"It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit." ~~John 15:16~~

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remember 9/11!

By Debby Giusti

America must never forget what happened on September 11, 2001. Fanatic terrorists, their hearts twisted in darkness, planned and executed a horrific, multi-faceted attack that put a human face on evil. That day, our lives changed forever. We lost our innocent and perhaps naive belief that we were safe despite the rising tide of radical extremists hellbent on doing us harm.

The first, seemingly random crash of a jet airliner into one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, in New York City, caught the attention of the nation and indeed the world. For many, the tragedy unfolded as we stared in disbelief at television newscasts, horrified by what we saw. A second airliner exploded into the second tower, confirming our worst nightmare. The United States was under attack.

Struggling to fully comprehend the magnitude of those first malicious acts, we watched a third aircraft smash into the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C. With rumors of a fourth plane headed for the capitol, many feared the terror would never end.

Thousands died that day, innocent people who never expected an attack on U.S. soil or the catastrophic consequences that ensued.

First responders—fire fighters, police officers, EMTs—rushed into burning infernos in order to save lives only to lose their own as the towers collapsed into mammoth mounds of twisted metal and billowing clouds of smoke and debris.

In Washington, D.C., brave military men and women joined hands with civilians to quell the blazing fires and rescue co-workers trapped in the shattered and smoldering rubble of the Pentagon.

In the air above Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a planeload of heroic citizens fought to recapture an aircraft slated to wreck more havoc on our country. “Let’s roll,” became a battle cry for those brave men and women and the watchword that called all of us into action. Rolling up our sleeves and reaching out to those in need, we worked together to rebuild and heal.

Ten years ago, we learned that freedom is never free. With it comes responsibility. As post-9/11 people, we must be strong and vigilant and ever ready to defend our country and our way of life, knowing what happed once could happen again. Those who seek to do us harm continue to plot our demise, yet God is stronger than any enemy. He is our hope in times of peril and our surety in times of strife. We must put our trust in Him and return our country to His protection.

Today, as we remember 9/ll, let us rededicate ourselves to the principles upon which our country was founded. With one voice, let us proudly proclaim that we are the United States of America, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Officer's Secret!

I’m an Army brat, which is an endearing term for someone whose dad—or mom—was in the service. I’m also an Army wife and Army mom, and I love the military way of life. When my son was deployed to Iraq for the second time, I wrote MIA: MISSING IN ATLANTA and had hoped to someday publish more books about the brave men and women in uniform. That’s why last year, when my editor asked if I’d be interested in writing a military series, I felt God had opened a door I needed to walk through.

As my editor discussed her vision for the series, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division came to mind. “The CID investigates crimes against the military or military personnel or crimes committed by someone in uniform,” I quickly explained. “The CID would provide a perfect backdrop.” My editor liked the idea and gave me the go ahead. Within a short time, I had outlined the first story in my new Military Investigations series, which went on to be titled, THE OFFICER’S SECRET.

Being partial to Georgia where I currently live, I wanted to include aspects of Fort Benning in the story. The Army post is located along the Chattahoochee River south of Columbus, Georgia, and is a beautiful military reservation with large grassy knolls, bike and running paths and a new museum located near the river.

Growing up, I had lived at Fort Knox, Kentucky, a number of times, and my son had recently been stationed there so that post, with its stately brick quarters, tall oak trees and expansive training areas, also provided inspiration. By combining aspects of Benning and Knox, I came up with the fictional Fort Rickman, a large Army training post near the small river town of Freemont, Georgia, which I also created.

The brick home on the cover of THE OFFICER’S SECRET plays an important role in the story and is similar to the last quarters I lived in at Fort Knox. Built in the 1930s, the grand structure had its own sense of history, and I had often thought about the many families that had made the house their home down through the years. “If only these walls could talk,” I often mused. “What secrets would they reveal?” That question played into the story, as well.

The hero, CID Special Agent Nate Patterson reminds me of my real military heroes…my father and husband and son. Nate is a dedicated professional who loves his country. When an officer dies on post, Nate is called in to investigate. The deceased—a female major—has just redeployed home from Afghanistan. Her estranged sister, Maggie Bennett, finds the body, but Nate soon realizes the family counselor from Alabama may be hiding secrets about her past.

If you believe in love at first sight, you’ll understand Nate’s instant attraction for Maggie. She’s a bit more reserved and needs time to ensure she can trust the special agent. Although they end up together, the past must be revealed and healed before the investigation can be put to rest.

The second book in the series, THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION, features Special Agent Kelly McQueen and will be out in October. Currently, I’m writing the third book in the series, which is Special Agent Jamison Steele’s story.

Last year, I walked through the door God opened and accepted my editor’s offer to write about the military men and women who protect and defend our nation, for which I’ll always be grateful. I hope you’ll enjoy reading THE OFFICER’S SECRET, the first book in my Military Investigations Series, as much as I enjoyed writing the story.

Happy reading!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

I'm giving away 5 copies of THE OFFICER'S SECRET on http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/, May 18.  Stop by and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A time of new beginnings…

Spring has arrived in Georgia, and the world is in full bloom. Red buds and cherry blossoms burst forth with color, along with gnarly dogwoods interspersed among the hardwoods. Day lilies and hostas poke their heads from the earth, enticing deer to feed on the tasty new growth.
The daffodils and Bradford pear trees were beautiful this year. Now, with blossoms spent, the pears are clothed with new foliage that rustles in the breeze and brings shade upon the earth.

Geese fly over our lake. Ducks waddle along the shoreline. Before long, baby goslings and ducklings will swim behind their mothers, all in a row like a Madeline book I used to read to my children.

Each morning, birds welcome the new day with song. Squirrels leap from tree branch to tree branch, then scamper down the giant oaks to forage for nuts. Like a pregnant woman preparing for delivery, they carry twigs and last year’s fallen leaves to pad their treetop nests for their babies soon to be born.

All around me, the world is bringing forth new life.

What new life will the Lord bring forth in me?

I’m working on a proposal and apologize for being away from the blog for so long. Regrettably, I stopped blogging when I was on deadline and have put off posting since then. Not because I haven’t been thinking of all of you, but because sometimes a twenty-four hour day is not long enough.

At this time of new life and new beginnings, I promise to be more present in the days ahead. Stop by often. Leave a comment or a prayer request.

I pray daily for each of you who visit the blog. I also pray for everyone who has ever read one of my books. I believe the Lord hears my prayer and sends blessings to all of you, the special people in my life.

Japan is on my list of prayer intentions. I know you join me in lifting up the people in that country, asking the Lord to provide for their needs and to keep them safe in this time of distress.

May the Lord bless you abundantly today and in the days ahead. Thank you for being a dear friend.

Debby Giusti 
http://www.ladiesof/ suspense.blogspot.com