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Discussing PTSD with @IrishWinters1: “Harley”, is fictional, #PTSD is not…

When Amy from Lady Reader’s Bookstuff tours said, “Hey you, I have this great guest post on PTSD from Irish, want to post it on Cabin Goddess?” Silly wench, did she really need to ask? As a PTSD survivor, a former military wife who has experienced and helped so many soldiers through their own hell, I know first hand just how serious of a subject this is. PTSD is not just for soldiers, but I since I usually am talking about just that, how about we focus back on the soldiers, especially since we will be sending troups to Africa soon. Granted it is for helping deal with the Ebola outbreak but still…

At any rate, without further adieu I welcome Irish Winter’s to the Cabin! This is a tour stop so don’t forget to check out the giveaway and the rest of the schedule too!

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Of all my heroes, there’s a special place in my heart for ex-Army Corporal, Harley Mortimer. He’s tall, sandy-haired and handsome as all get out. Behind that debonair façade is the soul of a man who never should have gone to war. He’s extra softhearted and extra damaged too. He’s the young man whose life was forever changed the day his Humvee hit an IED. But he’s also my go-to-guy to show that not only can a person survive unimaginable tragedy – he can rise above it.

But Harley is fictional. PTSD is not. I’ve done a lot of reading on the subject. The common denominator of all I’ve read is the amazing resilience of the human spirit to overcome. So yes, I felt compelled to include a man with PTSD among my heroes, because it’s not a deal breaker.

The Veterans’ PTSD Project proves it. So does Battle Buddies, a non-profit group in New England that provides service dogs to combat veterans with physical or emotional disabilities to help them transition back to civilian life. Check out the Veteran Administrations National Center for PTSD. But most of all, the men and women like my Vietnam veteran husband who came back from war and got back to the business of living, prove it.

There is help if needed. And that’s where the rest of us come in. I post numerous articles on PTSD because I believe the rest of us need to stand by the men and women who served. We need to be a little more educated on the subject, a little more aware, and a little more thankful.

Every single day.

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About Irish Winters

The wife of one handsome husband and the mother of three perfect sons, Irish divides her time between writing at home and travelling the country with her man while - writing. (Seriously, what else?)
She believes in making every day count for something and follows the wise admonition of her mother to, "Look out the window and see something!"
To learn more about Irish and her books, please visit www.IrishWinters.com.

Irish Winters is an award-winning author who dabbles in poetry, grandchildren, and rarely (as in extremely rarely) the kitchen. More prone to be outdoors than in, she grew up the quintessential tomboy on a farm in rural Wisconsin, spent her teenage years in the Pacific Northwest, but calls the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah home. For now.

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Discussing PTSD with @IrishWinters1: “Harley”, is fictional, #PTSD is not…Harley
Series: In the Company of Snipers
by Irish Winters
Pages: 298
Published by Windy Day Press
on August 23, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Military, Romance
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Sometimes, only the heart remembers…

He’s in the fight of his life…
Suddenly back in Iraq, US Army Corporal Harley Mortimer searches for the men he left behind. He finds himself lost in a world where guilt never lets go and nothing seems real. Dead men talk and die over and over again. There is no peace or rest. Only war. Only despair. Only—didn’t he survive this exact scenario once before?
And who the hell is Judy?

She is a force to be reckoned with…
Judy O’Brien’s future is planned and perfect until the man she intends to marry goes missing. Mysteriously, Kelsey Stewart disappears the same day as Harley. He and she have a shared history, but do they love each other—that way? Worse, is he the murderer the FBI claims? Judy must come to grips with the man she thought she knew.
And all of his secrets…

In the Company of Snipers‘ Series

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September 15thKristin Holt – Review/Guest Post
September 16thThe Pleasure of Reading Today – Review
September 16thPBC – Interview
September 17thMy Secret Bookspot – Review/Top Ten
September 17thCabin Goddess – Guest Post on PTSD
September 18thFangirlish – Interview/Guest Post
September 18thBookish – Interview
September 19thJen’s Reading Obsession – Review (Series)
September 19thReads All The Books – Review (Series)

3 Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to reading about how Harley works through her problems.

  2. I love your face silly wench. Thank you for posting. xx

    A

  3. congrats on the new release! Thanks for sharing! Harley sounds very interesting!

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