Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Guest Post, Jeff Salter

Tribute to the Greatest Generation

By Jeff Salter


            Very much appreciate Cyndi’s gracious invitation to appear here today.


Important and timely

            Have you ever read a novel which seemed so important and timely that you could hardly contain your enthusiasm about it?  Have you ever WRITTEN such a story?

            Well I have.  At least it seems that important and timely to me.  No, not FOR me — because this novel is my tribute to the Greatest Generation … and those still living are leaving us all too quickly.  I’m a “baby boomer” — my parents and teachers (and practically every adult I knew as I grew up) were among that generation which struggled through the Great Depression and sacrificed during World War II.


About the novel

            Of the eight novels I’ve completed so far, Called to Arms Again (from Astraea Press, 2013), was my third written and my third fiction book published.

            It’s the story of a young newspaper reporter looking for a new angle for her Veterans Day special section.  Who better to give her a fresh perspective than a bunch of old war dogs who’ve been there and back.  Not only does Kelly Randall learn what the Greatest Generation was made of, but she soon discovers a great deal about her own mettle.

            My story has action, comedy, romance, plenty of the ‘can-do’ spirit, and an unashamedly healthy dose of patriotism.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cheer.


I need your help

I haven’t gone ‘all-out’ with promotion of my first two novels – romantic suspense and romantic comedy – because they’re mostly enjoyed by readers of those genres.  But the sky’s the limit on promoting C2AA — this story appeals to readers of both genders … from ages 19 to 90!

If you’re the child of a Boomer Generation parent, you need to read this so you’ll understand what your grandparents (and their siblings) went through and how they prevailed.

If you’re a Boomer (born after WW2) — your parents, aunts, uncles, and teachers were members of the greatest generation.  Buy this book and read it, because you’ll recognize these characters.  And if you have living parents or other relatives, tell them about my story.  Please remember, the WW2 generation – both those who served in the military and those who sacrificed on the homefront – are dying at a rate of about 2000 per day … so there is an urgency to let them know about this story which honors them!

If you were born before about 1930, you ARE part of the Greatest Generation and you’ll find yourself (and your siblings and friends) in my story!

            Read it!  Pass the word!  Get this story into the hands of everyone who loves Freedom!

Don’t you agree that artist Elaina Lee did an outstanding job on my cover for Called to Arms Again?



Short bio

            I’ve written all my life — focusing mainly on poetry.  Published a few little things while still in school.  Through newspaper photo-journalism, I compiled some 250 bylines and became rather addicted to seeing my name in print. 

            I’m co-author of two non-fiction monographs (about librarianship) with a royalty publisher, plus a signed chapter in another book and a signed article in a specialty encyclopedia.

            I’ve published library articles, book reviews, and over 120 poems; my writing has won nearly 40 awards, including several in national contests.

            I’m a decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote tour of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland).  I’m the married parent of two and grandparent of six.


My novels

            On taking my early retirement (from nearly 30 years in librarianship), I imagined I would write poems and book reviews and haunt nearby library conferences.  But after moving to KY in late summer of 2006, I discovered (much to my surprise) that there were novels in my brain.

            I recently finished drafting my eighth complete novel.  My fourth novel (to be published) will be released in a couple of weeks — Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold (a screwball comedy with Dingbat Publishing).  I also have a short novella, Don’t Bet On It, which is under contract with Astraea Press.

            Though romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and screwball comedy are among my eight novels, I don’t think of my stories as genre pieces.  Rather, I write novels and novellas with strong, creative, resourceful females who face obstacles of one kind or another and usually don’t realize how courageous they truly are until they face a crisis that calls for it.




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Called to Arms Again

By J. L. Salter




            Grit doesn’t fade away ... it just becomes crusty.  With harrowing elements right out of today’s headlines, this story reaches back into the sturdy heartbeat of people raised during the Depression and tested during World War II.  Though the old uniforms haven’t fit in many decades, their resilient spirits still have that same intensity which helped save democracy.

            Needing only a fresh angle to write her Veteran’s Day special, Kelly discovers first hand that the Greatest Generation still has enough grit to fight back.  While all the authorities are occupied during a massive Homeland Security drill, an urban gang of thieves targets an isolated retirement subdivision ... figuring the crippled geriatrics would offer no resistance.

            Though Kelly’s widowed boyfriend came along only for a post-funeral luncheon, Mitch soon finds himself leading a mismatched flanking team. Kelly’s good friend Wade has his own assignment, with a homemade mortar and lots of illegal gunpowder.

            Maybe it’s difficult to remember everyday things like taking pills, but these octogenarians have never forgotten it was up to them to defend family, home, community, and country.  The outcome of their courageous stand depends on the resolve and resourcefulness of an unlikely ensemble of eccentric elderly neighbors, several American Legion members, and others spanning four generations.




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Now also available in paperback at Amazon.com


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  1. Thanks again, Cyndi.
    I'm delighted to be here. Hope we can get lots of readers interested in this novel, which pays tribute to the generation which kept America free.

  2. We never think of ourselves or others as 'living history' but that's what everyone is. I hope you have a tremendous success with this book, not just for yourself but for all those you want to reach.

    1. Thank you, Sherry. One of my biggest sorrows with this story is that I didn't finish drafting it until my father-in-law was already gone. He was the inspiration for one of the significant characters.

  3. It was a pleasure having you, Jeff! My husband is a veteran and I loved this book and what it represented :)

    1. Thanks, Cyndi.
      What branch was your husband in?
      I was active duty Air Force (71-74), then AF Reserve (74-77), and later Army NG (78-80).