Monday, May 30, 2011

Tour de Troops

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by. On the final day of the tour, your virtual feet must be tired from all the hopping!

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the Tour de Troops. Married to a now-retired Air Force man and as the daughter of a long-term Army serviceman, I've grown up with that ingrained honor and respect for those who serve and protect our country and its ideals. In fact, when I think about it, my family crosses over all military lines: from Air Force to Army to the Marines, the Merchant Marines and the Navy. 

If you're following the holiday weekend tour, the stop before mine is Nicole Galland and the next stop is Urban Fantasy writers Rachelle Reese and John E. MillerBut first, hang with me and get your free ebook "The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome." 

As an involved bystander, I want to thank all that have sacrificed to serve our country. When I think of my own personal experiences, there are a few things I’d like to share.

Preserving Memories

A few years ago, my Papa – grandfather – passed away. He served in the Marines during the Korean War. Many people discuss the importance of writing names on the backs of photos to identify those pictured. Think about the act as preserving history. Not only are the people important, but also the locations that they were taken.

Likewise, when dealing with older black and white images, or even color photographs, consider scanning in the pictures – and backing them up – so there’s a crisp digital image to preserve.

Along the same lines, save those letters. It’s amazing for me to read the thoughts of my great-grandfather, and grandfather, as they spent countless months away from home. Many people correspond via email. These missives also can be stored electronically or printed in the book. Don’t think about preserving the memories simply for oneself, but also for future generations.


As a writing teacher, I’ve worked with many active duty and veterans in college. While it may be difficult, writing about one’s experiences also can be quite helpful. As a supportive friend, family member or even a teacher, it’s important to let the individual express himself or herself without critiquing the work. Once more time and distance comes between the work and the individual, and they request feedback, then that’s the time to offer suggestions. 

While I'm not an "indie" author, I am sponsoring a free ebook for each person who leaves a comment, and one for a troop. Plus you'll be entered into a drawing for a Kindle, sponsored by the writers taking place in the tour and the Indie Book Collective. (Make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!) So in order to receive an ebook, tell me: What's your favorite American food?

Next stop: Rachelle Reese and John E. Miller
Thank you for stopping by, and once again thank you to all of our troops. Remember your next stop will be: Rachelle Reese and John E. Miller.

For a review of my latest book "The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome," check out Joyfully ReviewedIf you enjoy “The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome,” stay tuned for “Chains of Silver,” coming Fall 2011.


  1. hello,

    nice to see so many people taking part in this event. I already think I will enjoy your book and hope a troop will enjoy it, too.
    Can't wait to read it.
    My e-mail is: forestlove at abv dot bg
    Best wishes,

  2. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to help a soldier.


  3. Favorite American Food is hard - I'm southern so bbq is one of my favs
    I agree a preserving the memories, I've becoming the member of our family in charge of scanning and have had to call older members of the family to question them about who that is standing next to grandmother in that picture quiet often.

  4. Favorite American Food, eh? I may have to agree with the last poster (Penny). I'm a yankee who a year ago moved into the South.

    Southern-style BBQ? North Carolina Ribs? Hard to say, but it's great, American food! :)

    -Jeremy Rodden

  5. My favorite American Food . . . Well, to be honest I am not sure what food item came from where. French fries . . are they french? We all know we like the good ole comfort foods (no matter the origins) Mac n Cheese, potato salad, corn bread, pinto beans . . . you get the picture.

    If you ask me what I would want for a special dinner . . It would come from an Italian Restaurant or a Mexican Restaurant, lol.


  6. Like everyone else my favorite American food isn't really American, it's PIZZA smothered with everything but jalapenos and anchovies.

    If you asked me what I wanted for a special dinner I would say Japanese or Mexican food. Maybe the great thing about food is we have so much to choose from.

    My email address is rivawriter at yahoo dot com

    If possible could you send the soldiers copy of your book to Private Zach Schaneberger. His email address is zach dot schaneberger at gmail dot com.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this. - Tracy

  7. I can't wait to read your book! I love all things vampy. Thanks for supporting our troops and offering a free copy of your book to them. What a great way to support our troops who defend our freedom with their lives.

    My favorite American food...Green Bean Casserole. My family used to have it only on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter but now that I'm the chef in the family, we have it as a regular side.


    mr.boardgame AT yahoo dot com

  8. Thank you for supporting our troops. This is an awesome to show your support and I know that they will appreciate it. Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks!

  9. Hmm Fav American food would be Baked Beans and Peach Cobbler.

    Thank you for being a part of this great event!


  10. Make mine pizza - thank you so much for participating in this shout out to the troops. I can't wait to read you book!
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

  11. What an easy way to support our troops. Thanks for the opportunity to also get the chance to find a new author. I would say my favorite American food would be cheese burgers followed closely by anything southern, fried chicken ,okra you name it smothered in gravey.

    janeencerrito at yahoo dot com

  12. Thanks for supporting all of our troops. Can't wait to read your book.


  13. My favorite American food is macaroni & cheese! All Southern-ed up! :) Love fried okra too.

    Happy Memorial Day! Remember to support our troops!

  14. I love HOT DOGS!! I can't help it!! lol Thanks for supporting the troops!

    scrugglenamp AT aol DOT com

  15. hi Louisa! i'm not from the US but:
    - i support the troops stationed all over the world
    - i love hotdogs, burgers, sloppy joe, coleslaw, macaroni & cheese, milkshakes, Craisins
    - i love the freedom i enjoy as well thanks in part to the men and women in uniform

    thanks for your support of the troops and for being gracious. please send a copy to any soldier you choose. c",)


  16. Thank you so much for your generosity. I agree that documenting photographs is so important. I guess my favorite American food is french fries!

  17. Thank you for supporting the troops. I am very excited to read your book. I also want to thank all the troops for all the hard work they do everyday for us.
    My email address is:


  18. Thanks for supporting the troops, congrats on being on the tour!


  19. Cheeseburger and French fries.

    Thanks for supporting our troops! Freedom is not free. Thanks for the free book.
    sundevil007 at hotmail dot com

  20. My favorite American food is Cajun. I grew up eating all the wonderful food.
    Thank you for supporting our service men and women.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  21. This blog tour is a great idea.

    James R
    jamesemr(at) gmail (dot)com

  22. Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour. I can't wait to read your book. God Bless

    ams06189 at yahoo dot com

  23. What's my favorate American Food? The hamburger. Not just any burger, but the thick juicy ones my dad puts on the BBQ on summer holidays like Memorial Day. There's nothing like it in the restaurants because there is so much meaning and love that goes with it.

    Thank you for helping support our troops with copies of your book.

    God Bless.

  24. Is there such a thing as American food? In history classes I have learned that our country is a melting pot. When I think of my favorites they actually came to America by way of the immigrants who poured into this country. My all time favorite food is from a place here in Globe, AZ called The Burger House. I always order the regular burro enchilada style and a taco. That is the best food ever. Thanks for this blog tour and supporting the troops.

  25. As a disabled vet, I would like to thank you for helping the men and women serving in the armed forces.
    There are times a good book can come in handy.

    John [@] johnpoindexter [dot] com

  26. Hi Louisa!

    Woo Hoo! I am so happy to get here to your post, looking forward to reading your book! Thanks so much for participating here and giving free copies of your book to the troops!

    Favorite American food is probably a barbeque sandwich without the coleslaw, lol. Second to that is the Hebrew National hotdog... a hotdog is American right? lol

  27. Thank you for supporting our troops. My fav food.... I'll have to vote for a good ol fashioned cheeseburger.

  28. Thank you for sharing your story with the troops. I'm honored to help with that. Just a few days ago I found the photos of my grandfather who served in WWII, among others, and scanned them to preserve them for my family to enjoy. When my grandparents pass, I hope to get a hold of the others and continue the preservation. It's a great idea.


  29. My favorite American food? THE HAMBURGER of course!

    Thanks for participating in this event! It's awesome of you to do it even if you aren't an indie writer. :)

    calophi AT gmail DOT com

  30. This is such an awesome thing you're all doing, bless all your hearts! And, ohhh, favorite American food? That would have to be a big juicy Five Guys burger! WOOT nothing else like 'em in the world :)

  31. Fav American food... Southern Fried Chicken... yum...


  32. Thank you so much for participating in this tour and giving me a chance to help our troops.

    My favorite american food is Sausage Gravy and Biscuits. You can't eat much of it because it is so rich but it is sure yummy!

    Thank you again
    Mary Ellen

  33. Thank you for taking part in the tour.

    My favourite American food? Corn bread.
    I have a story about it:
    After WWII, France didn't have enough flour for bread, so they asked the Americans. Only they asked for corn,in British English, and ended up having (sweet)corn flour. So now we have corn bread thanks to the mixed up, and I love it.

  34. And I forgot the email... #oops!

  35. Thanks for being a part of this tour, honoring our troops.

    My favorite food is Pizza!!

    Looking forward to reading your book.


  36. Favorite American food: corn on the cob cooked just right.

    Bmcbroom at gmail dot com

  37. Favorite American food? Steak comes first to mind but hmm, cheeseburgers are good. I'm getting hungry.

    Thank you for supporting our soldiers.

    todd at orting dot com

  38. My Favorite American food...Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream :-) Thanks for being a part of Blog Tour de Troops!


  39. I love that you are doing this. My favorite food...hmmm my favorite is pizza!! I'm not sure that's really american...then i'd have to go with the bacon cheeseburger!! (Now i'm hungry!!) Thanks!

    milldirt at msn dot com

  40. Thank you for supporting our troops!! I think that this is an amazing thing you all are doing!! How do you choose a fav food? There are so many choices!

  41. Thanks for participating in the tour and for the book.

    kolists a\t gmail dt com

  42. Hi and thank you so much for participating in this program. What a great way for all of us to help the troops.

    Dale (

  43. Even though pizza isn't originally American, it's pretty American now. LOL. Pizza is hands down my all time favorite food.

    Thanks for supporting our troops!

  44. Hmmm ... favorite American food. That is a hard one, as I love all different foods! I think Hash is prob my all-time favorite strictly American. Sausage or corned beef, chunks of onions, garlic, potatoes and peppers - YUM.

  45. My favorite...Burgers and fries!

    Thanks for supporting our troops. I appreciate that. I would like to read your book too.

  46. Thank you for doing your part in supporting our troops by giving them a little time in a world far away from the one they are in.

    My favorite American food would probably have to be pizza. Although I can't eat much of it now. (You know what age does to your stomach)

    christygibbon at juno dot com

  47. Thank you for being part of this. My favorite American food is French Fries! Can't live without them.

    mirandamei at hotmail dot com

  48. I am a military brat that married into a military family and I have nothing but respect for our soldiers that are willing to lay everything on the line to keep us safe. I love that you and your fellow authors are gifting the troops with an escape from reality when they need it. Thank you for allowing me to do my part for them!


  49. My favorite American food? Tough one! Right now I'd have to say peach ice cream. My husband makes the best!
    I don't know any active troops so send a book to any that wants one and I can't wait to get mine. My email is mammysfave at Hotmail dot com

  50. Thank you for supporting our troops!
    My favorite American food: BBq'd hamburbers, potato salad and apple pie...Oh, wait. That's a meal, isn't it? =D
    Please donate a copy of your novel to a soldier of your choice.


  51. I appreciate that you are supporting our troops.

    My favorite American food is HOT DOGS. I have always loved them. Growing up my mom always had lots of hot dogs in the fridge. Hot dogs are my mother's favorite food, period.

    dreamsgate at clearwire dot net

  52. Louisa,

    Please thank your husband, father and any other living relative who is serving or has served for our country. I can only imagine the sacrifices they've made and am ever grateful they are willing to do so.

    My favorite American food is French Fries. Thick cut, coarse salt, cooked all the way through (but not over-cooked, with lots of ketchup.

    My email address is kellie dot j dot walker at gmail dot com.

    Hugs to you and yours!

  53. I love pulled pork and macaroni and cheese.YUMMY!
    Thanks for supporting the troops

    eileen at

  54. Thank you for giving your book to the troops (and to the public). :)

    Would you be interested in doing a blog talk radio interview about writing?

    reikibirth at gmail dot com

  55. If I make it in my kitchen, it's American food right? I love lasagna!
    Thanks for participating in this wonderful blog hop.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  56. I'll go with onion rings. They count right? :D I could eat tons of them.

  57. Did you know that when the King and Queen of England visited FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt decided to serve hot dogs on the front porch? Thus, hot dogs are the best American food!

    Thanks for participating in this.

    mandaj07 at gmail dot com

  58. My favorite American food... most of my favorite foods are "ethnic" foods, brought to America by a host of immigrants - from my grandmother's German cooking, to sushi, or pad thai...

    I'll have to go with turkey & stuffing, with pumpkin pie for dessert. :-)

    Thank you for participating in this incredible event!

    lucetlady at gmail dot com

  59. Mariya – First commenter! Either you’re on another time zone or your stayed up late/up early! Thanks for stopping by to visit.

    Leanne and Penny & Jeremy – I appreciate the visit. BBQ is hard to beat, although I do need to have some grilled corn with it.

    Tracy – So true about our food coming from so many different places. One of my favorites is Thai, and there’s nothing “Thai” about me!

    Definitely will send one out to Zach, and thank you for stopping by.

  60. Driving back -- as a passenger -- from our Memorial Day weekend at my stepgrandfather's, another Veteran! So wonderful to see everyone that has turned out to support this tour, and thanks for playing along with the favorite food!

    I'm getting LOTS of ideas of what I'd like to cook (BBQ) when we get home in a few hours. I've had several hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans over the weekend, already.

    Might have to go with Todd and grill some steaks tonight.

  61. This is so much fun meeting new (to me) authors and learning about their work. I thank you so much for sharing with us. I also thank you for participating in the blog Tour de Troops. You incredible generosity is appreciated. Our troops give us so much of themselves and without them we would not have the freedom to choose our life paths. I also thank you for allowing me to give to them by proxy through your giving and sharing in your blessing.


  62. My family has three generations of service members. I appreciate what you are doing to support our current members. Your book sounds fascinating! Can't wait to read it. I'm at talesfromshrimps at hotmail dot com Thanks so much.

  63. Thank you to all the troops as well as the participating authors. My favorite American food would have to be bbq ribs. Looking forward to reading your book! ljszab at yahoo dot com

  64. This is awesome. My husband is a vet and my father and FIL were vets. Thanks!

    wulfshado (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. Thank you for your offer and for supporting our troops! I look forward to reading your book on my kindle.

    carolewooten at sbcglobal dot net

  66. Hi,

    Thank you for participating in the "Blog Tour de Troops". I do not have immediate family in the service right now, but my grandfather fought in WWII and my uncles fought in the Vietnam War. I greatly appreciate what you and the other authors are doing for our men and women in service.

    Thank you to the men and women in service for the sacrifices that you, and your families, make each and every day. Thank you for keeping America safe and the things we take for granted each day because of what you do.

    Go USA,

  67. Thanks so much for participating in this awesome event! My dad and hubby are both retired Marine Corps Veterans. Semper Fi! And thanks!

    (Can't wait to read your book!)

  68. My fave food would have to be anything BBQ. Steak, chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob. The list goes on and on. I love when it gets warm enough to fire up the grill! Thank you so much for being a part of this tour!


  69. Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for participating and thank you hero soldiers and sailors for serving.
    marce_hall at yahoo dot com

    My fav American food is a nice big hamburger with a Coke, not Pepsi, but a Coke, lol.

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  71. I forgot to add my favorite american food..
    hamburgers and fries:)

    thanks for supporting our troops,
    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

  72. Thank you for supporting our troops and I can't wait to ready your book!

  73. Long after Peace is declared a soldier carries the war within. Fight for those too tired to fight for themselves! We needed their blood then, our Veterans NEED our voices NOW!
    Thank you to all the e-book authors involved in this project. How can we carry it forward to those Vets in hospitals state-side?

  74. Thank you so much for supporting our troops.And for the book. Fave american food would be cheeseburgers.

  75. Thank you for giving us the chance to help out our troops and thank you troops for what you do for us every

  76. Favorite American food...hmmm...America is such a melting pot...I'll go with good ol' fashioned BBQ ribs, grilled corn on the cob, my mother's green jello salad, and some watermelon. Heck, maybe I'll do that for dinner tonight :)

    Thank you for participating!

    buriednwords AT gmail DOT com

  77. I think my favorite American food would be hamburgers.
    Thank you for supporting our troops.
    lesliebandura at verizon dot net

  78. Thanks for the support to the men and woman that serve.

  79. Thank you for showing such support for out troops. My cousin is serving in the Navy right now and I know he feels great when he gets unexpected support. We all need to remember what Memorial day stands for…and it’s not picnics LOL

  80. My family has a lot of men and women that have been in the service and are now still in the service. I always love to see others giving thanks to them. They do so much for us that we take for granted. Thanks you on behalf of my family member in the service for caring.

  81. Thank you for the free books but even more thank you for giving to those that give so much up for us often without a thank you. On behalf of my family I would like to send out a heart felt THANK YOU to those that serve and their families!!

  82. Thank you so much for giving our troops something to smile about! I think we need to learn more in school and at home how important it is to thank those that make it possible for us to have the choices that we have.

  83. Thank you for participating in the tour, I know the books will be appreciated!

    One American (at least I believe it is) food I love is french fries. Even though it is getting too greasy for me as I get older, I don't think I could ever give up that dish!

    Melorabrock a t gmail d o t com

  84. I think one of the most important things we can do is thank our troups. I see so many people celebrate Memorial Day and have no clue why! We make sure we explain to out kids the reason and go to something in honor of the troups, both present and past! Thank you for honoring out troups and trying to spread some joy!

  85. Thanks for treating our troops to a gift. I am sure they will like it. I get so mad when people talk bad about our military when they don’t agree with war. Do they not understand if was those same people that protect the right for them to even have an opinion. I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all those that keep us safe and protect our freedom both in war times and peace times because it’s hard during both.
    Thanks Carol

  86. My favorite American food is New York cheesecake.

    (And don't forget to write on the backs of those photos with acid-free ink only.)

    FatesTwists AT yahoo DOT com

  87. Thanks for supporting our troups! What a great idea. Freedom is definately not “FREE”. I am so thankful to those and thier family that serve in out miliary.

  88. My favorite American Food would have to be BBQ. I love barbeque sauce, I love the different types of meat, yummy!
    Thanks so much for participating in this amazing event. What a blessing!
    rachelcccr at gmail dot com

  89. Happy Memorial Day! Thanks for supporting the troops.
    Sue B

  90. I am very much looking forward to reading your book, it sounds scrumptiously exciting Vamps in NOLA great combination! Thank you for participating in the Blog Tour and giving me an opportunity to share in supporting the Troops. Thank you for this and Happy Memorial Day


  91. My favorite American food is Cheeseburgers with fries on the side.

    Thank you for participating in this wonderful event. And you're right, memories should always be preserved and cherished. It's one, of many things, that always holds us together when so far away from those we love.

  92. Thanks for supporting the troops! My fav fast food is anything at Bojangles. But you can't beat a good ol pig pickin!!

    practimom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  93. Thanks for participating in this blog tour, it's such a wonderful way to support our troops. My favorite American food is hot dogs. They're not healthy at all, but they sure taste good. :)

  94. Thanks so much for doing this blog tour! Our soldiers deserve everything we can give them! I'm sure they will appreciate this.

    Favorite American food? Of course I'm from the South so it would have to be pinto beans, cornbread, and fried potatoes!

    You book sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

  95. Thanks for supporting our troops! I look forward to reading your work.

  96. Thank you for you support of our troops in the awesome event!

    I would say fav AMERICAN FOOD would be a BACONCHEESE BURGER and a SHAKE... YUM :P

    mrsthanosthemad at gmail dot com

  97. Thanks for supporting our troops

  98. Thank you for supporting our troops!
    sweetpea762 at msn dot com

  99. Thanks for doing this...I'm still coming down off the excitement of the first 3 days.

    My fave American food has to be BBQ! Ribs and chicken...yum!

    Your support of the troops is greatly appreciated!
    livedreamwritejc at gmail dot com

  100. Louisa,
    Thanks for the great tips on keeping those memories.

    Appreciate your participation in the tour and your sharing of your book. Can't wait to read it!


    saragillispie (at) ymail dot com

  101. Thanks so much for being part of this wonderful event!


  102. Thanks so much for being a part of this!

  103. Thanks for supporting our troops! My fave American food is brisket :-)

    smaccall @

  104. Thanks so much for being part of this amazing event!


  105. Thank you for participating in the tour. I am looking forward to reading your book. Thanks to all the service men and women and to their families. We appreciate your service. My favorite food is bbq.

  106. I don't know if there is still time to get in on this but I'd like to comment just in case so that a troop can get a copy of your book. Thanks for participating!

    JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

  107. favorite American food - that would be anything deep fried or boiled to death just like we do best in the South!!! Thanks for offering your book.

  108. Thank you for supporting the troops and looking forward to reading your book

    Thank you
    maritesorias at gmail dot com

  109. Thanks for all that stopped by today, and later on this evening. So far, I've sent off books to about the first half who responded. Note that there are a few that didn't leave an email address and I've tracked down those who I could, but if you forgot ... and you do want to receive a book ... please come back!

    All the best,


  110. Please send copy of The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome & also one for a soldier. Thank you for supporting our troops.
    ackleybj at verizon dot net

  111. Hi Louisa,

    Thank you for doing this. Looking forward to your book. It looks very interesting.

  112. Thank you so much for this event! It's been great!!
    Fav American Food?? That's tough....A big favorite that I can't get in my town anymore is Sonic Cheddarbites with a Diet Cherry Coke. They closed our Sonic last summer! (tear).. Oh well. I've discovered Arby's Mozzarella Sticks are Awesome!

    Looking forward to reading your book. The title alone piques interest!

    missyebookmail at mediacombb dot net

  113. Grazie, once again for all who stopped by today! Officially, this "tour" ends at midnight. Hopefully, everyone has found new authors they will enjoy, and you took some time today to send out good thoughts to those who serve and protect our country.

    Those who haven't received their copy yet, will be getting it tomorrow. Now, off for some more writing!