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Monday, May 6, 2019

Keeping a Warrior by Melanie Hansen ๐Ÿ’• Guest Post, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway๐Ÿ’• (Contemporary Romance)

Devon Lowe is a survivor.

A survivor of war. Of combat. And of a betrayal by men she considered her brothers-in-arms. But her trailblazing work as a Cultural Support Team member working alongside the Navy SEALs is too important for her to back down now.

Fresh off a painful break-up, Air Force pararescueman Rhys Halloran recognizes Devon’s trauma for what it is—something that’s left her isolated, but far from irreparably damaged.

With Devon’s trust still lying shattered back in Afghanistan, putting her faith in a man who’s nursing a broken heart isn’t easy. But she’s tired of people making her feel weak, and Rhys makes her feel anything but, sparking a heated attraction that was never part of the plan.

With all eyes on Devon to prove herself in a brutal man’s world, having it all will mean putting her heart on the line like never before. But when it comes to Rhys, it’s an uphill battle she’s ready to fight.

Publisher’s Note: Keeping a Warrior deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including past sexual assault.

A quick question! If I were to ask you, “Are there any women on a SEAL team?” what would you say? You’d say “No,” right? Actually, there are quite a few women on the teams! They’re cryptologists or linguists, or they work in intelligence and admin. Even before combat jobs were opened in 2013, women played a vital role in special operations and have for years.
There’s one special unit of women, though, that went into combat with SEAL platoons even before the restriction on combat jobs was lifted. That unit is the U.S. Army’s Cultural Support Team, and their job is to interact with the women they encounter in remote villages in certain countries—areas where it’s considered a grave cultural offense for foreign men to even look at them, much less search and question them.
The CSTs have to be able to keep up with the men, whether it’s patrolling with gear over miles of inhospitable terrain, parachuting out of planes or fast-roping out of helicopters. In the past, being a CST was the closest a woman could get to actually being a SEAL.
Even though special operations is now open to women across the board, it’s still very much a “man’s world,” and the overwhelming majority of operators are opposed to women joining them. As the CSTs have shown, though, women on the teams can be an enormous asset. They’ve shown they’re able to keep up, and they can do everything that’s asked of them. And yes, one day a woman will make it through SEAL training. It’s only a matter of time!
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Rhys watched until Devon had disappeared safely into her room, then turned toward his own with a sigh.

“If I were you, I’d watch yourself with her.”

The voice came at Rhys out of the darkness, and he jumped. “Jesus!”

Mullet stepped out of the shadows where he’d been leaning against the wall. He held up his phone. “Came out to call my wife, saw you drive up with Lowe.” He paused. “What were y’all doing?”

None of your business. “Just talking,” Rhys said tightly. “Unwinding. What’s it to you?”

“Man, it ain’t nothin’ to me. Just think you should be aware of what you’re dealing with.”

“We were just talking,” Rhys emphasized with a slash of his hand. “What exactly am I ‘dealing’ with?”

“Why don’t you ask one of the guys she accused of rape? Oh wait, he’s dead.”

Rhys rocked back on his heels. “What?”

“Yeah, that first team she was attached to in Kandahar?” Mullet’s voice was hard. “Lowe started fucking one of the dudes there, and when she found out he was engaged, she lost it and accused him and two other guys of rape.”

Rhys’s mouth flapped open and closed uselessly.

“She was hanging out with them,” Mullet went on. “Drinking with them, you know? A real party girl. Got into a relationship with this dude, and when he tried to break it off ’cause of his fiancรฉe, she turned on him, tried to ruin his career.”

“Where did you hear this?” Rhys croaked. “Did she tell you this?”

“Nah.” Mullet shook his head. “You think El-Tee isn’t gonna vet anyone we’re bringing on board?”

Rhys’s face went hot with anger. “And then what, our leadership just sat down and gossiped with you about it, knowing it could destroy unit cohesion before it even had a chance to form? No way. Try again, and leave El-Tee out of your bullshit story.”

“Fuck you with the gossip and the bullshit,” Mullet growled. “All you need to know is it’s a fact that accusations were made, there was an investigation, and Lowe was transferred off the team.”

The team Rhys had been a part of for such a short time. One mission. The mission where Devon had made such an impression on him.

“It’s your life, Halloran, but that girl’s trouble, and if I were you, I’d keep it strictly business.”

He strode off, leaving Rhys numb with shock. He sucked in a few deep breaths, horror freezing his blood when he saw Devon standing there, an ice bucket in her hand, her face white as a sheet.

Oh, God. She must’ve heard everything.

“Devon.” Rhys took a step toward her, and she put up a shaking hand to ward him off.

“Just in case you’re wondering if his facts are true,” she said tonelessly, “they are.”

Devon’s knuckles clenched white on the bucket, her lips twisting in a bitter smile. She shoved open her door, and right before she disappeared inside, she turned to look back at Rhys.

“Not all war stories are heroic, you know.”

She shut the door with a quiet click.


BUD/S: six months of the most intense training there is. It’s survival of the toughest, and Matt Knytych is determined to come out the other side a navy SEAL.

Distraction is life or death. And just the sight of former marine Shane Hovland is enough to shake Matt’s concentration.

Shane came to BUD/S training ready to prove himself—again. Semper Fi is forever, but he needs a new start. Not this dangerous heat with a man he barely knows.

Everything they’ve ever wanted is riding on a thin, punishing line. And they’ll have to fight for more than just each other if they want to make it through intact.

After all, the only easy day was yesterday.

This book is approximately 77,300 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!


Melanie Hansen doesn’t get nearly enough sleep. She loves all things coffee-related, including collecting mugs from every place she’s visited. After spending eighteen years as a military spouse, Melanie definitely considers herself a moving expert. She has lived and worked all over the country, and hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to the love stories she gets up in the wee hours to write. On her off-time, you can find Melanie watching baseball, reading or spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.


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  1. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  2. Who is your favorite character in your book?

    1. Without a doubt, Devon is my favorite! She’s so brave, and strong, yet vulnerable. I adore her!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today! ❤️

  4. Sounds awesome, thanks for sharing the great post :)

  5. Working with Navy seals has got to be a rewarding way to live. Looking forward to reading.

  6. Congrats on the new book release!

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    1. Carina has an amazing art team! I had input but I didn’t design it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Looking forward to reading Keeping a Warrior. Thank you

  9. This sounds like a great series! My favorite cover is for Keeping a Warrior!

  10. thank you for your giveaway

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  12. Thanks for hosting. Looks like a good read.

  13. sounds like a fun one

  14. thanks the book sounds interesting

  15. People say that others can't fill that void but they certainly can fill in the cracks and help support your foundation from crashing down to rock bottom. These two found each other at the right time.

  16. sounds like a fun one


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