“Celebrating My Birthday With Friends – Plus Giveaway!”

“Celebrating My Birthday With Friends – Plus Giveaway!”
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“Celebrating My Birthday With Friends – Plus Giveaway!”
By: Catherine Mann

Many of my blogs this month have highlighted military heroes. Today I would like to focus on another type of hero/heroine – military spouses! In writing my military romantic suspense novels, I put much thought into crafting the perfect partner for that person in uniform. No question, it’s a unique way of life, full of joy, stress, pride, stress, excitement, and yes, stress.

Thinking about military spouses brought to mind this recipe I’ve seen crop up often over the years:

Recipe for a Military Spouse
1 1/2 cups Patience
1 lb. Adaptability
3/4 cup Tolerance
1 tsp. Courage
A Dash of Adventure
Combine above ingredients: Add 2 tablespoons elbow grease. Let sit alone for one year. Marinate frequently with salty tears. Sprinkle lightly with money. “Knead” dough until payday. Season with international spices. Bake 20 years or until done.

As I look back on my husband’s twenty-plus years of service, I’m reminded of how military spouse friends helped me through so many times when my husband was away. We cried and laughed together. We kept each other company while our kids wore themselves out on the playground. We supported each other.

To this day, it doesn’t matter if it’s been years since we were stationed at the same place. Those friendships – those bonds – stay strong.

In keeping with celebrating with another military spouse, I want to take a moment to cheer for military romance novelist Jessica Scott. Most of the time we think of her as a soldier, but I believe she deserves double kudos for being a military spouse as well. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut novel, BECAUSE OF YOU, and look forward to the next book in her “Coming Home” series.

And what a perfect day to celebrate with another military spouse since today’s my birthday! A great big thanks to all of you who stopped by to join in.
Three commenters below will be chosen at random to win a copy of the latest book in my “Elite Force” series – HOT ZONE. Winners announced at the end of day, Catherine will choose & announce in this post – good luck!

Who’s been a source of support and encouragement when you needed it most?


Author Bio:
USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winner Catherine Mann writes military romantic suspense for Sourcebooks and Berkley, as well as steamy romances for Harlequin Desire. She lives in Florida with her military flyboy husband, their four children, and menagerie of pets. FMI, she can be found online at:
Website: http://catherinemann.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CatherineMannAuthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CatherineMann1

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