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Coming Veteran’s Day – 11/11/11

All proceeds pledged to the Veterans Research Corporation a non-profit foundation supporting veterans medical research

SEAL of My Dreams is now available for preorder digitally at Amazon, and available for preorder in print at Amazon, , and Bell Bridge Books.

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Jo Leigh

Author of “Not Waving But Drowning” in SEAL of My Dreams

 

When I was asked to contribute to the SEAL of My Dreams anthology, I was about as fired up as a writer can get.  I’ve written Delta Force heroes in the past and just this year I have an Air Force hero in HOTSHOT, my Blaze 10th Anniversary book, so I’d done a lot of research on the military and what drives a person to put duty, honor and sacrifice first.  To dedicate their lives to upholding an ideal.  But I was also fascinated about the kind of woman who would make her own sacrifices by loving that man.

 

Dan and Renee in NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING came to me in vivid images, in bits of dialogue, in flashes of insight.  It was a thrilling experience to find the quintessential moment between the two of them, the naked truth about who they were to each other.  Quite a rush.

 

Aside from the great joy I had writing the story, I was terribly excited about the concept behind the anthology and how all the proceeds were going to the Veterans Research Corporation.  I’m deeply committed to our soldiers and to their families.  While I was working on my Air Force book, my nephew was serving in Afghanistan.  I sent him dozens of boxes (free boxes, filled to the brim for only $15 courtesy of the USPS!) of stuff.  Primarily Maui onion potato chips.  Kettle brand only, thank you.  As long as I was sending packages to him, I figured why not fill two or three or four boxes at the same time?   So I discovered AnySoldier.com, and was able to send specific items needed by individuals and units.  My nephew has returned from his overseas duty, but I continue to send the care packages.  It’s a privilege every time, believe me.  I’m also donating 5% of my net profits from HOTSHOT to Wounded Warriors.

 

So yeah, being involved with the anthology was nothing less than a gift.  A joy to write, a way to give to those who deserve so much, and an incredible way to connect to families and friends of those who serve and want to share their experiences.  I’d love to hear about your people, about your own journey in the military.  I’ve just signed on to write two more Air Force hero books for Blaze, and I live for hearing real life military stories, so if you have them, bring them on!

 

And thank you for being a part of SEAL of My Dreams and making a difference.

 

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Giveaway Rules

  We will be giving away 4 Kindle copies of SEAL of My Dreams this week. We will have multiple author guest blogs every day and every comment made is an entry in the giveaway. Winners will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck!:D

 

*Please remember that these are Kindle copies and be aware of any geo restrictions that may apply.

 

 

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Coming Veteran’s Day – 11/11/11

All proceeds pledged to the Veterans Research Corporation a non-profit foundation supporting veterans medical research

SEAL of My Dreams is now available for preorder digitally at Amazon, and available for preorder in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bell Bridge Books.

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Stephanie Bond

Author of “Baby, I’m Back” in SEAL of My Dreams

 

Like every American, I was glued to the television to hear the story of the SEALS 6 team that rooted out Osama bin Laden; my heart swelled with pride over the knowledge that those men put their lives on the line to literally drop into enemy territory under the cover of darkness, not knowing what they would encounter. Their bravery takes my breath away. So when writing pal Christie Ridgway (CAN’T HURRY LOVE, Berkley) asked if I’d like to contribute to a SEALs anthology, with proceeds going to a military charity, I jumped at the chance.  I was born on a military base—Fort Riley, Kansas.  My father Willis Bond was in the Army in the 1st Infantry Division (Go Big Red One!).  He did a tour in Korea and he served in the Vietnam War during the worst years of the conflict.  So I know firsthand the kind of sacrifice and honor it takes for a person to dedicate some or all of their life to the military. My dad is the most noble man I’ve ever known.   At the age of 70, he still helps to conduct military funerals at least a couple of times a week, and he is one of the group of men who visits every cemetery in the town where he lives to ensure that every veteran has a flag on their grave on Memorial Day.  My dad truly is my hero both due his service to our country, but also due to the way he’s lived his life by his personal code of honor.

In fact, I called him when I began to construct a story for my character in my contribution to the SEAL OF MY DREAMS anthology, “Baby, I’m Back.”  My dad wasn’t a SEAL, but he knows a lot about the military in general, and was glad to answer questions.

“Baby, I’m Back” is set in the town of Sweetness, Georgia, the setting for my SOUTHERN ROADS trilogy with Mira (BABY, DRIVE SOUTH; BABY, COME HOME; and BABY, DON’T GO). It seemed like the perfect setting because the heroes in my trilogy are all military men who return to civilian life to resurrect their hometown in the Georgia mountains that was destroyed a decade ago by an F-5 tornado. Barry Ballantine, the hero in “Baby, I’m Back,” was only fifteen when the tornado struck.  He was trapped with many others in the basement of a grocery, and when he was pulled to safety by two Army men who were home on leave, he decided on the spot to make the military his life.  He loves the Navy, and he loves being a SEAL; but war is unpredictable and he now finds himself Stateside trying to recover from physical and emotional injuries.  He returns to Sweetness, the only home he’s ever known, to make good on a promise to a friend, and instead meets a young woman who will challenge him to get on with his life…but doing so will mean leaving her.  I hope readers will find “Baby, Come Back” a heartwarming story of rebirth.

Other authors contributing to the SEAL of My Dreams anthology include Jami Alden, Kylie Brant, Helen Brenna, HelenKay Dimon, Cindy Gerard, Tara Janzen, Leslie Kelly, Elle Kennedy, Alison Kent, Jo Leigh, Gennita Low, Marliss Melton, Christie Ridgway, Barbara Samuel, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Tyler, Loreth Anne White, with a foreword by Robyn Carr.  It’s a meaty book at over 140,000 words, so readers will definitely get their money’s worth!  The wonderful editors and publishers of BelleBooks in Atlanta offered to edit and publish the book gratis, so 100% of all proceeds will go to The Veterans Research Corporation, a nonprofit organization for veterans medical research. Thank you in advance to everyone who purchases our book with the to-die-for cover of a real Navy SEAL getting dressed for a mission—you are truly supporting the most important cause of all:  the real heroes of our world.

I’d love to hear from anyone out there who is serving in the military or has a family member serving!

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Stephanie Bond is the author of over 60 romance and mystery novels, including the popular Body Movers mystery series and the SOUTHERN ROADS romance trilogy, all published by Mira.

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Giveaway Rules

 We will be giving away 4 Kindle copies of SEAL of My Dreams this week. We will have multiple author guest blogs every day and every comment made is an entry in the giveaway. Winners will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

*Please remember that these are Kindle copies and be aware of any geo restrictions that may apply.

 

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 Coming Veteran’s Day – 11/11/11

All proceeds pledged to the Veterans Research Corporation a non-profit foundation supporting veterans medical research

SEAL of My Dreams is now available for preorder digitally at Amazon, and available for preorder in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bell Bridge Books.

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Roxanne St. Claire

Author of “Whirlwind” in SEAL of My Dreams

Like a whole lot of other women the morning the New York Times ran this photo of a Navy SEAL preparing for a mission on the front page…I swooned.  I sighed.  I studied every muscle, cut, angle, ink stain, and I might have memorized the design of that digital camo.  And then I did what any redblooded romance writer would do…I retweeted it.  Two of my favorite authors, Alison Kent and Christie Ridgway, had twittered the pic, and our boy made the sigh-ber rounds.  In a matter of days — although it could have been hours — there were whispers of what a hero he’d make.  Then there were some conversations about a charity anthology with Navy SEAL heroes.  And before I knew it, Alison and Christie had obtained the rights to use the photo and started contacting authors who love to write about military heroes…and voila:  SEAL of My Dreams was born.

When Alison Kent is here later this week, I’m sure she’ll give you the details on how the project unfolded.  All I can tell you is that a book with almost twenty stories and a forward by Robyn Carr was written, edited, proofed, and produced in less than a few months!  Unbelievable!  And best of all, the authors and fabulous publisher, Bell Bridge Books, have agreed that all proceeds will go to the Veterans Research Corporation, an organization that supports medical research for vets.  I simply couldn’t be more delighted or honored to have my name on the cover of this book and a short story inside.

“Whirlwind” takes place on the shores of Barefoot Bay, the setting of a new contemporary romance series I’m launching next year.  The story occurs during the dark hours when Hurricane Damien brushes the coast of Barefoot Bay, tearing the northern end of the island to pieces.  Trapped in a rickety old trailer is Billie Jo Taylor, a woman hiding from a killer.  When a bruising mountain of a man arrives at her single-wide, Billie Jo assumes he’s a hired hit man…but  U. S. Navy SEAL Rick Stone has another objective completely.  As the storm bears down on both of them, so does a killer, forcing Billie Jo and Rick to trust to each other to make it through the night alive.

Writing this story was pure joy, and not just because there’s nothing like a hunky Navy SEAL hero whose personal mission gets waylaid by a sexy woman in trouble.  The joy was in the cause; I felt like I was giving a gift to my nephew, an Army Ranger who spent fifteen months in Baghdad a few years ago.  Today, he’s healthy and happy, but there will always be medical issues, as is the case for just about every military person who faces the enemy at the front lines.  I hope and pray that the proceeds from our book makes a significant contribution to a cause that is so personal, and so worthwhile.

Thank you for hosting so many of the SEAL of My Dreams writers this week!  I’m thrilled to be here, to answer questions, and to celebrate the release of this fantastic book!  For more information about my books and this project, drop by www.roxannestclaire.com.

Sneak Peak At Whirlwind:

A hit man who knocked?

Billie aimed her rifle toward the door, considering her options.  If Frank had hired him, this man wouldn’t leave with her alive.  She’d have to escape somehow.  Without Nutmeg?  It was unthinkable. But, then, so was dying. So she’d shoot the guy.  She swallowed hard.  Okay, maybe not a mortal wound but enough to immobilize him, say a shot in both legs.  Then he’d be stuck here and the hurricane would . . . do what hurricanes do.

Would that be murder?  Not . . .  technically.

“Hey!” the man called again, a bellowing baritone louder than the wind and rain and far more terrifying.  “Is anybody in there?”

Would a trained killer ask to come in first?  Maybe this was a concerned neighbor or—

The shatter of wood splintering and metal tearing echoed from the living room, drawing a tiny shriek of shock from Billie’s lips. He’d kicked the door open! A heavy footstep landed in the living room and she braced her legs, ready to fire, lowering her rifle so she’d hit his legs and not his heart.

“Hey, pooch, you get left behind?”

She blinked in surprise at the sudden change in the intruder’s voice.  Whoever he was, he knew how to subdue dogs, because Nutmeg instantly quieted to a breathy pant.

“What the hell kind of dickhead evacuates and leaves their dog behind?”

Resentment sparked through her and she had to clamp her mouth shut to keep from responding.  Nutmeg whined, the happy sound she made when someone picked her up.  Damn it.  I really should have gotten a Rottweiler.

Another footstep, bringing him that much closer to the only other room in the trailer.  Billie squared her shoulders, curled her finger around the trigger, and took a deep, calming breath just as her bedroom doorway filled with the silhouette of a man holding her dog.

When he stepped into the light, their gazes locked over the barrel of her ancient Winchester.  Surprise widened his steely blue eyes and unlocked a square, whisker-shaded jaw.  And disgust rolled off him as he angled broad shoulders and tightened his hold on Nutmeg.

“Don’t shoot the dog.”

She almost choked.  “Get the hell out of my trailer or I’ll kill you,” she said through gritted teeth, hoping she sounded tougher than she suddenly felt.

“I’m not leaving till I get what I want, ma’am.”  The threat was quick and easy, scary and sure, accompanied by a few steps and punctuated by a sputter of lights.  And then complete darkness.

Nutmeg barked.

Billie gasped.

And the man just kept walking toward her.

She tightened on the trigger, squeezed her eyes shut, and–the whole rifle went flying out of her hand, the force of the blow making her teeth crack together.  Before it hit the floor, a shot echoed through the trailer, making Nutmeg yowl as the man cornered Billie against the wall.

He peered down at her, still holding her dog, close enough that even in the darkness she could see the ice in his eyes.  They were shockingly blue, fringed with black lashes, somehow threatening and inviting at the same time.

“Look, lady, I don’t want to hurt you.  I don’t want to hurt this cute little dog.  I don’t even want to be here.  But someone named William Josephs, who rents this hellhole of a house, has a Laco B-Uhr Type Two Pilot Watch.  I’m not leaving until it’s in my hands.  Is that clear?”

Holy hell.  He wanted the watch.

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Giveaway Rules

We will be giving away 4 Kindle copies of SEAL of My Dreams this week. We will have multiple author guest blogs every day and every comment made is an entry in the giveaway. Winners will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

*Please remember that these are Kindle copies and be aware of any geo restrictions that may apply.

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