Monday, June 3, 2019

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Keeping a Warrior (Loving a Warrior #2) by Melanie Hansen

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for Keeping a Warrior by Melanie Hansen. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a great guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Keeping a Warrior
Series: Loving a Warrior #2
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publication Date: April 29th 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Devon Lowe is a survivor.

A survivor of war. Of combat. And of a betrayal by men she considered her brothers-in-arms. But her trailblazing work as a Cultural Support Team member working alongside the Navy SEALs is too important for her to back down now.

Fresh off a painful break-up, Air Force pararescueman Rhys Halloran recognizes Devon’s trauma for what it is—something that’s left her isolated, but far from irreparably damaged.

With Devon’s trust still lying shattered back in Afghanistan, putting her faith in a man who’s nursing a broken heart isn’t easy. But she’s tired of people making her feel weak, and Rhys makes her feel anything but, sparking a heated attraction that was never part of the plan.

With all eyes on Devon to prove herself in a brutal man’s world, having it all will mean putting her heart on the line like never before. But when it comes to Rhys, it’s an uphill battle she’s ready to fight.

Publisher’s Note: Keeping a Warrior deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including past sexual assault.

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EXCERPT:
The night before, for the first time since he could remember, Rhys had fallen asleep with another woman on his mind.

The same woman now sitting and staring pensively at the plane. After a moment’s hesitation, Rhys gathered his courage and approached her, not sure of his welcome.

“Mind some company?”

Devon glanced up with what looked like a genuine smile. “Not at all.”

Rhys lowered himself to sitting and drew his knees up, ankles crossed, loosely draping his arms around them. “You okay?

With a shrug, Devon mirrored his pose and nodded at the plane. “Just sitting here trying to analyze my feelings.”

“About going back?”

“Mmm.”

“I can imagine those are some pretty complicated feelings,” Rhys said gently.

“Yeah, well, I’m in a totally different place now, at least. Back then I was so idealistic, so trusting, so damn stupid.”

Rhys didn’t say anything, just let her talk.

“I thought that bad things couldn’t happen to me, or if they did, it’d be something heroic, you know? Not—” She shook her head. “And now all I want to do is reclaim that part of myself that someone else took from me.”

A lump rose into Rhys’s throat at the slight quaver in her voice.

“Well, this time around you have me,” he said fiercely. “You have the guys.” He nodded his head toward Matt and Shane, who were leaning against a nearby wall, arms crossed, each with one booted foot propped against it, heads close together.

Devon smiled when she saw them. “Think they worked everything out?”

Rhys was about to say he hoped so when Matt pushed off the wall. As he did, Shane snaked his hand behind him and gave his ass a firm pinch, followed by a discreet pat. Matt elbowed him, hard, but he was smiling while he sauntered away.

“Um, I think that’s a pretty safe bet.”

He and Devon snickered together, and she bumped him with her shoulder. “You’re right. It’s gonna be different this time, for lots of different reasons.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melanie Hansen doesn’t get nearly enough sleep. She loves all things coffee-related, including collecting mugs from every place she’s visited. After spending eighteen years as a military spouse, Melanie definitely considers herself a moving expert. She has lived and worked all over the country, and hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to the love stories she gets up in the wee hours to write. On her off-time, you can find Melanie watching baseball, reading or spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.

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GUEST POST:
The way I define a happily ever after, and what I consider a great love story, is when two flawed, imperfect people say to each other, “I will do my best for you.” As we all know, there aren’t any guarantees in life, and no one is promised a relationship free from conflict, or pain, or disappointment. The love stories that resonate with me are ones that explore this theme, and ones that end with two people promising the only promise that humans can realistically keep—“I will do my best.”

Along those lines, my favorite romance, and my go-to comfort read (I’ve read it at least ten times!) is the brilliant ROUGH CANVAS by Joey W. Hill. It’s an M/M romance with BDSM themes. Marcus and Thomas are in love, but the circumstances of life and Thomas’s family obligations tear them apart. When they come back together, they both need to face their own personal demons in order to have a relationship. Marcus is a wealthy and beautiful gallery owner, and Thomas is an artist—and submissive—with a core of pure steel. Throughout the entire book, their love for each other radiates off the page, but there are so many obstacles to happiness that it’s hard to picture them ever being together. There’s Marcus’s painful past, and Thomas’s sense of obligation to a family that’s seen its own share of tragedy.

I won’t spoil it anymore because I want everyone in the world to read it, but it’s one of the most deeply satisfying, and moving, romances I’ve ever read. If I could write like Joey W. Hill, I’d be a very happy author indeed!
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GIVEAWAY:
Melanie Hansen will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

90 comments:

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    1. I had input, but I didn't help with the initial design. The Carina art team is amazing :)

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

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  3. I love reading the excerpt! The cover looks amazing! Thank you!

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  4. I am looking forward to reading your work!! This sounds amazing!!

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  5. Sounds good can't wait to read this book.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! The Carina art team is the best :)

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  7. This sounds like an unfortunately timely story.

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    1. It is :( We need the Military Justice Improvement Act.

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  8. The book sounds great and I appreciate getting to hear about it. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. What is your favorite scene from the book?

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    1. I love the scene where Devon and Rhys are opening up the care packages together. It's where they can't fight their feelings anymore and their relationship takes its final turn from friends to lovers <3

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  10. I really like the cover, sound like a great book!

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  11. congrats on the book, it looks like a great read!

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  12. I can't wait to read this book.

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  13. Sounds like a great story.

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  14. Thank you for hosting this

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  15. the cover is cool!

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway! The cover reminds me of Terminator 2 for some reason. x)

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    1. :) The girl looks like a bada$$, that's for sure! Definitely describes my heroine!

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  17. favorite food?

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    1. For a snack, I love hot Cheetos. Could eat them by the bag!

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  18. If you could write in a different genre, which would it be?

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  19. thanks for hosting this

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  20. I am going to check this out of my local library

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  21. Thanks for hosting this

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  22. Did your book have an alternate ending?

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  23. Thanks for offering this

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  24. What do you do for fun in your spare time?

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  25. Love the cover

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  26. Sounds like a good read

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  27. YES!! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!!!

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  28. Thanks so much for offering this

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  29. Thanks for hosting

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  30. Book sounds to be a good read

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  31. I really like the cover nice work

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  32. Who were your favorite authors as a child?

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  33. Thanks for sharing this

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  34. Sounds like a really good read

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  35. What's your favourite part about summer?

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  36. Cover is great

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  37. Looks like I have a new must read.

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  38. Thanks for offering this

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  39. Do you ever go hiking for inspiration?

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  40. What was your best prank or trick?

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  41. What's your favourite documentary?

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  42. What was the craziest story you've ever read?

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  43. This sounds like a good romance!

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  44. I am a long time fan of Melanie Hansen.

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