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Women Serving Their Country



 


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’ll be talking about At Home Christmas. This novella incorporates an experience I had while in the Air Force, one that left me with the sensation that finding a good man and keeping him would be a near impossible task. It’s about discovering a man who is funny and sweet; someone you know in an instant is Mr. Right, only to lose him in a matter of hours, but not to another woman.






Military romance is a relatively new genre in terms of popularity. Strong women with a leading role who are in service to their country is even newer. The glass walls of women in the military, in serious and important jobs, were shattered back in the late seventies. Those of us who served during that time endured many, many slights against our decision to take a non-traditional job and had to prove that we were capable of those jobs on a daily basis. Losing a person we had come to care for a lot meant we couldn’t discuss that loss. We had to “suck it up” and get the job done. Our feelings could never be allowed to show.

Blurb

Christmas with the family. An ideal, sweet homecoming... Or the torturous reminder that family can be your worst enemy.

Cat Helmstead suffers a grievous loss while on temporary duty in Spain with the Air Force. Her heart shatters and she sinks into a grief so profound that she’s ready to join the man she loved so much. Until she’s sent home, to spend the holidays with her family and makes several important discoveries that will change her future forever.

Can Cat move on from losing the only guy she's ever been attracted to?





Excerpt

The NCO club was rocking with great tunes on the jukebox. I sat in a corner, nursing a San Miguel beer, watching others doing their thing. It was bingo night. Just about everyone was playing intently in the cover-all round, hoping to win the five hundred dollar prize. For some, that amount of money equaled more than they had in their pocket at any given time.

“Hi.”

The voice was male and I wasn’t interested. Men were my thing, as the saying went, but at this point in my life, I was still nursing wounds best left alone. I’d joined the Air Force five years ago as a way to escape a home that had become too tense to live in any longer. The oldest of six, I’d never heard “Great job” or “You’ll be a success one day.” No matter what I did, nothing was acknowledged until my seventeen months, twenty-eight days younger sister, Tina, had accomplished the same feat, and that was boasted about long and loud by our mother if she happened to do better than I had done.





About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.



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