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A Salute to Veterans Today!

And every day. May those who are serving in our armed forces today stay safe. And for those who have served, thank you.

I was watching The King last night about King Henry V, and how he wanted peace, but everyone else who could benefit, the Archbishop, his advisor, and countless others who would take land and have more power if they took over France, set things in motion to cause him to decide on war.

Whether the movie version was based on truth or not, it showed a typical scenario: Politicians and military leaders wanting more of something, anything, glory, fame and the minions, the soldiers risk their lives for it. Whether the war is successful or not, the soldiers are gone or injured for life, some psychologically maimed.

All that remains for historians to recount are the politicians, the leaders, but the little guy is forgotten. Without him, they wouldn’t have succeeded. Yet he is not important in the scheme of things. At least, King Henry fought alongside his men.

The Archbishop, who had funded the action and wanted the untold rewards from it, sat high on a hill in safety, watching. I wonder if there would be as much fighting, if the political powers that decide these things had to actually fight with the troops, to live in the conditions they do during the holidays, instead of being treated like the new kings of the modern age, be torn from their families with no idea if they would ever return home. Not be in a safe place somewhere far from the battle scene either. Literally, fight with the men at their side.

So thanks to our veterans–even if they didn’t fight in the trenches–were there to support those who did.

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

Tomorrow is going to be COLD. 27 in the morning. Brrrr

Terry

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Hug a Veteran Today and Every Day

I think of my dad as one of those unsung heroes whose plane was shot down and wounded with shrapnel in his leg and arm, he hurried to hide his parachute, and then helped a fellow servicemen once he landed nearby to hide his parachute. Both men were captured by the Germans. He was only 16 and wouldn’t have even been called up for duty before the war ended. He survived several death marches and 16 months of starvation before he was freed from a German POW camp. He’d been wounded in an early operation and had been recovering for six months when his crew went down with all hands lost. We swear he had a guardian angel looking after him.
 
I was watching a series about Medal of Honor recipients, some who died while conducting amazing feats of heroism, some who managed to survive their harrowing experiences. It’s horrible to see the discrimination against our black soldiers (WWII), yet in earlier wars they received Medals of Honor, no problem. The man was a soldier at heart, a leader of men, and knew four languages, including German. Without hesitation, he volunteered to take out a fortification that had the whole unit pinned down. His men all died, but severely wounded, he did it, and brought back two prisoners, interrogating them the whole time, and learning where other fortifications were since he spoke and understood German.
Then there was discrimination against a Japanese American who was finally allowed to serve and his heroism earned him a Medal of Honor after his courage and perseverance drove him to fight off an overwhelming force on his own, to take out German machine gun nests, and despite being badly wounded, survived.
A man who had poor vision and was repeatedly given a 4F category, disqualified him for duty and yet when they finally allowed him to join (as a cook, initially), he ended up fighting what should have been a losing battle for anyone. Hold a town against an advancing German army to allow their own army time to retreat. He ended up alone, once his squad members were all killed when taking in German prisoners and it was just a feint. Even one German commander said he’d never seen such fierce fighting, not even on the Russian front! One man wearing glasses did it! One man.
 
In another, one sergeant was left to man 4 machine gun nests against hoards of Chinese in Korea. He ran back and forth between nests, shooting the whole time, trying to stop the Chinese from taking the hill. Only one other man was alive, badly injured and all he could do was toss grenades. Everyone else was dead. The Chinese withdrew, most likely believing all the nests were being manned.
 
In all these cases, these men didn’t see themselves as heroes. They did what they had to do to protect their own, to do the mission. They were humble about earning the medal, not believing when the word came down that they were a recipient. They wear the honor not only for the heroism they displayed, but also for all those men and women who died or were wounded or suffered otherwise in the conflicts.

 

I was watching a Youtube video a couple of years back of a man who went to rescue someone in a bad car accident, but before he did, he took the time to set his phone up to record his heroic action.

The men who earned the Medal of Honor rushed into battle to save others with no thought of recognition, most knowing that it was their day to die. How many of us could do that?

Very few. So hug a vet today, tomorrow and the next. And thank them for their service.Thanks to Veterans Flag Memorial San Diego 900

Terry

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Veteran’s Day

Thanks to everyone who has served and continues to serve.

My son is still serving in the AF. I retired from the Army reserves, my sister did, my brother-in-law retired from the Army, my dad retired from the AF, my mother served in the Army, my dad’s uncle, was a prisoner of the Japanese and died in the Philippines. My dad had been a prisoner of war in Germany for 16 months. and others served in the Canadian Forces–my grandfather, a doctor. My French Great-Grandfather had been a member of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and one of my Scottish ancestors had fought so well for the king of England, he was awarded land in Canada, one of the Playfairs. One of my German ancestors was brought over to fight the Patriots during the American Revolution, but believed in George Washington’s cause, fled to NY, and he and one of his sons served in the militia in Canada.

Thanks to everyone’s service but wishing we could all live in peace.

Terry

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Happy Veteran’s Day! And…I DON’T Do Lists

Happy Veteran’s Day! Supposedly, Olive Garden is doing a special free meal for veterans, and I think I’ll brave the cold and drop by there for lunch. I need to run a million errands, so figure I’ll do that too. 🙂 <3

My whole family abounded with veterans–Mother, Father, BIL, Sister, Me, Son, Daughter was in AF ROTC, but decided it wasn’t for her. And my grandfather was a doctor in the Canadian Army during WWI, and we even had an ancestor in the Black Watch. My mother’s grandfather was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. And one of our ancestors had come over with a Hessian prince who landed in Quebec, and then took the mercenary soldiers into the colonies where he deserted because he didn’t want to fight the American Patriots, but instead joined the militia in Quebec. Even another great grandfather, who didn’t serve in the military, broke horses for the cavalry in WWI. And one of my father’s grandfathers was in the Merchant Marines and though they didn’t fight in wartime, they were in some of the action.

So Happy Veteran’s Day to all those veterans, past, present, and future, and to their families who have cared for them in sickness and health, and stuck by them.

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Now, I used to be a list maker. I had a list I’d make every day and it would drive me crazy if I didn’t finish everything on my list and then I’d accomplish stuff not on my list and I’d feel horrible that it wasn’t on my list and I didn’t get “credit” for it. LOL

I even went as far as adding them to my list just so I could mark them off!

So I quit making lists. Except when I’m on a shopping trip. I have to or I forget some of the stuff I’ve got to get–oddball stuff.

But as far as goal stuff, no.

Yesterday, my primary goal was to proof the audiobook version of Her Highland Hero, and if I had time, to write the Christmas blog I needed to for a magazine. I did both. It was an all-day affair from 4:30 in the morning until 6:30 PM and then I began writing the Christmas blog, and then I realized I hadn’t made the cover for Her Highland Hero’s audiobook, so had to do that. Then I started reading A Silver Wolf Christmas one last time. Got through chapter 1, then it was time for bed. I don’t just sit there and listen to an audiobook all day. I also was moving stuff. I have family coming in for the holidays, and I have 4 more windows being replaced this weekend, so I’ve been moving stuff out of the way, and putting stuff away that, well, doesn’t need to be out. More on that later. 🙂

This morning, I sewed up 3 bears, 2 Scottish bonnets and 2 Scottish sashes, first thing. I still have to stuff the bears, put them together, and finish them up, and sew on sashes and bonnets on another 2 bears, then embroider their paws, but that was one of my priorities today. Next, is to work on A Silver Wolf Christmas. I will be reading it for the rest of the day. And probably tomorrow because I desperately need to run errands. I need more boxes to ship bears, for one thing.

You see how I have no word count goals this week? Poor Phantom Fae has been put to the side. But I need to get A Silver Wolf Christmas finished and sent off to my editor. And I need to finish proofing the audiobook for Huntress for Hire and send it off to the narrator to make the changes. And I will be getting back the changes on Her Highland Hero and need to approve it. I need to finish up Call of the Cougar, still waiting on one beta reader’s input. And I need to finish 14 bears. They’re all in process! Either made and need paws embroidered, need clothes made, the bears need to be made, just something. And I need to reread The Vampire…In My Dreams and republish it. And then, I need to get back to Phantom Fae, with a clear conscious.

Wait, was that a list I just made?

🙂

Have a super wonderful, and if you’re in Texas, cold Tuesday! 🙂 <3

Terry

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A Couple of Announcements!~

I’m trying to finish up Jaguar Hunt edits to turn in pronto. Here’s another look at that hunky David with the cutest smirk that totally defines him!

Yum, right? Okay, so have to get that done pronto. And then I’m behind with working on A Highland Wolf Christmas, actually only have 4,300 words to go, but I still have a lot of finishing up to do. It’s due in soon, and with the holidays, that makes it like really soon.

But I wanted to show off a lovely review for The Highlander, which continues to make the bestseller list at Amazon:

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New discovery for me! 5 stars
OMG I loved this beautiful love story, written by Terry Spear, titled The HIGHLANDER of her Highlanders series. It’s the first book that I read from her and it won’t be the last one. I think that I am now addicted to this author’s books! I loved this one because I found refreshing that her heroine Anora, is a shepherdess, a feisty and intelligent woman. She is a lady in control until she meets a wounded and half-naked man in her bed. The hero Niall is a rugged and handsome highlander with a kind heart who will try to discover her true identity and her secrets. It’s a Scottish adventure filled with tenderness, passion and action. Ms. Spear nicely blended her characters into this captivating story that is filled with elements a reader needs to find it interested until the end. Ms. Spear is a talented storyteller; I found it very well written and a delight to read. I highly recommend The HIGHLANDER especially if you love Scottish romances. Looking forward to read Gunnof’s story!

by Nicole LaverdureThanks so much to Nicole!And Exchanging Grooms, which is a fun romantic comedy about weddings and no weddings and weddings…is now in audio book form!

A fan sent this and I had to share! I served along with my sister and mother, but tons of the men in my family also. Thought this was cute and wanted to share it for Veteran’s Day!

I also had a total ball at Readers and Ritas in Allen, Texas, outside of Dallas, this past weekend and even found my way!!! Had so much fun meeting readers, bloggers, authors and the Fresh Fiction staff that puts this on. I already signed up for November! So I’ve really got to get back to Jaguar Hunt edits and hope you have the greatest Monday!Did you read Exchanging Grooms and have fun with it? Are you ready for David in Jaguar Hunt? If  you’ve read The Highlander, does Gunnolf need a puppy of his own? LOL

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
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