Friday, September 2, 2016

Celebrating Real Life Heroes


Congratulations to "Dee", the winner in Regan's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

First-responders are vital, everyday heroes in our communities and they have a place of honor in my heart. I am forever grateful for the swift response, expertise, and compassion of the firefighters who saved our house during a New Year’s Eve party when I was a kid. Many years later, again on New Year’s Eve, another fire department risked icy roads in the wee hours to answer a false alarm sent by our security system.

Then there was the sheriff’s deputy who gave me a ride home when my car was totaled in an accident on the interstate a week after I’d moved to a new city and I didn’t have anyone to call for a ride. The paramedic team who helped my daughter during a severe illness when I was nearly a thousand miles away, the cop who kindly got my mom home after she got lost in an early-dementia episode, the list goes on.

While planning the Escape Club Heroes series I wanted to give the stories a special anchor where readers could meet everyday men and women, first-responders, determined to prevail over tough circumstances. With the Escape Club, a riverside nightclub known for hot bands as well as a quiet reputation for helping people with problems that fall through the cracks of typical law enforcement, I finally found the right balance.

There are heroes all around us, every day, some of them in uniform and some not. I count my husband as one, for being my rock through the highs and lows of life. My grandmother will forever be hailed a hero for her wit, patience, and wisdom that influenced countless people in her community as well as three generations of family.

Julia and Mitch of Safe In His Sight felt like dear friends and true heroes to me as I wrote their story and I hope you’ll soon feel the same way. Don’t miss Escape Club, the short-story prequel to this series and keep an eye out for more Escape Club Heroes on the horizon. 

Live the adventure,
Regan Black

Giveaway:
For a chance to win a signed copy of Safe In His Sight plus a $10 Amazon gift card, leave a comment about your favorite real-life hero below.   

Safe In His Sight

…an adrenaline-fueled romance in the new Escape Club Heroes series!

 The stalker shadowing lawyer Julia Cooper's every move is vowing to ruin her life—unless she discloses information about a major criminal case. For discreet help, she turns to the shadowy Escape Club, where investigative brainpower and brawn are for hire. Mitch Galway, a firefighter on leave, becomes Julia's round-the-clock bodyguard. All sculpted biceps, sexy bravado and conflicted past, Mitch works overtime to uncover the identity of the person hunting her. But as they track the creep getting way too close, Julia must share more of herself with the intriguing man protecting her…which puts them both high on a lunatic's hit list.

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22 comments:

  1. School teachers are heroes to me. They not only educate our children but support them, encourage them and often give them the love that isn't received at home.

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  2. Great post,thanks for sharing! I remember reading an article "Rome police cook pasta for elderly couple heard crying in their apartment" and thought to share it. It's more of an act of humanity that heroism but great nonetheless.
    http://www.thelocal.it/20160809/rome-police-cook-pasta-for-lonely-elderly-couple

    natalija DOT shkomare AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Wonderful article, Natalija! Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. parents

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. I have both family and friends who are nurses. That's a tough job and they are heros to me. They put up with a lot of stress and tough shifts while trying to help people.

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I agree. Nurses are another type of first responder - they are definitely in the front lines for us every day.

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  5. Thank you for the post. I admire and look up to maternal side of the family (mother and grandmother) - they are real heroes to me with their courage and bad-assery *lol*
    But really, they were some tough people I know my whole life!
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Love that, Dee! I come from a line of pretty bad-assery women myself. LOL

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  6. Thanks for much for the feature! Happy Friday everyone :)

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  7. This is easy as I will never forget this hero that came into our lives at just the right moment just outside of Sacramento, CA where we lived. I was a single Mom with two toddlers in the back seat of my old VW bug and driving in a can't-see-a-thing torrential rain storm when all of a sudden my car died. I was terrified with my two babies and afraid I would be hit by another car because you couldn't see a thing in the rain. All of a sudden a big white Cadillac pulled up beside me in another lane and a big dude came to my window and asked what the problem was (all the while traffic was whizzing dangerously by us). He also told me he was an off-duty cop from Oakland, CA. When I told him he said that the first thing we had to do was push my car into the offside lane to get out of traffic. He put on his car blinkers and waved traffic around us and helped me push our car into the offisde lane. He popped the engine lid and told me that the main drive belt had snapped and it was a good thing I stopped the motor so that it didn't burn up. Then he told me and my babies to hop into the back of his car so he could drive us to the nearest gas station for help. We were sopping wet and there was mud on my babies shoes...and he had an all-white Cadillac with a white interior and he said he didn't give a fig about the mud, to sit back and relax. Two more exits and we were at a gas station where he told the attendant what kind of a drive belt I needed...and when it came time to pay for it I had to tell him I had no money or credit cards. So he paid for the belt (no problem, he said). We drove back to where my VW bug was and in the rain he put a new drive belt on for me. By this time I was crying and scaring my kids, but I gave the guy a hug and said he was an angel and thank you. I didn't even get his name! Duh. Then we both drove off to our respective destinations. When we got home I promptly typed up a letter to the Oakland Police Department and told them about the incident and apologized for not getting our savior's name, but described him and his off-duty Cadillac. I sure hope he got that letter. I will never forget the angel God sent to us that awful-turned-great day. Thanks for asking and I think your stories about heroes will be wonderful ones! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. What an amazing story, Janice! Definitely a hero and I'm so glad he was there to help when you needed it most. :)

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  8. My dad is my fav hero... I grew up seeing him do what he could for our town as both a cop, but also a volunteer firefighter. Once he even went back into a burning building to save a fellow firefighter that was injured... he was burned in the process, but the two of them have been best friends ever since.

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  9. My Brother-In-Law is a real life hero. He's a medic in the Navy. He's been overseas three times saving lives.

    One of those times, he volunteered to go back when he learned that the Marine platoon he previously served with was being shipped out again.

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    1. That's fantastic, Mandy. Tell him our family thanks him for his service.

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  10. My parents are most definitely my heroes. I am one of seven children. We all had such an amazing, wonderful childhood.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. My parents,my sister and brother :)
    And Valentino Rossi - he is MotoGP Rider :)
    bubacka07(at)outlook(dot)com
    Thank you!

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  12. My favorite real life hero, my sister. Right now she's coping with my brother-in-law's alzheimers and it's not easy. She is a very strong person and I'm proud to call her my sister.

    linda dot henderson70 at yahoo dot com

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