Military Women Veteran Authors and Speakers Collaborate to Motivate in Business, Professional & Academic Settings: Offer Award-Winning Literature for Women’s History Month

 As the nation’s schools, libraries, government agencies, universities and corporations prepare to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, published authors who are members of the National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau are elevating their unique voices as women veterans, sharing leadership experiences through motivational speaking engagements and literature.

“Women Vets Speak” literature pack is an extension of the bureau’s mission to inform the public about the positive aspects of military service and to share women’s insights into leadership, mentoring and successful team building in corporate environments.

San Francisco, CA & Providence, RI (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 – In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau (NWVSB) announces the release of a packaged set of award-winning literature —“Women Vets Speak.” This unique set is a collection of autobiography, leadership, fiction, young adult, biographical history and children’s books written by its members. The “Women Vets Speak” literature pack is an extension of the NWVSB’s mission to inform the public about the positive aspects of military service and to share women’s insights into leadership, mentoring and successful team building in corporate environments.

Formed in 2014, the bureau’s speakers have taken their messages across the country to corporate, military, educational and non-profit organization audiences, to inspire with their unique brand of storytelling gained while serving in uniform. For military service members, these speakers offer valuable, first-hand transition tips from military service to the business world. Now, access to their experiences and leadership material is available in a special set of signed books that includes:

“All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq” by Miyoko Hikiji, [ISBN: 9781933909585] – a modern-day love and war story between two enlisted Army National Guard soldiers that explores the complexity of romance, harassment, and combat for women in the military, especially during deployment.

“Believing In Horses” by Valerie Ormond [ISBN: 9780973633023] – This inspiring young adult novel tells the story of a girl in a military family committed to saving unwanted horses.

“Believing in Horses, Too” by Valerie Ormond [ISBN: 9780973633047] – This standalone sequel to Believing In Horses follows a young girl’s adventures in the show ring and with therapeutic riding, while she learns to cope with her father’s deployment to Afghanistan.

“Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá” by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, [ISBN: 9780983476030] – This is the first bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s picture book showing young children (ages 3-8) why women and mommies serve in our nation’s armed forces.

“Iraq and Back: Inside the War to Win the Peace” by Kim Olson, [ISBN: 9781591145271] – a rare look inside in the earliest days of the Iraqi reconstruction, as seen through the eyes of a senior officer, wife, and mother.

“Military Fly Moms: Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope” by Linda Maloney [ISBN: 9780978736972] – a biographical collection of the inspiring true stories and photographs of seventy women who shared the same two dreams – becoming aviators in the military, and being moms.

“North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey” by Shannon Huffman Polson [ISBN: 9780310328766] – a memoir of adventure and moving through tragedy to hope. When Polson’s father and stepmother are killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska’s remote Arctic wilderness, she retraces their final river trip in a search for understanding.

“Penelope Pilot and her First Day as Captain” by Lynda Meeks [9780615344331] – a children’s book about a young girl who had always dreamed of being a pilot. Entertaining and educational, this full-color, illustrated book empowers girls to consider non-traditional career opportunities and teaches that Yes, Girls Can Fly!

“Stepping Stones to Success” (Karen Baetzel, co-author with Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield & Dr. Dennis Waitle) [ISBN: 9781600134739] – a leadership anthology, where experts share strategies for mastering business, life, and relationships.

Purchase the “Women Vets Speak” literature pack now through March 31st here.

To request a speaker for your conference, association, educational event or corporate training session, please connect with Angel Picon below. Additional information including speaker biographies can be found at the NWVSB website

Lynette Hoy
Firetalker PR™
Tel: (415) 694-3004
Email: Lynette(at)firetalkerpr(dot)com

Angel Picon
Tel: (209) 688-0892
E-mail: angel(at)WomenVetsSpeak(dot)com

About Us
The National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau (NWVSB) was founded by and is actively managed by two women veteran-owned businesses —Gracefully Global Group LLC (SBA-Certified WOSB) and MMF Media Marketing LLC. NWVSB is the first organization of its kind, crafted to showcase the powerful voices of our nation’s servicewomen. These women draw from their military service, entrepreneurial, author, and life experiences to train and invigorate team members at every level of your organization. Visit Find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @WomenVetsSpeak.

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Ringing in the New Year with a Bang

Kevin Kruse Leadership Badge My Irish grandmother used to have certain traditions to ring in the new year. The first was to bang pots and pans at midnight to make noise, and the second was to light a candle all day, with one door or window open on each side of the apartment or house to let “in with the new, and out with the old.”

Well, I think my grandma would have been proud today to know that the good wind of 2015 brought in a listing of me as one of New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse’s top 101 favorite leadership and speakers.

Here is Kevin’s post, and I am so honored to be in the company of these speakers, including the other members of the National Veteran Womens Speakers Bureau. In Kevin’s words:

“Below are my top 101 favorite leadership speakers and trainers. If you are looking for a leadership speaker for your next corporate or association event, I would encourage you to review their work. Most of these speakers I’ve either hired myself for my own events, or I’ve seen them present in various settings. And if you know of someone who you think belongs on this list, just contact me at kevin at kevinkruse dot com.”

Thank you, Kevin Kruse, and may you light a candle next Jan. 1st as I did this year and start your year with the same happiness I have started mine.

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.

About “Ricky, the Rambunctious Raccoon” Janice Spina

“Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food, Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?”

My review: [Read more…]

Military Writers Society of America Conference – Phoenix

Welcome to Guest Blogger and Author, Michael Wood

I recently met Michael Wood at the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) conference in Phoenix. After seeing how well he captured the essence of the conference in words and photos, I asked if he’d be willing to share with this blog’s readers. So please welcome fellow Navy veteran Mike over from his Travel Photo Escapades blog, and enjoy this virtual visit to the 2014 MWSA conference.

 This is my first year attending one of these MWSA conferences. [Read more…]

Belles of Steel

Jeanette Vaughan

I am humbled today to be named one of AgeView Press’s “Belles of Steel.” The full story is available on author Jeanette Vaughan’s blog.

Jeanette is a wonderful writer and recent winner of the Military Writer’s Society of America silver medal for her historical fiction, “Solo Vietnam.”

Thank you, Jeanette, for this honor, and for documenting a piece of my own personal history in such an interesting way. A salute to you!

Jeanette Vaughan Flying SoloJeanette Vaughan Solo Vietnam


It’s Not Just a Job


When I joined the military, the Navy’s recruiting slogan was “It’s not just a job; it’s an adventure.” I lived that adventure for 25 years and experienced more than I ever imagined. And now, the adventure continues.

A few months ago I received an e-mail from a former “shipmate,” Linda Maloney, asking if I was interested in becoming a member of a new speakers bureau comprised of female veterans. Linda and I had served together in Air Wing ELEVEN onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). We were among the first women deployed on combatant aircraft carriers. Being the first at anything presents challenges, and both challenges and deployments create special bonds. [Read more…]