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  • 06/2015
  • 9781941020043 B00WNV748K
  • 322 pages
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  • 06/2015
  • 9781941020029
  • 322 pages
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Jessica James
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Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways. Or so they thought. Actually it was just the beginning. When Lauren Cantrell and Michael “Rad” Radcliff said goodbye, they had no way of knowing they would ever see each other again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger is part of the culture and the stakes are life and death. From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this gripping tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question: What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

Reviews
James uses the idyllic setting of Ocean City, Mary., as a man and woman quickly fall into a whirlwind romance. Rad meets Lauren as he is jogging on the beach; despite being brushed off, he meets her again on the boardwalk, and she agrees to go to the Ripley Museum with him. Their romantic day on the boardwalk together turns into a most memorable night as she meets his friends at a beach bash, and their romance continues until almost dawn. Neither Rad nor Lauren disclose any information to the other about their jobs or what paths led them to Ocean City, and they go their separate ways. But not much later, through circumstances related to their military careers, they see each other again. In this difficult new situation, however, both Lauren and Rad need to set aside their personal feelings to complete their respective assignments. Sweetly sentimental and moving, James’s novel is an endearing page-turner offering a unique view of military life and the difficult choices faced by those involved. (BookLife)
Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War

“A heart-rending, white-knuckle journey into the courageous lives of our nation’s heroes. Realistic, moving, and uplifting. Meant to Be shows us the meaning of commitment—to country, and to love."

Lauren Hoff, United States Air Force

“Reminds me of American Sniper and Lone Survivor, but accompanied with an epic and beautiful romance that is completely unforgettable." 

Lynnette Bukowski, Widow of U.S. Navy Seal

"Spot on with characters and descriptions. Strong women. Larger than life men. Well done."

Midwest Book Review

Expertly crafted from beginning to end, "Meant To Be" is a truly extraordinary read and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections.

Readers' Favorite

5 STARS! "

The memory of one magical day becomes the lifeline that entwines their twisted fates. A captivating and mesmerizing read.”

News
01/01/2017
Jessica James honored by Military Writers Society for her novel MEANT TO BE

The Military Writers Society of America has awarded bestselling military fiction and romantic suspense author, Jessica James, a Gold Medal for her 2015 release Meant To Be.

Called "a love letter to the American military," this novel has been lauded by both men and women for its suspenseful, poignant, and captivating plot. It also won the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf award and a Bronze Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest. It was also a Finalist in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year contest.

Meant To Be starts on the sun-swept beaches of Ocean City, Md., and ends in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Combining military suspense, patriotism, and romance, the novel tells the tale of two people who meet by chance on the beach and find their lives intertwined in a way neither one imagined. One active duty military member described it as, “American Sniper but intertwined with an unforgettable, epic love story,” while Publishers Weekly, the industry’s leading trade journal, called it “an endearing page turner,” and “sweetly sentimental and moving.”

The main character in the novel is a special ops soldier who is pushed to new limits when he discovers the person he most wants to protect is the one risking everything to make sure he survives. In its review, Readers' Favorite called it a "love story that portrays honor and devotion to the call of duty. Captivating and mesmerizing."

James has been compared by some to other bestselling suspense/thriller writers, including Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and James Patterson. She is also the author of four award-winning historical fiction novels and a three-book thriller/suspense series: “Deadline” (May, 2016), “Fine Line” (August, 2016), and “Front Line” (February, 2017).

James’ books have hit No. 1 on Amazon in a number of different categories (Christian historical fiction, military romance, war fiction, military thrillers), and can be found in more than one hundred libraries, including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Although the plots of James’ books span different eras, all have the same central theme. By weaving the principles of courage, devotion, duty, and dedication into each book, she attempts to honor the unsung heroes of the American military--past and present--and to convey the magnitude of their sacrifice and service.

The book video for Meant To Be can be found here.

Jessica James books are available at internet retailers and bookstores everywhere. For more information, visit Jessica James' website. Readers are encouraged to contact the author to read “the story behind the story: of Meant To Be.

11/15/2015
Meant To be wins coveted Golden Leaf Award

Author Jessica James was awarded the prestigious Golden Leaf Award during the New Jersey Romance Writers’ annual conference in Iselin, N.J., on Oct. 16.

James received the honor for her latest release MEANT TO BE (June 2015), a romantic suspense novel that starts on the sun-swept beaches of Ocean City, Md., and ends in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan.

Combining military suspense, patriotism, and romance, MEANT TO BE tells the tale of two people who meet by chance on the beach and find their lives intertwined in a way neither one imagined. One active duty military member described it as, “American Sniper but intertwined with an unforgettable, epic love story,” while Publishers Weekly, the industry’s leading trade journal, called it “an endearing page turner,” and “sweetly sentimental and moving.”

James is the author of four award-winning historical fiction novels and is the only two-time winner of the prestigious John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction. Her books have hit the No. 1 bestseller list on Amazon in a variety of categories including Military Romance and Christian Historical Fiction, and can be found in more than one hundred libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

09/19/2016
Meant To Be wins Readers' Favorite Internationl Award

Award-winning author Jessica James has been named a Bronze Award Winner in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest for her 2015 release “Meant To Be.” The contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, including entries from NYT best-sellers and celebrities like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.

The awards ceremony will take place in Miami, Fla., on Nov. 19, coinciding with the Miami Book Fair International.

“Meant To Be,” a romantic suspense novel that starts on the sun-swept beaches of Ocean City, Md., and ends in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, also won the 2015 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award in Romantic Suspense, and was a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s 2016 IndiFAB Book of the Year contest.

Combining military suspense, patriotism, and romance, “Meant To Be” tells the tale of two people who meet by chance on the beach and find their lives intertwined in a way neither one imagined. One active duty military member described it as, “American Sniper but intertwined with an unforgettable, epic love story,” while Publishers Weekly, the industry’s leading trade journal, called it “an endearing page turner,” and “sweetly sentimental and moving.”

James is also the author of four award-winning historical fiction novels and a three-book suspense series: “Deadline” (May, 2016), “Fine Line” (August, 2016), and “Front Line” (December, 2016). Her books have hit No. 1 on Amazon in a number of different categories (Christian historical fiction, military romance, war fiction, military thrillers), and can be found in more than one hundred libraries, including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

James’ historical fiction novels are available locally at the Lincoln Train Museum and the Gettysburg National Park Service Visitor’s Center, as well as the Gettysburg Heritage Center on Steinwehr Avenue (formerly the Wax Museum), which also carries signed copies of all of her modern-day books.

For more information on the author or her books, visit www.jessicajamesbooks.com.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2015
  • 9781941020043 B00WNV748K
  • 322 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2015
  • 9781941020029
  • 322 pages
  • $16.99

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