On 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.
In 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.
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!
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…
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
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.
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?