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Guest Post & Giveaway: “The Santinis: Leonardo, Book 1” by Melissa Schroeder

May 10
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Please welcome Melissa Schroeder to CABR 🙂

She’s written a guest post about how her new military romance series, The Santinis, came about.

There’s a giveaway too, so be sure you enter the rafflecopter below.


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Hi, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I am known mostly for my Harmless books.

Recently, I delved into one genre I had avoided for a long time, military romance.

In 2011 I spun off my Harmless series into A Little Harmless Military Romance series.

And then, with only a few months left as a wife, I decided I wanted to do something to celebrate the 20 years I spent with my husband in the AF (Armed Forces). That’s where my series The Santinis came in.


It wasn’t an easy decision. I am a former military brat and I am soon to be a former military wife.

Although, I often steal the Marine saying of “There is no such thing as former.”


It isn’t an easy life and I don’t really recommend it unless you truly love the person who is active duty.

I do admire anyone who serves and the family that goes along with them. So, to celebrate that, I wanted four men who serve in four different services.


I picked places we had been stationed so that I could relive four of our duty stations.

I wanted to show everyone the places we liked best, along with letting them get to know a family that believes in service before self.



Win an eBook copy of LEONARDO by completing the rafflecopter below 🙂

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Leo Santini is a man who always has a plan. It is the way to live a well-ordered life. He never planned on dealing with the hardheaded physical therapist who is taking care of his friend. He definitely never planned on being so totally infatuated with her.

Maryanne Johnson doesn’t have time for a romance—especially with a military man. Sure, Leo is drop dead sexy, but more than one man in a uniform had hurt her before. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to resist him or his kisses. It doesn’t help that the man is as sweet as he is sexy. Falling for him is easy, but she does her best to keep herself from admitting it to him.

Leo knows she wants to keep things simple but when a Santini is in love nothing will stop him from achieving his goal—even the hardheaded woman he loves.



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  • Chanpreet says:

    I’m not sure. I think it’s the discipline and dedication both the men and women have to have to be in the military or love military men. There is something sexy about dedication, perseverance, and commitment.

  • Wanda Dixon says:

    Love any and all military stories. Most of my friends are military or ex military. Love that the authors are telling their tales.

  • barbara says:

    I enjoy their strength of character and commitment. Congrats on the new release. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Timitra says:

    I love the camaraderie and also that we get glimpses into the lives of previous couples in other books!

  • Lori Meehan says:

    I love military romance. What not to love about alpha males in a hot uniform? I also love series that involve family and friends. It makes the stories more real.

  • Christine L. says:

    Seeing the different impact the military person’s career has on each loved one, and watching the characters develop and grow over time.


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