Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser Tuesday 2017 logoWelcome to another tasty edition of Teaser Tuesday, the series where I share snippets from novels, past, present and in progress, and let writing buddies play along too.

This week I’m thrilled to introduce debut author Amanda Knight to you. I met Amanda several years ago at a Romance Writers of Australia conference and have had my fingers crossed tightly ever since that she’d score a publishing contract. And now she has and I couldn’t be more excited for her.

Situation Critical is a romantic suspense with a military/small town theme and hit bookshelves last week. It sounds an absolute beauty, but I’m a sucker for a military man, probably because I’ve been with one for over 25 years. Even better, Situation Critical features a dog hero and being a dedicated dog person this makes me VERY happy!

But enough from me, here’s Amanda to tell you more. But make sure you read all the way through cos you never know, there could be a sneaky GIVEAWAY in there somewhere.

 

Amanda Knight authorThe seed for the idea of Situation Critical came when I stumbled across an article about Sarbi, an Australian special forces explosives detection dog that spent almost 14 months missing in action in Afghanistan – she is my inspiration for Finnegan, Situation Critical’s canine hero!

My research for this book showed me a kaleidoscope of experiences borne by our service men and women, both by those at the frontline and those in support roles. The stories were often heart-breaking, but at the same time, showed how our capacity for hope, and the offer of even the smallest acts of kindness, generosity and compassion, can lighten even the darkest moments… all of which I hope you feel when you’re absorbed within the pages of Situation Critical! As Nate and Beth search for Finnegan, and their relationship develops, against all odds, so does the threat to their lives…  I do hope you love their story as much as I enjoyed crafting it!

 

She assessed the flinch site again, pressing gently around the area she’d scratched. Her fingers felt like warm rays of sun sliding over his skin, her breath on his neck soft, sexy. Christ. He somehow stayed mute and resisted shoving her hand off his arm.

Situation Critical by Amanda KnightAfter what seemed like two lifetimes, she looked convinced his arm wasn’t about to drop off, and stood, faced him. ‘Okay. Well, let me know if it gets worse, or the sensitivity flares again,’ she said, searching his face, rolling down his sleeve.

‘Thanks, but you’re done here.’ He snatched his arm from her hand and shoved the remaining shirt fabric down to his wrist. ‘I mean, I’m done. Listen, Doc, I like my space, and you’re in it. Can you just move over there a bit?’ He pointed to the furthest corner from him.

He’d just been a total arse, but it had to be done, for both their sakes. Truth of the matter was, when any part of her came into contact with any part of him, he felt like he’d been hammered with an electric rod. And if the heat in her face while she inspected his arm was anything to go by, she felt it too. Not good. Not good at all.

Her expression changed from concern to caustic in a heartbeat.

She stayed exactly where she was and sucked in a chest full of breath. The intensity in her glare enough to shatter a frigging missile.

‘Unfortunately for you, Sergeant, your space is what I’m responsible for, so no, I can’t move. You’ll have to get used to me being here.’ She waved her arms around them in a circle. ‘Just think of me as your new damn shadow.’ She snapped the lid back on the syringe before taking a step closer to him. ‘Is that going to be a problem for you?’

Well shit, she was definitely more hard-arse than honey. He could tick that question off the list.

 

Oooh, sexy! And just the thing to curl up with this coming weekend, or tonight, or any time, really!

You can purchase Situation Critical right now from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, Nook or your favourite ebook retailer.

Now, as we hinted at in the introduction, there’s a…

GIVEAWAY!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to share with us your favourite solider, whether that be real life, in a book, movie whatever. We want to know your military man (or woman or even canine!) loves.

Soldier On awareness packAll comments will go into a draw to win a Soldier On awareness gift pack.

Naturally I’m going to choose my Jim! But Amanda and I would love to hear yours.

For those who don’t know, Soldier On is an Australian charity that supports Australia’s veterans and families by providing vital support services to help them overcome any impacts from their service. It’s an important charity that does excellent work in a much-needed area. To find out more, please check out the Soldier On website or visit their Facebook page.

Amanda will also be donating to Soldier On as part of her Situation Critical release promotions. Check out her Facebook page for details and see how you can help spread the word and raise money for this important charity.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST, 21st April 2017. Australian postal addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Amanda and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook.

 

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20 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. Mary Preston

    My father was a WWII veteran. He died a few years ago on ANZAC Day. The date seemed very fitting. When the military do the fly overs here for ANZAC Day I always like to think it’s for my father. Also, the man did love a parade.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Very fitting that he passed away on ANZAC day, Mary. And though sad, it’s special that you get to remember him on that day too.
        My Jim is marching in Sydney this year for the first time (not marching – after 30+ years in the military he’s done that a few times! – but in Sydney). I’ll be very proud too.

  2. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Oh, I don’t know any soldiers and I rarely watch war movies they’re just too sad. I might not know a specific soldier so I’ll just say that they’re all special and do an amazing job for their country.

    I’m about/have to do the 1- clicky thing as I seem to be the last one to read this story, I’ve heard heaps of good things about this book so I’m getting excited to read this.

  3. deebebbington

    My grandfather was in the 10th Lighthorse Brigade at Gallipoli. he was a farrier and was most indignant when he was sent home after being kicked in the head by a horse. He lost an eye for his trouble. I remember him as being a real character, full of mischief.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I love that story, Delores. I remember you telling it once before. He must have been a marvellous man, very brave and tough. I’m sure you’ll be remembering him very fondly on ANZAC Day.

  4. Jaye

    I’d have to say my grand father. I don’t know a lot about him but he was a pow at Changi and I read about what they endured. It makes me proud but also sad.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      They were terrible times, Jaye. Dreadful and impossible for us to understand what those poor people endured, or the scars that were left behind. It’s so good that we have organisations like Soldier On to help now.
      Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing.

    2. Amanda Knight

      I echo all that Cathryn has said… and we just can’t really imagine it, can we? And thank goodness for organisations for Soldier On, who weren’t around for people of your Gandfather’s time…

  5. Melanie bowers

    My dad is a Vietnam veteran and every Vietnam veteran day and Anzac day I take him to our local services…the soldier that I most admire are all there , all strangers , all strong and silent and honoring those that didn’t come home.
    I love to watch their faces and it brings tears yo my eyes wondering what thoughts they have those days.
    Lest we forget

    1. Amanda Knight

      Melanie, I’ve worked among veterans, on ANZAC day, for many years… and every single year, I am moved to my soul by the stories shared by both our old and young veterans…

  6. Lyn

    I do not have a favourite soldier, I respect them all. I also have a lot of respect for their partners.

    I work for Legacy, so I know a lot of ex-service men & women and the partners/widows of ex-service men. Some of the widows of WWII & Vietnam veterans I have met had a very tough life due to what we now know as PTSD. I recently met & had the opportunity to hear Lisa Kwok’s story. She is the partner of a contempory veteran who has PTSD. Her story is incredibly powerful and every person in the audience shed a tear. Her partner has an assistance dog.

    Only a week before I met Lisa, I attended a presentation from the Young Diggers Dog Squad – another moving presentation. The dogs that they train not only assist the veteran but also have a positive impact on the whole family. The Young Diggers Dog Squad had four dogs with them, the youngest, only a few months old, is being trained to be given to a veteran in our local area.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Lyn, thank you so much for dropping by and sharing your experiences with us. It’s so important for these stories to be told and for people to be made aware of the difficulties that our soldiers and those who love them face. And to hear of the excellent work of organisations like Legacy, Soldier On and the Young Diggers Dog Squad.
      With my partner being in the forces I’m usually up with these organisations but this is the first I’ve heard of the Young Diggers Dog Squad so I checked it out. What a fantastic idea! Definitely one to support.
      Thanks for visiting and for your involvement with these worthy causes.

      1. Amanda Knight

        Lyn, thank you for sharing – such amazing work is being done now… I too have members of my family in service roles, and PTSD is such a difficult road for not just the sufferer, but their families… and I absolutely love the work being done with assistance dogs… the Young Diggers Dog Squad is certainly a deserving and essential organisation…

  7. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks to everyone for helping Amanda celebrate her debut release SITUATION CRITICAL and for sharing your favourite soldier. With ANZAC Day being tomorrow, it’s an important time to remember the men and women (and canines!) who have protected us in the past, and continue to do so now and in the future.

    The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Jaye who has won a Soldier On awareness pack. If you get the chance, please support this charity. It does much needed work.

    Hope to see you again tomorrow!

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