Friday is the 14th of February so this week I’m talking all things Valentine. Love, romance, hearts  – and all of it still veteran related. To kick things off, let’s start with a little romance….novels that is.

ROMVETS started in 2002 when a group of writers, including retired Air Force Colonel Merline Lovelace, attended a romance writers’ conference and discovered they were all former military. Over the next two years, the idea to create a platform that connected and encouraged “military women who have turned the sword to pen” grew into ROMVETS. Since then, the organization has expanded to include over 80 published and aspiring writers, all former military. All branches of the service are represented, including several foreign military members, and from a wide variety of careerfields, from flyers to cryptologists, with service dates ranging from the 1960s to the present.

ROMVETS’ roster includes such notables as:

– Lindsay McKenna, a pseudonym for Eileen Nauman, who served as a meteorologist in the US Navy from 1964-1967. McKenna went on to create the “military romance” subgenre in 1983 and has since published over 100 novels, including the “Black Jaguar Squadron” series about military women finding love while serving in Afghanistan, and has sold over 22 million copies.  She has also won several awards, including the Romantic Times Career Achievement for Best Series Romantic Adventure, 1990-1991. McKenna is so prolific she has had at least one book a month released every month for the last year. Her most recent release is Risk Taker, in the Shadow Warriors series, which was released February 1, with the next book in the series, Degree of Risk, set to release next month.

– Sylvia Day, who served as a Russian Linguist in the US Army from 1994-1995, and has gone on to become a #1 New York Times and international bestselling erotic/romance novelist. Her titles Bared to You and Reflected in You, from her Crossfire series, were on’s “2012 Top 10 Customer Favorites” list. And in 2012-2013 she was elected to serve as President of the Romance Writers of America organization. Her novel, Spellbound, was released in December of last year and debuted on the USA Today bestseller list.

– Terry Spear, who served as a personnelist in the US Army Reserves and retired in 1999, and now writes historical as well as paranormal romance for adults and teens. She is a USA Today bestseller with over 50 books to her credit. The Heart of the Wolf, the first in her series about werewolves, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in 2008. The sixteenth book in this series, A Silver Wolf Christmas, is due out in October of 2015.

So, if you’re looking for a little something to make your heart pound this Valentine’s Day, check out the talents of these female military veterans. Most books are available through your preferred bookstore. You can find out more about ROMVETS at:

and you can read more about the specific authors mentioned at:

Merline Lovelace:

Lindsay McKenna:

Sylvia Day:

Terry Spear:

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Sarah Maples is a former Air Force intelligence officer and an Afghanistan veteran. She is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in veteran, military, and defense topics.

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