Geri's Take...

Where Geri's insights on life, love and living may provide a clue as to how a U.S. Naval Academy graduate became a romance author. She's lived it, now she writes it.

Let’s Send Books to the Military for the Holidays!

Shipping Books to Military for the Holidays
Shipping Books to Military for the Holidays

I’m so excited to share my November celebration. A double release deserves double the effort, and I’m proud to announce that my publisher Harlequin has agreed to provide free copies of my two November releases to the military, with a focus on Active Duty and families separated from home for the holidays.  Over two dozen of your favorite romance authors, from just-sold to New York Times Bestsellers, will join me by sharing their favorite Holiday activity. Want some new recipes? A new craft project? A joyful family tradition? This is your stop for all of that starting November 1st.

For every 20 new newsletter subscribers I get from now through November 30, 2014, Harlequin will send 1 book (while supplies last). Harlequin was so eager to support the military with me that they provided caseloads of  books in advance. As you read this, signed copies of Navy Christmas and Navy Joy (the novella in the Coming Home for Christmas anthology with my Romvets sisters Lindsay McKenna and Delores Fossen) have been delivered to Djibouti, Belgium, the U.S., and another box is on the way to Germany. Soldiers, sailors, Marines, Airmen and their families who are feeling the sting of being away from home for the holidays (or have a loved one downrange) will have something a little extra to read this season.

As an additional treat I made special custom bookmarks/ornaments for every book sent. Lucky Geri Krotow Loyal Readers (newsletter subscribers) will automatically be entered to win their own custom bookmark (and maybe a book or two!).

All I need from you is your continued support: make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter and that all of your friends and family are, too. We are all part of something bigger! Sign up for the newsletter here.

 

Autumn Activities

Sneak Peek at Reader Give-Aways for November!
Sneak Peek at Reader Give-Aways for November-Custom Bookmark Ornaments!

I love this time of year just as I always loved going back to school. It’s something we all share, readers and writers. The promise of a new story! That said, this autumn is filled with a lot of great reader and author events, which you’ll find over at the events page. My two new books Navy Christmas and Navy Joy (in the anthology Coming Home for Christmas) will release in November and best of all, my first-ever Holiday Blog Party in support of military families separated by the holidays. Come meet over 30 of your favorite authors as they share their best holiday happenings, from recipes to crafts to family traditions.  I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

 

World War II Wednesday: Knitting

Did you know that knitting has been an important source of support for combat troops overseas? 2014-08-21 11.44.00WWII was no exception, when Americans were urged to knit clothing for soldiers and sailors, to include socks, sweaters and hats. Recently there were drives to knit helmet liners for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Knitting has evolved as an art over the centuries, but the most notable development since WWII is probably the variety of fibers available to knit with. Still, the basics are often the best for a lot of my projects, like the “dorm socks” I knit up for my daughter (son’s are still on the needles). A basic sock pattern with worsted wool in a bright shade of purple did the trick.

For me, knitting is brain yoga. I get the best plot ideas in the middle of a purl. I hope you have your own way to chill your brain out, and that you make the time to enjoy it today.

 

Catch Up Time

A full summer combined with RWA in San Antonio at the end of July has left me wondering where summer went. Are you there, too?
Dorm Socks for Kiddos
Dorm Socks for Kiddos

Both kids leave for college over the next two weeks–one for his last year undergrad and the other for her freshman year at university (do you hear the sob/chortle combo? It’s the sadness of the baby leaving the nest, with the joy of freedom for moi woven in). Besides the omnipresent work with stories demanding my attention, the offspring have asked for “cozy dorm socks.” In appropriate university colors. Actually, oldest asked for them because a hat I knitted him was waaaay too big (Saskwatch proportions) and since I’d used super wash wool, un-shrinkable. But I’d started a lovely shrug (think Jane Austen) for my daughter, who informed me “um, Mom? I’m never going to wear a purple shrug.” Shrug ripped out, yarn re-purposed for dorm slipper-socks. Need to get the boy’s done this week. I only allow myself to knit after the words are on the page. Will I do it?

 

 

 

Memorial Day Salute

A solemn, loving salute today to my fellow veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I will never forget. Today I’m thinking of everyone we’ve lost in every way, but in particular of a U.S. Naval Academy classmate, a fellow alumni’s parents, and a squadron mate of my husband’s, all lost on 9-11.  My daughter and I had the occasion to visit the 9-11 Memorial in NYC last fall, and I placed my hand and fingers over each of your names, etched into the granite that surrounds the infinity pool. May you and and your surviving families feel the heartfelt gratitude from this humble vet.

 

Whidbey Island Series Overview

The Whidbey Island Series is a collection of love stories often laced with suspense set that highlights the struggles, joys and romances of active duty Navy and their loved ones.

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Whidbey Island is a beautiful piece of the planet located in Puget Sound, Washington State.  Oak Harbor is the largest city and on the north end of the island, and is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. From NAS Whidbey, aircrew of the P-3C Orion (which is in transition to the newer, more capable P-8 Poseiden) and EA-6B Prowler (now replaced by the EA-18 Growler) deploy worldwide to counter terrorism, assist in natural disasters, aid in recovery operation as in the recent downed Malaysian airliner, and provide real-time intelligence to their mission commanders.

The Whidbey Island Series is purely fiction, but the emotions and many of the military situations are real or have been the reality for someone, sometime. Every airman and officer that is stationed on Whidbey has a story, a family, friends, a life outside of the Navy.

My intention is to capture the real emotional drama that occurs daily on Whidbey, and to showcase the incredible sacrifice made by the entire community of Navy and civilians that enable these brave men and women to deploy and be the warriors their called to be.

As a novelist I get to give my characters a Happily Ever After, or at least Happily Ever After For Now. This is unfortunately not the case for too many of our military who gave the ultimate price for our freedom, nor for the families and loved ones they left behind.  I include our bravest in my stories, too. It’s important to me to honor the men and women I’ve been privileged to know who sadly didn’t make it back.

I’ve served on both sides of the Navy family: as an active-duty Naval Intelligence Officer and as a Navy Spouse.  My family knows the fear for a loved one at war, and the sorrow of losing a Navy Family member. More importantly, we know the joy and enthusiasm that comes with living the military lifestyle. So do the characters in The Whidbey Island Series.  I hope you enjoy your time on Whidbey, too.

The Whidbey Island Series book order is as follows:

Book One:  Navy Rules

Online Read: Navy Hope

Book Two:  Navy Orders

Book Three: Navy Rescue

Book Four: Navy Christmas 

Novella:  Navy Joy (a novella in the Coming Home for Christmas anthology)

Book Five: Navy Justice (2015).  

Excerpts and purchase information for the entire series are here

 

Thank You, Dear Reader

The Whidbey Series is fueled by Readers, with a little cappuccino thrown in
The Whidbey Series is fueled by Readers, with a little cappuccino on the side.

You’ve made The Whidbey Island Series successful, and continue to offer me support and inspiration on a daily basis. When I’m in my workout clothes all day, drinking espresso and wondering why my hero picked this moment to throw in a character flaw that I have no idea how the heroine will react to, you’re with me. Thank you.