Thursday, May 26, 2011

BLOG TOUR DE TROOPS--- Continues here!

As a part of this blog-hopping daisy chain, no doubt you have just arrived from Sonia's Rumizi's blog .She's got some very insightful posts (I loved her commentary on "My Sister's Keeper"), so I hope you took the time to click around. I also must say that Sonia looks incredibly better in a hat than I do---so props to Sonia for rocking that look. (

The next stop on the tour is Roy Finch. (I have no idea how he looks in a hat. ) But I know you'll love his wit. (

And--if you feel the need to go back to "home base" -- it is

Welcome! I'm joining 30 indie authors across the country to say a special THANK YOU to our troops this Memorial Day Weekend -- AND give away some FREE e-books to blog commenters AND soldiers.
 Because every commenter on my blog today gets the ebook of "Leaving the Comfort Cafe" FREE!

Leaving the Comfort Cafe is about a redneck chick who gets a 1600 on her SAT, a full scholarship to Cornell, but never goes. Instead she works as a waitress at the Comfort Cafe, a "mom and pop" restaurant in Eastern North Carolina. Austin, the new town manager, is determined to find out why she gave up on her Ivy League dreams.

In five words or less, it's about crazy Southern white people.

 But right now take time to THANK THE TROOPS with me as I talk about things I LOOOOVE about America --and how important it is to be grateful to our men and women who serve our country.

On Gratitude….a Memorial Day Weekend THANK YOU to our Troops

(a part of Blog Tour de Troops)

In the Bible, Jesus heals a group of ten lepers, and out of those ten, only one comes back to thank Him. Growing up and living in the “Bible Belt,” I’ve heard that story hundreds of times, and each time I hear it, I get really, really, pissed off.

I mean---- come ON you other nine lepers! What the *bleep* is the matter with you? You don’t even say THANK YOU?

Of course, I always envisioned myself as the one leper who came back to thank Jesus. Of course, I KNOW when to say THANK YOU.

Or do I?

It’s very easy to point to the ingratitude of others without look at the ingratitude we sometimes hide in our hearts, as I am much more anxious to get to the next meeting, movie, or chance update my Facebook status than to put my personal desires on hold long enough to say ‘thank you.’

And I think that most of us [self included] are much more like the 9 lepers than we are like the one who said THANK YOU.

I don’t say thank you often enough---particularly when it comes to the men and women in our military who are protecting our country. I don’t care if you’re a “hawk” or “dove,” liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, these men and women deserve our THANKS and our GRATITUDE.

We’ve heard enough about what is “wrong” with America – so let me just take this time to list [in no particular order] the things that are RIGHT with America—the things that I want to THANK our troops for making possible.

Things that I LOVE about America (with a HUGE THANK YOU to the troops)

* First Amendment. I can worship freely without fear of torture or arrest. Many in the world cannot (check out Voice of the Martyrs if you don’t believe me).

* Navy Seals. These guys are so tough they can eat glass. Seriously. I literally think they can.

NOTE: I’m not trying to leave anyone out--- I’m pretty sure the Rangers and Green Berets and Marines can eat glass as well, or at least chew on it for a long period of time. The training these elite fighting forces undergo boggles my mind. There’s a reason we have the best military in the world.

* Individuality. I don’t have to be a lawyer because my father was one. I can do what I want as long as my rights don’t hurt the rights of another person.

* The Founding Fathers. No, they weren’t perfect, but they were perfectly earnest in wanting the best for our country. That deserves some respect.

* America was a vital ally in bringing down Hitler, the Axis powers, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall and – most recently—Osama Bin Laden.

* Anyone else put a man on the moon ?

* As much as I hate politics, America has one of—if not THE--- most peaceful transition of power in the world. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

* Our flag. I mean, it even LOOKS cool, doesn’t it?

* Gene Kranz. (Check him out here)

* Where else can a Serbian immigrant with 7 cents in his pocket create/ discover alternating current and help utilize hydropower for Niagra Falls? (It was Nikola Tesla. Check him out here.)

* I can post on this blog without a government censor looking over my shoulder.

* The Grand Canyon, Key West, Rocky Mountains---some of the prettiest sights in the world.

* My Shake Weight. I don’t know why, but I felt I needed to mention it.

* Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, reserves---- I am convinced that, like cops, 98 percent of our soldiers are model soldiers and represent the best America has to offer. Sadly, we usually only hear about the 2 percent that are obviously from another planet or something.

I just want the 98 percent to know that WE HEAR YOU AND WE KNOW YOU ARE THERE, even if you don’t make the front page of the newspapers, AND WE THANK YOU!!!!!!!

So, what are some of your favorite things about America? And what's your favorite patriotic song? "America the Beautiful" was always a fave of mine.

To receive a FREE copy of my novel, “Leaving the Comfort Café” in electronic format, just leave a comment below, along with your e-mail address. (Because, seriously, I can't send you the coupon code unless you leave me an e-mail addy).

For every individual person who comments on my blog, a FREE copy will also be sent to a soldier. 

Thank you for helping me help our troops!

And your next stop is:  Roy Finch --- that's just in case the blog link isn't working. I've checked out his blog and I think you'll really enjoy his writing style. He's a hoot.

And BTW-- if you want to sample some FREE reads, just click on my picture on this blog or the links on the right.  You can even hear me READ from Leaving the Comfort Cafe on my website, . (Don't worry, I don't charge for the Eastern North Carolina accent).

So -- to recap---
America rocks.
Leave a comment (with your e-mail addy)
I'll send you a coupon code for a free copy of my book.
A copy of my book will be donated to a soldier [if you have a specific soldier in mind, let us know]
Check out Roy's site.
And say a prayer for our nation's troops.


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to going with you to Stockholm one day as your press rep to pick up a certain award. I know this will happen — am certain of it, in fact. Ross

aobibliophile™ said...

hi Dawn! i'm not American but thanks to your country, i enjoy freedom and peace in my own. thanks as well for being gracious. i have no idea whom to send the book so please do that for me. c",)


Ladybug07999 said...

I love our National Anthem, I also love the freedom we have to pick from many types of music daily. If I wanna listen to country . . flip the channel. Feeling a little old time rock and roll coming on, flip the channel. We have freedoms that our troops fought for. THANK YOU for even the smallest of freedoms as being able to pick our own music to listen to.


Mariya Koleva said...

I, sure, am curious what made that chick to leave her grand future, too. So, I'd love to find out. And I am glad I have the chance to meet new authors too and read even more awsome books.
e-mail: forestlove at abv dot bg

Best wishes,

Time4Mommy said...

You hooked me, I cant wait to read your book!
I also appreciate your pride in our country.


time4mommy at gmail dot com

Riley said...

My fav thing about america is that we are a melting pot of all different cultures.


Calophi said...

Hi there! It's awesome that you're participating in this event!

I've enabled my email address on my google profile temporarily while this event's going on, so you can find it there.

Dawn said...

@ Ross
If that happens, you'll be my date for the night...hope you have a tuxedo....
...but don't hold your breath :)

Dawn said...

@aobibliophile--- where are you? I have friends who are Aussies, Brits, French---isn't the internet awesome? [well, except when you get spam].
I LOVE having friends in other countries. I really wish I could travel more...anyone want to let me crash on their couch? [just kidding]

Dawn said...


You know, this is a good point and one we forget. Something as simple as flipping the dial is taken for granted. didn't some dictatorial regimes outlaw certain types of music?

Dawn said...

@ Everybody
I'm sending your e-mail coupon shortly...and no, I do NOT sell your e-mail addys or spam or anything like that. Because that's just not cool.

Dawn said...

@ Mandy--- "Time4Mommy"--I love that handle. I don't have children, but all my friends do. I really do admire them. As for me? I'm perfectly happy being the doting "aunt" Dawn....

Dawn said...

@ Mariya and everyone
--The inspiration from the fact that, growing up in a small town in the South, in the "Bible Belt"--I could not get away with anything. If I said a cuss word at school, my mom knew about it before I even got off the bus. The American South still carries with it--despite the redneck stereotypes--a certain unspoken rule of expectation, an almost "Ward and June Cleaver" atmosphere undercurrent that is subtle, but still there.
So at one point, I just thought, what if I could just run away, wait tables at some diner on the Outer Banks, live in a trailer, and drink, belch, wear slutty clothes, flirt shamelessly and say anything I wanted to without anyone knowing. It's that desire to re-invent yourself that I plugged into.
...and isn't it cool that we can do that so easily in America? The reinventing, I mean. Not the belching...although...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Wallywestring at gmail dot com

amber said...

I love your blog! Thank you for everything you are doing to support our troop, its awesome. I really look forward to reading your work.

Dawn said...

@ Riley
I like the melting pot comment...though sometimes I wonder if we're trying to be a salad bar.

Once I interviewed a "Dead Head" for a newspaper article. His quote "Dude, we're a melting pot,man. So just let it melt."

Still not sure what he meant by that, but I think he meant it well.

brandyhuntebooks said...

Speaking as a crazy Southern person, I can't wait to read your book. atuinsails at gmail dot com

Elena Gray said...

Dawn, absolutely loved your post! The shake weight had me laughing out loud. Are you on Twitter? I couldn't find your handle. Thank you so much for your generosity!


shiderly77 said...

Hi Dawn!

May I say that I think your post ROCKED!? Wow, you sure did include everyone in your thank you!

I would like to thank you for your generosity! Your book sounds awesome!

SJP said...

Thanks for supporting our troops! America wouldn't be the same without them!

As a crazy Southern white person, I am excited to read your story & help a soldier receive a free copy as well. Thanks for doing this for all of us!

God Bless America!

Stephanie Pardee
mr.boardgame @ yahoo dot com

Penny said...

The freedom to be a "crazy southern white people" is pretty dear to me (as I'm told I am one) About Navy Seals, the best way to get a Marine on a tear is tell him you would rather be rescued by a Navy Seal if your in a pickle, sit back and enjoy the fireworks. (refer back to crazy southern white person)

Dawn said...

So glad there are so many crazy Southern white people out there. We're pretty popular with the literary set [I hear Faulkner was one] :)

Marines rock too. Like I said. All of those guys [and gals] can eat glass. And probably poop it out with no ill effects.

A Tale of Many Reviews said...

No one agrees if Oklahoma is considered Southern or Southwest...sigh. But, I still like stories about crazy southern people. ;) Thank you for supporting this event!

Dawn said...

Oh heck, let's just throw Oklahoma with the South. Have you noticed that sometimes it's "en vogue" to be a Southerner?

And anyone who does not think that my SHAKE WEIGHT does not represent the best America has to offer has obviously not seen my buff "Michelle Obama" arms.

Jody C said...

a book about crazy Southern white people? I wonder if my family is in there. This Memorial Day blog thing is a super idea. Thanks for everything, troops!

tivolimom at gmail dot com

Jeremy said...

My favorite thing about America is the First Amendment. Freedom of speech allows all of us writers to be who we are! :)

-Jeremy Rodden

cwooten said...

Thank you for supporting our troops. I look forward to reading your book on my kindle. Thanks so much!

carolewooten at sbcglobal dot net

Sapphyria said...

My father served in Vietnam as a Marine and I wouldn't doubt that he could eat glass - I'll have to ask him! Lol.
My grandfather was an Amphibian in the Navy---"The Navy SEALs originated during WWII when the U.S. Navy recognized the need for soldiers to reconnoiter landing beaches, note obstacles and defenses, and ultimately guide the landing forces in. As a result the Amphibious Scout and Raider School was established in 1942 jointly by the Army and Navy at Fort Pierce, Florida."

Thanks for supporting our troops!


Dawn said...

It might be worthwhile to note---since the crazy Southern white people [CSWP ]have seemed to strike a common chord---that you do not have to be Southern or white to be a CSWP. I'm not even sure you have to be a person.

And speaking of which, I just noticed in the local newspaper --Rocky Mount Telegram--that the cops had cracked a case where this dude stole an ELEVATOR.

Let me say that again. Some dude. Stole. Someone's. Elevator.

Evidently some antique elevator was stolen from some business.

An elevator.

They think he used some cherry picker and crane to do it.

Now, not that I am advocating alife of crime, but WHO says "Damn, that's a sweet elevator. I wish it was mine. Hey, does Earl still have that crane?"

And pardon me for saying damn before noon. Not sure why the time matters, but I try to wait until at least 2 if I feel like I've got to cuss.

I'm sorry, an ELEVATOR?

therealroyfinch said...


Great post. I love that you mention your shake weight in your post and I mention the shamwow in my post. Ah, late night infomercials.

In your profile picture it looks like you're flashing a gang sign. Crips or Bloods?

Wishing you all the success with Leaving the Comfort Cafe.


Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

Your blog post is hilarious - and right on. I admit I don't think about my freedoms until Memorial Day and July 4th come around, but I live them everyday and they were made possible by the people who fight when I cannot. I'm so grateful there are those who can put themselves in harm's way to protect so many others who have no idea of what they're doing. Thank you words aren't enough, but it's the only way to express my gratitude.

Thank YOU for sending them words to distract them from the horrors they often face!


Karen said...

Thank you for being a part of this. This hop is making me realize we live in the greatest place on Earth! I look forward to your book!


billie said...

Hey, Dawn - just wanted to stop by and say to anyone commenting here that once you read Comfort Cafe and encounter Blythe, you will never forget her - and every time you sit in a restaurant and wait for your server, you'll be waiting for Blythe to show up!

Hope to see some of you tomorrow - I'm Saturday's last stop on the Blog Tour de Troops. It's going to be a fun weekend!!

Jennifer McDonald said...

Attended my cousin's graduation and was so proud of her singing the National Anthem. The Valedictorian gave a speech about being proud to be an American. So I agree that America Rocks. looking forward to reading your book.

Denise said...

I think I will like your book. My emaill address is:

fdhelp AT gmail DOT com

Dawn said...

@ Roy
You are so perceptive. That IS a gang sign. I'm a part of the: White People Flashing Signs that They Think Look Cool But Really Just Makes Them Look Even More Awkward gang.

We are an elite group.
Fear us. Fear our Shake-Weight enhanced bicepts.

Dawn said...

Interesting info on the Seals.
And yes, I'm pretty sure if your dad is a Vietnam vet he had eggs and toast with a side of GLASS this morning.
But seriously though, tell him thanks for me :)

Dawn said...

And because Billie is too modest, let me brag on her a bit...

Billie is just a darn good writer. Period. She's a part of my writing group and I'm not just saying this because I know her. She knows her craft and practices it beautifully.

I am shocked [and somewhat disgusted] that she hasn't been picked up by a major Big 6 publisher.

I've read the book she's giving away, and the writing is very lyrical and the characters are hauntingly real.

Another book of hers I love is a middle grade work she did called Janes Transformation about a Magical Pony School. It's Harry Potter meets a horse ranch meets Celtic Mythology. She's not giving that away, but if you have kids [or even if you don't] you'll love it.

Okay, I'll shut up now.

Stacy Juba said...

Leaving the Comfort Café sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the opportunity to read it. My email address is Good luck with the blog tour!

Tammie said...


Thank you for your support of our troops!

mrsthanosthemad AT gmail DOT com

Sylvia said...

I've thought for years that our military passed the acid test when they took orders from Bill Clinton, a non-vet that they all seemed to despise - but he was the duly elected Commander-in-Chief and I doubt there is another country where the military would have not have staged a coup! WTG U.S. soldiers!

mama dot sylvia at gmail dot com
MOTHER of an Army National Guardsman
DAUGHTER of an USAF sergeant (Korean War)

Pamela Pattison Lash said...

Hi Dawn - thanks so much for being a part of this shout out to American troops - we all need to be like the one leper more often! I can't wait to read your offering! Thank you for sharing!

pam_lash at yahoo dot com
Love God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

Tracy said...

I agree, America rocks. We just take it for granted most of the time and the people who help keep us free rock just as much as the country does. I would like my soldier's copy to go to Private Zach Schaneberger his email is Thank you. My email address is Thanks for doing this.

Jennac said...

I love these blog tours, they're always a good way to meet new authors, read interesting, and get new books. Plus, this time, there's a good cause to support!

Your book sounds intriguing, I can wait to read it!

Laurel Osterkamp said...

Your books sounds funny and unique; I look forward to reading it, and I love the cover!

iarvd said...

Thank you! Thank you for supporting our troops! I have family and friends who are or have served over seas and I know from talking to them just how important something like this is to them!!

I would have to say that my favorite American song would be The Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash.

And after reading around your blog I think I may have just found another author to add to my fav list! Can't wait to read your book!

So thanks again!!

ReneeRearden said...

Thank you for participating in the ebook giveaway for our soldiers. Your post said everything...and I mean EVERYTHING, and I wish soldiers everywhere could read it. (They might give us their eating glass secret!)

Seriously, these amazing individuals live their lives serving so I can live my life free of fear and filled with choice. They pay for my freedom, and nothing I do or say will ever be thank you enough.

So if you'll send a copy of Comfort Cafe to a soldier or troop of your choosing, I'd appreciate it. AND I can't wait to read a book that's tag line is "it's about crazy white people." =D


Kelli McCracken said...

I'm loving all the wonderful posts on this tour. I really enjoyed yours. I love being an American. My favorite patriotic song is The Star Spangled Banner. Brings me to tears every time. Thanks for being a part of the tour!


Michael said...

Dawn, the United States is a wonderful country. When I spent time there in the early to mid 1990s I was blown away by the genuine friendliness of your compatriots. You folks have so much to be proud of. Plus, your food rocks! michael(dot)fitzgeraldclarke(at)gmail(dot)com

dreamsgate said...

I am not big on politics or war in and of itself, but I love our soldiers and the commitment they make to keeping us safe.

They walk a very hard road and I am glad that a tour like this can bring a little happiness into their day.

dreamsgate at clearwire dot net

Christy said...

Thank you for taking part in such a great effort to keep our troops entertained for a few hours while they are so far away from home.
christygibbon at juno dot com

Jaidis said...

Thank you for participating in this event and donating your book to the troops :)

JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

meganary said...

Thank you so much for doing this!!!


Stacey Wallace Benefiel said...

Okay, you're are hilarious. I loved your post and must have your book!
It's great to be a part of this blog tour with you. :)

Rachelle Reese said...

Your book sounds like a lively read. I can't wait.

Brea Essex said...

America DOES rock! Thank you so much for what you're doing for the troops!


Dawn said...

Rachelle---did you leave your e-mail addy or can I just not find it? It could be just me....

Rachel Greenwall said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I think I am going to love your book. rachelcccr at gmail dot com

pringpringles said...

Thanks so much for this offer and for your support of our troops. More power.

Dawn said...

Oh, I want to give props to Michael Fitzgerald Clarke. He's my favorite Aussie [well, right after Hugh Jackman :) ]
Seriously, he's a great poet and his blog has some interesting stuff on the use of language.

Dawn said...

BTW-- if you want one of my more humorous blog posts, check out my snarky muse and her Ten Mistakes Writers Make. She's okay when she's sober, so she's not okay. Below is the link:

And I want to thank everyone who is participating and arranged this wonderful tour!

katsrus said...

America The Beautiful is my favorite. I love that America is the Land of the Free. Can't say that about a lot of other countries. Thanks for supporting the troops.
Sue B

Ann Charles said...

Your book sounds like a great summer read, and I'm in dire need of that! Thank you for your great blog post and generosity. I have a troop in mind, but I don't want to list his addy here. I can give it to you in email if that works.

My email:

Again, thank you! Ann Charles

Gail M Baugniet said...

Wow, you have listed so many reasons for all Americans to be grateful. Your decision to join the Blog Tour de Troops is a credit to your selflessness and I thank you.
I also look forward to enjoying your book, Leaving the Comfort Cafe.
gbaugniet at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all you and your fellow authors are doing this holiday weekend!

Kimberly Kinrade said...

This is the best blog tour! Thanks for doing this. my email is

Brandon Duncan said...

Well, as a blogger, a Soldier myself, and a proud American, I want to thank YOU all for what you are doing here! This is so awesome of you!

Please pass on my thanks to the others participating in this with you all. I am truly impressed!

Miranda @ My Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Loved your post! thank you so much for being a part of this event. can't wait to read the book

miranda_lynn2001 (at) live (dot) com

Judy said...

Being from the deep South, I can't wait to read your book. It sounds like things I have seen and heard of before:)

Thanks for participating in this giveaway which includes our troops.


Anita said...

I can't wait to read your book. Thank you so much for doing this. God Bless


Anonymous said...

Thanks for supporting the troops, Dawn!


Judith Gaines said...

Loved your post &can't wait to read your book. Growing up in rural NC should make reading it feel like a homecoming:)

Jpg_writer at hotmail

Book Savvy Babe said...

Thank you for supporting the troops! This blog tour de troops is an awesome idea. Love your recap, America Rocks, that really just sums it up! Looking forward to reading your book!
booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com

~ Babs ~ said...

Dawn thank you so much for your participation in this tour.
I enjoyed reading your post, America does rock and so do indie writers/

Bhitwr at gmail dot com

Raelyn Barclay said...

Love your post! America does rock.

Thank you for participating!

buriednwords AT gmail DOT com

Sadie said...

Thank you so much!

smohr4u at gmail dot com

Jackie Chanel said...

INDIE AUTHORS ROCK!!! (i can just see that in big black letters on a white t-shirt, can't you?)

I have to agree with you, I love Navy Seals and my shake weight as well...God Bless America!

Can't wait to read your book!

Thanks for doing this. You are awesome!

livedreamwritejc at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

You are all awesome, participating in this event for our troops.

Look forward to reading your book.

Bonnie Pietruch

Cara said...


Thank you so much for participating in this troop support event - I think it is a FANTASTIC idea! I appreciate you and can't wait to read the book!!

Cara English

Denise said...

What an awesome post. Thank you for your generosity and sharing and allowing us reader to send a thank you to our troops by proxy. I have signed up as a follower and look forward to reading what you have to say.

missyebookmail said...

I look forward to reading your book. Thank you for being part of this event. I grew up a Navy brat, so our troops have always held a special place in my heart!

Great thing about America: the right to agree and disagree. And being able to agree or disagree about the war our troops are fighting right now. Personally, I don't agree with this war (being in Iraq) or at least how long it has lasted. Our men & women shouldn't have to be there in harms way. But I fully support our troops and their willingness to fulfill their duty in whatever capacity they are called to do! How amazing that we have the right to be against a war but can still honor those who are called to fight. We have the right to protest a war and support our troops at the same time (I know that sounds like an oxymoron)! How amazing is that?!?! They have sacrificed for my right to disagree. Everyday I pray for their safe and speedy return home. God Bless you all for your service!!!

missyebookmail said...

Forgot email: missyebookmail at mediacombb dot net

Anonymous said...

Great points about living in the US. In the busyness of our lives, too often we take these things for granted.

Looking forward to reading your book.
Thanks for sharing.

saragillispie (at) ymail (dot) com

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

One of the best posts I've read on this blog hop.
I adore your sense of humor and now am eager to see why she's at the Comfort Cafe.

Favorite American song'. Does Where Have All The Flowers Gone count?

Anonymous said...

Hero of War by Rise Against is my favorite. Thanks for supporting our troops! Freedom is not free. Thanks for the free book.

The Romanceaholic said...

Ok, if for nothing else, I love you because you mentioned your Shake Weight as one of the things you love about America lol

Thank you so much for participating in this tour!

The Romanceaholic
romanceaholic at gmail dot com

Leanne109 said...

It's amazing what they do! Thank you so much!


DawnR said...

Thank you for supporting our troops

mariewolfwritings said...

Thank you for being part of this tour.
America rocks, but I think all countries have a good side (I'm French) too.

Anonymous said...

This is a great thing you all are doing for the troops! I am humbled to be a small part of it.
thepipedreamer (at) comcast(dot)net

Jacqueline said...

As an ex-Navy member, a wife of an ex-Navy SEAL, mother of an ex-Army member I can truly appreciate what is means to be in the military and fighting of our freedom. I come from a long line of military members, from myself to my grandfather to uncles and cousins. I am also an indie author whose book is being currently being edited and not done in time to join this blog tour, but I wish much success to all.

iam14choctaw at hotmail dot com

Amanda said...

Sounds like a great read! I love how you put My Shake Weight!

Todd Russell said...

The American flag does look cool, I'm with you. Thank you for being involved with this project and donating your book.

todd at orting dot com

Rechelle said...

I have several family members (father, husband, brother, cousins, and uncles) who are either retired or active military. I think this is such an awesome idea! I know that some soldiers have nothing to do but read when they are stationed overseas so I'm sure this will be very much appreciated! I can't wait to read all of the wonderful books that are being given away and will be happy to review each and every one. Thanks to each of the 35 authors who are contributing books.

I also am from NC so a big shout out to another southern gal!

Jolene and Family said...

Yes, America Rocks!! :) Thanks for participating and supporting our troops


1f73f84c-50e1-11e0-8316-000bcdcb471e said...

this is just awesome ! Id like to thank all that have/are serving and their families !



Michele Stefanides said...

If your book reads anything like this blog post, I just can't wait to read it! I am half a crazy southern white woman on my mother's side. In fact, my generation is the first born north of the Mason/Dixon line! My email address is Thanks so much for doing this; my father, a brother-in-law and a nephew have/are serving in our Armed Forces. I'm proud of them all.

Dawn said...

Wow! I am totally overwhelmed with all the wonderful responses I've received from folks and all of those who have commented in honor of a family member who is serving overseas or has served.

I just got back from a birthday party for my friends kid---another cool thing about America. I was sitting there in the back yard with family and thought how amazing it was to be alive and be a part of this---and that many have given up time with their families so I could enjoy it.

I'll be sending out coupon codes tonight. Thank you all so much for everything.

Earthwindwalker said...

Thanks for supporting our troops. My husband is a former marine and yes he can probably eat glass:)

my email addy is
earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

John Poindexter said...

As a disabled vet, I want to thank you for giving books to the men and women srving in our armed forces. A good book is always nice to have.

john [@] johnpoindexter [dot] com

Alicia said...

My favorite song is the National Anthem... makes me cry every time! Thanks for offering this!
scrugglenamp AT aol DOT com

Jessica Anne said...

Thanks so much for participating in the blog tour and supporting the troops.

Jessie said...

My favorite song is by Toby Keith and I'm Proud to be an American.

Dawn said...

@ Jessie--that's a good one...
Maybe it's just because I was in the marching band during high school, but I love "Stars and Stripes Forever" as well. Particularly the piccolo solo. I could never quite master hte piccolo [I play flute].

Dawn said...

BTW--- on cable--- AMC, in between movies on the theme of "war heroes," is showing scenes from this documentary Tom Brokaw did on soldiers and what makes them decide to sign's interesting.

Foretta said...

Thanks for supporting our troups! What a great idea. Freedom is definately not "FREE". I am so thankful to those and thier family that serve in out miliary.

Anonymous said...

I think one of the most important things we can do is thank our troups. I see so many people celebrate Memorial Day and have no clue why! We make sure we explain to out kids the reason and go to something in honor of the troups, both present and past! Thank you for honoring out troups and trying to spread some joy!

scarletkira said...

Thank you so much for supporting our troops and the great list of reasons to love America. Can't wait to read your book.
scarlet_kira(at)live dot com

Nicole said...

I'm just getting to know your writing via the Blog Tour but I am SO glad for the introduction - what FUN you are to read! Looking forward to your book and also to future blog entries... Nicole Galland

Katie Dockery said...

I am a military brat and my in-laws are still active in the military. I think this is such a cool idea! A great way to help support our troops!
My favorite Patriotic Song would have to be "Wild Blue Yonder" (The Air Force theme song,) as I heard it many occasions growing up as we moved base to base. It was one of the things that stayed the same. I love that I have so many Freedoms.... anything from
religion to what I eat for meals.
I look forward to reading your book!


Donna said...

Thank you for showing such support for out troops. My cousin is serving in the Navy right now and I know he feels great when he gets unexpected support. We all need to remember what Memorial day stands for...and it's not picnics LOL

Terri said...

My family has a lot of men and women that have been in the service and are now still in the service. I always love to see others giving thanks to them. They do so much for us that we take for granted. Thanks you on behalf of my family member in the service for caring.

asnow4sure said...

I'm so proud to be an American and proud that there are those who sacrifice so much to give us the opportunity to live in freedom. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to give just a little back. I can't wait to read your book!!


Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea! whoever came up with it is genius. i love any opportunity to give back to the troops.

Melissa said...

I love your list! It is great! Being who I am, I lovr thid country gives me the right to argue freely and be a pacifist. I will die for anyones else for plase dont ask me to kill for you.


rebecca said...

This is a wonderful way to support our troops! Love you insight!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Dawn!
Love the blog and nice pic there btw.
Kudos to you for all your generosity you are THE most Amazing writer as well as a thoughtful,caring and humble chic. There are many things about America I love and one of them is the fact that you live here!also I love knowing that I can be as Independent as I want be who I want to be and do what I want to do thanks to God and our troops who ensure us protection of our freedom which sadly we take for granted most every day.
Have a great Memorial day :)
much love,Jack

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for giving our troops something to smile about! I think we need to learn more in school and at home how important it is to thank those that make it possible for us to have the choices that we have.

Patti said...

Thank you for the free books but even more thank you for giving to those that give so much up for us often without a thank you. On behalf of my family I would like to send out a heart felt THANK YOU to those that serve and their families!!

Angi said...

What do I love about America? On this specific subject, in fact - Our soldiers now get their thanks, and hero's welcome, regardless of if we agree with the war they were in or not. We have learned gratitude for the men and women who are there to protect us!

Eli Squared said...

This is an amazing hop! As the daughter of serviceman I appreciate this so much. I know it can be so boring during the quiet times of deployment and reading is such a wanted past time.

Thanks you so much,

eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

LizzieBeth said...

Thank you for taking part in this event, Dawn, and for making our troops smile with what you, and the rest of the authors have given them. I know that they appreciate things very much much. The hop onto your blog was heartfelt and very touching.

Dawn said...

Yeah, I think we don't realize that the periods of deployment can so many times be "hurry up and wait" and that has to be incredibly psychologically difficult. Seriously.

I'm touched by how many of you know / have mentioned a serviceman/woman or are from military families. Let's not forget that the families are also a part of the equation, and they deserve our respect.

Dawn said...

@ Jack---
Thanks dude. Hey, when are we going to see Keroac's house? I want you to take my picture on the front porch and then we can run away like a couple of high school kids.

Dawn said...

@ KAtie, "Wild Blue Yonder" is cool.
I also like the Marine anthem as well.

Dawn said...

@ Melissa, that reminds me of a quote, and I'm not sure who said it, if it was Patton or McArthur:

"The soldier, above all others, prays for peace."

Dawn said...

I'm sorry I've not been as interactive earlier today (Sunday). My neighbor is having issues with her leg and I had to take her Yorkie for the checkup / wash/ trim / etc. and ran some errands and you all know how that goes ")

Carol said...

Thanks for treating our troops to a gift. I am sure they will like it. I get so mad when people talk bad about our military when they don't agree with war. Do they not understand if was those same people that protect the right for them to even have an opinion. I'd like to send out a huge thank you to all those that keep us safe and protect our freedom both in war times and peace times because it's hard during both.
thank you fellow brat Carol. :-)

Dawn said...

Yep --I agree that is something that is very great about America---these troops protect our free speech.

And bravo to those "military brats" out there--- when a soldier is deployed it affects the whole family.

Al said...

Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for supporting all the troops.


Ashley said...

Thank you for supporting our troops. I look forward to reading your book.

ashleypbarry at gmail dot com

Anne said...

Many thanks to our troops. And thanks to you Dawn for your book. I look forward to reading it. I'm from NC too and love a good southern story!


Jeffrey Beesler said...

I'm grateful that you have provided an outlet where people like myself, who usually don't have much to give, can do so, just by commenting on your blog posts. And I share your reasons for gratitude. Without our troops we wouldn't even have a country to defend!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Oh, sorry. I guess an email would be in order, huh? jeffreybeesler at gmail dot com. Guess I got caught up in expressing my gratitude for the troops. :-)

Lana said...

I just wanted to say hi. I'm a South Carolina girl myself, so it's great to see other Carolina girls around in the writers' world. Saint Jude is on my TBR list!

God bless!

Lana said...

And oh, yeah, my email is


Margay said...

Hi, Dawn, I love your logline for Leaving the Comfort Cafe! It sounds great. And you are so right - America rocks. But not as much as the incredible, selfless people who fight to keep our country safe and free and rockin'. Love our troops!


Dawn said...

Wow, all these Carolina girls.
Totally cool.
If you can, tell me where you are. I live 40 minutes from Raleigh in Rocky Mount, NC, but grew up in Asheville,on the other side of the state.
I've lived in the south all my life, but I confess I want to move away and then move back...I've heard it changes your perspective.

Dawn said...

One thing, please pass along to our service men and women that this was done and authors are thanking them. We want them to know that there are people who support them and pray for them.


Jack said...

Hey now, I do have a new camera and can sing all the lyrics to "run away with me" so as the song says "say the word and I'm already there",lolol, if you'd be so kind :) for some reason my hard copy was stolen from me.... love,your friend -Jack

Jen B. said...

How can you not love your Shake Weight? I mean, it's a Shake Weight?

Dawn said...

I'm convinced 2,000 years from know when explorers dig up our then ancient civilization, they will find a Shake Weight and think "Dear God, these people were BRILLIANT."

--And Jen, South Park did an extremely crass [but very funny] take off on the Shake Weight. Funny, but definitely R-rated, just fyi. I think y'all can infer

Kim said...

Thanks for the support to the men and woman that serve.

Rhodes Review said...

Supporting the Troops.

Sarah said...

Your book sounds very intriguing. Quite a mystery.

Dale Mayer said...

Love the sound of this book! Thanks so much for helping out the troops in this way.

Dale (

Karen in TN said...

Thanks for participating in the tour and for the book.

kolists a\t gmail dt com

Katja said...

Ty for the giveaway! Really love the description of your book.

Dawn said...

So glad you guys have enjoyed the description of my book. I really enjoyed writing about this character. She really says whatever's on her mind.

I think, what fascinates me the most, is having to re-invent ourselves. I think we all probably do that more often than we realize.

Anonymous said...

I love all the space we have in America. Our country is so big and diverse, unlike many others. And I'd have to say Born in the USA is a favorite patriotic song of mine. This is such a wonderful program! Thank you for participating.
mandaj07 at gmail dot com

Dave said...

Great that you're doing this for our troops. Email:

suzanne said...

Thank you for the free book for me and for our soldiers. My email is mammysfave at Hotmail dot com

melora said...

Thank you for taking part in this tour. Yes, Gene Kranz is awesome. I went down to Florida in November in hopes of seeing a shuttle launch (sadly, it was delayed even before I reached the airport 2 days before the scheduled launch!), and I read his autobiography beforehand to kind of prepare for a space heavy trip. He was really readable and inspiring.

Pokey said...

I think it's great what all you authors are doing. My hubby and Dad are Marine Corps Veterans. Thanks so much!

Cheryl said...

Your book sounds interesting! Thank you for your generous giveaway.
cheryl (at) cherylrainfield (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for participating in this nifty event!

lucetlady at gmail dot com

Dawn said...

@ Melora --
Gene Kranz is a man's man. And that haircut---you could set your watch by it.
@ Pokey --
love and thanks to your hubby and Dad. Be sure to fix them a side of GLASS with their eggs [re: comments about Marines etc. being so tough they can eat glass.]

Laura said...

I'm so grateful to all our troops and thanks to the participating authors, too. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks! ljszab at yahoo dot com

Dawn said...

I will send out the coupon code tonight [I have to swing by work]. I had originally hoped to write each one of you a personal note --but WOW, I am SO excited by all the comments that I've gotten, I'm going to have to write a mass e-mail [I know, I know, Gene Kranz would not like it.]

Also, FYI, if you'd like to read the first chapter from my first novel "Saint Jude"--you can do so at this web address:

Sorry for the long addy.

St. Jude is about a young adult with bipolar disorder.It was named one of the best reads of the year for teen readers [tho many of those who bought it were adults.]

JoAnna said...

Thanks for supporting our troops.

beckerjo at verizon dot net

aztel2000 said...

Thanks for this wonderful event!
Karen in Breezy Point
kmartin at uslink dot net

Pinky said...


Thank you for participating in the "Blog Tour de Troops". I do not have immediate family in the service right now, but my grandfather fought in WWII and my uncles fought in the Vietnam War. I greatly appreciate what you and the other authors are doing for our men and women in service.

Thank you to the men and women in service for the sacrifices that you, and your families, make each and every day. Thank you for keeping America safe and the things we take for granted each day because of what you do.


*Marce* said...

Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for participating and thank you hero soldiers and sailors for serving.
marce_hall at yahoo dot com

Nan said...

Thank you for participating in this tour which brings a little light into the lives of our troops.

nwilson at sportsfive dot net

Anonymous said...

I'm grateful for the highway system! As for patriotic songs . . . the national anthem always gets me.

FatesTwists AT yahoo DOT com

Dawn said...

Ah, yes, the highway system. That should have been as obvious as the Shake Weight. I can't believe I missed it.

Dawn said...

Oh, I meant to say, one of the great things about this in addition to helping our brave men and women, is that I get to connect with readers and other writers. That's awesome, because so many times writing seems to be a solitary profession.

I wanted to let you know that-- time allowing--I am always glad to come and talk to book clubs (for free) and even civic groups and non-profit organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs (for FREE) I give seminars, etc. and don't charge for non-profit "Girl Scout" / church youth group / ESL type stuff. I just think it's important to "pay it forward."

So I'll be glad to visit on my own dime provided it's not someplace crazy --ah HECK even if it IS someplace crazy. I have this incredible wanderlust and am always looking to explore great places in this wonderful country (or planet--I do have a passport).

I do teach writing classes (which I do charge for, but very reasonably). My specialty is dialogue--particulary the non-sequitir technique (not sure if that's an actual term...that's just what my professor called it.

Anonymous said...

I am grateful for the ability to breathe "free" air and be able to travel around the country.

lesliebandura at verizon dot com

Dawn said...

Hey-- out of curiosity, how many other countries do we have listed here? I know my Aussie buddy was here--anyone else from "across the pond?"

Anonymous said...

Okay I am not the brightest candle in the box. My email address should be lesliebandura at verizon dot net
Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for supporting our troops and for the chance to read a new author :0)

Rachel said...

Thank you for participating in the tour. I am looking forward to reading your book. Thanks to all the service men and women and to their families. We appreciate your service.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to support our military!

Marie said...

I come from a large family of service men and women, My grandfather, his 3 sons and 21 of my 27 cousins have all served or are currently serving our great country. Thank you for taking the time to honor all those who have served!
Marie, email: Snlmangofreak at yahoo dot com

LordReblik said...

Thanks for supporting the troops.

Candy said...

Thanks what a great way to get ebooks to our military

Barbara said...

Indie authors are the greatest & this is just one example. Thanks for supporting our troops. Looking forward to reading Leaving the Comfort Cafe. Please send to ackleybj at verizon dot net

Terri Giuliano Long said...

Wonderful work! Thank you!


Dawn said...

And indie authors love you too, Barbara.

And our Shake Weights, of course.

sadiesueblue said...

thanks for offering your book for a free read!

Sonya said...

Hi Dawn,

Thank you for doing this. Looking forward to your book. It looks very interesting.

Anonymous said...

this is such an incredible thing that all you authors have done for the troops! i love to be a part of anything that gives back to them