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Christie Ridgway

Author of “Signed, SEALed, Delivered…I’m Yours” in SEAL of My Dreams

 

I was given the task of wrapping up this wonderful week of highlighting SEAL of My Dreams and reading Marliss Melton’s insight into SEAL wives yesterday got me thinking that we authors of the SEAL of My Dreams anthology are like them in a small way. We have sent out the heroes of our stories to do good in the world, leaving us behind at home to cheer them on with love in our hearts.

 

Of course the brave military wives endure far more and they have all my respect and honor. That’s one of the themes of the anthology. We have written stories that not only showcase the heroism of Navy SEALs but that also highlight the courage of those who love them.

 

In my story for the anthology, the heroine, Mandy Warner, has no real family. Before she meets SEAL Josh Frye, she is certain she wants a man who’ll be home every night. But when Josh comes into her life (saving her life!), she has to reassess her future. She admires him and understands how important is his work, but can she be brave enough to be a military wife? I loved writing this story and love how Mandy discovers the answer to that question (it might have something to do with making gingerbread men dressed in camouflage!). I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy Signed, SEALed, and Delivered…I’m Yours.

 

When I sent out that breezy little tweet about the SEAL photo (that became our cover) on May 5, 2011, I had no idea that six months later there would be this anthology of wonderful, romantic stories written by authors I so admire and published beautifully by Bell Bridge Books. The generosity and enthusiasm of all involved made this endeavor such a pleasure and I have great hopes for our contribution to medical research funding that will help our military men and women.

 

Today, my United States flag is flying in honor of our country’s veterans. And I also salute you, my sisters of the heart, all of you who write, read, and appreciate the romance genre and understand how much value, power, and joy there is found in the commitment of two people to each other. Without you, SEAL of My Dreams would not be possible.

 

Beyond our vets, who would you also like to salute today? Is someone making your life a little better? A good friend? A special teacher? Your spouse?

 

www.christieridgway.com

 

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Thank you everyone for joining us this week! Visit www.sealofmydreams.com to read excerpts for all the stories in SEAL of My Dreams and to find buy links. We’ll be drawing four winners on Sunday for Kindle copies of SEAL of My Dreams as well as other copies offered by the anthology authors.


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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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Elle Kennedy

Author of “Worth the Risk” in SEAL of My Dreams

 

Worth the Risk—and worth remembering

 

 

When Alison Kent and Christie Ridgway contacted me about participating in this anthology, I had absolutely no hesitation about saying “I’M IN!”  This seemed like such a wonderful opportunity, not just to be part of a group of incredible authors, but to give back to the men and women who risk so much to keep others safe.

 

I’ll be honest—I’m a wimp.  The military isn’t for me, and I think people would be nuts to put their lives in my hands.  I’d probably pass out from terror if I found myself in a truly dangerous situation.  However, my wimpyness doesn’t extend to my family, as both my parents were in the Army when they were younger, and my grandfather fought in WW2.  But it’s funny, how growing up, I never really appreciated that about them.  It wasn’t until I got older that it really hit me—my grandfather fought in a war.  I feel like these new generations sometimes take their lives for granted, not realizing that someone before them fought for the freedoms and luxuries we now have.

 

That’s why remembering is so important.  In the US, it’s Veterans Day; here in Canada, we call it Remembrance Day.  Whatever the name, the meaning remains the same.  Taking the time to remember the men and women who sacrificed so much for their countries.  The proceeds from SEAL of my Dreams can do a lot of good for the veterans who have made these sacrifices.

 

My contribution, WORTH THE RISK, tells the story of a SEAL who comes home to claim the woman he’s left behind.  I hope everyone enjoys it, along with the other amazing stories in the anthology.  Christie and Alison deserve a round of applause for the hard work and dedication they put into this project and this cause, and I’m honored to be included in it.  I encourage everyone to buy a copy of the anthology and lose yourself in this collection of very heroic SEAL heroes!

 

Elle

www.ellekennedy.com

 

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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, , and Bell Bridge Books.

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Kylie Brant

Author of “SEALed Fates” in SEAL of My Dreams

 

I don’t get too fired up when I see pictures of hot guys traveling ’round the Internet.  So when I first saw the picture that was lighting up Twitter and Facebook—the one that now graces the cover of SEAL of My Dreams–my first thought was, ‘Wow, he looks young.  He’s probably no older than my sons.’  That’s a surefire way to kill my interest. 😀

 

But when Christie Ridgeway and Alison Kent came up with the idea for this anthology, that piqued my interest. My dad was a pilot in World War II, so I’ve always had a deep and abiding respect for those who serve in the military.  I loved the idea of funneling profits from the sales into a non-profit to benefit veterans.  Members in our armed forces have sacrificed so much for us this seemed like a fabulous way to give back.

 

I thrilled with the rest of the country when the details of the daring raid to capture Osama bin Laden were reported.  And I mourned last summer when a contingent of SEALs were killed in retaliation for that strike.  One of those young men was from a town near here.  His death brought home in the most devastating way possible just what these men are risking for us, every single day.

 

In SEALed Fates, Cort Ramsey is a former SEAL who lost his lower leg in Afghanistan.  He’s trying to figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, and maybe feeling a little less capable, given his recent injury.  He returns to his father’s dilapidated Montana ranch searching for a new sense of purpose.  He finds it in the most unlikely place.

 

Emma Cunningham has returned to her birthplace older, wiser and the mother of two small children she’ll do anything to keep safe.  The threat against her family is real and she’s prepared to face the danger alone.  But she didn’t plan on the stubborn former SEAL who is intent on protecting her.  She didn’t plan on falling in love.

 

How perfect is it to have SEAL of My Dreams available for purchase on Veteran’s Day?  For all readers who purchase a copy of this book—thank you in advance!  I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together for the Veteran’s Research Corporation.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at SEALed Fates:

 

The front door swung open and Emma Cunningham stood facing him, hands on her slim hips.

 

Cort Ramsey tucked his fingertips into his jeans pockets and rocked back on his heels. “Pretty thirsty after all that labor. I work cheap, though. A cup of coffee should do it.”

 

Though her lips looked like they wanted to smile, she kept them in a firm line. “Payment? I seem to recall that your cow damaged my fence in the first place.”

 

“My father’s cow, actually. And since there’s absolutely no way you’d get him over here to repair the fence, I did you a favor.”

 

“If breaking into my barn can be construed as a favor. It was locked.”

 

His mouth quirked. “Ah…I circumvented.”

 

“You circumvented.” She narrowed her brown eyes at him. “I imagine you have some experience in that area.”

 

The familiar pang occurred at the reference to his past, but it was milder this time. “Among other things.”

 

An ear-piercing shriek interrupted whatever Emma had been about to say. She stepped inside the doorway and turned her gaze toward the kitchen. “Molly.” Her voice was stern. “Use your inside voice.”

 

Cort took advantage of her distraction and slipped inside the house, picking his way carefully through the security system cartons still in the living room. The kids he’d talked to yesterday were seated at the kitchen table, in their pajamas.

 

“Mom, you let the seal in,” hissed the boy.

 

She tossed Cort a half-amused, half-irritated look. “He sort of let himself in. He seems to have a habit of that.”

 

Cort walked past her into the kitchen, bee-lining for the automatic coffeemaker on the counter. He opened cupboards until he found a mug and poured himself a steaming cup. He caught her eye then and gave a slow nod toward the littered living room. “You over your head in there?”

He knew in the next instant that it had been the wrong thing to say. The amusement vanished from her expression, to be replaced with a look of determination that was also familiar.

 

“I can handle it.”

 

Maybe she could. He brought the mug to his lips and drank reflectively. But for the life of him he couldn’t figure out why she’d try. “Place you bought that security system from probably does installation.”

 

“The waiting list was too long.”

 

Her response was clipped, but it gave him something to contemplate while she rounded the kids up, put their dishes in the sink and herded them back to their bedrooms to get dressed.  He settled comfortably onto the couch and picked up the instructions to the security specs. His mind was elsewhere. There had to be a reason Emma had chosen to come back to Montana. But he hadn’t heard a word about her return in his trips to town.

 

He was guessing there was a reason for that. He’d spent the last five years camped out in various war zones. He recognized the signs of a woman expecting trouble.

 

And unless he missed his guess, Emma Cunningham was preparing for a siege.

 

www.kyliebrant.com

 

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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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Alison Kent

Author of “Twenty-One Hours” in SEAL of My Dreams

The story of how the SEAL of My Dreams charity anthology came together can be summed up in five words: it’s all Christie Ridgway’s fault! If you ask Christie, she might say it’s all Alison Kent’s fault. *g* And really, both statements are true. But Christie was the one who tweeted the link to the photograph the NYT ran the day after a SEAL team raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

So in that regard, yeah, it’s her fault. 🙂

Has there been another book conceived on Twitter? Are we the first?

But the minute the words were out of her mouth, er, fingers, I grabbed on and wouldn’t let go. I’m like that with things that excite me. No obstacle is too big. Even hunting down the photograph at Getty Images and making sure we could license it for our cover. (BTW, one of the publicists working with us found a friend of the SEAL in the photo and learned he is alive and well!)

A lot of Twitter DMs went to email because Christie and I had so many things to talk about. Inviting authors, finding a cover artist, recruiting editors, formatting for digital and for print, deciding on a charity, etc. And we did all of that in a matter of days! We wanted a mix of authors well-known for writing military heroes as well as others equally talented yet not spotlighted as often, and even though we said we’d wait until Monday, we ended up sending out invitations on Mother’s Day!

Some of our initial invitations were rejected with regrets. Turns out, authors are busy people! Several were unable to participate due to time constraints and other commitments. We wanted to release the anthology on Veterans Day, which meant a really accelerated timeline. But we were set. We had our “garage band” of author buddies on board, our editors lined up, our cover artist at work, our deadline agreed to.

And then a wonderful thing happened. At the Romance Writers of America conference in June, author Cindy Gerard told Deb Dixon of Bell Bridge Books about SEAL of My Dreams and Deb asked about having Bell Bridge take it over.

Deb Dixon and Deboarah Smith saved our bacon. Oh, sure, we could’ve pulled the book together as planned, except both Christie and I had our own deadlines during the six months we’d set aside to make this happen. Bell Bridge as a well-established small press has done things we would never have been able to – like get the print version of the book into Barnes & Noble!

The Debs went above and beyond with promotional efforts and spending hours and hours on this project – for which they are not taking a dime of profit. All proceeds go to the Veterans Research Corporation and will benefit veterans past, present and future.

I’m really proud to have been a part of this project. And really happy that I got to read the stories as they came in. There’s some good stuff here. Great stuff here. A gamut of stories with something to please everyone – though I’m pretty sure readers will be pleased by the entire collection. Find out more about the anthology at our hub site: http://www.sealofmydreams.com!

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Alison will be giving away a copy of SEAL of My Dreams (print or digital) to one reader. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered!

 

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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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