Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Military Mix to the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon

Debby Giusti shows off her table at the
Southern Magic Readers Luncheon 2011

Debby Giusti here!

I've marked my calendar for November 2 and can't wait for this year's Southern Magic Readers Luncheon. Each person at my table will receive a number of goodies, including my September Love Inspired Suspense, THE SOLDIER'S SISTER.

When I first learned about the Army’s Wounded Warrior program, I knew I wanted to feature the AW2 program in my Military Investigation series. 

Last fall, I interviewed Nancy Carlisle, the Army''s Wounded Warrior Advocate who helps wounded, injured and/or ill soldiers assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. As one of more than 200 advocates nationwide, Nancy’s job is to provide hands-on support for the soldiers on her caseload as they transition back to active duty or return to civilian life. She walks the injured and their families through the maze of paperwork that often accompanies government programs and also provides career counseling and information on educational opportunities and resources available to the wounded warriors.
Debby Giusti (L) with Fort Benning AW2 Advocate
Nancy Carlisle.
Nancy provided me with a detailed overview of the AW2 program and talked openly about the many ways she assists the soldiers. She also discussed the setup of the Warrior Transitional Battalions, special units on each Army post where the injured service members live and work during their recuperation.

After meeting with Nancy, my story started to take shape. The heroine would be an AW2 Advocate, and the hero would be a special agent in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. I decided to have one of soldiers on her caseload attacked in the opening chapter and upped the heroine’s internal conflict by including an estranged brother. Making him a suspect added an interesting twist and increased the tension between the CID hero investigating the crime and the advocate trying to reconnect with her brother.

My hope is that THE SOLDIER’S SISTER will not only provide an exciting suspense read but will also spotlight the AW2 program and the many people who help our injured military heroes.  God bless the brave men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much in order for this great country—the United States of America—to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Leave a comment to be included in a drawing for THE SOLDIER'S SISTER. You'll also be included in the Southern Magic September Blog Blast.
Look who won my basket at the Southern Magic Readers
Luncheon in 2009! MV Freeman
This month we’re celebrating our Romance Readers Luncheon by giving away books and other goodies, including the grand prize of a Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet.  To win the tablet, be sure to comment throughout the month. On September 30, we'll draw from everyone who commented (exception: Southern Magic members and international commenters are ineligible - sorry) and announce the grand prize winner.

If you wish to attend the luncheon, be sure to register and pay before October 27 at

When: November 2, 2013, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where: Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham, AL (free parking)

Who: The keynote speaker is NYT bestselling author Jeaniene Frost! The welcome speaker is NYT bestselling author Christy Reece who also writes as Ella Grace.

Why: We’ll be giving away lots of free books, and you’ll have opportunities to take home a basket full or more. Plus you’ll have a wonderful lunch with a published author. The list of authors can be found at

Good luck, everyone!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

By Debby Giusti

Someone wants Stephanie Upton dead. A warning to leave town is just
the beginning. Fearing for her life, Stephanie turns to Special Agent
Brody Goodman for help and protection. But can she trust him when
he’s convinced her own brother is a prime suspect? Torn between her
devotion to two men—an estranged brother whose trust she yearns to
regain and an agent she may be falling for—Stephanie doesn’t know
who or what to believe. As feelings between her and Brody escalate,
she’ll have to choose sides to stay alive.

Available now at Amazon.

Debby Giusti is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write.  Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband--then a Captain in the Army--at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Together they traveled the world, raised three Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul. 

Debby’s work has won numerous awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill, the Beacon Award for Excellence, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Write Touch.  In addition to full-length fiction, Debby has written magazine articles for Southern Lady, Woman’s World, Our Sunday Visitor, Army and Family, and served for over twelve years on the editorial advisory board of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory.

A later addition to this blog post...

The winner of my book, THE SOLDIER'S SISTER, is Pyxi Rose! Congrats!


Jamie Farrell said...

Fantastic post, Debbie, and the book sounds fabulous too! :)

M.V.Freeman said...
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M.V.Freeman said...

You are always so very gracious--and this is a WONDERFUL book--and I love that you show cased the wounded warrior program.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Luncheon. :) -- I am still drinking my coffee from the basket I won!

(P.S. the deleted comment is me, I confess I had to re post, because I miss-spelled your name! It's a gift...)

bn100 said...

Sounds like a nice program

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jamie, hope to see you at the luncheon in November! Can't wait. It's always such a fun event.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi MV!

I thought you'd enjoy the picture of the day you won. :)

See you in November. Will you be at M&M? Hope so!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi bn100!

The Wounded Warrior Program does so much to help our injured military! They're all heroes in my book!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for highlighting this worthy organization! One of my groups helps support the Blue Star Mothers - they do great things to support our troops!

M.V.Freeman said...

Sadly Debby M&M is not in the cards for me this year, maybe next year.

But, I am so looking forward to seeing you at the Luncheon.

Louisa Cornell said...

The Wounded Warrior programs are such a worthy endeavor. As the daughter of a veteran (Korea and Vietnam) anything to help our soldiers is very close to my heart. Can't wait to read this one, Debby!

Debby Giusti said...

SnarkyMomReads...thanks for supporting the Blue Star Mothers! A great group!

Debby Giusti said...

MV...I'll just have to wait until the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon to give you a big hug!

Will miss you at M&M!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Louisa,

God bless your veteran Dad! (Could be Mama, but for Vietnam and Korea, I'm guessing it's Dad.)

In those days, our heroes weren't welcomed home. So glad things have changed.

Pyxi Rose said...

What a lovely post!

Shadow said...

What a wonderful program. Its fantastic your apart of it. Thanks for spreading the word! Thanks for sharing! Your book looks awesome! Cant wait to check it out! Thank you!