I’m a little scared of surprises. Sometimes, they are good. Sometimes, not so much. The latest came in January and it was great. With a smile on his face, my boyfriend announced that he had taken the week off from work to ensure he would be free to celebrate my birthday. I was shocked in a good way. It took me days to get over it. I had never expected anyone to do something so sweet for me. It was truly the most thoughtful gift he could have given me. It didn’t end there. He threw in a romantic weekend getaway. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I wrote today’s post as part of the WOW-Women on Writing Blanket Tour for Letter from Home by Kristina McMorris ( This debut novel is the story of three young women during World War II and the identity misunderstandings they and the men in their lives have. Ask yourself: Can a soldier fall in love with a woman through letters? and What happens if the woman writing the letters is different from the woman he met the might before he shipped out, the woman he thought was writing the letters? Is it still love or just a lie?
Like many authors, Kristina has had a wild selection of “real jobs” everything from wedding planner to actress to publicist. She finally added novelist to the list after  Kristina got a peek at the letters her grandfather wrote to his sweetheart(a.k.a. Grandma Jean)while he was serving in the Navy during World War II. That got her wondering how much two people could truly know each other just from letter writing and became the nugget of her novel.
In honor of her grandparents, and all the other families kept apart by military service, Kristina is donating a portion of her book’s profits to United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories to their children. You can learn more about the program at If you comment on today’s post on this blog or any of the others participating in Everybody’s Talking About Surprises, you’ll be entered to win a special surprise prize! It includes a personalized copy of Letters from Home, a Big Band CD, Victory Garden seeds, and more.  To read Kristina’s post about surprises and a list of other blogs participating in Everybody’s Talking about Surprises visit The Muffin.

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  1. #1 by Falise on March 18, 2011 - 9:41 PM

    I have read three of the Surprise posts for Everybody’s Talking About Surprises. I personally love surprises although there are not enough of them in life. The book Letters from Home sounds like something we should all read and so glad to know about the United Through Reading Program.

    Thank you for spreading the word.

  2. #2 by Kristina McMorris on March 17, 2011 - 2:40 AM

    Patricia C – What a thoughtful surprise. I’m suddenly craving a romantic getaway! Thanks for sharing, and for participating in the tour.

  3. #3 by Patricia Sands-Anis on March 16, 2011 - 11:08 PM

    You deserve surprises like that!

  4. #4 by Linda M. Rhinehart Neas on March 16, 2011 - 4:00 PM

    Love romantic surprises…they are the best. My sweet beloved surprises me frequently in little ways. It is so nice! Great post!

  5. #5 by Patricia Anne McGoldrick on March 16, 2011 - 12:31 PM

    What a wonderful surprise!
    Hope your cold is better.

  6. #6 by melissa goodwin on March 16, 2011 - 10:58 AM

    What a wonderful surprise Patricia!

  7. #7 by Stacey on March 16, 2011 - 7:28 AM

    Hmm will link over to read about that novel 🙂 I am sending a big thank you to the other author and yourself, being a military wife I know how beneficial something like this can be when mommy or daddy are gone away 🙂

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