Did you think your 9-yr old grandchildren would read a WWII novel?

It never occurred to me that my 9-yr old grandchildren would read my historical novel “Bahala Na (Come What May). But surprisingly they did and love it.

I sent a copy of my book (BAHALA NA – Come What May) to my stepdaughter in Connecticut who have three kids: twin girls aged 9 and their sister, aged 11. My stepgrandchildren love reading and they are well ahead of their class in reading. A day after my daughter got the book, she decided to start reading it but she could not find the book where she placed it. She looked all over the house. She then saw one of the twins in the living room, engrossed in reading the book. My granddaughter refused to give it up and carried the book to school. She read the book whenever she could. Her teacher saw her reading it and was shocked to see her reading a historical novel and told her she could not read it. She held the book up and pointed to the author proudly. “My grandma wrote this book and it is very good!” The teacher was dumbfounded. She did not know what to say.

My granddaughter talked to me on the phone and announced, “Grandma, your book is really good.” I was thrilled to hear that and suddenly thought if there was anything in the book that a 9-yr old should not read. Luckily there was none that I could think of. There are lots of educational stuffs that could be very interesting for someone who is thirsting for knowledge. When she finished the book, her older sister read it, then their mother did and now my youngest granddaughter, the younger of the twin is in the middle of reading it. They came to visit this week and she showed me where she was at the book. My grandchildren wants to know when they can visit the Philippines and see all the places mentioned in the book.  

BAHALA NA (Come What May) is written with everyone in mine, young or old. History, romance, legend, travelogue, action and suspense filled the pages. It’s a book for someone who loves to learn something, someone who thirsts for knowledge. I wrote the book with a goal to educate, to teach something. The book is based on historical facts – historical knowledge that seemed to be lacking in people’s mind nowadays. It is an excellent educational tool and I highly recommend it to be included in the school curriculum in history for both American and Filipino students.

Filipinos are a growing population here and abroad. There is so much to know about the Filipino people. If you want to learn about the Filipinos and what make them tick, read BAHALA NA (Come What May). GET YOUR COPY NOW! It is available at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan in paperback and Kindle. 



PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY SALE – From June 5, 2013 until July 4, 2013.

Filipinos now celebrate their Independence Day on June 12, the day they got their independence from the colonial rule of Spain in 1898. When I was growing up, we celebrated Independence Day on July 4, the day the United States granted independence to the Philippines in 1946.

To honor both dates, I’m offering a month long reduced price for a signed copy of “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, a WWII novel for a special price of $16.95 with free shipping.  Please send your name and address together with a check for $16.95 payable to Rosalinda Morgan and mail to Rosalinda Morgan, 3056 Sugarberry Ln., Johns Island, SC 29455.  Envelope has to be postmarked between June 5 and July 4, 2013.

“Bahala Na (Come What May)” is a fresh look at the traditions and social mores of the Philippines just before and during World War II. It is a gripping tale of a Filipino couple coping with the vicissitude of life during the war until they gained their independence from the United States on July 4, 1946. It describes some events that were never written before and are part of the Philippine history that we should know about.

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day has and always should be a day when we all take a moment to remember and honor our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in times of war to protect our freedom.  Freedom is not free.  Because of these veterans, our families are free today.  On this Memorial Day, and every day, may each and every one of these brave men and women who served and protected our country know that we are all eternally grateful for their supreme sacrifice.

On May 5, 1986, Waterloo, NY held the first formal, village-wide observance of a day devoted to honoring U.S. war dead.  Memorial Day, originated in a ceremony called Decoration Day, was originally observed as a memorial by the northern states to the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War.  Memorial came into being when John Logan, Union Army General and Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Order No. 11 fixing May 30 as the annual date “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country in the late rebellion.  It then grew into a national holiday that honors soldiers killed in all wars.  In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation designating Waterloo, NY the birthplace of Memorial Day.

May 30th was initially designated as Memorial Day but an Act of Congress moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May, which only served to take away from its intended purpose as a day to remember our war dead.  Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and has been an annual tribute to those who have given their lives in service to their country.

Local towns and villages pay homage to America’s fallen veterans, survivors and servicemen and women over Memorial Day weekend with parades, concerts, speeches, memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies.

On this Memorial Day, and every day, may each and every one of these brave men and women who served and protected our country know that we are all eternally grateful for their supreme sacrifice. 

SPECIAL OFFER FOR MEMORIAL DAY (expires May 31, 2013) – “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” – a WWII novel dedicated to WWII veterans.




Honor your mother on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12, 2013

Anna Reeves Jarvis was the first woman to hold a celebration of mothers in 1858 in West Virginia, where she instituted Mothers’ Work Day to raise awareness about local sanitation issues.  During the Civil War, she expanded the scope of Mothers’ Work Day to include sanitary conditions on both sides of the battlefield.

Julia Ward Howe, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” also attempted to institute a national celebration of mothers that honored women’s inclinations toward peace.  In 1872 she initiated and promoted a Mother’s Day for Peace, to be held on June 2, which was celebrated the following year by women in 18 cities across America.  The holiday continued for another decade but eventually phased out after Howe stopped underwriting the cost of the celebrations.

In 1905, Anna Reeves Jarvis passed away and her daughter, Anna Jarvis, took up her mother’s cause.  Anna swore on her mother’s gravesite that she would continue her mother’s lifelong dream of creating a national day to honor mothers.  In 1907, Anna launched her campaign by handing out white carnations to the parishioners at her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis’ church acquiesced to Anna’s request to hold a special Sunday service in honor of mothers – a tradition that spread the very next year to churches in 46 states.  In 1909, Anna left her job and began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States.  She dedicated herself to a full-time letter-writing campaign, asking politicians, clergymen and civic leaders to institute a national day for mothers.  Jarvis’ efforts met with success and her home state of West Virginia adopted an official Mother’s Day.  Two years later, the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, signed by President Wilson, establishing a national Mother’s Day emphasizing the role of women in their families.

In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day” in the singular possessive form in honor of each mother.  Mother’s Day has been celebrated by Americans on the second Sunday in May ever since.

Jarvis holiday was adopted by other countries and cultures and it is now celebrated all over the world.  The date was changed to fit already existing celebrations honoring motherhood, such as Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom and the Orthodox celebration of the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple on February 2 in Greece.

Ironically, Anna Jarvis never had children of her own.  But that didnt stop her from making the celebration of Mother’s Day her lifelong mission.  In fact, as the holiday took on a life of its own, Jarvis expressed disappointment over its growing commercialization by the 1920s.  In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers and/or maternal figure on Mother’s Day.  For my part, I dedicate my book “BAHALA NA (Come What May): A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival” to my mother as shown in the Dedication Page.

Rosalinda Morgan




Book Signing at Patriots Point, Charleston SC

I will be at Patriots Point on Saturday, April 27 form 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM to do a book signing of my new book, “BAHALA NA (Come What May): A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival”.  The book is set in Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines.  Bahala Na (Come What May) is a World War II story, a love story, a travelogue and a social history all in one. 

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum  is one of the best attractions in the Charleston, SC area.  You can see the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum and other exhibits aboard USS Yorktown, a WWII aircraft carrier used in World War II.  You can also explore Submarine Clamagore, Destroyer Laffey, Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, Cold War Submarine Memorial and the Vietnam Base Camp.  It is located just over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Mt. Pleasant on Charleston Harbor.

Come and join me for a fun day!  If you miss the day, the book is available in paperback and Kindle at www.amazon.com/Rosalinda-Morgan/e/B00C03KL72.