In light of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, I’m very happy to have Jeff Salter on my blog today! I read (and loved) his book, The Overnighter’s Secrets. Once I catch my breath, I’m very anxious to read Called to Arms Again. Take it away, Jeff!
Tribute to the Greatest Generation
By Jeff Salter
Very much appreciate Shea’s gracious invitation to appear here today. Talented author, Shea Ford, is a friend and colleague at Astraea Press.
I think it’s especially fitting that this column appears in the days leading up to our annual observance of Memorial Day. As my family does, Shea’s family includes a lot of military veterans.
Important and timely
Have you ever read a novel which seemed so important and timely that you could hardly contain your enthusiasm about it? Have you ever WRITTEN such a story?
Well I have. At least it seems that important and timely to me. No, not FOR me — because this novel is my tribute to the Greatest Generation … and those still living are leaving us all too quickly. I’m a “baby boomer” — my parents, aunts, uncles, and teachers (and practically every adult I knew) were among that generation which struggled through the Great Depression and sacrificed during World War II.
About the story
Called to Arms Again was released a year ago in May from Astraea Press. Of the nine novels I’ve completed so far, this was my third written and my third fiction book published.
It’s the story of a young newspaper reporter looking for a new angle for her Veterans Day special section. Who better to give her a fresh perspective than a bunch of old war dogs who’d been there and back. Not only does Kelly Randall learn what the Greatest Generation was made of, but she soon discovers a great deal about her own mettle.
My story has action, comedy, romance, plenty of the ‘can-do’ spirit, and an unashamedly healthy dose of patriotism. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cheer.
I need your help
I haven’t gone ‘all-out’ with promotion of my other novels – romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense – because they’re mostly enjoyed by readers of those genres. But the sky’s the limit on promoting C2AA — this story appeals to readers of both genders … from ages 19 to 90!
If you were born before about 1930, you ARE part of the Greatest Generation and you’ll find yourself (and your siblings and friends) in my story!
If you’re a Boomer (born after WW2) — your parents, aunts, uncles, and teachers were members of the greatest generation. Buy this book and read it, because you’ll recognize these characters. And if you have living parents or other relatives, tell them about my story. Please remember, the WW2 generation – both those who served in the military and those who sacrificed on the homefront – are dying at a rate of about 2000 per day … so there is an urgency to let them know about this story which honors them!
If you’re the child of a Boomer Generation parent, you need to read this so you’ll understand what your grand-parents (and their siblings) went through and how they prevailed.
Read it! Pass the word! Get this story into the hands of everyone who loves Freedom!
Don’t you agree that artist Elaina Lee did an outstanding job on my cover for Called to Arms Again?
Called to Arms Again
By J. L. Salter
Hook & Blurb:
Grit doesn’t fade away … it just becomes crusty. With harrowing elements right out of today’s headlines, this story reaches back into the sturdy heartbeat of people raised during the Depression and tested during World War II. Though the old uniforms haven’t fit in many decades, their resilient spirits still have that same intensity which helped save democracy.
Needing only a fresh angle to write her Veteran’s Day special, Kelly discovers first-hand that the Greatest Generation still has enough grit to fight back. While all the authorities are occupied during a massive Homeland Security drill, an urban gang of thieves targets an isolated retirement subdivision … figuring the crippled geriatrics would offer no resistance.
Though Kelly’s widowed boyfriend came along only for a post-funeral luncheon, Mitch soon finds himself leading a mis-matched flanking team. Kelly’s good friend Wade has his own assignment, with a home-made mortar and lots of illegal gunpowder.
Maybe it’s difficult to remember everyday things like taking pills, but these octogenarians have never forgotten it was up to them to defend family, home, community, and country. The outcome of their courageous stand depends on the resolve and resourcefulness of an unlikely ensemble of eccentric elderly neighbors, several American Legion members, and others spanning four generations.
Barnes & Noble:
With Dingbat Publishing
“Scratching the Seven-Month Itch” (screwball comedy) — date to be announced
“Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold” (screwball comedy) — Dec. 2013
Published by Astraea Press
“The Ghostess and MISTER Muir” — date to be announced
“Hid Wounded Reb” — date to be announced
“Don’t Bet On It” ( a short novella) — April 2014
“Echo Taps” (a short companion piece for “Called to Arms Again”) — June 2013
“Called To Arms Again” (a tribute to the Greatest Generation) – May 2013
“Rescued By That New Guy in Town” (comedic romance) – Oct. 2012
“The Overnighter’s Secrets” (romantic suspense) – May 2012