War Paint is a quirky thriller and a naval warfare story like no other from the Vietnam War.
Brian Lehman

FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN December 11, 201

For those of you who haven’t seen my latest post on my Facebook author page or didn’t get tagged with it on Facebook, here it is for the first time.  For those of who haven’t read War Paint I think it’s an even better “trailer”, description, whatever than previous ones.

A young troublemaking surfer turned sailor, a paranoid mentally unstable fleet admiral, an unorthodox destroyer captain, a Vietnamese fighter determined to seek revenge, enemy boats armed with ship killing missiles, a proud aging warship and her crew. These are the components on a collision course in WAR PAINT, a recent novel by navy Vietnam Veteran Brian Lehman. Set in in the historical reality of 1972 as the fading war in Vietnam suddenly reignites. Treachery, suspense, humor, ironic crazy events of war, revenge, unexpected heroism—it’s all here in WAR PAINT! (You should be hearing all this in that movie trailer guy’s voice. I can do his voice pretty damn good, but you can’t hear me right now, so…)
AMAZON REVIEWS
“It’s a terrific story, very imaginative… highly recommended.”
“…a story of war, betrayal and life changing courage.”
“…Hang on to your hats for the battle finale! My heart was racing – literally!”
“… Lehman spins a thrilling yarn about Tin Can Sailors in the waning months of the Vietnam War.”
Available online in hardcover, paperback and e-book at Amazon,B&N, Lulu and everywhere. More info at brianlehmanauthor.com.
Also independentauthornetwork.com
10% of all proceeds are going to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington DC.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!

So for my blog readers who are wondering what leaked out of this fabulous cranium this time…it’s a small ornament or something.  My wife and I, in years past, have often sent out Christmas cards with our year-in-review letter and referred to them as the New Years cards and letters because we sent them out so late.  Not this time!  They just got mailed.  But, the trade off was we have not decorated out apartment yet.   I feel that I’m just your normal average fan of Christmas–maybe a little less.  I could take it or leave it.  My wife, on the other hand, is a big time fan and a little annoyed that we have not decorated yet, even though she’s glad the cards have been sent.  Here’s how big a Christmas fan she is.  If we are somewhere being tourists in, say, July, walking along a street full of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. and we happen to come upon one of those year round Christmas stores…WELL, that is akin to Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail!  Of course, this sends the rest of my expected day off the rails because we use up quite a span of time looking at everything in the store and invariably purchasing things we didn’t even know we wanted.   I try my best to keep a good attitude through all this, but, she knows me well and sees the telltale signs of annoyance.  But, as she says, if I wanted to live with someone who felt exactly like me about Christmas, I should’ve married a guy.  No thanks!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, etc. and Happy New Year to everyone!

 

 

FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN 11/20/2019

Well!  That seemed like the proper first word, but now I’m not so sure.  Let’s see…I’ve been neglecting my blog again because, well…I don’t know.  Just because.  But here I am not neglecting it at the moment.  I haven’t been pushing my book, War Paint, much on this blog because I was thinking that if you came to my website, you already read a bit about the book and I was attempting to make this blog a little more lightweight and semi-humorous.  Well! (There’s that word again…) I think I’m going to devote this week’s blog post to some stuff about War Paint.

First of all, YOU SHOULD GET YOUR HANDS ON A COPY OF WAR PAINT!! Because every time someone orders a copy, I make a piddly amount that eventually gets attributed to my account with my publisher and then some more time passes and then I get a quarterly check.  I’d like to congratulate Amazon in their ongoing efforts to take over the world!  Part of that takeover involves taking a rather humungous cut from books ordered from them.  But, I digress.  I don’t want everybody to order my book so I can collect the piddly royalties…well, okay, I guess it will add up.  But I want my book out there to readers because I think the story is an important and surprising read.  It passes along insights into what fighting in a war means to the mostly young warriors and to those waiting at home.  It relates what returning to real life is all about.  War Paint reminds us how young the soldiers and sailors were and shares a bit about what was going on in the Vietnam War and how it effected everyone in the society.  It shows how the navy was involved in the war, which is something rarely included in looks back at the time.

Like any well-told story, it makes readers think–maybe in a new way about some things or maybe about some ideas not considered at all for a long time.  And like any compelling tale it does all these things while the reader isn’t noticing and is being carried along by the story, being drawn in by the suspense, the growing tension and the ironic craziness of unexpected story events.  As the story builds, the reader begins to care and worry about what is happening and what might be happening to the characters, and begins to root for and against the good guys and bad guys.  And when you reach those last two words, THE END, you close the book, think back for a bit and utter a soft or loud “Wow.”

I hope this reminds you of how the last book you really loved made you feel.  If you haven’t yet, give War Paint a try and enjoy a good book one more time.

Well!  Thanksgiving is next week.  Like all of you, I am thankful for many things in my life and I’m going to do some thinking about them just a little more next week.  Thanks to all of you who have devoted some time to reading my book and also for taking the time to read this blog.

 

FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN October 13, 2019

It’s been too long since I made an entry to my award winning blog.  I think my brain was clogged and maybe busy with other things, but some profound thoughts have worked their way to the surface, so here they are.

 

Health officials tell us flu season is starting up. YIPEE!  Which means it’s also flu shot season.  Another YIPEE?  No, I don’t think so.  So I went into my local pharmacy because the shots are free if you are on Medicare, and, well, I am.  I used to be younger but apparently that doesn’t last.

Anyway, I asked the pharmacist if any shot would do and she just looked at me with, you know, that look of “What stupid thing are you trying to say?”  I said well, “What if I just downed a tequila shot or two?  Would that work just as well as a flu shot?”

She laughed a little, hoping I was kidding.  I was, of course, and went ahead and got my flu shot and left.  But I started thinking.  Why is the word for a small glass of liquor the same word used sticking a needle into your skin and injecting something?  For that matter, it’s also the same word for firing a gun or getting hit with the bullet.  What kind of crazy language is this thing we know as English!?  And why is giving yourself an injection of drugs sometimes called shooting up?

Well, anyway, what if a tequila shot lasted as long as a flu shot?  One shot of Patron in October and you’d be good until the next tequila season rolled around the following autumn.  I imagine that would make tequila pretty damn expensive, unless just maybe, tequila shots would be free if you were on Medicare.  Now there’s an idea.

So anyway, I’m feeling a little bit lethargic with a touch of malaise after my flu shot, which the literature says is perfectly normal.  I think I’m going to see if a tequila shot will make me feel better.  I’ll probably have to pay for it though! YIPPEE!

 

FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN 9/22/19

I wasn’t going to add a new post for a couple more days, but I tripped and bumped my head and some more stuff fell out of my brain. So, the topic for today is TRIP.  You might be thinking, “That’s not a topic, it’s just a word.”  Nope, it’s the topic.

My last post was partially about my recent road trip.  Interestingly, you can be on a very short trip as in, “He just left on a trip to the bookstore to pick up the copy of War Paint he ordered, but he’ll be right back.” Or a much longer journey as in, “She just embarked on a three-week backpacking trip to Mongolia where she will likely be detained and questioned by the authorities for possibly being a spy.”  So the word trip can describe a quick visit to a store or a longer trek that could end up involving prison time.

But you can also trip over something and bump your head, encouraging you to over analyze simple words.  Or, you could stumble over something and break your elbow, causing you to make a trip to the emergency room and spending the next seven hours surrounded by coughing, sneezing and retching people exposing you to a variety of diseases.

People have been known to go on a trip after ingesting certain drugs or maybe mushrooms.  Ironically, in that kind of trip you don’t necessarily travel anywhere, except in your mind.  Although, you could be experiencing a drug induced trip while actually traveling, in which case you would be on a trip within a trip.

You could also trip a switch, which could be turning it on, as in “The burglar tripped the alarm when he broke the window.”  Or it could be turning it off, as in, “Plugging in the electric blanket to keep his pet alpaca warm tripped the circuit breaker and everything went dark.”

It’s even possible to trip someone up with a difficult or unexpected question.  For instance, if one of your three kids asked you, “Which one of us is your favorite?”  Or even worse, “What is the capital of Mongolia?”

Imagine the complications involved if someone who had been munching on psychedelic mushroom hopped on their bicycle to go to the store, got off their bike, stumbled over the curb and fell through the window setting off the alarm.  When the police showed up they might ask, “What the hell were you thinking?” Kind of trippy, huh?

 

 

FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN September 16, 2019

Well, I’m back in action on this blog after returning a few days ago from a two-week road trip.  2400 miles to Billings, Montana and back to Phoenix. It was my annual navy reunion that takes place in various locations.  Last four were San Diego, Buffalo, Charleston S.C. and Billings.  Next year will be Seattle/Bremerton area.  So on the trip, my wife and I saw a lot of beautiful and sometimes rugged mountainous scenery.  Truthfully, some of it was also kind of flat and dull but you can’t be highly entertained every mile along the way!  One of my favorite things was through long stretches of Utah, Wyoming and Montana, the speed limit was 80!  The car loved getting out there and letting its hair blow in the wind.  Well, it doesn’t actually have hair, but you know…

So, what does all this have to do with the novel War Paint? Well, a lot of guys at the reunion purchased copies of the book or had already bought and read it.  They all served on destroyers in the navy and some of them in Vietnam, so they identify with and appreciate the story.  They also appreciated who is listed on the dedication page.  There are some rave reviews on Amazon and several of them are from people who never served.  Also a couple from females who loved the book.  So, I don’t want any of you to think it’s just a guy book or a story that would only appeal to navy veterans. It’s available in hardcover, softcover or e-book. Give it a try and be prepared to be drawn into a page-turner.  If you’re reading it on a Kindle, though, I guess it would be more of a page swiper…

So, here’s something I kind of already knew, but learned more about it on my road trip.  The population of Wyoming is just under 600,000.  The whole state, and it’s the tenth largest state!  Also, the largest city in Montana is Billings, and its population is right around 110,000.  People in Montana and Wyoming are wandering around just looking for someone to talk to.  Okay, I’ll admit that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  But there is a lot of “elbow room” and wide open spaces in those states.

So, that’s all for now.  I’ll squeeze some more out of my brain in a few days.  Happy book reading!

MORE FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN

Okay, I guess I lied in my last blog entry.  I’m about to leave on my road trip but my brain is full and needs to relieve some pressure.  I posted the following on my Brian the author Facebook page today, if you already read that, this is going to look very familiar.

I think it’s always interesting for writers to get questions about their creations.  Somebody asked me if all of the ships in my book War Paint were real life ships.  Interesting question I think.  It may be something that other people who have been reading the book or will be reading the book might wonder about, so here’s the answer.

The destroyer Rattano, where the main characters of the book are part of the crew, is a fictional name, but the type of destroyer is real.  It’s the same type of destroyer that’s pictured on the front cover.  Another destroyer in the story is the Holliner and that is also a fictional name of the same type of destroyer.  All of the other U.S. Navy ships in the story are real names of real ships that were fighting off the coast of Vietnam during the timeframe of the story or had been during previous years.

The prologue tells about the sinking of the Israeli destroyer Eilat.  That is a real event and the Eilat was the name of the ship.  As I stated in the prologue, this was the first time in history that a ship was sunk by missiles fired from another vessel.  That was 1967, just five years before the events in War Paint.  Throughout the book, the threat of those same missile boats drives much of the story.  Incidentally, the destroyer Higbee is bombed in the story–another actual even that took place at that time.

So, in case you were wondering about the ships in War Paint, now you know!  If any of you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments on my Facebook page Brian the author, or on brianlehmanauthor.com on the blog page or email brianlehmanauthor@mail.com

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

From The Brain of Brian

THIS BLOG SPACE WILL NOT BE BEING USED FOR A BIT.  PARTLY BECAUSE I WILL BE BUSILY OUT OF TOWN ON A ROAD TRIP AND PART OF THAT TRIP WILL BE ATTENDING THE USS RUPERTUS DD-851 REUNION IN BILLINGS, MONTANA.  IN THE MEANTIME FEEL FREE TO LEAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS AND I WILL GET TO THEM.  I PROMISE MY BRAIN WILL BEGIN SPEWING SOME OF ITS CONTENTS IN A FEW WEEKS. IT’S GETTING REALLY FULL AND IT NEEDS SOME PRESSURE RELEASED.   IN THE MEANTIME YOU COULD READ WAR PAINT!

DON’T PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE WELCOME TO MY BLOG MESSAGE BELOW.  THAT WAS WRITTEN BY SOMEONE MUCH NICER AND MORE POLITE THAN ME.  I’LL BE SHARING WITH Y’ALL SOON.

Welcome to My New Blog!

Welcome. My name is Brian Lehman, author of War Paint. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about War Paint, expanding on some of the topics in it and blogging on some of the ideas related to my book. This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too. What did you think of War Paint? What questions do you have for me? How do you relate to my book?

I’ll be returning here frequently with new posts and responses to feedback from you. Until next time, tell me a little bit about yourself.