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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Those stories only exist in fiction - Out of Time (Out of Uniform #3) by Melissa Klein

"From the very first word I was completely captivated by this read. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I don’t think it will be the last. I definitely want to read the previous books in the series. I thought that the story flowed really well and had a great pace to it. The characters were likeable and well developed. I definitely didn’t want this story to end!" - Katie, Goodreads


Published: August 16th, 2017

About the series: Out of Uniform but not out of trouble. When life-defining careers come to an end, these naval aviators find reentry into civilian life as difficult to navigate as the Atlantic in a hurricane. As Titan, Mad Dog, Tank, and Bash rise to the challenges life throws at them, they find falling in love to be the biggest risk of their lives. Can they adapt and overcome, or will love and ambition mix like wind shear and an ultralight?

When paparazzi, obligations, and pride tear Bash and Grace apart. Will the stubborn scriptwriter come to his senses in time, or will movie star, Grace marry the wrong man?

Before filming starts on her next movie, America’s sweetheart, Grace Carradine, wants a girls’ night out. As she dons a disguise to evade the paparazzi, her brown hair isn’t the only deception, so is her upcoming marriage to her costar. Naval-pilot-turned-author, Sebastian "Bash" Baron finds his friends are pairing up and starting families. Given his history, he knows that life isn’t for him—even if the period romance he wrote is being made into a movie. Those stories only exist in fiction—or other people’s lives.

The two begin a secret romance, meant to last only as long as the starlet is on location in Bash's hometown. When the paparazzi, obligations, and pride tear them apart, will Bash come to his senses in time, or will Grace marry the wrong man?

Military Men Between Fiction and Reality 

I believe the biggest difference between fictional and real military men and women is the amount of aggression and bravado that is portrayed in movies and T.V. Based on the people in my own life, I’ve found those who’ve served, and especially those who’ve seen combat, do not relish violence. In fact, they go out of their way to avoid showing aggression or watching it. My son, who served in Afghanistan, will not watch military movies, T.V. shows or programs that depict violence. Furthermore, I find men and women in the military to be modest and self-deprecating when it comes to their service. My son is far more likely to speak of those who gave their “last full measure” than of his own experiences in battle. 

Following the Vietnam War, America tried to reverse course by portraying soldiers, marines, and sailors as heroes—and they certainly are. However, those Hollywood efforts have also created a two-dimensional character who fails to draw an accurate picture of the veteran who quietly returns home to his family, who struggles to find a civilian job, or valiantly struggles with PTSD. In creating a false image of an impenetrable warrior, we’ve set up our returning veterans for a world of “reentry woes.” Of everything I’ve written, I want readers to see that coming home is often the most difficult part of a service person’s life.

About the author:
Melissa Klein writes contemporary romance about everyday heroes fighting extraordinary battles. Whether facing the demands of caring for a child with special needs or the struggles of a soldier returning home, her characters take on the challenges life throws at them with perseverance, courage, and humor.

Melissa sets her stories below the Mason-Dixon Line where she’s lived all but an unfortunate six months of her life.

While she won Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggie award in 2013 and Rose City Romance Writers Golden Rose award in 2012, she still hopes to win the lottery. If she does, she’ll buy a huge farm in north Georgia and convince her children to live next door. Until that time, she lives in Atlanta with her husband, who puts up with frozen dinners with the words are flowing. You can find Melissa at:

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