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Memorial Day — Book Business, and How We Remember

Book Business; If you’re marketing a novel, or whatever kind of book you have, it’s vital to know when holidays, anniversaries or 1 - AB Return to Sender final nuspecial events are that tie into your theme, so you can piggyback on them and market your stories. For me, heading into Memorial Day is a marketing opportunity for my novel, Return To Sender (RTS). BECAUSE, the protagonist is a Korean War Veteran, like my dad was.

RTS takes place in the 1950s after the Korean War. The protagonist, Theo Riley returns home to his Oregon Coast village, Manzanita. It was my dad’s favorite place, so when I wrote RTS it came to life for me, all the happy times, a childhood of mountain and trail climbing, beach combing, the smell of beach fires, roasted marshmallows,  and ghost stories.

I wish I could be down in Manzanita at my dad’s grave, but I can’t this year.

poppiesThanks dad for everything. Thanks Veterans on the Oregon Coast for putting poppies on his grave.

A bit of Memorial Day trivia; did you know that historically, there were poppies blooming in Flanders Field among the graves of soldiers who fell in what was known as the Great War. It was John McCode, a Canadian veteran, who first put forth the red flowers, as a symbol of faith and hope amid the devastation of battle.

“We cherish too, the Poppy redMoinaMichaelStamp-300x196

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.”

Moina Michael

If you liked this, please tweet and pinterest. Happy Memorial Day!


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