Sunday, April 3, 2011

Aloha to Julie Miller and Semper Fi

During the SOS Military Tribute, I ask the audience to sing each service's hymn.  One author who sings the Marine Corps Hymn with pride is Julie Miller.   She is the daughter and sister of Marines.  Julie has also been an SOS sponsor since 2006 (if not longer).  Her books reflect her family's values of excellence and service:

Julie Miller is an award-winning author--with a National Readers Choice Award and a Daphne du Maurier among other prizes. In 2009, she was honored to receive a Career Achievement Award in Series Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Several of her 40+ books have appeared on the USA Today, Borders/Waldenbooks and BookScan Top 100 Romances bestseller lists.

After writing single-title paranormals for Dorchester, Julie joined the Harlequin/Silhouette family when her first Intrigue, ONE GOOD MAN, was published in 2000. Since then, she has crafted the best-selling, award-winning Taylor Clan series for Intrigue, as well as its equally successful spin-off series, THE PRECINCT. While she continues to write about cops and crime scenes for Intrigue, Ms. Miller occasionally writes for Harlequin Blaze--where her romantic suspense books get a steamier twist, and her military heroes have been especially popular. She has also written for continuities and other special projects at Harlequin/Silhouette.

Julie is a teacher who grew up in Missouri and now lives in Nebraska with her husband (a teacher and YA author), son (a college student majoring in Music Business) and an assortment of spoiled pets. She's been dubbed the resident "Grammar Goddess" of her local writing group, The Praireland Romance Writers.

Julie has many duties at the RT Booklovers' Convention - she is the captain of the Series Romance workshops.  And, of course, she'll be signing her heart out to the Marine Corps Hymn,

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

In honor of Julie, I am giving away one of her books from the SOS Military Mixer.  I'll ask Julie to sign it to for the winner.  The winner will also receive a Marine Corps tote bag from Kaneohe Bay.  To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about what you like to sing - golden oldie?  Top 40?  And where do you sing - shower?  Driving?  Cooking? 
2. This giveaway is open to US residents only (international readers can request convention bling at COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION).

3. Comments are open through Tuesday, April 12, 10 pm in Hawaii, to enter the giveaway.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 13, during the Weekly Winners announcement post. (note the delay due to my travel schedule with RT).

I also contact the winner if I have winner's email address

4. If you are new to SOS Aloha, please make sure I know how to contact you. If your Blogger profile does not provide your email address, please send it to (I have several unclaimed prizes because I do know how to contact the winner).


Kim in Hawaii

Make sure you stop by COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION to see how you can help me (questions for authors) and what I can get you (RT magazine, bookmarks, and trading cards).


  1. I don't sing. I would be run out of town if I tried.

  2. I was in choir for 6 years while in school, starting in 6th grade all the way through high school, so I love to sing....the funny thing is I'm not even very good! LOL My choir teachers told me just because I'm not as good as the students that were getting solos, shouldn't ever stop me because I sing with passion. Ha! I think she was just glad she has all her chairs filled with kids who wanted to be there unlike my math class where no one wanted to be there. lol

    I sing mostly in the car now, or when I'm at home by myself. :)

  3. I always sing while I drive around town. I sing along with whatever is playing on the radio...and let me tell you, my's not pretty. And I do get some strange looks at redlights (because my windows are usually down).


    I sing and very badly, but usually along with what is playing on the radio. I bop around the house, singing, when I cook, clean, putz. And, of course, in the car. Never in the shower though.

    Would that be a picture of Chesty Puller?

    I've always wondered about the Harlequin Intrigue line. I've read some of the Blaze series and really, really liked those.

  5. Artemis, I thought you would enjoy today's post! Yes, that is Chesty Puller. YA author Melissa Marr referenced him in her interview back on November 10. I think that picture represents the Marine Corps - no matter the circumstances, they will prevail.

  6. Hey, Kim! See you soon at RT.

    And gang, it's all about the pride and enthusiasm. Intonation is optional.

    I'm busy learning the Army song, too, as my brother retired from the Marines and has gone back into the Army Reserves (where he recently got promoted to Major and runs his own engineer support unit).

    I plan to sing a lot at the SOS Mixer!

  7. I only sing when no one is around and occasionally during karaoke.

  8. I sing only in the shower when I'm sure the water is drowning my voice

  9. I love to sing, actually...not much golden oldie but "oldies" in general are my thing! I participated in choir in middle and high school, and was selected to sing with County Choir once. But I quit after high school because of scheduling conflicts. So I'm no riser star, but at least I still enjoy it :)


  10. I think the world would be a better place if I DIDNT sing....LOL


  11. I sing in the car and sometimes while I read. I don't sing in the shower, I hum. My brother in getting ready to ship out in a few months, right after his wedding. I'm extremely proud of him and I hope he and all armed service men and women return home safe.

  12. I sing all around my house because God knows if anyone heard how horrible I was they shut me up with a strip of adhesive. lol I love the oldies. :)It's nice meeting you here Julie.
    Carol L

  13. Semper Fi!

    As a Marine Wife I know the words to the Marine Corps hymn very well. As well as every cadance my hubby knows, lol! My favorite songs to sing as mainly country, but some of those songs from when I was growing up pop in there every once in a while. Give me some Rascal Flatts or NSYNC and I can sing just about any of their songs off the top of my head, lol!

    Thanks for the contest!