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As I’m getting ever closer to completing Steps to Salvation, the reality of hosting an author table at the event with Shlomo Attia is becoming achievable. I’m looking forward to attending and doing my part to help those who’ve sacrificed everything for our freedom.
As America prepares for unilateral air and missile strikes against targets in Syria, and the Congress continues their war powers debate about the authorization for the strikes, questions continue to be asked by the public about what the strikes will consist of, and are designed to do. What kinds of weapons will be U.S. Military use against Syria, and what kinds of targets will be struck? Will American ships, aircraft, and personnel be at risk while conducting the strikes? And just what effects do U.S. planners expect to inflict upon the Syrians, should the strikes be conducted?
To better understand these and other questions about the upcoming strikes on Syria, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be best-selling author/novelist and award-winning game designer, Larry Bond. Mr. Bond, whose Harpoon™ game system is widely used by government agencies and hobbyists to model modern naval combat, has long studied the systems and actions that go into modern warfare, and will provide listeners with understanding of what will be ahead in the weeks and months to follow. Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments for Mr. Gresham and Mr. Bond, in what will surely be a lively show.
Today I filled in as host for the wonderful John D. Gresham who was on assignment as a consultant for a new Travel Channel series in New Mexico. John was gracious enough to call in for a few minutes at the top of the show while waiting to board his connecting flight back to D.C. so we had an opportunity to chat a bit about his exciting project.
My guest for the broadcast was the inspirational Deanna Wharwood, also known as the Veterans Coach. A veteran herself who hails from a family of distinguished military veterans, Deanna conceived of her successful business after her own personal experiences of transitioning into civilian life. Coming out of those challenges, she was inspired to create a business dedicated to training, assisting and supporting fellow vets in either starting their own businesses or securing employment. Aside from these accomplishments, Deanna also recently beat cancer. Her amazing spirit and engaging personality were a welcome addition to the show today.
Toward the end of the broadcast, Deanna and I put out an appeal for technically-savvy military supporters who would be willing to volunteer to host a virtual event to benefit Fisher House. I know there are plenty of techie folks out there who love our military and would be willing to help. For more information, tweet @VeteransCoach@JosephMRyan1 or @dariaanne. The sooner we line someone up, the sooner we can plan a successful event to raise a lot of money for this very worthy cause. Tech-savvy patriots, contact us please!
John D. Gresham lives in Fairfax, Va. He is an author, researcher, game designer, photographer, and military commentator with numerous publishing, design, speaking, and television appearance credits in his portfolio. He was the primary researcher and partner to Tom Clancy on his best-selling series of non-fiction “guided tour” books about military units. These include Submarine (1993), Armored Cav (1994), Fighter Wing (1995), Marine (1996), Airborne (1997), Carrier (1999), and Special Forces (2001), all published by Berkley Books. He also is the award-winning co-designer of Supermarina I and Supermarina II (Clash of Arms Games, 1996 and 1997), naval wargames based upon Larry Bond’s award-winning Command at Sea game system.
Gresham’s book DEFCON-2 (with Norman Polmar), is a new single-volume history of the Cuban Missile Crisis and was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2006. His latest book, Beyond Hell and Back (2007, with Dwight Jon Zimmerman), describes seven key U.S. special operations missions. He is currently working on a pair of books, one on post-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients, and the other on the F-22A Raptor fighter. He has provided interviews, commentary, research, screenwriting, and production assistance for various documentary series produced for TLC and the History, Military, New York Times, Discovery, and National Geographic channels. His most recent book, Uncommon Valor, covering six Medal of Honor recipients and their deeds in Iraq and Afghanistan, is co-authored with Dwight Jon Zimmerman.
John will join me in the first half of the show to discuss a variety of topics including how to build a successful career as a freelance writer and author.
This star-crossed love story has all of the ingredients of heart-touching romance, interspersed with mystery and intrigue. Centered around wildly successful middle-aged rock star Jon Stone, who in spite of his stardom, has spent the better part of his career pining for his true love Naomi Carlsson, The Distant Shore takes readers on an enchanting transcontinental journey, instigated by the receipt of a handwritten letter Jon receives quite unexpectedly from a teenaged son he’d never known.
At first, it appears that the protagonists’ unlikely reunion after nearly two decades of painful separation will proceed smoothly once the heroine recovers from the shock of seeing her lover enter her remote hotel in an obscure yet picturesque Norwegian town. But the author has plenty of surprises in store for her characters and readers alike as she peels away layers of secrecy and suspense involving the characters’ individual pasts — personal histories that threaten to harm their future happiness.
Mariam’s descriptive, rhythmic writing style makes it difficult to stop reading. She has a way of depicting things like human emotion, natural settings, character personality traits and physical looks, the L.A. music scene, the closeness of family and friends, and the soul of a creator (musicians, lyricists, etc) in a such a relatable way as to compel the reader to want to learn more. Rife with plenty of romance and intimate scenes, the author manages to bring a uniqueness to each encounter, which only serves to make her main characters even more vulnerable and sympathetic. You cannot help but cheer for them to overcome every obstacle that’s thrown in their path. And there are many.
Mariam and I will discuss her work, including her forthcoming final book in the trilogy, along with her thoughts on the writing process, the ever-changing publishing industry and how newbie authors can find success using social media.