AAD Spotlight & Contest: Melissa Schroeder

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I came up with the idea for the Santinis not too long after Christmas. I was thinking I needed to honor the twenty years we have spent traipsing around behind my husband. So, the idea to feature four places we have been stationed, through the stories of four brothers who all serve. It ended up being much more than I imagined.

My father, who is a retired Sr Msgt with over 23 years in the service, always said that your present assignment isn’t as great as your last or as exciting as your next.  For those of you on the outside, I will explain. I am a stereotypical brat. I loved the military, proudly call myself and my kids brats. I love to move and travel. I have those “itchy feet” many brats end up with. I am always looking for the next adventure, the next fun place to be. Even now as we plan our retirement to Virginia, I am planning a summer of 2014 trip to the coast of Maine. Again, that military brat training. Plans don’t fail. You fail to plan. So, I often resemble that comment from my father. Where I am at is always a drag (except when we were in Virginia which I believe is the home of my heart). Sitting down to write the Santinis, I had to remind myself of things I loved about places I had lived.

For those of you who know my Harmless series, you know I have a special place in my heart for Hawaii. In fact, thanks to those books, I get to take “research trips.” Still, you have issues. No matter how much I might love visiting place, living there isn’t paradise—no matter where I am. The assignment the spouse has, the schools, personal family issues—these things can all detract from where I am living at the moment. So, writing the books, trying my best to give the reader the flavor of the area and show the things I loved about living in each spot, helped remind me that every assignment has good things. None of them were horrific, and I am thankful for the experiences it gave the entire family.

Check out the first of my books, Leonardo.



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.


So, let me know your feelings about military romances. Like them, hate them? Do you like a particular branch or do you just like a man in…and out of uniform. Just answer in the comments and your name goes in the hat for a $10 GC to a online bookstore of your choice.

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Melissa Schroeder is the author of over 50 short stories, novellas and novels in genres from historical through futuristic. She is a military wife and former brat, counting the day until she can return to a place where the bugs die in the winter.


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29 thoughts on “AAD Spotlight & Contest: Melissa Schroeder

  1. I love military romances but I’ve a penchant for Navy men 😉 LEONARDO sounds like an exciting start to the series. Thank you so much for sharing—I’ll have to add it to my to-read list!

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode
    thestephanieloves AT gmail DOT com

  2. Amy S. says:

    I love military romances. I love any man in uniform. I do like the Navy Seals a little bit better though. 🙂

  3. Diane R says:

    I love military romances, with heroes of any branch, but I do have a soft spot for SEALs!

  4. Leanna H says:

    I love military romances! I love the navy, I had a boyfriend who was in the navy he looked hot in his uniform.

  5. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love military heroes, especially SEALs and Special Forces. They just seem to be able to do anything. *sigh*

  6. erinf1 says:

    I love military romances 🙂 Any branch, I’m not picky! Congrats to Melissa on the new release! Thanks for sharing!


  7. Anne says:

    I enjoy military romances about any branch, but SEALS are my favorite.


  8. Susan W. says:

    I just like a man in uniform. I appreciate all branches of military.

  9. Martha Lawson says:

    I love, love military romances, especially reading about SEALS!! The book sounds really great. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  10. Chelsea B. says:

    I can’t say I’ve ever read a military romance at all, as it happens. So many good-sounding ones out there lately– I’m looking forward to joining the fan club! 🙂

  11. June M. says:

    I love all branches of the military but I guess my favorites would be Marines (thanks to Kallypso Masters’ Rescue Me series). Plus, I totally agree with one of their slogans….Looking for a few good men 😉

  12. Susan Kelly says:

    I love the Navy Seal book written by Susanne Brockman, she was the author that piked my interest in romance books as a genre.

  13. Nadene Reynolds says:

    I love military romance. It does not matter the branch as long as it’s a man in uniform.

  14. I like military romances. I am partial to the Navy. Not only because of the SEALs but also, while I love a man in uniform, one in the Navy dress uniform just makes me puddle inside.

  15. Mary S says:

    I LOVE them! I am also a military spouse (Army). I prefer Army romance, since it’s what I know. But I do l love me some Seals too!

  16. Chris Bails says:

    I love Melissa Schroeders books and loved Leonardo’s book. Also loved Marco’s book also, but dying for Gianni’s book.
    I do love Miltary romances. I love men in uniform and also out of uniform, especially out of uniform. My favorite would have to be Navy Seals or Marines are extremely sexy too.

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