Never heard of the PJ’s?

Who Clip ArtFrom Live Like an Athelete Podcast

"Haven’t heard of them? PJs may fly under the radar (pardon the pun), but their roles are among the most crucial, and their training among the most difficult, of the U.S. military’s special forces. They are tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in both combat and humanitarian environments, and also support NASA missions.

PJs function as part of a Human-Based Weapon System and are experts in advanced weapons, combat diving, and parajumping. Brains are as important as brawn: They are also highly skilled battlefield paramedics, able to perform surgery as needed. Their motto, These Things We Do That Others May Live, says it all.

With a training dropout rate of 90%, comparable to that of the Navy SEAL BUD/S program, PJs undergo some of the most rigorous training in the U.S. military."

They’re called Seals-with-Stethescopes for a reason!

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Military Wives – Sacrificing for their Country

My thanks to Jenny Lovett for allowing me to share this interview.

Military Women’s Series – Anna Hightower

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My Military Women’s Series features wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of military service members from all branches of the military. More than twelve years of war has yielded a very strong group of women. These are their stories.

This week I’m featuring Anna Hightower. She met her husband, Army Specialist and Paratrooper Aaron Hightower, twelve years ago in college at East Tennessee State University. They are currently stationed at Ft. Polk in Louisiana with their two children.

What is one of your favorite thing about being a military spouse?

I enjoy having a house full of people on the weekends. It gives the single soldiers a chance to be some where nicer than the barracks and a home cooked meal. The flip side my eldest child isn’t crazy about military life and wants to move back to Tennessee. She’s five so it is hard for her to understand.

What advice would you give to new military moms?

My only advice to new military moms is to get out even for an hour to relax. Give oneself a sanity break from the world.

What type of spousal support did you find at Ft. Polk?

When we arrived here I met moms and wives via the Family Readiness Group (FRG). But our FRG’s are chaotic and sporadic at best.

If there was an issue the military could fix, what would it be?

I loathe the lack of communication between the unit and myself. I also can’t stand the nasty rumor mills in the unit. Very vicious and juvenile. My advice is that the rumor mill should be treated like a wild animal — just leave it alone. It’s all too similar to the high school mentality in the military. Let the bad children misbehave and do your own thing.

 

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Rejection Rejection Letter

During writer’s group last night, I mentioned this letter that I wrote years ago.  I have had it on my website for since it was written in 2001 but when I revamped the site, apparently I forgot to put it up.  So, here it is.  For all the writers out there, you’ll get it.

Here is the letter I am very tempted to send back to some of the agents who have so thoughtfully rejected me. It is an adaptation from an email joke I got, so I can’t give credit to the person who penned the original.

Dear Agent/Editor,

Thank you for your rejection letter of July 17. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your rejection of my query letter at this time. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of agency candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all rejections.

Despite your company’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet with my needs at this time. Therefore, I will initiate a professional relationship with your firm immediately. I look forward to hearing from you once you have read and appreciated my entire manuscript.

Sincerely,

Jaxine Daniels

C2001 Jaxine Daniels

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Why Amish?

As some of you know, I’m rewriting my military romance series to reflect my current views that pre-marital sex is not heroic.  I didn’t always feel this way, or maybe I did but I fell for the "but everybody’s doing it" line.  I can hear my mom (and so can you) say "If everybody is jumping off a cliff, are you going to do that too?"

But my journey to this place is not the topic of this blog post.

Amish Romance is huge and seems to be getting "hotter" by the day.  Recently, I’ve been asking myself why. 

(OKAY – How gorgeous is that cover?)

I have my thoughts on why Amish Romance is so popular. 

I hope it’s because we’re getting tired of being bombarded at ever turn by gratuitous sex.

I hope it means there really is a market for G-Rated Romance. 

What are your thoughts?

Do you read Amish Romance?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

Do you read 50 Shades of Grey.  If so, why?  If not, why not?

And finally, are you looking for great romances that don’t involve sex?  Tell me why?

 

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First in Simpliciter Paratus Series – A Soft Place to Fall

Coming, August 2013 – to a Kindle near you.

Simpliciter Paratus.  Absolutely Ready – the motto of the Air Force 506th Rescue Squad.  But after the death of his best friend in Afghanistan, parajumper Nic D’Onofrio is ready only for vacation.     

Driving back to his condo on Christmas Eve, Nic, known as Batman to his teammates, does something really stupid.  He stops to help a damsel in distress.
   

Her name is Julie.  That’s all she knows.  She’s wearing her pajamas.  Nic can’t leave her there and she won’t let him take her to the hospital.  The only logical – yeah, right – thing to do is to take her back to his condo.

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Promise to Believe Released

New to Kindle!

 Romance Writer Has a Change of Heart

I no longer believe that pre-marital sex is heroic.

I do believe that there’s a market for wholesome love stories.  (Just ask Debbie Macomber)

Promise to Believe is the first of my former mainstream romances to have an Upgrade.

The Military Romances will be Upgraded as well and re-released in their G-Rated formats.

Hope you enjoy them.

Jax

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Fun at Pikes Peak Writers Conference

http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/assets/images/January_blue_01_270.gifLast weekend, I was honored to teach my workshop "Character Building with Tony and Phil."  We had a really good time in the workshop.

Writers are some of my favorite peeps. 

Here’s a writeup on the workshop from The Horror Librarian. 

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The Last Place You Look

Sometimes love hides in plain sight.  You find it in the last place you look.

  When PJ Eric Cruz and pilot Kit Sheridan met, it was spontaneous combustion.  But the flame burned hot and fast and left behind only ruin: two people scorched and scarred.   And now, when one disaster after another forces them together, deadlocked in fear and calamity, they may be too wounded to realize that the same fire that lays you waste can light your way through the darkness.  
Maybe their story isn’t over.    
Sometimes love is hiding in plain sight.  
Sometimes you find it in the last place you look.

 

The Last Place you Look is the fifth and final book in the Simpliciter Paratus Series 

featuring Bravo Element,  a highly trained team of Air Force PJs.

 

Ms. Daniels does a marvelous job of taking the reader into the world of paramedics and parajumpers as they engage in a daring rescue of a downed plane. She brings the camaraderie experienced by the rescue professions to life on the pages in an absorbing story. The characters come to life so well one can almost believe they have met the people portrayed in the story.

The author’s descriptions of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite are realistic, and so too are her descriptions of the small towns and cities of northern California. The reader need only close his or her eyes and each city, town and locale will come to life.

This reviewer had a hard time putting this book down until the last page was read. For those readers looking for an action-packed, fast-moving, totally fabulous read, A Soft Place to Fall should top their list.

5 HEARTS
Reviewed by Gina
March 2005
© Love Romances, 2001-2005. All Rights Reserved

A TOP Review of A Good Place to Land

Jaxine Daniels has a gift for capturing real emotion in her books. A Good Place to Land is rich in friendship and love. The characters she creates come to life in the pages and will have readers sharing in their triumphs and heartache. The evolution of Rick and Lily’s relationship encompasses the hopes and fears that guide each of them. The secondary characters are just as enjoyable. Mrs. Daniels knows how to build scenes that capture readers’ interest and empathy. The missions and relationships display an authenticity that makes the plot very believable. The operations and logistics of the rescues flow with the detail and accuracy the author provides. This is the second book in Jaxine Daniels’ Para-rescue series. The strength of her writing ensures readers can read this book alone, but as she continues to give life to the various men and woman that comprise these unique rescue teams, you will want to read each story. This reader can’t wait to see if there is another story in the making.

MEET THE TEAM

Excerpt
 

   Kit reached for the ringing phone as Rick stepped through the doorway into her office.
   "Pegasus Air."
   Kit circled her finger in the air even as she listened to the details. She grabbed a pen and scribbled as Colonel Scott rattled off all the pertinent information.
   They’d be flying to Paradise, California, a small town in the Northern Sierras. They’d land in a field behind the Paradise High School. The military birds would be flying out of an area just north of town, but all the command and control would be at the school.
   Air traffic control would be handled from Chico and a few other airports the further north you went. At the high school, Kit and her team would be reporting to the Butte County undersheriff, Lloyd Alvarez.
   "Your PJs," Colonel Scott said, "are on their way."
   Her PJs were on their way.
   Her PJs were on their way.
   There was absolutely no reason to suspect… and yet…
   When she glanced up at Rick, though, she knew. He shrugged. She glared. He turned and fled. She finished with Colonel Scott.
   "Thanks a lot, Mac," she hollered as she returned the phone to its cradle.
   "Not my fault, Red," he hollered back. "I wanted someone who’d worked out of our bird before and Gabe’s on leave."
   That left Cruz. And Paradise.
   "Lovely," she muttered.
   Her PJ was on his way.
   The last few months–nearly nine to the day–had been peaceful, almost to the point of humdrum, without the constant turmoil that Cruz stirred effortlessly.
   Kit stabbed the pen at the paper that held their coordinates.
   "Apparently," she returned at the top of her lungs, standing and ripping the paper from the pad, "you think our history with Hollywood is worth more than I do."
   "Apparently," came the reply from the doorway. But it wasn’t Mac.
   She looked up to see that her PJ had, indeed, arrived.

 

 

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A Hard Place to Find



Chris Gabriel left JAG to do something more ethical, more honest. He found his niche as a PJ. When an old flame shows up on his doorstep begging for sanctuary and his silence, he can’t turn her away. The man who never lies, is forced to do just that. When her husband is found murdered in Gabe’s apartment, and she has vanished, Chris is the only suspect. Offering her sanctuary was one thing, but taking the fall for murder quite another. Or so says his JAG attorney, Claire Janova, who must defend a man who will not defend himself.

Review for A Soft Place to Fall  (April 2005)

Ms. Daniels does a marvelous job of taking the reader into the world of paramedics and parajumpers as they engage in a daring rescue of a downed plane. She brings the camaraderie experienced by the rescue professions to life on the pages in an absorbing story. The characters come to life so well one can almost believe they have met the people portrayed in the story.

The author’s descriptions of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite are realistic, and so too are her descriptions of the small towns and cities of northern California. The reader need only close his or her eyes and each city, town and locale will come to life.

This reviewer had a hard time putting this book down until the last page was read. For those readers looking for an action-packed, fast-moving, totally fabulous read, A Soft Place to Fall should top their list.

5 HEARTS
Reviewed by Gina
March 2005
© Love Romances, 2001-2005. All Rights Reserved

A TOP Review of A Good Place to Land

Jaxine Daniels has a gift for capturing real emotion in her books. A Good Place to Land is rich in friendship and love. The characters she creates come to life in the pages and will have readers sharing in their triumphs and heartache. The evolution of Rick and Lily’s relationship encompasses the hopes and fears that guide each of them. The secondary characters are just as enjoyable. Mrs. Daniels knows how to build scenes that capture readers’ interest and empathy. The missions and relationships display an authenticity that makes the plot very believable. The operations and logistics of the rescues flow with the detail and accuracy the author provides. This is the second book in Jaxine Daniels’ Para-rescue series. The strength of her writing ensures readers can read this book alone, but as she continues to give life to the various men and woman that comprise these unique rescue teams, you will want to read each story. This reader can’t wait to see if there is another story in the making.

MEET THE TEAM

Excerpt

Sergeant Chris Gabriel was clearly expecting someone else when he pulled the door open. His expression went from hope to disappointment to no emotion whatsoever in a matter of seconds.

Claire looked up into pearl grey eyes and held out her hand.

"Sergeant Gabriel, I’m Claire Janova."

He looked from her hand to her face and back to her hand but didn’t move a muscle.

"I’m a JAG attorney from D.C."

Still, nothing.

"Can I come in and talk to you?"

Chris was rooted to the spot. He’d been hoping–expecting–the woman on the other side of the door to be small and blonde, not tall and dark and gorgeous. She wore jeans, sandals, and a crisp striped blouse and her dark hair hung down past her shoulders. She had a voice that struck him first as hoarse, but then as acutely sultry.

A JAG attorney from Washington?

Reluctantly he found his manners–he really didn’t want to see anyone aside from Suzanne–and a JAG attorney was low on the list. But good breeding was hard to overcome so he reached out and shook her hand, impressed by her firm grip.

"May I come in?" she asked again, smiling.

Smile or no smile, this woman was all-business. And while she didn’t, at this point, appear threatening or sinister, he was wary. But he had nothing to hide.

Freudian slip.

He had a great deal to hide, just none of it because he, personally, was guilty of anything.

Except maybe stupidity.

He stepped back. "Come in."

~ * ~

Sergeant Hero reluctantly let her inside. For a strikingly handsome man, he looked like hell.

"When was the last time you slept, Sergeant?" she asked, actually shocking herself and, the way he straightened his shoulders told her she’d shocked him as well.

"What do you want, Lieutenant?"

"Actually, it’s Captain, but call me Claire. I’m here officially unofficially by request of Colonel Grisham to find out what happened to Max." As she spoke, she wandered inside to what looked to be a living room.

The apartment had beautiful wood floors and the walls were made from glass block, giving the entire space a lot of light. The living room was straight in, and was lined with near-floor to ceiling windows that looked out at the second floor apartments across the street.

Turning left, just past the couch that faced the fireplace, she saw a pool table and, beyond that, a very modern looking kitchen. Chris had followed her and she now stood looking out the windows by the pool table.

"Grisham, huh?"

"You know him?"

"Yes."

"So, Sergeant, you want to tell me what happened to Max?"

The question was interrogatory, the tone was light. Chris winced anyway.

"The police deemed it suicide."

"Did they?"

"That’s what they told me, before kicking me out of my own house."

"Is that what you think, that Max committed suicide?"

"I don’t know what to think."

The way the light played on her dark hair was a bit distracting. But when she turned and smiled, full-on, showing dimples that went with the slight cleft in her chin, Chris began to wonder if he’d lost his friggin’ mind. His body reacted and he had to concentrate to keep up.

"You found his body?"

"Yes."

"Why was he here, Sergeant?"

The way she used his rank made him nervous, irritated.

"You can call me Chris."

"Why was he here, Chris?"

"I don’t know. He showed up while I was on a mission. I didn’t know he was here."

"So the first you knew of it was when you found him dead."

"Yes, Captain."

Claire smiled at his use of her rank. The witness was becoming hostile. Time to switch tactics.

"I’m sorry. I know this must be hard for you. I understand that you and Max went way back."

Tired or not, grieving or not, Chris Gabriel was not stupid. Now he smiled at her, but not in a good way.

"Listen, Captain, I don’t know what happened here and I’m not much in the mood to play your games. Besides, I need to get in to work." Now he held out his hand pointing the way out. "If you have questions, maybe you should ask the police and leave me alone."

Her cue to leave.

"Thanks for your time," she said, hoping that it didn’t sound like a line–she did mean it. Then she moved past him and toward the door, only stopping when he moved to open it for her.

"One more quick question, though. Have you seen Max’s wife recently?"

He whipped around, the door halfway open. "What’s that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing. She’s been missing for over a week. We’re concerned."

"Goodbye, Captain Janova."

"Bye, Chris."

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