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Friday, November 16, 2012

Military Romance Week: Author Heather Long (Guest Post/Giveaway)


Thank you for joining us during our Military Romance Week! To wrap this week up we've invited romance author, Heather Long, to join us with her sexy Marines!


Good morning and thank you Crystal for inviting me to your military romance week, I'm truly thrilled to be here. This past weekend, we celebrated the Marines birthday on November 10. The U.S. Marines can trace their history back to November 10, 1775.  According to the official Marine heritage timeline, this is the date that a committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA, to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was born.

I've always known I wanted to be a writer, but I freely admit I didn't expect to write military romance. I have always held deep respect for our men and women who serve in all branches of the military, but my first love was science fiction and fantasy—even better when it held a splash of romance. But even in sci-fi and fantasy, I found myself drawn to the military and the Marines (Space Above and Beyond, Babylon 5, Starship Troopers).  My heroes all tend toward the alpha, but I find nothing sexier in a man than one who forms strong bonds with his brothers, embraces honor, integrity, and loyalty—that inner strength that turns an ordinary man into a superman.

Heather & Thor, Bearine Honor Guard
Yes, for all my love of science fiction, fantasy, even suspense—I loved the romantic elements driving a hero to be better and stronger. When I wrote Once Her Man, Always Her Man, I found the perfect setting for that hero in Luke's service and devotion as a Marine—and as the saying goes—that's all she wrote. I couldn't get enough of these men (and women) in uniform. I've written ten so far and the stories keep flowing.

My heroes are tough, resourceful, and after the last decade they've survived engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq. They served their country with distinction—not for honors or accolades, but because it was the right thing to do. At the end of the day though, it wasn't just those who served that I wanted to write about—but those who sit and wait. Too often we forget about the sacrifices of our military families. The spouses and significant others who wait at home are a fundamental part of the fabric of military life and deserve not only a mention, but also the same accolades we dedicate to our military personal.

Freedom isn't free. They also serve who sit and wait and keep the home fires burning. In my Always a Marine series, I strive very hard to acknowledge that. The series began as a part of the 1Night Stand line from Decadent and continues to expand. I hope to include other military branches eventually—these are the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect freedom and their brothers. They uphold their honor, they put others first, they are loyal, trustworthy and above all else, they are Marines. When they love it is with the same ferocity they dedicate to defending their country. I am exceptionally proud of my Marines.

Be sure to check out the first full length Always a Marine, a follow-up to Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here, on November 20th in No Regrets, No Surrender. A portion of the proceeds from this novel will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation which provides low-income housing and options for the families of wounded military vets. In many ways, it is a real life Mike's Place.




At the end of their night of frenzied passion, Jazz Winters walked away from the only two men who’d ever made her feel like a woman. Logan Cavanaugh and Zach Evans let her go, but only if she swore all her future leaves to them.
Waiting fourteen excruciatingly long months, visiting Jazz when they can, is harder on the guys than they like to admit. But their work at Mike’s Place, a veteran’s rehabilitative facility, only lets Zach and Logan go one at a time.
Jazz fears their unconventional relationship can’t last a lifetime. The stress of years of military service in hot zones, combined with life-threatening injuries pushes her to the edge. But when she comes home a wounded warrior, not the woman she believes they want, Zach and Logan are right there to help her, even when she resists.
She’s not alone. Whether she chooses one or both, they have no regrets and they won’t surrender.
Read an excerpt.


~*GIVEAWAY*~
Heather is giving away one eBook of choice from her Always a Marine series. To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for Heather and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but  not required. Good luck!
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17 comments:

Mary s Naughty whispers said...

how can I resist?

1. heather long is a great author
2. I love military heroes
3. it is a menage

marynaughtywhispers@gmail.com

mary :)

flchen1 said...

Thank you for writing about some of our true heroes and heroines, Heather! Freedom isn't free, and I'm so grateful for those who make it possible.

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

This book sounds really good. I am putting it on my TBR pile.

angiek@cfu.net

Joanne said...

Thanks for writing a great military series.

crystaley73 said...

The book sounds great and I thank it's great that you write about the hero's of the US Military.

Debby said...

I enjoy military books so much. Do you plan on any other branches of the service as a topic?
debby236 at gmail dot com

Tore said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

Sophia Rose said...

That is interesting how Heather didn't intend to write these, but they came to her anyway. I enjoy romances with a military backdrop so I'm glad for the giveaway opportunity.

Thanks for the post!

sherry fundin said...

i love reading about the military. thanks for the giveaway.

erin said...

Thanks for the great post and congrats to Heather on the new release! Sounds fantastic!

Ann Q said...

Unfortunately, with the world in such a mess, and so much fighting going on, you will have plenty of sources for inspiration. I love reading military books, as I like to think that good will win out over evil, and there will be a happy ending for all.At least with a book, we can dream that it could be so. annpa@gmail.com

SusieJ said...

That story is hot! I love my menages (fictional lol) and love reading about alpha males with courage and integrity.
foulkes.susan@gmail.com

SdyLion said...

I love reading about menage and then you add the military element into the mix, this sounds like the read for me! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Preston said...

Marines do tend to be larger than life, even in real life I find. So, it's an absolute certainty that they make for great reading.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

TwiMom22580 said...

I love Heather's Always a Marine series! I tell her every chance I get how much I love it. I love Jazzy, Zach, and Logan when I read the beginning of their story and I can't wait for this one!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather! Love all your military books! :)

Peggy

Heather Long said...

Thank you all for such great comments! I am super excited about this book and I hope you enjoy it.