Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Father

I recently became a father. This is a little poem I wrote (from my heart, I might add) describing what I believe are some of the most important qualities of a good father. I am blessed to have a father who reflects these qualities (I love you, dad!), and my one desire is to always be a good father to my son.  Enjoy.

A father is loving,
and understanding

He provides direction,
knows when and when not to be stern,
and he knows how to admit when he is wrong

A father is fun,
and sets the example

He isn't afraid to cry,
he would do anything for his family,
and above all else, he is always there

Copyright 2012 by Casey Sean Harmon. All Rights Reserved. If you would like to request permission to quote this poem, please feel free to contact the author in writing.

Happy readings,
Casey Sean Harmon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

For All of America (Original Short Story)

This is a short story that I wrote back in 2006 in honor of the men and women of the U.S. Armed forces. (This was before I joined the Army in early 2007.) The purpose behind the story is simply to remind people that, even if you do not agree with the war, you should still support the troops. In light of the economy and our present war situation, I have noticed that many Americans have a certain resentment toward the military and the continuation of the war on terrorism. My mission here is not to point fingers or step on any toes; I wish simply to make what I feel to be a valid point. I would like to see America return to its patriotic roots. God bless America! Enjoy my short story.

For All of America

“Japan should have known better. I tell you what, it was bound to happen!” The retired U.S. Army General reached over and flipped off the radio, extracting a mouth full of smoke and tobacco from the cigarette hanging from his mouth, blowing the smoke into the face of his American friend, the cook at The Crawford Diner, who in turn closed his eyes and faced the opposite direction.

   “But think of all those innocent women and children, bill,” the cook said, turning back to the General when the smoke had drifted away. “They didn’t even know it was coming.”

   The General covered his face and heaved a sigh. “Jon, Jon, Jon. How many times do we have to go over this? Think about Pearl Harbor. The way they flew in, completely by surprise, and bombed the smithereens out of us? Our women and children didn’t have a chance.”

   Jon was growing tired of arguing. He believed that war was not the solution. If you look hard enough, he thought, you would find a far better solution: peace.

   He looked the General in the eye. He knew his words would mean nothing. But something inside brought him to speak again. “An atomic bomb brings nothing but further conflict. Maybe not now, or a hundred years from now. But someday it will come, and somebody will not be prepared. At that point, what will be so wrong in shooting someone in the back?”

   General Bill stared for a moment. Taking the cigarette out of his mouth, he said, “Our boys are over there right this moment, fighting their hearts away. They knew before they ever went over there that it would not be easy, would not be fun and games. They knew that there was a very large chance that most of them would not return. These are men and women that willingly put their lives on the line. And for what?”

   Jon looked down.

   “For us, Jon. For me and you. For all of America. They are willing to die for our freedom. It doesn’t matter if we agree or disagree with the destruction of Hiroshima. That isn’t the point. The point is that we as Americans should support our boys, just as they are supporting us this second. How would you feel if you were over in Japan fighting for a nation that you later discovered was opposing your every move?”

   The cook said nothing, which was how these conversations usually ended. The diner remained empty, and the old General continued puffing on his cigarette.

Copyright 2006 by C.S. Harmon. All Rights Reserved.

This and other stories can be found in The Earth is a Floating Sphere: A Care-Free Collection of Poems and Stories by Casey Sean Harmon. Available on Amazon Kindle.

Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon

Monday, November 12, 2012

Remembering The Patriot

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. (November 12 is typically the observed date.) This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.  

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. (Timeanddate.com)

As a Soldier, I have had the opportunity to serve beside many great and honorable men and women. I know what it feels like to return home after serving overseas for a year. I know what it feels like to lose a battle buddy. There are many aspects about wearing this uniform that many people will never understand. It goes beyond providing for our families. There is a strong sense of pride affiliated with serving what is without a doubt the best nation on earth. This pride can not be conveyed in any book or on any television program; it can only be experienced. I believe I speak for all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen when I say that I am proud to be a part of the U.S. Military! I am proud to carry on the traditions of those patriots who have served before me! And I am proud, above all else, to know that I fight to secure the freedom of my children and grandchildren. God bless America!

"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot." -Gary Hart

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." 
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon aka SGT Harmon

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Voyage" Hits Bestseller's List!

I am pleased to announced that my novel The Thousand Year Voyage just made it to the Amazon.com Bestseller's List! The book sold 68 copies in just over an hour, making it the #5 bestselling book in Inspirational and #20 in War. (And it is expected to rise even higher!) Thanks, guys, for helping me to continue my legacy as a bestselling author.

Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon
Two-time Bestselling Author and Soldier in U.S. Army

Friday, November 9, 2012

Free Kindle Book Giveaway...just in time for the holidays!

Starting on 11 Nov 2012 through the 13th, I will be giving away FREE Kindle copies of my very first, and very controversial novel The Thousand Year Voyage! Follow the link below on these days to claim your FREE book, and be sure to tell your friends!

One night the earth was swallowed by an eerie green fog. The government pronounced it a plague. People were forbidden from looking to the sky. Shortly after, The Sea Dragon emerged from the depths. Chaos reigned across the globe. Earthquakes shook the ground and electronics failed. The only hope for revolution would mean a spiritual war between heaven and hell.

Prepare for one of the most controversial, adventurous and unique books that you will ever read. This special Kindle edition includes a behind-the-scenes note by the author, as well as an excerpt from Harmon's highly-anticipated new novel, "Reign of the Night Creatures."

Written with a unique style that is reminiscent of H.G. Wells and C.S. Lewis, people who appreciate classical works will especially like this book.

"This is a literary tale reminiscent of H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis or Isaac Asimov at times. As such, plenty of attention is given to surroundings, character motivation and thought."
 --Brian Reaves, author, Stolen Lives

"It is full of irony, wisdom and humor, wonderfully written. I really enjoyed it, at times laughed out loud at its subtle humor. Good story and positive morals." 

--Jon Huer, author and Professor of Sociology

"...Has all the hallmarks of successful fiction, it draws and keeps the reader's attention, and is thought provoking during and after reading."

--Tony Murrell, Wordsru

"The Thousand Year Voyage is a fictional story of an unassuming man who embarks on an inspiring and thought-provoking journey, revealing that all things are possible through faith in God..." 

--Bart Dahmer, Innovo Publishing

Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon

My Little Fishing Buddy!

After five days of labor, Liam Phillip Harmon was born on 4 Nov at 0554--three days past his estimated due date. He weighed 8.6 lbs and was 20.5 in long. I couldn't have been more proud. He has brown hair and dark blue eyes. Everyone says he looks like his daddy! He also has a good set of pipes. The nurses at the German hospital that he was born in informed us numerous times that, "Your baby has a good will to live, he has a very strong voice!" He was, without a doubt, the loudest baby in the hospital. Baby and mother are doing fine.

Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review my book and win a FREE book!

It has been just over a month since my Bestselling short story/poem book came out, and I'm interested to hear what you guys thought of it. Please take a few moments to visit the link below and write me a review on Amazon.com. Everyone who writes me a review will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE copy of my upcoming novel, "The Everafter Chronicles." Be sure to leave me a message (either in the comment section below or on my Facebook page) letting me know that you wrote me a review. Deadline will be announced soon. REVIEW NOW!!!

   If you still have not read my book, you can pick it up for your Kindle from Amazon.com for just $3.49! Discover the book that made it to the Amazon.com Bestseller's list in FOUR different categories!

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Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon

Friday, November 2, 2012

Just for Laughs - Hitler learns that Justin Bieber isn't real

As most of you know by now, when I am not busy doing Soldier stuff or writing books I can be quite the nerd. I really enjoy fooling around on YouTube and researching the things that are popular nowadays. And, when I get spunky, I make my own videos that I hope will be the "next big thing." (Honestly, I don't really care about the number of views or comments, I just do it for fun!)
   Below is a goofy video that I put together a few days ago. If you have been on YouTube for a while you have probably seen the many "Hitler" videos that have been going around. The videos are usually taken from this one scene out of an old movie that portrays Hitler throwing a fit in front of a few guys in his office. The original movie is in German, and unfortunately I do not know the name of the movie. A few years ago somebody got the smart idea to copy this particular scene and add English subtitles to it. The finished product was hilarious, and started a fad that is still going on today. Well, I don't know if my Hitler video will gain the millions of views that some of the others have, but I have to admit that it turned out rather funny. Let me know what you think! (Note: I have nothing against Justin Bieber or any of the other famous stars mentioned in this video. As I mentioned before, this is all in good fun!)


Happy Readings,
Casey Sean Harmon