Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blog tour and reviews – Battle Scars by Jane-Harvey Berrick


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From the dusty plains of Afghanistan to the sleek corridors of the New York Times, journalist MJ Buckman seeks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who’s her complete opposite … and fits her perfectly.

Marine Sergeant Jackson Connor knows that relationships don’t work for men in the military. He’s living proof of that. But when a steely-eyed temptress in a flak jacket, who carries her moral cause in front of her, crosses his path, he’s furious, curious, and all kinds of in-lust.

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A grown-up love story about two people who aren’t looking for love, but realize how precious it is when they find it. They don’t play games and there are no stupid misunderstandings, just life standing in their way.

Can they compromise? And what does that look like in a modern relationship between two driven people?

Assignment Vs deployment.

They’re always traveling in different directions. What relationship can survive that?

A whole generation was growing up knowing only despair, death and destruction. How could there be lasting peace when children were encouraged to carry guns? How could life return to normal when these children had never experienced it? The problem seemed too big, too difficult, too impossible to solve.
And here and now, we were all suffering the effects of lives lived in hate.
Doctors and nurses worked with strained detachment as they attempted to triage a thousand people at once. Chaos was too polite a word for everything that I witnessed.
“Can I help?” I asked, a nurse rushing past.
She raised her shoulders in a helpless shrug, then pointed at a teenage girl who had a wound on her leg, bright red pooling around her.
“Apply pressure,” she shouted as she ran toward a child whose robes were dark with blood.
“Then what?” I yelled after her.
“Pray!” she shouted over her shoulder.
I turned to the girl whose jet-black eyes watched me without emotion. She’d wadded her dress, pressing it against the wound while blood soaked into the sand around us. I pressed down on her leg, trying not to gag as blood seeped between my fingers.
All around me, people were crying and begging for help, most of them young, so young. I knew that over half of the refugees at this camp were children, but seeing them like this…
I stayed with the girl, helpless to do anything except apply pressure to a wound that wouldn’t stop bleeding. I pressed down, pressed down, and I talked to her—trivial nonsense that meant nothing, important things that meant everything. I told her about Jackson. I told her all about the man who’d stormed his way into my life, his eyes blazing. I told her my hopes and fears, and when I’d told her everything I could think of, I prayed, reciting Bible verses that I’d last heard at my father’s funeral.
She didn’t understand me, of course, but maybe she understood the tone. Maybe she knew that I was praying for her.
And finally the blood flow slowed and I stopped talking. There was nothing more to say because the girl was dead, her dark eyes open and accusing.
And what could I do? I wasn’t a doctor, I wasn’t a nurse. I wasn’t even a fighter. All I could do was write about what I’d seen and heard, said and done, and hope that somebody cared. Maybe even someone who cared enough to help end the madness.
But when hatred is your birthright, hope seems a very long way away, and I wondered if God had heard my prayers.


Shanda's 3.5 stars

Maggie Buchman is a journalist that loves her job and is working her way to the top. Her latest story lands her in Afghanistan where she has to be rescued by a team of marines. One marine in particular takes real issue with having to save her and doesn’t hide his frustration. After the mission Maggie thanks the team for risking their lives and offers to buy them drinks if they ever make it to NYC. After returning home Maggie is shocked one day by the arrival of Jackson Connor. Of all the men to show up to cash in on that free drink she never expected Jackson to show up.
Maggie is hesitant to get close to Jackson. He has made it clear he is interested but Maggie steers clear of one night stands. Her heart gets invested way too fast and she knows they can’t make a relationship work. Maggie is waiting for her coveted dream job of war correspondent and Jackson will be shipped out soon. But despite all the reasons they shouldn’t be together they are soon trying to make long distance romance work.

Battle Scars is a nice drama free romance novel. It is basically about two people trying to make it work. In the end one will have to give so that they can be together or finally let each other go.

Amy's 3.5 stars
MJ and Jack meet under dire circumstances; and their follow up meeting doesn't go that great either. After MJ thanks Jack saving her, she also makes him an offer, which he takes her up on later. Despite their turbulent beginning, they are able to forge a path ahead, and what started out as two people looking for a great night together, develops into something more meaningful rather quickly. Their story is mostly sweet, with little bits of drama scattered throughout to keep it from being too sweet. Overall, I enjoyed their story.

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Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).

She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. ( )

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