Thinking of Memorial Day: Patricia Potter on A Soldier’s Journey

by Patricia Potter, author of A Soldier’s Journey

Memorial Day is always the most moving day of the year for me. My must-not-miss broadcast is the annual Memorial Day Concert on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. I listen to the music and hear stories of sacrifice and bravery, and I wonder where we find such men and women.

For that reason, I’m particularly delighted to have my new Harlequin Superromance book released just before Memorial Day. It’s A Soldier’s Journey, the third in the Home to Covenant Falls miniseries about veterans returning home.

Lieutenant Andy Stuart, injured in a terrorist attack that killed the rest of her surgical unit, including her fiancé, has no place to turn. She has to deal with severe survivor’s guilt as well as no longer being able to practice in her chosen profession. Her psychologist suggests a cabin in a small town in Colorado that has been used by two former veterans…

I have always wanted to write stories about those in the military, but the right idea never came, not until I read a story in the New York Times about military dogs who, like many human warriors, return home with post-traumatic stress disorder. That, combined with all the human stories I’ve heard about PTSD, sent my writer’s mind racing. I started researching both human and canine PTSD, and gradually an army ranger and a military dog started to take focus.

The first in the series, The Soldier’s Promise (Harlequin Superromance, April 2014), is the tale of a wounded army ranger who has survivor’s guilt after his best friend died saving his life, and Amos, his friend’s military dog, who is now unable to function. It was meant to be a stand-alone book, but I fell in love with Covenant Falls, with its many veterans, quirky townspeople and their “never say quit” attitude. I was delighted when readers gave it great reviews.

But then one story was not enough. The cabin left to Josh by his lost friend became the healing place for other veterans in search of a future. The second was chopper pilot Clint Morgan, hero of Tempted by the Soldier (Harlequin Superromance, February 2015), who was injured in an accident, and the third is our current heroine, Andy, the army nurse. The fourth installment, now being written, features a Navy SEAL hero.

Needless to say, they all find romance as well as healing in this wonderful town.

I hope you visit Covenant Falls and feel its magic. The people there will make you feel right at home. And, hopefully, smile.

In the meantime, what special significance does Memorial Day hold for you? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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About A Soldier’s Journey:

One brave step at a time 

Lieutenant Andrea Stuart survived the war-zone attack that took her fiancé. A therapy dog and a cabin in Covenant Falls are all the risks the former military nurse is willing to take anymore. But as Andy’s drawn into writing the history of the small town, she’s also drawn to Nate Rowland.

As rugged as he is jaded, Nate’s committed to helping fellow veterans—and avoiding a new relationship. Keeping her distance might be smart, but it’s hard to stay away when Andy sees that Nate has a few scars of his own. Together they might find a path toward healing…and so much more.

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