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Why am I passionate about this?

I'm an English writer now living in the wilds of Tasmania, Australia. My love of books began at school. I devoured the classics and couldn’t wait to audition for the lead in the next school play. Both my father and brother were in the military and I saw firsthand their love and duty for country, and family often with great cost to their mental health and wellbeing. I write stories about heroes like them and the women who win their hearts. Love takes courage. 

I wrote...


By Eliza Renton,

Book cover of Faithful

What is my book about?

‘Do No Harm’ Military medic Luke McLaren kept his oath, until he failed to save his best friend, Mike. Mike’s sister, midwife Kate Gibson, doesn’t believe in happy endings. Not since her brother got killed on a mission.

After a night of make-me-forget sex, Luke knows Kate is the only woman he will ever want but can never have, but when Kate asks for Luke’s help to expose a bomb threat, he has no choice. He must protect her. With their hotter than hell connection reignited, they must face the enemy together. Will they survive?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Winters Heat

Eliza Renton Why did I love this book?

Colby and Mia’s story was the first military romance book I ever read and was the inspiration to write my own romantic suspense. Lots of action, sizzling romance, and a happy ending. What’s not to love?

Two very different people work together to bring the bad guys to justice while sorting out their rocky relationship. In all of Ms. Harber’s books, the men are fierce protectors, and the women are strong and independent. A winning combination.

My father and brother were military men and I strongly identified with the gruff characters with soft and compassionate hearts.

By Cristin Harber,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Winters Heat as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she'd rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he…

Book cover of Cyclone

Eliza Renton Why did I love this book?

Another first-in-series story that falls squarely into the protective romance category with fierce alpha heroes and the women who win their hearts.

I love these larger-than-life heroes and Ms. Crouch effortlessly makes them believable, especially when you want to escape everyday reality. Not recommended on a regular basis, but something we all want to do at times, on holiday, at the weekend or simply after a rough day at the office.

I love the way Zac patiently and carefully rebuilds his shaky relationship with Annie. Guess I really am a sucker for the hard, in this case, very muscular frame, and the gooey center living inside the man.

By Janie Crouch,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Cyclone as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

He’d protect her from any threat… But what if the biggest threat is him?

Doctor Anne Griffin is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. 

Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.

Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.

Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him? 

Zac’s determined to wipe…

Book cover of Jane Eyre

Eliza Renton Why did I love this book?

The romantic power of this story has never left me.

I read Jane Eyre as a high-school student studying my favorite subject, English Literature. I loved the gothic gloom and mystery, secrets to be explored and solved. Jane epitomizes the seemingly weak female who ultimately shows the greatest strength while Rochester oozes protector energy, a man with a dark past.

The contemporary protector romances I love today haven’t strayed far from the over-arching themes of the books of my teenage years, and there is comfort in that. I’ve yet to figure out exactly why, but like all of us, I suspect it has much to do with our own family history and experiences.

No matter what, I will never tire of the happy ending.

By Charlotte Brontë,

Why should I read it?

36 authors picked Jane Eyre as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 12, 13, 14, and 15.

What is this book about?

Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue, Canterbury Christ Church University College.

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage.

She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester.

However, there is great kindness and warmth…

Book cover of A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond

Eliza Renton Why did I love this book?

I picked this book up on a research trip to London. I had anticipated referring to it in my own writing, however, I could not put it down!

The poignant information and stories recollected by Ms Mayhew are heart stopping. I don’t often cry when I read a book. Ms Mayhew is a thorough medical and social historian who brings to life the reality of healing and medicine in wartime. Miraculous moments were achieved, but at what cost, long term? 

By Emily Mayhew,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Heavy Reckoning as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

What happens when you reach the threshold of life and death - and come back?

As long as humans have lived together on the planet, there have been wars, and injured soldiers and civilians. But today, as we engage in wars across the globe with increasingly sophisticated technology, we are able to bring people back from ever closer encounters with death. But how do we do it, and what happens next?

Here, historian Emily Mayhew explores the modern reality of medicine and injury in wartime, from the trenches of World War One to the dusty plains of Afghanistan and the…

Book cover of Up the Junction

Eliza Renton Why did I love this book?

This collection of short stories has a special place in my heart.

Stories written about people living in the early sixties in working-class London. The colloquial language rings true in my ears, and the stories belong in that special place held dear by my teenage self. Laugh or cry, I pick the book up when I am at most in need of, no place like home, comfort.

Ken Loach made a film based on the book and followed it up with another one of her books. Poor Cow. Dog-eared and well-worn, the books remain on my shelf.

By Nell Dunn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Up the Junction as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'Her art is ignited by voice, as you hear it, is unquestionable' ALI SMITH, GUARDIAN

'Distinctive, pared-down style' DAVID EVANS, INDEPENDENT

'Unflinching look at the lives of working-class women' DAILY MAIL

Nell Dunn's scenes of London life, as it was lived in the early Sixties in the industrial slums of Battersea, have few parallels in contemporary writing. The exuberant, uninhibited, disparate world she found in the tired old streets and under the railway arches is recaptured in these closely linked sketches; and the result is pure alchemy.

In this novel, we witness…

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By Ralph Hickok,

Book cover of Love, Sex, and Other Calamities: 15 Stories and a Poem by Ralph Hickok

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Why am I passionate about this?

I grew up in Green Bay and my dad was the official scorer for the Packers, so I was immersed in pro football history even as a child. During my careers as a newspaper feature writer and editor and as an advertising copywriter, I also became a sports historian. My magnum opus was “The Encyclopedia of North American Sports History,” 650,000 words. But my favorite by far is my biography of Johnny Blood. I was 12 or 13 when I decided I wanted to write it, 33 when I began working on it, 38 when I finished it, and 78 when it was finally published.

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What is my book about?

From Kirkus Reviews: "This debut short-story collection paints the wistful life of a newspaper journalist as seen through his sexual and romantic encounters...

Throughout, Hickok writes in an assured style, pulling readers along. The narrow sexual focus results in a distorted picture, yet other aspects of Art's life emerge at the edges—his intelligence, his career as a journalist, and even the sincerity with which he gives in to his male urges and construes sex as love... 

Subdued yet alluring; a pensive reflection on the male psyche."

Love, Sex, and Other Calamities: 15 Stories and a Poem by Ralph Hickok

By Ralph Hickok,

What is this book about?

A man arrives in a new city, hoping to start a new life, but he’s still haunted by memories of past loves…
A 12-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl have a brief romantic encounter when their families are vacationing in neighboring lakeside cottages…
Two teenagers enjoy sexual experimentation when she babysits for her little brother while her parents are out drinking…
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A college freshman falls in love with a high school freshman and is amazed at the depths of her passion…
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