Posts Tagged ‘Military Romance’

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Guest Post + Excerpt: “Tips For Potential NAVY SEALS” by Anne Elizabeth

Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth

My #1 Tip for Potential Navy SEALs is understand the nature of your desire. If being a Navy SEAL isn’t the #1 choice for how you want to pursue your life then choose something else. But, if you want to eat, breathe, sleep, fight, and bleed, and you are committed to the training above and beyond all things then this desire will give you a fighting chance.

My #1 Tip for Potential SEAL Wives or Girlfriends is follow your dream. Plan your life goals to be independent of your mate or boyfriend and allow yourself to achieve your greatest dream through your own sweat and dedication. It will benefit you in several ways: 1) you have something to fill your time with what you enjoy and are dedicated to doing, and that sense of achievement can never be taken away; 2) it takes the pressure off your relationship; and 3) having an independent source of income is always useful. In all ways, ‘living the best of yourself’ helps you stay happy and encourages you to continue to grow and succeed.


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As he turned the corner, he smacked right into her as if he had conjured her, sending her heading for the floor. He wasn’t a small guy. At six feet and 160 pounds, he was all muscle and could have been a decent wide receiver for any NFL team, even in his early forties. He ran every day, worked out, and had serious stamina for whatever task was at hand.

His hand caught hers, and with one tug he had her safely in his arms. He cradled her against him. He murmured in her ear, “Sorry about that.” His first instinct was to be polite and distant, but this contact brought a wave of protectiveness with it that made him even more uncomfortable. He needed to keep his perspective. “I always seem to be apologizing to you.”

“Must be something about me,” she murmured against his chest. Her body changed from pliant to stiff almost instantly. They were locked together for several seconds.

“Guess so.”

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Exclusive Excerpt + GIVEAWAY: M.L. Buchman’s HEART STRIKE

Heart Strike M.L. Buchman

Save a little time and scoot to the edge of your seat now, because we’ve got an exclusive excerpt of Heart Strike by M.L. Buchman that’s positively layered with intensity. Heart Strike is out tomorrow!


“Not my first rodeo.”

Richie answered with a waiting silence. How was it that he didn’t trust himself about people? With only the one notable exception, he’d judged her moods perfectly. And that one time was because he hadn’t listened to himself.

“I was forward deployed with the 101st Airborne,” she finally offered. “I was embedded with the ground teams to frisk and question women. Every now and then, they weren’t women beneath the robes but men in hiding. If they were dressed to hide, we knew they were Taliban, Al Qaeda, or worse. They would also be heavily armed. It was close a couple of times, but I was always faster than they were.”

“You were good back there. Damn good,” Richie remarked a few miles later.

And Melissa felt good. Normally a kill gave her the shakes, but this time it hadn’t. The man had been the worst sort. He’d rubbed his erection against Melissa’s ass the moment he’d grabbed her, and his hand had been headed south into her pants even as they stood there in front of everyone. Drug runner, street thug, and rapist.

And then he’d made to grab Carla.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Em Petrova’s KICKIN’ UP DUST

Kickin' Up Dust Em Petrova

Western Romance fans, we have something special just for you! When Danica loses her brother and Brodie loses his best friend, they consider a piece of themselves lost forever. Until they find each other. Two childhood friends come together in the wake of war and loss. The amazing Em Patrova is heating things up in this exclusive excerpt of Kickin’ Up Dust, out now!


Danica could almost feel her ovaries exploding as she drank in the image of Sergeant Brodie Bell. He must have packed on fifty pounds of solid muscle since going off to war with her brother. His arms were roped, his biceps bursting from his T-shirt sleeves. And mother of pearl, the way his jeans hung on his hips could make a girl go a little crazy.

Her nipples were two tight buds, and she feared he could see them distending her top, since she hadn’t bothered with a bra after her shower. All day long the torture device had dug into her shoulders and chafed her sides. Someday maybe she’d fabricate and patent a bra made for cowgirls. One a girl could rope and ride in without discomfort.

She watched Brodie’s face change as they stared at each other.

“You lost the braces.”

Oh hell. Was that all he saw when he looked at her? That she no longer had buck teeth? In school they’d called her Easter, because someone said her teeth resembled the Easter Bunny’s.

“Yeah, Pup. What of it?” She shot him a grin, quite aware of how perfect her problem area was now.

A ghost of a smile tipped the corner of his lips but he didn’t let it reach his eyes. Those were the deepest brown, nearly black. Cool, calculating almost. She could easily see how battle and probably the latest events had changed him.

“That nickname can’t rile me anymore. What do you think they called me in boot camp?” He extended his forearm, where a cute little black puppy was tattooed. Its jaws were wide open, and blood dripped off its fangs.

She noted the veins snaking over his arm and felt her nipples tighten further. What was the matter with her? This wasn’t the time for lust or the person to lust over. Matt was dead, and Brodie had the horrifying job of delivering his belongings to her parents.

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Exclusive Excerpt + GIVEAWAY: Miranda Liasson’s A MAN OF HONOR

A Man of Honor Miranda Liasson

My Entangled book releasing this week, A Man of Honor, is about a rather tortured military hero who believes his injuries from the war and his across-the-tracks past are more than enough to keep him away from the woman he loves, Cat Kingston.

Cat’s had an unlucky couple of years—a broken engagement, loss of her job, and Preston suddenly ghosting on her just when she thought her luck had finally changed. When she learns a secret he’s kept that indicates his true feelings, she decides to do everything in her power to help him overcome his demons.

This is one of my favorite scenes from the book, as Preston is trying to fix Cat up with another guy, and doing a terrible job of it…


“It’s okay,” she said, ready to dig into her own burger. “We can change the subject.”

He put down his burger and wiped his mouth with his napkin. “I took a bullet for one of my squadron mates. I jumped in instinctively, but I wasn’t quite fast enough to get us both out of the way. It caught me in the leg and shattered my knee.”

“What about your buddy?”

“He and his wife just had a baby girl.”

Her eyes began to tear up suddenly.

He shifted in his seat. “Oh, come on now, don’t cry.”

“I’m not crying.” She swiped at the corners of her eyes.

“I bet you cry at sappy old movies. And weddings.”

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Guest Post: “Sit in the Chair and Write” by M.L. Buchman

Flash of Fire M.L. Buchman

Writing is a curious profession.

We humans are social animals. We work better in groups: whether hunting on African plains (something I’ve never done) or brainstorming in a corporate meeting (something I’ve done far too much of). We are more effective when we work together.

Yet writing drives us into a corner and says, “Sit alone and write.”

They say it is the profession of introverts.

I’m beginning to think that it is rather a profession that creates introverts.

I was a much more social animal in the past. I’m not the wildly out-going sort, but I did enjoy dinner parties, going to movies or a party with friends, spending a day out on a sailboat with a merry group. Over the last few decades of writing, I’ve found myself more and more comfortable being alone and by myself. I no longer am energized by the crowd and the feeling of intense activity.

I’m not becoming curmudgeonly.

I’m becoming a writer.

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Guest Post: “Veterans on Campus” by Jessica Scott

Break My Fall Jessica Scott

I didn’t get to college the traditional route. I joined the Army in 1995 because I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up and I figured the Army was a good way for me to get some money for college. Someday, I’d go to school.

I went to school. At night, on weekends, online. It took me 10 years to get my bachelor’s degree and it was because of the Army’s education initiatives. But it was nearly 18 years into my career when I first set foot on a college campus.

It was an alienating experience of the first order. I can’t speak for other veterans. I wasn’t a young woman or man coming back from war. I was older than my cohorts in graduate school by at least a decade, closer in age to my professors than my peers. In part, I think the age was only part of the reason for my sense of alienation.

The war and my role in the Army was a large part of it. Academia is well known for it’s left leaning political views and in that, my graduate school experience was no surprise. I remember many friendly arguments about who joins the Army and why – whether military service members are just the idiots who can’t or won’t go to college or whether there is a deeper motivation to being willing to serve. We argued about the role of sexual assault in the military and I grew tired of fielding the same questions: were you ever sexually assaulted? What’s it like being in an organization like that?

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Guest Post: Susan Stoker’s 10 Reasons Why You Want The Delta Force to Rescue You

Rescuing Rayne by Susan Stoker

Thanks to movies there are plenty of super-powered dreamboats in tight spandex to fantasize about. Need a hero that’s sweet and charming? Captain America will sweep you off your feet and then shyly invite you out for a malted milkshake. The Hulk will save you from an explosion and then ask you what your favorite books are. Looking for someone with a big attitude (and an even bigger bank account)? Batman and Iron Man will disarm a bomb and buy you a hotel just for kicks in the same day. But what about real heroes? The amazing Susan Stoker’s here with 10 amazing reasons to love the Delta Force and NAVY Seals.


 

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Exclusive Excerpt: M.L. Buchman’s BY BREAK OF DAY

By Break of Day M.L. Buchman

Today we’ve got an exclusive excerpt of M.L. Buchman’s absolutely fiery By Break of Day! This book is available February 2nd, 2016.


A Note from M.L. Buchman

Captain Justin Roberts flies a massive Chinook helicopter. After a training, the team has returned to the helicopter carrier USS Peleliu and is debriefing about Captain Kara Moretti’s first mission as the Air Mission Commander. At least everyone else is. Justin is having a few issues with just what he’s concentrating on now that the flight is over.


Women didn’t make Justin Roberts feel like a yokel, nor men either. But Kara Moretti most certainly did. No way he’d have seen what to do with five aircraft in the fifteen seconds she’d had to retarget the attack.

Even feeling the fool, he wanted to get closer to her. Being near her was more important than… His mind was already lost. Either he should sit close by her, or he should step off the ship’s stern to soak his head in the ocean a while.

To see if there was a spot near her, he turned slowly so that it wouldn’t show quite where his attention was focused.

Don’t mind me. Just casually scanning the debriefing room and sipping my coffee—Crap!—black because I forget to put in cream and two sugars.

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Q&A: Piper J. Drake of EXTREME HONOR

Extreme Honor Piper J. Drake

Today Piper J. Drake’s new book, Extreme Honor was released and she’s stopped by EverAfter to answer our questions! We hope you enjoy her answers. Be sure and pick up Extreme Honor today!


1. I know research is a very important part of your process, how did you carry out your research on military dogs? What was your favorite part of that research?

I took a two-pronged approach to my dog training research for Extreme Honor.

Lyn is a civilian and referred to by others as a “dog whisperer” so I researched training techniques by Cesar Millan as a base for Lyn’s approach to understanding dog behavior in her more psychological approach with Atlas.

David is a veteran and focused on training military working dogs. Atlas and his handler were assigned to work with a Navy SEAL team prior to his handler’s death so I researched special forces training techniques by Mike Ritland, Navy SEAL, for David’s approach.

The training exercises for Atlas are very specifically geared towards his already established military working dog training, so Lyn is learning this from David. However, her own expertise is demonstrated more in her psychological approach to coaxing Atlas back into responding and wanting to work again.

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Deal Alert: Lizbeth Selvig, Rose Lerner, Saranna DeWylde and more!

Today’s first deal alert offers books by Lizbeth Selvig, Rose Lerner, and an anthology with Saranna DeWylde and many great authors! Grab them before it’s too late!


The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig
When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister’s long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole’s rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.

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