Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Upcoming book signings for "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam

Book signings by local author Charity Maness for

"It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam

will be held:

October 23, 2011 4:00 pm at the Micki & Larry's Sports Pub
Jim Piper's family will be at this event as will his widow Michelle, now known as Micki Phillips.


November 11, 2011 11:00 am at Snaps Coffee House and Wine Bar in Copperopolis Town Square.

There will be a limited number of books on hand for sale at each event, but if you would like to purchase yours before the event please visit

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's Lonely Here in Hell, Love Letters from Nam, is NOW available!!!

"It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam is NOW Available!!

Due to an expedited publishing and editing, my latest book is now need to wait until November.

To purchase immediately visit my e-store click

It will also be available on within 7-10 days and will be coming out on Kindle before Christmas.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sample Query for "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam

“It’s Lonely Here in Hell” Love Letters from Nam, By, Charity Maness

April 9, 1967, in a letter from Jim Piper to his young bride Michelle, he wrote, "I thank God each night for my wife and my life and also enjoy each breath that I take and praise every morning I wake up too. It means another day gone, another day I'm alive and another day closer to being home with my wife forever."

PFC James Dennis Piper was in killed in action two days later on April 11, 1967 in the jungles of Vietnam.

Each handwritten letter from Jim to Michelle has been carefully transcribed and historical documentation has been added. Cross referencing and correlating data from sources such as declassified CIA documents, Pentagon Papers and unrestricted use of Weider History Group archives has created a historically correct and profound journey through eight months of the Vietnam War. Chronologically juxtaposing Jim's personal and tender letters written to his young bride with public facts and documents of the war on each of those same dates allows the reader an intimate and compelling snapshot of that time in history.

The book is complete at 245 pages in a 5 x 8 binding, containing all letters written to Michelle from August 30, 1966 to April 9, 1967, snapshots of Piper, his awards, the Vietnam wall, copies of documents, and interviews with his brothers and his widow.

Charity is the proud mother of a United States Marine and active in Veteran programs throughout her community and beyond. This work is just the beginning of her journey into the hearts, the minds and the souls of Veterans who have seemingly been forgotten.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Received my copyright today...the book is MINE ... ALL MINE!!!

Now just to get it printed up and out there:)

Thank you all for your support. I guarantee that this creation is well worth the wait.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Perusing my site

Well, I just finished perusing my site and found it to be an adventure.

For those of you that have traveled about within the pages of this blog you will no doubt notice the variety of genres my writing encompasses. While some are wonderful romances of second chances at love, others are simply the musings of a city girl involuntarily turned country girl. But none has stretched my emotional fabric and mental strength as much as "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters form Nam.

As I unfolded each musty letter, some stained from jungle mud, Jim Piper quickly became my friend and my brother, and hauntingly the voice of my own son as he lived through the same experiences 44 years later in a different country, a different war, with parallels undeniable.

Jim's voice is the voice of so many young men that have gone before him and will fall long after his story is told, boys that became men serving our country, in the face of grave danger and unforgiving lands, boys that need to be remembered for not only their service, but for their irreplaceable existence in someones life.

I hope as this story is read and shared, people will begin to see each Veteran that proudly wears the Vietnam Veteran hat, pin, patch, or scars- seen and unseen- as someone's son, friend, brother, father, someone that fought when their country called upon them, someone that deserves our respect and honor.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book release coming soon

An e-store has been set up for "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam.
As soon as the title is released, (anticipated release date 11-11-11) this e-store will have copies on hand, may be a few days behind, as will Barnes and
Here is the link to get your copy as soon as it is released.

If you live in Copperopolis, Once Upon a Time on the Square will be carrying copies as soon as they become available.

If you think your local bookstore would like to carry my title please have them contact me at

Again I thank you all for your support.