Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sexy Saturday: Paranormal Western Romance Just For You

Marshal of Hel DoradoThe white man blamed the Indians saying they used their mojo on them. The Indians blamed the white man saying they angered the spirits. The survivors know it doesn't matter. Meet the fevered hearts, the men and women who survived spirit fever.  Forever changed, these are their stories.

Marshal of Hel Dorado
Meet Sam Kane. The oldest brother, the steadfast son, the confidant marshal - he's never met a problem to hot to handle.

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Brave Are the Lonely

Brave Are the Lonely 

Meet Cody. Wolf brother, wild cowboy, wicked lover - he's never met a woman who can handle him. 

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Think Greek Week: Guest Post Kristy Denice Bock

I grew up reading things like Greek Mythology, as well as Roman Mythology. While I preferred Greek, I knew that I wanted to do something more when I started writing. The gods were a sexist group with the men always being led around by their dangly parts, and the women turned into vengeful harpies for wanting their men to be faithful. As the years went on, I decided that my Gods would be Goddesses, and not just simpering women, but powerful fascinating creatures that made mistakes and found ways to dig themselves out of the holes they put themselves in.
I fell in love with a video game Goddess called Elphame from The Realm Online. She was a bad ass, who was swift with her justice and took absolutely no crap from anyone.
I fashioned Noxia, the Supreme Goddess, ruler of the Divine Ones from my imagination, based on the ideals of my favorite Goddess. She grew into six dynamic females that each have just as many flaws as great characteristics.

So, my question to you today... is which Goddess are you?

1. If you were in the Mall, and some thin little waif of a female just grabbed the shirt you were eying, and then had the audacity to look better in it than you would... What do you do?
A. You rip it from her skinny twig like fingers and toss her a $100 for her trouble.
B. You trip her, pretend it was an accident, and as you help her up, steal the shirt back while pretending to care for her bruises.
C. You let her have the shirt, after all, she was there first and you prefer green anyway.
D. You let her keep the shirt and offer to pay for it.
E. You cause a scene to make it look like she's shop lifting, and laugh at her as they arrest her.
F. You kill him. All humans deserve to die like the parasites they are.

2. A guy at work gets the promotion that you've worked your butt off for. He neither deserves it, nor has the credentials that you have... What do you do?
A. You seduce him, make him your love slave until he steps down and gives you the promotion you rightfully deserved.
B. You pretend to help him succeed while undermining him and throwing roadblocks in his way until he is fired.
C. You send in your daughter to browbeat him until he resigns. Everyone knows your daughter is the scariest creature alive.
D. You work with him, side by side, ensuring his success, a selfless act that makes you a dynamic member of his team.
E. You convince the higher ups that he's embezzling funds, and anything else you can think of to make him look bad.
F. You kill him. All humans deserve to die like the parasites they are.

3. A man hits on  you in the bar, he's not bad looking and you have nothing better to do this evening... What do you do?
A. You let him buy your drinks, while feeding into his ego, letting him think you'd let him put his mortal hands on your body. .
B. Take him to the back room, get him all hot and bothered then laugh at his meager attempts at seduction.
C. Laugh at him because you know your ex-husband is going to skin him alive if he even thinks another man would attempt to touch you.
D. Smile and softly explain that while you are flattered, that you love all of mankind and could never be tied to one person.
E. Turn him on, grind against him in the bar, then make his clothes disappear so all the women in the bar can giggle at the package he wanted to share with you.
F. You kill him. All humans deserve to die like the parasites they are.

If your answers were mostly A's - You are just like Noxia! The Supreme rulers of the Divine One. She is a take charge, no holds barred woman who is just as good as she is bad. She will protect her Goddesses with her life and values her children more than anything else in the universe.

If your answers were mostly B's - You are just like Edereu! The Goddess of Death and Judgement. Edereu is a dual goddess, meaning she's filled with just as much light as she is darkness. Depending on her mood, she's either the nicest person in your corner, or the one about to stab you in the back. She's always ruled by her emotions.

If your answers were mostly C's - You are just like Tatiana! The Goddess of the Elements. Known as mother nature to mankind, she values the lives of her daughters and will keep doing well by the humans as long as they don't meddle with her children's lives.

If your answers were mostly D's - You are just like Jaebo! The Goddess of Love is a pure light Goddess. She would never harm another living soul and goes out of her way to ensure the humans are protected from the other creatures that inhabit the earth.

If your answers were mostly E's - You are just like Killana! Killana is the Goddess of Chaos and Strife. With an attention span the size of a gnat, she amuses herself by causing wars amongst the humans. Every great disaster can be laid directly at her footsteps.

If your answers were mostly F's - You are just like Ulma - The Goddess of War. Ulma hates humans, she thinks they are nothing more than parasites and cockroaches that inhabit a planet they neither deserve nor cherish. A long painful death awaits anyone who crosses her.

You can meet all the Goddess in the three Divine Ones books that are currently out.

Divine Touch -
Divine Intervention
Divine Purpose

Check them out!

Kristy Denice Bock

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Think Greek Week: Guest Blogger Sasha Summers and Her Love Affair with Greek Gods

I’m so excited to spread my love (almost an addiction, really) for the men of Olympus. And I do love the men of Olympus… deeply.

I think it’s kind of easy to see why. Each of these guys radiate alpha male, of God-like proportions, in the most fantastic and mythic sense of the word. Now don’t ask me to pick a favorite, I can’t. Since my series, Loves of Olympus, started I’ve been working through them one by one – and have found something special and worthy in each one of them. I’m sharing those tidbits and some of my visual inspiration too… You can find more on my Pinterest page:

Zeus – 100% alpha. This guy rules Olympus. He is wise (unless a woman is involved), capable, and yummy. He’s the one that freed his siblings from their evil father, he’s the one that led Olympus to defeat the bad guys (Titans), and he’s the one that established ‘Olympus’ as the Greek Gods court.
He doesn’t have the best marriage (philanderers rarely do), but he does love his wife Hera, too.
My Zeus… Hugh Jackman.

Hades is often referred to as the Lord of Death. Yes, he’s the ruled of the Underworld, the Keeper of the Dead, Cerberus’ (the 3-headed dog) master… Not a very fun domain. But, in my novel, Hades is pleased with his realm and the responsibility he has. He’s the kind of guy that takes his job very seriously, respecting the Fates demand for order amongst all the realms. But he’s not very warm or fuzzy, in fact, he’s kind of nervous about the whole relationship side of things. Needless to say, Persephone has her hands full.

My Hades… Eric Bana (specifically Eric Bana in Troy J)

Poseidon is God of the Sea… and Fertility. He’s a very competitive God, stirring up rebellions and causing lots of mischief. He’s mentioned a lot in the classic myths, and my version evolved into this bad-boy that needs to be redeemed. He can’t help himself. He’s a selfish, impatient, jealous, and spontaneous deity. It’s his charm and his curse. So far in my series he’s done nothing but torment. You’ll be pleased to know that he does get what’s coming to him in the end…

My Poseidon is-unequivocally- Gerard Butler

Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon are the big three, mighty brothers that love and hate one another. But they’re not alone in their reign of Olympus, or their utter hotness. Apollo is in the works, inspired by my big-time celebrity crush Chris Hemsworth *sigh*!

My first book in the Loves of Olympus series is Medusa, ALove Story. It’s getting fantastic reviews (yay!). All the yummy men above are in it! All the yummy men above are in it! But the hero, Ariston, is a lowly mortal… He’s not too shabby though. I see him as the delectable Alex Pettyfer (more Beastly than Magic Mike).

But however you cut it, and whoever you visualize as the men of Olympus, they are a gorgeous, manly crew – a veritable feast for the senses. Here’s hoping my muse stays content and I get to stay with these guys for a while longer.

Thanks again for having me Heather!

Twitter: @sashawrites
On Goodreads, Pinterest, and Facebook: Sasha Summers

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Think Greek Week: Guest Post & Giveaway Kris Cook

Gods? Greek Gods? Gay Greek Gods? What was I thinking?

I first was exposed to Greek mythology in Mrs. Green’s class in the fourth grade. Ever since then I’ve been enamored by the stories of Zeus, Ares, Hera, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hades, and all the Olympians. Still in my teens when the movie “Clash of the Titans” came to theatres with Harry Hamlin as the hero Perseus, I was first in line. This love affair with the myths of old has never dimmed for me. Anything mythic that comes out in film, television, or books I devour.

The myth of Prometheus always held my attention and curiosity. Even back in Mrs. Green’s class I struggled with the punishment he received for enlightening humanity. As a ten-year old boy I found his act, breaking the laws of the Olympus to gift mankind with fire and knowledge, noble. His punishment was to be chained to a rock and have his insides eaten away by vultures only to be healed afterward to be the black birds meal the next morning—day after day for eternity. His suffering for raising us up I found unjust.

So, after years of toying with an idea for an urban fantasy male/male romance series I finally dared to put pen to paper.

In Love Ink, we learn that the myth of Prometheus isn’t quite accurate. In fact, it was a blatant distortion of the facts, ancient propaganda. When the god of knowledge was abducted, the other gods retreated from mankind, leaving humans to their own devices.

Here’s the blurb for – Cupid’s Arrow, the first book in the series (releases next week):

For Titus Love, matchmaking is much more than a hobby – it was the family business. Being the grandson of Cupid himself, Titus is obsessed with restoring his grandfather’s good work and leaves Olympus to secretly work his magic in Dallas’s hottest new tattoo studio, Love Ink.

Detective Derek Stone doesn’t believe in love. Betrayed by a former lover, Derek views the sentimental emotion as a weakness that almost destroyed him vowing never to give anyone that power over him again.

While investigating a string of grisly murders, Derek discovers one common thread – all of the victims were clients of Love Ink and its owner, Titus Love. But when Derek questions his gorgeous suspect, their passion ignites and Derek discovers that the world is bigger and darker than he ever knew.

Something evil has come to Dallas, and only a hard-boiled detective and the new god of love stand in its way.


My love of the gods continues after Mrs. Green’s class, and with Olympus’s favor, will continue for a long time to come. I’m currently working on Ares’s grandson’s story. His name is Cole Powers, and assassin of the gods. Ares’s Sword releases Fall 2012.

GIVEAWAY: I'll give an ecopy of Cupid's Arrow to one commenter. What do you love about Greek Mythology?

Dream Big!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Think Greek Week: Guest Blogger Saranna DeWylde

The Greeks used stories of their gods to relate to the world around them. Not only did they seem to explain the unexplainable, for instance, the rising of the sun was Apollo driving his great chariot across the sky, but they were also morality tales. The Greek gods were larger than life characters that were endowed with all too human emotions like anger and love. They fell into the same traps that mortals tend to create for themselves and didn’t always make the right choices. To humanize the gods, but set them against impossible odds was to highlight the humanity in our faults, our strengths and ourselves. They lived, they laughed, made love and war, experienced pain, loss, and joy. Their stories taught people how to cope with those things too.

I hope that in Desperate Housewives of Olympus that I’ve done that justice. That my portrayal of the gods and goddesses relates them more closely with the modern world and that we can see ourselves in each character from Demeter, to Zeus, to Hades and even Abstinence. And we all see that if some of these terribly flawed beings can finally get it right for a happily ever after, that there’s faith that we can too.

Saranna DeWylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction as Sara Lunsford. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Think Greek Week

As I am getting packed and ready to hit the road for RWA Nationals in Anaheim, I wanted to leave you some fun reading material. I am absolutely crazy about Greek mythology, I love the real stories, the movies, the YA novels and lately, much to my delight, the adult novels that incorporate these petty gods to great purpose.

So Think Greek this week and find some fun books to read. I'll see you on the flip side when I get back!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Come Find Heather on the Web

I'm hanging out at Decadent's 1Night Stand Blog today:

1 Night Stand: Why Choose a One-Night Stand?: by Heather Long When I wrote my first one-night stand last November, I asked myself the question of why would this couple need Madame Eve? Why would any couple actually need a Madame Eve to hook them up?

Author Virginia Nelson interviews Pietr Sauvage from The Taming of the Thief - As you all know, I feel deeply in crush with Max from Heather Long’s The Love Thieves (you can read that blog here.) Much to my dismay, when Iinterviewed him, he explained that Anya had his heart. Lucky for me, Max has a super sexy cousin who is still single and he hooked me up with his number.

Come by and see me!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hot New Release: The Taming of the Thief

One treasure...

Some would kill to know what Sophie Kingston knows. Rich and powerful people will do anything to possess the secret, but not even Sophie realizes how much danger she is in—or how far they will go to hunt her down and take it from her.  But when she sees a murder no one can prove, the threats to her life keep coming.

One Hunt…

Billionaire Pietr Sauvage is neck deep in the hunt for The Fortunate Buddha when a lead draws him to New York and thrusts him into the life of art history specialist Sophie.  What began as a favor turns into a desperate need to protect the sexy curator from the dark web of deception threatening to pull her under.

 Too Many Thieves… 

Lost in the shadow of intrigue and danger, Sophie must learn to trust Pietr, a man with an agenda, a man she can’t help but desire, before the ruthless thieves steal their only chance. Raising the stakes heightens the attraction…

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Taming of the Thief 
The Fortunate Buddha #2 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Crazy Days and Mondays

I'm not a big fan of Mondays, never have been, never will be. You'd think that because I work primarily from home that Mondays wouldn't bother me--but they are just so Monday, you know?

We're counting down to a lot of great happenings over the next few weeks. In short order:

Tomorrow - The Taming of the Thief release day. If you enjoyed The Love Thieves, you won't want to miss Max's cousin Pietr as he travels to New York on the search for The Fortunate Buddha.

Next week - Here on the Blog we'll be hosting Think Greek week with some fabulous guest bloggers like Saranna DeWylde, Kris Cook, Sasha Summers, Kristy Denice Bock and more.  I love Greek Mythology, one of the very first books I remember having as a child was a pop up book about the Greek gods. These wonderful authors write their gods with a modern twist and a lot of fun. So be sure to check in.

Also next week, I will be on the road with the fantastic Claire Ashgrove heading for Anaheim to celebrate RWA 2012, so if you're there, be sure to look me up, There's only going to be about two thousand of us, I shouldn't be that hard to find *wink*

In August, I'll be heading to AAD 2012 in NOLA and we hope to have the release of a full length follow-up novel to Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here in your hot little hands.

September marks the month of the Superhero on my blog, it will be all superheroes all the time as we count down to the launch of Yesterday's Heroes on September 18. I can't tell you how excited I am for this novel. I'll also be co-teaching a boot camp in September with the fabulous Candace Havens. A lot of folks have been asking me about the writing and how I get so much done, well I credit a lot to Fast Draft from Candy and more - so be on the lookout for those details..

Be sure to follow along with my blog tour appearances which will be posted above.  Can you believe we're only halfway through summer?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So You Want To Write a Book: How Do You Do That?

One of the most frequent questions I get in interviews is: what piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors? The answer never changes.  I always say, don't give up. Write, write, write and never give up. For everyone who thought this was an overnight thing for me, I've been writing since I was nine years old. I wrote throughout high school and the first round of college. I wrote everything from my own ideas to fan fiction and kept right on going.

I wrote my first, saleable novel, however in my twenties and even then, I wasn't ready for it, but I never stopped writing. From 2000 to 2009, I wrote at least a few thousand words a month and kept trying, but could never quite break into publishing. 2009 changed a lot of that for me and after I sold that first book, you know what I did?

Yup, I kept on writing.

But How Do You Write a Book? What's Your Process?

This is the second most commonly asked question. My process is to put my butt in the chair and start writing. I set goals. I meet those goals. Writing is very much like an exercise program--it all sounds good in theory, but it takes regular practice, regular writing, to build up those muscles. Writing a book is also a marathon and not a sprint. You can sprint while you write, but you can't sprint all the way to the end. I've written 47,000 words in two days before. I do not recommend it.

As often as I write, I still managed to strain something in my brain. So if you're just starting out, commit to five hundred words a day for a week. When that gets easy, make it a thousand. When that's easy, two thousand. And that's how you write a book.

What about Research? What about Edits?

As Nora Roberts says, you can't edit a blank page so refer to answer numbers one and two.As for research, I try to look up anything I don't know or need to know before I start writing--however, if I come across something I'm not certain about while I'm writing, I make a note in the text and then I keep writing. I don't stop. When I'm done, I can "fact" check and get back to it. If I think it's majorly important, I can check my facts after the day's writing session.

So if you want to write a book, put your butt in the chair and keep going. It's not glamorous, it's not flashy, but it's effective.

1NS Blog Hop Winner

Thank you to everyone that came by and commented on the 1NS Blog Hop. I'm pulling the name for Heather's prize that she offered up: Your choice of 1 ebook from the Always a Marine Series.

After many minutes looking for the right thing on and then realizing the number generator is up in the corner the winner is.....

Adila please contact me (Brandy) at with your choice of book and preferred format.

See ya next time..... B

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Year In Review

So a little over a year ago, on July 5, 2011, I had just returned from RWA Nationals in New York, I was fresh and inspired and ready to get to work.  By ready to work, I meant I came home with the plan and the dedication that I was going to make writing books and getting published my priority. I still had two contract jobs, a daughter, a family, friends and animals--but writing every day would be my priority.

At 4:30 a.m. on July 5th, I got up, made coffee and settled into my garage in what in the last year has become my official writing chair. Booting up my laptop, I started writing the book that would eventually become Marshal of Hel Dorado.  Every day, rain or shine, no matter what else I had on my agenda, the first three hours of every day were devoted to writing. I began generating an average of 5,000 words a day.

Over the next twelves months, I wrote eighteen books, five of which were shorts, three of which were novellas, and ten full length in excess of seventy-thousand word novels.  The following list is a rough of the books completed in the last year, including titles and word count.   In November 2011, my publisher Sapphire Blue closed its doors and five of my releases were pulled from the shelves and two more, ready to go were put on hold.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

1NS Blog Hop: Always a Marine

Welcome to your Always a Marine blog hop.  This sub-series kicked off in early April and the fifth book released on Tuesday, July 3rd.  With stories that include second chances at love, a menage to feel alive, and a fantasy come true and more, Always a Marine is very close to my heart. For a chance to win any one of the books listed here, leave a comment about your favorite type of military romance and heroes.

About the Marine Corp

This truism is now the official motto of the Marine Corps League. The origin of the statement is credited to a gung-ho Marine Corps master sergeant, Paul Woyshner. During a barroom argument he shouted, “Once a Marine, always a Marine!” MSgt. Woyshner was right. Once the title “U.S. Marine” has been earned, it is retained. There are no ex-Marines or former-Marines. There are active duty Marines, retired Marines, reserve Marines, and Marine veterans. Nonetheless, once one has earned the title, he remains a Marine for life. - USMC Heritage 

Always a Marine
1Night Stand is the business name of an exclusive online dating service run by Madame Evangeline who provides her clients with a possibility of happily ever after or happily for now.

Always a Marine is dedicated to finding happiness for the men and women in uniform. The series currently features five titles:

Once Her Man Always Her Man
Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade long abandonment in one cold Texas night?

Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here
Logan, Jazz and Zach shared everything, but will one night be enough?

Tell It To The Marine
Take one Marine and introduce him to the movie star of his dreams and it sounds like a script right out of Hollywood, but for James Westwood and Lauren Kincaid, reality just might be the ticket they’ve both been searching for…

Proud To Serve Her
Sparks fly, wine pours and what follows is a total seduction of the senses as Damon prepares a birthday that Helena will never forget.

Her Marine
The last thing either expected was a soul deep connection that brings them both wonder, but is the spark of lust enough to bring these two loners in from the cold?

Saluting My Marines

Blog Hop Rules & Info
1NS Blog Hop July 5 – 8, 2012 32 participating authors! Thanks to the generous donations from participating authors AND Decadent Publishing, we are offering THREE Grand Prizes!!

1st place – A Kindle Touch
2nd place – a $50 gift certificate
3rd place – a box of Goodies from Coffee Time Romance – US ONLY (books, swag and other goodies)

Plus, win prizes at every stop of the blog hop!

Don't forget to leave a comment about your favorite type of military romance or hero for a chance to win a free e-copy of one of these books and don’t miss the Joyfully Reviewed hosted Twitter chat tonight at hashtag #JoyfullyMarines.  It begins at 6 p.m. CST on Thursday, July 5. Don't have Twitter? Just follow along in the feed on the left!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Salute to the Marines: Her Marine Release Day

The fifth installment in the Always a Marine anthology in 1Night Stand (1NS) line for Decadent Publishing. 1Night Stand is the business name of an exclusive online dating service run by Madame Evangeline who provides her clients with a possibility of happily ever after or happily for now.
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Shannon Fabray is a sculpture artist and her love of the pure masculine body is demonstrated in every work of aesthetic art she creates. But her passion for the body doesn't extend into her personal life after a hellish experience in college left her with nowhere to turn but her work. After several criticisms about the lack of passion in her sculptures, Shannon is determined to face her fears and take desire by the balls. A one-night stand should do the trick.

2nd Lt. Brody Essex is an active duty Marine with one goal: come home, get rested, go back. Brody isn’t interested in a date arranged through Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand service like the rest of his friends from the Corps have had, but he doesn’t hesitate to fill in for a Brother who can’t go on his own.

The last thing either Shannon or Brody expect is a wondrous, soul deep connection, but is the spark of lust enough to bring the two loners in from the cold?


The woman's voice perfumed the lyrics with forbidden promises. Servers in unrelieved black slipped in and around the tables, delivering drinks and food without disturbing the spell woven on the stage. The woman's sultry Italian didn't detract from the emotion.

Captivated, Brody stared as she massaged emotion from the music.  His heart thudded a quiet counterpoint.  Everything in the room hushed, from the whispers at the tables to the movement of the wait staff.  When a man strolled out to meet the woman, she turned and caught his hand.  He took up the song and it transformed from something provocative to a note that squeezed around his heart.

An echo of movement next to him tugged his gaze from the stage. A pixie took her place next to him.  Her short black curls pinned carefully to frame her porcelain skin.  "They are singing about goodbye," she murmured, her voice almost too low to be heard over the voices twining together, lovers dancing around the notes of the man's baritone and the woman's husky alto.

"I don't know the words," he followed her lead, loathe to break the spell spinning between the two. Somewhere on the stage, dancers moved, but they were so understated, he didn't doubt the crowd wasn't quite aware of them.

"When I'm alone, I dream of the horizon and words fail me.  There is no light in a room where there is no sun."  The woman's words traced the underlying score of the singing.  "And there is no sun if you're not here with me. From every window unfurls my heart, the heart you have won into me you've poured the light, this light you found by the side of the road."

Oddly, tears pricked the back of his eyes at the sweet little catch the pixie woman's voice.  Pulling his gaze from the performers, he canted his head.  Moisture glittered around the woman's impossibly long eyelashes, but she watched the singers, one hand toying with a coin hanging by a silver chain around her neck.

"She tells him it's time to say goodbye, places that I've never seen or experienced with you, now I shall. I'll sail with you upon ships across the seas, seas that will exist no more.  It's time to say goodbye."

Monday, July 2, 2012

Salute to the Marines Week: Modern Marines Online

Did you know that the Marines have a blog? You can keep up with reports of their latest campaigns and engagements as well as features on outstanding Marines.  Speaking of features on outstanding Marines, the Marines' Facebook page offers up their Marine Fan of the Week and Outstanding Marines.  These articles are always inspiring and more.

Categories include Continuing Operations. Corps Connections and one of my favorites, Marines Uncovered.  These features give us an inside look into the Marine operations, their families, their events, but most of all, the Marines themselves. Some recent articles on the Marine blog include:

Marines Emerge Unscathed from Operation Jaws

I write about Marines because I admire them, but there is nothing that can compare with their real stories, real men and women who are real heroes.  Take some time this week while we're celebrating freedom to check out the Marines' blog!