Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Happy 223rd Birthday, United State Coast Gaurd!

Yesterday was the the Coast Guard's 223rd Birthday ... let's continue the celebration!  From the Coast Guard's website (link),

The U. S. Coast Guard is simultaneously and at all times a military force and federal law enforcement agency dedicated to safety, security, and stewardship missions. We save lives. We protect the environment. We defend the homeland. We enforce Federal laws on the high seas, the nation's coastal waters and its inland waterways. We are unique in the Nation and the world.

The Coast Guard's official history began on 4 August 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act that authorized the construction of ten vessels, referred to as "cutters," to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Known variously through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the "revenue cutters," the "system of cutters," and finally the Revenue Cutter Service, it expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.

Coast Guard Lighthouse at the foot of Diamond Head

Shirley Jump delivers a delicious coast Guard hero in THE SWEETHEART RULES:

Rescue Bay veterinarian Diana Tuttle is a great single mom, but she has a harder time taking care of herself. Having been burned in the past by her son’s noncommittal father, the last thing she wants is a man who isn’t in it for the long haul—until a foolish one-night stand from her past walks back into her life.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Mike Stark has never wanted to settle down. But when his ex-wife leaves their two small children on his doorstep, he is forced to become a family man in a hurry. His return to Rescue Bay, Florida and fatherhood isn’t easy, but reconnecting with Diana makes the challenge all the more worthwhile. Except becoming the long-term lover she has in mind may be one commitment too many…

Luckily, when Diana’s and Mike’s pasts begin to threaten their future, the Sweetheart Sisters have the perfect scheme to make this second chance last a lifetime.


I am giving away a print copy of THE SWEETHEART RULES to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the Coast Guard - have you seen any of its ships, helicopters, or personnel up close and personal?

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Shirley and her books at shirleyjump.com. Shirley will visit us in September to celebrate the release of THE SWEETHEART SECRET.



  1. I haven''t had anything to do with the Coast Guard in any way, but it is an amazing service.

  2. The Coast Guard Academy is here in Connecticut. I have been to there many times.

  3. Happy Birthday Coast Guard! No, I never seen a Coast Guard ship. I don't think I even know anyone who was in the Coast Guard.

  4. I've seen them at the Ft. Morgan ferry in Alabama and also in Florida along Cocoa Beach.

  5. LOL... I live in the middle of the country so Coast Guard is not a big presence at all... But I was surprised to find out that they patrol the major rivers too. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I'm afraid I know very little - there is nothing here in Pittsburgh that I know about.

  7. Happy Birthday to the USCG. I have seen Coast Guard ships in the harbor here.

  8. When I was growing up, a friend of mine had a big brother who was in the Coast Guard.

  9. Happy Birthday to the USCG. The only time that I've seen them has been on the telly.

  10. About 30 minutes north of where I live they have an annual Coast Guard Festival. I'm very close to Lake Michigan so there is a big Coast Guard presence in the area.

    Marcy Shuler

  11. Yes, I have. Have even had some personnel in our store.

  12. Happy birthday, Coasties! They are an amazing service, combining lifesaving with peacetime fighting. They were also one of the first where women were (officially) involved with combat, since they fight drug smugglers and other ne'er-do-wells along the coasts. They are, indeed, _Semper Paratus_!

  13. Yes. We have a coast guard station here in San Diego, so there are times we see coast guard boats out on the water. They also man the coast guard lighthouse here as well.

  14. They are amazing but I've never seen any of their boats or anything up close

  15. The Coast Guard has such an important job but I don't know anyone in it and I've never been on up-close to any of the ships or helicopters.