe de Bow Wow Dog Parade, Eunice, 12 pm
  • Children’s Parade, Lafayette, 12:30 pm
  • Lake Fausse Point Mardi Gras Parade, 2 pm
  • Krewe of Dionysus, Bayou Vista, 2 pm
  • Krewe of Bonaparte, Lafayette, 6:30 pm

Read More: Lafayette Area Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Schedule | http://973thedawg.com/lafayette-area-mardi-gras-2017-parade-schedule/?trackback=tsmclip

Lynn Shurr – Mardi Gras Books

 

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Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball (The Mardi Gras Series)

As 1925 ends, spirited flapper Rosamond St. Rochelle encounters two men. Burke Boylan is rich and well-connected in New Orleans. Pierre Landry, a Cajun doctor, plans to return to the bayou backwaters to practice. Both would like to have Rosamond, the newly proclaimed Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball, at their side. But, Roz longs for a career of her own as one of the New Women of the Roaring Twenties.

A fateful encounter on Mardi Gras day changes Roz’s path in life. She must overcome personal tragedy and the forces of nature during the Great Flood of 1927 to discover the right man and the place where she truly belongs.

 

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Once a librarian, now a writer of romance, Lynn Shurr grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. She attended a state college and earned a very impractical B.A. in English Literature. Her first job out of school really was working as a cashier in a burger joint. Moving from one humble job to another, she traveled to North Carolina, then Germany, then California where she buckled down and studied for an M.A. in Librarianship.

New degree in hand, she found her first reference job in the Heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette, Louisiana. For her, the old saying, “Once you’ve tasted bayou water, you will always stay here” came true. She raised three children not far from the Bayou Teche and lives there still with her astronomer husband and two big-boned, orange cats named Jake and Elwood.

When not writing, Lynn likes to paint, to cheer for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, and take long road trips nearly anywhere. Her love of the bayou country, its history and customs, often shows in the background for her books.

You may contact Lynn at http://www.lynnshurr.com or visit her blog-lynnshurr.blogspot.com.

Mardi Gras Madness

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Seeking to escape the memory of her husband’s tragic death, Laura Dickinson leaves the North and takes a job as a librarian in the small town of Chapelle, Louisiana. She soon meets Robert LeBlanc. Owner of Chateau Camille and single father to a little girl badly in need of a mother, Robert sees everything through the lens of the past and local custom. Strongly attracted to him, Laura scoffs at the old tales. In tiny Chapelle, however, history is very much alive, but mad women and disturbed children are no longer locked in attics.

Forced to face her feelings for Robert on Mardi Gras day, Laura unwittingly unleashes a series of events that lead to fire and bloodshed. Will their fledgling relationship survive?

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