Marine Mom Salutes the Military

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On the heels of winning the Readers Choice Award from the Military Writers Society of America for 2006, JoAnne Allen, author of "My Son is a Marine" will proudly appear as a featured author at a series of MWSA events, including "Fleet Week Author Fest" and the MWSA Author Symposium.

On the heels of winning the Readers Choice Award from the Military Writers Society of America for 2006, JoAnne Allen, author of "My Son is a Marine" will proudly appear as a featured author at a series of MWSA events, including "Fleet Week Author Fest" and the MWSA Author Symposium. During the "Salute to the Military" Event, JoAnne Allen will receive her Readers Choice Award. Contact Maria Edwards at jedward1@san.rr.com for details.

October 12, 2006 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Military Writers Society of America Author Symposium

Veterans Museum & Memorial Center

2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, California

Meet the Author through Panel Discussions -Public invited to participate

October 13, 2006 - 12 Noon - 3:00 p.m. - Fleet Week AuthorFest

Featuring JoAnne Allen, Joe Buff, David Danelo, Jeff Edwards, Paul Holton, Phil Kiver, Tony Lazzarini, Bill McDonald, and D. Clayton Meadows.

UCSD Bookstore - San Diego, California

October 13 - 15, 2006 - Military Writers Society of America "Salute to the Military" Book Fest

Community Church of San Diego, 7811 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, California

Author Book Signings, Live Music, Poetry, Art, Movie screenings, PTSD Assistance, Marketing workshops, MWSA 2006 awards presentation.

"MY SON IS A MARINE is a joy and a real pleasure to read something uplifting dealing with the Iraq War experience. Even though her book is filled with enough “Kleenex Moments” to make a great soap opera, she never loses her faith in life," says McDonald, President of Military Writers Society of America.

The war in Iraq rages on, while around the world families sit on the edge of their seats watching the horrific news of death and destruction. It's a familiar scene, but one mother refused to sit and wait for her son to come home–unable to imagine how the war might affect his soul. A.J. Allen enlisted at the tender age of eighteen and from that day on his mother, Jo Anne Allen, did what she must to keep his spirit alive. Day after day, she wrote cards and letters reliving the joyous experiences of A.J.'s journey through life.

Joe Franklin of Memory Lane (Bloomberg Radio) says... "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition–send copies of Jo Anne Allen's book to the troops."

MY SON IS A MARINE has already reached across the world to touch readers with not only the wonder of a mother's love, but of God's love for each of His children. This book was born of a strong commitment by several people. Support Our Soldiers America Inc. received a letter from a young marine (A.J. Allen). A.J.'s simple request for someone to help his mother move ahead in her writing career touched a chord and set the wheels in motion. Ms. Allen eventually signed a publishing contract with Karen Syed at Echelon Press and soon after MY SON IS A MARINE hit the presses. As a token of Ms. Allen and Echelon Press' commitment, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of MY SON IS A MARINE are donated to SOS America Inc. to benefit a variety of venues including the injured at the Walter Reed Hospital. The scope of this project is immense as the book brings comfort and peace to readers worldwide.

Jo Anne Allen, the mother three, lives Grand Junction, Colorado. With her own military background and an unstoppable determination to survive the most challenging crisis', Ms. Allen relies on many things to face each new day of the adventure she calls life, the most important of them being her faith.

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