Friday, November 15, 2013

Salute to Veterans with Ann Mayburn

Welcome Ann Mayburn. Ann's story is a bit different, she chose to talk about why she focused on PTSD in her book STILL. 

Here is her story...

The seeds for Michelle and Wyatt’s story were sown during a conversation I had with some fellow military wives about PTSD. They were dealing with everything from their husband being unable to ride in the passenger seat of the car because he thought everyone pulling up next to them might be a bomber, to another woman who had to learn how to sleep with every light in the house on the moment it got dark outside. And if a light burned out and they didn’t have a spare bulb, a major panic attack would ensue.
These were all things that we’d never even imagined we’d have to deal with in our role as a military spouse and it wasn’t just my group of friends. All over the US our men and women in uniform are coming home with an army of psychological demons in tow.
So, we got to talking about what we could possibly do to help them and one woman quipped that she’d just have to become a Dominatrix and whip his ass into shape because he only seemed to respond when she yelled at him. We all laughed, but later I kept thinking about what she said and the first chapter of Michelle and Wyatt’s story came to me that night.
While this story does have threads taken from real life events running through it, it is still a romance and in romance land a happily ever after is guaranteed. In the real world you have to make your own happily ever after, and it is fucking hard work. 

Ann- Sailor wife, Army daughter, Airforce granddaughter, and proud United States Marine Corp sister


Dr. Michelle Sapphire and Gunnery Sergeant Wyatt Callahan formed an unbreakable bond and an unacknowledged, forbidden attraction to each other while serving together in Afghanistan. Their lives are forever changed when a mortar attack grievously wounds Wyatt and Michelle brings him back from the brink of death. But when they both return to the civilian world, Michelle discovers that her rock-solid Marine is suffering from severe PTSD and may even be suicidal.

    Wyatt Callahan fell hard for the aristocratic blonde doctor the moment he laid eyes on her. After reentering civilian life in his hometown near Austin, Texas, Wyatt is plagued by nightmares of the death and suffering he witnessed during the war. He’d love to reach out to Michelle, but — Michelle is a Dominatrix, and she has made it very clear to Wyatt she isn’t interested in a relationship with anyone who doesn’t accept her lifestyle. An Alpha male to the core, he can't imagine the appeal of being submissive. At the same time, the idea of serving Michelle, of being everything she wants and needs, rings true in his wounded soul.

   Michelle has dark secrets of her own, and together with Wyatt she will have to battle her personal demons during their emotional journey of healing, redemption, and love.
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With over thirty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young age she's been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that   often  was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.

Giveaway Information:

Ann is giving away a 10$ Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter. Please fill out the rafflecopter below and comment telling me if you have any military family. Good Luck! 


  1. Both my father and my sister were military.

  2. My father served in the Army during the Korean conflict. One of his brothers served in the Navy during WWII earning a bronze star. My Mom's two brothers both served in the Pacific. One uncle was a Seabee and often told stories of the roads and bases he helped build all over the Pacific. My mom's sister was a WAVE. Thankfully all of may family made it home in one piece and lived long lives.

  3. My granddad, 3 uncles, aunt (God bless their souls) were in the military and have a cousin. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway chance! :)

  4. My father was an Army Corporal (and company clerk) stationed in Germany during the Korean War era, and three of my uncles served during the Second World War.

  5. My Grandfather was in WWII, my Dad served in Nam, my older brother was in Iraq, I was a medic in Desert Storm and my nephew is currently in the Army so a long line of Army soldiers

  6. I don't have any military family but my father served in the police for 30 years. No way near the same I know but he still served his local community in his own way.

  7. My dad and his brothers all served years ago.

  8. My dad was Army, his brother was Air Force, and my mom's seven brothers and several brother-in-laws were either Army, Air Force, or Navy. All served during peace time but my youngest aunt's husband served in Vietnam.

  9. My nephew is currently serving as a medic in the Canadian military, has done a tour in Afghanistan.

  10. M grandfather was in the Canadian navy in WWII and I was in the army reserves for a couple of years.

  11. Both grandfathers, father and 3 cousins either were or are in the military.

  12. Loved this book! Both grandfathers and my husband served

  13. Ann, I LOVED Still!!!!! I can't wait to delve more into Wyatt and Michelle! They definitely tugged on my heart strings!!!
    Both my grandfathers served in WWII. One in the Army, one in the Navy.
    I have 3 cousins who served as well. 2 in the Army (one still in!!) and one in the Navy.
    And I have many, many friends who have served or are still serving. Tho technically not family, in my heart they are because I have known them since elementary school!

  14. Your book is on my book list and I'm looking forward to reading it.

  15. My cousins was in the marines. He is now a lawyer.

  16. Absolutely loved Still! My dad's stepfather was in the Air Corps in WWII as a bomber pilot. My Dad, my ex-husband, my brother-in-law, my nephew, my niece, and my oldest son have all been in the service. My niece is the only one still currently serving. Everyone else is either retired or medically discharged.

  17. My cousin just got deployed. I have a few other cousins that are or were in the military. Two of my uncles were as well.