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Monday, October 15, 2012

GUEST BLOG and Giveaway: Jean Joachim

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I’m Jean Joachim, contemporary romance writer. Thanks for stopping by. I did something unusual, I wrote a military romance with a partner, a man, Ben Tanner, a retired Marine. I’ve been asked what it’s like to write a book with a partner. I loved it! It’s great to talk to someone who cares as much about your book as you do. We have different strengths and respected and relied on each other’s abilities.

The hardest part of writing this book with Ben was that we wrote the book on the Internet because we live so far apart. Ben has a fulltime job and a part-time job while I write fulltime, so we had to dovetail our schedules, definitely a challenge. We wrote much of the dialogue in the book each playing the part of a character. We chatted back and forth online when our characters spoke to each other. Not every conversation was done this way, but many were. I think that makes our dialogue realistic.

I have much respect for the men and women who serve, have served and will serve. Writing a military romance intrigued me. This book highlights some of the difficulties of maintaining relationships through long distance and ever-present danger. But first some fun. A Marine trivia quiz!

Do you love a hunky guy in uniform? So do I and Marines top the list. How many of these questions about the Marines can you answer? Put your name and email address in a comment. I’m giving away two copies of my new military romance, Love Lost and Found.

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  1. The U.S. Marines have roots in the British Royal Marines, true or false?
  2. The Marines don’t have a shield in their emblem. Do you know why?
  3. The very first traceable Marines go back to the Greeks and Romans, true or false?
  4. What does the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, mean?
  5. When men leave the Marines, they are referred to as “ex-Marines”, true or false?
  6. There is an annual “Birthday Ball” for the Marines, true or false?
  7. The U.S. Marines are considered the world’s greatest warriors, true or false?
  8. The three constant corps values are “Honor, Courage, Determination”, true or false?
  9. The Marines got their nickname, “Devil Dog” from the German army in WWI, true or false?
  10. What breed is the Marine mascot?


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Answers:
1. TRUE! The United States Marine Corps can trace its heritage to the British Royal Marines. Although the current ranks of the Royal Marines number quite small compared to today's US Marines (7,000 vs. 175,000), both Corps of Marines have stood side by side in conflicts around the globe and maintain their close ties.


2. The USMC emblem was loosely modeled from the Royal Marines. Neither Corps' emblems incorporates a shield signifying defense, since Marines prefer to be on the offensive and attack the enemy.


3. TRUE! The first documented use of marines as a class of soldier in a standing army belongs to the Greeks and Romans.


4. Always Faithful. This motto was adopted in 1883.


5. FALSE! There are no ex-Marines or former-Marines. There are (1) active duty Marines, (2) retired Marines, (3) reserve Marines, and (4) Marine veterans. Nonetheless, once one has earned the title, he remains a Marine for life.


6. TRUE! It happens on November 10.


7. TRUE!


8. FALSE! Honor, Courage, Commitment.


9. TRUE! During World War I many German reports had called the attacking Marines "teufel-hunden," meaning Devil-Dogs.


10. English Bulldog.




What do a Marine who received a “Dear John” letter and a journalist who dumped her cheating fiancé have in common? Nothing, outside of being heartbroken over lost love. But when they accidentally end up next to each other jetting to a Caribbean paradise, they do share one thing: mutual attraction. Friendship between Tara Mason and Sergeant Mick Peterson grows quickly through a few dates on St. Thomas. An argument coupled with a blunder strand them on a small deserted Caribbean island.

In the midst of nothing but sand and water, possible starvation leading to death, old wounds heal. While working together to survive, Mick and Tara fall in love. Love found in their own private Eden is soon challenged in life-threatening ways when they return to the mainland. Long separations, danger and loneliness test their devotion. Is the love they’ve found strong enough to withstand what life throws at them?



11 comments:

Debby said...

My husband was in the Army when we married. He left and became a state trooper. I love men in uniform. They are so sexy.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Jean said...

Thank you, Debby! Yes, gotta love state troopers, too.

Jean said...

Thank you very much for this opportunity. I will be giving away a book at the end of the day. So readers, please leave a comment.

S. J. Qualls said...

I really did lousy on the questions, just had #4. Good "lesson"!

Jean said...

That's okay. i did lousy on them, too! You don't need to know the answers to be entered. Thanks for stopping by and now your in for the drawing.

Ingeborg said...

Love the questions and answers.
Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Jean said...

Thanks for stopping by Ingeborg!

Molly Daniels said...

Always good to learn something new every day:) I only got the 'Semper Fi' question correct, though I suspected 'determination' was NOT the third part of the values, and #5 correct.

Carol Preflatish said...

I love military romances, Jean. Can't wait to read this one.

Carol
cpreflatish@yahoo.com

CelticAmazon said...

I actually missed one and I'm a Marine veteran (VN Era). Would love to read and have added to my tbr wishlist.
Patricia
panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

Jean said...

Thank you Molly, Carol and Patricia. I'll be drawing the winner in a few minutes.