Bethany House Romance Novel Supports Veterans
Contact: Amy Green, Fiction Publicist
Bethany House Publishers, A Division of Baker Publishing Group
This May, a fictional hero will be raising money and awareness in support of real-life heroes: the members of our military. In Becky Wade’s upcoming novel, A Love Like Ours, the main character, Jake Porter, is a veteran struggling with PTSD years after returning home from his final tour with the Marines. Wade was inspired by the experience of researching and writing his book to donate a portion of her royalties from the novel to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans find physical and emotional healing after the trauma of war. A percentage of Wade’s income on sales of A Love Like Ours through May 17th will be given to the fund.
“While planning A Love Like Ours, I read a biography written by a Marine with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Wade says. “I researched PTSD and read several online accounts of servicemen who encountered improvised explosive devices (IEDs), like Jake had. Then I wrote Jake’s book and tried to put myself in his shoes. The process gave me fresh appreciation for the heroism and commitment of our service men and women. I’m delighted that I have the opportunity to support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and raise awareness of the wonderful work that they do.”
According to their website, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves veterans in four main areas: family support for loved ones of fallen service members, a rehabilitation center for physical injuries, mental health care and counseling, and regional centers to support active-duty troops. For more information, visit the IFHF website or watch interviews with veterans sharing their experience with IFHF.
If you’d like to interview Becky regarding her book and the inspiration it gave her to support veterans, please reply to this email, and I’d be happy to connect you. Please also contact me if you’d like a review copy of A Love Like Ours.
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas. Visit her website at www.beckywade.com.