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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It's not about the war. It’s about the warrior. AFTER: The Battle has Just Begun by @AuthorRJBelle #AfterTour



It's not about the war. It’s about the warrior.

Publication Date: March 6, 2016
Genre: Military Non-Fiction

Meet eight combat-injured men who sustained life-altering injuries. Read eight inspiring stories of heroism and the re-building of independent, productive and fulfilling lives after seemingly impossible circumstances.

This project looks at the struggles of these incredible men to reshape their lives after combat. It also sets these stories within the context of current veteran healthcare; injury, suicide, and disability statistics; and looks briefly at the impacts on the caregivers who support these men. Being face-to-face with combat-injured veterans has given me an insight that all Americans should have. Veterans of the Vietnam era began the process of opening our eyes to the grim realities that await veterans both psychologically and physically. These men’s stories show how much more we have to accomplish.

This book isn't about war or politics - it is about figuring out what it takes to move forward AFTER the war. I wrote this book to raise awareness of what our warriors need most when they return, what the government does and doesn't provide and why there is a high demand for private non-profits to fill the gaps. Make no mistake - we are in this period of recovery and rehabilitation for decades to come. It also introduces the non-profit organization Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station which has taken on the task of helping our combat-injured men and women make the daunting transition from military to civilian life. 100% of the proceeds benefit them in this much-needed labor of love.

It's not about the war. It’s about the warrior.

100% of the proceeds benefit Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station.

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Interview with RJ Belle...

What has surprised you the most since becoming a writer? 
My ability to survive on little sleep and lots of coffee.

How do you handle negative reviews? 
I no longer read reviews unless my editor forwards them to me. We look at negative reviews as a way to improve.

What made you decide to go the “indie” route? 
I’m a control freak.

Of the stories you have out now, which is your favorite? Do you have a favorite scene or character that stands out? 
Sutton. I love his sarcasm.

There are many, many indie books and authors out there right now. How does you work to stand out? 
I have a strong work ethic. I am continually trying to improve and I spend half of my time marketing and figuring out what works on the business end. I think anyone who says that their only job is to write is missing the point of being an indie author. Our job is to write AND to run a business.

R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side. In 2013 she made the jump into writing for publication. R.J. left her career to write full time and within three months published her first Fiction Novel, First One Down: A Paul Sutton series novel. With a new stunning cover and additional editing First One Down is set to re-release in April 2016. Book two in the Paul Sutton series, Second Sight, will release summer 2016.

R.J. released her first non-fiction project in 2016 - AFTER: The Battle Has Just Begun. After explores the daunting task of physical and emotional recovery and rehabilitation for eight combat-injured men and the private non-profit that assisted in all eight transitions.

R.J. lives in Southern California with her family.


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