Virtual Blurb Blitz: Boots on the Ground

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Ash Cooper and Jason McCarty know they need to do one thing, and one thing alone: stay alive.

An IED attack destroyed their convoy and left them both injured in the high desert of Afghanistan and running from insurgents. They take refuge with a group of Afghan civilians, and their only hope of rescue is two satellite phones that might be damaged beyond repair.

Ash and Jason join forces with a British army nurse to survive the harsh living conditions. As days to turn to weeks, they think of home, the husbands they left behind, and the lives they want to return to.

But with food rations running short, the elders angry at them, and the hope of rescue lost, Ash and Jason start to give up, and in the end turn to each other in their struggle for survival.

Read an excerpt:

The concussive force of the blast blew Ash backwards out of his seat. He could feel the armored vehicle turning end over end. It took him a moment to grasp the car had stopped. He felt dizzy and disorientated, blinking a couple of times.

Where in the heck was he?

The dust of the desert started to settle, and he remembered. Civilian police, Afghanistan, patrol convoy, IED.

He started to move only to bite back a hiss of pain. His shoulder flared with agony. Motherfucker. He couldn’t tell what happened to his arm, but it hurt like a son of a bitch.

His escort and their translator were the other people in the armored vehicle, and they were still and silent. Ash cradled his arm as he started to move, his training helping him to squelch the pain. They were in one of the most volatile and insurgent-ridden districts of Afghanistan. The IED blast had to have been huge to send their armored vehicle flying, especially one five cars from the lead.

Ash glanced though the broken windshield. The force had blown them back and clear of the debris field. There were four vehicles up ahead, all burning or smoking. Ash checked again for signs of life in the other passengers around him.

He found none.

About the Author:1_21 AuthorPicAngela S Stone is a twenty something Registered Nurse living, and working in Ottawa Canada. Her first novel, Sometimes It’s Fate, was published by Phaze books in 2011. Angela finds inspiration in real life personal events for her books, often writing about issues and she is a proud Canadian and an even prouder girl from back east. She thoroughly enjoys writing novels featuring character that live in or are from the Maritimes. She’s recently met Mr. Right and when she’s not occupied with him she can be found hanging out at her local Starbucks writing. She spends her free time advocating for minorities and persons with disabilities.

Angela has a severe learning disability called Dysgraphia. Despite this she has written several novels, graduated from university will be starting her Master’s degree in nursing. All things she was told she would never be able to do.

Angela has never met a challenge that she couldn’t overcome. She believes strongly in the philosophy of saying “I can’t” means “I won’t” and advocating for yourself. She has spoken about these topics on provincial, regional and national levels. As well has published several articles in related disability orientated magazines.

Find Angela online at

Twitter: @angelasstone


  1. Oh wow, that sounds like a very emotional read. So Ash and Jason are both married and their relationship is one of brothers in arms only or will there be some romance?


  2. Thank you for hosting today.

  3. Catherine says:

    What an “explosive” excerpt!

    Dysgraphia? I had to look that up. Does it just affect your handwriting, or does it also affect your composing on a computer? Very interesting. I had never heard of it before.

  4. To answer your question Anas, there is lots of romance that takes place in the form of flashbacks and there maybe an emotional moment or two that takes place between Jason and Ash. You’ll have to read to find out!

    And Catherine, Dysgraphia affects me in every way from tying my shoes (I still am horrible at it) to driving a car (try never knowing where the lines in the road are) to be able to walk down the street (I’ve walked into every light pole on my short street, at least once). In terms of writing it makes everything more challenging, on the computer I mostly make spelling and grammar mistakes, with missing or misused words, things like that. In term of my hand writing it is barely legible and I experience physical pain when writing (and typing) and I can’t spell to save my life. Despite all of this I have University Degree have started working towards my Master’s degree and am a writer. Most people who have Dysgraphia never even finish highschool. I love what I do and despite being a fight every step of the way I wouldn’t change it for the world.

    A big thank you to L&S reviews for hosting me today :)! I’ll pop back later and answer any more questions that pop up!

  5. Interesting excerpt, looking forward to finding more about your book?

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  6. Rita Wray says:

    Great excerpt, thank you.


  7. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank for sharing.

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  8. I love that you are writing about the people involved in the war. Our service people need to have their stories told.

  9. Nice excerpt.

  10. Mary Preston says:

    BOOTS ON THE GROUND (great title) does sound like quite an exciting read.


  11. Nice excerpt!


  12. Thanks very much momJane, as a navy brat, I really feel like there are so many stories from our military service that need to be told. Boots on the Ground, is just one small part of a huge story!

    I hope everyone enjoys the book :)!

  13. Chelsea B. says:

    Intrigued! What a great excerpt.


  14. Sounds promising!

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  15. Karen H in NC says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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