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Alpha Male Blog Hop Winners!

ALPHA MALE BLOG HOP WINNERS


After over 9,000 comments our Alpha Male Hop 
has some grand prize winners!!
Congrats!

Grand Prize Winners:

Kindle Fire Winner:
Marie Hahn
$130 Amazon Gift Card:
Jessica Mange
Swag Pack:
Natasha Donohoo

Congratulations! As you know, everyone 
who showed up on this site won 
a prize as well. If you haven't 
received notification, please email me 
off loop. Thanks for your participation. 
Come back and join me again. 
I'll be participating in two more blog 
hops between now and New Years.

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Heroes of Every Genre: Who’s the Best?

What is your favorite thing about Alpha Heroes? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink* Starting on Friday and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.
And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that's not all….
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

So, here's my blog and giveaway, and you have until October 22nd to leave your comments. If I had a big Highland Games event and I invited all the heroes of the six books I've written, who would win? Yes, I want you to pick the winner, after I give the evidence. And I'll even make it more fair. You can pick a hero from someone else's blog or book and vote for them here too.

Every comment gets entered into our Grand Prize giveaway, and every commenter will receive something, and YOU EVEN GET TO CHOOSE. Now, when were you ever given the choice of prizes on a blog hop? Be sure you follow the instructions at the end of this post.

We have 6 Alpha Heroes: Daniel DePalma, Joshua Brandon, Marcus Monteleone,  Paolo Monteleone, SOC Kyle Lansdowne and SO Calvin Cooper. You get to vote for one of them (or another hero, if you must), by leaving a comment and telling us all why you think they should win, and what would you do with them to celebrate?

So, since this is election season, here are the descriptions of the candidates, and their Hollywood likenesses:

Daniel DePalma: Brazilian-born painter of colorful wall-sized jungle prints. He does not know his best friend, posing as his agent, is a dark angel who has hooked him up with a very bad girl. The relationship nearly destroys him. Not realizing there are forces of good and evil at play, a guardian angel comes to his rescue. He falls in love with her in spirit, until he falls in love with her in the flesh. He is willing to spend his life separated from his angel lover just to see her safely home.

Joshua Brandon: A colorful dark angel who was looking forward to an eternity of partying with his former best human friend, Daniel, bedding women in the Underworld as well as “on top” in the human world, until the guardian angel intervened. He has a fondness for redheads, especially redheadded guardian angels. He hates birds and detests order and rules. But he soon finds that, among other things, he has grown a conscience and finally meets a soul he cannot claim. He faces the ultimate sacrifice when he is asked to deliver that very woman to the Director of the Underworld to become a concubine. He discovers there are rules worth dying for.

Marcus Monteleone: A 300-year old golden vampire, has spent most of those years searching for his fated female, only to find her dying in his arms. He saves her life by turning her, only to be enjoined by the rules of his breed, to not interfere with her once human life. He does not believe he has fathered a child by a half vampire half witch/villainess, but he feels an obligation to take responsibility for the boy.  In the end, he is willing to spend eternity without her if it means she will be safe from the jealous mother of the boy.

Paulo Monteleone: Brother to Marcus. He loves human women, and, unlike his brothers and sisters, does not take golden vampire mates and chooses to marry outside the fating, resisting a fating that went terribly wrong. He falls in love with a professor of legend and myths, who claims she knows everything about the “non-existant” golden vampires of Tuscany. He finds he is willing to sacrifice his immortal life to rescue his human lover from those that want her silenced.

Kyle Lansdowne: SEAL team leader sent on a mission to find his AWOL swim buddy, who has been kidnapped by a drug gang. The gang's intent is to get weapons and equipment from the SEAL community for their illegal use. By accident, Kyle runs into a newbie Realtor, and he finds in her the woman he has always wanted, just when she is nearly taken from him forever. He is forced to choose between her and his SEAL team buddy's life.

Calvin Cooper: Nebraska farm boy turned U.S. Navy SEAL. A specialist with gadgets, a medic and one of the tallest SEALs to ever graduate BUD/S. He is ordered to meet the family of a fallen SEAL medic, to help him heal the loss of his own family in a tornado. He helps a prominent psychiatrist protect his family, including his lovely daughter, from a psychopathic killer bent on revenge.

Now for your choice:

1. Dog Tag from Accidental SEAL
2. Amazon Kindle version SEAL Encounter.

Be sure to leave your name, AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, and please do so in code like: Jane Doe (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have fun, and good luck!!

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.
Accidental SEAL   SEAL Encounter    all available through Amazon

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Interview: In The Shadow of Greatness

Joshua Welle and Graham Plaster, I must say, it is entirely a privilege to interview the two of you. Can’t wait to spread word about your wonderful book.

We military romance novelists write stories with military heroes. Different genre than yours, of course, but our readers like to learn about heroes and heroines who do the right thing, rise to the challenge and, against all odds, achieve a happily ever after. We wish it was always so in real life for these brave men and women.

In romance, we create fictional stories, based on things that could happen, not what did happen. Our average romance reader reads 3-4 books a week. It is estimated to be upwards of 51% of the publishing market. There is currently huge interest in things military, especially Special Ops.

So, thank you not only for your service, but for your time. I've written some questions about this book I think other writers and readers would want to know. So, welcome, and let's begin.

Tell me how you got the idea to put together the stories in this book? Who came up with the idea and how did it happen?


The concept for the book was originally a solicitation to our classmates, the first class to graduate from the US Naval Academy following 9-11, asking them to write something reflecting on their experiences over the past 10 years. We received 63 submissions over the course of three years and spent a considerable amount of time processing the themes that were emerging in the short stories.  



Our primary reason for writing the book was to give voice to our current generation of leaders, promoting an honest but hopeful vision for the country.  We're excited about the result because the book is exceeding our expectations.  Not only was there a lot of interest to write, but there has also been tremendous energy and support from those who are reading the stories.

Whose idea was it?

Joshua Welle, our class President, along with the elected leadership of the class, initiated the project.  Josh deservers the lion's share of the credit for networking with veteran's groups and book endorsers, but we've also assembled a highly talented team of editors, PR and social media professionals.  It has been a team effort.  The four editors on the cover, Josh Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz and Graham Plaster, worked with the content of the book and created the anthology which is the final product.

Who do you want to read this book? Why?

As Tom Brokaw has already said, this book is a “must read for all Americans.”  We think that it is a book that can be read by young and old alike, military and civilians.  The stories are short and inspirational, providing insight from up and coming military leaders. They would make great leadership case studies for any group working through particular issues.  


The broader theme of the book is bigger than military service.  By honoring veterans in the book, we also want to cultivate a national dialogue surrounding the enduring qualities that make America great.  These qualities – cherished, defended and exemplified by our veterans, are worth discussing as we continue to grapple with strategic decisions for America.

Tell us how the book is structured and some of the tales it contains.

The book is structured thematically, starting with short stories about experiences at the Naval Academy and remembrances of 9-11, followed by war stories and anecdotes of heroism.  Finally, there are several stories about life after the military, the impact of military service on community leadership and major changes to military and civilian culture over the past 10 years.

Some folks tend to think of their 20s as a carefree decade in their lives…yours was not. Would you have had it any other way?

This is a question that is best answered by reading the book. The answer is mostly no, but there are shadows in our stories.  Not everything is black and white. When we applied to the Naval Academy, we were attracted to the crisp distinctions between navy blue and white, good and evil, satisfactory and unsatisfatory.  These paradigms were tested.  Read the book to get an inside glimpse of how we navigated those waters.

Only 1% of Americans are wearing the uniform and fighting the nation’s post-9/11 wars…should this be a concern?

There is a different opinion on this for every contributor to the book, and the editors cannot speak on behalf of everyone for questions like this, but even in leadership classes at the Naval Academy we discussed the widening culture gap between the military and civilian life. This is a concern to some people, and simply par for the course if you ask others.  


There is a culture gap in any specialization, and in some cases the military does a much better job of keeping the public informed about our values and sacrifices.  We rely heavily on the non-profits, civic organizations and veteran support groups to ensure this gap is bridged.  We are so thankful to those who do understand military sacrifice.  This book is a bridge across that gap.

How has the military treated you and your family?

The military has tremendous programs in place to support families, and the close knit communities that form on far flung bases are the bedrock of American society.  Supporting families is a high priority to our leaders in the military, which is why failures in the system get so much scrutiny.  It is through the difficult process of discussing shortcomings in the system of support that we make it better.  We have confidence that as we raise issues, leaders from our generation will continue to rise to the challenge of supporting military families in the years to come.

And by supporting those families, we learn to heal our nation as a whole. How did you decide who to invite into this endeavor?

The entire class was invited to participate.  Not everyone wanted to write, felt like they were in a position to write.  Because we are still mid-career, there are many questions that go into a project like this.  Am I writing for a good reason?  Am I writing what needs to be said?  Am I correcting a misconception?  We wrestled with these questions as writers and peer editors.

Tell me your most inspirational story and why?

One of the most moving accounts is written by Lisa Freeman, mother of Matt Freeman, who was killed in action.  She writes from the perspective of her son.  When she was first approached to write, she was still too raw from the loss of her son.  Through the process of putting words to paper, and working with the classmates of her son to edit the story, she was able to work through some of the difficult emotions.  She spoke at our national book launch at 9-11 and received a standing ovation for her courage and the great work being done in Matt’s name through The Matthew Freeman Project (freemanproject.org).

Let's hope that some of our readers today can help you and Mrs. Freeman with that goal. Do you have plans for future projects along the same lines? Or, anything you felt got left out because it needs a separate book?

We have 30 more stories that will be published directly to eBook, hopefully soon.  All profits from the book and eBook go to veteran charities.  Our only goal is to make sure the stories get told.

What would you like readers to know about this book?

This is a really unique book.  Many memoirs are written at the twilight of a career, this is a slice of life from 33 mid-career leaders.  Who knows what will become of them?  There may be a future government official or CEO in the mix.  This hall of heroes is an exciting glimpse into the making of America’s next generation of leaders – where they are now and where they might be headed.

What would you like readers to know about you, your team of writers?

We had a few professionals help us with editing, but for the most part, the writing was done by the “doers”.  We had over a hundred submissions by the time we were done, but had to edit it down to reduce redundancy in some of the themes, and find a common thread.  The common elements are leadership, sacrifice and service – across the board.  These are men and women who have done incredible things and will continue to serve our country in heroic ways when they are out of uniform.

Especially with what has happened with current events, why is reading this book so important? What will readers find here they won’t find elsewhere?

Hollywood and newspapers give their accounts of war, but this book allows us to speak for ourselves.  We were eager to write the book to clarify certain misconceptions and help bridge the cultural gap between military families and non-military families.


I'm sure others will agree with me, it is truly an honor to have you here today, and we thank you, not only for your service, but for helping us understand what it takes to be a true leader, told by those who are living it every day.


Some of our readers may have questions and comments. We welcome one and all. Those of you who can, leave them some likes and tags on Amazon here.


Thank you both,


Sharon Hamilton


Excerpts are available at http://shadowofgreatness.com/lookinsid

In The Shadow of Greatness interview this Friday

This Friday, come back to this site for a gripping interview of the two editors/authors of the new Leadership book, In The Shadow Of Greatness.

This was the first graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy since the 9-11 disaster. It is a non-political book about what courage it takes to be one of America's leaders and the sacrifice it requires.

In my opinion, this should be read by every American citizen. Please show these men and women your support as they shape the vision for this great nation, which isn't always about black and white, red and blue, male and female. Leaders are born and created and step up to the plate every day. And they die that way too.

I am very honored and proud to bring it to you.

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Welcome author Elysa Hendricks

Happy today to introduce you to a new author for me, Elysa Hendricks, a self-described author of multiple genres. Listen carefully to how she caught the writing bug-a tale similar to mine. Out of sad circumstances miracles happen. Sometimes we have to be reduced to the person we are in the wee small hours of the morning, where no one else is near, before we get in touch with that muse, that voice inside us that won't be denied. Welcome to my place, Elyssa. So glad you are here with me today.

What genres do you write and why? Anything
interesting about how you got started? 
I write in a variety of romance sub-genres –
contemporary, western historical, fantasy and sci-fi. I let “the story”
decide which sub-genre it needs to be in.
You must meet my friend and fellow western historical writer, Arletta Dawdy. Tell me more about your journey.
I started writing one lonely Christmas Eve. My
sister-in-law passed away early that morning. My husband, his mother and
younger sister, as well as our older son, took the train to Phoenix to attend
the funeral. We postponed celebrating Christmas and I remained at home with our
younger son. That night, after putting him to bed, I sat down at my typewriter (yes,
I began writing long before computers were common) and started writing what I
thought was going to be a short contemporary romance. It turned out to be about
a winged, telepathic alien who stows away aboard a passing space ship. That
book is hidden under my bed guarded by killer dust bunnies. Maybe someday I'll
resurrect and rewrite it. Maybe.
LOL. I think every writer has a few of those. One question I have is, do the bunnies read? I digress… Do you like writing in series, or single?
I enjoy writing both, but once I've created a
fictional world it's fun to revisit it, so I have several books that are linked
together.  My western historical
romances THIS HEART FOR HIRE and HER WILD TEXAS HEART are companion books about a brother and sister surviving in the old west. My
sci-fi romances STAR CRASH   and STAR RAIDERS   are both set in the same
futuristic universe, a combination of Star Trek/Star Wars and Planet of the
Apes/Pirates of the Carribean. I also have a series of alternative universe fantasy
romances published by ImaJinn Books that are all linked together:
Wow. You are prolific. Did you get “the call” or did you get the call to
“go Indie?”
My first sale to a traditional publishing house
came via email, so I've never gotten “the call.” (Editor's note: LOL) I've just recently
jumped into the self-publishing pond (ocean) with several books that I've
gotten my rights back on, as well as some new titles. I have a traditionally
published book DARK STAR DAWNING is coming out with ImaJinn Books in 2013. Because
I want to have my cake and eat it too, I intend to pursue both traditional
publishing and indie publishing.
Very savvy of you. A lot of traditionally published authors are doing the same. Many with great success. Who is your favorite character you've created? Why?
Since each character I create reflects a small part
(good and bad) of me, it's hard to pick a favorite. I suppose if I had to
choose the one that reflects me the closest I'd say Brandon Alexander Davis,
the slightly neurotic hero of THE SWORD AND THE PEN
Do you find it easier to write the bad boys or the
good boys? I'm assuming both are heroic, but which ones are more fun to write?
While bad boys are more fun to read and sometimes
to write, they're definitely NOT easy to write. Writing bad boys is nearly as
hard as living with one in “real” life. They're strong, opinionated,
pushy, arrogant and always think they know better than the woman (or author) in
their lives.
I find it kind of sexy when they try to have their way with me. What about the heroines? Do you find it easiest to
write the bad girls or the good girls?
I'm of the opinion that there are no “bad
girls” just girls who haven't found the right man yet, but both are tough
to write.
If you could have a date with one of your
characters, which one would it be and why? Where would you go?
I'm a one-man woman who has been married to the
love of her life for over forty years, so I'm not going to step out on him with
anyone, not even a fictional character. Besides, if I even tried, the woman in
that character's life would get pissed at me and some of those ladies are
really, really tough.
If you could go to a desert island with two
companions, who would you bring? What would you do there? What would you bring
if you could bring anything?
I'd have to take my husband/best friend, and
Surviorman, Less Stroud. I think I'd bring along a portable generator that runs
on sea water. Need to have electricity for light, heat and running hot and cold
water. I'll leave it to your imagination as to what I'd be doing.
Love it! I have such an active imagination, too. Pretend you have just sold your 100,000th copy of
one of your books. What will you do to celebrate?
Since I celebrate each time I sell one book, I
probably wouldn't do much different when I reach 100,000. Besides, I'm afraid
by the time it happens the only thing I'll be capable of doing in celebration
is sipping my Ensure through a straw.
LOL, but you never can tell, right? Tell us something about you that most people
wouldn't know or guess about you?
My life is pretty much an open book. Basically
boring and bland. No secrets. No skeletons. I'm 5'6″ tall. I have curly
hair and brown eyes. I'm an author, a wife, and a  mother. Everything
else is subject to change without notice. If you want to know more check out my
web site  or Like my Facebook page.  
Who are your favorite authors/books?
I've been reading for a long, long, long time, so
my list of favorite authors and books is extensive. Here are just a few of the
authors whose books are on my keeper shelf: Kathleen Woodiwiss, Susan Elizabeth
Phillips, Karen Robards, Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov.
Some of my faves in there too. Especially Kathleen Woodiwiss. What are you working on now?

I have several projects actively in the works.
TANGO IN PARADISE is a contemporary adventure romance featuring an idealistic
schoolteacher and a mercenary caught in the middle of a South American
revolution. THE NINE LIVES OF THOMAS CASH RILEY is a humorous contemporary
fantasy romance that features a matchmaking cat. I'm also working on another
sci-fi romance in my Star Chronicles series. And I have about a dozen other
stories on simmer in the back of my mind just waiting to be written.

As a Thank You to everyone who stopped by today I'd
like to offer you a FREE ebook – your choice of one of the following titles
from Smashwords:
COUNTERFEIT LOVE (Small town romance)
THE BABY RACE (Small town romance)
THIS HEART FOR HIRE (Western Historical Romance)
HER WILD TEXAS HEART (Western Historical Romance)
Just drop me an email at: elysa@elysahendricks.com
and let me know which title you'd like and I'll send you the Smashwords link
and Coupon Code to download that title for FREE!
Excerpt:
Contemporary Fantasy
Blurb:
It was time. After penning ten popular sword-and-sorcery novels, Brandon
Alexander Davis was ready to move on. Ready to stop hiding in his fictional
world. Ready to start living a real life. There was just one problem: as he
plotted the noble death of Serilda D'Lar, his fictional creation, complete with
mile-long sword, skimpy leather outfit and badass attitude, appeared in his
study.
Was she nothing more than a crazy fan, or had Brandon finally cracked?
This warrior woman whom he knew so well, so strong yet vulnerable, was
both fantasy and reality. She was an invitation to rediscover all he once
knew–that life is an incredible, magical journey and, for love, any man can be
a hero.
EXCERPT:
She poked him in the arm with the tip of her sword.
“Ow!” Brandon scooted back, nearly under his desk.
“Warrior? Priest? Sorcerer?” She crouched down to rest on her
heels, and stared at him. The position put her full breasts nearly in his face.
“Definitely not a warrior.” She pinched his arm. “You have
muscle, but not enough to wield a sword in battle. No courage, either. Priest?
Unlikely. They don't fear the sword. Only their god makes them cower.  Wizard? Perhaps, but not one of any
power, or else I'd be at your feet. So…you're the wizard's assistant most
likely.” As if satisfied with her conclusion, she rose to her feet.
“Get up. I'll not harm you. I wish to speak to your master. He and
I have business to discuss.”
Brandon eyed the woman warily. Though her speech and clothing were odd,
she sounded and looked extremely familiar. Why? Was she a crazy fan he'd
somehow communicated with before?
To be honest, she bore a striking resemblance to Serilda, if shorter.
She was five feet seven or eight inches, rather than six feet, and she was less
buxom and had softer features than the character he'd ultimately developed.
Despite the trampy clothing and hard scowl, she was attractive. Short
reddish blonde curls framed an elfin face. Dark lashes fringed large, cat-like
green eyes. Sun-kissed skin covered high cheekbones, and her lips, though
currently set in a hard line, were full and red.
“I said get up!” She grabbed his arm and hauled him to his
feet.
He was surprised that, when he stood, he topped her by a good six inches
and probably outweighed her by sixty pounds. That size difference gave him a
bit of confidence, but the nasty-looking sword she held with such
self-assurance negated it. One could never trust the actions of a crazy person.
“Who are you?” She looked him up and down then seemed to
dismiss him.
“Brandon Alexander Davis. This is my home.”
Unimpressed, she laughed. “Brandon? What kind of name is that? Bran
is what I eat to ease my bowels.”
Heat crept up Brandon's neck. “Who the hell are you? And what are
you doing here in that ridiculous costume?”
“Who I am and” — two spots of color stained her cheeks —
“what I wear is a matter I will discuss with your master. Where is he? Has
he run to hide from me? It will do him no good. I'm determined to find him and
solve this.”
“I don't have a master. I live here alone.” Damn! Why had he
told her that? He eased back from the lunatic toward the phone. Could he wrest
the sword away from her before then?
His size would be an advantage, but even standing at ease, the woman
radiated strength and skill. The odds seemed against him. To win he'd have to
hit her– hard– and he doubted he could bring himself to do so. The lessons of
chivalry his grandmother had taught were too deeply ingrained. In that way, he
and Donoval were of one mind. No matter how greatly provoked, men didn't hit
women.
Although, the thought of wrestling with this woman was appealing.
“No master? Do not lie to me.” The lunatic's fingers flexed
around the hilt of her sword.
“Why would I lie?” he snapped. “It's obvious your beef is
with someone else. If I knew who and where he was, why would I protect
him?”
“Because you're a coward. A powerful sorcerer inspires fear if not
loyalty in his minions. But you should fear me more than him,” she warned.
“There is no him! I'm the only one here. And I'm not a
coward.” Being called one triggered something inside him. Having phobias
about crowds, insects and small furry animals didn't make him a coward. Not
really.
She gave him a thoughtful look. “Is it possible? Are you the
one?”
“The one what?”
She ignored his question and studied him. Her intense perusal made him
squirm.
“Why didn't I see the resemblance?” she murmured.
“What resemblance?” He didn't like the turn of this
conversation. Come to think of it, he hadn't liked the original direction,
either.
“To Donoval. You are him– in form at least.” A bit of fear
crossed her features, though anger quickly erased it. “I'm loath to believe
it, but you are the wizard. Did you construct me so you could play God in my
world? Does it give you pleasure to toy with me?”
“What the hell are you talking about? Play God? I'm just a writer
trying to make a living. I write stories for people to read and enjoy. It's
just entertainment.”
Thank you so much Elysa. Commenters, please leave a coded email address in your comments for a chance to win the freebies. 

I've really enjoyed having you here today. Always fun to find another new writer (to me) and another one who is so prolific. Good luck with your continued success!


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Fallen SEAL Legacy Cover is Here!

Just got this an hour ago from the talented Kendra Egert. It's finally coming out. Soon, my friends, soon!

You are going to love Cooper and Libby's story.

Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.
Accidental SEAL   SEAL Encounter    all available through Amazon
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On The Road Again

What was supposed to be a romantic weekend in Monterey with my husband has turned into something else. I've done a lot of adjusting these days. And gracefully. He came down with a bug, and, rather than expose me and others to it, decided to stay home.

I'm here to hear my friend, Tina Folsom, speak to the Monterey RWA chapter today. And, as luck would have it, we are going to be able to spend a little more time together, which I love doing with this prolific and creative writer who has inspired me greatly.

I was on my way last night to Moss Landing, and got lost, which is where all the real adventures lie, don't they? Between rows of brussels sprouts and lettuce, dodging the big trucks and farm workers finishing out a week of toil in the fields, I felt lucky to be alive and able to watch, life just go on. Don't know what excites me so much about brussels sprouts, but those beautiful plants did it for me. Row after row of perfectly formed, dark leafy green goodness, appearing to lack the aphids my plants often have. I sometimes wonder if it is worth it to even grow them in my garden. I've invested in scores of ladybug tubs, and though voracious eaters, I'm still stuck with those stubborn aphids. I refuse to spray.

Had dinner at Haute Enchilada, which was a really fun place, and managed to have an abstinent seafood dinner with local vegetables done to perfection. I picked out a dark corner, got out my laptop and worked on some social networking things.

I'm trying to finish my next SEAL book, Fallen SEAL Legacy, and I'm still about 20k from the end. I have about 40k words I won't be using, but can use on other books. Not since my first book have I had to re-write so many chapters, but I've strengthened the story, and some things just take longer. I'm relaxing into that.

And what has happened? You can guess, if you know me well. Another story has come over me, and I'm taking notes so I don't forget key points when I get ready to write it, which won't be now until next year. It is another contemporary series, but with older H/H, and involves a heroine on a road trip after the death of her husband. No, this is not in any way biographical. My husband is, thankfully, very much alive. But I got to “feeling” this story as I listened to a lot of Pat Metheney, some new music by Lyle Mays and other things on the Sirrius Satellite network, which is the best thing about my new car.

Road trips give me time to think. So, while there was that momentary “aw shucks” when my husband told me he wouldn't be going, I knew I'd make something productive and fun out of it. Have laptop will travel. I write well on the road, unlike lots of other writers. I don't like everything in its place. I like variety, and get inspired by new places. And then I come home, for what I hope will be a home stretch where I can really polish up and finish this puppy.

These are pictures and a little of the feel of this area. No, there are no pictures of the looming power plant. Makes the growing brussels sprouts, art galleries and eclectic places like The Whole Enchilada or Haute Enchilada even more special. After all, we don't live in a vaccuum. And I'm very grateful for the electricity which allows me to write, and to have readers find me.

I can't imagine a life of standing by the side of the road hawking my books to bicyclists or horse and buggy goers. Life would indeed be different. I won't have time to stop by again on my way to the meeting. I'm sure today will be just as filled with great memories.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, wherever you are.

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Welcome Gennita Low and her Hot SEAL Hunks!

I'm totally jazzed to round out our stable of great military romance writers by bringing you Gennita Low, a three time RWA Golden Heart finalist. All my books at Amazon refer to her books (I can only hope it's vice-versa) as a good buying decision. And I'm sure it is.


Learn from one of the best how she got started writing Military Romantic Suspense. And you won't believe what she does for her day job. Honest.

Welcome, Gennita, and please tell us what inspired your military romance journey?
I started writing
military heroes by accident. I was in love with medieval romances, the ones
with swashbuckling knights, kings, noble ladies and wicked queens. When I used
to travel and backpack overseas, I’d visit the castles and walk though every
nook and cranny, imagining life within those walls centuries ago. Intrigue and
romance—all that blood and gore and yet, noble quests and knightly duty too—among
that breed of men who went off on their mighty horses.
Yum.  
I totally agree. It's like you can feel the heart and courage of those warriors speaking to you through the centuries. Great place to begin.
So, when I started
to write seriously, of course I picked a knight as my hero. A group of knights
at a border town fighting an invasion of bad guys…Vikings…yeah. Then, umm,
something took over. I couldn’t stop myself. I created a captured woman as a
heroine. Not just any captured woman, mind you. No, she was this long-haired,
kick-ass, going-to-turn berserker warrioress. She was my Chiang Pei-Pei, a
Chinese actress from the 60s (also the bad guy in Crouching Tiger) who excelled
in kung-fu movie parts as the lone female fighter coming into town to kick some
ass. I had no idea why my heroine appeared but man, did I enjoy writing her
doing some mighty fine sword-wielding in my medieval tale J.
The only trouble
was, every agent and editor about died laughing at my poor historical
submission. I didn’t blame them. I even called it my histErical because I knew
my characters were not acting very “standard” medieval. I had quite a few
suggestions to change the heroine to be more “lady of the castle” because she
wasn’t very believable.
Oh, that's funny. Not that it didn't hurt and frustrate you. So glad you didn't give up.
This was back in
the days when “kick ass” wasn’t even considered part of any allowed description
of the heroine. She could wield a weapon but she couldn’t kill. She could be
the baddest assassin in the business, but only in name, like those virgin
widows in historical romances, you know, the ones whose dead husbands were
impotent or gay, so the heroines were still pure for the heroes. So, one day I
was reading this romantic suspense; this time, the “tough” female “assassin”
was not just a fake one who really didn’t kill, she was also a virgin. And oh,
she couldn’t stand the sight of blood. I remember the bump on my head that day
from repeatedly smashing my head on the desk while reading.
I take it you healed properly. And knocked some sense into yourself at the same time…
It was then I
decided that, no matter what, I’d write the kind of action-packed story I
wanted. One of my neighbors, an avid reader, told me my hisTErical knights
reminded her of a hero, Zane McKenzie, a character in Linda Howard’s book.
My turn to say Yum. YUM.
I went to the UBS
and bought the book the next day. Zane McKenzie, oh my. Handsome, lethal and
seductive. And a navy SEAL. A complete package of hunk tied with a big bow.
It occurred to me
how I was wasting a gold mine in my own backyard. I was a roofer. I worked with
men. My partner was an Airborne Ranger. He had many friends in the military.
Here was hands-on research material right under my nose and I never thought to mine
that!? More head-desking ensued.
I took out my rowdy
knights and polished them anew, giving them a different uniform. I decided my
heroines were going to be the way I* wanted to read smart and tough women; they
wouldn’t be held back by the usual “rules.”
Writing military
action/adventure romantic suspense wasn’t that different from my love of
writing medievals. I had military action. Political/spy intrigue. Men having
pissing contests. Big battle scenes. And of course, I could now insert my
beloved long-haired warrioress in various dangerous forms, upsetting that cart
filled with all those alpha males. Writing had never been so fun.
Exciting!
My first serious single
title manuscript I submitted with great success was Into Danger. It finaled in,
and won, many writing contests. I sold the book to editors with the blurb “Navy
SEAL on dry land vs the world’s most dangerous female assassin.”
Love it.
To my delight, I
have readers out there who love my kind of women and men. I went on to write my
navy SEAL trilogy, the Crossfire series. So, when you read my stories, just
think of my froggers as medieval knights with flippers!
Here are the new
covers to my Crossfire series. The second editions have new scenes in them. My
books are action/adventure and set overseas. The subject matters are serious.
My characters are flawed. But they are passionate men and women, with a
sometimes dark sense of humor. I hope you enjoy my SEALs and the women who love
them!
Excerpt from
PROTECTOR:
Jazz had never hiked with a woman this long before. He had to admit it,
he had had doubts about Vivi’s stamina, but she had once again proven him
wrong. They had traveled at a fast click the past four hours and she had only
stopped once, to take off the soggy and muddy socks he had given her. They kept
an eye out for signs of life, that roving gangs weren’t nearby. Sometimes, Vivi
explained, the bandits traveled this far up the mountain.
I’d rather go barefeet,” she’d told him.
You might cut yourself,” he’d warned.
I’ll take the risk. Besides, we’re far away enough to stop soon to
signal T.”
It was getting very muggy again. He watched Vivi wipe away perspiration
on his sleeve, leaving a smear of dirt on her cheek. He offered her a drink
from his small canteen, then pointed at the canopy of trees nearby.
As soon as we’ve activated your locator, we’ll head over to the shade
and wait.”
Sounds like a brilliant idea.” She smiled. “If I weren’t so tired, I’d
race you over there. Besides it isn’t fair that you have shoes.”
Most women would complain about the dirt and the heat, but Vivi had not
only kept up with him, but also injected humor in the situation. He grinned at
the sight of her blackened feet.
I offered to carry you,” he reminded her.
For four hours? You wouldn’t be quite this perky,” she lightly mocked
back as she handed back the canteen.
He made a face. “Please. SEALs aren’t perky.”
She grinned, then eyed a specific area of his body. “If you say so,” she
said. Without warning, she started taking off the black shirt. She unhooked the
front of her bra and worked a finger inside the cup, giving him glimpses of her
nipple. When she looked up, her eyes had a definite twinkle. “It’s getting perky
again.”
Jazz’s lips quirked. “That’s my personal locator,” he informed her.
She laughed. “Do you think, while we wait, you can get Perky to help me
find something?”
Oh yeah. Definitely.

Buy Links:
You can purchase Protector here.
You can purchase Hunter here.
You can purchase Sleeper here.

BIO:
Gennita
Low roofs during the day and knows how to kill 600 different ways with tools.
 It's no surprise then that she writes romantic suspense as an outlet for
her daily frustrations with male workers.  Navy SEALs and spies are her
favorite personal choice for mayhem and assassins.  Her latest series is
called Super Soldier Spy, with Book Two titled Virtually Hers. When she isn’t
working or writing, she’s the prisoner of three mutant poms and a mutant
squirrel.

Gennita's Website

Thank you, Gennita. Your stories sound awesome. I'm going shopping today to pick all of them up. Let's see if we get some great questions from our audience. What would you like to know about Gennita, her heroes, or her writing?

15

Christine Fairchild: A Sexy Hero OUT OF Uniform

I am pleased to welcome Christine Fairchild, romantic suspense author who writes about cops and FBI agents with and without the uniform. We love all our heroes both ways, right? Whether they be military, rescue and fire or police and FBI. 

I hope you enjoy Christine's new twist on her debut series. You'll also want to check out her blog site for great writing and editing tips. Can't get enough of those either, can we?


Christine has taught classes on editing. Today, she has agreed to give away one copy of her new book, An Eye for Danger, as well as a copy of either The Editor Devil's Guide to Dialogue or The Editor Devil's Guide to Character. She's also decided to let this contest run all week. Hope you visit us again soon.

So, welcome Christine Fairchild. Take it away…..

A Sexy Hero OUT OF Uniform 

There's nothing sexier than a man in uniform,
they say, especially in the Romance genre. Heroes in Romantic Suspense are
often bred of military or law enforcement characters, men who may still be
active or inactive, may be in good standing or may be retired or even stripped
of their uniform (whether they committed a wrong-doing or not).
For my debut Romantic Suspense series, I
wanted something slightly different. So I chose to write a hero who was still
in uniform but in disfavor. Easy enough. Going rogue is a common theme among
Romantic Suspense heroes, whether they are in uniform or not, and often this
‘rebel' quality makes them even more sexy.
Ironically, because my hero is fighting law
enforcement corruption, being in uniform, whether a cop, detective, FBI, or
military personnel, is not inherently cool. The power of the uniform is corrupt.
So which skin will my hero wear, and how do I keep him sexy and alpha male at
the same time?
Of course, my hero's life must always on the
line as well. That's a given in Romantic Suspense, but that predicament is not
enough in my mind to keep me on the edge of my seat. As an author, I need as
much psychological entanglement as I need physical life-and-death pressure.
So I pushed further and wrote a man who may or
may not choose to win back his badge or even fight for the good guys. A man
paying for past regrets, and never paying enough to get himself square with his
superiors, let alone his own conscience, again. A hero in Purgatory. A man
straddling the line between right and wrong, between caring and ditching it all.
Unpredictable, in other words.
And so Sam Fields was born. Here's an NYPD
detective who's been framed for being not just a dirty cop, but a not-sober cop.
A man labeled as not being in control of himself, which is looked upon as
weakness in the law enforcement world. Dishonorable of the badge.
Untrustworthy. He's burned, unwanted, riding the razor's edge between being
fired and being jailed.

Hence Sam's kicked from one tough department
(Vice squad) to another tougher, more dangerous crew (Narcotics unit) for
dirtier, grittier undercover work, then finally punted to the Feds on loan for
the worst of the worst assignments. Sam took one for the team, let himself be
framed (did he commit the offenses or not?–I won't spoil the story), and then
dropped a few steps down the detective hierarchy. Worse, he took more dangerous
undercover work, living like a rat on the streets to bust drug crews. You can
feel the penitence just rolling off his back. A man who doesn't really care
about winning his reputation back.

So by the time the Feds recruit him for
undercover work to nail corrupt law enforcement, he's primed to take a mission
no other agent wants. Not to say Sam's playing the martyr hero, but he sees
himself as disposable. A throwaway on an unwinnable mission. I call this
“suicide by mission”.
Of course, this is all back-story by the time
our reader and Jules Larson (our heroine), a former war photographer and PTSD
sufferer, runs into him in Central Park amidst a murder scene. Sam saves her
from a henchman only to take her hostage to avoid his former NYPD nemesis,
Detective Stone McCarthy, who may be one of the corrupt cops Sam's
investigating.
What makes this opening scene–an alarming and
questionable situation for any character, let alone a hero–more intriguing for
me as an author? By now, Sam's desperate enough to commit a real crime–taking
Jules, an innocent, at gunpoint–and thus stripping himself of his own values. Psychologically
speaking, a man who is losing the “fight” in his world is a man who's
losing himself. Piece by broken piece.
My hero is not just burned out, he's been
plain burned by his own, and so it's fitting that he's involved with a crew
burning down the city, because Sam's ready to burn down the whole ‘effing
system. He stands in that very narrow space between losing the drive to fight
and losing the will to live. And that's a dangerous space. A man like that will
commit acts he never thought possible. He knows what's right and wrong. He's
been on those morality front lines for years, so there's no question of
discerning black from white. He just sees those lines differently now, or blurs
them altogether. Now he's the one rewriting the rules. Or worse–throwing them
out the window. Again, unpredictable. Wild, even.
Can Jules, a woman facing her own demons and
need for redemption, tame a wildcat like Sam? Maybe she doesn't really want to,
since by nature she's drawn to the front lines, to danger, to that line between
life and death. So here's a combustible coupling that readers get to watch push
and pull against each other till they explode.
What I feel is sexiest about this dynamic is
that it's not so much a power struggle between the hero and heroine as a
“who can play with fire better” rivalry. And it's in Jules' losses
that Sam finally wakes up and decides what he's fighting for. Not to say he has
a reason to live, which is slightly cliché. But that he finally found a
winnable mission, his own life be damned.
BOOK
BLURB:
Taken hostage, Jules provides escape for Sam
Fields, an undercover cop desperate to avoid capture by his nemesis and former
mentor, Detective Stone McCarthy. Sam can’t afford to blow his two-year
investigation of Goliath, a band of crooked cops who clean up New York City
streets vigilante style. Especially if Stone is one of them.
Fighting for underdogs is old habit for Jules,
and Sam’s rough-around-the-edges charm has a way of roping her into helping
with his investigation. Though Jules fears Sam's violent world will land her in
a psych ward–again–three years of self-imposed isolation since her fiancé’s
death is a long time to be lonely.
And then there's Stone. His park murder
investigation keeps leading to Jules' door, and he's on the verge of
discovering her involvement. Not only might he be crooked, Jules is just the
kind of uptown girl Stone covets. Especially if she belongs to Sam.
As Goliath closes in on the only surviving
witness, Sam and Stone must work together to protect Jules. But Jules can’t
grow too close to Sam, even when his touch melts her armor, or accept Stone’s
increasing advances, even though he's twice the gentleman Sam is, for fear
either man might discover the truth about her fiancé’s accident.
AUTHOR
BIO:
Christine M. Fairchild is a former journalist
with 25 years' experience as a writer/editor, from technical to marketing to
exec communications to entertainment. She specializes in “tactical”
editing and storytelling techniques for authors, offering writing tips and
tricks at http://Editor Devil.blogspot.com and through her Editor Devil Guides
to fiction. Her debut Romantic Suspense novel, An Eye For Danger, is now
available on Amazon for Kindle.
AUTHOR
CONTACTS:
You can follow Christine, aka The
Editor Devil at:
http://EditorDevil.blogspot.com
for free writing tips & tricks
https://twitter.com/fairchild01
https://www.facebook.com/christine.c.fairchild
http://pinterest.com/christinefairch/an-eye-for-danger-romantic-suspense-book/
You can find her books on Amazon for
Kindle at:
An Eye For Danger (http://amzn.com/B008QPZ8O4)
The Editor Devil's Guide to
DIALOGUE
(http://amzn.com/B007K1PZZC)
The Editor Devil's Guide to
CHARACTERS
(http://www.amzn.com/B007PTQKXA)
Thank you, Christine. Now, readers, what questions have you always wanted to know about when writing or reading heroes in or out of uniform? Do you have a question of the Editor Devil herself? One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Christine's debut novel, plus one of her 2 editing books. What do you love about reading or writing heroes?