Mission: Courage is the fourth book in the Rise Again Warrior Series. A series that focuses on what our veterans go through after the war and their careers are over.
After years in the Army, Gianna Roberts is detached and unsure of herself and her future. When a chain reaction occurs, she finds herself falling into the deep, dark, den of demons called alcohol.
With Gianna physically self-destructing with her abusive addiction, she’s unable to care for herself and her son. The day that Nate Hardy takes a stool beside her at the bar, is the day her life might change.
Nate is not a stranger to addiction and has been battling with it himself for five years. His job is to find servicemen and women and bring them back to Rise Again Warrior for help.
Behind the wire, a fragile relationship will grow. Nate will help Gianna find the courage to face sobriety, but will it be at the cost of his own?
Join us for another emotional, intense, heartbreaking, and realistic story of hope, despair, addiction, and PTSD inside the wire of the Rise Again Warrior Complex.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 3 – PG-13
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This series is meant to help educate people about the issues that our military veterans deal with after their service time is over. Mission: Courage focuses on a female veteran, and the issues with families, children, and addiction.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I knew that Gianna needed to be from a blue-collar lifestyle, and I needed her to be hands-on. I spoke with several female veterans about things that they had gone through while serving, and one of the women that I spoke with had been a mechanic in the army. It was perfect for Gianna, and some of the things that my source went through were very helpful to creating Gianna's story.
Have you ever seen an explosion? I mean a real, honest-to-God explosion—not a science experiment or a fireworks display, but something that reduces another object or person from a solid to—well, not much more than anything.
I have seen my share of them. The first one I witnessed, I was four klicks, or four kilometers, away when the F-16 flew over and dropped a series of bombs onto a small cluster of buildings. The percussion of the explosion was intense even at that distance—plus the roar of the jet as it flew past. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like at ground zero—but what had really intrigued me, or perhaps had given me a new respect for the explosive devices, was seeing the wreckage once we moved in to do the task assigned.
The once-standing clay buildings were nothing but rubble and debris. Any movement stirred the dust that filled your lungs. Who knew what you were breathing in; it could have been the building, furniture, clothing—or even the people.
It was an eye-opening experience, and one that, no matter how many times I saw it, never ceased to amaze me. Maybe that seemed creepy, or perhaps I just had an odd fascination with destruction. I wasn’t sure.
Well, not until the explosion occurred that changed my life forever. I learned that sometimes after an explosion, there could be secondary blasts. Maybe the original one triggered another explosive or even fuel storage in the area.
That’s what happened in my life.
The original blast began to kick off a series of events that took me closer and closer to that demon den that many veterans mention. Some happened quickly, and others took time—as if a fuse had been lit and had taken its sweet time to reach the charge.
Perhaps the original explosion had been a catalyst of some kind, causing a chain reaction. As time went on, I began to wonder if maybe I might have been the catalyst.
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