Review and Giveaway:My Wounded Soldier, Fight for Love by Diane Munier

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My Wounded Soldier – Book 2 : Fight for Love
by Diane Munier
Publication Date: August 8, 2015
Genre: Historical Western Romance
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Synopsis

Tom Tanner has taken on a family. He lived through the war, but becoming a lover and pa to two small children may be the role that breaks him. This is the story of a man’s slow rise from black sheep to patriarch. 1866 is a time of learning to carry on in the aftermath of civil war. Tom is ready to heal, ready to take over Addie’s farm and make it a grand place. He has money from re-upping in the war and reward money for bringing a few notorious outlaws. Can Addie’s love help him settle and become an outstanding man like his pa? It’s the only fight worth making– a fight for love.

My Review:

Diane Munier has a way of telling honest, satisfying stories that contain profound wisdom. There’s not a thing she writes that I wouldn’t highly recommend. I read my ARC a couple of weeks back and I still have a book hangover. I’ve been casting about for something else of hers to read that’s new, which isn’t going to happen at the drop of my hat, so I’m just going to have to reread existing stories. Like this one.

 

This story is special, perhaps because Tom Tanner is such an admirable fellow (although not without his flaws). If one of my daughters brought home a guy like him (updating him to this century) I’d be pretty happy. He has enduring values that I like to see in a man. He’s not afraid of hard work, he’s smitten with his wife and he loves his children about as much. It’s fun to see him acquire an instant family. He doesn’t always know what to do as a husband or father, but he sorts things out quite nicely even though the process is a little rough at times.

 

I like his values. I like his thoughts on racial equality and suggesting opportunities to his friends. I like his relationship with the people of colour he encounters, and his willingness to change. And I like the way he focuses on the needs of other people –especially in his family.

 

Tom’s inner musings are just hilarious and most are endearing. And as well, there’s a scene in here between him and his father that had me not only weepy, but comforted by Tom’s long view.

 

So wonderful to have both these books on my shelf. Five stars.


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She told me of her mother then.  Greta.  She took in washing. And brought men home. And my wife, a slight girl scrubbing on the board.  That’s what I felt in her hands.  So sweetly shaped, so brined to the work.  A lady almost, but not in her marrow.  There, the laundry girl, the dirty laundry girl.  And the men.  Her learning to stand, given a knife by the neighbor woman. “Protect yourself,” the woman said. “No one else will.” And so she did, too young, too scared, too soon.  

Like Johnny.  He got took to the dark and it stabbed the tender in him and the dark came in.


I sat up and held her to me, stroking her hair while she told me.  I felt so many things with her, the fear, yes, the joy, yes.  The old wounds, yes.  The new wonder of it, yes.  The mother, and back more.  The girl, yes.  The little broken one, yes.  No man to ever rise up, and if he did, she met him with just herself and her brave eyes.  


“Lass,” I said, but only once.  I did not wish to let the pump run dry, for her words gifted me an understanding I had lacked.


I would be the pa to her sometimes.  I knew that now.  She wouldn’t want it much, but sometimes she would, almost like Johnny, me going back in her, me angry for her, saying what she knew and didn’t get a chance to rail about.  Letting her know I was here now.  I was here.


It was a part of it for us.  There was this little one in there still holding that knife, sometimes at me, yes that’s what I saw.  That knife she used and left in a man who tried to take her in an alley. That’s when she met him—her husband. She went in his store after the attack. He was kind. But God…he was weak. 


But that’s how he got in.  He wiped her face, but he was no hero.  She made him feel, and then he couldn’t find it in himself to love her.  She was something he hadn’t seen…too alive…too much of everything.


“I am not him,” I told her, and oh I was not.  The dark had its hands around my throat time and time, but it did not finish me.  I was just a man, but I stood tall.  Like it or don’t, I did the hard thing.


“I am Tom Tanner, your man,” I said, “the good of him, the ugly, too.  But I am not Richard Varn.  I have my own sins, but I do not carry the sins of another.  Nor will I,” I said, not sure what I meant by this speech, but I said it with force.


Other Books in the Series

My Wounded Soldier – Book 1 : Fight For Glory
by Diane Munier
Publication Date: July 4, 2015
Genre: Historical Western Romance

Synopsis

Wounded Soldier, Book One: Fight for Glory, is my newest offering on Amazon. This is the saga of Tom Tanner and his reluctant love for Addie Varner.

After he mustered out of the Twenty-Seventh, Tom never expected to follow the boys home to Illinois. Having failed to protect his older brother Garrett, Tom planned to take his wounds out west where a man could get lost under the endless sky. But his father prevailed on him to come home and comfort his grieving mother.

Tom had nearly filled his obligation when the neighbor boy came running and calling his name as he worked in the field. Johnny was the boy that looked like his mother, Mrs. Varn. Tom had seen the woman at meeting. She rattled him some for he’d not had a woman, just that one time and he’d been liquored up and taking a dare and were he to have one, she was not hardship to look at. But Johnny was calling for him. Tom knew the sounds of war. The country was rife with veterans, some looking for trouble instead of home. What Tom finds at the Varner’s farm offers him a new kind of battle, a new kind of glory trail.

I have been writing this story for fifteen years. In its various forms it has garnered attention in literary contests and with a number of writerly folks. But stuck in ‘bridesmaid,’ mode it has never really walked the aisle. Until now. I hope you give it a spin and maybe fall in love. 

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Meet Diane Munier

Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I’m a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell…what more could I ask.

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My Wounded Soldier, Fight for Glory: Diane Munier

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All across the country men are drifting home from the war. But when Tom Tanner musters out, he doesn’t plan to go home. He has been working in the brickyard in Springfield trying to save enough money to buy a rig and head west. He’s not expecting his father to show up and plead with him to return to the farm. After the horrible loss of his older brother, Tom doesn’t feel worthy of the family’s company. But his guilt won’t allow him to cause them more pain and so he goes home for one last visit. It’s hard to find normal around the folks. The work of harvest provides the perfect distraction. Once the crops are in he’ll go so far away they’ll never have to look at him again. But his plans are challenged one day. Tom is working in the field when the neighbor boy, Johnny, comes running for help. What Tom finds at the neighbor’s home is a scene right out of the war. But it’s not just about killing. The Missus Addie Varn, is ready to birth. Tom wants to run, and he will come fall, but now he must roll up his sleeves and play midwife.

‘My Wounded Soldier Book Two: Fight for Love’ will be available for Pre-order July 4th. So, celebrate with family and fireworks, start reading My Wounded Soldier Book 1, and stop by this Facebook event page  to hear a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  Exciting stuff is happening!

Additionally, there will be a Facebook Release Party on June 9th, hosted by Jedigirlsc and Frannie Flower. Please add the three of us as friends on Facebook to keep up with all the news.

 

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Diane profile picLiving comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I’m a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell…what more could I ask.

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Guest Post: Diane Munier~Finding My Thunder~Sale

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Finding My Thunder is Literary Fiction with a strong love story. It is the book of my heart. All of my stories are dear to my heart, but this book stabs me in a special way. It is closest to my own story even though it is not autobiographical in the truest sense. But the emotions of it, the rejection, the desperation, the joy, the levels of those feelings…wow. I get those levels right out of my own life. This story takes place in a time gone by. Each character is inspired by someone I’ve known. Truth takes so many forms. Each one of these players are important with a distinctive voice. They were here, they are here. I write to make sense of life. Mine. Yours. Ours. I have respect for the dark times. When we get those right in the worlds we create, the light is a no-brainer. It is not what we go through that ultimately matters as much as what we learn and share, how we grow, what we give, how we bless. Finding My Thunder is about a girl’s courage and conviction. It changes her and ultimately it changes the people in her world. For the next week it will be on sale starting at 99 cents. If you read it, or have read it, I would love to read your review.

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Blog Blitz: Darnay Road by Diane Munier

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Starts out in summer of 1963. Sweet little ten-year-old Catholic school girl Georgia Christine meets eleven-year-old smoker with armpit hair who really does live on the wrong side of the tracks Easy. She and Abigail May are mystery solvers, The Darnay Spies, in their spare time, and Easy Caghan (E.C.) and his brother Cap will keep these two little ladies on their sleuthing toes. Darnay Road leads them into a future where their childish friendship blooms into love. Will the Vietnam War be the one challenge they can’t overcome?

 

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Easy is digging in the high pocket on his jacket. He gets out a velvet box and hands it to me. “I told you I’d get you something, right?” he says. He just seems so serious. He hands me this box. I look at him before I open it and smile but he doesn’t smile back.

“Go on,” he says meaning I should open the box, and I do and it’s a ring with an opal. I know it is because I love opals very much and he says it. “It’s an opal.”

I take it out and it fits just right.

“Abigail May told me the size,” he says.

Well she didn’t spill the beans at all. I put it on my finger and I keep my hand in a fist because my nails are just plain Jane. I don’t do much to them unless Abigail May and I do it together, but we haven’t lately.

“Thank you,” I say. I look at him. “Thank you,” I say again because he can’t have much money and there are a million places.

He takes in a big breath. “Well I wanted to,” he says.

I look at his lips and he leans a little and kisses me. I am overcome.

“Easy,” I whisper. I’ve got tears.

“What’s the matter?” he says low.

“I…,” I laugh a little, “never thought I’d get a ring from you in Disbro’s truck.” That’s not what I was going to say, I don’t know what I was going to say, but it’s the truth about this truck.

He laughs too. “Yeah. I’m just looking for time with you when they aren’t all around.”

It has been that way. We’re being watched.

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Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I’m a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell…what more could I ask.

 

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Coming of age 1960’s. Hilly keeps her mother’s secrets. But she has some of her own, a love from childhood for the golden boy Danny, the one who no longer sees her. Soon they are tied by more than childhood history. It’s a long dark road toward finding her thunder.

 

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It was Danny Boyd.  Mary was no less surprised when the Angel Gabriel appeared to announce the pregnancy that changed everything. My heart took off under the hand I’d splayed on my chest.  I couldn’t have my senses more assaulted.  It wasn’t possible.  He stood there, a head taller, his black hair long, longer than I’d ever seen it, and long sideburns.  His eyes, green in that tanned face.  He had a thin moustache that met these carefully sculpted patches around his beautiful mouth.  Rock and roll star.  But muscular…I felt faint.  Faint from his nearness.  My shoulder where he’d tapped me, it throbbed.  God, he was a man.

 

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Living comfortably in the heart of America, a fake extrovert who is genuinely introverted. Lots of good story tellers in my small world, then started first grade. They put me in the middle reading group (probably based on my math scores) and after one class moved me up to group A. That was the conscious beginning of loving story.

 

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Review + Giveaway: Me and Mom Fall for Spencer by Diane Munier

Diane cover largeThe house next door to Sarah and her mother Marie has been vacant since the murder that happened there when Sarah was ten. Their neighbor, Frieda, was like a second mother to Sarah and she died brutally and the neighborhood never recovered. No one has lived in Frieda’s house for seventeen years. Imagine Sarah’s surprise when it finally sells to an on-line buyer. She looks through the thick growth separating her house from the other and a wild man looks back. He’s not exactly wild. He’s thirty-seven year old Spencer Gundry. Once he shaves the beard and gets a haircut, he’s not hard to look at. Well Sarah’s mom doesn’t think so, and neither does she. Problem is, Spencer has a few secrets of his own.

excerpt stickerThings don’t sell quickly in this town, that’s for sure. But with the murder, no one wanted Frieda’s haunted house even though it was repainted beige and all personal knick-knacks were long gone. Such as blood spray on the walls. No one wanted that really.

 So imagine my shock, or dismay I should say, when he moves in. I see him over the fence. I go out there because the squirrels keep stealing my sweet corn and I only planted four short rows. So I go out there to whack a stick at the squirrels and I see that rental truck in front of the place and no sooner do I think about that and here he comes from around the back of it.

 Right off I am interested. I mean, who buys a house where…who does that?

But I’m oohing and owing my way to the backdoor cause, no shoes, and I am nearly there when he calls out, in a very handsome voice, a voice so nice I would know it belonged to a very handsome man if it’s all I had to go on. And he is handsome. I knew that at the three second glance when he’d first manifested from the back of the rental truck.

 The closer he gets the more right I am. And I have to make myself not bolt.

Review stickerAccording to popular opinion, Sarah Sullivan is stuck. In her mid-twenties, she lives in her mother’s house, works from home, foots most of the bills while her mom attempts to recapture her youth, donates her time to various causes and takes care of neighbourhood shut-ins. She doesn’t date and she has no wish to move away or alter her habits. She’s a local fixture who often goes unappreciated; one who lets criticism slide off her back. She would rather have peace than voice her opinions.

Spencer Gundry moves in next door and unhappily, both Sarah and her mom become infatuated. If Sarah was annoyed by her mom’s behaviour before, she’s super-irritated now! But Spencer sees past the superficial. He presents a future for Sarah that maybe nobody else wants to see. Not only does he find her attractive, he genuinely likes, admires and wants her. It’s a threat to her mom, Marie, who certainly doesn’t want anything to change. Marie doesn’t trust men, either. She’d rather seduce them than let one into her heart. Or let one near her daughter!

Who is this Spencer guy, anyway? He doesn’t have any traceable background and he’s stated flat-out that he has left his past behind and will indulge no one’s curiosity. Not even Sarah can pry it out of him. But of course, truth will out.

Why is Sarah content to lurk in the shadows when she could shine? Why did Spencer make a clean break from his past? Can a couple even make a future without sharing about the past? Is that wise? And who will take care of everybody if Sarah stops?

Love and trust go hand and hand. Sarah and Spencer must both assert themselves as individuals and learn to function as a couple, not to mention as part of a community, if they want a relationship at all.

Diane Munier has a unique voice; the kind of voice you hope no editor ever dares to influence because it immediately bonds the reader to the characters. Her leads get in your head and you hope they move in forever. I find that when I read a Diane Munier story, there are so many complex threads that I pick up something new every time I reread.

Expect great things from this author. She’s going to give you plenty of book hangovers. Five stars.

 

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The house next door to Sarah and her mother Marie has been vacant since the murder that happened there when Sarah was ten. Their neighbor, Frieda, was like a second mother to Sarah and she died brutally and the neighborhood never recovered. No one has lived in Frieda’s house for seventeen years. Imagine Sarah’s surprise when it finally sells to an on-line buyer. She looks through the thick growth separating her house from the other and a wild man looks back. He’s not exactly wild. He’s thirty-seven year old Spencer Gundry. Once he shaves the beard and gets a haircut, he’s not hard to look at. Well Sarah’s mom doesn’t think so, and neither does she. Problem is, Spencer has a few secrets of his own.

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Things don’t sell quickly in this town, that’s for sure. But with the murder, no one wanted Frieda’s haunted house even though it was repainted beige and all personal knick-knacks were long gone. Such as blood spray on the walls. No one wanted that really.

 

So imagine my shock, or dismay I should say, when he moves in. I see him over the fence. I go out there because the squirrels keep stealing my sweet corn and I only planted four short rows. So I go out there to whack a stick at the squirrels and I see that rental truck in front of the place and no sooner do I think about that and here he comes from around the back of it.

 

Right off I am interested. I mean, who buys a house where…who does that?

 

But I’m oohing and owing my way to the backdoor cause, no shoes, and I am nearly there when he calls out, in a very handsome voice, a voice so nice I would know it belonged to a very handsome man if it’s all I had to go on. And he is handsome. I knew that at the three second glance when he’d first manifested from the back of the rental truck.

 

The closer he gets the more right I am. And I have to make myself not bolt.

 

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