Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I am honored to have Marilyn Celeste Morris as my guest today at Over the Hill Boomer Chick! We're the 6th stop on Marilyn's virtual tour for her book, Once a Brat, and it's a pleasure to have her here!

We're going to do a little something different today with Marilyn. Instead of asking her questions about her book like everyone else has done so far, I'm going to tell you about her book myself, along with pictures!

I'm running PUMP UP YOUR BOOK PROMOTION VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS, as you may or may not be aware, and I have to tell you Marilyn's tour has been a blast. She kicks off our tour launch and what better way to do it with a book that really hits close to home.

Once a Brat is an autobiography of sorts about Marilyn's life as a military brat after WWII, but before the Cold War. If you haven't seen the book's trailer, click here. I made this for Marilyn in the hopes that people can really get into what message Marilyn is trying to convey. She's a legend in her own right.

But, it's the pictures she sent me that really made me understand what she went through. I can't imagine the fear having to move to war-stricken countries right after WWII. Of course, as a child, adults keep a lot from you and try to make you think that everything's okay, but you have to admit, those memories left marking impressions that will follow her the rest of her days.
So, without further ado, here's a pictorial history of the makings of Once a Brat. If you could just put yourself in her shoes and really concentrate on the pictures, you can imagine what life must have been like for an eight-year-old child to recieve orders from the War Department and have to leave the life she once known.... (click on images for a larger view)...

This first picture is the actual orders from the War Department for Marily, her mother and brother to join her father in Korea in 1946.

Here we have the passport picture of Marilyn (8), her brother Gary(3) and her mother(25).

Here she is with her brother, Gary, at Inchon Harbor, which MacArthur was to make famous a few years later.

This is a picture of one of the Korean troops scavenging wood from her former quarters in Camp Sobingo near Seoul. Notice the pock marks on the walls and the boarded up windows.

And here we have the former Hapsburg Empire's hunting lodge, Bluhnbach, near Salzburg Austria. Marilyn had a class trip to the lodge, one in the winter and one in the summer, when she was in the 8th grade in 1952.

Well, there you have it. There are a lot more pictures like this in Marilyn's book, Once a Brat. Hop over to Amazon and order it...believe me, you'll enjoy it as much as I did!


  1. Just read back a few posts, catching up. Sorry to hear that your Easter was such a bummer. I hope you are feeling a bit better. The book actually does sound interesting. It would be a change from the fiction I normally read. My only problem is finding time to read. Still trying to finish two other books. Never enough time.....
    Take care~

  2. Dorothy and Marilyn, excellent job! I loved the pictures, very informative. This was a good detour from the ordinary and gives us more insight into what the book is all about. I'm glad you chose to do it this way.
    Marilyn, I will definitely order my copy a.s.a.p.
    Linda L Rucker:Author@Large
    "What the Heart Wants"
    "Dark Ridgenqkvt


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