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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Black Flag Journals by Dennis John Woods - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Dennis John Woods and his new book, “Black Flag Journals: One Soldier’s Experience in America’s Longest War,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Dennis and to increase your chances of winning!!

This eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99!!  Please note that due to unforeseen technical issues, Amazon was not able to verify or guarantee that this special sale price would last the entire book tour.  I have checked and confirmed the sale prices are available and active as of this morning, Thursday, August 12th, 2021 at 12am (PST).  Although, this book tour is scheduled through October 21st, 2021, it is very unlikely the eBook sale price will hold through then.  Since the eBook sale end date is currently unknown, be sure to quickly snatch up your eBook copy today, before this eBook returns to regular price of $2.99+.  See below for more details.  Also, if a known book sale end date becomes available or any new information emerges, I will be sure to update this post.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Black Flag Journals:

One Soldier's Experience in America's Longest War

by Dennis John Woods


GENRE: Memoir



The story of America’s longest war is complicated and difficult to convey, unless you were there. Dennis Woods was there. By following his stories in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can sense the enormity of his combat experiences. Originally written for his daughter, Black Flag Journals is taken from the author’s nine battle book journals. It covers his time from the fall of the Twin Towers through his last combat tour.

Black Flag Journals contains not just stories from the first war of the new century, but a day-by-day record of events that other veterans may use to relate their own experiences. All who enjoy real life stories, and followers of history will connect with this first person account of America’s longest war.



Taking into account the time required to clear the mission, plus the time required for the projectiles to fly the 4.25 miles to the target, the first round impacted on the enemy positions as they arrived at the last fire. The result was that 36-armed insurgents were killed on the Pakistan/Afghan border. (Count provided by the SF raid tower.) On this occasion, they literally ran into our impacting rounds as they exploded. They in fact died in exhausted heaps after conducting a series of sprints down a mountain.



What Was the Inspiration for Your New Book?

While inspiration for Black Flag Journals, One Soldier’s Experience in America’s Longest War began as a need to record events for my daughter, that inspiration shifted over time. On September the eleventh, 2001, I assumed that the war would last no more than 2 years. That I would be long retired before my elementary school aged daughter grew to adulthood. I based this assumption on my earlier war experiences in; Grenada 1983, a few weeks, Panama 1989 a month, the 1st Gulf War 1990-91, 9 months, Operation Desert Fox 1998 following the first attempt on the World Trade Center, 3 months. As the current war progressed and I returned time and again for successive one-year tours, my family began to hear secondhand stories of our battle actions. Needing to record an unembellished version of events that I could employ when she was old enough became a secondary inspiration. In developing my explanations for various events in war I employed education presented in a story format. In that format I included small lesson plans concerning basic battle conditions. They had the effect of conveying information to a layperson with no military background, enough data to comprehend conditions. The effect was that other veterans began using Black Flag Journals as a means of telling their stories of war to friends and family. The method most used was to highlight combat vignettes closely related to theirs, then ask others to read it. That experience then became a common point of reference between the veteran and his family for things unspoken.



CSM Woods combat tours include;

Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, 82d Airborne Division.

Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia – Iraq, 82d Airborne Division.

Operation Desert Fox 1998, Qatar, 5th Group Special Forces.

OEF 2 Afghanistan, 82d Airborne Division.

OIF 1 Iraq, First Armored Division.

OIF 6 Iraq, First Armored Division.

OEF X Afghanistan, 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

OEF XIII Afghanistan, 191st Infantry Brigade.

CSM Woods civilian education includes a Master of Education, (training & leadership) from North Central University, Prescott AZ, and a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior, Albany, New York.

Military education includes the United States Sergeants Majors Academy class # 58, Army force management course, Jump Master, Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Infantry Small Arms Master Gunner, Artillery Master Gunner, Amphibious Warfare leaders’ course (USMC), Anti-Armor Leaders course, Machine Gun Leaders course, Artillery Mechanics repair course, Small Arms repair course, Nuclear Biological Chemical defense, and all levels of air load planning and hazmat certification USAF.

CSM Woods awards include; one Distinguished Service medal, one Legion Of Merit, (5) Bronze Star Medals, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 ARCOM, 4 AAM, 1 Humanitarian service medal, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, Afghanistan and Iraq service medals. German Jump Master Wings, Qatar Jump wings as part of 5th Group, Netherlands Jumpmaster wings.  Other awards include; Department of Defense “Inventor of the year” (2003) with 45 separate inventions. CSM Woods saved the United States Government over one Billion Dollars through cost avoidance.  He is also the first recipient of the GRUBER award for an outstanding field artillery professional.

CSM Woods is credited by the US Army Smart Ideas program as the inventor of:

The 105mm Howitzer night direct fire sight system M913 GELON.

The 155mm towed Howitzer night sight system.

The dual use day/ night direct fire sight reticule.

The Dual optic MILES Laser trainer.

The Urban Assault kit (PALADIN) improved crew protection, 155mm system.

On his most recent tour to Afghanistan, CSM Woods pioneered the first use of artillery training rounds in combat as a form of scalable fire support designed to limit civilian death and collateral damage.  He is the author of, ‘Black Flag Journals One Soldiers Experience in America’s Longest War’, and numerous magazine, newspaper articles, including training pamphlets concerning Artillery, night vision, and combat operations.







Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15660793.Dennis_John_Woods

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**The Black Flag Journals: One Soldier’s Experience in America’s Longest War eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99!!!** Please note, that this special eBook price is ONLY being offered for a limited time and that the exact end date is currently unknown.  As of 12AM (PST) Thursday, August 12th, 2021 all bookstore retailers listed below showed the $0.99 eBook price current and available!!!  This book tour wraps up it's last stop on October 21st, 2021.  From now until then, I will continue to check back on this post to help verify the sale price rates match accordingly to the info listed on here.  Please always remember to remain aware and cautious when shopping online and verify your item prices and final total amount before completing your transaction!!**

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Dennis will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Replies
    1. Goddess Fish Promotions, thank you for making this tour possible. As as an update on ebook pricing the 99 cent sale ends after 9/11, 2021 the 20th anniversary of America's Longest War

  2. Dennis ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ I just wanted to say thank you for your kind generosity, sacrifice, courage, bravery, and dedication to keeping our beautiful country safe!! I am an Army Brat lol and I have MANY family members that have served and a few that are still active duty... You are truly inspiring and greatly appreciated!!! Thank you again :)

    1. Thank you Ally and the FAB fanbase for hosting my book today. I'm currently in Hawaii on a CBS reality TV production set. As time permits I'll check in to answer questions.

  3. Thank you for the comments Rita, don't forget to sign up for the raffle and share on social media

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    1. Thank you for the comment Sherry. Most of my reviews are on Amazon and the book has 5 stars. The audio book 3 stars from someone in the UK