Sunday, December 11, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Badge of Honor (Clare Instalove #1) by India Lord

Title: Badge of Honor
Series: Clare Instalove #1
Author: India Lord
Publication Date: December 5th 2022
Print Length: 100 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Scars—a badge of honor denoting strength.

My hellish month is looking up!

I’ve scored a private nursing job.

No more sleeping in my car, stressing about my debts.

My patient is a military man. Gorgeous. Tattooed. Built. He’s also temporarily blind and tries to sack me during my first hour on the job.

I’m way past desperate, so let him try to banish me.

All I want is to recover and return to my men in Afghanistan.

The problem is without my sight, I’m helpless as a kitten.

My family treats me like a child. When they get tired of my temper, they hire her.

The woman is determined, I’ll give her that. But there’s something about her that intrigues me, makes my mind wander to kissing and pleasure and soft curves.

Too bad we have no future.

Contains a grumpy, injured military man, a scarred nurse, and a little small town instalove, which makes everything better.

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“I should think half of the people in Clare can hear you.”

A smartarse. That’s all I needed. Why didn’t my family understand I wanted solitude to mourn the loss of my friend? My goal was to recuperate and rejoin my men. Control my life again. “Leave. I don’t want you here.”

Another pause and frustration bubbled inside my gut, spreading to my chest and tightening my throat. The lack of vision was killing me.

It robbed my sense of awareness and self. It made me a prisoner in this room when I was usually active—hiking, swimming, building things. Kicking butt. The doctors told me they thought the loss of sight was temporary. But the specialist had also stated there were no guarantees.

This bit of info kept me awake at night, and I lived in fear of permanent blindness.

If I couldn’t return to my men, what would I do?

The crinkle of paper jerked my head to the right. “Are you still here?” I barked.

My men never argued if I used this tone. Slowly, I stood. I was a big man, and, given my current mood, I wasn’t above petty intimidation.

“Not leaving,” she said.

“I fired you.”

“Your mother hired me to do a job, and I intend to do it.” Determination rang out. Truth.

I turned toward her voice and took a step closer. Pungent iodine and the sweeter scent of flowers filled my nostrils. An unusual perfume that I couldn’t quite place. I shuffled forward another half a pace and sniffed again, the floral sweetness transporting me to my grandma’s house during the heat of a summer day. Ah. Carnations. God, I’d loved that cranky old woman. She and I had been close, and I’d missed her funeral because I’d been overseas.

I sighed, suddenly tired. “Please, just leave.”

“I know you don’t want me here.” Her voice emerged as quiet and exhausted as mine. “But I can’t leave. This job was my last chance. I don’t have anywhere else to go.”

The defeat in her words had me halting. Frowning and battling with curiosity.

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, I’m not going anywhere. Too bad if you don’t want me here. You’re gonna have to deal. Suck it up, buttercup.”
An incurable romantic and a lover of reading—romance, of course—it was inevitable India Lord turned to writing next. India writes sassy, steamy romances with strong alpha heroes, curvy heroines who are no pushovers, and a happy ending. A must, in India’s opinion.

When India isn’t writing, she loves to walk and explore the countryside. She’s also a dedicated researcher of cheese scones—her favorite treat to eat with a cup of tea.

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  1. Good book for Winter reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

  2. This is the story theme I like... a man and a woman helping each other for heart-felt reasons. Not just cause they are hot for each other. This sounds like a really good story. Thanks for sharing

  3. Congratulations on the book release. Sounds like a great book.

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

  6. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  8. Sounds like a great book.

  9. I like everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  10. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds intriguing. Nice cover!

  11. Sounds like a nice read. I love the cover model. :)

  12. Where did you get the idea for this book- is it from someone you know that is in the military and is blind ?

  13. That's a beautiful cover! I am looking forward to reading your book!

  14. Congratulations this Sounds like a great book and i cant wait to grab it. happy holidays guys.

  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  16. the title and the cover look really good

  17. This makes me think of a movie I say, though I can't remember the name of it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  18. Holy sexy cover! The story sounds really good! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  20. looks like a fun one

  21. This sounds like a great Contemporary Romance read. I like the cover and excerpt.