Happy Birthday, USA! Happy 4th of July!

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Happy Birthday, United States of America!

Today I think of all the Americans who are far away fighting for our freedom right now.

God bless you!

God Bless America!

From all of us here at Nights of Passion

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Independence Day by Stacy Hoff

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As we in America celebrate our independence from mother England, my kids are celebrating their independence from me. For the first time ever, my ten and thirteen year old boys are traveling without me or my husband. Of course, they’ll be with family—aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, but I still worry about them.

Is it egotism for a mom to think they have to hover around their child to keep them safe? To spend time learning? To have appropriate fun?

Definitely.

Is this a problem I have?

Definitely.

Sigh… 

Now I know what England felt like back in 1776 when America’s  young whippersnapper colonies had the audacity to claim independence. Didn’t Ben Franklin and George Washington have any pity for mother England? Why couldn’t they realize that, as a parent, it’s hard to let go?

I hope my boys grow and prosper when they are finally old enough to rule themselves. Just like the U.S.A.

Happy Independence Day, America! And happy travels to my beloved boys.

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Holding Out For A Hero by Heather Novak

 Happy Fourth of July week!

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I’m proud to share that two of my brothers, my sister in law, and my cousin have served in the United States Military, with several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan between them.

Thank you to all of our service women and men!

Today, I want to focus on the other unsung heroes. The people who also give their all as we stay home in our Snuggies watching bad reality TV. I really love bad reality TV. #noshame.

To the American Red Cross, Americorp, the Peace Corps, and so many in between, to people so much braver than me (really it’s not that hard to be braver than me), thank you for doing amazing things to help mankind.20150625-220542.jpg

 

So my hero of the week? Meet my youngest brother, Matt Novak!

On July 4, Matt is boarding a plane to the Philippines for two years!

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Fun fact: The spiders are as big as your face!

 

 He’ll be on the coast, helping rebuild ecosystems, saving coral reefs, and teaching fisherman and farmers how to meet their needs without destroying the environment. As well as making friends with spiders and learning to breathe in 500% humidity. I can tell you, he’s way smarter and cooler than me!

 

In May, Matt graduated from the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University! After traveling across the country to see all the family, he arrived back in Michigan where we binge watched movies and ate more ice cream than I care to admit.

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And the best part? Many hours of watching:

Air. Guitar. World. Championships.

View this amazing international spectacle here.

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Team Eric “Mean” Melin!

So what is the Peace Corps and why should I care? ‘Cause really, Catfish is on my DVR and I have to get to that, ASAP!

I got the phone call one weekday afternoon at work. Matt screamed, “I got accepted to the Peace Corps! I’m headed to the Philippines!”

My first reaction was, “YAY! You’ve wanted to do this for so long!” My second reaction was, “YOU’RE LEAVING ME FOR TWO HOLIDAY SEASONS?! WHO WILL BE MY COHORT AND HIDE IN THE BASEMENT WITH ME AND A BOTTLE OF WINE?!” My third reaction was, “What the hell is the Peace Corps?” So, I looked it up.

According to the website, www.peacecorps.gov, the Peace Corps is:

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

The Peace Corps’ Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

So, from what I’ve gathered, it means that Matt is going to do really awesome work and be really important. More awesome than you, probably. Let’s be honest.

I’m so proud of my littlest brother, who isn’t quite so little anymore. So everyone, wish Matt a safe and wonderful trip! If you’ve served in the Peace Corps, I’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to follow along with Matt’s adventures, you can do so here: matthewinthephilippines.blogspot.com

Fun fact white stamp text on green backgroundFun fact alert! July 2, 2015 is known for:

  • I Forgot Day – I think…I can’t remember…
  • World UFO Day – Get out your tinfoil hat!

 

Want to know another, awesome, super great fun fact?!?!?

Survivor

Today, July 2nd, 2015: I will officially be in remission for 12 years!

*sings* “Happy Tumor Free to Meee!”

 

Be thankful today and hug a vet!

Wishing You Laughter & Good Books,
Heather Novak
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Goodreads Challenges by Mandy Rosko

My bragging post of the week!

Last year I epically failed my Goodreads challenge, and it was only 50 books. I probably already wrote about this at some point, but I can’t really remember. I also added another book to my completed list yesterday and was super happy about it, so I wanted to write about this.

So far my New Years challenge of writing more, reading more, and losing a little weight, is actually coming swimmingly. I say this now, but tomorrow I’ll check the scale and realize I still have stretch marks and…whatever. Back to books! The reading and writing challenges are healthier than ever. I love it.

I’ve mostly read Teen books since I’ve been getting back into that. Me missing my youth. Sigh. Well, either way, I’ve been making good progress, and I might actually beat the challenge, too. Some of the books I added on were short, like, read in an hour type of short, so if I overshoot my goal, I’ll at least feel like I wasn’t cheating. The counter says I’m 8 books ahead of schedule (I think)

Anyway. Just wanted to share all this good news. I know I make things a little easier for myself by listening to audio books, but it just makes things easier when I’m walking the dog. Turns out I can read while at the dog park, but don’t get so many pages in compared to listening to the book. This can be a plus and a minus since I prefer to read the words on the page, but it helps when you don’t have much time.

The writing is going excellent as well. I’m on schedule to hand in my next Siren book tomorrow, and after that I start the Christmas story I’m to be working on for a box set :3 I also added another chapter to my Wattpad Billionaire story yesterday. I had to warn readers that the next chapter probably won’t be up until the fifth while I work on said Christmas story, but I think it will be all right. So far people seem to really like it, which is awesome since I’ve never written Billionaire style books.

So far it’s got 650 views on it. Nowhere near as impressive as the other books that have a couple hundred thousand, or a million plus, but still pretty awesome for me :)

Tomorrow my awesome newsletter goes out with free and sale books linked in it, and I think I’m just high on sugar right now because I’m kind of jumpy with the excitement all this stuff give me :D

Cheers, and Happy Reading!

~Mandy

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Summer Heat Paranormal-Scope

It’s summer time in some places on Earth, and where I am it’s a hot one.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Dragons can still get burned. Drink a lot of water and take care of your health.

Taurus:
Mermaids enjoy dancing in the sunbeams in the water. Get exercise and some sun but don’t overdo. Remember always wear protection. From the sun that is.

Gemini:
Elves take risks. The sunlight seems to supercharge them. It’s time to get a lot done. New opportunities are coming your way.

Cancer:
Vampires don’t really care for sunlight. Moonlight, however, is another matter. Someone from your past will come to light.

Leo:
Shapeshifters find flexibility to be an asset, which you can use on the job. Things are not set in stone so go with the flow. Get as much information as you can on any new project.

Virgo:
Hobbits are into everything. Don’t overextend yourself. Choose those things you really enjoy.

Libra:
Salamanders are ancient creatures of fire. Sunlight nourishes them. Plan a new activity or place to visit this summer.

Scorpio:
Gremlins cannot stay up past midnight. Burn the midnight oil for special occasions. Getting enough sleep and getting up early can improve how you feel.

Sagittarius:
You have a Zombie problem. Sunlight doesn’t matter to them. Avoid trouble, drive carefully and keep a low profile.

Capricorn:
Faeries dance in sunlight. Eat well and plan a  party. Bring together those you hold dear.

Aquarius:
Gnomes love to travel. Plan a trip even if it’s a day trip. Time to relax.

Pisces:
Dragons bathe in sunlight. Get some fresh air and exercise. Enjoy the nice days before they’re gone.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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Love Wins!

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I am not one who is political in any way, but I had to do a little Happy Dance yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled that  same-sex marriage was a right in all 50 states. Hooray!

I have had gay friends since college and have seen their anguish that they couldn’t have the security of a relationship sanctioned by legal marriage. So yesterday I was cheering right along with all the other people who believe that love knows no boundaries. And I was very proud that the United States has stepped up to the plate and made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

My daughter said to me today, “Now kids in school are going to have another date to memorize.” I somehow think it may not go that far, but I know a lot of people will remember that date.

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“No longer may this liberty be denied. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” I read the words of Justice Kennedy and think about my own marriage. I celebrated my wedding anniversary a week ago, and I now look at the meaning of the act with new eyes. And with gladness that those who were denied this wonderful institution are now free to express their love “from sea to shining sea.”

Love wins! Can there be a greater joy than that?

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Do Women Want A Knight? What Kind of Knight Would You Want? Answer the Poll. – Susan Hanniford Crowley

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That’s a good question. When a women is reading a romance novel, what does she really want? I know in this day and age, speaking honestly, we have to rescue ourselves a lot of the time. A woman can’t rely on a man to be there. Women have become independent. Some women have taken on the qualities of the knight. Who says a woman can’t be a knight.

Sadly, there are too many real life stories of men abusing women. So what is the attraction to the male knight. The modern day knight isn’t going to be wearing shining armor.

Knights live by a code of honor. Chivalry began as just loyalty to a landed noble and using your military prowess on his behalf. By the end of the 13th Century, the code was expanded into an “ideal” knight that aspired to “faith, hope, charity, justice, strength, moderation and loyalty.” (This is according to Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight

So where does that place the modern day knight? Here’s poll for you to choose which type of knight you prefer.

Now if your preference is not here, please, put share your chosen knight in the comment box. Maybe you don’t want a knight at all.  Tell us that too.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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