Laura Kaye | 10 Reasons to Love Military Heroes
October 27, 2012
I'm thrilled to be back at Fresh Fiction again, this time to celebrate the
brand-new release of my contemporary romance, ONE NIGHT WITH A HERO, the
sequel to HER FORBIDDEN
HERO. ONE NIGHT is
about two people damaged by childhood experiences who, deep down, believe
they're not worthy of love, and manage to find everything they never let
themselves imagine they could have.
Brady Scott is the hero, and he's active duty Army Special Forces, recently sent
stateside for a tour at Army Staff Pentagon. I absolutely love reading about
military heroes, and now I'm really enjoying writing them, too. Today, I thought
I'd share ten reasons I particularly love reading and writing military heroes:
10. They're heroes. This seems sorta obvious, but here's what I mean: the
fact that they've sacrificed to devote their lives to defense of country paints
them in a heroic light before you know anything else about them. As a reader and
a writer, that usually earns them my respect and sympathy pretty quickly.
9. They know how to commit. Special Forces soldiers sign on for
four-to-eight-year terms of service, and many of them become career military.
These are guys who know how to stick, who know how to slog through, who know how
8. Good backstory. Given how active the U.S. military is in the world
today, military characters can have had all kinds of interesting experiences
that enrich their backstory—they've traveled, they've fought, they've
survived. Perhaps they've been wounded physically or emotionally by what they've
gone through. All of this makes for compelling characters to read and write.
7. Adaptable. Soldiers have to be able to think on their feet, to change
the plan mid-stream when everything goes to hell. This is exactly what happened
to SEAL Team 6 the night they dropped out of the sky to take out Osama bin
Laden. And this kind of adaptability and decisiveness under press makes for a
strong, reliable, get-things-done kind of hero.
6. Good in a crisis. Military heroes have undergone rigorous training
that prepares them to react effectively in any situation. To keep their heads.
To improvise. To battle back their fear and act. This is the kind of hero I want
around for sure.
5. Courage. Soldiers have this in spades. From the first act of
enlistment, they performed an act of courage in which they agreed to risk their
lives for defense of country. Their training gives them the skills to justify
confidence, but that doesn't mean they don't fear an operation going bad, a
buddy getting shot, or their worst nightmare jumping out from around the next
corner. If courage is the practice of acting in the face of fear, military
heroes have courage in spades.
4. Bad ass. When you add up their adaptability, level-headedness even in
the worst of situations, and heroic courage, what you get are some pretty
bad-ass types. And I love that in a hero.
3. Physical fitness. Yeah, it must be said, this is another reason I love
military heroes. All that physical training leads to heroes who are strong,
hard-bodied, damn hot. What more could you want from a hero?
2. Uniforms! Hot body. Military uniform. Camos. Dress uniform. Almost
1. All of the above equals one hot hero! Military heroes truly have it
all—and that means I'm ready to root for them to find their happily ever
after again and again!
What do you most enjoy when reading about military heroes? Comment to enter
to win a print copy of HER
FORBIDDEN HERO, the first book in the Hero Series!
Thanks for reading!
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About ONE NIGHT WITH A
He wants just one night...
After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt.
Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on
straight—and his anger in check—Brady's looking for a distraction.
He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor's one-night-only offer for hot sex,
but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady's not so sure
he can stay away.
...what they need is each other.
Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she'd never
put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can't deny herself
one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her
senseless. When Joss discovers she's pregnant, Brady's rejection leaves her
feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love
and security they've found in each other, but can they let go of the past to
create a future together?
About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers' Choice Awards,
Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in
contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura's large extended family
believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and
evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and
all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura's work as an
historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate
portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband,
two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake
Bay every day.
58 comments posted.
Re: Laura Kaye | 10 Reasons to Love Military Heroes
I love that the "Hero" is normally quite good hearted while having that air of mystery. they are always alpha, mdsest, and full of emotion. Whats not to love? ...Plus they always need a good woman to complete them when all is said and done
(Allie Motherway 11:13am October 27, 2012)
Military Heroes, have the qualities I find most appealing in a real life man. This makes it much easier to slip into the story when I need an escape.
(Shelby S 11:21am October 27, 2012)
I really enjoy military heroes. They are the men who keep us all safe and
able to enjoy our freedom. Also from a romance point of view they are Alfa
males which are my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win such a great
book and its the first in a series, even better.
(Ann Sheiring 11:27am October 27, 2012)
Military heroes have those uniforms and such discipline that they tend to find someone more bendable to speak to their spirit.
(Alyson Widen 11:29am October 27, 2012)
I love Military Heroes because they are ALWAYS ALPHA Males and they do lots of "UnderCover" work!
(Tracy Fischer 11:33am October 27, 2012)
I like their strength, their honor and their compassion and willingness to give their lives to protect others.
(Linda Henderson 11:36am October 27, 2012)
I love courage and strength.
(Roxana Perez 11:39am October 27, 2012)
I love military heroes so much...I ended up marrying one!
(Kellie Forthaus 11:41am October 27, 2012)
Gotta love the Alpha that is true to his country and beliefs.
(Michel Reinhard 11:41am October 27, 2012)
I love Military Heroes because of their sense of Honour...
(Kathleen O'Donnell 11:45am October 27, 2012)
It's in the uniform for me at the risk of sounding shallow!
(May Pau 11:48am October 27, 2012)
Thank you for your post and giveaway, Laura. I can think of one more item for your list.
If men (or women) in the military are serving in a dangerous place, and most such characters in fiction are, they must often if not constantly face death. Therefore they must come to terms with their mortality any way they can.
This gives their lives a whole different meaning. They tend to seize what life has to offer with a passion not typically found among those who lead safe, comfortable lives.
This factors into their love lives, to their relationships with those they love. Not to mention the intensity of their love.
Good luck with the release of "One Night with a Hero"!
(Mary Anne Landers 12:05pm October 27, 2012)
The self discipline that seens to go with the uniform.
(Sheila True 12:06pm October 27, 2012)
Your list pretty comprehensive and think cover the things that
immediately appeal to me about a military hero!
(G. Bisbjerg 12:06pm October 27, 2012)
I'm not sure why, but I do enjoy the books about them.
(Penny Mettert 12:17pm October 27, 2012)
@Allie - yes, I so agree! :)
@Shelby - I like the way you put that!
@Ann - aw, you're very welcome! :)
@Alyson - mmm...uniforms... LOL
@Tracy - yes, the alpha-ness is something I should've
emphasized! Good thinking!
@Linda - that's a great list of their best qualities
@Roxana - right? What's not to love! :)
@Kellie - aw, love that!
@Michel - yes!
@Kathleen - yes, honor is a great one!
@May - LOL! I'm right there with you!
@Mary Anne - Oh, I really love what you said! Definitely,
yes! Thank you!
@Sheila - yes, I agree!
@G.B. - Awesome!
Thanks so much for all the interesting comments everyone!
And good luck! :)
(Laura Kaye 12:23pm October 27, 2012)
I love military heroes because they are hard working, loyal, courageous, caring, and they are fighting for our country, safety, and freedom. Most of them are also very hot.
(Cathy Phillips 12:36pm October 27, 2012)
I love a certain amount of realism - the weaponry and logistics should be correct, whether Seals or Napoleonics. But that does not mean I want to see someone being killed in all the gory technicolour details. Because face it, that is what military men and women are there to do, should it be called for.
(Clare O'Beara 12:38pm October 27, 2012)
Your list and some of the comments brought tears to my eyes. Right now in the news we hear about one of our militery heroes who lost his life to save others. Apparently he was ordered to stand down but continued to defend the embassy and get people out safely.
(Kathleen Yohanna 12:40pm October 27, 2012)
I love this list! It is so true, love out military heroes
:)and your book sounds so good!
(Brandi Franklin 12:45pm October 27, 2012)
I agree with your list of ten reasons to read books with military heros, these are real men. Good luck on your new Hero Series!!
(Sharon Extine 1:21pm October 27, 2012)
can't wait to read it! I love military heros!!!
(Ashley C 1:33pm October 27, 2012)
Love your list... I truly enjoy military heroes... I want to see love come into their lives especially after all they have done and had to deal with.
(Colleen Conklin 1:38pm October 27, 2012)
Living in a military town, I can appreciate the hero story and yours always make me laugh and cry...I love your books and love your characters.
(Jean Bowden 1:58pm October 27, 2012)
I love reading about military heros-they are my hero's since I was 14-15 sent my cousin and his friends care packages to them for they were fighting the Viet Nam war, astill i'm still sending our soldiers care packages.they are real men and so brave to be fighting for our freedom. I've losted so many good friends too which their families need help too. Never have read your books so it sounds really good, will add your name to my list of new authors.
(Carole Fiore 2:42pm October 27, 2012)
It takes a special type of man to become a military hero. They come in various sizes and have different personalities, but have the love of our country in common. I'm thankful for them.
(Anna Speed 2:49pm October 27, 2012)
I LOVE READING ABOUT MILITARY HEROES. THEY ARE THE REAL
HEROES FOR PUTTING THEIR OWN LIVES AT RISK FOR OUR FREEDOM AND
FIGHTING FOR US AND THEIR COUNTRY.
(Shelly Caggiano 3:52pm October 27, 2012)
I love military heroes. So much so, that I married one for myself...Tsgt Lawrence Knapp, 21 years in the Air Force and 2 tours Vietnam. He is my hero and yours because while so many American wimps were running to Canada...my Canadian came to the U.S. and enlisted, volunteering to go to Vietnam.
(Kelly Knapp 4:02pm October 27, 2012)
I love reading military romance. The men are alpha, hot, and courageous.
(Patty Porter 4:28pm October 27, 2012)
I enjoy reading about military heroes and learning about some of what they experience while serving. They fight hard for our country and to protect us and our freedom. Also, they all look good in uniform (military or dress). One Night with a Hero sounds like a great book, I want to read!
(Linda Luinstra 4:54pm October 27, 2012)
@Penny - I'm glad you do! :)
@Cathy - that's a lot of good reasons! ;)
@Clare - totally agree!
@Kathleen - That's good to remember. There are real people
behind these characters, and they're making real sacrifices.
@Brandi - yay! I'm so glad!
@Sharon - thank you so much!
@Ashley - yay! Hope you like it!
@Colleen - oh, yes, me too!
@Jean - xoxo!
@Carole - I really like what you had to say! Thank you so
@Anna and Shelly - Amen!
@Kelly - Thank you to your hubby! :)
@Patty - yes!
@Linda - Awesome! Thanks so much!
Enjoying reading all your comments everyone - thank you!
(Laura Kaye 5:55pm October 27, 2012)
I started having crushes on military men when I was 9 or 10 years old. I suppose part of that is because I spent some of my formative years as an army brat. I just think there is something so amazing about a man that feels so strongly about his country that he's willing to risk his life for it. Military men have convictions and they have to be both physically and mentally strong. And the uniform doesn't hurt either. ;)
(Jenny Yetman 6:11pm October 27, 2012)
The death before dishonor - I find men with integrity irresistible
(Carla Carlson 6:19pm October 27, 2012)
I love that the military instills the old-school respect
that modern age seems to have lost. The military instills
respect, equality, and other great values. Military men
value women, without thinking less of them, so they know how
treat them. When they're used in books, it makes the heroic
aspects more realistic and believable than other type of
(Megan Bowie 6:26pm October 27, 2012)
Great list - I'd add the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. Loved Her Forbidden Hero - have One Night With A Hero waiting to be read on my reader - can't wait!
(Mary Chin 6:46pm October 27, 2012)
I love that these heroic men (and the women too) sacrifice so
much, including risking their own lives to protect others.
(June A, Manning 6:50pm October 27, 2012)
great list and from what i read i really want to read the rest!!!
(Jennifer Beck 7:26pm October 27, 2012)
I love military heroes. They are alpha males that aren't afraid to do what's
needed at any moment.
(Lori Meehan 7:46pm October 27, 2012)
@Jenny - Yes yes yes! :)
@Carla - oh, yes, that's a good one!
@Megan - Oh, I like this!
@Mary - Yay! Happy reading!
@June - I completely agree!
@Jennifer - Woot! So glad to hear that!
@Lori - yes, so true!
Great comments everyone! Thanks so much!
(Laura Kaye 8:49pm October 27, 2012)
I must confess that I've never read a book about military heroes. Now that I've thought back on it, I can't recall ever seeing a book about military heroes at the libraries I've frequented, and when I've gone to the bookstores, it wasn't the section I was looking at at the time. Now I would love to read your book. It sounds like a tender, yet sexy story, that's perfect to read this time of year. The circumstances in the story sort of struck a chord with me, and that makes me want to read your book even more. Congratulations on your book, and on the series as well. With the great reviews you got, I'm sure your books will do great!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:55pm October 27, 2012)
I really enjoy military heroes.
(Kathy Fowler 10:19pm October 27, 2012)
I love military heroes because the men are men. They are dedicated and loving.
(Jennifer Beyer 10:20pm October 27, 2012)
I really enjoy reading about their strength and how they over came what they experienced while at war.
(Kristin Bingham 10:20pm October 27, 2012)
@Peggy - Aw, Peggy, I hope you enjoy it if you give it a
try! Thank you!
@Kathy - *nods* LOL!
@Jennifer - yes!
@Kristin - I like that, too!
Thanks so much for all the fun comments everyone!
(Laura Kaye 11:23pm October 27, 2012)
I love military heroes too because they are real and it makes you think about what our real life heroes go through.
(Darci Paice 11:58pm October 27, 2012)
Oh I love all of the above about them :) I really like the
fierce dedication and that once they set their mind to
something they're going to make it happen :)
(Anna Cade 12:33pm October 28, 2012)
@Darci - I agree!
@Anna - LOL! Yes!
I've really enjoyed reading all your comments today! Thank
(Laura Kaye 1:20am October 28, 2012)
Military heroes are confident, loyal, dedicated & honorable.
(Mary Preston 6:01am October 28, 2012)
@Mary - yes, totally agree! :)
(Laura Kaye 9:27am October 28, 2012)
Who can resist a man in uniform?? Their integrity and honor only makes the package that much more appeaing.
(Rebecca Whitehead-Schwarz 12:29pm October 28, 2012)
Who doesn't love a hero? We cheer for them and want to emulate them.
(Diane McMahon 12:39pm October 28, 2012)
Military heros are so good-looking. They are fit and damn they look so yummy in uniforms.
(Kai Wong 10:42pm October 28, 2012)
I like all the action and romance!
(Martha Lawson 11:00pm October 28, 2012)
@Rebecca - yes, that's so true!
@Diane - I agree!
@Kai - LOL! Yes!
@Martha - it's a great combination, isn't it?
Thanks so much for all the fun comments everyone!
(Laura Kaye 11:13pm October 28, 2012)
All of the above! That is all. It's hard to not fall for
military heroes. They represent honor, freedom, strength and
hope. What's not to love?
(Hai-Yen Huynh 11:32pm October 28, 2012)
I cant resist a man in uniform . For them wanting to fight for my freedom makes them that more appealing to me .
(Danielle McDonald 12:02pm October 29, 2012)
This book sounds so sad -- and full of drama! I would love to read this series :)
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