Today Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg

Today is the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. I still know this compelling bit of American political prose by heart, thanks to a remarkable fifth grade teacher named Mrs. Green.

I pay homage to Lincoln, Mrs. Green, and the freedoms we hold dear, in a brief essay, posted on my Soldier’s Heart book launch Facebook page

Today is also the last day to win book launch prizes sponsored by my publisher and me.
Wishing all a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Soldier’s Heart – Hero Contests

Today is Soldier’s Heart official release day, yippee! Early readers please post your honest reviews on Amazon today at Check out special launch price for paperback and ebook versions.

Soldier’s Heart Online Launch Week Party is underway, join us to win!

Two hero contests today: Youth & Teachers

Obviously I’m a fan of everyday heroes, the people who go out of their way to help, or rescue, stand alone or go against the tide for the greater good. In my work at The Salvation Army, I’ve met some amazing heroes. Quite a number of them are children and youth.

Do you know a heroic child or teen? Tell us about them. Both you and your hero will be eligible to win today’s prize

frank closeupTeachers are special heroes (I know, I’m married to a teacher. Hi Frank!) Teacher Brumbach of Soldier’s Heart must overcome a number of challenges, not the least of which is anti-German prejudice.

Who’s your favorite teacher? Post what did she/he do for you to make them extraordinary?

Add a teacher to the group, tag them in your posted comment and they’re entered to win, too. (And that gives you a good reason to reach and out & let them know how special they were, and are.)

If you’ve not yet ordered your print or e-book, order today. Maybe order a second copy for your fave teach? Makes a great gift!:>)

Civil War USCT Grand Review

Today I attended a stirring Grand Review of the US Colored Troops (USCT) in Harrisburg. BelowIMG_3375 is Frederick Douglass, speaking at Grace United Methodist Church.

Frank & I live a short drive from Gettysburg. Visit, and feel the heroism

We are met on a great battle-field of that war

Still testing: Liberty, great experiment

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation–or any nation–so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

Liberty for all. Sometimes I take that gift for granted. What I find so poignant about this portion of President Lincoln’s remarks, given in 1863,  was that the outcome of the war was still far from certain. It would grind on for almost one and a half years more.

Lincoln, heroes and more

Leading up to its 11/19 anniversary and through our Soldier’s Heart book launch I’ll be tweeting that great poetic slice of American political prose by Lincoln. I’ve loved it ever since my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Green had us memorize it. She rewarded us with a field trip…and we recited it to a monolithic Mr. Lincoln, who, seated in his memorial chair, gazed down upon us.
Did a teacher inspire (or require) you to memorize the Gettysburg Address?
There’s Lincoln Memorial in the background, my dad (my hero!) foreground. Two years ago we visited during an honor flight for WWII vets, and dad was the only one to make the trek from the WWII memorial, round the reflecting pool and back to the Memorial. Still going strong!
It’s also launch week for my debut Civil War era novel, lincoln memorialSoldier’s Heart. Post YOUR hero. Prizes! Join the fun

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