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Friday, December 21, 2012



'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town,
The fire siren echoed blaring its sound.
The firefighters came running from far and from near,
And raced to the trucks quickly donning their gear.

And I in my bunkers, my boots and my hat,
Jumped to the engine to see where the fire's at.
Down at the corner of Fifth and of Oak,
The dispatcher informed us of a house filled with smoke.

Smoke poured from the sides, from up and from down,
Yet up on the roof there was none to be found.
So up to the rooftop we raised up a ladder,
And climbed to the top to see what was the matter.

I came to the chimney and what did I see,
But a fellow in red stuck past his knees.
Well we tugged and we pulled until he came out,
Then he winked with his eye and said with a shout.

"These darn newfangled chimneys they make them too small,
For a fellow as I, not skinny at all."
With a twitch of his nose he dashed to his sleigh,
and called to his reindeer, "AWAY now, AWAY."

As we rolled up our hoses he flew out of sight,
Saying "God bless our firefighters" and to all a good night!

--Author Unknown

Hi! I’m Tonya Ramagos. As an author of more than 40 books, most of which focus on men and women who serve our country, I often come across true heroes and stories in my research that fill my heart with more gratitude and respect than I can describe. I’ve always loved the above poem. It serves as a gentle reminder to me that there are men and women out there on the job every day putting their lives on the line to rescue and protect those in need, even Santa Clause. :)

As I prepare for the Christmas holiday—decorating the house, buying gifts for my loved ones, planning the celebration feast—the fact that I wouldn’t be doing any of this if it weren’t for the altruism of the service men and women overseas and here on America soil who sacrifice the very things I am enjoying to keep me safe stays in my mind.

So, this holiday season, please remember to say a special thanks to all of our heroes giving up those special things we sometimes take for granted to keep us safe and free. I know I will. :)

As part of the Long and Short Reviews Christmas celebration, Tonya is giving away a .pdf download of her Christmas Cracker story, Stupendously Yours.

Tired of mediocre sex, Zoie Qwin is hot for adventure. When she can't find the excitement she craves in the men around town, she reaches across the world to the one man who's ready and capable if not willing to take her hormones on a fanciful journey to Multiple Orgasmville. Zoie Qwin never managed to snag Lieutenant Commander Nash Beagan's sexually daring heart, but Lady Zest in all her erotically written letters has.

Living out her escapades in a pen and paper relationship with her fantasy man proves to be enough, until Nash, home on a short leave, takes the stage at a male Christmas auction. Lady Zest is ready to break the bank for the Christmas present of the millennium, but Zoie wants the wicked desire in Nash's bedroom-blues all for herself. A snack in the parking lot, a drink at the theatre, and a window feast next to the Christmas tree delivers exactly that, until Zoie realizes her cover's been blown and Nash is out to make her and Lady Zest stupendously his forever.

About the Author:
Tonya Ramagos is a best-selling author of contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and cowboy novels. She spends most of her time in a fictional world dreaming up hot hunks and head-strong heroines. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Anything from legal and military non-fiction to any genre of romance can be found on her Kindle. Her music tastes are just as varied with favorite artists ranging from Billy Currington to Disturbed. Her idea of relaxing is curling up on the sofa or her back deck with a book and her favorite beverage. Born and raised in Pascagoula, MS, she is now a resident of Chattanooga, TN where she lives with her boyfriend and their five children.

Join Tonya and The Heroes of Silver Springs on Christmas Eve at Siren-BookStrand for the release of Going Under [The Heroes of Silver Springs 9]. And swing by on New Year’s Eve for a FREE Silver Springs short story celebration.

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Debby said...

I love the poem. I know some fire fighters who will enjoy it. Thanks
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

Thank you for the reminder that we should remember our servicemen and our everyday heroes like our firefighters and policemen! I think that we take for granted that we are having a safe Holiday with our family and it is only possible due to those who give so unselfishly of their time to keep us safe! Thanks for sharing!