Monday, May 29, 2023

Harold Addison Scribner: Radioman Third Class, U.S. Navy Reserve

Today is May 29, 2023. Memorial Day.

Congress passed a bill in 1971 that was signed into law to make Memorial Day always on a Monday so the Federal holiday could be a three-day weekend. I've read as well that Memorial Day parades are far less common these days than they used to be and that people now view Memorial Day as a day to honor all dead, not just those who fell in service to our country. I figure that if men and women are willing to put their lives on the line to preserve the best of our nation, then at the very least, they deserve their own day of honor, though they're deserving of being remembered the other 364 days as well.

Below are pictures of my Great Uncle, Harold Addison Scribner, who served in the Navy and my grandfather, Harvey E Scribner, Jr, who served with the Flying Tigers in WWII. 

Uncle Harold fought in the Pacific Theater in WWII as a radioman in the Navy. He didn’t make it back from WWII - Pacific theater. I never got the chance to meet him. 

On the night of Feb 16, 1945, the American naval vessels were in the area of Corregidor Island outside of Manila. Uncle Harold was on one of the large landing craft support vessels known as the Mighty Midgets. Around 230 AM, his craft was struck by a Japanese torpedo and started taking on water. A minute later, they were hit  a second time and had to abandon ship.  Of the roughly 75 men serving on board, only 16 survived.  
Two large landing craft support vessels were sunk that night. Another was rendered dead in the water in a battle that lasted only a very short while, but most likely seemed an eternity to the men in the water struggling to survive.
Like so many other brave sailors, Uncle Harold went down with his ship in February 1945. For several months, he was listed as Missing in Action since his shipmates saw him in the water after they were hit, but not after.  
 
This is my grandfather, Harvey E. Scribner, Jr. (or as we called him, GG). Like his ancestors six generations earlier did for the Revolutionary War, he and his brother both served for the American cause.

An Army man, he fought in the Flying Tigers in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Though a changed man upon his return, he at least came home from the war. 
My grandmother, who moved in with her in-laws while GG was in the war told me once how she remembers hearing a blood-curdling scream from Mamaw (GG and Harold's mom, Ella Scribner) one day after the mail came. Because he was still classified as MIA, she'd received the letter first from his shipmates, rather than from the War Department itself.  
Nanny (my grandmother) said that kind of scream could only mean one thing.  
Uncle Harold was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and his name is on a monument at Fort William McKinley at Manila, Philippines.
Harold Addison Scribner: Radioman Third Class, U.S. Navy Reserve
Remember him. Remember his sacrifice.
Side note: A few years ago, I found the website www.mightymidgets.org which is the website of the organization created to remember and honor the men who served on the Naval landing crafts during World War II.  I contacted them and sent them a few pictures of Uncle Harold.  They asked my permission to forward my Email and pictures on to some of the men who served on his same boat.  To my utter surprise, I received a letter not long after from someone who served with and remembered my uncle.   Such brave men.

Side note #2: Learn more about Uncle Harold's Mighty Midget

My thanks go out to all who have served our nation and my heart goes out to all those who face their losses firsthand. 

Take care, 

- Heather 


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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Review - The Date Mistake

I just read the most wonderful book by romance author, Joelle Lynne and I'm already picking up another book by her because my goodness. I want more! 

The Date Mistake by Joelle Lynne

Publication date: June 3, 2023
From my Goodreads and Bookbub reviews:

Fake Dating is my absolute favorite romance trope and The Date Mistake makes me feel like a kid in the candy store.

This is my first novel by Romance Author Joelle Lynne and I adored it! It all starts with a dare after Aaron's brother asks him to be the Best Man at his wedding and suggests - dares? - Aaron to invite Trevor, a server in Aaron's cafe.

Trevor, the openly-gay server who shamelessly flirts with all his customers, men and women alike, is well-loved by all, and has definitely caught the eye of his straight boss. When asked to be his wedding date, Trevor suggests they get to know each other so they can look convincing.

Along the way, they discover a real connection. I love it - absolutely love it. Fake dating forces two people together with a shared goal, but it also gives them the opportunity to really get to know each other so the romance has a foundation in friendship as well as emotion.

I'm sure I'll end up listening to this if it comes out on audio book because I'll want to enjoy Aaron and Trevor a second time. They're so wonderful and this story made me feel good.

Side notes:

* Angelo - made out to be the bad guy, but goodness. I want to see him again. I'd love to learn more about him because I don't REALLY think he's bad.

* The side characters were all well-written and perfectly complimented the main story.

I want to read more of Joelle Lynne's books, especially if her stories are all told as well as this one. Discovering a new author is the best!

Learn more about Joelle Lynne and her books on Goodreads. The Date Mistake can be found on Goodreads and is available for purchase on Amazon.

As always, my reviews can be found on Goodreads and other retail sites.

Take care, and happy reading!

- Heather

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Wayward Guilt - COVER REVEAL!

WELCOME TO GRANT'S CROSSING, OHIO!! 

I love my cover!  

THANK YOU COVER CULTURE / Kylie Sek for the gorgeous cover! 


WAYWARD GUILT is the first book in my HEROES OF GRANT'S CROSSING series and is available for pre-order today! (My goal is at least 100 pre-orders by July 25!) 





(Paperback pre-orders will be available in early July)

If you're on Goodreads, you can go ahead and add WAYWARD GUILT to your Want-to-Read shelf! (I'd be grateful if you did!)

⭐️ Small town
🇺🇸 Friendship
⭐️ Service 
🇺🇸 Loss & Grief
⭐️ First loves
🇺🇸 Family
⭐️ MM Romance
🇺🇸 Honor

Three friends leave home to serve their country. Only two make it back.

After the twin towers fall, Derek Mitchell enlists in the U.S. Army with two of his best friends. He dreams of helping people, whether in the field of combat or back home in Ohio.

Juan dreams of marrying his high school sweetheart and starting a family.

Joey dreams of being happy and living his own truth.

Together, they serve in multiple deployments until Juan and Joey are each grievously injured in separate combat missions. Thirteen years after initially enlisting, one doesn’t make it back.

Four months after the funeral, friends and family gather to celebrate Derek’s return to civilian life. With each story shared, he relives their final missions together, carrying the guilt of having saved one friend but not the other.

What do you do when the one friend you’ve always turned to is no longer there?

CW: This book contains on-page domestic violence, combat and combat deaths, on-page adult scenes, suicide attempt.

Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2 will be out in 2024. 

Happy reading! 


Heather - a.k.a. H.M.S. Brown 

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Wayward Guilt - Available for Pre-order

Hello! 

WAYWARD GUILT is available for pre-order! Click any of these links to pre-order the eBook for $2.99.





(Paperback pre-orders will be available in early July)

If you're on Goodreads, you can go ahead and add WAYWARD GUILT to your Want-to-Read shelf! (I'd be grateful if you did!)

I'm excited!
This is my debut novel and I can't wait for all of you to read it! 

⭐️ Small town
🇺🇸 Friendship
⭐️ Service 
🇺🇸 Loss & Grief
⭐️ First loves
🇺🇸 Family
⭐️ MM Romance
🇺🇸 Honor

Three friends leave home to serve their country. Only two make it back. 

After the twin towers fall, Derek Mitchell enlists in the U.S. Army with two of his best friends. He dreams of helping people, whether in the field of combat or back home in Grant's Crossing, Ohio. 

Juan dreams of marrying his high school sweetheart and starting a family. 

Joey dreams of being happy and living his own truth. 

Together, they serve in multiple deployments until Juan and Joey are each grievously injured in separate combat missions. Thirteen years after initially enlisting, one doesn’t make it back. 

Four months after the funeral, friends and family gather to celebrate Derek’s return to civilian life. With each story shared, he relives their final missions together, carrying the guilt of having saved one friend but not the other. 

What do you do when the one friend you’ve always turned to is no longer there?


CW: This book contains on-page domestic violence, combat and combat deaths, on-page adult scenes, suicide attempt.
Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2 will be out in 2024. 

Happy reading! 


Heather - a.k.a. H.M.S. Brown (My real initials!)

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Wayward Guilt - Status update (a.k.a. Blurbs are evil)

You can't list a book without the blurb. 

My book, WAYWARD GUILT, will hit the shelves this summer, on July 25, 2023. I'm currently working on getting myself set up as an author on all the websites and getting my book listed. There are a LOT of steps. No trap doors yet, so I'm slowly and steadily moving forward. 

My writing and publishing journey is indeed set on a long road. I'm working on getting myself set up. The main thing you need when listing your book is a blurb. Blurbs are evil. They are my nemesis. I don't like them. I buy books based on the blurb. So do many other people, so I had to create mine. Evil. Pure evil. 


You can't list a book without the blurb. 

Happy to say my blurb is done.

Here's where I stand on getting my book, WAYWARD GUILT, released into the wild. 

Amazon - book is submitted. 72 hour wait for it to be live and able to be claimed for author page. - UPDATE - it went live about 5 minutes after I posted this update and about 1 hour after I submitted it. Well done, Amazon! 


Apple - EIN verified, now waiting 24 hours for banking info to be updated - still working towards being able to list book 

Kobo - it's live. It's still live. Kobo is my friend. 

Goodreads - still waiting on librarian to add Wayward Guilt so I can claim it as an author and convert profile to author page. UPDATE - It's now live-ish. I just submitted the claim as the author and am waiting for that to be updated. In the meantime, I added my own book to my "want to read" shelf and claimed myself as the author. HUZZAH! 

Google Play - in the works. Kind of.  

Smashwords - haven't started yet 

Payhip - have just set up the basics re: Profile info - haven't tried to list anything yet 

Barnes & Noble - Not there yet, but I think I have to set myself up as a vendor of record? 

Sigh. Why am I not querying traditional publishers? Scribner Publishing would want me, right? I mean, what do you think the S in H.M.S. Brown stands for anyway?! Honest - Charles Scribner is my 2nd cousin 6 times removed. (and I only know that thanks to ancestry.com). In other words, we share a common ancestor. His Great-grandfather, Matthew Scribner, is my 7-greats grandfather. Matthew Scribner and three of his sons (including Captain Nathaniel Scribner of the Dutchess County Militia in New York) are my family's Revolutionary War ancestors. 

Family history aside, I'm still plugging away at getting my author pages set up and my book listed. What's taking all the time is that I'm doing all this for the first time. Fortunately, Author pages only need to be set up once. Once they're done, listing any subsequent books or formats will be a walk in the park by comparison. 

In Goodreads alone, I'll be able to list my own books without having to go through an intermediary known as the Goodreads Librarian. From all accounts I've heard, they do a fantastic job, but since I don't already have any books listed and since I don't already have an author profile, I have to first enlist their help to get me going. Nothing horrible by any means, just a little bit time-consuming, that's all. Once I'm through it though, I'll be golden.

In the meantime, my reviews can be found on Goodreads and other retail sites. 

Take care, and happy reading!

 - Heather 


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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Wayward Guilt - Status Update May the 4th (be with you!)

Good evening! 

I started the process of listing my first novel, WAYWARD GUILT - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 1, this week, and I'd like to say how grateful I am that so much of this process of creating/setting up author pages, listing books, is a one-time thing.

Goodness! 

Planned release date is July 25, 2023!!

I plan to publish wide, which means I won't be exclusive to a single publisher. Plus, I plan to offer both digital and paperback versions of my book. (I haven't yet delved into the large-print version of the paperwork, but that's down the road)
  • I've submitted the book via Goodreads, and once listed, I can convert my profile to an author page.
  • Draft2Digital (D2D) has been started
  • Apple Books - They're verifying my EIN
  • Kobo, Google Play, Amazon, BN, Smashwords, etc. - Mostly TBD - 1 down, 4+ to go.
  • Bookbub - I've submitted my one listing and claimed my author name. Once approved, I'll be able to list my book and convert my current profile to an author page so I can keep my reviews in place. (I have about 60+ reviews) This can take up to a week.
  • Payhip - Started
My book goes to my editor on May 22 - the story itself is in great shape. I just need to work on the misc stuff, i.e.
  • Copyright page
  • Author's notes
  • Content/trigger warning
  • Acknowledgments
  • Character page - still debating
  • Contacts and social media links
  • Teaser for next book
  • Link to preorder for Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2 
I'm shooting for late winter/early spring 2024 for Book 2. 

Wish me luck!
Once I'm set up, I can truly jump into the marketing, though this kind of counts. BUT - I want to include links. In the meantime, you're welcome to like and follow my author page at HMS Brown. I'd love to hit 100 likes by the time I get these listed and over 250 by the time my book is released the end of July!

As always, my reviews can be found on Goodreads and other retail sites. 

Take care, and happy reading!

 - Heather 


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Harold Addison Scribner - Radioman, Third Class, US Naval Reserve

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