Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Marine of Plenty Playlist

by Heather Long 

When it comes to writing my Marine books, I’m often asked what did I listen to while I was writing? When it came to the holiday Marines, I had to listen to a holiday playlist – particularly since I wrote these in May, June and July—with temperatures soaring up to 100+ outside, finding the chilly, holiday spirit took some serious musical assistance and some specific songs. Come spend Thanksgiving with Charlie and Jana, and God bless all those who spend their holidays defending our country and far away from their families.

Thank God for Kids by Oak Ridge Boys

You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor

Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks

Thank You by Led Zeppelin

Thankful by Josh Groban

Blessed by Martina McBride

Love this Life by Crowded House

God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

Serving overseas is a lonely duty… 
Captain Charlie Sparks faces an impossible task—assigned to a security detail for the sister of a fallen Marine. The last thing Charlie wants is this beautiful woman in the middle of a base in Afghanistan no matter what holiday she plans to help them celebrate. But no one asked for his opinion, and worse, she’s everything he adores in a woman and more…

Mourning what might have been is a terrible burden… 
Jana Grimaldi had a plan—a plan to help her brother when he came home, but his death in Afghanistan left a hole in her heart and a desperate desire to do something. With the help of Congressman Sparks, she heads to Afghanistan to bring Thanksgiving to the men and women who served with her brother. Nervous and uneasy, she finds an unexpected—and familiar ally in Captain Sparks…

Not all wounds heal… 
Charlie was one of the first people to reach out to Jana, communicating via email when her brother died—but coming face to face in the lonely desolation of the holiday connects these two wounded souls…

Can Charlie and Jana find hope amidst the heartbreak this Thanksgiving?

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