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SEAL Encounter

SEAL Encounter 

Novella .5 SEAL Brotherhood Series


This is a short piece written to introduce you to my characters, Kyle and Christy. 
This is a private glimpse into the hearts and minds of these fictional SEALs, their community, and the women who are lucky enough to be loved by them. Their brotherhood, loyalty and mission to protect and defend, sometimes at great personal cost, is what makes them heroes. They do so quietly, not seeking public recognition. 
If you enjoy this piece, I hope that you will continue along the journey in my full length novel, Accidental SEAL, and read how these two get together, and fight dangers that threaten to keep them apart. 
Christy and Kyle meet quite by accident in the very first chapter, and not in any way you could predict. But rest assured, they will find themselves together at the end in an intense and passionate relationship on purpose. 

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SEAL My Destiny releases June 1st!  


Navy SEAL Luke Paulsen, on the verge of PTSD stemming from the death of his fiancée and a brutal tour overseas, knows he is damaged goods and unsuitable for relationships. While paying respects to a fallen comrade, he is unprepared for the chemical attraction he feels for the carefree dark-haired beauty playing in the surf one evening.

Julie Christensen befriends the troubled SEAL, motivated by her yearning to soothe the young man’s troubled soul. Fueled by intense mutual desire, they succumb to one night of mind-numbing passion. Afterwards, he is unable to shed the memory of his lost love and disappears.

When they meet again at a wedding that will forever bring their two families together, their passion and longing for one another forces them to confront their pasts in order to find a future together.
But soon the trauma of his service separates them. Julie goes back to teaching and Luke deploys for North Africa with SEAL Team 3. Upon his return, he receives a frantic call that Julie's life is in danger. Will he make it in time to save the woman he now knows he wants to marry and spend the rest of his life with?










My Writing Process

First, thank you to Marliss Melton for including me in this huge blog tour. This was started by Laurel Odonnel several weeks ago, and Marliss was nice enough to tag me.

Under the rules, I’m to answer four questions.

  1. What am I working on?
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I am editing to release SEAL My Destiny, Book 6 in the SEAL Brotherhood Series, for June lst. This is the full length novel, based on the novella that appeared in SEALed With A Kiss earlier this year (Valentine’s Day).  The story line is that Luke Paulsen has returned from a treacherous duty in Afghanistan, where he witnessed up close and too personal a school being blown up and the death of a medic he was training.

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Returning home with signs of PTSD, coupled with a past involving the death of his former fiancé, he partakes in a one night stand which turns out to be anything but that. He has decided, though, that he is too damaged to continue to be anything but a fling, so breaks off further entanglements.

But fate steps in and he and Julie Christensen are reunited by a family marriage. The full length book takes over where the novella ended, where the lovers are reacquainted. A high powered suspense unfolds as the parents of one of Julie’s students becomes the villain in a devious plan that nearly costs Julie her life, forcing Luke to risk everything to save her. Other characters from SEAL Team 3 show up to lend a hand.

  1. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Romantic Suspense is a genre that is expanded by every new author coming along. Some RS authors are heavy on the action. Some, like me, are heavier on the romance. Some are equally balanced between the two. Just like no one would want steak and mashed potatoes every night for dinner, readers are lucky these days to have a variety of voices and styles to choose from, and they like to be surprised, and they hate getting bored. My hunky SEAL stories are heavy on the romance, the sex and the emotional phases of falling in love, revealing the mystery and power of true love.

  1. Why do I write what I do?

Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for Navy SEALs. They are, in my opinion, the best of the best. Their training is unmatched anywhere in the world, the equipment they use is beyond anything any other fighting force has ever had. It absolutely thrills me to see this big tough warrior type hero fall so hard for someone of the opposite sex. It tortures them at times. It tortures the women too (not physically but emotionally) at times as well. But the backdrop to this community is the sense of family. They are a SEAL on a SEAL Team, but they are part of the same SEAL Community that acts like one large team, including extended family members as well. There isn’t any other group of people I’d rather write about.

  1. How does your writing process work?

Since I write about different members of SEAL Team 3, usually the next book will begin to appear from the pages of the previous book. Although all the books are standalone, if people read them in order, they will get a good history of the players and what they are about when they show up later on. I have lots of characters in these books. I don’t resolve every mystery that shows up (for later plots). And I don’t give every person their HEA until I think it’s right to do so.

Once I figure out who the main character is, I then devise a plot that would take them to the place I want to write about. I’ve liked writing some stories in Sonoma County, California, the wine country, where I live. Others I’ve written in exotic locations like Morocco, Italy or on a Cruise ship. The story takes shape as I fit the character into the setting.  My stories are all heavily character based.

I’ve tried to be an organized plotter, and I just can’t do it. I have developed a hybrid form of writing, some plotting and some seat of the pants writing. I also try thrill myself by taking twists and turns as they come up. I never want to write bored. If I’m emotionally invested in the story, the reader will be too. So unexpected things that add to the tension or cause humor unexpectedly, are great tools for me.

Next week, on May 28th, you will get to hear from three other authors I dearly love and have collaborated with on other projects. You will recognize them:


Kym Grosso is the author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans.  The series currently includes Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1), Luca's Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), Tristan's Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3), Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4) andLéopold’s Wicked Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 5).

In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy.  She also is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.


Elle James

Award-winning author Elle James grew up as an air force military brat. She received her work ethic from her rock-solid father, her creative streak from her artistic mother and inspiration from her writing partner and sister, Delilah Devlin. As a former member of the army reserves and a current member of the air force reserves, she's traveled across the United States and to Germany, managed a full-time job, and raised three wonderful children. She and her husband have even tried their hands at ranching exotic birds (ostriches, emus and rheas) in the Texas hill country. Ask her, and she'll tell you what it's like to go toe-to-toe with an angry three-hundred-and-fifty-pound bird and live to tell about it!

Her adventures in the army and air force reserves, and the wild antics of her life on a small ranch in Texas give her fodder for mystery, suspense and humor in her writing. Elle writes gothic, paranormal mystery for the Harlequin Intrigue line and paranormal romantic comedy for Dorchester Publishing. A former manager of computer programming and project management professionals, Elle is happy she now has the opportunity to pursue her writing full time.

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Jennifer Lowery

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Find Jennifer:

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Cruisin' For A Seal

Cruisin' For A SEAL

Book 5 in SEAL Brotherhood Series

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Publish Date: March 1, 2014Publisher: AL PublishingGenre: Romantic Suspense, Military RomancePrint Length: 275 PagesBook Summary:

Marc Beale and several of his brothers from SEAL Team 3 board a cruise ship to bury a fallen buddy's ashes at sea. A risky affair with a beautiful Italian the night before they leave begins to ease his survivor’s guilt.

Sophia Negri, suffering jitters over her engagement, falls for the handsome SEAL and pretends she speaks no English, letting their bodies do the talking. When Marc finds her on the ship and learns Sophia is half American, he is angry at first, but falls for her all over again as they set sail.

Terrorists take over the ship and hold the passengers for ransom, Marc and the other SEALs are the only ones who can stop the plot. Will Marc’s actions be enough to save Sophia or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the woman he loves?

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Marc started to stand, but she stopped him with her hand on his forearm. He did sit back down, but he crossed his massive arms in front of his chest, leaning back into the couch and looking the opposite direction, away from her.

“I know none of this makes sense. Not sure I do either. I thought that—well I just thought a little night of anonymous sex with no strings would be something—and this is a totally selfish thing here, I admit it—I thought I could just have…” This was going to be much more difficult than she’d planned. Everything she wanted to say wasn't right. “I just wanted one more night being single, being free to choose, being with someone without it being complicated. And I’m sorry. I realize now that that was a huge mistake.”

His passive, hulking frame and dispassionate stare into the distance broke her heart.

“Please Marc, look at me.” He did, but his eyebrows were raised, his eyes contained the look of someone who thought she was full of crap. She mustered her courage and added, looking into his sky blue eyes, those eyes she’d gotten lost in, eyes she would remember forever, “I am truly sorry. I am not a good person at all. I did this without any regard for your feelings.”

Their eyes did connect, and for a second she could see the hurt there, a little dream in his heart that was dying too, just as hers was. Instinct told her to reach over and kiss him, hug him, tell him how sorry she was for her behavior, but she knew that was the wrong way to handle it. As much as she wanted to touch him and let him know how awful she felt, she needed to keep her distance.

Just tell him the truth and get out.

Marc hadn't dropped his eyes. He was searching for something in her face she hoped didn't show up. He was looking for evidence she cared for him. Wouldn't it be wiser to show coldness? Let him understand there was no future between them?

But was that the truth? Really the truth? Did all this happen because of her niggling doubts about Ricardo and the life she would have with him in Brazil? If she were certain of her decision to marry him, would the night with Marc have happened? She honestly didn't know the answer to that.

“It was the most beautiful afternoon I've spent in my entire life. I will never forget it. Never, Marc,” she said.

His crooked smile with the dimple on the right side of his full lips was sexy as hell, and changed the mask of his face.

“It was a pretty incredible afternoon, but hey, no worries, Sophia. I’m not looking to get hooked up with anyone. I’m getting ready to deploy. This is just a little R and R before we go. It kind of worked, in a sick sense of the word.” He looked at his palms.

She hadn't expected that.

“You aren't angry?”

“For an afternoon of the best sex of my life? Fuck no.”

It was a nice thing to say, but she felt the blunt force of a verbal slap. “I think it was more than that, is what I’m trying to say,” she said, her voice low and husky.

Marc shot up, put his hands in his cargo shorts. “I’m glad. While you’re working your way through the cruise ship males, I’ll be having beers with my buds and probably swearing off Italian girls for awhile.” He began to walk out of the bar.

She had to do something. She ran and stood in front of him, to stop him.

“Wait a minute. What I want to say is that it wasn't just a hookup. I mean it started that way, but it became more, I guess is what I’m saying.”

“Well, that’s fine, honey. And if you get that itch again, I’ll scratch it. No worries. I’m not going to get pissed off and ruin another good time.” His brilliant white teeth and blue eyes melted her bones.

“So it wasn't—“

“You don’t have the right to that privileged information, honey. You’re engaged to someone else. I don’t gotta tell you anything about me or how I feel about anything, remember? But if you want another anonymous hookup, I’m not going anywhere. We've got like twenty days together. We've already proven we can let our bodies do the talking since the words seem to get in the way.”

He left the bar. She felt her stomach drop to her ankles.

It wasn't easy to put it out of her mind, the look on his face as he turned, bowed slightly and walked out of her life. She’d already cried for him once as she was walking away from him in the Piazza. She’d left a part of her with him that day, and now today he took away another piece as he walked down the marble foyer, pushed the up button and left in the elevator.


SEAL Endeavor

SEAL Endeavor

SEAL Brotherhood Novella, 1.5

SEALEndevor600x900Book Summary: 

This is a prequel to the full length novel, Fallen SEAL Legacy, introducing the main characters, U.S. Navy SEAL Calvin Cooper and Libby Brownlee. They have a chance almost-encounter in Monterey. Cooper and his best SEAL Team 3 buddy, Fredo, are on a mission to buy a new drone prototype. Libby is taking a much-needed day off from her studies at the University of Santa Clara to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Now in Audio Format: Cruisin' For A SEAL

Cruisin' For A SEAL

Book 5 in the SEAL Brotherhood Series

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Book Summary: 

Marc Beale and several of his brothers from SEAL Team 3 board a cruise ship to bury a fallen buddy’s ashes at sea. A risky affair with a beautiful Italian the night before they leave begins to ease his survivor’s guilt. 

Sophia Negri, suffering jitters over her engagement, falls for the handsome SEAL and pretends she speaks no English, letting their bodies do the talking. When Marc finds her on the ship and learns Sophia is half American, he is angry at first, but falls for her all over again as they set sail. 

Terrorists take over the ship and hold the passengers for ransom, Marc and the other SEALs are the only ones who can stop the plot. Will Marc’s actions be enough to save Sophia or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the woman he loves? 


Buy Links: 


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