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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Trusting a Warrior by Melanie Hansen - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Melanie Hansen and her new book, “Trusting a Warrior!”  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Melanie and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Trusting a Warrior

by Melanie Hansen


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



George Monteverdi always had one goal, to become a navy SEAL. Now that he's both a SEAL and a K-9 handler, saving lives is his priority. When tragedy touches his own life, he handles it—with the help of his crew and his dog, Bosch. Having those guys by his side means he’ll never be alone…though any sort of romance feels like a faraway dream.

Heartbroken after her fiancé falls in love with another woman, Lani Abuel seeks comfort in the arms of a stranger, only to find herself pregnant and alone. She’ll do whatever it takes to be a good mother, which means finally facing the trauma in her past. The last thing she expected was a warrior with wounds all too similar to hers finding his way into her heart and loving her child as his own.

As their worlds entwine, Lani and Geo find the joy and redemption they’ve been seeking. But despite the sanctuary they’ve created, a forever love seems impossible. A K-9 handler who spends most of his time deployed with his SEAL team, staring danger in the eye, is far from what Lani—or her baby—needs, and Geo can’t imagine a future doing anything else.



When they reached the reception hall, Geo and Lani stood just outside the pool of light, watching while the wedding couple danced together on the gazebo. The bride was radiant in a light pink cocktail dress, her groom in khaki pants, the sleeves of his matching pink button-up shirt rolled to his elbows.

“Aww, they look so beautiful and happy together, don’t they?” Lani whispered. “Best wishes to them both.”

Loud laughter drew their attention to a knot of young men leaning against a nearby railing, bottles of beer in hand, their boisterousness and camaraderie instantly recognizable. Geo nodded at them. “Team guys.”

She grimaced, her pleasure at the sight of the happy couple draining away. The bride had not only married her husband, she’d married the whole community and the demands it brought with it. It wouldn’t be an easy or glamorous life, not by a long shot.

“Well, good luck to them both, then,” she said. “They’re gonna need it.”

Geo quirked his lips at her. “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, huh?”

“Hell, yeah, I got the T-shirt.” Tugging on his arm, she steered them past the wedding and on down the beach. “How about you? What sort of relationship skeletons do you have in your closet?” She’d said it lightly, teasingly, and was surprised to feel his biceps tense.

He didn’t say anything for a few beats, then, “I lived with someone for about a year once. His name was Jake.”

It took a moment for his meaning to sink in. Careful to keep both her face and voice neutral, Lani said, “His name?”

“I’m bi. So yeah, ‘closet’ is a pretty good word for it.”

Risking a glance up at him, she could see how rigid his jaw was, his lips compressed into a tight line. How much trust had it taken for him to reveal that? A pang shot through her. More than she’d ever know.



Where do you find inspiration?

My research and writing life changed the moment I discovered podcasts! Something that’s very important to me is making sure my characters actually do their jobs on-page. For example, in Trusting a Warrior, Geo is a Navy SEAL. I wanted to show him actually being a Navy SEAL. Obviously I’m not one myself, so I’ve found my best source of inspiration, and the best way to add authenticity, is to listen to podcasts put on by actual SEALs. They help me get a feeling for the culture, the unique language, the way they talk to each other, etc. I can get inspiration from the stories they tell of actual missions they’ve been on, just really great insight into that community.

Another source of inspiration for me is music. Even though I don’t usually post playlists for my books, I had so many songs for Trusting a Warrior, and they inspired me so much, I’m including them here! Each one, at one time or another, helped me break through a significant block. Enjoy!

“Honey” by The Brinks

“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak

“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

“Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day

“Slide Away” by Miley Cyrus

“Real Life Stuff” by Julia Michaels

Thanks so much for hosting me today!



Melanie Hansen doesn’t get nearly enough sleep. She loves all things coffee-related, including collecting mugs from every place she’s visited. After spending eighteen years as a military spouse, Melanie definitely considers herself a moving expert. She has lived and worked all over the country, and hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to the love stories she gets up in the wee hours to write. On her off-time, you can find Melanie watching baseball, reading or spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.











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  1. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the book and author details

    1. Bea ~ Good morning! I absolutely agree - this book sounds like such an intriguing read! And that cover?! Definitely one of my favs! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway :)

  2. Melanie ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is always a pleasure to have here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ I am totally loving the book cover!! And I really enjoyed your guest post!! Looks like we pretty much have the same taste in music as most of these songs are on my Spotify Playlist!! I love the Chainsmokers - especially their song "Something Just Like This," Imagine Dragons, and Julia Michaels!! Do you listen to Gryffin, Kygo, and/or Martin Garrix?? Gryffin's latest album has been like on replay the past few months lol!! :)

    1. Ally, thank you so much for hosting me! You always have such fun topics for me to choose from <3 I'm definitely going to check out the artists you recommended. I can always use more inspiration! Thanks again <3

  3. I enjoyed the post. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sounds like a book that I would.

  5. It's been great getting to discover your book and share with the readers in my family. Thank you and thanks for the giveaway.