Tuesday, May 10, 2011


By Debby Giusti

With the release of THE OFFICER’S SECRET, the first book in my Military Investigations Series, my mind has been on my Army roots and Fort Knox, Kentucky, where I met and married my hubby.

Tomorrow I’ll be on eHarlequin.com with a blog on The Story Behind the Story, and as I was researching some military facts, I stumbled upon the history of Fort Knox. The Army post was established in April, 1916, in anticipation of our country’s entry into World War I. The first soldiers were housed in a tent city in West Point, Kentucky, while construction began nearby in the small town of Stithton.

The history, found on the Fort Knox web site at http://www.knox.army.mil/history.asp, mentions the following account:  “The land at Stithton was soon acquisitioned by the Army and more land was acquired from Bullitt and Meade Counties. Many of the houses in the town of Stithton were used for the Army’s purposes. Modest Victorian architecture once occupied by Stithton residents became homes used by Army officers and their families.”

One of the homes I lived in on post had been built later in the 1930s when Fort Knox was being expanded and looks somewhat like the brick quarters featured on my cover. Because the home was old, I often thought about the many families that had lived there over the years.

“If only the walls could talk,” I often mused. “What secrets would they reveal?” That question plays into my story and the quarters do, as well.

The Fort Knox web site explains that St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Stithton, became the Main Post Chapel and is the oldest building on post. Hubby and I were married in the Post Chapel, which brought back memories of our wedding and starting our new life together.

In THE OFFICER’S SECRET, Special Agent Nate Patterson, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, investigates the death of Maggie Bennett’s army officer sister and ends up in love with the family counselor from Alabama. But before the investigation can be put to rest and Maggie and Nate can find their happily ever after, the past must be revealed and healed.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…
A writer uses anything and everything to build a story.

What memories from the past play an important role in the way you live your life today?

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

My wonderful local bookseller hosts a delightful signing with the release of each of my books.  I like to give something back to my community, and for THE OFFICER'S SECRET, I’m donating the proceeds of my May 19 book signing to Bridget O’Connell, a little girl in my area who needs a kidney transplant. 

Contact Omega Book Center, at 770-487-3977, to order a copy of my book to help Bridget.


Ausjenny said...

Hey I learnt something today (ok I learnt a lot but) I learnt where Fort Knox is dont ask me why but I thought it was in well my first thought was Florida now I dont know why or even Washington DC and I thought it was like a building with gold in its vaults.
I like the look of this series NCIS is one of my favourite shows.
I also learnt my washing machine is still eating my socks! it broke down on Saturday and when I moved it I found yet another missing sock.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Ausjenny!

It's always good to see you on the blogs! Sending hugs your way.

Glad you found the socks and learned a bit about Fort Knox. That's where the US gold is stored, at least some of it.

My dad was able to go into the vault, and I remember him talking about what he saw. That was years ago, of course.

Have a great day!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Maryrose,

Thanks for stopping by today!

beemama said...

I look forward to reading this book because one of my uncles was stationed at Ft. Knox before he shipped out to Europe in WWII.

CatMom said...

Hello Debby! I'm going to begin reading THE OFFICER'S SECRET tonight, and cannot wait! (Love that cover, too). ~ How sweet and kind of you to help that precious child needing a kidney transplant. I sure hope you'll have a big crowd at your signing! :)
Hugs, Patti Jo