Hey hey it’s release day! My military holiday novella HERO’S HOMECOMING hits digital shelves today, both on its own and as half of GIFTS OF HONOR, one of Carina Press’s holiday collections.
I can’t explain how proud I am of this novella, and that it appears beside the incredible STARTING FROM SCRATCH by Stacy Gail. I was in the middle of writing HERO’S HOMECOMING (for NaNoWriMo) when I got the news that THE STRIKER’S CHANCE had been accepted by Carina Press, so not only do I have great memories of its composition, the subject and setting are both very close to my heart.
HERO’S HOMECOMING is set in my hometown of Manhattan, Kansas, which sits just down the highway from Fort Riley, home to the famous 1st Infantry Division, aka the Big Red One. I grew up with live tank fire rattling the windows, military-brat friends PCSing in and out, and lots of high-school classmates enlisting after our May 2001 graduation with no idea that in a few short months the world – and the US’s military engagement in it – would drastically change.
Living in the shadow of a military installation brings the reality of war to the home front, from standing behind uniformed men in the checkout line at Target to reading Fort Riley’s most recent killed-in-action list in the local newspaper. HERO’S HOMECOMING is my humble effort to capture that fraught coexistence – and the awe-inspiring love that can spring out of it.
Release thus far has been beyond fabulous. In addition to an amazing outpouring of support from friends and my fellow Carina Press authors, The Striker’s Chance got 4 out of 5 stars from the inimitable Mandi Schreiner at Smexy Books!
A sexy excerpt from the novel is now live at the Contemporary Romance Cafe, so head on over to check it out! Or you can cruise by my awesome buddy Steph’s blog to see her photographic evidence of release day and link back to another excerpt. As for me, I’m home from work and thinking it might be time for a covert adult beverage!