Thursday, July 18, 2013

Midsummer Nights Dream Men Blog-hop

While my heroes are not typically handsome, they do have a strong appeal with women. They've served their country with pride, and returned better men. They've saved lives and tried to secure peace.
The main difference is, my heroes are all Disabled Veterans.
When I started writing the Lost And Found series, I didn't know what kind of reception I would get with my men. They are not your typical 'tall, dark, and handsome'.
In Book 1, Embattled Hearts, my hero John used to be tall, dark and handsome, until a roadside bomb paralyzed him and put him into a wheelchair.
In Book 2, Embattled Minds, Zeke used to be a ladies' man, until he made the mistake of taking cover behind a wall that came down on top of him, permanently scarring him and leaving him with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
Book 3, when it comes out, will have a hero with a permanently disabled arm and an amputated leg.
Not your typical hero, but to me they are the epitome of heroism. They have sacrificed for their country.  They have sacrificed time with their family, their children. They've sacrificed, sometimes literally, their sanity to their country.
I've had people ask me about my covers, because the men, in general, are good looking and healthy. Unfortunately, there are very few stock images for my heroes- definitely none with a romantic theme. So, I've modified the pictures as much as I could. Trimming the lower half on one, shading a face on another.
If you'd like to check out my men, the prequel to the series, The Embattled Road is free.

My question is: What is your ideal hero? One commenter will win a free download of my newest book, Embattled Minds.

If you click on the image below, it'll get you started on the hop. Just press 'next' in the top right hand corner to go to the next blog. Happy hopping!


Please, continue on the blog hop to meet more fantastic heroes and be entered for a chance to with a $75 gift card, plus several free book downloads.


Jennifer Mathis said...

jason momoa comes awful close

JM said...

Boy he is pretty tasty, isn't he? Thanks for hopping!

Diana Merritt said...

Love your books and especially this series!

Pimpin' Reads said...

Speaking of Mamoa he is going to be at Fandomfest. Are you going? YUM He will be there all 3 days

Rhonda D said...

I admire you for pushing the envelope. Our disabled Vets are the truest definition of a Hero. I downloaded Embattled Minds and will definitely check it out. Thanks for participating in this awesome hop!

JM said...

Diana, thank you very much! I love my guys too!
Pimpin'- where's Fandom Fest? He is damn yummy. I'd like to see i he's as good in person. *snicker*
Rhonda- thank you! I've been wanting to write this series for a couple of years, but didn't think I was good enough as a writer to do it until now. I hope you enjoy The book, though you should get the freebie first. Embattled Road.
Thanks for stopping ladies!

Andrea I said...

Thank you for writing this series about. I got your prequel and can't wait to read it.


clivingston said...

Love the idea behind your books!! Downloaded the free one and can't wait to read it!

Jean MP said...

What a great sounding series. Downloaded the free one, look forward to reading more of these stories.
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Jody Faltys said...

My heroes are those that don't fit the mold either. As a quadriplegic I'm drawn to this series and look forward to reading more of these kinds of characters as I LOVE seeing people like me represented.

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Nicola W said...

It's great to see someone looking at things from a different angle. We do not all fit the image of 'perfect' that is so often represented in romance novels. Anyone who helps others is a hero to me.

Kelsey Summer said...

Your characters sound like dream men. Anyone who puts their life on the line is a hero.


Amber said...

Love these bloghops - I always add to my TBR list. This is being added for sure.

Nay Nay said...

I love these hops. There are so many great authors and you all give fantastic prizes too.
anyone who helps others is a hero in my book. It is nice to see someone taking a chance and writing romance featuring disabled people. I got your freebie and will definitely read it.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

JM said...

Ladies, I sincerely hope you enjoy The Embattled Road, and thank you for all your awesome comments!
Jody, I think more people like you should be written about, because it's the every day heroes that impress the hell out of me. I hope you enjoy the book.
Kelsey, I agree 100%!
I appreciate all you ladies stopping and wish you luck with the prizes! Be sure to stop in for the chat Sunday night too!

Tj Richards said...

My husband is mine. He served his country and still does in law enforcement. He is also the sole financial provider for the family. He is a wonderful father and step-father and one would never know which of OUR children isn't his bio child. Men like these are hard to find and are all heroes to me:)


Alianne said...

My ideal hero... hmm... I seem to have a thing for warriors with their own sense of honor that doesn't always match what society deems appropriate. Men who need their women as much as their women need them, and who commit not just their hearts for a few years, but their souls forever. Which, if you think about it, is kind of scary if the man's heart isn't in the right place lol Guys like that could go really good or really really bad.

bn100 said...

smart and caring
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flchen1 said...

I'm intrigued by the descriptions of your heroes, J.M. I think that many heroes bear scars, whether visible or not. It's magic to find someone else who is accepting and supportive of the person you are, and sometimes in that love, you find not only some healing but what you need to flourish.

As for an ideal hero? Someone who sees himself pretty clearly, and is confident in his strengths and willing to admit a bit of weakness.

Looking forward to your stories!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

JM said...

TJ, AWWWW!!!!!! That's so sweet! I feel exactly the same way about my husband.
Tell him thank you from me for serving our country and continuing to serve as a cop. That's a hard life. Been there done that.
Alianne, I get what you're saying. Like, the bad guy may not be so bad once you know his reasoning. Who is the author trying to reform her evil villain? Seems like there's one trying to do it.
bn- me too!
Flchen- sounds like an awesome hero to me!
Thanks for commenting ladies!

Anonymous said...

Definitely very heroic heroes. I love the premise to your stories. Early congrats on Book 3 :)

Anonymous said...

Definitely very heroic heroes. I love the premise to your stories. Early congrats on Book 3 :)

Emma said...

I saw the name Jason Momoa at the top, and have to agree, though I do like a different kind of hero. I will have to check out your books.

Denise A. Agnew said...

Hi there! I am definitely interested in having you guest blog J.M.! I love books that are different, especially if they feature military heroes!

Cassandra said...

I absolutely love the concept of this series. Not many would think to write about disabled vets but they are so heroic, hunky, and amazing. I love the fact that you have done it :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Kimberly Mayberry said...

My ideal hero is someone who is brave, selfless, compassionate, loyal, and trustworthy.

Anyone who has served their country to help protect their fellow humans, is tops in my book. I know several impaired vets that are very sexy, and they are tops in my book. I see them no different than "able bodied" people. I am disabled, so I can relate so well you to your characters! Thank you for that!

JM said...

Denise, I would love to guest blog! Just tell me when and where!
Cassandra, I've always rooted for underdogs. Even when I was a kid I hated the way Vietnam vets were treated when they came home, and I can only imagine how rough it was for a WOUNDED/DISABLED Vietnam vet. The guys in Iraq and Afghanistan are getting a better welcome home, but you still don't see a lot about the injured. I think those that have been injured protecting our country should never have to worry about anything again!
Kimberly, I don't see any difference in them either. They've had 'combat modifications', but they're still men. They want sex and food and love, and they're insecure. Typical men. They break the mold when it comes to their courage, though. That is immeasurable.
Thank you for stopping!

Mary Yakovets said...

Hey J - I think the guys in your series have definitely helped develop my idea of a hero...I have a new respect for soldiers and their families!

Colleen C. said...

Ideal hero... one that no matter what is going on in his life... his heart is open to love!

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JanD said...

My ideal hero is loyal & knows what he wants.
bituin76 at hotmail dot com

Jen B. said...

I like a hero that is smart, strong and protective. No, I don't ask for much! The rest is just icing. jepebATverizonDOTnet

Rebekah Williams said...

J.m. I can't imagine someone else writing these books and giving them the justice, love and emotion as you do. The stories are phenomenal. Keep up the great work.
P.s. I can't wait for the next book!

Jeanette Platt said...

Oh lady... You know my ideal Hero is a Marine :) I love your guys Zeke and Gunny John are just too damn hot :) It isn't the looks that make a man its the actions and your heros are wonderful and all man, fact they are marines make is just that much better.

Hugs Lady

angelblue240 said...

These sound great!

Belinda G said...

I love that your heroes are all Disabled Veterans. However, they are all hot and alpha male with loving hearts...although buried kinda deep still there! I love military romances.

You are a new author to me. Glad I found you! I'll be following you for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Belinda G
belgre at Comcast dot net

Jessica Subject said...

My ideal hero is someone who makes me feel safe and loved. Thanks for participating!

jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

JM said...

Mary, Thank you very much!
Colleen, Jan and Jen, those sound awesome!
Rebekah and Jeanette, you ladies are so kind. Thank you!
Belinda, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Hi Jessica! Yes, exactly!

Suzie said...

Looking forward to reading your books. My hero has to be smart, sarcastic, courageous and willing to admit mistakes. While I love a guy with both inner and physical strength! No one is perfect. Flaws are allowed :).

Ginny S said...

Have read all 3 of your books and can't wait for Chad's story. Zeke was such a "teddy bear". I really think it is admirable that your write about our injured soldiers and how they are working to make it from day to day. Keep up the good work J.M.

Christine said...

I suppose my idea hero would be someone who fights for what he believes in, isn't perfect but strives to always better himself. Willing to go out of his way to help others..

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JoAnna said...

sounds like a great series. Heroes are made from their heart not whether they can walk.

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Shelley Chastagner said...

My idea of a hero is one who does what needs to be done for someone else. His motivation isn't recognition but "rightness".

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Anonymous said...

Have read all your 3 books of this series and will read the next one too. Will you write a book about Duncan? Definitely interested in that character :-)

Keep on writing!

JM said...

There will definitely be a Duncan book, although it will be summer-ish of next year. Sorry, I have a few to get through before him.

5 Sisters said...

I just found your series and read your first book. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
I look forward to to the next two, which I have already purchased. Thank you for writing this amazing series.