Debby Giusti is a terribly sweet woman.When we shared a ride to a party at RWA last year, we spoke pretty much non-stop about romance and her writing, yes, but mostly about how crazy we are for our troops, and how nice it is when we're able to combine things we care about in real life with the work we're lucky enough to do. Her Inspy Romantic Suspenses are terrific, and I'm so pleased I finally get to introduce her to you. Please give a warm Red, White, and Blue buongiorno to our new Bella...
Hi, Bellas! Grazie, Michelle, for inviting me to Romance: By the Blog!
I’m always in a patriotic mood this time of year. Two weeks ago, we celebrated Memorial Day, tomorrow’s Flag Day and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. That’s why I want to pay tribute to the heroes who are near and dear to my heart--the men and women in the United States Armed Forces.
Michelle and I first “connected” over a book drive for soldiers when my son was deployed for a second tour in Iraq. Not a day goes by that I don’t offer prayers of gratitude and safekeeping for those who put duty, honor and country first. I’m so proud of my son and the thousands of dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who continue to answer our country’s call. They’re heroes in my book!
Knowing the Bellas like pictures, I posted a few from www.usarmy.mil that touched me. Steadfast and courageous, real-life military heroes are take-charge guys with a can-do attitude. And those are the kind of men I like to have in my stories.
Matt Lawson, the hero in my debut novel, NOWHERE TO HIDE, is a Gulf War veteran, and while Nolan Price in SCARED TO DEATH (out in August) isn’t in the military, he possesses the strength and determination that define a guy in uniform.
My third book, MIA: MISSING IN ATLANTA, a March 2008 release from Steeple Hill, features Captain Jude Walker, a returning war hero assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, the unit my son served with in Iraq. The book is dedicated to the brave men and women who defend our nation. God bless them all!
So, Bellas, who are your real-life heroes?
And what makes your patriotic fervor soar?