Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veterans Day Salute: Aloha to Jessica Scott and I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS


One of my favorite holiday films is PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES.  Steve Martin is desperate to return "home for the holidays".   Along the way, he discovers his own compassion.

Today we celebrate Veterans Day, recognizing all service members who served.   Jessica Scott knows about serving ... she is currently serving as an Army officer, Army spouse, and Army mom.   Jessica captures that spirit of the "home for the holidays" in her new novella, I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS:

There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

I am giving away an ecopy of I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the holidays ... what are your plans?   I'll be here in Maryland ... but thinking of Hawaii.

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, November 16, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 17.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Jessica and her books, check out her website

Coming January 2014


  1. My plans are to spend Christmas Eve with my son and his wife, and spend Christmas Day by myself, talking to my sister and friends via the computer and phone. I am going home to California for Thanksgiving, so I'll get to spend time with family and friends then.

  2. My Christmas Eve just got aunt and her son will now be coming over. My house might be small but it's filled with love! Thanksgiving is our Me holiday just my husband, myself, the turkey and football.

  3. We'll be going back to our hometown for our first Christmas without my husband's dear mom...

  4. We will be going to Tampa to spend Christmas with our son and his family.

  5. I will be spending Christmas with my son, daughter, and granddaughter. Then, if I am very lucky, we will all drive north, a bit and spend some time with my sister and her family.

  6. My family will be here th is year. I am looking forward to the family being here.

  7. Kim, thanks to you and all your family and to all active service members and veterans.

    May you find Maryland not such a bad place to be for the holidays.

  8. I'll be making dinner for Thanksgiving for my immediate family and in December I have a tree trimming party for friends and family and then have Christmas dinner. We go out with friends and family for New Year's Eve for dinner and a movie.

    Happy Veterans Day!

  9. We will be joining some friends for Thanksgiving Dinner. I expect the holidays to be difficult because it will be the first without my daughter. She moved in June and we can't afford to go see her. Will be sending her a big package, though!

    I'll echo Liz' comment - Thanks to you and your family and all servicemen and women, past and present, for your service and sacrifice. God Bless you all.

  10. I'll be here in Michigan with my hubby and teen sons. Possibly my sister and bil will stop by on their way to visit his family.

    I love Jessica Scott's writing, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles is such a funny movie! Another book that has a theme similar to this movie is Julia London's novella, The Bridesmaid.

    Marcy Shuler

  11. Veteran's Day: giving thanks to my Dad, Robert Beegle, who is a Navy veteran. Sending love and proud wishes to my son, Sgt. Eric Badger, who travels for work. He recently was honorably discharged from the army after 10 years of service.

    Thanksgiving: hosting a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for the family...everyone brings something.

    Christmas: enjoying the day and our 4ft tree that used to belong to my late mother-in-law; eating and napping and resting up for 2014.

    Nancy Lee Badger in North Carolina

  12. We will visit my sister to have Christmas with my whole family.

  13. I will be here in San Diego at home for the holidays. Which is my favorite place to be. I'm glad I don't have to travel since it is such a busy time.