Happy Armed Forces Day to all of those men and women in the military. Personally I didn’t serve but my father was in the Navy during the Korean War. He was stationed in Cuba where he was a Corpsman. Even though he didn’t serve on the front lines he still had an important job. He helped to take care of those that were injured. So I’m dedicating this post to all those men and women serving, or who served, in the Navy. Their unofficial motto is “Non sibi see patriae (Not self but county)”.
Serviced, Volume 1
Publisher: Breathless Press
ISBN: 9781771010221 (e-book)
Pages: 220 pages/482KB
Date: February 28, 2013
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Authors: Allie A Burrow, Angelica Dawson, Jesabelle Jones, Leona Bushman, Mickey J. Corrigan, Natalia Petrovskii, Raven McAllan, Shelli Rosewarne and Zara Stoneley
Heat Rating: 5
Formats Available In: All eBook formats
Word Count: 65,386
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Breathless Press and from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Blurb: All’s fair in love and war, they say. Come find out if it’s true in these ten stories where soldiers prove that their skills in the field are only rivaled by their skills in the bedroom.
About The Authors:
Allie A Burrow: Allie A Burrow is the raunchier alter-ego of Aurelia B Rowl, author of Christmas is Cancelled, released by Breathless Press in December 2012.
Allie never considered herself a writer and ignored all the evidence to the contrary. Not realizing she had a natural, instinctive talent for writing, she knuckled down after school and got a job, becoming a jack-of-all-trades as she moved from one job to the next on a quest to find her ideal career.
After a couple of false starts (and kissing a few too many frogs), she finally found her Mr Right and they married one Valentine’s Day (aww!). Soon after, she became a stay-at-home mum to their two children, now 6 and 4, and fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a mother. But, with her family complete—including a mad rescue mutt—she needed a new challenge. A new dream…
As soon as she rediscovered her passion for reading, Allie couldn’t keep her muse on a leash any longer. Ten months on, she typed ‘the end’ on her first full manuscript and hit send. A contract arrived in her inbox less than a week later and she finally figured out she’d been a writer all along.
The next challenge was to break out of her ‘Aurelia’ comfort zone, almost daring herself to step into ‘spicier’ territory, and For One Night Only was the result, along with another contract, and Allie A Burrow was born.
Allie is now guiltily counting down the months until she has both kids at school full-time and can really get down to some writing. She lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding family who are getting used to her being too caught up with her latest writing project…or five!
To find out even more about Allie, or to check out what projects she’s working on right now, you can visit her website. You can also check out her main writing persona, Aurelia, by visiting the website.
You will also find her hanging out at the following:
Pinterest (as Aurelia)
Goodreads (as Aurelia)
YouTube (as Aurelia)
Other titles by this author:
Christmas is Cancelled
Angelica Dawson: Angelica is the author of Blue Moon House, a vampire BDSM story. Her day job makes her no stranger to blood sucking hoards, however, in environmental consulting they are black flies and mosquitoes more often than vampires. She is also the author of The Winning Bid included in Naughty Nights Press’ third Campus Sexploits anthology. She is married and has one daughter who tries to read over her shoulder, much to Angelica’s chagrin.
Jesabelle Jones: Jesabelle Jones lives in the UK with her family and began writing YA at the age of 15. She progressed to poetry in her late teens and contemporary romance in her 20s and 30s, culminating in a bit of toe dipping in the waters of liberating flash fiction as she turned 40.
Erotic fiction was something Jesabelle has always read but never thought of writing until flash fiction opened up a world of short and snappy sexy stories. Juicy tales of sex, indoor and out, mixed with quirky characters and a dollop of sass, are what Jesabelle likes to write. She hopes you like things juicy too.
You can enjoy ‘Louisiana Love’ in the Hot Flashes Anthology from Breathless Press, out soon.
Leona Bushman: Leona can be found in Eastern Washington with her husband and children writing, painting, gardening, running, camping, or just reading or crafting. She also loves to swim but rarely gets a chance to as she’s busy chasing after three of five children still left at home. Sassy and saucy, she can be found writing about her trials and errors as a mom and writer at the following places:
If you want more of her, she’s found on twitter as often as not at @L_Bushman just follow and don’t be a spammer. She follows back if you look like a real person. Besides werewolves, she also likes zombies, vampires, and fairies. You’re likely to catch her attention if you talk to her about any of the above. Or sports. She loves sports but rarely gets a chance to indulge in that love. So speak up!
Mickey J. Corrigan: Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan lives and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida, where the men run guns and the women run after them. Mickey is the author of Breathless Press cyber romantica including Dream Job (May 2012), as well as a story in the upcoming anthology Ravaged (August 2012). An erotic thriller is currently in press with Musa Publishing. Visit at www.mickeyjcorrigan.com.
Natalia Petrovskii: Natalia Petrovskii has been writing stories since she could first hold a pen; as a child she spent countless hours writing in her notebooks during the long winters in her Arctic home. After serving in the Canadian military, she spent some time in the health field before finally deciding to follow her heart and return to what she always loved to do—write. She currently works as a journalist and when she isn’t writing she is busy taking care of her three children. Knock Out and Riding Out the Storm, are part of the Serviced Anthology published by Breathless Press, which is her first book. Visit Natalia on her website.
Raven McAllan: Ever since I won not one but two Cadbury “Where Does Chocolate Come From?” competitions in primary school, I was convinced one day I would write a book. My parents encouraged me. My schoolteachers despaired of me—flowery, romantic, not factual. Hey, I loved weaving stories about anything and anyone!
So what happened to my grand ideas?
Life got in the way.
So more years later than I am prepared to disclose (a woman has to have some secrets!), here I am, with Breathless Press giving me my big chance. Thanks, B.P.
Married to my own hero (how cheesy is that?) after a couple of failed hero attempts, we live on the edge of a Scottish forest with two cats and three children as frequent visitors. And now two grandkids. Lucky or what?
I write on my laptop in my study, watching the birds on the bird table, the strange big, black, fluffy “I’m pretending to be a bird” cat sitting on the table and trying to convince the many birds he is invisible, occasionally seeing deer and red squirrel moving past. I am privileged.
As a non-closet romantic, sometime neurotic, and lover of words, I so enjoy getting involved with my characters. I hope you do too.
Shelli Rosewarne: Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way, and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and a year later was signing her first contract with Breathless Press – cue bursting into tears and jumping round her office like a lunatic! She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music, and photography.
Zara Stoneley: Zara Stoneley has been writing stories for as long as she’s been reading them. She submitted her first novel, a thriller, to a UK publisher when she was twelve years old but as she hit her mid teens her tastes shifted from action to romance. She was soon addicted to alpha heroes, and what could be better than writing about them?
She started off writing contemporary romance with a bit sizzle, and then discovered she liked hot and erotic too. Her erotic work has been published by Xcite Books and she has work contracted with Breathless Press for 2013. She also writes contemporary romance under the name Susie Medwell, and her latest romance is due to be published by Lyrical Press in Spring 2013.
So, if you like your romances simmering and sensual please check out her Susie stories and if you like them hot and erotic then Zara is your girl!
Zara loves her family, sunshine, wine, good food, caffeine, cats, music, writing and reading – but not necessarily in that order!
WHERE TO FIND ZARA:
Amazon author page
For One Night Only by Allie A. Burrow
Kate Powell is dating Corporal Mark Butler. Allie’s story shows how hard it is, when one person is in the service, to find time spend with others – to be part of a couple. The couple also need to take their moments whenever and wherever they can. This is a very sexy story told in just six chapters.
Over a Dead Body by Leona Bushman
Chief Petty Officer John Riker is under suspicion when NCIS Special Agent Edith Jane Lancaster shows up. They have a history together. Leona gives the reader a lot in just a few pages. We get mystery, suspense, action, romance, and sex. But it left me realizing that a lot of things were left unfinished.
Reds, Whites, and Blues by Mickey J. Corrigan
Graham is thinking about iris. Graham works for the Coast Guard (if you are unsure what they do, you might want to check out the Weather’s Channel’s show http://www.weather.com/tv/tvshows/coast-guard-florida/main) and iris loves to paint. They meet at the beach.
This story is set around the time of the Vietnam War. Mickey had me remembering that it was still going on while I was in high school. Looking back, I was pretty detached about the whole thing- since it wasn’t in my backyard, it had nothing to do with me. As you get older, thankfully, that feeling changes. Graham and iris also make me realize how things have changed both socially and historically.
Leave Taking by Angelica Dawson
Will is surprising his wife, Danielle. I have to laugh in the moment they’re able to hold a conversation. But even though this is a very short story love runs throughout.
First Date: The Italian Colonel by Jesabelle Jones
It’s July and au pair Leonie is in Texas. She’s just decided that Texas is too hot when he arrives. Her boss introduces him as Colonel Luca Giordano. You’ll see why he’s a Colonel – he’s very used to giving orders and having them obeyed. This story has graphic language and sex. Jesabelle had me saying “Hey…” at the end. But this is a great way to get me to read more of her work – and I look forward to seeing if I’ll find one that continues Leonie and Luca’s tale.
Major Minah by Raven McAllan
Lord Oliver Cantor is a Major for the Dragoon Guards. Wilhelminah Sutterton sees him at Almacks and then he asks her an interesting question. She’s definitely a woman who speaks her mind. This is a historical BDSM story – it’s very graphic and dream-worthy. It’s another story that left me wanting more – especially if Minah’s brother Felix has his own story.
Knock Out by Natalia Petrovskii
Warrant Officer Ryan Wilson is a man I think of as being a typical soldier. Corporal Nicole Muchmore thinks of him as old school. It’s nice to see a woman who’s not afraid to spar alongside the guys. This is definitely a story of opposites attract.
A Chance at Love by Shelli Rosewarne
Suzanne Kelsey has a visitor waiting for her when she gets home. Corporal Aidan Hamilton is a friend of her brother Patrick. He gives her what she needs during a difficult time in her life. Just like the title says its “a chance at love”.
Taking Command by Zara Stoneley
Jade Sommers has a thing for Mike Sands who works for the SAS. This story shows how some soldiers make some tough decisions about their personal lives. Sometimes country and protecting its citizens come before their own family and friends. But then sometimes plans change. Zara also has a way of adding sex into a story with just a few pages and it all flows perfectly together.
Riding Out the Storm by Natalia Petrovskii
Corporal Anna Jordan is participating in navigation exercises with her is Lieutenant Kyle Campbell. They find interesting ways to stay warm. But it ended leaving me wanting to know what happens next.
This is a great book that left me wanting to read more of these author’s work. Because this is volume one it also left me wanting to see what stories are included in future volumes. It was a great tribute to our service men and women. Even though they are working hard fighting so that we can be free at home, they have to put their personal lives on hold. This also shows that they do have lives outside of the military.
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