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The stop before mine on the blog tour is Stacey Kennedy (http://www.staceykennedy.com/blog/) and the next stop is Pandora Poikilos (http://peacefrompieces.blogspot.com/). Be sure and check them out, as well as the rest of the authors participating in the blog tour over the course of this Memorial Day weekend, and spread the ability of my fellow independent/self-published authors to cheer our brave soldiers in their grim duty through donations of our ebooks. You can also donate funds to provide the troops with Kindle e-readers.
My family moved to the USA when I was ten. A year later, my father enlisted in the United States Army Reserve, saying that his own father had once told him that the only way to truly make a new country your home was to till its soil or to defend it against its enemies. At the time, I was too young and too surprised to say how much I respected that.
He reached the rank of full Colonel by the time of the first Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Shield, and was called up to staff a base hospital in Georgia where they were preparing to receive massive numbers of evacuated casualties once the ground war began. The war ended with a whimper rather than a bang, however, and those casualties never truly materialized. The rotation of troops between the Gulf and the States was halted by the elder President Bush, so my father never served overseas during the rechristened Operation Desert Storm. I accept my own selfishness when I thank God for that.
I am grateful that I still have all the members of my immediate family around me, despite the physical distance that separates us. I have two loving parents, and two brothers I greatly respect along with their own families. Someday, that will no longer be true. I dread the coming of that day, when those I love are lost to what comes after. This Memorial Day, I am thankful for what I have, and for what has not yet been taken from me.
An ebook coupon for a free copy of the Smashwords edition of my book Sunset, Pact Arcanum: Book One will be gifted to all who comment on this post (don’t forget to include your email address), and to a soldier of your choosing (if you do not specify a recipient, then the Tour Organizers will chose for you). Each unique commenter will also be entered to win a free Kindle e-reader.
A recent review of Sunset can be found at Indie Bookblogger (http://indiebookblogger.blogspot.com/2011/05/sunset-by-arshad-ahsanuddin-review.html).