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Cathy Skendrovich | A Military Man + Giveaway

Zone of Action
Cathy Skendrovich



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August 2020
On Sale: July 27, 2020
ISBN: 1649370040
EAN: 9781649370044
Kindle: B089RZF9MG
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Also by Cathy Skendrovich:
Zone of Action, August 2020
Undercover with the Nanny, May 2018
Prisoner of Love, October 2015


Just like most women, I’ve always liked a man in uniform. They look crisp, clean, and very take-charge. They make a person feel safe. However, when I became an Army mom in 2017, I had a totally different opinion of soldiers. You see, my baby enlisted then. I didn’t know what was going to happen to him in the future. I wouldn’t be able to protect him. The military wasn’t so romantic anymore, although they can still put on one heck of a graduation ceremony.

After my son graduated Basic Training, or BT as he called it, the worry over his safety backed off a little inside me, and the whole Army brotherhood angle began to interest me. I wanted to write a suspense novel involving soldiers. My plot was nebulous; I pitched it to my editor at Entangled. They came back with, “We want a terrorist thriller. If you do this right, it could be a series.” Whoa.

I didn’t know anything about terrorists, except what you see on the news periodically. Could I write a book about them? I set out researching. I looked up Army Intelligence, counterterrorism, the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world, terrorist cells… The list went on and on. I half-expected agents dressed like Men in Black to appear at my door with a warrant because of my search history! Or some other type men in uniform.

All that research paid off in the form of Zone of Action, my first military romantic thriller that released today. Listening to my son as he went from boy to man to soldier, watching him mature, and studying the whole terrorism world, made me realize that I could write this book and write it well. I owe it to my son to represent his chosen vocation properly, although he won’t ever read it. Too many “kissing” scenes for his liking. But you can rest assured, the action and suspense are top-notch!


COMMENT TO WIN: What’s your favorite military movie or book? Tell us in the comments below and one lucky commenter will win an ARC of Zone of Action. In the meantime, read the beginning of the book to whet your appetite!


Excerpt from ZONE OF ACTION

It was late afternoon, and the buildings cast eerie shadows along the ground and over the Afghan men’s faces. They resembled bearded Scream figures. Cameron’s skin crawled at the comparison, and he rolled his shoulders. More sweat rolled between his shoulder blades. He was thankful for the Kevlar vest he wore, but damned if it wasn’t like wearing a portable sauna. 

“No, no, no, no.” His attention shot to the huddle before him, fingers tightening on his M4. One of the men was overriding Brett’s question, stepping into his personal space to emphasize whatever the hell he was saying. Brett pushed him back with a sharp command in Pashto, and Cameron moved to Brett’s side, jerking his M4 at the man. The guy wisely retreated. Cameron looked at the Hummer, nodded at Jimenez, who straightened behind the gun turret. Ross remained behind the wheel. Their vigilant demeanor reassured him. A little.

Enough was enough. Cameron addressed Brett without looking at him, his attention riveted on the informants, who shifted their sandaled feet, pebbles crunching loudly under their soles. “Are you getting anything worthwhile here, Brett? ’Cuz I’m having a bad feeling. I think we should pop smoke and drag their asses back to base.”

“Give me a minute,” Brett tossed back, breaking into a long question about where the gun runners had been seen last. Cameron licked his lips, tasted sand, and seethed. He couldn’t shake the feeling of foreboding. Cocking his hip, he looked to his right. His muscles tensed, and he gripped his carbine tighter. Was that movement behind the charred remains of the Fiat across the street? Hadn’t he already surveilled that tin can skeleton when they’d first arrived? He shook his head. Shit, he was as jumpy as a virgin in a strip club.

As he turned his head, he saw the shorter, skinnier Afghan nod, and Cameron’s gaze narrowed. It hadn’t been a full-blown nod, not by a long shot. Just a tiny head movement, almost like ducking a buzzing fly. And Lord knew there were a shit-ton of those little bastards flying around. Keeping his gaze trained on the shorter informant, Cameron tuned in to Brett’s latest inquiry.

“What kind of weapons did you see?” Brett was asking in flawless Pashto. By his impatient undertone, it wasn’t the first time he’d posed the question. And a response sure as hell wouldn’t include a nod. Cameron reached out a gloved hand to tap Brett on the arm and warn him when the rat-a-tat-tat of a heavy machine gun exploded from the blown-out building to their right.

“Ambush!” Cameron yelled.

© 2020 Cathy Skendrovich, Entangled Publishing, 2020. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

ZONE OF ACTION by Cathy Skendrovich

Zone of Action

Former terror cell expert Audrey Jenkins has seen enough death and destruction to last a lifetime. When she uncovers her ex, Brett, a higher-ranking officer in her unit, selling military secrets, she turns him in and returns to the simpler life she has embraced since leaving the army.

CID Special Agent Cam Harris is a career military man with a strong sense of duty. When a military prisoner who once saved his life in Afghanistan escapes while in his custody, he requests the assignment to track him down.

Cam's manhunt leads him to Audrey's door. His prisoner--her ex--will resurface here, he’s sure of it. The feisty woman wants nothing to do with hunting down her ex, but when a terror cell she’s all-too-familiar with launches a deadly attack on army intelligence soldiers and officers, she knows it’s Brett.

Helping Cam is the right thing to do. But the attraction burning between them may be the mistake that gets her and Cam killed. . .

Romance Military [Entangled: Amara, On Sale: July 27, 2020, e-Book, ISBN: 9781649370044 / eISBN: 9781649370044]

About Cathy Skendrovich

Cathy Skendrovich

Cathy has always loved writing, but that pesky thing called Real Life cast writing into the backseat for years. Now she has reunited with her creative passion, and devotes every moment she can to all the plots and characters milling about in her imagination. She admits she finds story plotlines in everyday occurrences going on around her.

When she's not writing her special mixture of romance and humor, she likes to travel read, and take long walks with her husband (the inspiration for her happily-ever-afters). Cathy looks forward to many years of writing for readers' enjoyment.





22 comments posted.

Re: Cathy Skendrovich | A Military Man + Giveaway

Apocalypse Now
(Martin Bodnar 8:37am July 27)

Memories of sitting watching war movies with my Dad make
this a really hard question. To narrow it down to just
one war movie. I loved Run Silent, Run Deep. The Great
Escape is one I can watch over and over. Gallipoli. So
many. Hard to think watching war movies can be
entertainment when you think what war actually is.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:38am July 27)

From Here to Eternty
(Vickie Couturier 12:12pm July 27)

I liked Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series.
(Melanie Rosen 7:24pm July 27)

I couldn't tell you me favorite because there are to many to list.
(Cynthia St. Germain 8:57pm July 27)

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne
from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E Ambrose
and it inspired a HBO mini-series called Band of Brothers.
(Alyson Widen 10:33pm July 27)

I have too many favorites to name. I like Lindsay McKenna's
multiple military series are all good. I really enjoyed
Suzanne Brockmann's Seal Team series, (Troubleshooters).
There is definitely something about a military man. Mine
was Air Force. It was a wonderful life and we made friends
for life, still getting together even after retirement. I
am glad we shared it.
(Patricia Barraclough 1:02am July 28)

My favorite military book is A Higher Call by Adam Makos and
my favorite military movie is Stalag 17
(Meredith Winn 1:15am July 28)

I'm all about military books and movies so I have many
favorites. The ones a posted above are very high up on my
(Meredith Winn 1:16am July 28)

I'm all about military books and movies so I have many
favorites. The ones posted above are very high up on my list
(Meredith Winn 1:17am July 28)

i love the cover
(Donna Holder 7:39pm July 28)

Hi, everybody! I love all your comments. I couldn't see a
button to answer each of you individually, so here I am. My
favorite war movie is Behind Enemy Lines. It's one that
didn't push the blood and gore beyond my comfort level. As
for a book, it would be The Nightingale. Yes, I'm a romance
lover through and through. Thank you to Donna Holder for the
comment about the cover. I love it, too.
(Cathy Skendrovich 9:44pm July 28)

Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket are my favorites!
(Tracy Urschler 10:54pm July 28)

I want to thank your son for his service. Both my brother
and husband served in the military.
(Anna Speed 1:17pm July 29)

The Red Badge of Courage
(Linda Gawthrop 5:47pm July 29)

the covers are wild. love them
(Donna Holder 10:09pm July 29)

A Few Good Men
(Samantha Tennant 1:53am July 30)

My favorite military movie is The Hunt For Red October featuring Sir Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. Very suspenseful and interesting! Loved the submarine scenes and differing perspectives of characters involved.
(Laurie Gommermann 12:21pm July 30)

What’s your favorite military movie or book? Top Gun is my
(Margaret Luvisi 12:22pm July 30)

My favorite military book is scifi, Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.
(Phyllis Lamken 1:32pm July 30)

My favorite military book is: The Complete Virtue And
Valor Series
I love books like this their so intriguing and
interesting and I look forward to reading and reviewing
the print version of your books. Love book cover.
Hope I Win.
(Crystal Stewart 7:16pm July 30)

Favorite military movie is Down Periscope! Along with A Few
Good Men.
(Elizabeth Haney 4:29pm Friday)

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