Annabeth Albert talks Unconditional Surrender – An M/M Military Bundle and ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Annabeth Albert for taking the time to talk with us today.

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Title: Unconditional Surrender – An M/M Military Bundle
Author: L.A. Witt, Cassandra Carr, Amelia C. Gormley, Rhi Etzweiler, Lucy Felthouse, Brit Blaise, Kerry Adrienne, Annabeth Albert, Keira Andrews, Sasha Devlin, Lia Davis, EM Lynley, Cat Grant
Publisher: Self Published
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Blurb:

Strong. Sexy. Sizzling.

There’s nothing like a man in uniform, and sixteen of today’s hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them.

These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never before published words!

Kerry Adrienne – Cruise Control
One Maserati brings Parker and Blake together, but will Blake slow down and discover the important things aren’t in the fast lane?

Annabeth Albert – Resilient Heart
When a wounded soldier is forced to accept help from his former best friend, both men discover the true strength of their entwined hearts.

Keira Andrews – Arctic Fire
Can an army captain who can’t forget Afghanistan make new memories with a ranger in the Arctic?

Brit Blaise – Storm Out
An Army Ranger suffering from PTSD finds coming out the biggest storm he’s ever faced.

Cassandra Carr – Civilian Master
Clay’s home for some R&R after a Special Ops mission goes terribly wrong. Can Flynn help him find his true self?

Lia Davis – His Guarded Heart
Being Senator Beckett’s bodyguard while staying out of his bed becomes Judd’s biggest challenge as passion ignites between the men.

Sasha Devlin – Hometown Hero
Sparks fly when injured Marine Colin returns home …and ends up in the arms of the man he left behind.

Rhi Etzweiler – Blood & Peyote
“I almost did it, Api. I had the Glock in my mouth and my finger on the trigger.”

Lucy Felthouse – Desert Heat
Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk. Yet they still can’t resist.

Amelia C. Gormley – The Houseboy: Initiation
Being Fowler Vale’s houseboy may open more doors than Bryce ever dreamed possible.

Cat Grant – The Only One Who Cares
Committed couple David and Josh have overcome years of struggle to arrive at their happily-ever-after. But what happens when fate has one last killer right hook in store?

EM Lynley – Irresistible Forces
DADT kept them apart, but old flames reignite as Logan and Brody succumb to irresistible forces.

L.A. Witt – Flight Risk
Sex with a co-worker is all fun and games until your friendship crashes and burns…

Hi! I’m Annabeth Albert, and I’m thrilled to be part of the Unconditional Surrender bundle. My story, Resilient Heart, stars Mackey and Xander.  From my blurb:

 

Army IT specialist Xander keeps his emotions wired as tight as his NETCOM gear, but when he’s seriously injured by an IED, his whole life unravels. Forced to accept help from his ex-friend-with-benefits, Mackey, Xander doesn’t know which is worse: combating his inner demons or dealing with Mackey’s guilty kindnesses. Both men will have to heal their wounded hearts to ensure a future together. 

 

At the heart of Xander and Mackey’s story is what it means to come back from a war zone. Both men come back changed individuals—Xander has obvious external injuries, but it’s the internal wounds that threaten to tear them apart. What I wanted to explore with Xander was the notion that sometimes the deepest injuries are the ones we can’t see. As part of my research for my story, I looked at what resources exist for returning soldiers.

 

One of the best known programs is The Wounded Warrior Project, which helps disabled veterans lead productive lives. You can find out more at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org  In the comments below, tell me about what you think the greatest challenges are that returning soldiers face. I will donate $1 for each comment to Wounded Warrior Project, and I encourage you to check them out as well.

 

Also, like many returning soldiers and ordinary citizens, Xander suffers from depression, a treatable medical condition. Help is out there. There’s often a bit of a stereotype that depression is a “female” thing, and it’s true that depression looks different in men versus women. Here are some of the symptoms of depression in men:

    • Physical pain. Sometimes depression in men shows up as physical symptoms—such as backache, frequent headaches, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction, or digestive disorders—that don’t respond to normal treatment.

 

    • Anger. This could range from irritability, sensitivity to criticism, or a loss of your sense of humor to road rage, a short temper, or even violence. Some men become abusive, controlling, verbally or physically abusive to wives, children, or other loved ones.  

 

    • Reckless behavior. A man suffering from depression may start exhibiting escapist or risky behavior. This could mean pursuing dangerous sports, driving recklessly, or engaging in unsafe sex.

 

 

(From: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-in-men.htm )

 

If you know someone suffering, help is out there. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

In the comments below, please tell me about what issues you think service people struggle with as they return to civilian life, and what issues you’d like to see represented more in books.

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About the Author:

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Author Links:

http://www.annabethalbert.com
http://www.twitter.com/annabethalbert
http://www.facebook.com/annabethalbert

Buy Links:


Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

Giveaway:

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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