Since 9/11, there’s been a trend in the US to call all first responders: police, firefighters, EMTs, and of course military men and women, heroes. There’s no question that they are, based on the simple fact that they put their lives on the line for others. But heroism can have deeper, less obvious meanings as well, and I wanted to show some of those with Sig Nowicki, the hero of Thankfulfor You, the Mr. November story in the Calendar Men series.
Sig is a disabled veteran, returning home with a bad leg, missing fingers, a scarred face and a missing eye. That might sound like overkill for the hero (there’s that word again) of a romance novel, but Sig manages to work with his scars. That’s every bit as much heroism as the fact that he was wounded saving a fellow soldier. He still has insecurities, of course, but he doesn’t let himself hide from the world. He works on rebuilding his life every single day.
In Elsie Jordan, pet shop owner, Sig recognizes a fellow wounded soul, even though all of her scars are on the inside. Even though he’s desperately attracted to Elsie, he also wants to help her work through her issues, even if it means giving her up. That’s heroism of a whole different kind. Finally, he works past his own fears and dedicates his time to helping others in bad situations, even agreeing to pose for a benefit calendar. Sig’s not just a military hero. Although he’s far from perfect, he demonstrates heroism in every aspect of his life. That’s mykind of hero!
Thankful for You releases this Saturday at all major e-tailers. It’is now available for preorder on Amazon, All Romance e-Books, i-Tunes and Kobo.
Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and bringsthat to her writing. Award-winning author of 19 novels and morethan 30 shorter works, Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with herhusband, two sons, granddaughter, and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties andRenaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.