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About the Book:
Title: WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY
Author: Pamela Ackerson, Debra Parmley, Teri Riggs, Maggie Adams, Nia Farrell
Pub. Date: November 7, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Five Degrees of heartwarming to melting stories ─ Five stand-alone love stories with swoon-worthy heroes that will leave you breathless from award-winning International, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors Pamela Ackerson, Debra Parmley, Teri Riggs, Maggie Adams, and Nia Farrell.
* A Rosa for Russell ~ Who in their right mind falls in love with the enemy?
** Two Step, New Steps ~ Wounded cop Len Yardley doesn’t expect to find love while he’s healing from a gunshot wound but the air force veteran can’t help falling for perky Leanne Bobbin who brings out his protective instincts and makes him laugh.
*** Bringing Her Home ~ Can Thomas Raintree bring home the woman he loves, but had to leave behind?
**** As Time Goes By ~ Blake’s determined to find out who killed his best friend, and his widow holds the key …not only to the murder, but also to Blake’s heart.
***** Fallen ~ An Army chaplain priest’s faith is tested when he falls for his PTSD therapist.
Fallen by Nia Farrell Excerpt:
Ilsa Fischer was his obsession.
Father Andrew, the pastor of St. Margaret’s, had listened to his confession and assigned him penance. Father Vincent found the feel of his rosary comforting. The rounds of Hail, Mary’s were cathartic. Knowing his situation, Father Andrew had encouraged him to linger longer, to find solace in the arms of the Church and see if he could bear to step into the other side of the confessional after he’d had to leave the door open on his.
It was one thing to be a penitent, seeking forgiveness and absolution. But to be a confessor was to serve as God’s voice on earth. It was a privilege and a responsibility that he did not feel worthy to perform with such stains upon his soul. He’d strayed far enough in his mind to feel lost. So far he hadn’t managed to find his way back home. Instead, he’d been wandering like Moses in the Wilderness, helpless to help himself let alone those around him.
Father Vincent inhaled deeply, filling his lungs with the scents of incense, burned-out candles, and lemon oil wood polish rising from the rows of pews and the walnut confessional on one side of the nave. Dating from the nineteenth century, the ornate cabinet had been designed and built to suit the patron who’d paid for much of the church’s construction. Solid doors ensured privacy for those seeking absolution and allowed the priest to closet himself from the world and focus on the person on the other side of the screened partition. He had used the padded kneeler when he confessed to Father Andrew, but a chair had been added for those who needed it.
God called him to notice the place of forgiveness. Compelled to answer, he reached for the confessional door.
A time-worn bench spanned the back of the space, empty, beckoning, drawing him inside. The walls started to close in. He drew a steadying breath and recited the Twenty-Third Psalms. Called to be a shepherd, he thought of his last flock and wondered how many survived.
He should pray for their souls.
Father Vincent closed his eyes and drew the door shut behind him. With his thoughts turned inward, he was able to tolerate the small space of the confessional and lift up his unit in prayer. He was asking for strength for himself when the sound of footsteps made him halt mid-thought.
The other door opened and closed, sealing the parishioner inside.
Panic gripped his chest, stealing his breath and squeezing his heart. This wasn’t his parish. This wasn’t his church.
He shouldn’t be here. He was an imposter. An interloper. A sinner as in need of forgiveness as the other person who had come seeking it.
He’d been alone in the church when he’d entered the confessional. Whoever had come in didn’t know that Father Andrew had gone. He forced himself to stay silent. If they thought that no one was here, they’d leave him alone.
If he pretended to be asleep, maybe they’d torture someone else.
Just that fast, he was back in his pit, starved, dehydrated, with flea bites and burn marks covering his skin like the plague. He swallowed a whimper, choking on it, silently keening, praying to die.
The memory of Ilsa’s voice pulled him back from the hellhole of Iraq to awareness of where he was. The walls started to close in on him again. He reached for the door, intending to apologize and flee.
“Forgive me, Father. I’m sorry. I don’t know how this works.”
Father Vincent froze, recognizing the silken voice that had eased him from more than one episode and had slipped him into an altered state when she’d talked him into being hypnotized. He thought that he had imagined it, but Ilsa was here, on the other side of the screen.
Ilsa was here.
About the authors:
Wife, mother, international and Amazon bestselling author, and time traveling adventurer. Born and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pamela Ackerson now lives on the Space Coast of Florida where everyone is encouraged to reach for the stars! A hop, skip, and jump from Disney World and fun-filled imagination and fantasy. Non-fiction, WW2, inspirational, self-help marketing and advertising, historical fiction, time travel, westerns, Native American, and children’s preschool/first reader books.
Debra enjoys writing historical romance and writes a 1920’s flappers romance series, each book about a different flapper. She also writes contemporary and holiday romance, a dystopian romance trilogy; paranormal romance, fairy tale romance and poetry.
She is a professional speaker and a world traveler who often brings home folk tales and music from countries she has visited.
Her five favorite things are shooting primitive archery with her Mongolian horse bow, shooting long guns, shooting pool, walking on the beach, and hearing from her readers. Each card and letter is a joyful treasure, like finding that perfect shell on the beach.
Teri Riggs is a USA Today Bestselling author. As a child, Teri made up her own bedtime stories. When her children came along, Teri always tweaked the fairy tales she told her daughters, giving them a bit more punch and better endings when needed.
Now she spends her days turning her ideas into books. She lives in Marietta, GA with her husband.
Maggie Adams is an international and Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her books. HerTempered Steel Series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK and her follow-up paranormal series, Legends, looks to do the same! She is the recipient of the Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015 for Leather and Lace, the Readers Favorite Award for Something’s Gotta Give in 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 for Forged in Fire and the 2017 New Apple Awards nomination – Suspense for Cold as Ice.
Author Nia Farrell is a four-times Golden Flogger Finalist, a founding member of the Wicked Pens, and a multi-genre author who is published in nonfiction, poetry, music, articles, and children’s books, with one documentary screenplay under her literary belt. She had nine nominations in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards; her BDSM MMF ménage erotic historical As Wicked as You Want was voted #1 Erotica and #10 overall in The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016, and Pride and Punishment was voted Best Historical Romance in the 2017 Menages Romance Readers Favorites.
3 winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.
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