Happy Book Birthday to Hearts of Valor!
So I asked the authors of Hearts of Valor a simple question. What kind of act of kindness or valor have you personally experienced? Either to you or for someone else? Read below to see what interesting and amazing answers they gave me. Don’t forget, keep reading below to read a little more about Hearts of Valor.
London Saint James:
I have a cousin who was in the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it during the 911 attacks. My cousin entered a section of the building that was collapsed and on fire, and pulled an officer from a mass of debris he’d been trapped under, saving that man’s life. The man was badly burned, and was sent to a burn unit, but he lived. My cousin was given a medal of honor for his act of bravery. And, to this day, my cousin and the other man are close friends.
Years ago, my boyfriend and I traveled to New Hampshire during winter break. For whatever reason, he decided to add oil in our old, problematic Dodge Omni, but foolishly he picked something wrong. The result was we were stuck in a tiny town right before New Year. The only garage wasn’t willing to help since they were closing for the holiday. There wasn’t even a motel around. As we felt helpless, a man in uniform came over. He was with his wife and two teenage sons. They helped us to push the car to an inclined ground. He sent his sons to pick up the right oil. And then, in subzero temperature, with snow and ice on the ground, he crawled under the car and changed the oil for us. I was so grateful and stunned that the only thing I remembered to do was saying thank-you over and over again. In haste, I forgot to ask his name!
Since I can’t think of being in a situation where valor would be required, I must lead a tame life. As for kindness, the small, everyday things are what stick out in my mind. A stranger holding the door for me or offering me a closer parking space when rain is pouring down. In these cases, thank you doesn’t seem adequate, and I have a feeling that would be even truer if I ever experienced an act of valor on my behalf.
I am in debt to the kind nurse who happened to be driving behind a member of my family when he had an accident. Her kindness in staying with him was far beyond the call of duty.
While working in Charlie Wilson’s war in the mid 1980’s I visited a UN Basic Health Unit outside of Peshawar, Pakistan. I was the guest of a young general practitioner who was seeing about 200 patients a day on the border refugee camp. This young overworked doctor presented to me an elderly female who was short of breath from her congestive heart failure. He had heard a heart murmur suggestive of mitral valve narrowing and had ordered an ECHO cardiogram from the Khyber Hospital in nearby Peshawar. This study and confirmed that this elderly lady had mitral stenosis. The doctor proudly told me he had arranged for her to be sent to the Aga Khan Clinic in Karachi for open heart surgery. In the midst of three million refugees and 200 patients a day, he had done what was right against all odds. To this day he represents to me “The best doctor I have ever met.”
When I was a twelve year old, I pulled a drowning toddler from a hotel pool. Other than that, my life has been pretty boring. LOL!
by Various Authors
Genre: Romance Anthology (Sweet)
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: January 13, 2016
Keywords: Romance, Anthology, Sweet, military, veteran, war, POW, braveryDescription: It takes a heart of valor to survive love’s battlefield.
Six veteran themed romantic tales brimming with love and sacrifice are sure to show us all what it truly means to have a Heart of Valor.
Hero of Her Heart – S.L. HughsonNicole Taylor has loved Vincent for years. Now he’s back from serving in the Army, and she’s determined to make him see her as something other than a little sister.
After a heated Valentine’s date, Nicole is confused by Vince’s withdrawal. She confronts him, but no matter how hot their physical attraction, he keeps backing away.
Nicole helps him follow his lifelong dreams but he drifts further from her happily-ever-after plans. What will it take for him to see he is truly the hero of her heart?
Feathers – T.E.Hodden
Kerry only wanted to do right by Christopher. To protect him from the whispers of ‘coward’ and the shame of a white feather.
But the war doesn’t look like a grand adventure any more. All Kerry wants is Chris home safe. But will he still be the same man she once knew?
A Manly Man – Jean Young
Confederate POW, Braxton Bolton, had an unexpected visitor the day before his execution, when Arabella Anderson walked into his jail cell and, in front of other POWs, kissed him until he shook with desire.
Two years prior, she had been the Lieutenant Colonel’s prisoner. While she was tortured and raped by the other Confederate soldiers, Bolton was different. He protected her from further suffering, and the grateful young woman had come to repay his kindness. While they became more and more intimate, she learned the story behind his kindness.
But what she learned turned the sweet girl into a fearsome warrior, one determined to save the soldier with a noble heart.
Goin’ Home – Philip Lisagor
How will Jack be able to put Iraq behind him and return home to Leah and their two children? The green peaceful coast of Ireland is the perfect landing zone from the brown violent landscape of Mesopotamia. Jack is humping ruck along the North Atlantic coast when a chance encounter with an Irish maiden turns him all around and he hears the voice of Leah in a magical moment calling him home.
The Promise – London Saint James
The year Veronica turned twenty-two changed her life. She graduated from San Diego State University, married the handsome Lieutenant Carter Weis—widowed six months after the happy nuptials.
Captain Quinn Alstrom of the U.S. Coast Guard was eager to start his newest post; however the excitement had nothing to do with the beautiful surroundings of Key West, and everything to do with his best friend’s wife.
Will Quinn’s surprise arrival in Veronica’s life re-spark the fire in the vivacious woman he remembered? Or, will the memory of her fallen husband stop the two of them from finding happiness?
Promises Kept – Terri Rochenski
Ever since they were kids, Joan dreamed of being Walt Herley’s wife. But, Joan’s dream is short-lived when the Korean War draft has Walt trading his groom’s suit for army fatigues. After a short celebration of their rushed nuptials, Walt is whisked away to fulfill his duty to his country, leaving Joan behind with a promise to return.
With her heart a world away, Joan struggles to keep her spirit afloat while praying for the war’s expedient end. Fate, however, has a plan of its own, one that threatens Joan’s faith in Walt’s promise to return.
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