Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veteran's Day Blog

Hello Everyone,

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and I'm donating my blog to veterans.  I hope if you know a veteran that you thank her/him for giving time to our wonderful country.  Here is an inexpensive way to help veterans.  Click on the blue button at The Veterans Site and help a homeless and hungry veteran get a free meal, at no cost to you.

I have invited Author, Robert Thornhill back to my blog today because he has written a book titled Lady Justice and the Vet.   I thought his book was appropriate for Veterans Day.


About the Author

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in four short years has penned fifteen novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.

Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders and Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013 and Summer 2013 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.

 Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.

Although Robert holds a master’s in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 26 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb!

His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri.

Visit him on the Web at:


           Men have been fighting and slaughtering one another since the beginning of time.

            Brave men and women leave their homes, friends and families and travel thousands of miles to foreign lands to fight for liberty and justice.

            Soon they find that the realities of war are far removed from the recruiter’s hype.

            Many die on the field of battle; many more return home with wounds both physical and psychological.

            For those that make the ultimate sacrifice, the war is over, but for those that survive, it is far from over.

            Those who have served bravely and risked their lives deserve the opportunity to return to their homes, find jobs, have children and enjoy the life of freedom for which they fought.

            Too often, it just doesn’t happen.

Ben Singleton, a Marine veteran, had returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and was having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.

Fate, coincidence, or something else thrust him right into the heart of some of Walt and Ox’s most difficult cases.

Our heroes find themselves knee-deep in trouble as they go undercover in a nursing home to smoke out practitioners of Medicaid fraud, meanwhile, Islamic terrorists with ties to the Taliban are plotting to attack one of Kansas City’s most cherished institutions.

Join Walt and his band of senior sidekicks on another emotional roller coaster ride that will have you shedding tears of laughter one minute and sorrow the next.




            “WHAP, WHAP, WHAP”

            Ben Singleton heard the blades of the big choppers.

            “Help! Over here! Archie’s hit! He’s hurt bad!”

            “Shhh, Ben,” Tracy Singleton whispered, putting her arms around her husband. “It’s okay. I’m here. You’re home and safe.”

            “The choppers,” he muttered. “I heard the choppers coming.”

            “You were dreaming again, Sweetie. It’s just the ceiling fan.”

            Ben lay very still and as he awoke from his recurring nightmare, he realized that she was right. He wasn’t in the dusty road outside the village in Zad Valley. He was safe and sound in his home in Kansas City.

            “It’s just so real,” he whispered. “I could taste it, feel it, smell it --- I wonder if it will ever go away.”

            “Dr. Fletcher said it would take some time ---”

            “Time! How much time? It’s been four years!”

            Immediately, he regretted his outburst. “I’m sorry Tracy. I didn’t mean to snap at you. You’ve been so great.”

            “It’s okay. I understand,” she said laying her head on his chest. We’ll get through this --- together.”

            Ben looked at the clock. “I’d better get going. We’ve got a big landscaping job in Brookside today.”

            Before his tour in Afghanistan, Ben was being groomed for a management position in a large brokerage firm, but after returning home and healing from his wounds he discovered that he just wasn’t comfortable in the confines of an office. He felt enclosed and trapped.

            After what he had seen and experienced in the Marines, his co-workers in their suits and ties seemed so shallow. Some had been curious about his tour of duty, but there was just no way that he could make someone that had not been there understand the horrors of battle.

            He had taken a job with Empire Landscaping that gave him the freedom to work outside with minimal contact with the other members of the crew. It didn’t pay all that well, but it was hard physical labor which was what he needed to take his mind off of the images that kept forcing themselves back into his consciousness. Most nights, he would tumble into bed exhausted, and fall into a deep sleep --- most nights, but not all.

Folks, give your veteran a hug today, tomorrow and every day, especially those who have been in a war.  Also, Mr. Thornhill is offering a free copy of both digital and print copies of his book from November 7 to November 11th.  Go to this link for digital:   

To learn more about Robert Thornhill and to see all of his books go to his website:

Thank you to all you veterans out there.  I wish that you may find peace. 

Have a wonderful week, and I'll see you next weekend.

Sandra K. Marshall


Melissa Keir said...

Wonderful post! I have family members who served in WW1 and WW2. My dad was in the National Guard and still talks fondly of that time. :)

The book series sounds interesting. I like books that have wit and truth. All the best!

Sandy said...

Thanks for stopping by Melissa. I had family in WW2.