The post title is mostly tongue-in-cheek. SEAL of my Dreams, our charity anthology, has had great support from everyone, including military communities. We even had a write up on the SEALs blog supporting our book :-):
Anyway, I thought I would include this link, which is a not-so-great article poking fun at SEAL of my Dreams, making fun of cover as a "shirtless SEAL cavorting."
SHIRTLESS SEALS CAVORTING IN NEW ROMANCE NOVEL!
I do have to point out the author(s)'s lack of research, though:
1) The shirtless SEAL on the cover is a real SEAL, taken from this photo:
The photo is titled "FALLUJAH, IRAQ – JULY 27: A U.S. Navy SEAL prepares for a night mission to capture Iraqi insurgent leaders July 27, 2007 near Fallujah, Iraq. American Special Forces operate throughout Iraq, targeting “high-value targets” in commando raids, often at night to take advantage of their night vision superiority. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)" Mr. Moore had kindly donated the use of this photograph for the cover for the charity.
2) There have been many, many SEALs in romances way before this anthology :). If the writer of the article had even read the Foreword, she'd have been aware of this, along with the fact that many of the authors are/have been involved with the military in one way or another.
3) All the proceeds from the anthology go to the Veteran's Research Fund. I know it's a knee jerk reaction from the usual crowd ("I don't read romance!") but it'd have been nice to at least have that acknowledgment. Romance authors honor our heroes in our way, like, you know, take the time to write a short story and donate that time and money to a fund that helps veterans.
The romance genre is the biggest seller of all the genres. We don't get the respect we deserve, but our readers make everything worth it, including supporting our troops in various ways, be it buying this anthology or getting involved in Operation Shoebox.
Okay, class dismissed.
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