"Who doesn't love a man in uniform?" How many of you have heard that question before? I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the times I've heard it! And while the uniform does make the man look amazing, it's often the reason for the uniform that makes me pause.
Six authors from Roane Publishing have come together to offer a collection of sweet military romances, and I wanted to know: What is it about the military life (active, reserve, retired, overseas and/or at home) that speaks the loudest to you and how did you convey that in your story?
Here today are all six authors with their answer to that question.
London Saint James:
The sacrifices all of them and their families make in order to fulfill their sense of duty to our country. In my story, The Promise, the ultimate sacrifice was given by the heroine’s husband, Lieutenant Weis. And it was one which changed not only Veronica’s life, but the life of her husband’s best friend.
The danger they have to face; the difficult choices they have to make; the pain they have to endure. And through all, some of them can still keep a kind heart.
It was very much the home front that spoke to me. Those who found ways to contribute that are not normally seen in the movies. I do have a fascination with the home guard, fire fighters, air raid wardens, and coast watchers who offered dedicated, and often perilous, service in and around my county. Perhaps one day I will find a story to tell inspired by them.
As a former member of the US Army Reserve, my awe for people living the military life knows no measure. To me, the idea of self-sacrifice is the most amazing quality of many soldiers. When I think of all the personal comforts and daily-life joys they give up to serve our country, I want to thank each and every one of them.
“Thank you for serving America.”
As for conveying this element in my story: my hero is willing to continue sacrificing the thing he wants most even after he sheds the uniform.
Military life is distinguished from civilian life in many ways. One is the effect of deployment and multiple deployments to combat zones. These deployments represent a challenge to relationships to spouses and children. During deployment, the stay at home spouse continues to life, develop and rise to the challenge of being a solo parent. Much of this occurs under the ‘radar’ of the deployed soldier. Returning home, after the initial burst of love and good feelings, can then become a challenge for the soldier and the spouse. In “Goin' Home” the soldier is unwilling to return home, embarks on a long sojourn, till a magical experience gets him on the track home.
Missing loved ones. I have friends whose spouses are overseas, and I really wanted to show my interpretation of what it’s like to live without your rock, your light, your love for months at a time.
Title: Hearts of Valor
Authors: London Saint James, Jean Young, S.L. Hughson, T.E. Hodden, Philip Lisagor, and Terri Rochenski
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: January 13, 2016
Genre: Uniform, Romance
It takes a heart of valor to survive love's battlefield.
Six veteran themed romantic tales brimming with love and sacrifice are sure to show us all what it truly means to have a Heart of Valor.
The Promise by London Saint James
The year Veronica turned twenty-two changed her life. She graduated from San Diego State University, married the handsome Lieutenant Carter Weis—widowed six months after the happy nuptials.
Captain Quinn Alstrom of the U.S. Coast Guard was eager to start his newest post; however the excitement had nothing to do with the beautiful surroundings of Key West, and everything to do with his best friend’s wife.
Will Quinn’s surprise arrival in Veronica’s life re-spark the fire in the vivacious woman he remembered? Or, will the memory of her fallen husband stop the two of them from finding happiness?
A Manly Man by Jean Young
Confederate POW, Braxton Bolton, had an unexpected visitor the day before his execution, when Arabella Anderson walked into his jail cell and, in front of other POWs, kissed him until he shook with desire.
Two years prior, she had been the Lieutenant Colonel’s prisoner. While she was tortured and raped by the other Confederate soldiers, Bolton was different. He protected her from further suffering, and the grateful young woman had come to repay his kindness.
While they became more and more intimate, she learned the story behind his kindness.
But what she learned while with her hero POW, turns the sweet girl into a fearsome warrior. One determined to save the soldier with a noble heart.
Hero of Her Heart by S.L. Hughson
Nicole Taylor has loved Vincent for years. Now he’s back from serving in the Army, and she’s determined to make him see her as something other than a little sister.
After a heated Valentine’s date, Nicole is confused by Vince’s withdrawal. She confronts him, but no matter how hot their physical attraction, he keeps backing away.
Nicole helps him follow his lifelong dreams but he drifts further from her happily-ever-after plans. What will it take for him to see he is truly the hero of her heart?
Feathers by T.E.Hodden
Kerry only wanted to do right by Christopher. To protect him from the whispers of 'coward' and the shame of a white feather.
But the war doesn't look like a grand adventure any more. All Kerry wants is Chris home safe. But will he still be the same man she once knew?
Goin' Home by Philip Lisagor
How will Jack be able to put Iraq behind him and return home to Leah and their two children? The green peaceful coast of Ireland is the perfect landing zone from the brown violent landscape of Mesopotamia. Jack is humping ruck along the North Atlantic coast when a chance encounter with an Irish maiden turns him all around and he hears the voice of Leah in a magical moment calling him home.
Promises Kept by Terri Rochenski
Ever since they were kids, Joan dreamed of being Walt Herley’s wife. But, Joan's dream is short-lived when the Korean War draft has Walt trading his groom's suit for army fatigues. After a short celebration of their rushed nuptials, Walt is whisked away to fulfill his duty to his country, leaving Joan behind with a promise to return.
With her heart a world away, Joan struggles to keep her spirit afloat while praying for the war's expedient end. Fate, however, has a plan of its own, one that threatens Joan’s faith in Walt’s promise to return.