Thursday, May 28, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker co-hosted The Way of the Warrior table at the SOS America Military Tribute.  She also contributed to THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR anthology in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. From her bio,

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

Learn more about Julie and her books at


Julie welcomes a new series on July 7 with HELL OR HIGH WATER:

In a world on the brink...

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure...

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea...

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...

Verbeeck's painting of a Spanish galleon (left) 
firing on a Dutch warship (right)
Public Domain (link)

Mahalo, Julie, for writing military heroes and supporting military families!  May is National Military Appreciation Month. For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link).  Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1.  Let's chat about Chicago - have you visited the Windy City? I have only visited the outskirts for RT/12 ... but I would like to explore Chicago's Navy Pier.  

2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winners on Monday, June 1.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

File:Navy Pier Chicago.JPG
Navy Pier - Public Domain (link


  1. I have been there once but only for a few days. Main thing was to go to Great Lakes for my stepson's boot camp graduation. But we spent a little time in the Windy City. I loved it.

  2. I've been to Chicago a couple of times and it's one of my favorite cities. We went up the John Hancock Center.

  3. I've never been to Chicago other than layovers at the airport.

  4. Think layover in an airport as well.
    Patoct (Pat L.)

  5. I have only been there once to attend a niece's wedding. I remember they were filming a movie there at the time and I saw the Sear's Tower.

  6. I like the musical, does that count? I probably know more about the history than the present day.

  7. No, I have mever been to Chicago & only know what my father told me about his visit there fourty years ago.

  8. My only experience with Chicago has been at the airport.

  9. I love Chicago especially the food!!!! But then again I lived in Chicago all my life!

  10. I have never been to Chicago. When my cousin's daughter graduated from her Navy training, my cousin was able to visit the Navy Pier--so I have seen photos.


  11. The only time that I've been to Chicago, is when I had to change flights to get to England. I never went outside the airport.

  12. I've always wanted to go :) thanks for sharing!

  13. I'm afraid I've never been but I'd love to!

  14. never had the opportunity - would love to visit (but not in the winter)

  15. I've not been to Chicago, but I'd like to visit.

  16. I had a layover in Chicago when I rode the Greyhound bus from West Virginia to Las Vegas. It took 5 days total but I was only in Chicago for about an hour.

  17. I've never been to Chicago.

  18. I've never been in Chicago,but I would love to visit one day :)