Posted on Nov 12, 2011
IBC Blog Tour de Troops

IBC Blog Tour de Troops

Welcome to IBC’s Blog Tour de Troops!

You should have hopped here from Melissa Foster’s blog. The next stop on the tour will be at Stephen England’s blog.

With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, I have spent some time thinking about all of those men and women who so graciously give their time, energy, and sometimes even their lives to protect their own countrymen and culture. For millennium, soldiers have fought for their beliefs and values, and in doing so, sacrificed so much. I am fascinated with and honored to know so many people who have devoted some or all of their life to the Armed Forces.

As some of you know, I’m a movie nut, and war-themed films are some of my favorites. I’m far from alone in my appreciation of this genre, as is evident by all of the war-related movies made over the years. Think about some of your favorite military-flavored films and why you love them.

  • Gone with the Wind
  • Casablanca
  • The African Queen
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Alamo
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Great Escape
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • M*A*S*H
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Platoon
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Gettysburg
  • Schindler’s List
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Band of Brothers
  • The Hurt Locker

It’s the mental strength of the characters more than the physical prowess that leaves me in awe. While I realize these are mainly works of fiction (although some contain elements off non-fiction), I also know that many are based on true-life heroes and events. I watch these films and am touched by what soldiers will endure to fight for their beliefs and to protect the values and people they love.

I can’t possibly thank all of the members of the Armed Forces in countries around the world for the sweat and horrors they have endured in the never ending fight for freedom and justice. I look forward to teaching my children about the reason we remember veterans and hold them in such high esteem.

Top Five Reasons Why I Couldn’t Handle Being in the Armed Forces:

  1. Waking up at the butt-crack of dawn on a regular basis would suck the lifeblood out of me.
  2. Having to do P.T. (especially P.T. at the butt-crack of dawn) that involves a 60 – 80 lb. backpack, a screaming drill sergeant, and no time-outs would make me blubber like a big baby right before I keeled over dead—I’d like to go out with some dignity, thank you.
  3. Just thinking about going into combat would make me puke in my helmet repeatedly. It wouldn’t be pretty. G.I. Jane I am not.
  4. Sacrificing time with my loved ones (especially my kids) would tear my heart into little tiny pieces and make me a miserable slug.
  5. Leaving the safety of home would give me ulcers, and my nervous twitches would acquire twitches of their own.

Please leave a comment on my blog post today telling me what your top three favorite war-related films are. Not only do you receive a coupon for a free copy of my eBook, DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS (which has three old veterans who give the heroine nothing but heartburn), a troop member will also be given a free copy of my book.

Here are some links to a few wonderful reviewers who are sponsoring/have sponsored DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS with reviews. Don’t forget to stop over there and give them little L♥O♥V♥E.

Thank you for supporting Veterans around the world and for participating in IBC’s Blog Tour de Troops!

If you’d like to view a few C.S. Kunkle drawings from his Machines of War collection, click HERE.

If you’d like to donate money toward the Kindles for our soldiers, simply use Paypal and as the address where to send your money. Please note on your payment that it’s a “Troops Donation.”

(Don’t forget to stop over at Stephen England’s blog next on the tour.)

♥ Ann

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272 Responses to “IBC Blog Tour de Troops”

  1. AC-Admin says:

    Thanks to all who stopped by and said, “Hi” during the Blog Tour de Troops.

    Stay tuned for the next tour over at

    Happy Holidays,

  2. kathy m says:

    Hi Ann, Thanks for your participation in this event that reminds us to appreciate and thank those who serve on our behalf. I already have your latest book – love your work. 3 war movies that are among my favorites: Mash, Good Morning Vietnam & The Deer Hunter (which is very difficult to watch)
    Sorry to be commenting 2 days late –

  3. Barb Ackley says:

    Ann, Hope I can still get a book for our troops. Tried several times over the past several hours & get an error message when I hit submit.
    ackleybj {at} verizon {dot} net

  4. Laurie M says:

    In honor of all the veterans-currently serving and who have previously served…

    I have a really close friend, my best friend’s husband, who still suffers with the side affects of serving in the Vietnam war.

    My 3 favorite war movies are Gone with the Wind, Saving Private Ryan, and The Hiding Place.

    God bless all!

    • Ann Charles says:

      I’m sorry to hear that about your friend’s husband. My thoughts go out to him and others like him during this time of year. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you get a few laughs out of DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS.


  5. Carmen says:

    I don’t watch war films, but I’m nonetheless appreciative of what our troops go through for us. Thank you for supporting them!


  6. Ann Charles says:

    War Games–haven’t seen that in ages. Thank you for coming by.


  7. Imzadi D says:

    Your book sounds really interesting. Thanks for what you are doing for our troops.

    1. Coming Home
    2. War Games
    3. Torn Curtain

    ImzadiDonelli at yahoo dot com

  8. Ann Charles says:

    Thank you for sharing so much about these movies. I agree with you on the more historically accurate holding my interest even more. I walked away from a Band of Brothers marathon feeling like I have done so little in my life compared to them. It made me want to do more for others.

    Thank you for your comment and for stopping by!


  9. Barb Ackley says:

    I saw Bridge on the River Kwai when I was a kid & it made a big impression. Not sure if I saw it today if it would compare with the ones already listed.

    Saving Private Ryan was hard to watch the Normandy Beach invasion, but I think it gave the best idea possible of what it must have been like to be there.

    Not sure that I would call Flags of our Fathers a great movie, but again I felt like I had a taste of what it must have been like to be in combat.

    Can’t remember the name, but there was a Viet Nam era movie about soldiers trying to be rescued by helicopter & enemy had tunnels that allowed them to pop up unexpectedly & posed big threat.

    While I enjoy the adventure & thrill of the Rambo type movies, the ones that make the biggest impression on me are the ones that are more historically accurate & make me feel like I come away with a better understanding of what it was really like.

    All of which convince me that I don’t ever want to be in a war or have my grandchildren have to fight one. Which makes what our service people face all the more impressive & appreciated.

    But I couldn’t take a steady diet of that kind of intensity. Most of the time in both my reading & movie choices I prefer to be entertained & a spice of humor makes it even better.

    Finally, my #1 choice of war movie is Schindler’s List.

    Thank you for the free book. Send to
    ackleybj {at} verizon {dot} net

  10. Roxs says:

    Thanks for participating!

    I don’t watch war movies, but remember growing up that I saw some episodes of M*A*S*H as well as GI Joe cartoons.

    roxburysnoopy-blogtourdeforce at

    • Ann Charles says:

      I grew up with MASH and Hawkey Pierce. Jamie Farr was from Toledo, Ohio, which is close to my home town, so he was a bit of a local celebrity.

      Thank you for coming by!


  11. Lotsareading says:

    Your Top 5 are mine as well . . . which is why I am all the more grateful that there are so many individuals who are not only able, but also willing to do all those things listed and more. Please let them know how much we appreciate everything they do as they serve our country proudly.

    By the way, see #3 on your list (and add to that the blood, guts, and gore associated with combat) to understand why I’m not big on war-related movies.

    • Ann Charles says:

      Ha! Gotcha on the blood and guts mix. I actually can’t stand watching people puke on t.v., and it seems to be a thing they show a lot lately. Blah!

      Thanks for stopping by,

  12. Jessica B says:

    I know of a couple of tv shows that I really enjoy because of my stepdad- MASH and Hogan’s Heroes. Now would the Rambo’s be considered war movies? I’m not much into war films tho most films today have some aspect of it (the Hulk) and I enjoy a couple.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

  13. Isolabella says:

    Thank you so much for supporting our troops and for participating in this blog tour.

    I say Saving Private Ryan, MASH, and Behind Enemy Lines.

    thenarcissuslibrary at gmail dot com

  14. JCDonelli says:

    Thanks for supporting the troops!

    Fail Safe
    Top Gun
    1776 – the signing of the act that started the war for our independence.

  15. Susan says:

    So happy to participate in this wonderful blog tour. Thank you!

  16. Diane U says:

    My dad was a WWII vet and landed at Omaha Beach on D-day. He didn’t live quite long enough to go on one of the Honor Tours and he didn’t talk about the war but he looked very dashing in the pictures. : )

    I don’t watch many war movies, they just make me cry. I love to read space opeeras like David Weber’s Honor Universe stories though. John Ringo writes some good ones too. Looking forward to reading your book.
    Thanks for the book and thanks for supporting our troops

    • Ann Charles says:

      I’m in awe that your father survived that. The horrors he must have seen. I can see why you can’t watch the war movies. That would cut too deep for me, too. Thank you for coming by.


  17. Carla S. says:

    Thanks for participating in this great tour.
    I have really enjoyed your Deadwood series. Looking forward to the new one.

  18. S H says:

    My dad was in WW2 medical corps. He never spoke much about his experiences because of the horrors he saw which he told me as he was dying. For this reason, I try to watch all I can and learn of WW 2. MASH interests me from medical angle. Casablanca is a favorite also due to Humphrey Bogart. The English Patient also touched me deeply. I am in awe of anyone who can enlist in time of war.

    • Ann Charles says:

      I cannot imagine the horrors your father saw in WWII. I think it’s great that you try to watch all you can to learn more about WWII due to his time in the war. I love Rick’s one-liners in Casablanca.


  19. Sapphyria says:

    Top 3 Movies:

    1. M*A*S*H – because it led into the single best series on T.V. I’m 35 but grew up watching it. I have the entire series on dvd and my husband and I watch it every night before bed.

    2. Gone With The Wind

    3. Behind Enemy Lines

    Thanks for being part of this tour.

    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

  20. Sue says:

    This is such a great thing. Thanks!


  21. Kat Howard says:

    Thanks for supporting our troops! (And a big Semper Fi for my dad and hubby. :D)

    Must not forget the classic “Bridge Over the River Kwai”.

    I look forward to reading your book!

  22. Karen says:

    Anything with John Wayne.

    Thank you for your support and the ebook

    kolists a\t gmail dt com

  23. barbara lay says:

    thanks for supporting our troops .god bless you and yours and god bless our troops.

  24. shayne says:

    Thank you so much for participating in this, as an air force veteran I can really appreciate it.


  25. Berit says:

    For my husband, definitely MASH – although he does like historical movies – so I’m sure he enjoys some of those listed.

    For me, I’ve only seen a couple – I have a hard time watching them.

    I am very thankful for those who do serve – and their families! I just don’t think I could ever do it myself.

    And thanks to everyone participating – this is a great idea!

    beritlemons AT gmail DOT com

  26. Laura G. says:

    Thank you for participating in this wonderful tour.
    Please send my copy to the troops. I already have a copy!!
    Thanks Again,
    Laura G.

  27. Melissa says:

    3 favorite war-related movies…hmmmm…
    #1 I think would be “We Were Soldiers” with Mel Gibson. I like medieval war movies also, so I think my other 2 movies would be “Kingdom of Heaven” with Orlando Bloom amd “300” (I know a lot of it is quite a stretch of the imagination, but I like the story of the Spartans).

    I grew up a Navy Brat, so I have a great respect and pride for our men & women in uniform.

    I loved your “Nearly Departed in Deadwood” and I got “Dance of the Winnebagos” during the last Blog Tour. Is there anyway I could get “Optical Delusions” instead?

    I would like the troop book to go to my cousin Zachary Neer serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

    Thank you for the opportunity to support our troops.
    missyebookmail (AT) mediacombb (DOT) net

    • Ann Charles says:


      You can forward the email I send to you to your cousin, Zachary. He can then use the Dance of the Winnebagos code instead of you. :)

      Thank you for your part in helping us support the troops!


  28. Teresa Kleeman says:

    Hi Ann,

    I want to say thank you for what you all have done on the Tour to support our troops and say thanks by giving back.

    My favorite war related movies are Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, and Black Hawk Down.

    All of them were great movies. Especially Black Hawk Down.

    Thanks again for doing this tour.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com.

  29. Linda Meza says:

    My favorite all time movie is Gone With the Wind and that it falls in your list is great too. Saving Private Ryan is great but the one I remember from my childhood is Good Morning Vietnam. Thanks for supporting our troops this way. I am sure a soldier would love a good book to escape to while they are away from their families protecting out freedom.
    Thanks again
    Linda Meza

    • Ann Charles says:

      I enjoy Good Morning Vietnam, too. Forgot about that one. I hope the soldiers enjoy all of the books and feel like they are back home for a bit. Thank you for coming by.


  30. Thanks for participating and sharing your work with our soldiers overseas!

    I almost joined the military. But all those reasons you listed, they apply to me. Plus, I don’t take orders well! :)

  31. Jeryl M. says:

    My favorite war movies are Gone With the Wind, Schindler’s List and Casablanca.

  32. Donna Brown says:

    I guess my choices are fairly obvious ones: Platoon, Schindler’s List and Downfall, though I don’t watch too many films that fall into the ‘War film’ category.

    In terms of books (phew, on easier ground here!), I Am David, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl and All But My Life sit firmly amongst my favourites. Heartwrenching but beautifully written.

    Thanks for a great blog post.


  33. Tammi Hagberg says:

    There’s so many , my husband has a collection.
    1/ Midway
    2/ pearl Harbor
    3/ Tora, Tora, Tora

    • Ann Charles says:

      Tora, Tora, Tora–I haven’t seen that in forever. Thanks for the reminder! Thank you also for coming by. I hope you enjoy the copy of Dance I’ll be sending your way.


  34. Cat says:

    I don’t usually watch war films. I did go to see Pearl Harbor, however, and I did enjoy it.

  35. Hi Ann, stopping by to support. I already have a copy of the book so send mine to another troop. I know how much I loved it and I am sure they will too.

  36. Congrats on the new release, Ann! The book sounds great. Sorry, I’m a day late commenting. I would have loved for the troops to have another copy of your book.

  37. Miranda says:

    I love We Were Soldiers!

    Thank you to all Veteran’s and those still serving today!!


  38. Mary Ann Peden-Coviello says:

    This is my first time at your website. Your books look very good. As for favourite war films, I’m a fan of “Generation Kill,” which is not a film, of course, but a mini-series. “Saving Private Ryan” is a good one. And so is “Black Hawk Down.”

    The email address I use for Smashwords is merikat1948 at I look forward to reading “Dance of the Winnebagos.”

    I don’t have a particular soldier to send this to, so I’m sure whoever does receive it will enjoy it!

    • Ann Charles says:

      Mary Ann,
      I haven’t heard of Generation Kill. The tension throughout Black Hawk Down makes my shoulders so tight by the end. I hope you get a few chuckles out of Dance of the Winnebagos. Thank you for coming by.


  39. Vanessa says:

    My father was born on veterens day and I lost him 13 years ago so this day has always held twice the meaning for me. I want to thank the troops for their dedication including my cousin Danny and dear friend Yves and also tell my father I love him and miss him dearly.

    • Ann Charles says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your father–makes this a hard time of year for you. Thanks to your cousin and friend for their military service. And thanks to you for stopping by to participate in the Blog Tour de Troops.

      Takes care,

  40. Ann Charles says:

    I need to watch GI Jane again. It’s been a long time. Thank you for coming by and helping add to the ebooks-for-troops book pile!


  41. Heather Cloer says:

    Thank you for participating in the tour, what a wonderful gift to our military!
    A few of my favorite movies include Saving Private Ryan, GI Jane and Schindler’s List. Great movies, emotional but wonderful!

    Thanks again,

  42. Kathryn Merkel says:

    There are many military movies that I have watched & enjoyed over the years, so I can’t say that the 3 listed below are actually my favorites, but they are the first that came to mind.

    1: In Enemy Hands
    2: Behind Enemy Lines
    3: Under Siege

    Thanks so much for being part of such a worthy cause.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  43. Brad Taylor says:

    Ann thanks again for this wonderful project you all do! I was busy touring the Battlefields of Gettysburg and visiting with mom and sister yesterday so I didn’t get to post. Looking forward to reading Deadwood 3 out on deployment! Be loading up that Kindle soon for some more deployment material! Favorite War movies…too many but both HBO series Pacific and Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan and last but not least and probably the biggest tear jerker for me Taking Chance with Kevin Bacon.

    Thank you to all of the posters for all your support!! Our generation has been very lucky vs. the Vietnam Era veterans. All the cards and holiday gifts that you send are greatly appreciated! It’s a little touch of home when you’re away.

    Thank you,

    • Ann Charles says:

      I haven’t seen Taking Chance yet–a sure-fire tear jerker. I loved the Pacific series on HBO, too.

      Thank you for all of your years of service in the Navy. You and your family have sacraficed much time together.

      I know you already have read Dance of the Winnebagos, but maybe you could share the coupon code I’ll send you with one of your co-workers.


  44. Pinky says:

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks for being part of the tour. I’m just here to show my support for the troops, I already have your book and would love it if you would please give my copy to the troops too. My three favorite movies are “Gone with the Wind”, “Schindler’s List” & “M*A*S*H”.

    To all of the women & men of the military, thank you for everything you do, the sacrifices you make, and for keeping our country safe! To the families of those in the military, thank you for the sacrifices you make each and every day.


    • Ann Charles says:

      Ah, my favorite “meddling kid” from the Blog Tour de Masquerade–I had such fun being the Evil Mastermind at Jeremy Rodden’s blog last month during that tour. You were fun to go back and forth with on the last tour. Thank you for stopping by again and sharing your thoughts for the military members. So true.

      Take care,

      • Pinky says:

        I had a blast too Ann, that was a lot of fun. I could have kept going but I didn’t want to flood the board, lol.

        Sorry I didn’t get to promote the tour better, but I just had surgery Friday night.

        I will be on top of the next one and am already looking forward to it :)


  45. Candy says:

    thank you for supporting the troops I already have Dance with the Winniebagos, but please give a copy to the troops

  46. Silver Chick says:

    To be honest, I never used to enjoy war-related films as I get far too emotional! However, as I’ve grown a little older, I am able to appreciate them without quite as many tears (tissues always on standyby though!).
    Three favourites:
    Black Hawk Down
    Pearl Harbour

  47. Judy Prusnick says:

    I don’t really have a favorite ‘war’ book or film. But If I did Saving private Ryan would be it.
    Thanks for doing this!

    • Ann Charles says:

      Saving Private Ryan is such a great film. It and the movie UP go down in my record books for the fastest movies to make me cry right after they began.

      Thank you for stopping by today.


  48. Thanks for being a part of this great giveaway. Sorry I am replying so late, I have only been home from work for a little while – LONG DAY! I am excited that a soldier will get this book too!
    Thanks again.

  49. Lindsey says:

    Well, even though I have your books and am in the process of buying them as Xmas presents I thought I would comment on the movies!

    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN…great movie…can’t imagine being the last kid left of being the mother of 3 boys and only having 1 survive..great film all the way around..

    BAND OF BROTHERS: Todd has personal involvement with this as his Gpa had a lot of involvement in that group and time. Son has watched a 1000 times…I don’t tire of it either but it gives me something to whine about pretending I can’t take it anymore.

    THREE KINGS: Not so much a war movie but it fascinates me how….superficial the cause was during that time…and please…George CLooney looked like a GOD in that movie….seriously.

    Get Ann’s book and let me know how you all love it..!!

    • Ann Charles says:

      Thank you, Lindsey! Your support since I met you has been amazing and wonderful. Thank you for giving my books a try and then supporting me in the blog tours with your reviews. You rock!


  50. Karysa Faire says:

    I admit it-I’m not a war-movie fan. I find them too depressing. Of course, of the ones on your list, two of them are on my list of favorite movies of all time: Casablanca and Schlinder’s List.

    Thank you for being part of this amazing event.

    • Ann Charles says:

      There are many war movies I don’t want to watch again because of how sad it makes me, but then there are some that are incredibly uplifting and motivating. Thank you for participating in the tour by coming here and commenting.


  51. Tamsyn says:

    I enjoyed your post. Wonderful cause. My favourite is MASH, an oldie but really stuck with me for years.

  52. Allyson Meyer says:

    Hi Ann! I already have all of your books but wanted to comment anyway so that another copy would be passed on to a soldier. Thanks! :)

  53. Carolyn Valdez says:

    My top three movies are Schindler’s List,Gone with the Wind, and MASH. So glad you all are doing this tour for the troops. Thank you so much.

  54. Nan says:

    What a great way to honor and give to the people serving our country. Thank you for participating. My three favorite movies are Casablanca, M*A*S*H and Saving Private Ryan.

  55. JenM says:

    I don’t know anyone personally serving in the Armed Forces, but I want to support all of our servicemen and women. It’s a thankless job but I’m grateful that they are willing to do it. My all time favorite war movie is The Great Escape. Beyond that, I also wanted to mention The Winds Of War miniseries adapted from the wonderful book by Herman Wouk.

    • Ann Charles says:

      I haven’t seen the Winds of War. I need to look into that one. Thank you for coming over today and participating in today’s tour. I appreciate your feedback on the movies, too.


  56. Denise Z says:

    Thank you so much for participating in this event and honoring our veterans on their day and giving to our troops the joy of a good book. You are appreciated. I have your awesome books and am commenting for a copy for the troops :)


    • Ann Charles says:

      Thank you for your kind words about my books. You make me blush. :) Thank you also for stopping by here today and securing another book for the troops!

      Take care,

  57. Theresa says:

    Hi Ann! I already have this book, but wanted to stop and show my support. Thank you so much for doing this for our troops!

  58. Thank you for participating in the Blog Tour de Troops! Such a good cause. I already have your book, so I don’t need a copy, but I wanted to leave a comment so a copy will go to the troops.



  59. Three movies I’d have to go with Good Morning Vietnam, Gone with the Wind and The Hunt for Red October. Thank you for participating in this tour as it is a very good cause and I’m happy to see so many authors coming together to do something special for our troops. shadow31071 (at) suddenlink (dot) net

  60. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for supporting the troops.

  61. SusanB says:

    Thank you for your support of our troops. My favorite war movies would be Shennadoah, Gone with the Wind and The Dirty Dozen.

    • Ann Charles says:

      Shennadoah? I’m going to have to look that one up on IMDB and see if Netflix has it. When I think of Gone with the Wind, I still think about the Carol Burnett show and her wearing that curtain rod. Ha! Thank you for stopping buy and supporting this tour!


  62. Awesome way to say thank you to our troops. I appreciate you doing this and for giving me a chance to read your book and to win a Kindle

  63. Traci says:

    Thank you for being part of this event. My favorite film is “Platoon” because before it came out my dad never talked about being over there, but after we watched it he told me a few things. Even though it wasn’t much, it was good to know he could finally talk a little.
    nebby AT zoominternet DOT net

    • Ann Charles says:

      Thank you for sharing that bit about your dad. How incredibly hard (mentally) something had to be that he kept it locked up tight inside. What a nice memory when he opened up a little. Thanks, also, for participating in this tour by commenting.


  64. Andrea says:

    My favorite military themed movies are Last of the Mohicans, Top Gun (cheesy but true) and We Were Soldiers. Thank you for supporting our troops this way (and I have to say that I’m going to enjoy it too). My father, husband and brother-in-law have all served or are currently serving and anything that supports our troops is near and dear to my heart.
    Thanks again,

    • Ann Charles says:

      Top Gun–haven’t thought of that movie in awhile. Fun! Thank you to your family for their service and to you for stopping by to support this tour and get more ebooks for troops.


  65. Evan says:

    I agree with the reasons why we love war-based movies/books and why you (and I) wouldn’t like to go to war. Really puts the sacrifices they’re making into perspective.

  66. Marlene says:

    I already have a copy of Dance of the Winnebagos (best title ever!) so please give my copy to a soldier who will enjoy the taste of home.

  67. Thank you so much for supporting our troops. My nephew is in the army and I appreciate that you are making his service easier.


  68. Christy says:

    Thanks Ann for giving a soldier a little laugh and a much brighter day with your book. I already have read and loved it (and all your books) so please give my copy to a soldier who I know will enjoy it as much as I did. christygibbon at juno dot com

    • Ann Charles says:

      I hope they get some chuckles from the book. My goal is usually to help readers escape from reality if only for a few hours–and the troops could definitely use a little (or big) escape.

      Thank you for stopping by!


  69. Glenn says:

    Thanks for a wonderful post. This is a good thing you are doing!


  70. D. M. Kenyon says:

    “Butt crack of dawn”? You kill me. LMFAO.


  71. D. M. Kenyon says:

    In the words of my daughter, “what up, cowgirl?” I am really glad that you are doing this and I am, of course a fan of our books. It is awesome that our troops will get too read about Claire Morgan and Jackrabbit Junction. Hope the tour is going well for you. I am digging Violet Parker in Deadwood. Thanks again.

    Warmest regards,
    D. M. Kenyon
    author at lotus blossom book dot com

    • Ann Charles says:

      Thank you for stopping by, my fellow tour author. Thank you also for being part of this tour and for your wonderful review. Ohio born myself–sounds like you and I are from the same area. Cool! I hope you get some laughs from Violet and her adventures in Deadwood.

      Take care,

  72. SarahM says:

    What a great way to support our troops! I already have Dance so if you could give away 2 copies, that’d be great. Thank you :-)

    smaccall AT

  73. A fellow author stopping by. Thank you for being on the tour with us and helping our men and women of the armed forces.

    My top 3 military film are
    1. Crimson Tide with Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.
    2. The Hunt for Red October
    3. The Great Escape

    Your top 5 reasons were hilarious!
    I’m definitely looking forward to reading your book!

    brjf (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Ann Charles says:

      Thanks to you as well for sharing your books with the troops and participating in the tour! Crimson Tide was great! I had forgotten about this one. I hope you get some chuckles out of Dance of the Winnebagos. Good luck to you as the tour wraps up. I look forward to seeing you on another tour.

      Take care,

  74. Thank you so much for participating! This is truly a wonderful way to thank our troops!


  75. Mary says:

    Thank you for participating for such a wonderful cause!

    The Great Escape
    The Guns of Navarone

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  76. Sophia Rose says:

    I enjoyed your Veteran’s Day posting and the whimsical-ness of your list. I am so thankful to the vets because I think they would appreciate every thought you expressed and felt it.

    I really have to pick only three war films? I tend to love war dramas from many eras, but I’ll stick to WWII: Big Red One, The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare.

  77. Edie Ramer says:

    Casablanca, of course. One of the best. The Great Escape was pretty good, too.

  78. Nancy Gilliland says:

    What a great way to support our troops.

    M-A-S-H, Blackhawk Down, and Bridge on the River kwai are my favorites.

  79. joannie sparks says:

    i guess my favorite is mash but i really don’t have any others and this is why. i don’t like to watch them. oh by the way can you give my ebook to a soldier i already have this book and ebook thanks.

    hi i am a War orphan from the

    hi i am a War orphan from the Vietnam Era and i want to thank you so much for the support everyone is giving the soliders. Because when i was growing up we did not recieve any support and i pray that does never ever happen again because it was the hardest time for my mom left in a new city with no family and a house full of kids. I want you to know She Loved my Father so much she never Re-married or even dated.. He is one of the first sent over in 1962 never heard from again his whole group. So to this day know one but the govenment really know what happend All i want is to know what happened to all those men with my father and for every man and women to come back home safe.. Thanks Joannie jscddmj [at] aol [dot] com

    • Ann Charles says:

      Thank you for sharing your story about your mom and dad. What a hard life for your mother. She must have been a very strong woman. It’s heartbreaking to think she loved your dad so much she never found another man who could even come close. My heart goes out to her and you. Understandable that you aren’t into war movies. Thank you for your support!


  80. My three fav war movies are Gone With The Wind, Saving Private Ryan, and Coming Home.

  81. Moriahhh says:

    1. G.I. Jane
    2. Band of Brothers
    3. Saving Private Ryan

    moriahhh @

  82. Thank you for participating in this tour. My nephew, Christopher Mitchell, is serving in Iraq. Good list of war movies, but I cry at Glory each and every time. Gone with the Wind isn’t directly about the war, but still a favorite. Saving Private Ryan, although I weep through that, too. My email is lapidaryprose (at) gmail (dot) com

  83. I also am thankful for the sacrifices our veterans and families have made for us. I’m the proud mom of two navy vets.

    My three favorite war movies…hmmm.
    1. African Queen
    2. Waterhole #3
    3. The Mask of Zorro

    I’m not much into reality when it comes to entertainment.

  84. Stephalicious says:

    This is such an awesome idea!

    I think my faves would be

    1. Saving Private Ryan
    2. Full Metal Jacket
    3. Pearl Harbor

  85. Maggie says:

    I already have a copy of your book but wanted to get my comment posted for the troops copy. Thank you for supporting our troops.

  86. Rachel says:

    Thanks for participating in the BTDT. My favorite war shows are Combat Hospital (which was a new TV show on this summer), M.A.S.H, and The Hunt for Red October. I already have a copy of this book just havent had a chance to read it yet. If you are able please send my copy to the troops also. Thanks!


  87. rhonda laney says:

    I recieved your book at halloween blog, But please go ahead and send one to a soldier.
    thank you soldiers.

  88. Ruby M says:

    This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for supporting our troops!


  89. Sue says:

    Thank you for supporting our troops. I’ve sent quite a few books overseas for troops myself what a great way to show support

  90. Amanda Wimer says:

    Thank you for supporting our troops in such a generous manner! I know that each and every book received will be greatly appreciated! And thank you for allowing me to be a part of it through you!

    I already have your book, so you can send my copy to a troop member as well!

  91. superbizmom says:

    I’m not a fan of war movies but please still give a book to a soldier. Thank you for supporting our troops!

  92. John Thomas says:

    Thanks for supporting the troops. Please send my copy to the troops as well. My all time favorite is “The Last Mohican”, its such a powerful and moving movie. Thanks again.

  93. Hi Ann!

    Another awesome blog tour and for a great cause. I already have a copy of Dance of the Winnebagos and I’m not at all a fan of war movies, but definitely think that a comment for a free copy of your book for a soldier is a must.

  94. Karen says:

    I used to send care packages via ‘Books for Soldiers’, and this is an awesome way to continue that effort!

    My favorite military flavored films are ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Behind Enemy Lines’. :)

    • Ann Charles says:

      I love IBC’s troop support tours! I couldn’t wait to participate in this one when I heard about it. I don’t think I’ve seen Behind Enemy Lines–need to. Thank you for your support.


  95. katsrus says:

    Hi Ann I already have your book. Could you donate mine to the troops? It’s a really good book. I am reading now. I am very thankful for all the men and women whom serve our country.
    Sue B

  96. Miranda says:

    Thank you all for doing this for our troops!!!!! Ad THANK YOU AMERICAN TROOPS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THIS PROUD COUNTRY!!!! YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS!!!!!!!

  97. Theresa M says:

    Thank you for supporting our Troops!

    As far as films go, I’d have to say ‘The Patriot’

  98. Anne says:

    Thanks for participating in the tour and donating books.

    I don’t usually watch war films, but I finally saw Saving Private Ryan last year and it was quite good. I’d like to see The Hurt Locker too, but I have to be in the right mood for it.

  99. Full Metal Jacket
    Gone With the Wind

    Those are 3 of my fave’s :)

    Thank you so much for what your doing!

  100. Amber Scott says:

    Oh, and fave movie has to be Platoon. I had a huge crush on Willem Defoe’s character.

  101. Amber Scott says:

    ROFL!!! I’m right there with you about the butt crack of dawn and don’t even want to know what P.T. is. Unless its party time.

  102. Pauline says:

    Thank you for being part of the tour and supporting the troops!

    Have a great day!

  103. Marianne says:

    Don’t watch movies…and war movies (and stories) hit too close to home. But would love to have your book and have one sent to a soldier. Thanks

  104. What a great way to honor our troops this Veteran’s Day weekend! Having just visited Pearl Harbor while in Hawaii for my son’s wedding, I have WWII on the brain so for movies I have to go with Midway, Casablanca, and Saving Private Ryan. Also, Father Goose because I’m such a sucker for Cary Grant. I already have (and love!) your book so please donate my copy to a soldier.

  105. Tracy Riva says:

    My three favorite movies are Platoon, Saving Private Ryan and Sands of Iwo Jima (with John Wayne). All awesome movies.
    I don’t think that as moving as those movies are they can’t really convey how horrible itmust be for someone to actually be in a war. My son-in-law has served two tours-of-duty in Iraq and they have both been incredibly hard on him. Thankfully he’ll be coming home (hopefully to stay) in time for Christmas, but because of his willingness to serve, he volunteered for the second tour, his life will never be the same.


    • Ann Charles says:

      I need to see the John Wayne Sands of Iwo Jima. I’m sorry your son-in-law has had such a horrible experience. I truly cannot imagine the stress and anxiety that must come with being in the thick of war. Thank you for your support, and thanks to him for volunteering again and giving so much for his country.


  106. Melora Brock says:

    I was about to think that I don’t care much for war movies and other entertainment, but I did like Band of Brothers- though more in a educationalish fashion. I would also throw Serenity/Firefly into the mix as they occur after a universe wide war. I also love reading Lois Bujold McMaster’s Vorkosigan series, they center on a character whose world is still recovering from multiple wars in its past.

    Thank you for participating in this great tour! I have a copy of your book already but I wanted to comment so that a soldier can get one too!

    • Melora Brock says:

      Oh, and your brother’s artwork is great, I particularly liked the last one on that page, it reminds me a lot of candid portraits, which my grandfather had a lot of during his time in WWII.

      • Ann Charles says:

        Thanks from my brother on your compliments of his artwork. I love Firefly/Serenity!! So funny and love the actors/stories. Thank you for your support during the tour.


  107. Thank you for what you are doing to help our troops. It means so much to them to have our support here at home.

    As my husband is currently serving overseas, I know seeing all of this support touches my heart.

    My loving soldier:

    provert247 AT gmail DOT com

    • Ann Charles says:

      Make sure your husband gets to use the ebook coupon I send as well as you (if he’s into mysteries with humor). I’ll add him to my “send” list, but let me know if he doesn’t get it. Thank you

  108. Janey says:

    How many years has this blog tour for the troops been going on? It’s the first time I’ve seen it.

    I could not handle being in the armed forces because of having too many allergies.

    My three favourite films are M*A*S*H, The Great Escape and Full Metal Jacket. (Gone With the Wind almost made it!)

    • Ann Charles says:

      This is the first year. The first was done back in January, and the first Troops-related one was done for Memorial Day. Ah, allergies would make time in the forces tough, definitely. I have a hankering to watch The Great Escape, too.


  109. Simone says:

    Thanks for being part of this for our troops. I love mysteries and am looking forward to reading your book.

    Some of my favorite military themed movies are:
    Gone with the Wind
    Saving Private Ryan

    Gardener0126 at Yahoo dot com

  110. Melissa says:

    Hmm, I have to say M*A*S*H, The Dirty Dozen, and Shindler’s List. Thank you for taking the time to do this for the troops!

  111. Brittany says:

    Thank you for being a part of this!! My 3 movies are: The Outlaw Josie Wales, Band of Brothers, and Black hawk Down. :)

    brittanyrose40 AT yahoo DOT com

  112. Patti P says:

    What a wonderful way to support our troops. When I was a little girl I used to watch military movies with my dad. I don’t remember much about the movies, but I do remember who happy it made him to share that with me.

    Thank you.
    musicalfrog at

  113. heartNsole says:

    I already have your book but am commenting so a soldier can have one as well! Thanks so supporting them!

  114. Rayanne says:

    What a wonderful idea for supplying books to troops!
    War movies are usually not my thing these days, but Gone With the Wind impacted my teen years enormously. Since I have working dogs, the documentary “War Dogs of the Pacific” is a film I’ve been able to watch only once, but was extremely memorable. Lastly MASH – a movie I’ve watched probably a dozen times.
    Thanks to our troops; may they all be home soon!

  115. Maghon Thomas says:

    My three favorite movies would be Pearl Harbor, the patriot, and black hawk down! Thanks again so much!!!

  116. Rob Lopresti says:

    Cool concept, and I have passed it along.

    Three favorite war-related flicks:
    Casablanca, Paths of Glory, Gettysburg.

  117. I have this book already but wanted to stop by with a comment for a troop member to receive a copy.
    I like Full Metal Jacket,
    Saving Private Ryan, and Forrest Gump.
    Thanks for supporting the troops.
    My personal thank you is for my hubby who is a former Marine as well as all our family who are active or veterans.

    • Ann Charles says:

      Oh, Forrest Gump! I forgot about Forrest. Thanks to your hubby from me, as well! I appreciate your support over the last year and look forward to thanking you in person next year.


  118. Renelle Wilson says:

    Hi! I have already read “Dance” but would love to have a copy sent to a worthy trooper out there.

    Favorite war movies –

    Saving Private Ryan
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    Coming Home


    • Ann Charles says:

      Thank you for coming by and saying, “Hi.” I haven’t seen the last two on your list. I’ll have to scan Netflix for them. Thanks for your help on Dance of the Winnebagos, too!


  119. Hi Ann, I love many of the movies mentioned already, so I’ll go with all of the above. ha!

    I have a copy of your book, but I would love to see another copy sent to the troops!

    Thanks to the troops and to all of you authors participating in this tour!

  120. Julia Hunter says:

    Hi Ann,

    What a great idea, thanks for this. I already have your book, but wanted to post so a soldier could benefit. I’ll do my part and send $$ toward a Kindle.

    Movies: MASH, Schindler’s List, Deer Hunter

    “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” ~ Elmer Davis

  121. Kari Wainwright says:

    I thought it would be difficult for me to list three favorite war movies because I usually don’t watch them — but the list you included had some all time favorite movies for me, so it became difficult in a different way. Guess I’ll go with Casablanca, The African Queen, and MASH.

    I love the idea of free books for the soldiers.

  122. Andrea says:

    Thank you for taking part in this tour and most of all thanks to all the members in our troops.

    andreagrendahl AT gmail DOT com

    Favorite movies are:

    1. The Patriot
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    3. Schindler’s List

  123. BJ says:

    I have a tough time with some war movies–specifically VIetnam ones. Having said that, some of my favorite war movies are Midway, Stars and Stripes Forever, and the Mosquito Squadron.

    Thanks so much for participating in the blog tour! I’m looking forward to reading your book. You can find me at DiNozzoGibbs @ gmail . com

  124. Hey there and thank you for participating in this awesome cause!

    I don’t watch a lot of war related movies (I’m more of a horror fan and war movies are way too real for me) but if I had to chose of the ones I’ve seen I’d say my top 3 favorite war time movies are… Ummmmm… Full Metal Jacket, Good Morning Vietnam and Tears of the Sun… Saving Private Ryan was good also, as was Platoon.


  125. Pam Lash says:

    Thank you so much, Ann, for being a part of this marvelous event and please pass along two copies of your book to the troops as I already have a copy and love reading all things Ann Charles on my Kindle.

    My favorite has to be Gone With the Wind as I love that period. I just watched The Conspirator last night and really enjoyed the film’s depiction of the government trial of Mary Surratt (supposedly involved in the Lincoln assassination). If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it. Again, kudos to you and the other writers!!!

    • Ann Charles says:

      Hi Pam!

      My grandma loved Gone with the Wind, and I enjoy watching it and thinking of her. Thank you for your years of support! Can’t wait to see you when I come home.


  126. Vicki Keire says:

    This is such a wonderful program! I’m so impressed with what you are doing for our service men and women.
    I would have to say my favorite military-themed movie so far is The Hunt for Red October.
    Although I do not have a specific soldier in mind, I would love it if you could donate a book to a soldier from your request list. Also, I’m looking forward to reading your book myself! Thanks so much, and have a great weekend!
    vickikeire (at) gmail (dot) com

  127. Ryan Mills says:

    Reasons I would not make it….zero. As a 24 year Veteran I would have to say to it is my honor to serve and I know that if you ask most of them, even if they are missing a finger or an arm, or even the wounds you can’t see, “would you do it agian?”. They would repley with a resounding, “Hell Yeah!”, I know I would Thank you for your support every little bit goes a long way. ryan.mills68(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. to many to list but one that would be my most Fav ok well two…..The Patriot (Mel Gibson) and Braveheart (no its not a Mel Gibson thing). One may not think of these as conventional war movies but if not for them some of todays young generation would not have any idea of how combat has evolved. Seriously lets swing swords wildly in close combat or stand there and I will fire first and then if you are still standing I will stand here and let you fire.

    • Ann Charles says:

      Ryan, 24 years–wow, thank you for that! I thought about Braveheart, but haven’t actually seen that one yet (heard about some of the sad parts and am working up to it). Haven’t see The Patriot yet, either. Thank you for the great comment and your support on this blog tour!


  128. Jill says:

    This is a wonderful thing everyone is doing. Favaorite movies: Dirty Dozen, African Queen, Mash, Gone with the Wind. Also, Last of Mohicans is a sentimental favorite as that is the first movie my husband and I saw together. Keep up the writer. Love your books.

  129. pamela bachmayer says:

    Casablance, African Queen, Gone with the WInd.
    Thank you for participating.
    pamela at pbdesigns dot biz

    • Ann Charles says:

      Excellent favs! I just recently watched a re-colorized version of African Queen and it was incredible. Humphrey and Katharine (sp?) looked so real! Loved it.

      Thank you for visiting today,

  130. I don’t usually watch war movies because they depress me too much. :( I did like Hunt for Red October. You listed The Outlaw Josie Wells, which I had never thought of as a war movie, but I really love it. (Big Clint Eastwood fan.) And, of course, Gone With the Wind!

    Thanks for doing this for the troops!

    • Ann Charles says:

      Many full-on war movies are too sad for me to watch, but lately I’ve been thinking about how many movies like The Outlaw Josey Wales have a strong war element in them and realized how many I really enjoy watching again and again.

      Thank you for coming by!

  131. My favorite war movies are

    Full Metal Jacket
    Schindler’s list

    Thanks for participating.

    eileen at

  132. Laurie says:

    Hi, I am so pleased you are doing this for our troops – they so deserve it. I already own a copy of your book but I wanted to comment so that another soldier could get a copy also. I love The Outlaw Josey Wales, Gone with the Wind, and Saving Private Ryan.
    Thanks again,
    lauriej170 at gmail dot com

    • Ann Charles says:

      I was watching the Outlaw Josey Wales while writing this post–it was the inspiration for it. LOVE the colorful characters in that movie and Clint’s continual use of “Recken so.”

      Thank you for coming by today!

  133. Georgeanna Brenneman says:

    Good morning!! Thank you so much for taking part in this Tour for our troops!! I can’t wait to read your book and I’m sure our troops will love it!! I don’t watch many movies–too busy reading–but I’ve seen some on your list and enjoyed them. I still like reading better, though :))

  134. Sarah says:

    I don’t watch many war movies, but you do have quite a great list in your post already.
    Thanks for sharing your book with everyone.

  135. Good morning Ann. I can’t believe I am stopping by at this godawful early hour, but thanks to the pooch I am. *grins silly while sipping my coffee* I already have a copy of your book, so please send mine to another soldier.

    My hubby and I have had this discussion many times, I wouldn’t make it through basic either. I would back talk one too many times and they would send me straight

    Favorite war movies
    1. Saving Private Ryan
    2.Black Hawk Down
    3.The Hunt for Red October

    • Ann Charles says:


      LOL! Our cat got shoved out of our bedroom this a.m. for waking us up with her incessant meow’s. Grrr.

      I forgot about The Hunt for Red October. Excellent film!

      LOL on you being too mouthy! Thank you for all of your support.


  136. Leslie says:

    Thank you for what you are doing and a big thank you to all of our service men, women, and families.

  137. hi Ann! i already have a copy of your book Dance of the Winnebagos. i just wanted to stop by and comment so that a member of the troops would get a copy as well. thank you for your post and being a part of this tour. i looked at the list of movies and i couldn’t believe i’ve seen 13 of them already. thanks again! c”,)

    • Ann Charles says:

      Thanks for coming by and supporting the Tour de Troops. When I started thinking about movies that touch on war, the list was vast. So many excellent ones to see yet, too.


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