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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?

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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.

Find Me Here

Hidden Diversions

Romance Lives Forever welcomes
Selena Illyria to the blog for an article on writing and writer’s block. This article
could have come from my own heart – after reading it, I felt I knew my friend Selena
much better. If you’re a writer, you owe it to yourself to read this. If you’re
a reader, this might make you appreciate writers a little bit more.
I’ve been
meaning to write this blog for quite some time but something or other always came
up. Over the past few months I’ve been having computer issues so that didn’t help.
Those issues made both editing and writing difficult. I was in panic mode during
those times; it was a fight to get in every edit or finish a sentence. After I turned
in my edits, which was a relief, I still had a book to finish but soon it became
evident that my old laptop wasn’t up to the task. Recently, I was able to get a
new laptop that would allow me to continue with writing and other things, which
was a relief. That sentiment didn’t last long.
As I waded
back into the world of writing it became clear that I was in trouble. For weeks
I’d been going around in manic mode to get things done. And once my edits were done,
I started to seep into depression with every day that I didn’t get to write or I
didn’t get to write enough. That depression turned to anger and stress. I became
mired in frustration at my inability to get anything done. I thought that getting
a new computer would help with all those emotions. It didn’t.
Now I
was in a new form of hell. One where every word was like pulling teeth or mucking
through molasses. No word was right or enough. I found myself falling backward into
old bad habits that I’d been trying to break after my burnout a year before. I became
angry at myself, frustrated that it wasn’t as easy at it once was. That my mind,
fingers and brain didn’t seem to want to cooperate or work with each other like
they used to. Even though I knew I couldn’t go back, I still wanted to recapture
that hubristic little shit that I was when I first started. When you finish your
first book and get it published you’re on a high. You can do anything, write anything.
Book after book can pour out of you like water. Phrases like writer’s block or burnout
don’t even apply. They’re like distant lands you’ll never visit and have no intention
of stopping in, not even for a moment. Those two things would never happen to you,
because you’re kick-ass, you’re made of so much awesome sauce that it comes out
of your pores.
Yeah right.
Then they both come and you get your ass handed to you, even if it’s temporary or
lasts longer than a week or month. The first time burnout happened to me, I needed
a few weeks to recover. Then those periods lasted longer and longer until it seem
never-ending. Now, I find myself in a new kind of Hades, one where I can finally
write but the words aren’t coming. Everything I put down sucks and my internal editor
is playing kickball with every sentence, comma, and my confidence.
The one
thing you never truly understand until you become a writer is that it’s truly a
solitary career. No one else can write what you write. Your editors can clean up
your work, improve your voice, and your publishers can put out your books, but in
the end, they can’t write them for you. They don’t have your voice or vision or
phrasing. You can write with a partner but you still have to pull your own weight.
And none of those people can give you confidence when you fall down or start to
wonder how you could ever have gotten published in the first place. Things get doubled
or tripled if you have people in your life that question why you write or make you
feel like crap because you don’t have “a real job.”
After
much wallowing, hiding in reading “comfort books” and pretending that
I’d get to writing the next day, eventually I had to stop hiding. So, I opened my
story and got back to work. Unfortunately I’d ended with a sex scene. Nothing says
sexy like depression. *rolls eyes* And that’s when the self-doubt and self-hatred
started. Writing the sex scene was painful and I’m still not done with it. Nothing
about it screamed emotional or enticing. I had to stop before I sabotaged myself,
but I still had to write. So, I put away that story, for now, to try a palate cleanser,
to write something that wasn’t contracted and something that wasn’t paranormal (which
the other story was). It wasn’t perfect, if an editor saw it there would be lots
of knuckle wrapping and tsk, tsk, tsking, but in the end I’d written something,
anything and it was pretty good. I had accomplished something.
Recovering
from all the pain, heartache, self-doubt, frustration, writer’s block, and writer’s
fear will take time, and baby steps. But in the end I am a writer and damn it, this
is what I’m meant to do. Even if it is painful, it’s my job and I love it even if
it can be a pain in the ass at times. Also, I know that I’ll make it through this
patch because I’m surrounded by awesome people. One more thing: I’m stubborn.
For more information about
Selena’s latest release:
Blurb:
Their passion may be the
death of them…
Werewolf Chief of Police
Torger, is running into walls while tracking the Draven’s Crossing serial killer.
No matter what he tries to do, he can’t find the clues needed to stop the terror
that stalks the streets of his city. Things aren’t helped by his attraction to the
dragon shifter and Draven City News Reporter, Isadora Jones. With political pressure
and bodies mounting, can he get through all these distractions and find the truth
before it’s too late?
Reporter Isadora Jones wants
to help with the investigation into the serial killer but Torger refuses to let
her. She decides to do it on her own, but her world goes upside down when the killer
sets his sights on her. Under Torger’s protection, they start to put the pieces
together but will it be too late for them?
Things go from bad
to worse when another killer appears. Draven’s Crossing just got a whole lot more
dangerous.
Buy Links:
Purple Sword Publications:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
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Mimi Barbour – My Cheeky Angel.

Because it took me hours of ‘How-to’ video watching, bombarding my friends who helped me get started with questions and more questions, and then multiple times to finally get my work uploaded cleanly, I decided to write these steps for myself in case I ever decide to self-pub again. Then I wondered if these steps wouldn’t save others the frustration and desk pounding that I suffered when I tried to do it without the proper knowledge. Now, having said that, I have no idea if a professional would agree with this guide as I’ve written it. Maybe there’s a better way to describe the procedure, or I might have missed something that didn’t affect my work, and if so I apologize. But I wanted to write it in such a way that, if months go by and my memory dims, (more than likely) these 12 steps will remind me clearly and concisely.

1 – Take a copy of your manuscript and clearly rename it so you know which copy you’re working on.

2 – If you’ve gotten the word doc from your Editor, and there are red edits showing, once you have finished making all the changes, go to ‘Tools/Track Changes/Highlight Changes’ and unclick the box at the top that says ‘Track Changes While Editing’. This should clear your document of editing suggestions and changes.

3 – Check for spelling errors…even if you’ve done this before, it’s best to go over it one last time.

4 – Go to ‘View’ and click off the ‘Ruler’.

5 – Go to ‘Edit/Select all’ so that your document is highlighted, and then go to the toolbar above and make sure that you are using the ‘Normal/Times New Roman/ 12 Font’.

6 – Now you will put on the ‘Show/Hide’ paragraph option that’s on your toolbar and looks like a backwards-P. Once you do this, your spaces, new paragraphs, line breaks and all the inner workings of your document will be visible.

7 – In case you tab the 5 spaces in to begin a new paragraph, (as I do) these must all be cleared. Go to ‘Edit/Find/Replace’ and on the top line that says ‘Find What’ hit the space bar five times (nothing will be visible). Then leave the ‘Replace With’ line empty and go to ‘Replace All’. Then do the same thing again for 4 spaces, 3 spaces and 2 spaces. DO NOT do this for 1 space.

8 – Now clear any spaces before the paragraph mark by going to ‘Edit/Find/Replace/More/Special/Paragraph Mark’ and then hit the space bar once. Then click on the next line ‘Replace With’ and go to ‘Special/Paragraph Mark’. This will clear away the extra spaces once you click on ‘replace all’. I would do this same routine again in case there were two spaces.

If you tab in for new paragraphs, do this same manoeuvre for ‘tab characters’ and clear them. And once again for ‘manual line breaks’ only clear each one of these manually instead of using the ‘replace all’ feature.

9 – Formatting paragraphs – you will go to the toolbar and click on ‘Format/Paragraph/Alignment’ and click on left. Then on the same page go to ‘Special’ and click on First line, and then go to ‘By’ and set in 0.5″ and last go to ‘Line spacing’ and click on Double.

10 – Now go to ‘Edit/Find’ and type in the word Chapter. Starting at the top of your document, make sure that each of the chapter headings are either centered by clicking on the center function on your toolbar, or if you prefer the chapter headings to be on the left, reposition them now so they are no longer indented.
At the same time check to be sure there is a page break before each new chapter. To do this, position your cursor just before the ‘C’ of the word Chapter and go to ‘Insert/Break/Page Break.

11 – Fix any scene breaks (***) by centering them.

12 – Next, go to ‘File’ and then to ‘Properties/Summary’ where you should fill in the information—especially the line that asks for the key words for your manuscript such as Romance, Paranormal, etc.
At this point add your cover and centre it, then the copywrite page, and if you want, a dedication page it can be put here at the beginning of your document. Make sure to keep the lines spaced so the writing will fit on one page. Put in page breaks where you wish to have a new page. Remember, if you leave too many empty lines (more than 5) Kindle will automatically leave an empty page.

Now it’s time to go to Kindle Direct Publishing and get started!

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