The Musa Memorial Day Blog Hop is honoring those who serve or have served in the Military. And today, I’d like to thank members of my family who have served. My Grandpa served in the Navy in World Two and was stationed out of San Diego. And, my Dad is a Military brat and grew up living all over the world while his Father (my other Grandfather) served in the military.
I grew up listening to my Dad’s stories about climbing Mt Fuji and playing cards at a table he’d gotten while living in Japan. Later, my Dad also served time in the Air Force and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base–where I was born.
I am also friends with a handful of women whose spouses all serve in the military. I’ve been in awe of these women’s courage and strength as their husbands leave for months at a time to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. These women bravely raise young children,and juggle their own careers. Many of these women’s husbands are not in active duty anymore but have been called back to go to Afghanistan in the past year or so. I am honored to have these women as a part of my life.
A very special thank you on this Memorial Day Weekend to all those who serve our country.
“Service” is defined as: “an act of helpful activity,” and mentoring is one of these “acts of helpful activity” provided to youth at risk by organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Volunteers of America. You can find out more about mentoring opportunities in your community here.
My upper middle grade novel, STAINED GLASS SUMMER, published with Musa Publishing is about artistic mentorship.
Twelve-year-old Jasmine wants to be an artist. But, can she escape the shadow of her artistic Father to discover her own path as a glass artist?
Twelve-year-old Jasmine adores her photographer Father and wants to be an artist just like him. But when Dad abandons the family, Jasmine is sent to spend the summer with her Uncle on a Pacific Northwest Island. Soon, Jasmine is learning stained glass from island glass artist, Opal, and thinking she might just be developing a crush on Island boy, Cole. But, it’s not until Jasmine finds herself mentoring another young artist that she can truly let go of her Father and call herself an artist by her own terms. The story will appeal to young readers between the ages of 8-adult.
Giveaway: As a part of the Musa Memorial Day Blog Hop, I’m offering a give-away of one copy of Stained Glass Summer in any e-book format to one lucky person who posts a comment below. I will draw from the names on Tuesday, May 29. So, if you want to win a FREE copy of Stained Glass Summer, be sure to comment below!
Also, be sure to check out Stained Glass Summer on Facebook. There are some great pictures of a teens at a hot glass workshop on the Stained Glass Summer Facebook Page. Anyone can see them, you do not have to be a member of Facebook. Just click on the link here.
Now, off you go……Blog Hopping to check out the other Musa Authors on the Musa Memorial Day Blog Hop. You can find all the blog links by clicking on the banner below. Blog hops are like a virtual “Open House.” It’s a great time to check out other authors and their blogs and books!