1. On this day in 1493, Columbus sighted the island now known as Puerto Rico.
2. Puerto Rico became a US Territory after the Spanish American War; Spain ceded the island Nation in the Treaty of Paris of 1898.
3. Paris hosted 35 treaties between 1229 and 1995.
4. In 1995, the Atlantis Shuttle first docked with the Mir Space Station on the STS-71 mission.
5. The STS-71 mission included Specialist (Doctor) Ellen Baker on her third space flight.
6. Dr. Baker was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
7. North Carolina is home for Air Force veteran turned YA author Elizabeth Langston:
Elizabeth is celebrating the release of I WISH:
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life--a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find that it's inhabited by a gorgeous genie. He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there's a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects, and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.
Oh, I can't wait to read this book! Elizabeth was my roommate at the RWA National Conference ... so I am giving away conference swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. What would you wish from the genie that was humanly possible?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, November 22, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 23.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Learn more about Elizabeth and her books at elizabethlangston.net.