on March 13th 2017
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Six bestselling authors bring you Hearts of Courage, stories about heroes and heroines who overcome tragedy to find love.
100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to benefit warriors wounded in military action!
The Perfect Lady Worthe by Rose Gordon
The last thing Jane Cavanaugh would ever expect is to be married—she is an invalid, after all—but that doesn’t mean she can’t help with her sister’s husband hunt! (Even if it is with a wee bit of reluctance. The last thing Gareth, Lord Worthe would ever want to do is to fall in love with his closest friend’s younger sister. But fate just might have something else in store for these two…
Out of the Darkness by Elizabeth Johns
Lt John Holdsworth, an injured veteran from Waterloo, is now steward for a large estate in Scotland. Catriona Craig is the adopted daughter of Lord Craig, whose only interests lie in growing herbs and healing people. Can two unlikely friends find healing together? Can he overcome the shadows of his past and accept her love?
Scandalized by a Scoundrel (All's Fair in Love Book 2) by Erin Knightley
Amelia has plenty of reasons to distrust strangers, and the broad-shouldered, devilishly handsome viscount deserves no exception. But when the former army officer challenges her to lay down her weapon and learn to fight in a new way, she finds herself capitulating. They’re as incompatible as water and gunpowder, so why is she suddenly looking forward to the thought of being . . . Scandalized by a Scoundrel?
Captivated by the Captain (Fabled Love Book 2) by Amanda Mariel
What happens when an American heiress to a shipping company crosses paths with a pirate? Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?
For The Love Of A Widow by Christina McKnight
After years following her husband as he fought against Napoleon’s troops, Lady Lettie Hughes returns to London a widow to take her place as the daughter of an Earl. Can she fight through the nightmares that plague her to find love with the man she jilted six years before?
A Match Made In Duty by Meara Platt
When the Earl of Exmoor agrees to marry Sophie as a favor to her dying brother, he never expects that this match made in duty will be the cure for his broken and battle-scarred heart.
We are very excited to bring you a five day event featuring stories from six wonderful authors.
Rose Gordon, Elizabeth Johns, Erin Knightly, Amanda Mariel, Christina McKnight and Meara Platt.
Each day we will highlight one or two of the stories.
Join us today as we visit with Elizabeth Johns.
Thank you to Buried Under Romance for hosting Hearts of Courage, a collection of novellas to benefit wounded military heroes.
My name is Elizabeth Johns, and I have hoped for an opportunity like this since I began writing three years ago. I have been married to a military member for fifteen years, and have served in the medical reserves for five years now. Frequently being at Walter Reed National Medical Center, I see these amazing men and women as they are recovering, and I am inspired by their courage. However, it is a long and arduous process for them and their families, and charities that help them are often underestimated.
I think most everyone has a great appreciation for those who serve, but we all want to do more for those who have been wounded—to let them know they aren’t forgotten. This anthology is a small way for us to help and tell them we appreciate them.
All of the authors have similar reasons for wanting to help. Every story features an imperfect hero or heroine—from disabled veterans to widowed spouses—this anthology is a collection of beautiful stories of which I am very proud to be a part. My contribution is Out of the Darkness, a story about a soldier who lost an arm and a leg, and has been fortunate to find work as a steward at a home where Catriona Craig is the adopted daughter of the owner and enjoys healing.
She had learned early on never to question if John needed help or could complete a task. He managed better than many people with two good hands. However, clipping a plant without holding it could be difficult, especially when working with something as tricky as nettles.
Catriona finished filling her basket and went to retrieve another. She was happiest out amongst nature and could not help humming as she worked. She bent over and plucked a bright yellow broom flower from a bush and inhaled its fresh vanilla scent before tucking it behind her ear. She stopped short of twirling about when she remembered she wasn’t alone. She glanced over to see him watching her and smiled. He stumbled when she caught him staring and toppled over into the clump of plants.
She giggled and running towards him, fell on her knees beside him.
“I have been served my just desserts,” he said, holding the stump of his right forearm.
“Oh dear, did you land in the nettles?”
“I believe so,” he answered with a look of pain. His fingers curled as though he wanted to scratch the skin.
“I will fetch some dock.” She went about and gathered several of the almond-shaped leaves, trying to remain calm, but desperately wanting to ease John’s pain. She stripped off her gloves and began to rub and crush the leaves together to form a poultice. She looked down at John, who was staring at her with an expression of blatant alarm on his face.
“You must roll up your sleeve so I can place this directly on the skin.”
“May I do it myself?”
“Do you not want me to look? It is just I, John,” she said in disbelief.
“Of course I do not want you to look!” he shouted.
She reached down and put the poultice in his hand. Green juice had dripped between her fingers and down her dress. She faced away and allowed him to deal with his injury in the privacy he desired.
“Do I just place it on the hives directly?” he asked.
“Yes, that is all. I could do it for you,” she offered in a mildly patronizing tone, keeping her back to him.
“No, thank you.”
She crossed her arms, trying not to be irritated with him. It hurt her that he would not let her look.
“John, is something else wrong with your arm?”
“No, Catriona.” He sighed loudly, as if annoyed.
Emotion overtook her and she began to cry, not knowing why he was frustrated with her when she only wanted to help. She sniffed away tears, hoping he would not notice.
“Catriona, do not do this.”
She spun round to him, despite not knowing whether or not his arm was covered. “Do not do what? Care about my friend who is too proud to let me help?” She knelt down, her face close to his, and looked him directly in the eye.
He looked away. “You do not understand.”
“Then help me to do so.”
Slowly he turned back to her. His eyes were raw with pain. In that instant, and with no conscious thought behind the movement, she leaned forward and kissed him. She could feel his surprise and hesitation before he then kissed her back. She had never been kissed before, but his lips were soft and tender and she desired more. He moaned slightly before pulling away.
“That should not have happened, Catriona.”
Shock, hurt and disappointment knifed through her as she realised what she had done. Was he repulsed by her? All she could feel was embarrassment, and she felt heat rushing to her face. She could not bear to look him in the eye. Stumbling to her feet, she fled, Shadow trailing behind.
Elizabeth Johns ~ http://www.ElizabethJohnsAuthor.com