Monday, February 5, 2018

Love Calls Her Home by Patricia Lee ends February 12th

Please welcome Patricia Lee to my blog this week. Patricia is giving away an e-book of Love Calls Her Home so be sure to read on down on how to enter. 

The story behind the story: Love Calls Her Home



Several years before I started writing the second novel in my Mended Hearts series, Love Calls Her Home, which releases March 1, our country was heavily invested in the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. I wanted to tell the story of two characters in different branches of our armed services who fall in love, and the military angle would become part of the focus.
I was deeply troubled by the reports of soldiers returning from their deployments badly injured—their bodies torn by explosives, their dreams haunted by the terrors of war. Since my Marine hero would be coming home in this story, I wanted him to land in a safe environment where he could find solitude and healing.
Not long after that, I read an article in the Oregonian, a newspaper that serves much of our state, about a horse rescue ranch in a northernmost city. A man and his wife had established the rescue center together, and when the husband died, the woman continued the ranch because the work there enabled her to cope with her loss.
That resonated with me. I’d grown up with horses and knew the kind of friendship and bonding that could come from caring for a treasured animal. I envisioned a wounded soldier finding the same satisfaction nurturing neglected horses. I moved the rescue center near Steens Mountain in eastern Oregon where a herd of Spanish mustangs, believed to be the last of their kind, were protected by the government. I added a couple of key characters, a neglected filly, a dog, a young boy, and the story took form.
This book became multi-faceted as I wrote. Not only does it contain the trauma of war, it also touches on the fears of a terminal illness, the fallout from a dysfunctional marriage, the loneliness of a neglected child. These elements weave themselves throughout the story, producing what I hope booklovers will find to be a satisfying journey—one that’s not predictable—the kind I like to read. Stories that make the reader feel are the kind of tales I try to compose.

Here is what Melanie Bates of Romantic Times wrote about it:
 "The second novel in Lee’s Mended Hearts series is a sweet, modern-day love story between two vulnerable people facing intense personal struggles. With a solid plot, complete with genuine characters and strong conflict, Lee brings a tender story that will touch readers’ hearts. Along with the intense romantic connection between Lissa and Kurt, the highlight of this story is the adorable, wounded little boy along with an equally wounded young horse who are both in need of healing. Though it takes a while to get to the heart of the story, once readers reach that point, they will not be able to put the book down. This story is one inspirational, heart-tugging read.
When former Navy officer Lissa Frye meets the old love who broke her heart, Marine Kurt McKintrick, after not seeing him for two years, it is an awkward reunion. Both are back in the same Oregon town, Lissa starting anew as a sheriff’s deputy and Kurt fulfilling a promise to his best friend and dead fellow Marine, Foster Blake. He is working with Foster’s mother at her animal rescue center, tending horses. Kurt knows he hurt Lissa and he wants to explain the reason why, but the tension between them is thick. However, time spent together at the animal rescue center because of a wounded boy begins to thaw the chill between Lissa and Kurt. Suddenly, their love is rekindled. But will their personal fears derail the opportunity of a second-chance romance and a happy future? (MOUNTAIN BROOK INK, dl $2.99
 Reviewed by: Melanie Bates

Questions:
1. Have you known a soldier who has returned from war ? What kinds of adjustments did he/she have to make to re-enter civilian life?
2. Are there marriages among your friends who met while serving in the military? What challenges did they face being soldiers and husbands and wives?

GIVEAWAY:
Answer one or more of the questions above to enter. Don't forget to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

About Patricia:
Patricia Lee wrote her first short story at the age of six. She remembers little of the plotline, but her teacher’s excitement stayed with her. “Putting words on paper obviously made people happy,” Pat remembers. “And I liked the way writing made me feel.”

From there her journey of words took her through a stint as a high school columnist and on to the University of Oregon where she majored in magazine article writing and advertising. She sold to major publications like Moody Monthly, Power for Living, and Expecting before raising her family. After homeschooling her children, Pat returned to writing and pursuing her dream of penning the perfect novel.

Pat has recently written for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and released her debut novel, An Anchor on her Heart, July 15, 2017 from Mountain Brook Ink Publishers. She is a member of Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) and of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). This second novel in the series, Love Calls Her Home, is scheduled for release March 1, 2018. She lives in Oregon with her husband of forty-twp years, four cats, and a yard full of squirrels and flowers.

Web: http://www.authorpatricialee.net (be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be entered in a drawing for a free book)

6 comments:

  1. Hi Patricia & Debbie. I enjoyed learning about Love Calls Her Home. I've known several men who had a hard time adjusting emotionally after returning from being in Vietnam. Some wouldn't talk about it and one was very aggressive towards his family.
    Thank you for your interest post!
    Blessings,
    Connie
    cps1950 (at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Debbie, thank you for introducing Patricia Lee and her book. Love Calls Her Home sounds like a book I'll thoroughly enjoy getting lost in. I've know men who has come home from war, stuggling with their surroundings, family and friends as they adjust to being back on America soil after serving their deployment term. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway.
    marilynridgway78{at]gmai{dot}com

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  3. My first husband served in Viet Nam. He had a lot of issues. We met while I was in the Army. My sister met her husband in the Air Force. My middle brother met his wife in the Army. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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    1. Congratulations, Jan! You are the giveaway winner. I will send you your e-book shortly!

      -- Nikki
      Publicist, Mountain Brook Ink

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  4. I have known mostly older relatives who fought in some of the wars. They prefer not to talk about either the war or how they are adjusting, so I've never heard their war stories. We have a friend of our kids who was ambushed in Afghanistan, and fought for his life. He was airlifted back to the U.S., but everything was hush-hush, with only his wife going secretly to see him while he recovered. He has had some emotional adjustment, and PTSD, and couldn't do any work for at least a year. Patricia Lee's book sounds like a great read, and I LOVE the cover! Becky lelandandbecky[AT]reagan[DOT]com

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  5. I am a "soldier who returned from war." I was in the AF Reserves in '91 when my hospital unit got called up for Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. We served for only 6 weeks at a "turn key" medical facility in England before Iraq surrendered, and we were released to civilian life after 6 more weeks active duty once home.

    For my part, it was a fairly easy readjustment (I simply resumed my seminary studies), but others in my unit lost their jobs or their marriages fell apart. We'd been called up with the understanding that it was for a period of one year with a possibility of an extension to two (and they had no idea how short that conflict was to be!), and some employers didn't honor their promises to hold positions for my fellow reservists. Too, marital infidelity was rampant in England, and apparently also among the spouses left behind, so there was a LOT of drama and heartbreak in my unit post-war.

    The Lord used those 12 weeks to strengthen friendships and bring opportunities to minister to people I usually only got to see one weekend a month. He also used it to make me aware of how closely you can be watched- UNaware- to see whether your faith is real or just for show.

    Great interview, and this sounds like a story I'd love to read .Thank you!

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