This weekend, November 11–14, my friend Terri Giuliano Long, author of the best-selling novel In Leah’s Wake, joins 50 indie authors in Blog Tour de Troops, a charity blog hop sponsored by the Indie Book Collective. Terri is hosting Emmy-winning film editor Nina Gilberti, currently a full-time editor for the hit CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Nina is also an indie filmmaker. On Terri’s blog, Nina talks about her documentary, When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless, a powerful film about the horrors faced by some veterans upon their return home after war.
Did you know that one-third of the people living on the streets are veterans who served in the Vietnam War? In addition to physical homelessness, many vets also face emotional, psychological, and spiritual homelessness. They struggle with issues like Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD), nightmares, hyper-vigilance (always on high alert), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Their struggles can result in high divorce rates, joblessness, spousal abuse, and suicide. Naturally, these life-altering problems also affect the spouse, children, and parents of veterans.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
With her upcoming film, When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless, Nina hopes to inspire our nation to care, to generate real compassion, and perhaps create a movement towards profound healing and understanding for these veterans and their families.
Blog Tour de Troops
This weekend, 50 indie authors are participating in a daisy chain blog hop to support U.S. troops. Everyone who leaves a comment on a participating author’s blog will receive a coupon for a free eBook! Plus, the author will give a free eBook to one active-duty U.S. troop. This means you have a chance to collect 50 – yes 50! – FREE eBooks. Visit the Indie Book Collective’s website for details and a list of participating authors!
AMAZING PRIZES – ONLY on Terri’s Blog!
When you leave a comment on Terri’s blog, you will receive a coupon for an In Leah’s Wake eBook. For every comment, Terri will also give a free eBook to an active-duty troop. But that’s not all! When you leave a comment on Terri’s blog, you will ALSO be entered in a random drawing for these amazing prizes:
FIRST PRIZE – a $50 Amazon gift card, a copy of the Criminal Minds script for episode 701-the season 7 opener, written by executive producer and writer Erica Messer, signed by Ms. Messer and the entire CM cast! PLUS, an autographed photo of the Criminal Minds cast! Or, SECOND PRIZE (total 3): An autographed photograph of the CM cast!
WIN A CARE PACKAGE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SOLDIER
Wait, there’s more! With your comment on Terri’s blog, leave the name of a U.S. troop and they will be eligible to win this awesome care package: A $100 Amazon gift card, a boxed video set of Criminal Minds Season 6, PLUS an autographed photo of the CM cast!
To learn more about the film When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless and to enter the raffle, visit Terri’s blog NOW!
About Terri: Terri Giuliano Long grew up in the company of stories both of her own making and as written by others. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows better than anything else can. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and as a writing instructor at Boston College. She blogs about writing and the writing life at http://tglong.com/blog On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tglongwrites and Twitter: @tglong
* Winners will be determined by a random number generator, using random.org.