Monday, March 6, 2017

Aloha to Cheryl Etchison and ONCE AND FOR ALL


Romance author Cheryl Etchison joins us today for a special post celebrating military heroes ...

In the summer of 2011, I was watching the national news, likely cooking dinner or folding laundry, when they came on with the story of Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry who had been awarded the Medal of Honor earlier that day. Three years earlier, while on a mission to capture a Taliban target, the married father of four picked up a live grenade that landed between him and his fellow soldiers. Just as he went to throw it, the ordinance exploded, causing him to lose his right hand. And yet, he kept on fighting.

Petry was a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, a unit I had only heard mention of a couple times before, and almost immediately my curiosity was piqued. Unlike the Navy SEALs or the Army’s Green Berets, they aren’t often found in the spotlight. Instead, I learned this special operations unit very much prefers to operate in the dark of night, often parachuting behind enemy lines to capture high value targets such as airfields or hydro electrical dams.

It wasn’t long after that I began writing the American Valor series featuring a group of friends who are trying to find that balance between their love and commitment to country, family and their brothers-in-arms. As members of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment they are stationed in the idyllic setting of Savannah, Georgia, home to the second largest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States. So it was only right the 1st/75th tradition of marching in the parade was included in ONCE AND FOR ALL.

ONCE AND FOR ALL is Book 1 in the American Valor series .... 

The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn't prepared them for falling in love.

Rule #1: Military and matrimony don’t mix.

But if there’s one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it’s Bree—his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he’s trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he’ll do whatever he can to help her.

Wish #1: A little bit of normal.

Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a place where she can find a new job, and where people aren’t constantly treating her like she’s sick. By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached—the man who broke her heart ten years before.

The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she’s ready to stand on her own two feet, she’ll walk away and he’ll let her go. Only, as they both know all too well, things don’t always go according to plan . . .

Cheryl Etchison graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Journalism and began her career as an oil and gas reporter. Bored to tears and broke as hell, it wasn’t long before she headed for the promise land of public relations. But that was nearly a lifetime ago and she’s since traded in reporting the facts for making it all up. Currently, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and three girls.

Learn more about Cheryl and her books at

You can meet Cheryl at: 

Avon KissCon comes to Austin (link)
March 23, 2017 at 7pm
603 North Lamar Boulevard
​Austin, Texas 78703

RWA 2017 National Convention (link)
Avon Author Signing
​July 26 - 29, 2017
​Orlando, Florida

Cheryl is giving away a special St Patrick's Day prize package to one randomly selected commenter who is a US resident. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about St. Patrick's Day - what are your plans for celebration?  Or how have you celebrated it in the past?  In the early 90s, I lived in Boston ... and took my roommate to U2 to the Boston Garden on March 17.  You can't get more Irish than that!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, April 2. 

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, April 3.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Book 2 in the series ... 


  1. Even though I have a lot of Irish blood on my Mother's side I always forget to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - the day we are all Irish.

  2. Not a fun holiday for me, my dad died in a small plane crash in my college days on this holiday.

  3. We go over to my friend's house for corn beef and cabbage. She has a group of us over every year!

  4. The usual Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner with soda bread. Then we go watch our annual St. Patrick's Day parade. In our town all the Pubs have parties that spill into the streets. It's a big day for celebrating here.
    The book sounds great. Look forward to reading it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  5. We usually try to find somewhere that has corned beef and cabbage.

  6. I really don't celebrate it it's just a normal working day for me

  7. We've been known to celebrate at our American Legion but not often.

  8. We don't celebrate except to acknowledge that it is St. Patricks Day! We sometimes in the past have baked something green or purposely worn green. :)

  9. We are going to a friend's for corned beef and cabbage, not my fav meal; but nice getting together with her.

  10. No plans for St. Paddy's day at the moment. I'll probably don some green, maybe I'll pull out some 80s U2 albums and celebrate that way.


  11. We have corned beef and cabbage for dinner and avoid the parade route during the day.

  12. We used to eat corned beef and cabbage, but my hubby isn't a fan, my daughter stood eating meat and my son is out of state. I'll be working all day anyway. I did make it to Savanah, GA a couple times many moons ago to celebrate.

  13. I'm getting a haircut on the 17th & then maybe go out to dinner. I'll definitely have some Irish Soda Bread (I love it toasted).

  14. We have not plans at the moment.
    Karen T.

  15. We aren't Irish, but we wear green. :) And we are hoping to go see the new Beauty and the Beast movie on St. Patrick's Day.

  16. St. Patrick's Day has always been a big day for our family. When I was in college, Playboy named my uncle's bar one of the top 10 places to party on
    St. Patrick's Day.
    We have our children and their families over for soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish Coffee. Never sure what I will do for dessertThe most fun we had was the year we happened to be in New Orleans for the 17th. There were multiple parades plus the main big one in the French Quarter. Floats serving beer to their participants, lots of beads, and 2 floats pulled port-potties for marchers to use after drinking all that beer. This year we will be away from home. We will be in The Charleston, SC area and headed towards home. It is tempting to go to Savannah for the day, but it is the wrong direction from where we are headed.

  17. My last name being Brennan, we always celebrate with traditional CB and Cabbage and Irish Soda Bread.

  18. We are going to see Beauty and the Beast movie (three times this weekend).