I am pleased to announce the release of two new stories, both inspired by military heroes.
Veterans in general and wounded warriors in particular have a very warm spot in my heart. I live in San Antonio, home of San Antonio Military Medical Center, site of the Army’s famous burn treatment center and one of the three stateside hospitals where wounded warriors come home to recuperate and rehabilitate from their devastating injuries. Many of the more severely injured young men and women, those whose injuries were such that they can no longer serve in the military, have settled here in San Antonio, and it is absolutely no big deal these days to see a young father on two prosthetic legs chasing a couple of children across the mall or a man with severe facial scarring paying for his groceries at the store. Nor is it unusual to work beside a colleague with a closed head injury that suffers from migraines and struggles to put names with faces. Here in San Antonio the wounded warriors aren’t just a face on a magazine cover or an abstract concept–they are our friends and neighbors and part of our community.
So why are they such compelling heroes and heroines? Why do I like to write about them? Perhaps the answer lies in the bravery I see these men and women exhibit on a routine basis in everyday life. No, we’re not heroes, they will tell you. As far as they are concerned, they are just going about their ordinary everyday lives the same as the rest of us. Yet at the same time the scars remain. After asking a time or two if they would share their experiences with me and seeing the expressions on their faces, I decided to do my research on topics like firefights and PTSD and IEDs online rather than ask them to relive the horror. (If I did have a question, I went to my son, who saw a lot but thankfully came home without a scratch.) But, outward and inward scars or no, I do see these brave men and women as heroes of the highest order, the kind of heroes and heroines I like to bring to life in my stories.
Love and patience help a loyal young Texan beauty overcome the fears of her heroic fiance, returning wounded from the Iraq War.
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Daughter of Valor
When wounded war hero Holly Riley comes home from Iraq to the Texas Hill Country to build a new life for herself, she has no idea she’ll find danger—and true love.
Wounded war hero Holly Riley has come back to Texas, to the lakeshore community of Heaven’s Point. Here, intending to recover from her injuries and build a new life with a band of injured veterans just like herself, she finds temporary work as a nanny with the charismatic Jimmy Adamcik. The handsome congressional candidate almost makes her forget her distrust of politics, and in his arms nothing else seems to matter. But Holly is right to fear. Jimmy will soon find himself sucked deeper into the seamy side of the political process, and an old enemy will reappear and target Holly’s soldiers one by one. Only strength and valor will win this fight. And true love.
Available on Amazon