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Love in the Morning Calm by @Judythe2 is a KU Event pick #militaryromance #ku #giveaway

Title: Love in the Morning Calm, Prequel to the Pendant’s Promise, Book 1 of the Promises Series

Author: Judythe Morgan

Genre: military romance

Book Blurb:

In 1966, while on temporary assignment to South Korea, Green Beret Major Alex Cabot meets Lily Reed at Eighth Army Headquarters. He’s a high-potential career officer, who should resist the temptation of any woman, but he can’t ignore her. She is a firm supporter of the budding Women’s Liberation movement determined to escape her small hometown’s love-marriage-baby-carriage syndrome for a life of adventure in a civilian job for the Army. Her plans leave no room for any man. No matter how captivating his smile.

In an uncertain time, in a temporary safe zone, yielding to temptation changes both their lives forever.


The colonel standing close to the group was probably the general’s Executive Officer. The third man, a captain, was the stereotypical aide-de-camp. All spit and polish. Likely a West Pointer who hadn’t seen a day of true combat.

His eyes, like hands, traveled over the young woman’s slim frame. Her dress fell softly from her shoulders and billowed around her knees like a lilac cloud at sunset. Shoulder-length hair, the color of rich tobacco, framed her face with its tiny turned-up nose. A friendly smile, seductive in its wholesomeness, curved her full, claret-colored lips.

When she passed his table, green-as-emerald eyes met his and lingered for what seemed an eternity. A jolt of uncanny oneness surged through his body, piercing his soul with the same intensity as a Viet Cong bayonet.

She lowered her gaze, but not before pink tinted her cheeks. The corners of his mouth curved for the first time in months. He hadn’t had that effect on a woman in a long time.

Or been this enticed since, well, since . . . he couldn’t remember the last time.

After his fiasco with the woman handpicked by his control-obsessed parents, he avoided female attachments, keeping his liaisons short and shallow.

He glanced at the young woman walking toward her table, noting her swaying hips and shapely legs. She had complications written all over her pretty, innocent face. She’d want the whole nine yards. Kids. Stability. Forever.

All he could offer was a one-night stand. No guarantees and no promises.

He kept glancing at the girl who was laughing and talking with her tablemates as he finished his meal. Occasionally he’d catch her eye, and she’d look away.

Alex debated whether to go over and introduce himself. No, not tonight. After the last thirteen months in Vietnam, he needed one more night of uninterrupted rest.

Tomorrow, he’d find her again. Walker Hill wasn’t that large.


On the other side of the dining room, Lillian Elizabeth Reed sat with her co-workers, Colonel Samuel D. Ware and Captain David F. Sands, and their boss, Eighth Army G3 Brigadier General Benjamin G. Mackland, and his wife, Aggie. They’d come to Walker Hill for a two-day staff getaway.

Only an hour northwest of Seoul, Eighth Army personnel often came for weekends to enjoy the westernized resort facilities built after the Korean War.

Conversation faded as an invisible force pulled her attention across the dining room to the soldier she’d seen on the way in. Passing his table, she’d paused, riveted by his extraordinary eyes. So sad and lonely and haunted.

Now, those brown eyes, with their fiery flecks of cinnamon, stared back causing an unfamiliar tingle through her body. She shivered even though handsome, flirting soldiers had plagued her like Pharaoh’s locusts from her first day in South Korea. She and her father argued over the temptations when she’d taken the Department of Army civilian position against his wishes.

But, between his sermons reverberating through her head and Sam’s watchful eye, she wasn’t worried. Like Margaret Meade and Helen Gurley Brown, Lily considered herself a liberated woman. A man’s attention wouldn’t sway her.

Lily realized everyone was waiting for an answer to a question she hadn’t heard. “I’m sorry. What did you say?”

Mack repeated his question in a mildly irritated tone. “I asked if that officer was a friend of yours. If so, let’s invite him to join us.”

Lily shrugged. “I’ve never seen him before. Maybe he knows one of you because he keeps staring over here.”

Sam smirked. “I don’t think he’s looking at any of us.”

“You’re right,” Mack said. “Another fool is falling under Lily’s spell. Think we should warn him about our ‘Miss Untouchable’?”

David, Mack’s aide-de-camp, made a sputtering sound somewhere between a snort and a chuckle. “Warn him and miss all the fun? I don’t think so.”

Lily pursed her lips and rolled her eyes. They’d given her that nickname because she’d refused to accept more than one date from anyone, although that didn’t stop Mack and Aggie from continually setting up her with David.

She didn’t mind the nickname. It kept her focused on her goal to avoid the love-marriage-baby-carriage syndrome.

“It doesn’t matter who he is. We’re going back to Seoul in the morning. I’ll never see him again.”

The conversation moved to other topics. Lily kept glancing in the soldier’s direction. Twice, Sam commented about her preoccupation. When they stood to leave, unable to stop herself, she glanced one last time at the table across the room.

The soldier was gone.

She quickly dismissed the surprising wave of disappointment. There was no room in her career plan for any man. She had places to go, things to see. Eighth Army G3 was only the beginning.

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

Love in the Morning Calm weaves social norms of the 1960s with military knowledge and historical accuracy into a poignant, unpredictable love story. As one reviewer says: “Everyone talks about how turbulent the 60's generation was. This story puts you right in the middle of the action.”

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $35 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win. Runs November 15 – November 24, 2022. Winner will be drawn on November 25, 2022.

Author Biography:

Three children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren along with a large, Velcro-Old English sheepdog are constantly filling my writer’s well with ideas. I find plenty of twists and turns for characters in my experiences as a schoolteacher, an antiques dealer, a former mayor’s wife, and sometimes church pianist.

I hope you enjoy reading all my award-winning stories written from a Christian worldview and filled with strong characters tackling real-life situations as much as I love writing them. You can sign up for my free newsletter at to keep up with my latest release news.

Besides fiction, I blog weekly at

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Nov 24, 2022

Sounds awesome & yes I have KU and love it so much!


Barbara Bettis
Nov 15, 2022

Enjoyed the excerpt. anyone else remember 1966?? :)


Rita Wray
Rita Wray
Nov 15, 2022

I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.


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Nov 15, 2022

Thank you, Judythe, for sharing your book in our Kindle Unlimited Bookish Event!

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