Saturday, April 20, 2013

For the Love of Military Romance, Indeed! by Laura Kaye

Credit By His Boots
Hey everyone! Welcome to our new digs and to the first author blog dedicated to military romance! I wanted to share a little about why I love military romance, introduce you to my series, and pass along a funny or two!

I’m often asked why I write about military heroes, and I have a couple of answers to this question. First, I’ve worked for the Navy as a civilian professor at the U.S. Naval Academy for the past seven years, so I’m surrounded by military culture all the time. Not only do I find it fascinating, but I have a real respect for the people with whom I work, their families, and the midshipmen who are dedicating their lives to the service of their country. 

Second, the U.S. has been at war for a dozen years, touching a whole generation of Americans in some way. I think it's important to talk about what the impact of these wars have been on ordinary people. I'm interested in telling all of these stories - the stories of military combat, the stories of personal sacrifice by military members, the stories of sacrifice by families and loved ones, and the stories of loss and grief and post-service injuries and adjustment. Some of my most satisfying moments as an author have been when I've received messages from military spouses telling me how much I've gotten right, or how much a character's struggles with post-traumatic stress syndrome remind them of someone they know and love.


I also enjoy writing military history because I have quite a few members of my family who served in the military. My father was a Marine during Vietnam, and my grandfather served in the Army during World War II. An uncle I admire greatly is an active duty Army doc. And, of course, military romance is so much fun to write because military heroes are strong and brave and alpha and protective, and that makes them so very compelling to read and write about! All of these have influenced me in writing my military romance series.

I have two military romance series underway: the Heroes series and
the Hard Ink series. The first two books in the Heroes series are out and follow the stories and struggles of prior Army Special Forces soldiers back from war. The Hard Ink series releases in November and is about how five members of an Army Special Forces unit who survived a deadly ambush in Afghanistan only to be blackballed in a conspiracy that ruined their reputations, ended their careers, and tarnished their honor, fight back to clear their names. I'm having so much fun writing both!

Finally, take a few minutes and watch this spirit video by midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Too freaking funny, guys, for real!


Why do you enjoy reading military romance?

Thanks for reading!
Laura


Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a 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. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


29 comments:

  1. I loved the video clip thanks for sharing.

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    1. Funny, isn't it? I love it too! Thanks Cherie!

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  2. That's a hard question to answer. I have several members of my family that are veteran's so military hero's are just a natural choice for me to read.

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  3. Hi, Laura! So excited to have you here :). And you know how I love military heroes.

    I love reading about them because of their bravery and dedication to their teammates.

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    1. Thanks Kaylea! I love that part too, the brotherhood!

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  4. Hi, Laura! So excited to have you here :). And you know how I love military heroes.

    I love reading about them because of their bravery and dedication to their teammates.

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  5. Good morning Laura and I love military stories because they are brave, have lots of honor, and are dedicated. You bring out the best in the military by your wonderful writing.

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    1. Aw, thank you for that wonderful compliment! Made my whole day! And I couldn't agree with your reasons more! xo!

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  6. Laura I love the military romances and heroes because they have so much honor. A reader immediatly respects the character and becomes invested in their happiness. Thanks for writing such wonderful heroes for us to read.

    Go Navy!

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    1. Ooh, I like that. An immediate expectation from the reader. That's a great thought! And you're welcome! xo!

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  7. Hello Laura
    I too have family in the military active and retired.My nephew is in the navy so I really enjoyed the video.
    I enjoy reading all romance it just gets to me.

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    1. Awesome, MzHeart! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Great post Laura. I have a great admiration for the military. My grandfather was a sergeant in the RAF (British Air Force) my father in the British Army and I even have a cousin who attended Annapolis and is an officer in the US Navy! I loved your Heroes Series and am waiting for your Hard Ink books. Thanks for the video. My eldest son showed it to me a while back when the song was fairly new. Priceless!

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    1. Isn't that a small world??? Thanks so much, Georgie!!!

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  9. I think that the military romance I have read (and lately it seems there's a lot) has a bittersweet quality for what's been changed or lost through the hero's military service. I haven't read much where the military person was female.

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    1. Those are both interesting observations, Steph! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Great Post Laura. I admire the fact 1, that you are a teacher and 2 that you are teaching at the Naval Academy. I have always been a big supporter of the military and most of the men in my family have served. I have great respect not only for the service members but their families as well.

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  11. My hubby is the army and on his 3rd deployment in our 7 year marriage, so I read romances because it helps me escape reality for a few hours at a time.

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    1. Thanks for your and his service, Kaylyn!!

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  12. I love romance. Every romance needs a hero and there are no more heroic folks out there than the men & women of our armed forces. The fact that I was in the Navy and my husband was Army has nothing to do with it (much).

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  13. I grew up near a military base in New Mexico. And I have never seen so many hot guys in uniform in all my life! I remember some of my friends having military boyfriends/husbands and how sad they were when they deployed. It makes me respect the sacrifices people make in order to defend our country.

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    1. Couldn't agree more, Dee! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Love Laura and her books! Especially her military heroes books!! They are awesome reads and very hot!

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  15. I love military reads because I think that ALL of our soldiers deserve love, especially after all that they have given to serve and protect our country.

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