People often ask me: What’s military life like? To this day, I haven’t come up with a pat answer and I guess that’s because the answer changes daily. I will say the best trait a military spouse can have is adaptability. You must learn to be as flexible as Gumby!
Military life is about change and unpredictability. During my husband’s twenty-one years of service, we lived in nine different homes across the US. Our four children were all born in states far away from our family roots. (But they had the best Halloween costumes EVER!)
My oldest son went to three junior highs in three different states, then two different high schools. As a family, we’ve faced more TDYS and war deployments than I can count. During one move we made without my husband, the kids dressed up a teddy bear as “Dad” so he could come along too.
It has made us close. It has made us strong. And it has made us very independent. (And no, I wasn’t just outside cursing at the automatic sprinkler as I hit it with a brick, in the dark, trying to make it rotate cycles again before all the grass dries out. Okay, maybe I was cursing a little.)
Reminds me of the time I wrote the final chapters for a book using a generator because a tropical storm had knocked out our power. There’s a bit of a fear factor when your teenage son is the one cranking the generator and warnings of carbon monoxide poisoning are posted in the directions! Luckily, my son had listened to his father’s instructions well. The boards we put over the windows even stayed in place. Mostly. ;)
While we joke about those times, there’s no question that we would have all preferred to be together more. My husband grieves over how much he has missed of our children growing up. But even if we had it all to do over again, I’m not sure we would change our path. We’re a military family. We’ve all been called to sacrifice for our country.
Through the changes, stresses, adventures, reunions, more stress of goodbyes and Murphy’s law that everything will break the minute my husband leaves the state, I have carried a deep respect for our men and women in uniform. I believe in their dedication, their selflessness and their bravery. I can only hope that I do them justice in the military novels I write.
With that in mind, I hope you enjoy COVER ME, the first book in my new “Elite Force” series. HOT ZONE follows in December and UNDER FIRE in May. Happy reading!
In keeping with the “Gumby Principle” of flexibility, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever had to figure out how to fix on your own? (Or if that’s too whacky a question, how about what’s your favorite cartoon character?)
COVER ME BY CATHERINE MANN—IN STORES JULY 2011
It should have been a simple mission…
Pararescuman Wade Rocha fast ropes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…
But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple…
With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…
Unable to trust the local police force, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…
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