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Friday, November 11, 2011


 On Veteran's Day, I want to honor the service of our brave men and women.

I bring you a bit from my latest book about an ex-Army man with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and his struggle to return to a normal life after serving in Iraq.

Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny 
What so special about The Book of Danny is that the main character, Capt. Danny Maine.He came to me and told me his story of love and loss and I was compelled to write it. Danny is an imperfect man, sexy as hell, smart, educated, but stuck with the horrors of war messing up his life. With help from friends, family, a counselor and the people of a small town, he is able to break through and overcome the obstacles keeping happiness out of his reach. His return and search for the right woman, fulfilling work and a place to settle feels very real. I think Danny will grab your heart in a way no other hero will. He did mine.

 A few sentences from the book :
A long plane ride provided the chance to say goodbye to his
“Hey, Captain, ever get the guy in Iraq who killed your brother?” asked Sgt. Josh Benson.
“Sure, Benson. Him and the rest, too. All those bastards,” Danny retorted.
“You got the highest score. How many killed?”
“Lost count.”
“More than me.”
“Everybody got more than you, Benson. Jenny behind the desk hit more than you.”
“Can’t see nothin’ on you. Looks like they never touched you.”
“Yeah, looks can be deceiving. How’s your leg doing?” Danny asked, moving away to make more room for Benson’s leg casts.
Danny saw the beads of sweat on Benson’s forehead, his pale face, and knew his buddy was lying.
“Glad to be delivering you back to your sister. Say what does she look like again?”
“Stay away from her, Captain. She’s got enough to do takin’ care of me. She can’t be cryin’ her eyes out over givin’ it to you.” Benson chuckled.
“Too bad. But then if she looks like you, maybe not!” Danny laughed.
“I’m not tellin’.” His brow furrowed, Benson asked, “Say Captain…you sleep good?”
“Okay, I guess,” he lied.
“I see things. I wake up. I don’t sleep all night,” Benson said quietly.
Danny nodded, looking away.
“Will those things go away? Will I always be seein’ Joe or Cal when I go to sleep?”
“I hope not,” Danny said, without conviction, looking down at his hands.
“At least I’m still here. Thanks to you.”
“I told you, just shut up about what happened,” Danny snapped, making a fist.
“Everybody here does his bit. I did mine…with you. Don’t talk about it,” Danny said in a low voice.
“Okay, okay.”
“You’re one brother I’m returning home,” Danny said softly to himself.

Buy link:
Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook on Tuesday and in print in 2-3 months.

I'd like to take a few moments to
remember those who will not return to us.


Naomi said...

I like your idea to post this as a tribute. Looks a good story. Well done

Jean said...

Thank you, Naomi for stopping by and your kind comments.

Kellie Kamryn said...

Wow, Jean. so full of emotion. Love it! can't wait to read it.