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Without further ado, please meet Lee-Ann!
Q. What made you pick your particular genre?
Military themed stories have always tugged at my conscious. Every book I’ve read in this genre has always given me the same feeling – more needs to be done for our Veterans. The book may be a romantic story, but I always read the last page seeing the damage that war does to the people involved. I chose to start publishing military/suspense/romance books as my way of honoring those who risk their lives to keep ours free. My efforts may seem small, but this is my way of acknowledging to our Warriors that their lives and sacrifices are in no way trivial. These stories tell of the conflicts and issues our military personnel have to deal with on a daily basis. My goal is to increase the awareness of civilians by showing just how their freedom is attained and kept. Perhaps, one day, the support our Warriors are given from our programs and governments will equal the support they receive in the field standing among their brothers and sisters.
Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?
Currently, the second book in the “For The Love of The Military” series, Love Under Fire,(the sequel to Love And Liberty) is in the first edits phase with my incredible publisher, Gypsy Shadow Publishing. I am also in the midst of writing the third book to complete the series entitled Love Unknown.
Love Under Fire has a more graphic feel than the first in the series. This book deals with PTSD post brutal combat. There is not a lot of romance in this book, but more the reality of dealing with a fractured mind.
Love Unknown will portray strong characters in mind blowing circumstances. A soldier’s story needs to be told. My hero and heroine find themselves lost in a real game of espionage and terror forcing them to question what is real. In the game of war, questions can sometimes have deadly answers.
Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?
Well, as a book reviewer, I generally don’t get to pick my own titles. On the odd occasion that I do, I choose a good mystery over romance. I enjoy trying to find out whodunit before getting to the end of the story. If the book keeps me guessing right up until the end, well. . .that is an author I read again and again.
Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)
I absolutely love kickboxing. There is something about wrapping my wrists, shoving on a pair of gloves, and punching/kicking the heck out of stuff that just brings a big smile to my face. I hear it’s a great workout too, although I’m way to busy throwing punches to notice. J
Okay now for the fun part!
Tell us about the book!!!
Love And Liberty was released in January 2012. It is the first of my books to go to print. Although the book is not of traditional length, I saw the series as both print and ebooks, which is why I asked my publisher if we could do a print version as well. It is a short read, but I think it sends a powerful message of teamwork and human capability no matter what your gender is. Warriors become family whether they like it or not. And, when the chips are down, family is always there to help you up.
Captain Dana Jenkins of the United States Army is about to embark on a mission that will change her life. This isn’t Dana’s first deployment, but it is proving possibly to be her last. As part of the platoon traveling from Camp Liberty, Iraq to Camp Taji, Dana’s convoy gets ambushed. She and the surviving soldiers are taken prisoner by the merciless Iraqi rebel group, Al-Moofoona. Their only hope lies in the hands of their fearless leader, Captain Jack Parsons—the man with whom Dana has fallen hopelessly in love.
Captain Jack Parsons can only sit and watch as what is left of his platoon is ordered into the back of a truck. Along with his men, they’ve taken the only woman he’s ever allowed to penetrate his heart. Jack is going to do everything in his power to save them all before it’s too late.
Dana heard the screams from the women. Her panic rose. She had to get to them.
“I’m loose, Dana. Where are you?” asked a voice.
“I’m here. Follow my voice. Who else is nearly free?”
“I am,” answered the soldier next to her.
“Okay, Dana. I found you.”
Dana’s sack was pulled up her body and over her head. Her eyes had no trouble adjusting to the darkness inside the cell. They were definitely being held underground. Private Ryan McCafferty was furiously cutting at the ropes that bound Dana’s wrists and ankles. Terrified screams continued to fill their ears.
“Jesus. Hurry! ” Dana hissed.
Ryan cut through the rope that connected Dana’s feet to her hands. Her legs fell with a heavy thud onto the hard earth.
“Sorry, Dana,” said Ryan.
“For God’s sake, Ryan, don’t be sorry. Just hurry up and free the others. Listen to them! We have to get them out of there,” said Dana.
She was beginning to panic that they would not get to the women in time. She knew the horrors of torture for females who, in this part of the world, were considered dispensable.
“Can you move?” Ryan asked.
“Don’t worry about me, get the rest of them loose!” she sputtered.
Dana’s attempts at rolling onto her back were failing. Her body was completely numb. She knew that soon the blood would be coursing through her limbs again, bringing with it the painful tingling response of re-circulation. Dana was finally able to gain control of her torso and roll herself over just as an intense, fiery pain engulfed her limbs. She forced her arms to bear her weight and pushed her upper body into a sitting position. Stale, acrid air filled her nose. The room smelled of suffering. They were obviously not the first group of hostages to be held in this cell. The light was minimal, but Dana could see chains hanging from posts alongside makeshift electric chairs. She had to fight another wave of nausea as panic attempted its mental takeover.
“Dana, we’re all good here,” said Ryan.
“Are you guys seeing all this shit?” Dana asked in disgust.
“Yeah, we gotta get the hell outta here. We can’t save them Dana. We need to get ourselves outta here!”
Dana stared at the young, frightened private. He had not been deployed long and this was his first mission. She knew the fear well, but this was no time to act on it.
“You can if you want. I’m going after our friends and taking all those bastards down in the process. If you wanna save your manly ass, then go now. Otherwise, follow me,” Dana ordered.The men in the platoon did not question Captain Jenkins. The fierceness of her voice mirrored their thoughts. Scared or not, they had to save their friends. Under Dana’s command, the eleven men grabbed whatever they could use as a weapon and began to pry the cell door open.
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