I only very recently read the Flight & Glory series, but I fell so, SOOOO hard for it!!! This series is a definite must-read. And huge congrats to author Rebecca Yarros – her latest book, Beyond What is Given, has just released! It can be read as a standalone, though I highly recommend reading the other books in the series too.
Now onto the blog tour! I’m thrilled to welcome Rebecca Yarros to the blog today! She’ll be sharing with us about why she chooses to write military romances.
Guest Post: Rebecca Yarros
Thank you so very much for having me!
When you asked why I choose to write about the military, the army in particular, my thoughts immediately go to family.
My grandfathers were both in the army, one a POW of Nazi Germany during WWII, and the other retiring as a General. Both my mother and father served twenty years as army officers, and then—even when I swore I never would—I fell in love and married a soldier, who later became an Apache pilot.
Simply stated: I write the Army because it’s in my blood.
Something that few people know, is that Full Measures was kind of an experiment on my part. I never actually intended to write contemporary romance. Which is funny, because I love it so much! I started writing urban fantasy, and while that novel was on submission, my husband prepared to deploy for a fourth time. And this thought came into my head: if my father had died when I was in college, would I ever have had the courage to love someone who could potentially break me? Josh and Ember came to life from my fears of losing my husband, my memories of his notification when he was wounded in Iraq, and the recollection of too many funerals for our friends.
The series spun from that, became this living, breathing thing that I used to show military life, both the realistic and the idealistic. Because I’m married to a uniformed hottie, I know how tough military life can be. I also know the absolute joy of throwing my arms around him when he gets home from a deployment, and the utter thankfulness I feel when I see the scars that remind me of how close we came to losing him.
I write military heroes because I feel that they deserve it. Are they flawed? Of course. Hot? Naturally, this is romance! But they’re also loyal, strong, protective, and fight their demons as strongly as they fight for the women they love.
Thank you so much for having me!
Reading Order: Flight & Glory series
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