Fighting Men

Twin TowersOn the anniversary of 911, I want to pause in my 20Day/20Books Reader Appreciation to remember the innocent victims and first responders who died in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and on United Flight 93.  My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, whose lives were changed forever on that day.

I also want to remember the service men and women who have given sacrificially since 911 to make us safer in a changing world. I appreciate military families, who wait and pray, and thank you deeply for your service and sacrifice.

I have always appreciated military heroes, both real and fictional. I’ve written several of them.

Plaid to the BoneIn 16th century Scotland, a man wouldn’t last long as a laird without the ability to lead his people in peace time or in war. Sometimes, then as now, the right choice is not to fight. Wars in the time of Plaid to the Bone meant fields lying fallow because the men were following the drum. It meant making widows and orphans in a time when the protection of a good man was the best hope for women and children. It meant starvation and want for those left behind.

Adam Cameron could settle his dispute with Wallace Grant on the field of battle, but instead, he agrees to take Grant’s daughter as his wife. He may have spared his people, but Adam’s marriage puts him in mortal danger.

Even if he’d known it, that’s a trade Adam would make all day.

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 Sarah Castille

Recovering lawyer, karate practitioner, and caffeine addict, Sarah Castille worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. Her steamy, contemporary romantic tales feature blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them.

I think you’ll love her fighting hero in Against the Ropes!

Against the RopesHe scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club’s owner, she’s the one feeling breathless.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

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Sarah has been kind enough to offer a Kindle edition of Against the Ropes to one lucky commenter. Thanks, Sarah!

Waking up with a Rake

Waking Up with a Rake

Mornings never looked so good…

My hero in this backlist book is Rhys Warrington, former captain in the British army who resigned his commission under less that stellar circumstances. Due to deliberately false intelligence, he led his men to a disastrous defeat only days before Wellington’s resounding victory at Waterloo.  Rhys is haunted by the battle in recurring flashbacks. If he were a 21st century soldier, he’d be diagnosed with PTSD.

Instead he’s blackmailed into seducing the heiress Olivia Symon before one of the royal dukes proposes to her. It goes against his code to debauch a virgin and when someone makes attempts on Olivia’s life, Rhys becomes her protector.

Read an excerpt here.

The Prize

On this 16th day of my 20Days/20Books Celebration, you might win a download of Plaid to the Bone from Kensington, a Kindle version of Against the Ropes from Sarah, or a print Waking up with a Rake from me! You’ll also be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize: A Kindle Paperwhite! All winners will be announced on September 16th.

Let’s get the discussion started with a question: I met a pair of WWII vets when the DH and I traveled to Scotland last June. It was inspiring to hear the stories of these real live heroes. Do you have a favorite military hero, real or fictional?

29 thoughts on “Fighting Men

  1. Christine A. says:

    I do not have a favorite person but I am thankful to each and every person who has put their life on the line to serve and protect our country. I am proud to be an American.

  2. Glenda says:

    All men and women who serve in the military are heros!!!! Every single one who volunteers to serve their country deserves respect and honor.

    If I had to single any out, I’d chose my grandfather a WWII Navy vet and my father in law a career airforce enlisted man.

  3. Janie McGaugh says:

    Robert the Bruce has always been a favorite of mine.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    My dad was in the navy during the 80s. He did serve on a warship, but never went into combat. They did fire a few times to warn other hostile ships that they were equipped and shouldn’t be messed with. In history I always like General Lafayette and Horatio Nelson.

  5. Armenia says:

    I have no particular hero or heroine, but as one who have been left behind to soldier up the home land, I give thanks and respect for those who put their lives in danger so that we can enjoy the freedom we have.

  6. Sandy Xiong says:

    My favorite military hero is my dad who fought alongside with the US in the Secret War. I didn’t know he was a sergeant for the Hmong until a few years ago and ever since he has been my hero. Without him, my family wouldn’t have been able to escape to the US.

  7. Aly P says:

    I’m going with Robert the Bruce. I am reading Monica McCarty’s Highlander series and after “meeting” him I started researching him, it’s fascinating!

  8. catslady says:

    All veterans are heroes but especially those that fought during a war. That would include my dad, both in-laws, 3 uncles and my husband who was in VietNam. We both volunteer at our American Legion with him being an officer for a lot of years.

  9. Nicole Laverdure says:

    My hero would be my father! He was a WWII soldier stationed 5 years in Scotland in the Forestry Corps.

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  11. bn100 says:

    don’t have a fav one

  12. ELF says:

    I don’t have a particular military hero but I have had contact with some of the brave folks who serve and sacrifice because I exchange letters with some of them. I am always awed by the fortitude and grace with which they face things that most of us would be terribly daunted by. I have recently become aware of a couple of quadraplegic gentlemen who are shining beacons of that remarkable spirit and refusal to quit. They are a daily inspiration.

  13. Jessica V. says:

    I am married to my favorite military hero. He served during the first Gulf War. (We laugh about that because i was only in jr. High and he was a grown man. Destined to be together ) I only know him as a military man because of his honorable discharge papers… to me he’s a kind, gentle man who knows how to be hard-nosed and crawl through the mud of life to get stuff done.

  14. Glittergirl says:

    My Daddy never saw combat in WWII but I was proud of him anyway. He was training to be an elite pilot in the Air Force before ending up hospitalized and retrained in Cryptography. My FIL was an officer stationed in England & France in charge of a Mobile Bakery with a crew of black soldiers making bread for the front line troops. I suspect they also transported other stuff for the troops but he never said so directly. We all honor those who fought for our freedom.

  15. Becky says:

    I agree completely with Anita H. I could not have said it better. I do have one thing to add – I am always greatly moved by the sacrifices of the non-military. Especially the extreme acts of heroism and bravery by the non-Jewish people who risked everything to save innocents during the Holocaust.

  16. Anita H. says:

    I don’t have a specific favorite military hero/heroine, I just think all those in the military deserves our respect and thanks. Every single one of those who risk their lives fighting for freedom is my favorite military heroes/heroine! May God bless them all!

  17. BETH SHEEHE says:

    There are so many who deserve the respect and admiration from all of us. All of those who have served our country for our freedom. And the men and women who helped take down the terrorist plane over PA on 9/11. Lets hope some day there will be no more need for their sacrifices.

  18. Linda Thum says:

    No one in particular. I admire & respect anyone who willingly serves for peace & justice.

  19. Theresa Fischer says:

    My brother in law, who is in the army. I want to thank him and others in the military, who protect our country!

  20. may says:

    I love watching JAG. But I think all military men and women are hero!

  21. Danny says:

    No specific hero for me, but I think especially today is the time to thank everyone who has fought or is still fighting in the war against terror to make this world a safer place.

  22. Shirene says:

    My grandfather was in WW2 and his position was the navigator in B52 aircraft. The things that he experienced I never got the opportunity to hear from him because I was very young when he died but I respect and admire everything about his act of bravery.
    My adopted brother is the army and trains others to fly helicopters. I am thankful for his service.
    However a great fictional military hero is always a delight.

  23. Laurie W G says:

    I admire General Norman Schwarzkopf Commander In Chief of the US and the coalition troops in the Persian Gulf War.

    Also my neighbor Roland 89, served in the Pacific. He showed me the Japanese rifle he took from a dead Japanese soldier after a 1 on 1 conflict. He has shared several hair raising stories. He still has to be treated for occasional bouts of malaria.

  24. CrystalGB says:

    I admire all the soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. :)

  25. Sheryl N says:

    I can’t say that I have one particular military hero. I do have to say that all the men and women who risk their lives for our freedom everyday, they are my hero. Thank you to them for what they do for us.

  26. Amy Hart says:

    My military heroes are the guys and girls who go out everyday and risk their lives for our country. They are brave, and courageous.

  27. Mary Preston says:

    My favorite military hero was my Father. He rarely spoke about his time in service during WWII, but I think all the medals he received spoke volumes.

  28. Ada says:

    I can’t say that I have any favorite military hero but I think any man or woman who risk their lives serving their country deserve to be our favorites.

  29. Sarah Meral says:

    I can´t say, that I have a favourite military hero, but a friend of mine is writing a WWI story and I do enjoy reading it very much.

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