Happy Vintage Thanksgiving!!

Just discovered a new stash of vintage postcards while I was putting together the November posts on World War II. While the other cards (and this one) date from the early 1900s, the new ones are from the 1930s. Looking forward to sharing those at Christmas.

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November 28, 2014 · 12:05 am

“A Very Vampire Thanksgiving” by Celia Breslin with GIVEAWAY

My special Thanksgiving guest is urban fantasy Champagne author Celia Breslin . Last year, Celia’s Haven, the first of the Tranquilli Bloodline series, was published by Champagne Books. It quickly became a personal favorite. After NaNoWriMo (a total failure for me this year) is over, I plan to enjoy every moment reading Destiny which is already queued up. The characters are delicious. Did I mention they were vampires? For now, enjoy Celia’s Thanksgiving offering.

Picture of a fast moving cars at nightHi Everyone!  I’m delighted to visit Rita Bay’s Blog during this holiday week. In addition to roaming the blogosphere for my DESTINY book tour, I’m busy preparing for my real world, family Thanksgiving dinner.  We do a mix of traditional and California cuisine over here, with the requisite roast turkey and its fixings (stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, etc.) plus grilled fish, roast vegetables, and salads. Dessert is typically a variety of pies and assorted chocolates.  Okay, now I’m hungry! :-)

In honor of this holiday, I brought some of my characters with me today, to introduce themselves and share how they plan to spend Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Carina:  “Hi there. I’m Carina (Rina to my friends), heroine of Celia’s Tranquilli Bloodline Series. Dance club owner, vampire princess. For the past several years, I’ve spent Thanksgiving with my friends: Adrian, Mark, Ren, Faith, and Kai. Adrian, Mark, and Ren are fantastic cooks. We usually do sushi, and grilled meat and fish, along with rice and noodle dishes. For dessert, we go for beverages such as port or cognac, paired with cheese. We’ll do exactly this for Thanksgiving this week!”

Alexander: “Hello. I’m Alexander, Carina’s fated soul mate. I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in years. I look forward to my first holiday experience with Carina. No food for me since I’m a vampire. Blood for dinner and whiskey after.”

Jonas: “I am The Executioner. Duty calls on me every day.”

Thomas: “I am Carina’s vampire uncle and will attend her festivities while Jonas attends to our…enemies.”

Dixon: “That would be me, their enemy, Dixon de Champagne. I’m from England. Thanksgiving is just another day for me to pursue my blood vendetta against Thomas and the entire Tranquilli cosca. And by the way, Carina will be mine.”

Fineas: “Dixon, do you ever burn yourself with all that hot air you blow?  Hello, I’m Fineas, vampire extraordinaire, member of The Tranquilli cosca, and the life of any party. No Thanksgiving dinner for me, but you’re welcome to attend the wonderful, after-party in my penthouse. Not for the faint of heart, however. Or Dixon.”

Destiny (Book 2 of the Tranquilli Bloodline Series)

 An Urban Fantasy Romance from Champagne Books

In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.

Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.

Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.

Available at ARe Amazon BN Champagne Books Google Books Smashwords iTunes

Click HERE to register for my GIVEAWAY.  Celia

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Cover Reveal: Dawning of Light by Tami Lund with Giveaways

Welcome to multi-published paranormal romance author Tami Lund who will share the cover of her upcoming release Dawning of Light (Lightbearer Book 2). The second installment in her paranormal romance Lightbearer series is scheduled for publication by Liquid Silver Books on December 15th, 2014. Check out the gorgeous cover for Dawning of Light and the book blurb.

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Dawning of Light CoverFinnegan Hennigan meets his match in spunky Cecilia Druthers, a woman he can barely stand. Cecelia’s opinion of Finn? He’s an oaf and a killjoy. But, opposites can’t resist each other in Dawning of Light by Tami Lund. You’ll love Book 2 of Tami’s hot fantasy series, Lightbearer, a saga about lightbearers and the shifters who hate to love them.

The Lightbearers are a group of magical beings who have lived for five hundred years hidden away in their warded and protected coterie. Now that the princess of the Lightbearers is mated to a shifter, their peaceful lives have been turned upside down.  

 In this second installment of the Lightbearer Series, shifter Finnegan Hennigan is doing his damnedest to keep lightbearer Cecilia Druthers out of trouble. His job is made all the more difficult by the fact that Cecilia doesn’t want to stay out of trouble.  

Despite their mutual annoyance, sparks ignite between this odd couple. As it becomes increasingly more apparent that someone is out to get Cecilia, the flares of attraction become impossible to resist, and soon, Cecilia and Finn tumble into, well, a closet together. And then the bed. And if Finn wants to keep her there, he’s going to need to keep her alive.  

Which means figuring out who the hell keeps trying to kill her.

Content Notes: Dawning of Light  contains Hot, Non-sexual Violence, Fantasy, Fairies, Paranormal, Shifters, Suspense

About Tami

10811638_10152949516761579_1249643256_nTami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.

Tami is multi-published, both self and with a few publishers, including Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, and Soul Mates Publishing. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Be sure to stalk her on social media, so you know when.

And most important, if you enjoyed one of Tami’s books, please let other readers know by leaving a review on the site from which you bought it, or on Goodreads. Otherwise, how will they know which book to read next?

TAMI’s  LINKS: Webpage / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Click the link  to sign up for a drawing to win Tami’s ebooks and Amazon gift cards at a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Twelfth Night Queen Release Day

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The Twelfth Night Queen, my holiday Regency romance from Sweet Cravings Publishing, releases today for $2.99 . Check out the blurb below.

Fontaines always married Westburys, until the Twelfth Night Queen rebelled.  Amelia Fontaine was betrothed to her cousin, Percy Westbury, while she was still in leading strings. When Percy and his family arrive for a long holiday visit, Amelia is dismayed by the prospect of the impending arranged marriage. With his estate in shambles, Percy flaunts his plans to use Fontaine Hall’s wealth to benefit his family’s fortunes. When Percy demands that Amelia end her friendship with her neighbor, Edward Thornton, will she choose to follow tradition or pursue happiness?

Edward Thornton, the Earl of Bridgwater, couldn’t remember a time he didn’t love Amelia. He didn’t believe her grandmother would insist on the arranged marriage, until the entire Westbury clan invites themselves to Fontaine Hall. When Edward discovers Percy’s secret life and his sinister plans for Amelia, he embarks on a campaign to rescue her. Will the Twelfth Night Queen help him save his beloved from her cruel fate?

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Discharge Papers for WWII

After WWII ended in 1945 and most of the soldiers returned to their homes, the hospitals started to close down and the nurses were not needed. Lt. Marie and the other nurses were given the choice of being discharged (actually placed on the inactive list) or signing up for an additional FIVE years. Being the only child, Lt. Marie elected to be discharged  and return home to keep an eye on her mother. (Note: if she stayed for five years, she would have been pulled into the Korean War with several more years committed.) Here’s the discharge orders that sent her home.

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WWII – Caught on Camera #3

In this pic, Lt. Marie was on-duty, retrieving some hydrogen peroxide to clean a wound. Her uniform is a one-piece wrap-around dress that tied on two sides. It’s a light-weight brown and white striped, seer-sucker dress. The cap was made of the same fabric and was worn with brown shoes and hose. Dresses were shorter than worn in the 1930s to save fabric. After the war, the dress length dropped dramatically. Many ladies inserted a contrasting or matching fabric to make the dress longer.

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Ration Books in WWII

Not all products were available during WWII. Items such as cars, tires, appliances, clothing, certain food items (including meat) were reserved for the war effort. Those items that were available in limited amounts were rationed. Ration books were issued to citizens to use when they purchased items. Different stamps in the books were used to purchase specific items, including alcohol. (True Story: Lt. Marie obtained her first ration book when a relative who liked to drink took her to register and obtain her book on her 21st birthday. He immediately relieved her of the alcohol stamps.)

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Supporting the War Effort – Defense Stamp Albums

Supporting the war effort was a national responsibility. War bonds were sold in several denominations. For those who couldn’t afford them, the Defense Stamp Album of 25 cent stamps were issued. The owner could place 25 cents stamps in the book until it was filled. Then, it was treated as a regular bond with a maturity date. They were sometimes given as gifts.

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Life in the Army Stateside in WWII

Lt. Marie had been stationed first in Atlanta at Camp Butner, followed by service Camp Butner in North Carolina, and finally at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC.  At Camp Butner, she worked primarily with soldiers who had been injured and returned home to recover. In the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944 – January 1945, the Germans caught the Allies in a surprise offensive. With over 19,000 killed and 89,000 injured, it became the most tragic battle of the war.  Some soldiers  had suffered from severe frostbite requiring amputation with  a long treatment and recovery.

Lt. Marie worked received only one day off a month. Night nurses worked 7pm to 7am. Day nurses worked eight hours, from 7am to 7 pm with three hours off during the shift. Although she was usually too tired to socialize, officers were required to join the Officers’ Club. Unfortunately, she doesn’t remember where the card was issued.

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WWII – Caught on Camera #2

This is another clicking camera surprise at Walter Reed. Lt Marie was dressing a wound. A brave, wounded soldier, you ask? No. A young man who fell while skating.

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