Military Writers – Julia Maki

As I head off to the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Conference, it seems a good time to recognize military writers.
On September 7, I have the privilege of joining award-winning authors Jack Woodville London and Don Helin to conduct the “Writing Your Story” one-day workshop at the Audie Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center in San Antonio, Texas.
And then, we get to gather with 40+ MWSA members attending a packed agenda conference including discussions on topics of interest from marketing to the centennial commemoration of our country’s entrance into World War One.

We have many great military writers out there in the world, and we need more of those writers to tell their stories before they are lost. Julia Maki is one of those greats…and this is my review of one of her stories.

Julia Maki’s What They Don’t Teach You in Deer River entertains, informs, and touches readers in memorable ways. Written from the heart, Maki relays stories from her childhood through adulthood with a good blend of humor and serious attention. She brings readers on a rollicking ride through her Navy experiences and discusses realities of being homesick, feeling overwhelmed at times, navigating work and personal relationships, and enjoying victories as a team. Maki tells her story in ways that non-military people can understand and learn something about through reading about one sailor’s adventures. As a Navy Veteran myself, I highly recommend this book. Julia Maki created a wonderful read and recorded a unique piece of history from the perspective of one proud female aircrewman.

About Julia A. Maki
Julia A. Maki served in the United States Navy for five years. She now resides in Maryland with her husband and three children while working for the Department of Defense as a civilian- when she’s not busy wiping little noses and carpooling to football practice.

 

If you are in the military, a Veteran, avfamily member, or have an interest in military affairs, please help tell our Veterans’ stories. And don’t let the writing process get in the way – just write.

 

A Fun, Timely, Sensitive, and Perceptive Story

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By Valerie Ormond

J.B. Max Publishing, 2014

ISBN 978-0-9736330-4-7

Fiction, 246 pages

Soft Cover, Kindle

Reviewed by Margaret Evans

“Sadie felt so isolated. She couldn’t share or communicate her worry with her family. And living in a community with no other military people, no one else would understand. So she lived a life of constant secret fear which grew every day. She needed a distraction.” [Read more…]

Fifteen Top Tips on Time Management

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If Kevin Kruse was a rock star, I’d already consider myself one of his groupies. But his latest book, “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs,” makes me an even bigger fan. As Kruse points out, time is a commodity we cannot recreate. And, unfortunately, it is a commodity people and institutions want, and think little of taking from us for their own purposes. [Read more…]

Interview with Award-Winning Author Janice Spina

Award-winning multi-genre author, Janice Spina

Award-winning multi-genre author, Janice Spina

Today I’m happy to bring you author Janice Spina, who writes children’s books and thrillers. I had the pleasure of meeting Janice through Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog.

Janice is the award-winning author of five children’s picture books, illustrated by her husband, John Spina. Her most recent book is her first novel and mystery/crime/thriller, “Hunting Mariah.” But let’s talk about one of her picture books that I shared with one of my younger reading pals, J.C. [Read more…]

Inspirational Young Horse Saver

I reconnected with a childhood friend recently whose daughter, Nicole, volunteers with Freedom Hill Horse Rescue. My friend mentioned Nicole was preparing her end-of-year book report and diorama on my book, “Believing In Horses.” When I saw her diorama and read her report, I found it so touching that I wanted to share them with others. In times when children are often criticized for being self-centered and lazy, I’m happy to highlight one who is not.

So, from my youngest contributor to this blog, I bring you 10-year-old Nicole Cavanaugh, an inspirational young horse saver.

Nicole Cavanaugh's diorama for Believing In Horses

In this scene from “Believing in Horses” Sadie is going to Freedom Hill Horse Rescue for the first time. Sadie is visiting Freedom Hill to sign up as a volunteer and to show them her presentation about the horses that need to be saved. She is hoping they will help her save the horses that are going to be auctioned. This is an important moment for Sadie because this is the first time she asks for help to achieve her goal. (Nicole Cavanaugh)

Summary

The Navarros are moving to Bowie, Maryland, because Sadie’s Dad is in the military and is being reassigned for a few years. One of those years he will be in Afghanistan, which makes Sadie sad. Her reward for being so good about the situation is a horse. Sadie’s grandmother sends Sadie a horse. His name is Color Me Lucky but they call him Lucky. One day Sadie learned about 10 horses that needed to be saved because they were going to auction. Many horses that go to auction are killed for meat. Sadie decided she [Read more…]

Doctor’s Advice – Give a Book

 

Author of "an Unlikely Goddess"

Author Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Today I’m happy to bring you award-winning author Mohana Rajakumar and her recent novel, “An Unlikely Goddess.” Dr. Rajakumar is a writer, educator, and scholar of literature. She earned her PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory.  She is the author of seven e-books, and believes “words can help us understand ourselves and others.”

About “An Unlikely Goddess:”

” Sita is the firstborn, but since she is a female child, her birth makes life difficult for her mother who is expected to produce a son. From the start, Sita finds herself in a culture hostile to her, but her irrepressible personality won’t be subdued. Born in India, she immigrates as a toddler to the U.S. with her parents after the birth of her much anticipated younger brother. Sita’s struggles to be American and yet herself, take us deeper into understanding the dilemmas of first generation children, and how religion and culture define women.” [Read more…]