Author: Nicole Leiren

More Than One Night – Book Birthday!


I’m excited to wish More Than One Night a happy birthday today! With over 50 Five Star review on Amazon, Daniel and Melodie’s story has had a great first year!

If you haven’t read their story yet, or want to check out Book 2 in the series (Remember the Night) just click on the link below to find your preferred format!

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Thank you!


While on vacation a couple weeks ago, I received an email from my publisher that KILLER BEACH READS, a short story collection that I was honored to be a part of, made the USA Today Best Seller list at #94!  What an amazing and surreal experience 🙂

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us spread the word about the sale during the 4th of July week and for those who bought their copy.

If you don’t have yours yet, you can grab one here:  Killer Beach Reads


Remember The Night

Remember The Night

The Few. The Strong. The Brave.

Cody Jenkins thought serving in the military would help him escape heartbreak, but he never imagined meeting a woman like Evelyn. The only problem? After spending one unforgettable night together, she returned to her life far away from him and his service in the Army.

Perfection defines Evelyn Walters every moment, every day of her entire life. But with a recent divorce from her husband and a career in jeopardy, maintaining that carefully constructed façade is proving to be her biggest challenge yet.

A chance encounter at her sister’s wedding brings Evelyn face-to-face with Cody again, and sparks fly as memories of their night together prove a powerful force. But troubles from his past and problems from her present threaten to keep them apart. Will they give in to their personal demons or will they remember the night that proved, without a doubt, they are better together than they will ever be apart?


Book 2 in the Heroes of the Night series releases APRIL 21, 2016!!


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May We Never Forget Our Veterans

Veterans DayAt exactly 11:11 a.m. every Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11), the sun aligns perfectly with the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial in Arizona to shine through the ellipses of the five marble pillars representing each branch of the Armed Forces, illuminating The Great Seal of the United States.

According to the Veterans Administration, WWI – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

So today, November 11, 2015 – let us reflect, with pride and gratitude, those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we do today.

Celebrating Real World Heroes – Pt 4


In past celebrations of real world heroes, we’ve had some beautiful love stories and also spoke of the family sacrifice necessary for those who love the men and women who serve. Today, we are privileged to have both of those elements in our story.

Private 1st class, James Lee Phillips, turned 18 in July, 1944 and was drafted the following month. After completing 17 weeks of training, he was then allowed to go home for 7 days. With only one week to see his family and loved ones, he then said goodbye as he headed to Europe via the ship Queen Elizabeth where he became a truck driver for the Army.  He served overseas for 18 months.

During his time away, his family – knowing how much he must be missing home – would send him packages with deli meat/sausages.  When he finally returned home, he met a woman who he fell madly in love with. They had their first date on Valentine’s Day.  He took her home to meet his parents who were delighted to discover that she worked at the same deli his mother shopped at to send him the sausage. The family fell in love with her just as Private Phillips had and they were wed St. Patrick’s Day the same year they met (If you aren’t sure of the math…that’s 31 days later!!). The marriage has withstood the test of time and they are still married today, 63 years later.

As is the case in many families, the desire to serve runs from generation to generation. This year, James’ grandson, who served in the ROTC through college and received the ranking of 2nd Lieutenant was commissioned into the US Army National Guard. As part of the ceremony, he gave his first salute to his Grandfather, James Lee Phillips, World War II Veteran. His mother attests to the fact there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! They received a standing ovation.


Dan and his grampa

We thank this week’s real world hero, Private Phillips, for serving during World War II and for instilling the same call to duty and desire to serve in the generations that followed.

How many of you come from families were multiple generations have served?

Celebrating Real World Heroes – Pt 3

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For the past two weeks, we’ve been sharing stories between our real world heroes and the women they love.  This week, we’re going to look at it a little differently. Our story and hero this week comes from a small town in Wisconsin. Logan Artz, the only son to John and Peggy Artz, has been serving our country for a little over two years. Logan had dreams of serving his country in the area of aviation. After meeting with recruiters and discovering he had some color blindness, he was told not only would he never be able to serve in his chosen field, his opportunities in the Armed Forces were significantly limited.

Logan absorbed the information from the recruiter and ultimately decided that serving his country, in whatever capacity they would have him, was what he wanted to do. Not wanting to take the easy way out, though, he decided to join the Marine Corps, In his opinion, it was the toughest and he wanted to push himself and excel.

He shipped out for boot camp on Mother’s Day-2012.  While his mother was proud and supported his decision to join, saying good-bye on such a special day proved bittersweet.  As a close, personal friend of his Mom’s, I witnessed the heartache she felt while he was away. After having spoken to him every single day of his life for 18 years, she would now have to wait weeks before hearing the sound of his voice. His letters proved that being so far away from the only home and family he’d ever known was putting him through some serious emotional trials, just as the day-to-day tests in boot camp provided physical and mental trials. 

The bond between this family was strong, though, and Logan graduated with his proud family watching, I’d wager, with a few tears in their eyes. Their son had transformed into a man.

Me and Logan UniformEven though his marksmen scores were exceptionally high, because of the challenges with his eyesight, the Corps assigned him an administrative position in finance. That hasn’t stopped Logan from wanting to serve his country overseas. In fact, he has volunteered to deploy on several occasions.  While waiting for orders, he continues to perform his role in finance exceptionally well according to his commanding officers. In fact, he is up for a promotion by October 1st. 

Knowing that he wants to have “life after the military,” Logan obtained approval for tuition assistance and is currently enrolled in some evening college courses held on base.  He is hoping to complete his Associate’s Degree in Accounting over the next two years and, unless he re-enlists, plans on attending a University following completion of his enlistment term.  All of this, of course, provided he is not chosen to deploy. 

Heroes serve our great nation in all different capacities. Their willingness to leave their homes, families and, many times, everyone they know requires a sacrifice that not everyone is willing to give.  Knowing their son could be deployed worries his parents, but they know-whatever happens-they are so proud of the man he has become and his desire to serve the greater good of his country. Most definitely their (and our) real world hero!

Me Sonny and Logan

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