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Kristan Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author says,
"Filled with the complex emotions of grief, confusion and first love, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES is a rich, uplifting story that will touch a reader's heart."

From the Author

I'm no stranger to being part of a military family. My father was a WWII Army veteran who suffered from PTSD and was never treated. Most men weren't back then. My brother was a Marine, and my sister served in the Navy for eight years. Although my siblings didn't serve in combat, I had first-hand understanding of being a kid at home waiting for my brother or sister to be called to go to war. There has been a lot of press about the parents, spouses, and children of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not much is said about the siblings. That is one of the reasons I wrote Heaven is for Heroes.
The other reason is that I love romance, and nothing pulls at the heartstrings like first love. In Heaven is for Heroes, seventeen year-old Jordie Dunn must face the loss of her brother when he's killed in the war in Iraq. But Jordie doesn't believe the military report that his best friend and fellow Marine, Alex Cooper, is at fault. In her quest to find the truth and help Alex (the guy she's had a crush on since the ninth grade) in his recovery, Jordie discovers that the truth isn't the only thing she wants.
Because the focus of the story is the tenuous romance with the underlying plot of a family's search for peace in time of war, HIFH will appeal to adult readers as well as older young adults. With entertaining secondary characters and a challenging mother-daughter relationship, the story deals with real life issues with both unwavering comprehension and uplifting humor.
 Set in a fictitious Connecticut laketown, the story has the feel of hometown USA and is relatable to anyone questioning the value of war and the cost to the families of lost and wounded soldiers. Heaven Is For Heroes takes you through one family's loss, and the recovery of a soldier dealing with both the emotional and physical ravages of war.
I hope you enjoy the book!
PJ Sharon

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  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PJ Sharon; 1 edition (September 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award winning author of young adult books, including PIECES of LOVE, HEAVEN is for HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and Holt Medallion winner SAVAGE CINDERELLA, PJ Sharon loves writing for teens and teens at heart. Her latest work, HEALING WATERS, completes The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA dystopian trilogy that RT Book Reviews calls "An action-packed read with a strong female lead." For more info on PJ's books and updates on new releases, sign up for her newsletter or visit her website.

In addition to authoring romantic and hopeful stories for young adults, PJ Sharon owns ABSolute Fitness and Therapeutic Bodywork, a private practice massage therapy and personal training business in East Granby, CT. With over twenty-five years in the health and fitness industry, Ms. Sharon offers a multidisciplinary approach to wellness. Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle
(A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes), her debut non-fiction title, is a holistic living, self-help book, sure to motivate readers toward a more balanced and active lifestyle.

As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Massage Therapist (LMT), Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (CPFT), and Yoga Instructor, Ms. Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients and workshops. A graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Ms. Sharon also holds certifications as a trainer through the NFPT and teaches therapeutic yoga. A Black Belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, and former figure skating and power skating instructor, Ms. Sharon's passion for holistic health and healing comes through in her writing--whether she is penning romantic and hopeful stories for teens, or sharing her wisdom and experience with clients and workshop attendees.

When she's not writing, or spreading the love through her practice, she can be found kayaking in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, and renovating an old farmhouse with the love of her life.

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Format: Paperback
PJ Sharon's debut novel touches the reader's sensitivity to current social, political, and emotional issues. Jordie is like many young adults now in that she must face many of life's struggles at a very young age. Yet, she is buoyant and draws strength from the members of her broken family as she searches for the truth about Levi's death. Love lives alongside confusion and anger in her relationship with Alex, as well as with her mother. The tangle of human emotions leads Jordie to continue her quest to solve the mystery and keeps the reader engaged throughout the story. PJ Sharon cleverly draws us through the story with her cliffhanger chapter conclusions. The author's ability to weave this delicate story speaks well not only for this, her first novel, but for subsequent novels, as well.
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Seventeen-year-old Jordie is coping with the death of her brother, who was killed while serving as a Marine. But some of the circumstances surrounding Levi's death are suspicious. Her brother's best friend Alex was also present, and injured in the accident that killed Levi. As Jordie tries to find out what really happened, the relationship that never was with the boy she's always loved finally happens. Other family dynamics and a secret long-buried come into play while Jordie learns to deal with her new-found love for Alex, who has struggles of his own.

While mostly a "quiet" book, this young adult contemporary romance deals with some heavy, current-events issues like PTSD, and never skimps on emotion. Jordie's a smart, likable heroine who sometimes does stupid, impulsive things that add to her authenticity, as do Alex's hot-and-cold ways. If you're looking for a highly emotional read with a liberal dose of realism, Heaven is for Heroes is sure to please!
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Heaven is For Heroes is a richly textured, poignant story which weaves together first love, coming of age, and the ways in which even imperfect people can support and sustain one another. When 17 year old Jordie Dunn's brother Levi is killed in Afghanistan, his death leaves behind nagging questions for Jordie to deal with, along with the tearing grief. Deeply close to her brother, Jordie is haunted by the possibility that Levi's dark side was in ascendence on the day he died. Did he die a hero or throw his life away, unable to escape his personal demons. For Jordie, the key to finding the answer lies with the other member of their childhood threesome, Alex Cooper. Like Levi, Alex joined the Marines. He supposedly charged into a building against orders, leaving Levi to go to his rescue--and his own death. But Alex was never the impulsive one. What's the true story?
Complicating matters are Alex's injuries--he's coming to terms with the loss of a leg--and his and Jordie's tangled history. Years before, her feelings for Alex slipped from friendship to love. But how does Alex feel?
Debut author PJ Sharon does a wonderful job of both the emotional and the realistic background of this story. The imagery in this book is so vivid, I felt I was at the military funeral, and could smell the sweat as Jordie dragged Alex into physical therapy. Levi is a powerful character, despite never appearing on page. Alex's struggle to move on despite a dehibilitating injury and the fear that he was involved in his best friend's death is moving and powerful. Above all, Jordie is a YA heroine to cheer on--feisty, athletic, determined and unstoppable. Definitely a book to add to your `to read' list and an author to watch.
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Jordan `Jordie' Dunn is seventeen and trying to cope with the sudden loss of her Marine brother, Levi (Lee) and the wounded but alive childhood friend Alex `Coop' Cooper. Lee and Coop got caught setting the new and still under construction high school on fire and they had a choice. Spend a year in juvie or join the Marines. They chose to join the Marines and when a special ops mission in Iraq goes south Levi is killed and Alex loses his right leg from the knee down and his memory of the event. Alex is blamed, but Jordie believes it was her brother who disobeyed the order to stand down. She wants the truth and she wants to help Coop heal. In the process she falls in love.

While this wasn't my typical read it is a decent YA story of coping with tragedy and moving on. Jordie is mostly strong and wise beyond her years though she has moments of teen angst. Coop is easy to like and it's not hard to root for his recovery. I also liked Brig, Jordie's grandfather, but her mom, not so much.

I would have given this a review of 4 except for one thing that really bothered me...Marines are not soldiers. Soldiers are Army and Marines are Marines. Marines get very irritated when they are called soldiers. They don't like it. At all. How do I know this? My husband and my oldest son are Marines (now out). Never call them soldiers and never call them ex-Marines. Unless you're insulting them and that's never a very good idea. o.O

*The author provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see my disclaimer page on my blog.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and touching story about dealing with tragedy, family relationships, and first-love!

Jordan Dunn, Jordie, is a 17-year old girl who has just lost her brother, Levi. Levi died in a mission while serving as a marine in Iraq and according to reports his best friend Alex Cooper is responsible. Jordie can't believe this because Alex has always been the responsible one in the friendship, and her brother Levi had been displaying self-destructive behavior for a long time. In fact, it`s Levi's fault they are in Iraq in the first place. It was either join the marines or serve time in Juvenile detention for a stupid prank devised by Levi. Jordie doesn't feel this is right for Alex to take the blame if it was somehow her brother's fault, so she plans on getting to the bottom of this. Jordie has always felt close to Alex with him being so close to her brother, and has had a crush on him since the ninth-grade.

In this mission Alex lost his leg and is sent home to heal. He blames himself for the death of his best-friend, and with the added blow of losing his leg, he's not in a good place. When Jordie forces herself on him, to help recover both in mind and body, he is less than thrilled. Jordie is persistent, though and Alex makes progress. Working so close together stirs up feelings between Alex and Jordie, but Alex pushes Jordie away, confused by so many different emotions. They struggle back and forth to figure things out (with a lot of swoon-worthy kissing scenes!) and you can't help but want to scream a few times.

Add to this Jordie's complicated relationship with her mother. Jordie lost her father when she was four to an aneurysm, and her mother took the loss hard (as anyone would).
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