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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway with Jeanette Murray

Welcome to our virtual tour stop of Jeanette Murray's The Office and the Secret brought to you by Sourcebooks.  

Why I Love Writing About Marines In Romance Novels

Sounds like I’m about to stand up and give an oral report, right? Ahem. (Picture a nine year old Jeanette standing up, holding a much-smudged piece of paper.)

Because Marines are freaking hot.

Okay, so my third grade teacher would have failed me on that one. But facts are facts, right? Heroes in romance novels are designed to inspire something inside us…usually something of a visceral nature. Heroes are often firefighters, cops, PIs, professional athletes…or ex-versions of the same.

And I just happen to have a serious yen for the military man. I mean, I married one, so that’s pretty handy, right? Research at my fingertips. But more than that, I just truly believe in the authenticity of the Good Guy Marine. I’ve known enough through my years of bouncing to bases, meeting friends’ husbands, meeting friends of my husband, co-workers, and just people you bump into in town. They are, overall, a fantastic group of individuals.

It’s hard to deny the physical aspect…Marines keep in shape. That’s just a given. And I’ve always liked a clean-cut man. It’s just a personal preference, I suppose you could say. But there’s just something a little extra that gets packed into the punch the uniform gives you visually. You look at a guy standing there in a polo and khakis, and he’s good looking. But you slip him into cammies and boots? BOOM. He’s triple-glance worthy.

But their commitment to their service is legendary. They’re not called “the few, the proud” for nothing, let me assure you.

So I love writing Marines because when you open that book, you know what you’re walking into. You’re getting a man dedicated to a cause that’s bigger than him, who looks mouth-watering in a uniform and is prepared to sweep a woman off her feet…and let her sweep him off his boots a time or two as well.
The Officer and the Secret
(Semper Fi #3)
by: Jeanette Murray
Publishing Date: 7/2/13
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance

After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.

Kat (or Jeanette!) spends her days surrounded by hunky alpha men…at least in her imagination. In real life, she’s a wife and a mother, keeping tabs on her husband of seven years, her four year old daughter (often called Tot) and the family dog, a lovable (but completely stupid) Goldendoodle named Clyde. Hang around long enough and you’re guaranteed to hear at least one or two stories about these three.
One Lucky winner will win a paperback copy of The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray from the publisher.
Giveaway is OPEN to only U.S. & Canada Residents Only.
Winner will be announced on 7/17/13.


Victoria said...

I love your sense of humor about yourself at 9 :). I think I would have said the same. Looking forward to checking you out.

Natasha said...

I can't wait to read The Officer and the Secret!
Thanks for the chance to win!

The book sounds so good! It is now added to my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Beth H.

laurie said...

I can't wait to read The Officer and the Secret!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

Oooooh, I love secrets. They just make everything spicier. I think I'll enjoy this one.

Unknown said...

Ooo... This looks really good. I love my military men too. Thanks so much for a chance to win!

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