Ohana (family) is the focus of Hawaiian society. For the military, ohana includes the active duty, retirees, veterans, spouses, dependents, and extended family. Today's guest is military veteran, military spouse, and cosponsor of the SOS Military Mixer - Annie Marshall:
I come from a large military family and was the first of our females to join the service! In fact, when asking my great-grandfather’s permission, he said, “It’ about time the women in this family did something other than passing out donuts at the USO.” With his endorsement, the rest is history! LOL
After spending eight years in the United States Army, I met my Knight in Shining Armor, face to face, on the battlefield of a medieval reenactment with a sword and shield in my hands and a claymore in his. Then I married that man in a Twelfth Century Norman wedding ceremony one and a half years later. Then after seven years and two wonderful children, he decided to take his turn serving our country in the Army! So now instead of making formations, I stand amidst the ranks of Army Wives and make care packages for my GI Joe! And I’ve found that not only do I come from a strong military family, I come from an amazing stock of strong women who support their military men. Believe me, this job is much tougher.
Annie is the author of Celtic Paranormal Romance
Then at the age of twenty, I read "A Knight In Shining Armor" by Jude Deveraux. I was hooked and to this day, it remains one of my favorite novels!
Most of my books have a paranormal flare to them. I truly enjoy writing (and reading) about ghosts and time-travel. And if I can incorporate a castle or two in them, even better!
While living in Europe, I was able to visit several castles and fell in love with the medieval time period and have been fantasizing and writing about them ever since.
My family history is Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Spanish. My husband's is Irish, Scottish, and English. We celebrate our different heritages and are teaching our children the wonders and joys of being Celtic!
Annie's books reflect her heritage and service:
In honor of Annie's service as a military veteran and spouse, I am giving away one of Annie's books from the SOS Military Mixer - signed to the winner! To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about your family's heritage - have you visited the "motherland"?
2. This giveaway is open to US residents only (international readers can request convention bling at COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION).
3. Comments are open through Saturday, April 2, 10 pm in Hawaii, to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 3, during the Weekly Winners announcement post. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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).
I close with Annie's grandfather's Navy log during WWII
L Louisville KY 4:00 am 6/2/44
A Memphis TN 11:00 am 6/10/44
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A New Orleans LA 4:00 pm 6/12/44
L “ 10:30 am 6/18/44
A Panama City FL 4:00 pm 6/19/44
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A New Orleans LA 9:00 pm 7/4/44
L “ 6:00 pm 7/11/44
A Key West 3:00 pm 7/15/44
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A Gulf Port MS 4:00 pm 7/18/44
L “ 7:00 am 7/21/44
A New Orleans LA 2:00 am 7/22/44
L “ 10:30 am 7/29/44
A Colon Panama 1:00 pm 8/5/44
L “ 8:00 am 8/7/44
A Panama City Panama 5:00 pm 8/7/44
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A San Diego CA 3:00 pm 8/19/44
L “ 6:30 pm 8/22/44
A Pearl Harbor HI 2:00 pm 9/2/44
L “ 7:00 am 10/2/44
A Kauri (T.H.) HI 7:00 pm “
L “ 7:00 pm 10/5/44
A Pearl Harbor HI 7:00 am 10/6/44
L “ 2:00 pm 10/14/44
Crossed International Date Line 6:11 am 10/20/44
A Eniwetok Marshalls Islands 6:00 am 10/26/44
L “ 12:30 pm 10/26/44
A Guam (Mariana) 6:00 am 10/31/44
L “ 3:30 pm 11/3/44
A Ulithi West Caroline Island 8:00 am 11/4/44
L “ 4:00 pm 11/12/44
Crossed Equator 0 Degrees/39 Longitude 12:20 pm 11/15/44
A Hollandia New Guinea 6:00 am 11/16/44
L “ 4:30 pm 11/20/44
A Bougainville Solomon Island 5:00 am 11/25/44
L “ 8:45 am 12/15/44
A Lai New Guinea 5:00 am 12/18/44
L “ 6:00 am 12/20/44
A Manus (Papua New Guinea) Admiralty Island 5:00 am 12/22/44
L Manus (Papua New Guinea) Admiralty Island 12:00 am 12/27/44
A Luzon Lingayen Gulf Philippines 7:00 am 1/3/45
L “ 5:30 am 1/18/45
A Leyte Philippines 2:00 pm 1/23/45
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A Nasugbu Bay Luzon Philippines 6:30 am 1/31/45
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A Mindoro Philippines 7:00 pm 2/3/45
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A Leyte Philippines 7:00 am 2/6/45