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Uniform Desires 
Uniform Desires is a boxed set of novellas from some of the best
military writers on the planet: Delilah Devlin, Melissa Schroeder, Cat Johnson,
JM Madden, Elle James and myself. Most of us have either served in the military,
or have had husbands and children who have served, or who are serving now.
The release of this anthology is timed for Veteran’s Day, 11-11-13.
It is the only all-military boxed set available this year.
Our stories run the gamut, from Marines to para-rescue teams,
wounded vets and Navy SEALs. These are the quiet guys who get things done, putting
themselves in harm’s way, sacrificing their own safety for ours. It’s the least
we could do to help bring their stories to life.
We aren’t writing detailed accounts of war. There are great writers
out there who specialize in bringing readers that genre. We write about the love
stories, about what happens when the soldier comes home, when his special training
doesn’t prepare him for the “dangers” of falling in love.
I think that’s what I love most about writing military romance.
Certainly no national secrets are divulged in my books, but I’ve enjoyed the SEAL
community I’ve gotten to know, and like to write about what happens to them on a
personal side. I’ve said many times when I’ve spoken to groups, that the stories
I’ve heard are even more outrageous than what I put in my books. No one would believe
some of the things I’ve been told. Indeed, truth can be stranger than fiction.
When I’m at book signings or book fairs, people sometimes shy
away from picking up a military romance because they don’t like to think about men
and women coming into harm’s way, and perhaps for many, it is too close to home.
In romance, or romantic suspense, although not everyone survives the stories, usually
the hero and heroine do. Forced to deal with life and death, they are thrown together,
and almost don’t survive. In the midst of a crisis, love finds a way, and turns
out in the end to save the day.
Unlike some of the other boxed sets being sold today, most of
the material in the anthology is brand new. And, although there are many kinds of
heroes out there who sacrifice themselves for the public every day, the heroes in
our book are only military heroes.
Instead of attaching a blurb, I’m going to run down brief blurbs
of each of the stories, and the authors who wrote them:
Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder
USA Today Bestselling Author
www.melissaschroeder.net
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond
the call of duty
SEAL Francis McKade never acted on his feelings for his best
friend’s sister. All that changes at a wedding in Hawaii, but the next morning, he’s called for
a mission-one that leaves his world in shambles.
Months later, Kade shows up in her bar a changed man. When he
pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon
refuses to back down. One way or another, he’ll learn there’s no walking away from
love—not while she still has breath in her body.
SEAL’s Honor by Elle James
Award-winning Author
www.ellejames.com
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn
land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot
SEAL Reed Tucker doesn’t believe in commitment, until he tangles
the sheets with one hot pilot, Delaney O’Connell. His phobia against commitment
is challenged when his best friend asks Delaney to marry him.
As a helicopter pilot for the 160th Night Stalkers, Delaney knows
the risks of loving a SEAL. When her lover’s friend loses an arm in battle, she
can’t refuse his marriage proposal when he’s already lost so much. In love with
one man, pledged to marry another, she’s torn.
Tuck and Delaney must come to grips with the happiness they owe
themselves and the happiness of their friend who has lost so much.
SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton
Bestselling Author
http://sharonhamiltonauthor.com/
A SEAL’s nightmare of a promise given at his sister’s deathbed
gives him the woman of his dreams
Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading
since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He
drives up to Sonoma County from Coronado
to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs.
He must work with his sister’s best friend he only vaguely remembers from his past.
But boy has she grown up.

Devon Brandeburg has
created a small financial fortune through her success in real estate. Her career
is her main focus, but a closely guarded secret is her total lack of experience
with men. After all, who needs them? Especially when their testosterone-stuffed
egos suck all the air out of the room, like Nick’s does.
Nick’s sister requires two things of the both of them as her
dying wish.
 What starts as a deathbed promise turns out
to be a hot affair neither one expected. Nick becomes Devon’s
teacher in her journey to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the
student brings the teacher something he’s never allowed himself to want, and now
knows he needs.
Dangerous Liaisons by Delilah Devlin
Award-winning Author
www.delilahdevlin.com
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover
DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival’s daughter
After surviving a week of anti-terrorist training in a Central
American jungle, Maya Cordoba is ready to kick off the mud from her designer boots
after she hijacks her sexy driving instructor. Instead, she finds herself staring
down the barrel of an AK-47and being kidnapped! Mistaken for a rival drug lord’s
daughter she knows if they learn she’s not who they think she is—she’s dead.
Rescue comes from ex-marine and undercover DEA agent, Angel Rickman.
He promises to get her out as long as she does everything he tells her to. Together,
they make a mad dash through the jungle with the drug cartel’s army on their tails.
Her Forever Hero by JM Madden
Bestselling Author
When the boss’s pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled
Marine Grafton Parks proves he’s still a hero
Kendall Herrington is drawn to her handsome new security guard,
prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for her, but on a lonely Christmas
night, she gives in to her body’s demands, regret setting in on the morning after.
Former EOD Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall
is resisting admitting she’s pregnant and that the board won’t allow an unwed, pregnant
female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington Corporation. Even if she is the
boss’s daughter.
As they struggle to come to terms with each other, an unexpected
danger threatens their lives. Will they survive long enough for him to be…Her Forever
Hero?
Cinderella
Liberty
by Cat Johnson
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine
and his best friend’s sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get
back to her
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John “Crash” O’Malley has two
goals. Enjoy his liberty in New York City, and survive
his deployment to Afghanistan.
What he didn’t plan on is Trish. A guy can’t have a one-night stand with his best
friend’s sister and then abandon her at midnight when his liberty ends, but starting
a new relationship days before shipping out would be crazy.
Crash doesn’t realize his friend’s displeasure over him breaking
the ‘no sisters rule’ is nothing compared to what the insurgents have in store for
them in the Helmand
Province. Now, Crash’s new
objective is to get home alive and make Trish his.
We are honored to be able to bring you these stories for Veteran’s
Day. Won’t you share them with your friends and family, who love to read about the
men and women who protect and defend us every day?

Buy link:

About the Author

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing
after another.
Love is two fool things
after each other.
Sharon Hamilton
Sharon’s
award-winning spicy Navy SEAL stories in the SEAL Brotherhood series, have consistently
made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky
road to redemption through passion and true love.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve
read before, since they don’t go to ground and can walk around in the full light
of the sun.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are
sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one.
You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
She lives in Sonoma
County, California with
her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing,
she’s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking
for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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Fallen SEAL Legacy

In a departure from our usual format today, author Sharon
Hamilton is interviewing her character Nebraska
born and bred Navy SEAL Calvin “Coop” Cooper. After his own family has perished
in a tornado, Cooper is ordered to meet the family of a prominent San Diego psychiatrist. The
doctor’s brother is a fallen SEAL medic who died in Grenada. There, Cooper meets Libby Brownlee,
the beautiful niece of this fallen hero. Heavily influenced by her father, “We don’t
speak military here,” is her comment about the military in general, and the SEAL
community in particular.

What starts out as a frosty debate between two people privately
dealing with their own personal grief, turns into a passionate affair neither expected.
Just as Cooper realizes perhaps Libby is the woman he’s always been looking for,
she is snatched out from under him by a psychopathic killer bent on revenge.
Dr. Brownlee is forced to rely on Cooper’s help, along with his
buddies in SEAL Team 3. Will Cooper be able to survive the loss of the woman he
loves, or will his self sacrifice be enough to keep her safe?
Book: Fallen SEAL Legacy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy links:

Interview

Today I am pleased to do a character interview with Special
Operator (SO) Calvin Cooper, from SEAL Team 3, based in San Diego, California. I’ve been given a little cheat sheet on him, and so I’m going
to ask him some questions he probably wasn’t expecting.
Sharon: Tell me a bit about yourself and your
background.
Cooper: I was born
in Nebraska, near
Pender. My family was third generation farmers, having come over from Denmark in the early
1900’s. When I was little, my great grandfather used to read Hans Christian Andersen
stories to me at bedtime.
Sharon: Those sound like wonderful memories. What
did you like best about growing up on a farm?
Cooper: The way the
land looks after you’ve plowed it, the smell of the soil and the early morning sunlight.
Summers we worked sun up to sunset. Some day I hope to move back there, when the
time is right.
Sharon: I understand you experienced a tragedy
last year. Your whole family destroyed in a tornado. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Cooper: The farm,
my dad, mom, my sister and her husband and their little girl. And grandpa. Everyone.
All gone. My dog Bay survived. It was the lowest point in my entire life. I threw
myself back into my job. Wanted to go back to work in the worst way, but Chief Timmons
ordered me to meet the family of SO Brownlee, who had been killed in Grenada.
Sharon: That was significant, having you meet
the family of SO Brownlee. You carried his name engraved on your KAY-BAR, right?
Cooper: Yes, every
SEAL is awarded a KAY-BAR in a private ceremony before we get our Tridents. We carry
the name of a fallen SEAL. Chief Timmons wanted me to meet his family. Little did
he know I would find the girl of my dreams there.
Sharon: From what I’ve been told, they were none
too pleased to meet you.
Cooper: Kinda made
me mad at first. Not used to families who aren’t friendly toward our community.
Libby Brownlee was definitely the ice queen when I first met her. I think her father
had put notions in her head about what we are about.
Sharon: So tell me about your Team. What kind
of guys are you?
Cooper: We’re all
different. There’s Kyle, he’s our leader. Been on the teams for almost ten years,
always was a California
dude, if you know what I mean. Got himself a pretty little wife, Christy, who is
sort of our Team’s Realtor. Now has a baby. Kyle is an expert marksman, and a born
leader. He and Armando were swim buddies during BUD/S.
There’s Armando, but we call him Armani because he likes to dress
up. Native of Puerto Rico, he’s usually the one
all the ladies want. Very protective of his mother and his little sister, Mia. Armando
is an explosives expert. He’s also the best swimmer on the team, although I’m right
behind him.
Fredo is Mexican by heritage, grew up in LA. He’s our equipment
and radioman. He can rig a microphone anywhere and be able to track it remotely.
Also deadly with explosives. Don’t try to wrestle him, because he cheats. He’s in
love with Armani’s sister, but she won’t give him the time of day. He has a heart
the size of the ocean.
We got a new guy on the Team, LT Malcolm Jones, originally from
Texas. He actually
got an NFL contract but decided to go to the Academy instead. Never saw a guy run
so darned fast before. He can high jump over cars without breaking a sweat.
Sharon: But you haven’t told us what your expert
capabilities are.
Cooper: I’m the gadget
guy. I think I became a SEAL for the equipment and the toys. That’s what I used
to spend all my time and money on when I first joined up. I live in a motor home
at the beach, so I could save up to have every gadget known to man. Just bought
a great drone in Silicon Valley, which came in
mighty handy recently.
Sharon: I understand you are getting married shortly.
Cooper: Yes, Ma’am,
that’s affirmative. Libby made me the luckiest man on the planet when she agreed
to marry me.
Sharon: Other than the cool equipment, what do
you like about being a SEAL?
SEAL Endeavor
Cooper: I guess like
Kyle, I wanted to just see how far I could get. You never really know what you can
do until you test your limits. I just wanted to see, first of all, if I had what
it takes to become a SEAL. I didn’t get all macho about it. Bragging around the
place. Those are the fakers. Easy to spot. Tell everyone. That’s not the SEAL way.
Like Kyle, I feel lucky to have found something I love doing
at such an early age. I guess I would have remained on the farm in Nebraska if I’d washed out.
Never knew anything else. Never wanted to make millions of dollars, and sure as
heck they don’t pay you that when you’re on the Teams. But that’s not why we do
it. We love being the heroes that save the day. Get all the great girls. We get
to jump out of airplanes and helicopters at midnight. Sneak in and get out before
anyone knows we’ve been there. You need guys like us. I like that our country depends
on us to get our job done without drama. Leave the drama in the theater where it
belongs. We just get ‘er done.
Sharon: What advice would you give readers to
learn more about you and your Team buds?
Cooper: There’s tons
of stuff written about us, not all of it very accurate, of course. But we think
it’s funny how everyone wants to make us out to be superheroes. Hell, we even get
Superman and Spiderman underwear for special missions. We’re just plain guys doing
a job no one else can do. That’s a pretty cool thing when you think about it.
We’re trained to handle anything. Improvise. Learn from the enemy.
Observe mostly, talk little and never show off. So, let us be. Tell us thanks. That’s
the best thing anyone can do for us. Appreciate us. Because we love all of you.
Sharon: Well, Coop, I don’t think I could have
said it better myself. Keep yourself safe, and I hope we’ll get to hear more about
you and your buddies in the months and years to come.
Cooper: You bet. We’ll
be here. We’re always here, and we’re always ready.
What question would you ask SO Calvin Cooper if you had the chance?
What would you like to see the SEALs do in an upcoming story? Anything you’ve wanted
to know? Maybe I can get Coop to answer back.

About the Author

Sharon Hamilton
Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels,
Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie, and Vampires. She also has developed a series of
hot romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon
in that genre and the book ranked in the top 100 for 12 weeks in a row.
Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion
and true love–not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!
An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her
husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California,
where most of her stories take place.

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Accidental SEAL.

Sharon Hamilton, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your books, Accidental SEAL, and SEAL
Encounter. You also have books in this series coming soon, Fallen SEAL Legacy, and
prequel SEAL Endeavor. I understand that Accidental SEAL and SEAL
Encounter, are out now, and that they spent 12 weeks in
the Amazon top 100 for Romantic Suspense. They earned you a top 100 Amazon
author ranking in Romantic Suspense. Congratulations! Let’s get started on these books.

Genre: Contemporary Military
Romantic Suspense
Buy links:
Accidental SEAL: http://amzn.com/B008CM1ODU/
SEAL Encounter: (prequel/short):
http://amzn.com/B008CUKK7S/
Publisher: AL Publishing
Cover artist: Kendra Egert
Length: 90,000 words.
Heat rating: Hot, straight
sex, frank language, explicit.
Accidental SEAL
Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding
her first open house. Entering the wrong house, by accident, she finds the nude
sleeping body of a young man.
Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his AWOL Team
buddy, is staying at his buddy’s home while investigating the disappearance. When
someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn’t expect to find that
a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate’s abduction.
What starts out as a meeting by accident becomes a hot affair
neither one is ready for. Kyle is conflicted about getting Christy involved in his
mission, but his hand is forced when he learns the same San Diego gang responsible for his teammate’s
abduction has kidnapped her.
Battling a cadre of dirty law enforcements hell-bent on getting
military equipment, especially state-of-the-art firepower, Kyle is forced to admit
that he would be willing to die to protect her.

Interview with Kyle Lansdowne of Accidental
SEAL

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I’m a
simple guy. After the death of my mother, my father and I didn’t get along and the
Navy raised me, became my true family.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I’m not
special, I just don’t give up. Can’t stand to see innocents being abused. I like
being just one of the team, even though I lead them. I became a SEAL because I didn’t
have anything else at the time. Now it is different.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you
think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
I guess
I have a soft spot for the one woman in my life. Christy rocks my world. She is
ten times smarter than I am. I knew from the first time I held her she was special,
was the only one I could love. I would do anything to protect her. I thought she
deserved better than me at first.
What drives you to do the things you do? What
makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Just like
in BUD/S, I don’t ring the bell. While some Team guys think they are God’s gift
to women, I have that singleness of focus that allows me to do the job I’m asked
to do. I love my community with the Teams and our families. I feel so lucky I found
this job at such an early age.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
I love
freefalling, doing HALO jumps at midnight. I love my gear, all the fantastic equipment
I get to use. It turns me on going to Open Houses because of the way Christy and
I met.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old
would you be?
What a
dumb question.
A biography has been written about you. What
do you think the title would be in six words or less?
He likes
everything hard.
If money were not an object, where would you
most like to live?
I love
San Diego, maybe
live in one of those huge villas Christy gets to sell. Something with views of the
water.
What song would best describe your life?
For You,
by Keith Urban
If you were a tool, what would people use
you to do?
I’d be
a timing device on an IED.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I’d like
to own a gym like Gunny’s when I’m too old to do team work. Rather than own a store,
I’d rather have a place where Team guys could come and hang out, like a SEAL bar.
I’d like to stay in the community I’m in, even when I’ve got kids old enough to
join the Teams.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about
school?
Sports.
Played I tried out for every sport. Had coaches on my case all the time about giving
up other sports to play for them. Never worked.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to
do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
You’ll
see it in Chapter 1 of Accidental SEAL – I tied Christy up in her own pantyhose
when she surprised me at the open house. Of course, she made the mistake and went
to the wrong house, but I still feel real bad about that.
If you came with a warning label, what would
it say?
Let me
come to you.
Please
Fill in the Blanks as Kyle
I love pizza with everything
on it
.
I’m always ready for sex
with Christy. Wild, wicked sex.
When I’m alone, I think
too much
.
You’d never be able to
tell, but I’m kinda shy.
If I had a halo it would be titanium, but burnished, not shiny.
If I could have ten
kids
I would if Christy would let me.
I can never forget the
past or where I came from
because I am an ordinary man.
About
the Author
Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels,
Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and Vampires. She also has developed a series of hot
romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon
in that genre. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion
and true love—not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!
An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her
husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California,
where most of her stories take place.

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Brothers in Arms 

Today I have a special treat: two interviews by the heroes of Brothers in Arms by Kendall McKenna. I’m turning the blog over to her. Take it away, Kendall!

– – –

I’ve written a story called Brothers In Arms. It’s not your
typical m/m erotic romance, in that it’s pretty heavy on plot, action and
mystery. There’s a romance, to be sure. And the times the guys do get together,
it’s scorching! The two main characters are Jonah Carver and Kellan Reynolds.
Jonah is an active duty Recon Marine. Kellan used to be Jonah’s platoon
commander in the beginning of the war in Iraq. They’re a couple of smart,
competent bad-asses.
As if serving in combat together wasn’t enough, these two
found themselves at the center of an international mystery that they had to
resolve, while staying alive, and rekindling their romance. When the bad guys
made the mistake of snatching Kellan, you can imagine Jonah’s reaction.
First, I’d like to introduce you to each of the guys in
turn, and then let them answer some questions in their own voices. I think
you’ll find Kellan a little more forthcoming than Jonah, but that’s just how
Jonah is.

Kellan Reynolds: CEO, author, retired Recon Marine Corps
Captain.

What is Kellan like?
Kellan is an intellectual man of action. He’s thoughtful and
methodical, but when the situation calls for action, he doesn’t hesitate. He’s
ambitious, and focused, not afraid to actively pursue what he wants. Kellan
belongs in a bygone era. He believes in, and actually lives by, words such as
duty, honor, and integrity. Kellan is charismatic, very much a natural leader. He’s
got a sense of humor he keeps under wraps, except with those closest to him,
namely Jonah.
What would Kellan say is his strongest point?
His intellect. Kellan believes his ability to think through
issues is his biggest strength. He’d even go so far as to say he’s able to
think his way through the opposing side of an issue.
Does Kellan think he has a weakness?
Yes. He believes his weakness is his tendency to worry about
his public image. But, if you catch him in a weak moment, he’ll jokingly tell
you that his only weakness is Jonah.
What does Jonah think Kellan’s weakness is?
Jonah thinks Kellan is damn hear perfect. If pressed, he’ll
tell you that if Kellan has a weakness, it’s that he’s too careful, that he
doesn’t push back as soon as he should, when someone pushes him.
What drives Kellan to do the things he does? What
makes him want to be the “good guy?”
The thing to understand about Kellan is that, he is the
“good guy”. He truly believes it’s his duty to do the right thing. It would
never occur to him to do anything else, or anything less.
What’s your main character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Sex with Jonah.

Now, I’d like to ask Kellan some questions, directly. Let’s
get his take on a few things.

A biography has been written about you. What do you
think the title would be in six words or less?
I’ve already written it. It’s called ‘Brotherhood of
Warriors’.
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Wherever Jonah would want to live. I know he likes Southern
California for the surfing, but Hawaii
is even better for the kinds of outdoor sports he enjoys.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I’d be a measuring tape. People would use me to ensure
everything fits the way it’s supposed to.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
English class. English Lit. English Composition. Anything to
do with reading and language.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
I don’t need a warning label. I’m pretty user friendly.
I love pizza with everything but anchovies.
I’m always ready for the unexpected.
When I’m alone, I text Jonah.
You’d never be able to tell, but sometimes I miss being a
Marine.
If I had a halo it would be stuffed
in a drawer under my socks.
If I could fly I’d take Jonah someplace he’s
always wanted to go.

Next, I’d like to introduce you to Gunnery Sergeant Jonah
Carver: Recon Marine.

What is Jonah like?
Jonah is a prickly son-of-a-bitch. He’s extremely smart and
extraordinarily competent. He does not suffer fools gladly. He’s got a biting
wit. He’s so good at being a Marine, he inspires awe in many, and intimidates
others. And he could give a damn. He’s not overly social, but when engaged, is
quite humorous.
What would Jonah say is his strongest point?
Jonah believes his strongest point is that he is the best
damn Marine he can possibly be.
Does Jonah think he has a weakness?
Not that he would admit to out loud. If you catch him in a
weak moment, he might admit that Kellan is his only weakness.
What does Kellan think Jonah’s weakness is?
His dislike of other people. Kellan sometimes wishes Jonah
wouldn’t be quite so stand-offish, and would cut others some slack.
What drives Jonah to do the things he does? What makes
him want to be the “good guy?”
Jonah is a Marine. Semper Fidelis. As far as Jonah is
concerned, there is no other way for him to be.
What’s your main character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
80’s music. Tech gadgets. Kellan.

Now it’s time to ask Jonah a few questions, and get his
unique take on things.

A biography has been written about you. What do you
think the title would be in six words or less?
He Hated Incompetent People
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Australia.
New Zealand.
Hawaii.
Anywhere the sun and the surfing is good. Kellan can’t be out of D.C. for very
long or he starts to get twitchy, so, I’d probably have to settle for Miami. Just so we could
be on the east coast.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I am not a tool. I am a weapon. The right weapon for the
job.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The first day of summer vacation.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Stupid people will be shot on sight.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as the character)

I love pizza with beer.
I’m always ready for sex.
When I’m alone, I text Kellan.
You’d never be able to tell, but if you can’t tell, why
would I tell you? I lose the advantage that way.
If I had a halo it would be something
my niece made for me from construction paper and glitter. Doesn’t mean I’d wear
it.
If I could fly I’d take Kellan anywhere he wanted
to go.

About the Author

Kendall McKenna’s first work of fiction was written at the
worldly age of nine, and was a transformative work that expanded on the story
told in a popular song of the time. She tried her hand at vampire and cowboy
fiction, winning high school poetry and short story contests along the way. It
wasn’t until she discovered the world of m/m erotic fiction and found her
stride with cops, Marines and muscle cars, that she felt inspired to share her
stories with readers who enjoy the same things. Kendall was born and raised in Southern California, where she still lives and works. A
non-conventional relationship has kept her happy for the last decade. Her four
dogs enjoy it when she writes, as she sits still long enough for them to curl
up around her.

Books Coming Soon

Waves Break My Fall

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A World Apart 

Camelia Miron Skiba’s hero, Major David Hunt in A World Apart, is the interviewee today. Let’s meet this fascinating character!

Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Major David Hunt is a trauma surgeon for the US Air Force deployed to the Black Sea during the Iraq Invasion. His traits—service to God and country, sacrifice, professionalism, honor, courage, heroism, and compassion—epitomize our image of the American soldier. Yet, David is not infallible; he’s stubborn, uncommunicative, and by-the-book to a fault.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
Patriotism. Impeccable career as a fourth generation soldier and using his talent as a distinguished trauma surgeon to serve his country.
Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
He’s weakness is clouded judgment caused by … Romanian Lt. Cassandra Toma trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army. She’s deployed at the same military base as David. He’s unable to resist her even when she breaks military procedures and is more stubborn than “the mother of all mules.” Cassandra hates judgmental, arrogant, and rigid people, qualities she believes David embodies. He has no enemies.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the “good guy?”
David is driven by his sense of honor and his duty as a soldier and as a doctor. His priorities are saving lives and keeping Cassandra safe at all costs. In doing so he becomes a controlling nut, butting heads with her, which drives them apart.
What’s your main character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Music—the thing that frees him from his leadership responsibilities if only for a short time. That and his love of Cassandra, which drives him to take actions that he never could have foreseen in himself.
Answered as Major David Hunt
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
I feel as if I lived many lives. War takes you to a different dimension, where life measures in fleeting moments, priceless in saving one’s life. In the time that stretches between incoming casualties I feel old. When the Blackhawks are on approach and the adrenalin is kicking, I feel 18.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
As an active officer I’ll live wherever my country needs me.
What song would best describe your life?
Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.”
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
A scalpel–precise, wielded with skill, it’s confident and serves a specific purpose.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
English is Cassandra’s second language. She’s actually cute saying something when she actually means something else. Once she told me to write her off instead of write her up. She calls jerky beef instead of beef jerky.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Just do it! Take no shit. Handle with care. Fragile. Hot to the touch. Keep out of reach of children. For adult use only. Store in a dry place. Harmful if swallowed. Refrigerate after opening. Can’t touch this. Hammer time. Do what I say, not what I do. I’m too sexy for this shirt. If you don’t know where you are, you don’t belong here. Carpe Diem!

About the Author

I Write. I Love. I Dream. I Write.
I’m Chris’ wife, Patrick’s mom and Bella’s owner. During the day, I’m the assistant to the Director at SESE at Arizona State University, and romance’s slave at night.
I moved to the U.S eight years ago, following my heart and the man who stole it. I love comedies, historical dramas and happily-ever-after stories. English is not my native, not my second, but my third language.
Camelia M. Skiba
Some fun facts about me:
Each year I participate in one big event that requires me to physically train. My biggest sportive accomplishment was the 3-day 60-mile Susan G. Komen Walk.
Annually I pick a color I decree my favorite (this year it’s salmon).
I refused to text until 2010, always preferring to hear voices rather than sending emotionless messages. Politics bore me to death and I have no tolerance for arrogance.
“A World Apart” is my second book. My debut novel “Hidden Heart” came out March 2011.
Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with ham or bacon.
I’m always ready for a comedy.
When I’m alone, I write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m actually shy.
If I had a halo it would be a rainbow.
If I could clone my dog I’d do it.
I can never be drunk because I don’t drink.

About the Book

In a war that’s not hers, she loses everything.
Everything she loses is because of him.
Forgiveness is not an option.
Or maybe…
Lieutenant Cassandra Toma, trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army starts her deployment at a joint-unit air base on a wrong foot, clashing on her first day with her new commander, Major David Hunt. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room—the only reason why she’s not reprimanded, or maybe not the only reason.
They meet. They clash. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq. Their flame was supposed to be over when destiny brings them back under the same roof, this time with a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol.
To rescue Robert, Cassandra and David put aside their resentments, uniting forces against a common enemy. Trying to forget the painful past, Cassandra opens up to give David—and their love—another chance. What she doesn’t realize is that her anguish is the result of David’s impetuous action—one reckless choice he made for which she may never forgive him.
His mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found. 
 
 
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