The Montana Mavericks is a popular on-going series featured by Harlequin Special Edition. What many people may not know is that the basic idea for this particular series is generated by Harlequin. An editor brainstorms the story ideas for each of the six books in the series and authors are then invited to participate by breathing life into the story ideas. It can be a real challenge, but I must confess I love the idea of getting some help plotting my books!
What I really loved about my book, A MAVERICK FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is that it features a soldier, Forrest Traub, who has returned home from Iraq. He is battling a bum leg and post-traumatic-stress-syndrome. I had the opportunity to interview a Marine who was injured in Iraq and who’d also suffered from PTSD. In this case, the young man was wearing his protective vest, but he was shot under his arm and had so much damage that he had to have most of one of his lungs removed and his ribcage rebuilt with titanium. He went through many operations and suffered through many life changes when he was forced to return home from service.
In my book, Forrest Traub, even though he has lost a lot of hope, is trying to help veterans with the help of a golden retriever therapy dog. With Christmas coming in the near future, he doesn’t feel the least bit jolly, but there’s a special woman who sees clear to the heart of him and she’s determined to help him feel the joy of the season… and maybe help him see that love is possible even for a beat-up soldier.
I was very honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to write this story that offers just a glimpse of the courage our soldiers and their families face as they return from duty. God bless them all.
My question for you is can you name something that has recently touched you? Big or small, I hope you’ll share. I’ll draw from the responses to give away a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card!