Well, it all started on Twitter. A few months back, I was sent a link to a photo of a SEAL that was taken in 2007. He’s preparing for a night op…yes, this is a =real= SEAL. I posted it on Twitter and it went a little viral. The next day I tossed off a tweet about writing some SEAL short romance stories and putting out a charity anthology…yeah, just tossed off the tweet without really thinking of my current writing schedule, etc.
And an author friend, Alison Kent, direct messaged me to say, “Hey, how can I help you make this happen?” And I realized I really, really wanted to make it happen, although I felt a bit (a lot) overwhelmed. But the idea was so appealing (as was the photo) that we started getting serious about it. We approached authors who had retweeted or commented on the photo of our guy. We branched out via recommendations and asked authors noted for their military heroes. We had a nice list of committed (eager!) writers willing to write short romances featuring SEALs. And then…
I bought this guy 50,000 times. (That’s how royalty photos work, you buy a license to use the image as a cover a certain number of times…and I hope we have to up that, by the way!)
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have him <G>, but more, to let it be known (and you’ll hear more as it gets closer) that we are putting out an anthology all proceeds of which will benefit veterans medical research. Riders Cindy Gerard, Kylie Brant, Helen Brenna and I are all contributing. And it gets even better…originally we were planning to self-publish, but we don’t have nearly the expertise or reach as another of our own who stepped up to help us. Yep, Deb Dixon’s Belle Books will be publishing this for us! I am so, so grateful.
The digital edition will be available on 11/11/11, Veterans Day. There will also be available a print edition at a later date.
Can I just crow about one more thing? I looove the title, and I thought it up myself. 🙂
The romance community is so awesome–and that’s all of you. I’m proud to be part of it.
So…do you have any military connections? My dad is an Army vet who used the G.I. bill to attend Cal Berkeley. My father-in-law is a real American hero. He is a jet fighter pilot who retired as a captain in the Navy. He was stationed all over the world and was an aide in the White House!