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Guest Post/Giveaway: The Edge of Courage by Elaine Levine

Elaine Levine it taking over my blog today. Shout it from the rooftops! She talks about how she thought of THE EDGE OF COURAGE from her son's experiences after coming home from the war. Elaine is giving away a few copies of the book to a couple lucky commenters. There will even be a few extra chances to enter to win this book. And make sure you don't miss my review right after this post. This is a great book!

I live in a small farming and ranching community in northern Colorado. The town was founded in the 1880s. It’s doubled in size over the last decade, but still has fewer than 5,000 residents. It has one main street, a handful of side streets, and one streetlight. There are a few rows of lovely Victorian homes, then little enclaves of neighborhoods built after WWII and the Vietnam War.

When we moved here ten years ago, it was the smallest town I’d ever lived in. Time moves differently here. Slower. I wondered what it would have been like to come home to my little town after one of the wars. To live in a state of acute awareness and hyper-vigilance surrounded by people who’ve only known the peaceful existence of life in a rural community.

My son enlisted in the Army in September 2001. He spent the next four years at various posts, including a 15-month tour in Iraq. I lived for the rare phone calls and precious few letters he sent our way. While we were blessed to have him come home whole and hearty, he wasn’t unchanged.

There are lots of dirt roads out our way that cut through remote prairie and cornfields. My son taught his wife to drive in the middle of those roads and to stop in a way that gave him an advantage should insurgents confront them suddenly.

Shortly after his return, he rented an apartment in the next town over. One morning, the resident below him slammed a  door, startling him from sleep. He stumbled around his room, looking for his gun and helmet so that he could rush to the bunker for cover, panicking when he couldn’t find them. Of course, he had no helmet or gun because he was a civilian thousands of miles from the war.

I’ve heard so many stories like these from our returning service men and womenmany suffering far worse consequences, physically, mentally, and spiritually. These are our children, our brothers and sisters, our friends, our fellow citizens. They stood for us. They faced what no one should ever have to face. And now we have to do our share. We have to have their backs. We have to acknowledge their sacrifice. We have to help them relearn how to live the quiet lives of civilians. Somehow. That’s why I wrote THE EDGE OF COURAGE.

It’s the first book in my new romantic suspense series called The Red Team about a secret corps of alpha warriors who have left the government to join a private firm. The first three heroes served together in Afghanistan. Each faces different challenges in returning to civilian life, the worst of which is that the war is not over. Their enemies have followed them home.

I imagined Rocco coming home to a small town like mine and wondered how we would react to a soldier with severe PTSD. I pictured him standing on our main street, looking at the grain elevator, lost in thought. I hope you’ll give the series a try. The first book, THE EDGE OF COURAGE, is available in print and ebook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Visit my website at www.ElaineLevine.comfor updates on this series and my historical western series, the Men of Defiance.

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  1. I agree that not enough is done for our soldiers in return for their sacrifices. At the very least they should be guaranteed a lifetime of free topnotch physical/mental healthcare...and a home to return to at the end of their term...again at no cost to them. Just my opinion...I think it's something the government should provide them and I don't want to hear that it can't afford it...'cause I don't believe that. These men and women put their lives on the line for their country...and they often come home and then are just...forgotten and end up homeless and sick with no one to care for them. It's very sad.

    On a happier note...your book/series looks VERY good...I can't wait to read it. Thx for this giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @

  2. Hi Barbara! It isn't hard to support our returning heroes. A phone call to check-in with them, a job offer, a handshake. Anything makes a difference. Thanks for stopping by!!


  3. Hi Elaine: Thank you for the great giveaway. I have not read any of your work and I think this would be a great way to start. I find it interesting that people who have never been in the shoes of our soldiers have so many opinions. Many years ago, I had the privilege of seeing some soldiers off and to show my gratitude. I wouldn't trade that memory for anything.


  4. Forgot to mention that I'll take a PDF copy. Thank you.