Honoring Real-Life Heroes
Award-winning military suspense author offers $500 ‘Salute-A-Hero’ award
Award-winning military suspense author Jessica James is on a mission to give back to those who serve our country by offering a $500 Salute-A-Hero military award to a service member or veteran.
The award can be used for education, business start-up, or a special financial need that cannot be fulfilled by any other means. The only qualification for the military award is that the recipient must be a present or former member of the armed services.
“Military suspense authors like myself write about fictional heroes in uniform, but anyone who serves in the military is a true hero in my book,” James said. “The military award is just a small way for me to show my support and appreciation for what they do.”
James’ first military suspense novel, Meant To Be, was honored with a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and won the coveted NJWR Golden Leaf Award, as well as a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. Combining military suspense, patriotism, and a little 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.”
Although the plots of James’ books span different eras—from the Revolutionary War to modern day—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.
Her most recent books are part of a military-themed series (Phantom Force Tactical) which consists of Deadline (2016), Fine Line (2016), and Front Line (2017). A fourth novel, Protecting Ashley, will be released in August.
James donates a portion of the proceeds from her books to military-related charities, and takes part in programs such as Authors4Veterans and Adopt a US Soldier. She also oversees the placing of flags on gravestones for local Memorial Day services.
“Less than two percent of the U.S. population serves in the military,” James said. “It’s an honor for me to be able to give back to these committed individuals in any small way that I can.”
Applying for the military award
To apply for the Salute-A-Hero award, interested individuals are asked to send their name, military background, contact information, and the reason they believe they should receive the award to: Jessica James Hero Award, PO Box 3612, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325.
To coincide with the award, James is launching Operation TOM, which stands for “Thank Our Military.” Interested individuals can request “Thank You For Your Service” business-sized cards to hand to service members. Request a free pack of 10 cards by sending your name and address to Operation TOM, PO Box 3612, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325.
The deadline For the Salute-A-Hero military award entry is Sept. 11, 2018. The recipient will be contacted by Nov. 6, 2018.