Love, Me: a New Military Romance by Lorraine Britt – and a Chance to Give Back to Military Veterans!

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Title:  Love, Me

Author:  Lorraine Britt   

Series: The Soldier Series, #3

**Although part of a series, each novel may be read as a standalone**

Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance, Military Romance  

Audience: 18+

Release Date:  January 18, 2015

A New Release – and a New Lease on Life for Military Veterans

The Soldier Series offers readers an opportunity to honor our veterans and help them when they return…

There is something very special about Lorraine Britt’s soldier series. It’s more than a collection of standalone love stories – it’s a celebration of soldiers, a tribute to the lives they live, and a passion of the author’s. RIGHT NOW, it’s also YOUR opportunity to honor our military veterans and help them transition back into life at home.

Here’s how it works:

All ebooks in the series are priced at $1.99, including Love, Me.  50% of the profits on ALL  Soldier Series books will go to the One to Fifteen Foundation.  Also, 50% of the profits from the sale of paperbacks in The Soldier Series will be donated to One to Fifteen, a sports program designed for returning veterans. The print version of Love, Me is priced at $8.99.

About Griffins Rugby and the One to Fifteen Foundation

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Griffins Rugby is a Rugby Club that values the commitment and sacrifices of our Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans. The transition back from the combat zone to everyday life can prove to be a challenge, with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a major concern. Griffin’s Rugby Club is a program that develops squads of veterans that play competitive matches, giving our former soldiers an environment where they can experience all of the benefits of sports – a sense of connection and purpose, a place to relieve stress through physical and mental exercise, and a place to simply have fun – without bearing the burden of additional cost. Participating in rugby requires discipline, hard work, structure and teamwork – not so different from military training. Your team becomes your family.

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Words from a Soldier’s Heart …

When I first walked on to the pitch that hot afternoon in July, I quickly found that rugby is not for the faint of heart and certainly not for the weak willed. Like the Marine Corps, rugby holds its foundation in discipline, sweat, and above all team work. Despite being sorely out matched, as my conditioning was not up to par, I was hooked. I loved the feel of breaking through my physical limits, I loved looking to my left and to my right, seeing men that would risk life and limb for me. I loved having them look at me and know the same.

Rugby has been the greatest gift I ever received, and with that in mind I hope to spread the word about its wonders to all. While any man, woman, or child can reap the benefits of rugby there is a special group who could use it more than other; our veterans. The similarities between rugby and the military are countless in number, but above all it serves as life purpose for those who fancy themselves tough enough. Before I played rugby, I was a portly drunkard, with nothing in mind but my own selfish desires. Now I rest and rise under the blanket of support provided by my team. I lift and run every day, not just to better myself but to better my team.

After my discharge I thought the days of brute physicality, and loving camaraderie were long gone. But by freak random occurrence I found myself on the pitch that fateful afternoon in July, not knowing how much I would affect me. Not long after I started playing the team’s founder came to me with a plan; to offer rugby to veterans. I was shocked, this Englishman who had never spent a day I uniform had seen all the similarities between rugby and the military, he had a deep appreciation for our veterans, and wanted to help them as much as I did. He proposed the One to Fifteen Program, a program that would allow veterans to play rugby cost free, while also assisting them with crucial employment networking, and above all giving them a team to fight for again. When mentioned that the program should also be named in memorial, my heart dropped.

Naming the One to Fifteen Program after my close friend who was killed in Afghanistan, Adam Peak was the greatest honor I could think to ensure his legacy lived on. Like all those who wear the Griffins Badge on their chest, Adam Peak was neither weak willed nor faint of heart. I know in my heart of hearts he is smiling down from heaven, supremely content that even in death his spirit continues to live on and continues to support his brothers. Griffins Rugby is a very special squad, we’re more like a family, and with the inception of the One to Fifteen Adam Peak Rugby Foundation our family will continue to grow and fill its ranks with our countries greatest.     ~ John Wangler

 

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Juliet Evans has always been a bit of a loner, but the last few years have been particularly shrouded in isolation and silence.  Apart from her daily work at the local diner, her life is spent inside the walls of her tiny apartment, just trying to survive…until the one day that U.S. Army Private Tim Collins walks into the diner and takes a seat at one of her tables. By the time the day is over her life has been changed forever.

Private Collins is just a few hours away from being deployed for the first time, to a particularly violent conflict.  To say he’s nervous would be an understatement.  In his last day stateside all he wants is a little bit of normal.  What he finds is the kind heart and sweet spirit of Juliet Evans.  She is by his side until the last possible moment, the moment when he asks her to write him while he’s away, promising to do the same in return.

Though Juliet is afraid to believe his promises, he holds true to them.  Letter after letter after letter passes between the two of them…until one day the letters from Tim stop completely, leaving Juliet broken and grieving for the love she had found but would never truly have.


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Lorraine Britt is a fourth generation Native Texan who is also immensely proud of her Louisiana heritage and solid Southern roots. As an enthusiastic lover of the written word, inspiration struck Lorraine and she began to bubble over with her own ideas. Grasping hold of her lifelong dreams, it wasn’t long before she was putting pen to paper and letting her fingers fly over a keyboard to bring her own characters to life. When she isn’t busy scribbling notes for her next idea you might find her whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen or putting miles on her car on road trip adventures. Lorraine is equally passionate about music, movies and sports. You’ll no doubt find these familiar themes woven throughout her books. Lorraine and her family currently make their home in West Texas.

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The Passions of Honor (#1) – $1.99

Passions-coverArmy Special Forces Master Sergeant Eli Stevens is married to his childhood sweetheart, Katherine. She is his princess, his world. He is her first and only love, her best friend, her everything. They finally have what they’ve always dreamed of…a baby on the way.

But this happy news comes on the eve of Eli and his best friend Sergeant William Bradshaw’s deployment for a special mission… A mission that Eli knows in his heart will be his last.

Before Eli’s premonition comes true he tells William to watch over his family, to be a father to his child, to love Katherine. William reluctantly agrees, moving into the Stevens home to take care of Katherine. The longer he is there the more she depends on him. But she holds William emotionally at a distance, scared of the feelings he stirs inside her. And despite fighting against it he falls in love with Katherine and the child, even though feels he is betraying his friend.

Can they find their way through the nightmares to give in to what is between them? Or will the past come back to haunt William in more ways than one?

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Always Faithful, Always Yours (#2) – $1.99

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Landry Phillips and Madeline Ponder were lifelong best friends. They had seen each other through every day of their young lives, until Landry joined the Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan. Madeline waited, and worried, until the one late night phone call she had prayed she would never receive. In that one instant their lives changed forever. Could Madeline help Landry find his way through the darkness that threatened to swallow him whole? Or would he be lost to her before he realized she had truly been his from the very beginning?

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SALE! Salvation, by Stephanie John – it’s time to “Fall” in love with Nathan Blake

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First Time On Sale!

Author Stephanie John has put Salvation, Book 1 in the Heal Me Series on sale

for a limited time for the special price of $0.99/£0.99!

Title:  Salvation

Author: Stephanie John

Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance

Series: The Heal Me Series, Book 1

Sale Dates: 24th – 29th September

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A chance meeting turned my world inside out.

Intelligent, sexy, and rich. With a dash of roguish charm and a cocksure smile, Nathan Blake is the ultimate fantasy. He can have any woman he wants with only a glance.

And he wants me.

My past has left me broken and humiliated, wary of men like him. I cut myself off from the pain, moving thousands of miles away to escape every reminder, determined to start anew.

Ive been second best before. It isn’t happening again.

One kiss and I’m caught under his spell, drawn to him with every breath I take.

I can’t resist.

The passion that explodes between us becomes an intense connection neither of us thought we’d share.

Or need.

The suffering inside me reflects his – a pain I know he feels, but can’t bring himself to reveal.

I have no idea his love can heal me – that mine can heal him…

if only I can let down my guard for him and trust.

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Reviewers Say… 

Move aside Gideon Cross! You are NO MATCH for Nate Blake! He’s freaking amazing and so delectable. Kara and Nate’s chemistry is undeniable. I love their playful banter and the sexual tension is immensely felt. I could go on and on about this book, and I will say that 5 stars doesn’t cut it for this one. It deserves as many stars as I can find. Do yourself a favor and read this story! You WILL NOT be disappointed. Steph John is headed to stardom! You have a fan for life! I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

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This book was so good. Well, good doesn’t start to describe this book! Let’s see- superior, superb, outstanding, exemplary, umm- it was just plain HOT! Exquisitely Hot! There that is how I want to describe this debut book by Stephanie John, Exquisitely Hot. Salvation, isn’t your normal office romance, or your normal billionaire, alpha male takes his woman, kind of book, it is so much more. John amazes me, with her writing skill, she writes with a level of complexity that matches seasoned authors. There was no detail too small for her and her story flowed seamlessly. Her characters were rich in description and I don’t think I ever fell in love with the male lead quite so fastWhat I really liked about this story itself, it was unique. It was a billionaire guy, falling in love with an office staff with one look basically. That part is one in a million, but she really made it different. She made this billionaire different. Stephanie John made me LOVE Nate in this book.

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Stephanie John has a genuine talent for bringing stories and characters to life and taking the reader along on an effortless ride to pure pleasure. And when I say pure pleasure – your heart will pound as their love heats up. One particular scene at the beach house will rank among the most erotic and powerful expressions of love that I have ever read.
This book deserves more than five stars – it deserves a heaven full of them – because that is where you’ll think you’ve been when you’ve finished Salvation. I can’t wait for the next chapter … and the next … and the next. Don’t deny yourself one of the truly outstanding contemporary romances of 2015.

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About the Author

Steph-newLogoMost days, you’ll find Stephanie John on a yacht, wearing a very skimpy bikini, drinking champagne, eating chocolate and never gaining weight. When she isn’t asleep and dreaming, in real life you’re more likely to find her at the school gates, wearing whatever she dragged on that morning, drinking copious amounts of coffee.  She still eats chocolate, though — everyone has their vices, right? Somehow, amidst the chaos of full-time mummy duties, she manages to write.  Contemporary romance has always been her favourite genre to read for as long as she can remember (age-appropriate, of course).

Never in a million years did it occur to her to write one of her own.  Now, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Salvation is her debut book, released in March 2015 to outstanding five star reviews.

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Writer’s Wednesday Interview with Kendra Leigh – The Bound Trilogy (Bound For Hell, Bound For Salvation, Bound For Nirvana)

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Indie Author Spotlight: Kendra Leigh

Introduction

This is a perfect week to spotlight author Kendra Leigh, because her debut series, the Bound Trilogy, will conclude with the release of Bound For Nirvana next Tuesday, September 29th. It’s one of those bittersweet moments for readers and fans – we want to know all the answers, we want to see the characters “find nirvana” – but we don’t want the series to end. The characters have found a place in our hearts. Their pain has been ours. Their pleasure has given us pleasure …(that’s why we read erotic romance, is it not?) … their secrets, their deepest fears – all have become part of us in some way. This is certainly true of Ethan Wilde and Angel Lawson in Kendra’s trilogy.

It’s also timely to feature Kendra because right now, Book 1, Bound For Hell, is FREE, and Book 2, Bound For Salvation, is ON SALE!  

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Ten Questions for Kendra

Kendra was kind enough to answer a few questions for the spotlight today – and has promised me a guest post when the excitement dies down. I have about a dozen topics I’d like to see her talk about and eleven of them are about EthanWilde...

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Living in the UK, you see a fair share of foul weather…so what’s your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

With my family, tucked up with sweet treats watching a movie or box-set marathon. 

 

Do you have a drink of choice – other than good, strong English tea?

I usually drink strong, black coffee, though I love a glass of wine with good food and a beer on a nice warm day.

 

You say you like movies and marathons. What’s your favorite Chick Flick?

Tom Cruise in Top Gun

It has to be Top Gun from way back then in the mid eighties. It’s a perfect combination of action packed scenes of hot fighter pilots in UNIFORM, a comedic and heartwarming bromance between Maverick and Goose which leaves you in a heartbroken mess, and a hot instant attraction between Maverick and Charlie. Oh, and don’t forget the uniforms … Hot damn! I even had the soundtrack – it was awesome.

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I have to agree. I was lucky to be living in Virginia Beach, VA at the time – home of the Oceana master jet base and only a few miles from the Norfolk Naval Air Station. Top Gun was so popular it played in the area for nearly a year. It was fun to see the actual pilots and mechanics get so excited over the combat scenes. And, of course all the women swooning over young Tom Cruise – and crying through the rest of it. 

 

To many readers – especially book nerds like myself – favorite authors are our version of superheroes. So what would you choose as your superpower?

I would love the power of time-manipulation. I could slow down and savor the good times and whizz forward to speed up the bad. The power to press pause when you need to buy time would solve so many problems, and can you imagine being able to rewind time and warn the world of imminent disasters!

HA! Or meet our self-imposed writing deadlines! Speaking of superpowers, though, what do you consider your greatest personal strength?

I think my strength could also be considered my weakness, in that I am an unreserved perfectionist. Although it is time consuming and exhausting, I know I’ve always given my best to everything I attempt. There is nothing worse than thinking you didn’t try hard enough or you could have done better.

I completely agree. And also admit to having the same dilemma. Perfectionists seem to be the only people who believe “perfect” is attainable. Even it it isn’t, it’s a worthy pursuit — as long as it doesn’t keep you from living your dreams…like finishing a book, for instance! You seem to have achieved just the right balance, having completed an entire trilogy…

Which leads to my next question …Where do you draw inspiration for your writing?

Book Background-PicMonkeyInspiration can creep up and tap me on the shoulder at the most bizarre times and from the most unlikely sources. It can be from a song or a clip I’ve seen on a TV program or something someone randomly says, and suddenly I know how a conversation is going to start or how a scene will play out or how to describe the way someone is feeling, and I’m scuttling off to write it down before the idea evaporates. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and a sentence pops in my head and it’s perfect.

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The initial idea came to me in the shower. In fact, I do a lot of plot outlining in the shower – must be something to do with the steam. At first, I didn’t know how many books it would be because I only knew the who and the what, I still had to figure out the how and the when. I saw it a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, with all the sides and corners and the main subject in place, but where to start with the sky? And then there’s what I call the glue, the pieces you have to find and develop before it all connects and begins to make sense.

Is there anything that holds you back? If so, what do you do to overcome it?

I guess, chiefly, my own self-confidence. There were times with The Bound Trilogy when the idea in my head all made sense, but trying to explain it in words – getting it to unfold slowly and without ambiguity, while maintaining the suspense and the secrets I wasn’t ready to reveal – was much harder than I imagined. I overcame it by writing and revisiting and rewriting, until I was happy it all made sense.

Do you listen to music while you write, or is it a distraction? What are some of your go-to songs or artists when you need inspiration?

Listening to music while writing distracts me, but I do find listening before I write can help get me in the mood for a particular scene, especially if it’s an intense, emotive scene. Christina Perri is a favorite – she sings with such poignancy. I also love listening to Scala & Kolacny Brothers, the Belgian women’s choir. They sing some amazing renditions of popular musicians and bands. You’ll see they crop up in my books and playlists a lot.

Give me three words that you would use to describe your Trilogy for your new readers?

Heartrending … Enthralling … Sss-steamy!

I have to agree with you there. I can think of several more… Breath-taking, Addictive, Suspenseful, and Sss-SEXY.

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Enter the World of Ethan Wilde in Bound For Hell

Cover of Bound For Hell, Book 1 of the Bound Trilogy by Kendra LeighEthan Wilde. Billionaire. Business Man.
Passionate. Powerful. Persistent.
One of New York’s most eligible bachelors.

Angel Lawson. Photographer. Gallery Owner.
Burdened. Beautiful. Broken.
A woman bound by the ropes of her sins and forgotten past, fearful of her future.
A chance encounter…

Consumed by guilt and tormented by the bonds of a tragic past, Angel Lawson’s life has been a solitary journey, condemned to live without love. In order to preserve her damaged soul from further rejection, sex is as close to a man as she ever plans to get. She was already hell-bound for her sins. One more wasn’t going to hurt …
… or so she thought.

When a passionate encounter throws her into the world of Ethan Wilde, Angel is helpless to resist the irrefutable desire and depth of raw emotion he ignites in her.
Ethan is as intense as he is sinfully sexy. Irretrievably captivated by Angel, he seems just as intent on understanding her naked soul as he is desperate to possess every inch of her naked body.  Angel craves his touch like a drug and yearns for the love he promises, but surrendering to the feelings he’s unearthed will mean exposing her fears and releasing the demons buried for a lifetime. Exposing her heart will leave it at risk of being broken.

Will Angel choose to leave her life of solitude behind, or is the choice no longer hers?

Ethan Wilde is used to getting what he wants … and what he wants is Angel.

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Secrets, Seduction, Suspense & the Search for Salvation…

Cover of Bound For Salvation, an erotic romance-suspense novel by Kendra LeighHell was hot, but the flames of deliverance might be the ones to burn …

For the first time in living memory, Angel Lawson feels cherished.

Ethan Wilde has taught her that love is possible for all, even the sinners among us. The bonds of his love free her from the shackles of her guilt. Inch by inch, he’s slid under her skin, folding himself around her soul like a soothing blanket. His love nourishes her starving heart, and his passion fuels the scorching flames of her deepest desires, driving her to the blissful edge of sweet insanity.

Brick by brick, she tears down the protective wall she’s built around her heart, and the ice inside begins to thaw.

To Ethan, Angel is the sole reason he exists, the blood in his veins, the drug to his addiction. He vows to mend her, to help her confront her demons and come to terms with a buried past that continues to haunt her.

But what lies beneath the surface of Ethan’s past?  Pasts left hidden to rot become dirty secrets. Secrets that can tear even the strongest love apart.

And secrets have a habit of revealing themselves when least expected …

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A Lasting Love — but at what cost?

Photo of the cover of Bound For Nirvana, an upcoming contemporary adult romantic suspense novel by indie author Kendra LeighThe bonds of their love saw them through the ravaging storm to the promise of peace and the chance to breathe …

Angel once believed her soul belonged to the Devil. Now she willingly gives every part of her—mind, body and soul—to the man whose love mends her a little more each day.

Ethan knows Hell is no place for an angel, especially not his Angel. He would sacrifice his soul every day of his life in order to save hers.

Fuelled by an almost obsessive desire, their need for each other ignites a passion that most couples could find destructive, but instead the flames of their possessive vigilance only seem to feed the fire of their insatiable hunger. The slaying of Ethan’s demons has made their fortress of love stronger than ever.
But Angel continues to paper over the cracks of her troubled past, running from the demons that chase her and the nightmares that plague her. When a twist of fate forces her to confront them, she finally begins to accept that her repressed memories need to be explored in order to attain the peace she craves.

But in her search for Nirvana, Angel discovers far more than buried memories.

What happens when the worst nightmare you’ve ever encountered is the one you wake up in?
When the past comes face to face with the present to reveal a web of diseased secrets and lies?
And the only road you can take leads to one destination … Hell.

Everyone deserves to fall in love at least once in their life…Fall in love with Ethan Wilde with one click on Amazon today!

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Here are a few reader comments from advance reviews of Bound For Nirvana and the Bound Series:

“Wow! Where do I begin with this love story? Kendra Leigh honestly had me hooked with the first book with words that insisted I continually turn the pages in order to find out what would happen to Ethan and Angel. However, I was taken back by the twists that Mrs. Leigh used in the final book. There are a couple of “eeekkk” moments that leave your heart thumping and twisted…I wanted to consume this book in one setting, however I also wanted to cherish the love story that Ethan and Angel share in this trilogy. Bound for Nirvana was one of those books that you want to read the ending because you MUST know what happens, however at the same time you don’t want their story to end.” ~ KB

“I have been in love with this series from Kendra Leigh since book 1 but she has absolutely blown my mind with this last novel in her series!
Ethan and Angel are one of my ALL TIME favourite book couples! Their love and passion for each other is an inferno.” ~ Kerry-Ann

“I’m speechless with joy at the moment. This novel is the culmination of one of the most romantic, most seductive, most suspenseful and riveting trilogies I’ve ever read. It was a pleasure to read, so much so that I’m sorry to see it end, and eager to see where Kendra takes us next.” ~ PVR

“I absolutely love this series, so when I saw this book I jumped at the chance to read it. Ethan and Angel’s story pulled me in from the start. It was unpredictable and addictive.The story had me laughing and crying and on a whole roller coaster of emotions. I loved every second of reading it.” ~ JS

“To say I love this book or this series is a gross understatement. Kendra has ingrained herself onto my top authors list with her first series.” ~ Jennifer

There are 12 more 5-star ratings and reviews of Bound For Nirvana on Goodreads – and more to come…

…check it out and pre-order it on Amazon today!

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