Anna Lee, Genre Romance, Totally Bound

Guest Post and Giveaway: The His Soldier Blog Tour With Anna Lee

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Anna Lee today on the His Soldier blog tour. Anna was kind enough to answer a couple of questions for her visit, and she’s also offering the chance to win an e-copy of the book, so be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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Q: Anna, what inspired you to put your own personal stamp on the military romance genre?

Anna: I think there’s something sexy about men in uniform. A few years ago I wrote a historical military romance, As Time Goes By, it was my first book published. This time I wanted it to be contemporary, as I’ve been interested in writing another military romance for a while.There are so many amazing books in the genre, so I started thinking about ways to put my own personal stamp on it as you said. I first got some inspiration from a song to write His Solider. I had the idea that Dean would lose his brother, Dax who was a soldier, and that loss would be felt throughout the story. At the same time, I wanted it to be a story of hope and finding love. So I thought of how Dean and Ryder would meet, an army sergeant and a school teacher. Which led to the idea of army pen pals, another source of inspiration. I found out that you could write to a soldier and say thanks, provide encouragement and give support to those who might not have anyone back home. So Dean and Ryder connect through letters.  I also knew that the story would just be beginning when they finally met, because Ryder would come home a changed man, physically and emotionally.It’s all about love, finding someone who accepts and loves you for who you are, flaws and all, and never giving up hope in a happy ending.

Q: Did you find parts of the novel particularly emotional or difficult to write because of what Dean and Ryder had gone through?  What was the most challenging scene in the book for you to write?

Anna: Yeah, I did. There were times while writing that I had to take a break and step away for a bit because of the emotion, Dean and Ryder are close to my heart and I was really passionate about telling their story. The most challenging scene to write had to be when they first met. I wanted to get the emotions right. They’d written letters for a year, talked over the phone, and made plans to meet but then Ryder gets injured. It’s definitely not the homecoming they expected. Ryder thinking he’ll be nothing but a burden tries to push Dean awaywhen Dean comes to see him in the hospital. That was difficult to write, Ryder was so hurt, depressed, and need in comfort yet he was scared of rejection and feared he’d lost Dean before they had a chance.  It was just as emotional a moment for Dean as well. The man he’d come to love is hurt and the only thing he can do is be there for him. There’s no way to fix it. Yet this tragedy is also like a miracle to Dean, he’s already lost Dax, but Ryder is still there and he’s so relieved he didn’t lose him too. So it was a really pivotal scene and it was important to not only give Ryder hope but show there was still a chance for them to be together if he just trusted Dean.

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unnamedBlurb: Sometimes you find love where you least expect it, for Sergeant Ryder Brooks that’s writing letters home to Dean Anders, his army pen pal…

After a tragedy, in a way to honor his brother and try to cope, Dean becomes a army pen pal to Sergeant Ryder Brooks. The two connect through letters and phone calls for a year, falling in love and making plans to meet when Ryder finishes his tour. However, in an effort to save one of his men who steps on a mine, Ryder loses his leg. Broken and depressed, he doesn’t think Dean will want him. But once Dean learns what happens, he immediately goes to Ryder, determined to help him heal and show him that he loves him no matter what. Ryder has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but with Dean’s support, he realizes his life isn’t over, it’s just beginning if he’ll only give them a chance.

Pre-Order Link: Totally Bound

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Author BioAuthor Bio: Anna Lee graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Living with a disability, she has overcome many challenges and puts her passion for life and love into her writing. She lives with her family and dogs and enjoys writing late into the night. When she isn’t writing, Anna enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew or chatting with her friends about her favorite books and TV shows.

Find Anna at: Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter| Website

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Euro Pride Con, Giveaways

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak PeekHappy Sunday, everyone, and welcome back to another peek at what we have in store for the week ahead. Not only do we have some great authors, giveaways, and reviews in store for you, but we have a special Countdown to Euro Pride Con kicking off this week right here at The Novel Approach, so be sure to watch for our first two guests, Susan Mac Nicol and Morticia Knight. And there’ll be much more to come!

Our Book of the Month picks are also being hosted at Mary Calmes’s blog right now, so pop on over for a chance to win TWO e-copies of any of our chosen titles

Here’s a look at what’s on tap.

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MondayAmy Lane kicks off the week on the Vulnerable blog tour, the first book in her newly re-released Little Goddesses series

We’ll also welcome Mickie B. Ashling today on the Chyna Doll blog tour

TuesdayJoseph Lance Tonlet stops by to discuss the first book in his edgy new serial, Brothers LaFon

We’ll also have Susan Mac Nicol joining us with a guest post to kick off the Countdown to Euro Pride Con

Wednesday – It’s going to be a Brad kind of day today. First, Brad Vance joins us on the Have a Little Faith in Me blog tour

Then, we’ll have an exclusive excerpt from Brad Boney and his newest release from Dreamspinner Press, YES

Thursday – Today we’ll be hosting Kirby Crow and the Hammer and Bone blog tour

Morticia Knight will also be joining us with our second Euro Pride Con Countdown post for the week to talk about her new release The Fear of Surrender

Friday – Author Anna Lee stops by today on the His Soldier blog tour

SaturdayMargie Church is our guest today to talk a little bit about her new book Boston Boyfriend

Sunday – And finally, Trina Lane closes out our week on the Turkish Delights blog tour

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And that’s the lowdown on the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

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