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Warrior Women Inspire!

STOLEN RAINBOW, began as an assignment to write a short-story for the third anthology that my writer’s group, the Macro Literary All-Stars was planning to publish for the 2015 Cavalcade of Authors.

I began writing this my short story in the bar of McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks in downtown Chicago waiting for the start of a board meeting. I was so busy at my ‘day job’ that I purposely placed the meeting on my calendar two hours before the

actual start time to ensure that I had time to drive, park, and unwind before the meeting.

I ordered a glass of cabernet sauvignon and sat at the bar with my pen and note pad. After a few sips of wine, Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth came to mind. She was a pilot in the military who lost both legs when her plane crashed. She recovered and became the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Duckworth, married since 1993, is the mother of a young son. As I considered the magnitude of her injury and the

injuries of other female veterans, I pondered how a seriously injured Stolen Rainbow 5

woman recovers her sense of femininity, control and self-esteem. How does one get ones sexy back? Marine Captain Jewel Dubuclet, their heroine of Stolen Rainbow, began to emerge.

As Jewel Dubuclet came to life my interest in the stories of military women was further stoked by the inspirational story of the lovely Danielle Greene, 2015 ESPY Award Winner, who lost her left arm during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. Throughout the history of mankind women have emerged as valiant and formidable problem solvers, and yet our stories remain largely untold. I look forward to researching and writing other stories about women of color in the military and those struggling to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. excerpt from Stolen Rainbow acknowledgements, published 2015 by Sunrise Consulting.


The life of Marine Captain Jewel Dubuclet is shattered when on a routine patrol mission in Afghanistan, her Humvee trips an IED wire. The result is death and devastating casualties for her men, and for Jewel, the loss of her right leg. She is airlifted by helicopter to safety and a state-of-the-art military rehabilitation hospital, but her recovery is stalled. Feelings of shame, guilt, and a loss of her physical identity thrust her into depression. Assisted by a skillful psychologist, who connects the suffering captain to the valor of an historic warrior Queen, and the tenacity of her driving physical trainer, Jewel gradually accepts her new normal and the unforeseen promise of love it brings. Stolen Rainbow honors the sacrifices and courage of women warriors.

This is is Queen Nzinga (Nzinga Mbande) 1583-1663 was the monarch of the Mbundu people, was known as a ruthless leader who who fought alongside her soldiers to thwart the Portuguese from expanding the slave trade in Central Africa.

I was honored to be able to take a photo with Congresswomen Tammy Duckworth at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. She is a Republican, I am an Independent but we are connected because we are both women. I was able to tell her how she inspired me and to give her a copy of my book.

Stolen Rainbow is available on my website at or get a personalized copy from my website

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Find me at Printer's Row Lit Fest, with the IWPA (Illinois Women's Press Assoc.), Sunday, September 12, Chicago Illinois

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