Halloween Blogfest: Angel Payne

The Sexiest Part of Autumn is Wrapped in Fatigues and Honor
Angel Payne
Darker nights with chimney smoke in the air. Starbucks pumpkin lattes. A huge selection of naughty costume stuff at Party City. The return of “Vampire Diaries.”

There are lots of reasons to embrace Autumn as a sexy season, even for a die-hard Summer-Lover like yours truly. (Hey, I live in Southern California. You can’t walk on Huntington Beach in the middle of August and NOT like Summer, if you know what I mean!)

But the best and sexiest fall season date is 11-11. You got it. Veterans Day.

Woodrow Wilson declared the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, with the purpose to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…” In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day, so as to make us all remember what kind of sacrifices have been made for the freedoms we enjoy.

I have to be honest: before this year, I walked through the world with a pretty blasé attitude about this holiday. But as I ramped up the background research for Mark Moore, my hero in Permanent Marker, then did some prelim notes for a future book featuring a Navy SEAL, I constantly realized how deep in the sand my head was really stuck. I was floored, humbled and moved to tears by the things our servicemen and women give up on a daily basis just so we can have the amazing things we take for granted in our lives. Yeah, things like those Starbucks lattes, those sexy fishnets, even the books I have the freedom and the opportunity to write.

But there are the other things they give up, too. The really hard stuff. Nightly hugs from their kids. The very birth of their kids. Waking up to a kiss from their lover. Being able to even touch their lover. Birthday parties. Weddings. Funerals. Holidays. Dates that can never be replaced. Memories they’ll never have.

To keep OUR lives safe. To protect and to serve ALL of us.

You can’t do sexy better than that.

This November 11th, let’s all try to give a little sexy back. Thank your local veteran. I don’t care what war they served in, or to what capacity, or whether they’re male or female. Buy them that pumpkin latte. Hell, if you’re an exhibitionist like me, give ‘em a peek at those fishnets.

To find out more about a great project benefiting our valued veterans, click here: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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  1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the best! mmmm! 🙂 Mix that with a man in uniform and I am in heaven. lol!


  2. Great post! We don’t always take time in our busy lives to remember on Veteran’s Day.
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  3. Great post! Best thing to remember.
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  4. I love a man in uniform…


  5. I love a man in uniform…


  6. Thank you for the reminder today that we should remember our veterans! This year for my dad’s birthday we did a veteran memorial party for him. He served in the air force in the 1960’s, so we had his picture put up on our local hero and veteran walls, and had a veteran cake and card made, etc… He loved his day because we took the time to remember his service! I actually saw a veteran with tears in his eyes on his birthday!

  7. Loved the post. We remember our veterans and my dad at the same time. His birthday was on veterans day and he would not let us forget to remember the vets.

  8. Well said, Angel–thank you!


  9. Great post. People don’t alwsys think about or celebrate Veteran’s Day, but I have always observed it with pride in our military veterans. My dad was one, he served in Korea way back when, and it was always a special day in our house.

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  10. So appreciate the comments. Thank you all. My post was from my heart. And Jason honey? You and me both, okay?? To Laurel, NayNay and Nancy: please thank your fathers for me. The sacrifices they’ve made are amazing, incredible and nothing short of heroic.

  11. So appreciate the comments. Thank you all. My post was from my heart. And Jason honey? You and me both, okay?? To Laurel, NayNay and Nancy: please thank your fathers for me. The sacrifices they’ve made are amazing, incredible and nothing short of heroic.

  12. There is nothing more admirable than a patriot doing his/her duty, all for the love of country. From being in harm’s way on a daily basis, to the less than comfortable conditions that our American warriors work and fight in, to the amazing spirit and valor that impels them through every moment of their service, I can’t begin to express how much I respect and admire them. The utter selflessness in the policy of “no man left behind” brings tears to my eyes. Yes, Angel, nothing is more compelling or even sexier than a soldier doing what he does best.
    Susan Shapley

  13. My dad lied about his age to fight in WWII … he was 17. My husband was in Desert Storm. Both were scarred (emotionally), neither like to talk about their experiences, both said they’d do it again.

    I have only the highest respect for our veterans. Thank you for your post.

  14. What a wonderful post. I also honor and respect our veterans. Without them we would not have the freedoms we all take for granted.


  15. I love supporting our troops. I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes but I’ll be sure to thank them

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