Author Override: Julieanne Reeves

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Julieanne Reeves

Sacred Tears: Messengers of Grief

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love”  ~ Washington Irving
Flags fly at half-staff today. Officers wear black mourning-bands across their badges. Over the weekend candles were lit, and prayer vigils held.  Many parents picked their children up from school early Friday. They hugged them a little closer, held on a little longer, and said “I love you.” more often. Prayers of thanks were sent heavenward with those asking “Why?”, tears of joy and sorrow fell unchecked–oftentimes simultaneously. Together, a nation mourns.

I’m sure many of you’ve never heard of me; I’m the author of Razing Kayne, the first book in my Walking a Thin Blue Line police series. Long before I put pen to paper, I was a police/fire/911 dispatcher. The majority of my years spent with an agency in the mountain town that inspired the setting for that series. So, in response to Friday’s tragedy, I find myself shedding tears not only for the lives lost, and the families and friends left behind but also for the men—and women—who walked into the bowels of emotional hell. My heart breaks knowing the images from that moment of inhumanity are indelibly imprinted in their minds and on their souls.

Today, instead of telling you about myself or my book, I choose to honor those men and women who locked away their emotions and did their job, when what they wanted to do is fall to their knees and howl in anguish with the rest of us. I choose to honor the victims’ family and friends, but most of all I choose to honor the victims themselves. I ask all of you to join me in a moment of silence.

Last Radio Call/End of Watch:

When an officer looses his life, when he’s being laid to rest, his fellow officers turn up their portable radios and the on-duty dispatcher makes the officer’s last call, which goes something like this:

Dispatcher: 1138, copy traffic.


Dispatcher: 1138, copy traffic.


Dispatcher: 1138, copy traffic.


Dispatcher: Officer Kayne Dobrescu, report to Heaven, your shift here on earth is done.

At this point a recording of that officer’s voice from previous radio transmissions is played.

Officer: 1138, on scene, 10-7 (off duty), 10-42 (home).

Dispatcher: 1138, dispatch copies. May you rest in peace, sir. Gone but never forgotten.
So, today, I dedicate a last call to each of the souls leaving this earth way too soon.

Your Are Gone But You Will Never Be Forgotten

Rest In Peace

A large brass bell rings 21 times, bagpipes play Amazing Grace. The Roll Call begins.

Charlotte Bacon Age 6

Daniel Barden, Age 7

Olivia Engel, Age 6

Josephine Gay,  Age 7

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Age 6

Dylan Hockley, Age 6

Madeleine F. Hsu, Age 6

Catherine V. Hubbard, Age 6

Chase Kowalski, Age 7

Jesse Lewis, Age 6

James Mattioli, Age 6

Grace McDonnell, Age 7

Emilie Parker, Age 6

Jack Pinto, Age 6

Noah Pozner, Age 6

Caroline Previdi, Age 6

Jessica Rekos, Age 6

Avielle Richman, Age 6

Benjamin Wheeler, Age 6

Allison N. Wyatt, Age 6

Rachel Davino, 27

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 26

The haunting melody of Taps brings the roll call to an end. 

About the Author:

Julieanne Reeves is a third generation Arizonan with a background in Police-Fire-911 Communications. When she’s not spending time spoiling her two wonderful children, she enjoys reading and writing steamy romantic suspense. Having had the privilege of working with some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers in the nation, it’s little wonder her heroes carry a firearm and badge. Julieanne currently lives in the Phoenix-Metro area, but hopes to one day return to the mountain town that inspired her Walking A Thin Blue Line series

As tears fill my eyes, I confess to you that I don’t know how to close out this post. Any mention of my books seems almost obscene and insensitive in the wake of that last call, and that is the last thing I want to do. So I will leave it with a “Thank you” gift.

In honor of those young lives, my question to you today is: What is your, or your child’s favorite Children’s story? (Example the one my kids love best is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jerum) Leave a message below. I’m giving away an autographed paperback copy of Razing Kayne and a custom-made ribbon bookmark.(US and Canada only) and 10 e-copies of Razing Kayne (worldwide). Winners will be drawn randomly from the comments on this post.


For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.


Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.


When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.








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So happy to be here. Thanks.


What a beautiful tribute. Thank you.


Thanks for stopping by, Shay. 🙂


Thank you for such a sweet and poignant post.


Thanks, Erin. In the wake of such tragedy, levity was beyond me.

Heather E

Friday was a hard day and I did pick my son up from school and hugged him until I cried. I also gave him an extra hug this morning. I could have happened anywhere, to anyone. Its is sad to think it takes a tragedy to make us stop and say I love you. But it does sometimes take something that makes your world stop spinning to realize the only important thing in the world is the love of our family and friends. I’m adding your book to my list. Not only because it is my kind of read, but… Read more »


Thank you, Heather, I hope you enjoy it.


Thank you for leaving a beautiful post. My daughters’ favorite stories are the Skippy Jon Jones books because they are so fun to read aloud.



We’ve never read those, I’ll have to check them out.


Well done Julieanne! One of my favorite children’s books is LOVE YOU FOREVER by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw. I used to read it to my son all the time. I still have the book along with all of his other favorite books that he liked for me to read to him. I hope one day he will read them to his kids and I’ll read them to my grandkids.


Reading is such a wonderful legacy to give our children.

Maria D.

Beautiful tribute! I don’t have any kids but my youngest sister’s favorite childhood stories were anything by Dr. Seuss and I really liked those myself:)


We love Dr. Seuss, too. Tongue twisters and all.

Lisa w

A great and heartfelt tribute!


Lisa, thank you. 🙂


Such a lovely tribute!
One of my favourite childhood stories was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, by Roald Dahl


I bet my kids would enjoy that one. 🙂

trish dechant

Your post speaks of the things that I could never say very well about the tragedy in CT. Please do not consider me as part of your giveaway-I’ve read your story, Razing Kayne. I just had to respond on how dispatchers and police officers paid their respects to fallen comrades. It choked me up. I read Goodnight Moon to both my kids, which was my favorite. And their fave was The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. My favorite story as a child was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe–it started my addiction with books and with the written word. Thank… Read more »



Thank you very much for stopping by. And thank you for your kind words.

Mary Jo

Thank you for the beautiful tribute.
One book that my three kids all loved when very small was Teep and Beep go to Sleep by Mercer Mayer.


I’ve never heard of it, but, I love the title of that book!

Pat F.

Going to try again!! Posted a comment this morning, and I guess it never posted. 🙁

Truly a beautiful tribute to the children and adults who lost there lives on that terrible day. Thank you for reminding us of the heartbreak and trauma the First Responders face also.

I loved reading The Brearanstain Bears to my kids….hope to do the same for my grandchildren someday.


Those were some of my favorite books as a kid too, Pat. I saw your other post under the Review section. 🙂


Thank you for such a moving post. Both of my kids liked the Cat in the Hat books.


Most welcome, Angie. Glad you stopped in. 🙂

Beth Wharton

Charlotte’s Web- that spider taught love and acceptance to the farm! She wanted love even for the beautiful pig Wilbur! I cry even now when I read that book! I am really interested in this book, Julieanne! Beth hotreaderbethy(at)hotmail(dot)com


Would now be a bad moment to mention I’m deathly afraid of spiders? LOL. I do let my children watch Charlotte’s web, I just stay out of the room or immerse myself into something else while they watch.

Elizabeth P

well said….right now the 2 favorites are the books on the ‘that’s not my….’ series by Fiona watt and Rachel wells



I’ve heard those are great, but we haven’t checked them out, yet.

Annette C.

Thanks for such a moving post


Most welcome, Annette. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Lisa Hutson

Very special, Julieanne. Well done. Thanks for writing it.


Aww, thanks, Lisa. Glad you stopped by. 🙂

June M.

Great tribute. My faves when I was young was Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. My brother & now his boys loved Curios George. And my sisters kids love Dr. Seuss and Franklin


My son LOVES Curious George! Birds of a feather and all that.


Thank you for that beautiful tribute. I tried reading it out loud to my husband and couldn’t manage without many tears.
We have a four year old son and his favorite books are the “No, David” books. I’ve been spending a lot more time hugging him and kissing him these last few days.



I think it’s impossible for a mother not to hold on a little tighter in the wake of such tragedy. So glad you stopped by. *hugs*

Lori Meehan

We don’t have children but when my niece was little she loved Twas the Night Before Christmas. We read it to her so much that at three she had it memorized and her friends thought she could read. That’s one of my favorite Christmas memories.


I just picked that one — and a couple other Christmas books — up at the store today! Awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

Tina F

Great tribute. My kids love the Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat is their favorite.


Dr Seuss is awesome.


Very thoughtful post at a difficult time, Julieanne.

I think the Madeline books were my favorite growing up. My mom and older sisters could recite it by memory because they read it to me so often.

I’m happy to say that my 11 month old grandson seems to be very content to sit and look at books – even by himself. A couple of newer ones that I love for him are from a company called BabyLit. They take classics (“Dracula” and “A Christmas Carol” for instance) and make them into board books.


My son loved to read from the very beginning. He’s almost 8 now and will read anything he can get his hands on. I have to limit what he can get his hands on. *grin*


Thank you for the great tribute!


Most welcome. It was too fresh and raw for so many reasons. My heart needed to make at least my little part of the world stop spinning for a few moments in time.

Nicole Nobles

Wonderful tribute and book sounds really good!


Thanks, Nicole. I hope you check it out. 🙂

Carol L

Julieanne, that was absolutely beautiful.. A fitting tribute. I never knew about the Officer’s last call. I’m in tears but aren’t we all ? Thank you for this post.
I’m putting your Razing Kayne on my TRL. I ‘m looking forward to reading your book. Please enter me for the Print book as I can’t rad e-books on this computer.
Carol L


All agencies have a variations, but I’ve never known one NOT to do it. Some go into more detail about the officer’s career, and his family, but I kept it simple for this.

Cheryl S.

Well done Julieanne! That was a beautiful tribute *wiping tears from my eyes* Thank you for that.


I felt it was important to give us all a moment to remember them.

pam howell

touching tribute
thank you


Most welcome, Pam!

Johanna Jochum

I have two little girls ages four and seven. They both love, Goodnight Moon! Thanks for the lovely post.


Goodnight moon was our very first board book. My son loved it. 🙂


Thank you so much for your wonderfully moving post. I never knew about the last call, thanks for sharing, I think that’s wonderful. My favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.



I’m glad I could share a part of my world with you. 🙂 I have not heart of The Giving Tree. I’ll have to check it out. 🙂


I read this a couple days ago, but I teared up, such a tragedy and my heart goes out to those involved. My kids both loved Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. Thank you for the tribute.


Laurie, I still tear up thinking about those children.

Na S.

When I heard this story on the news it made my heart ache 🙁


Na, I have a 2nd and 3rd grader. It hit way too close to home. No child, or parent should ever have to suffer through something like that. I’m glad our school has implemented stronger safety protocols.


This had me all misty eyed, Thank you!
My fav. childrens book? I used to read HC Andersen and the brothers Grimm when i was younger

best wishes, Happy Holidays!


sorry I haven’t been here in a few days. The holidays were crazy. I loved the Brother’s Grimm.

Emily Bowes

Thank you for the post. I have witnessed last call for a fallen firefighter but never heard it on dispatch. My favorite children books were anything Dr Seuss. Hope you have a safe and happy holiday.


Dr. Seuss is a safe bet in our house. My favorite is “Oh the Places You Will Go” I think that’s the actual title.


Sounds like a tearjerker I would love to read this…
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I’ve been told Kleenex is needed. lol I should have sold it along with the books. 🙂 If it makes everyone feel better, there are parts of the book that when I read them I cry too.


Nice post. I like Curious George.



Curious George is always a great one. My kids like the TV cartoon version of that better than the books I think.


Beautiful dedication…I can’t keep from crying and imagining the flutter of so many angels’ wings.
All time favorite is Charlotte’s Web.
Safe and happy 2013 to everyone!


Very nice dedication. I think this terrible event has changed our lives forever and these children will be in our hearts and prayers for all of the families involved. It makes me not want to miss one minute of my family lives Hope every one has a Happy and safe New Year

Andrea Porubiansky

God bless you Julieanne.