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Sharon Hamilton | Marrying a Special Force Guy

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Navy SEALs are highly trained to work in groups with precision, to plan and develop strategies, and to use their environment to adapt to the unexpected. They know that 99% of the time the mission will not come off as planned, but they expect this, and move on.

Why would such a highly trained warrior have difficulty with their marriages at home? I’ve seen statistics that claim nearly 60% divorce rate among special forces. I know it’s similar with police and other high-stress jobs where the use of deadly force is required.

This is the backdrop of my new series, Band of Bachelors, which will be a five book collection running parallel to my SEAL Brotherhood books. Some of the same characters from the Bad Boys of SEAL Team 3 and earlier SEAL books will make appearances, but Band of Bachelors will be about these special men, and how they find their happily ever after.

Here’s and excerpt from BAND OF BROTHERS: LUCAS:

Lucas woke up with the sun slicing daggers of light into his eyes.

Screw me.

He rolled over to shield his face from the bright morning, and fell off the couch right onto his tailbone. He hadn’t slept very soundly last night, his ass making divots in between the second and third cushions of the sectional that was equally uncomfortable to sit on. The grey scratchy fabric was Scotchguarded, making his back and balls itch. His buddies on SEAL Team three had picked up this wonderful piece of loungery for two hundred bucks four months ago. The San Diego Goodwill was so happy to get rid of it, they gave the Team the matching return without charging a penny extra.

From the floor, Lucas stared eye-level at the piece he’d battled with all night long and knew if anyone spilled an ash or accidentally dropped a match, that old pre-Desert Storm couch would go up in flames and take the whole building with it, regardless of the Scotchguard. As he pulled his body up, the matching return veering off to the right gaped at him, its bent footrests looking like huge gumless jaws. The thing was laughing at him.

It was nothing like his king sized bed with the Egyptian Cotton sheets at home, the home he’d been kicked out of a month ago. He hadn’t expected to have to sleep on his buddies’ couch this long, which meant that soon his pain would be over and Connie would change her mind. He’d envisioned that welcome home party every day and night, in spite of the fact that his last vision of her had her screaming at the top of her lungs, the delicious blue veins at the sides of her neck protruding like they were fat blue birthday candles, his sobbing three-year-old daughter burying her face in her mother’s thigh as the baby’s horror-filled expression showed the pain and confusion of what he couldn’t understand.

Yeah, that was a crappy day. But things were bound to look up. There was nowhere else to go.

For your listening pleasure, here’s a snippet on Sound Cloud of the chapter when the hero and heroine meet:

https://soundcloud.com/j-d-hart/band-of-bachelors-sample- 1

BAND OF BROTHERS: LUCAS is available on Preorder now, releasing October 19th.

Giveaway

What would be the toughest part of marrying a special forces guy? One random winner will be selected from the comments below and will receive one of my backlist titles of their choice (Kindle eBook, print or Audio). Please all books are available in all formats.

About Sharon Hamilton

Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling Navy SEALs in the SEAL Brotherhood Series follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. This series continues with book 10, releasing 6-30-15, SEAL's Code. All of her books are available in audio book as well as all eReading devices. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense for since the end of 2012.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun.

Her angels in The Guardians series struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.

Sharon lives in Sonoma County, California, with her husband and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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BAND OF 
BROTHERS: LUCAS

About BAND OF BROTHERS: LUCAS

Special Operator Lucas Shipley thought his troubles were past him, when he discovers they’ve only just begun. Recently separated from his wife of five years, he gets some unwelcomed news. He thought his living arrangement, with four other separated or divorced buddies from SEAL Team 3, was temporary. Now, he understands he has to move on with his life.

Marcy Gelland is one of the smartest, most successful realtors in San Diego County. She’s hired by Lucas’ soon-to-be ex-wife to help her liquidate their joint holdings and help orchestrate a speedy departure from Lucas’ life. Based on what Marcy’s been told, Lucas deserves any amount of pain she or her client can dish out to him.

But when they are left alone together in the remote Northern California woods, they ignite a personal bonfire that threatens to burn down the whole forest. Marcy is forced to see she has been misled.

Amidst the backdrop of hardened bachelor SEALs with their unsolicited, anti- long- term relationship advice, and a criminal gang operating nearby, Lucas must do what he’s always done and never gotten proper credit for: be the hero that saves the day.

 

 

Comments

34 comments posted.

Re: Sharon Hamilton | Marrying a Special Force Guy

When he leaves on assignment
(Marissa Yip-Young 6:00am August 24, 2015)

The hardest part would be the dreaded call that he has to
leave, and most of the time, not knowing where he's headed.
Sometimes not knowing if he's ok would be just as bad, since
I know they have to stay undercover, and out of contact.
That would leave me on pins and needles, until I could hear
his voice!! I was married to someone who was in the
National Guard, and when he had to leave for those 2 weeks
in the Summer, was so hard in the beginning. I believe that
his Army service was part of the reason our marriage didn't
last, but it wasn't because I'm not patriotic or wasn't
willing to sacrifice him to the Nation. I can't get into it
on this forum, unfortunately. I'm looking forward to
reading your book, to see how this story line plays out.
The men who make up this line of the service are Angels, and
my heart goes out to them. The movie An American Sniper
shed a little light on their life as well. Congratulations
on your book!!
(Peggy Roberson 7:30am August 24, 2015)

I really enjoy stories about SEALS
(Barbara Semeraro 9:01am August 24, 2015)

The hardest part would be not knowing where , what are how he is doing . It would be a nightmare for me all the time he is gone. Would love to win , thanks for this giveaway . The book sounds real exciting !
(Joan Thrasher 10:23am August 24, 2015)

Being apart would be very hard. I'd always be worrying
about his safety. Thanks for the chance to win.
(Mary Hay 11:02am August 24, 2015)

I think the hardest part would be being apart so much and not being able to
discuss what's going on in his work life with him.
(Janet Overstreet 12:00pm August 24, 2015)

I love navy seal and military romance I would love to win the
contest so I can read your book 😊
(Dana Hopkins 12:07pm August 24, 2015)

And I think the toughest part of being married to a special
forces guy would be not knowing if you will see him again and
how often you would be separated.
(Dana Hopkins 12:11pm August 24, 2015)

The not knowing what he is doing and if he would come home safe...
(Colleen Conklin 1:08pm August 24, 2015)

Worry over safety when they are gone.
(Deb Diem 5:11pm August 24, 2015)

The hardest part would be having to deal with being alone for a majority of the time and,if children are involved, having to raise them on your own.
(Heidi Ingalls 8:58pm August 24, 2015)

Hurray for the Bad Boy SEALS! Love them. Can't wait to read this.
(Kantu Malhotra 9:11am August 25, 2015)

Knowing that if things go bad - you could loose your life.
(Beth Elder 12:21pm August 25, 2015)

The hardest would be when he leaves on a mission and
never knowing where he is going and when, or if, he will
return.
(Irene Menge 3:01pm August 25, 2015)

It would be the dreaded calls to go and never knowing when or if
they would come back.
(Nancy Luebke 7:26pm August 25, 2015)

Would really appreciate winning a copy of this book, thanks for the chance.
(Connie Sahn 10:31pm August 25, 2015)

Your book sounds very intriguing, it's been added to my TBR
list. Thanks for the opportunity! Love your SEAL books!
(Jennifer Lessard 12:46pm August 26, 2015)

Your book sounds very intriguing, it's been added to my TBR
list. Thanks for the opportunity! Love your SEAL book!
(Jennifer Lessard 12:47pm August 26, 2015)

I think the hardest part would be knowing that they might
not come home.
(Jen Barnard 7:41am August 26, 2015)

The hardest part would be that when you say goodbye it might be the last time you see them alive.
(Barbara Hanson 9:00am August 26, 2015)

the waiting to see if they come home
(Jennifer Beck 10:41am August 26, 2015)

The biggest fear has to be worry for their safety.
(Pam Howell 2:44pm August 26, 2015)

Being apart without communication would be the hardest part
for sure! I'm not sure I could do it!
(Maria Smith 8:47pm August 26, 2015)

Not knowing if or when he'd be coming home. And not hearing
from him while he's gone. I have nothing but the highest
admiration for SEALs and Special Forces personnel and their
families.
(Sandy Haber 9:08pm August 26, 2015)

The hardest part of being married to a special forces guy would be knowing that they are always going into the most dangerous situations so there is the concern for their physical safety. Just as hard is the psychological aspect of their job where they always feel the need to portray themselves as fearless, competent and invincible. They also have a fierce loyalty to each other that can make family members and friends feel left out.
(Flora Presley 9:40pm August 26, 2015)

finding alone time to spend together
(Fred Holmes 11:02pm August 26, 2015)

MY WORRYING TENDENCY
(Debbi Shaw 11:19pm August 26, 2015)

I would always worry about his safety.
(Kristine Murphy 9:26am August 27, 2015)

I'm guessing the inability to plan a schedule when they can be called away
on a few hours notice and not being to contact them to share the day to day
information.
(Laura Gullickson 1:41pm August 27, 2015)

I would always worry about how he was doing and if he was safe. That's got to be so hard on them and their families. God Bless them all!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 3:25pm August 27, 2015)

The toughest part would be to know that he´s endangering
himself everytime he leaves on a mission, not knowing if he
´s coming back to me or not *sniffles*
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Friday! (I´m wearing red!)
//Linda
(Linda Larsson 6:10pm August 27, 2015)

It takes a special partner to be able to cope with the
unknowns of a military member plus the times the are away.
(Diane Sallans 7:39pm August 27, 2015)

I think the hardest part would be having him leave on
assignment without notice and no idea where he was and when
he would be back. I'll be wearing red tomorrow!
(Mary Mccoy 8:58pm August 27, 2015)

The hardest part would be the sudden deployments and not
knowing where he is going.
(Diana Thomas 10:43pm August 27, 2015)

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