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Lindsay McKenna | Course of Action: The Rescue
Author Guest / September 9, 2014

COURSE OF ACTION: THE RESCUE, continues Merline Lovelace and my own 3-book series with the release of Book 2 of 3. These are stories of six high school football heroes and best friends who, after graduation, joined the military. Each of them ended up in black ops in their different branches of service. Harlequin Romantic Suspense, September 1, 2014. Available in ebook (all platforms) and paperback. These books can be read independent of one another or as a series. Book 1 came out via HRS november, 2013. Book 2 is out now. Book 3, the final one of this series, will come out late in 2016. Book 2 brings Josh Patterson (Jaguar Night) and Jack Halliday’s (Amazon Gold) stories to you. About Lindsay McKenna’s Jaguar Night Recon Marine Staff Sergeant Josh Patterson didn’t see it coming. As a high school athlete, he and five other young men known as the Sidewinders, took Texas football championship twice in four years. They came from a Podunk Panhandle area of Texas known as Rush City. It was a struggling ranching community out in the middle of nowhere. These six football heroes had teamwork, heart and were competitive. Each of them upon graduation, went…

Victoria Roberts | My Highland Spy
Author Guest / September 9, 2014

Out of all the places in the world to travel, Belgium had never come to mind. Not for any particular reason, but I thought there were far more interesting places to visit like Scotland, England, Ireland, and perhaps France and Italy. Frankly, Belgium was never on my radar as a must-see. So when my sister asked me to tag along with her on a business trip for my birthday, I thought what could be better than spending an entire week in Europe with my sister? I was right. Nothing could be better. When my sister and I left the Belgium airport, she warned me that the scenery was very much like the PA Turnpike. She was pretty much right. There’s a farm. There’s another farm. I think you get the picture. I started to think my week was going to be very long. But as if the clouds parted and the sun decided to make a grand entrance, we reached the city of Antwerpen. The first thing I noticed was the amazing architecture. There were quaint cobblestone streets, men, women and children who rode bikes everywhere—churches, cathedrals, markets, shops, I was never so happy to be in my element. I…

Emma Elliot | Blurred Lines Between Friends and Foes
Author Guest / September 9, 2014

You know how to relate to people when you know where you stand with them, when you know of their agendas toward you and their attitudes, when you know what motivates them in their interaction with you. Understanding those aspects affects your approach to the relationship. When there’s a lack of clarity regarding those aspects, you’re left in a more vulnerable position. In AS DARKNESS GATHERS, increasingly frightening events make Finch question those around her. Someone wants to hurt her, and she isn’t sure whom she can trust. I think Finch navigates this uncertainty with a lot more aplomb than I probably would. She’s afraid and angry, of course, but she doesn’t allow it to cripple her. She refuses to be cowed and doesn’t allow the experience to make her bitter. She doesn’t let herself become paranoid, and I think if I were in the same situation I would have a difficult time not allowing the suspicion to control me. She has a lot of grace and strength of character, even as she struggles to determine whether those she loves are the ones she can trust. About AS DARKNESS GATHERS When their plane goes down in the Canadian wilderness, Finch…

M.L. Buchman | An Alpha To the End
Author Guest / September 9, 2014

I’ve watched her shoot dozens of times. I still don’t know how she does it.” Bill blinked at that. He was amazed by the shot. But the man sitting beside him was the senior Delta Force operator on the planet, and even he couldn’t unravel the technique. “It’s pure instinct. That’s the only possible explanation.” Michael looked over at him. “Is that what you do?” Now it was Bill’s turn to feel uncertain. He had trained thousands of hours to turn learned skills into instinct. “No, because I don’t have a gift. I have to train like any other fool.” Billy the SEAL is of course, as any alpha would, understating his role as the hero of LIGHT UP THE NIGHT (the latest installment in my Night Stalkers series that follow the exceptional first women of the U.S. Army’s SOAR helicopter regiment and the men they deserve). Just as the senior Delta Force operator is daunted by this shot, Bill is daunted by the woman who saved his life, Trisha O’Malley. The fact that he is a SEAL serving undercover in Somalia, the fact that a Delta operator has chosen him as his right hand of a dangerous and complex…

Stone Bastion | A Woman’s Guide to a Man’s Point of View
Author Guest / September 9, 2014

Men are Direct… There. You have the answer on how to understand the male point of view. Thank you for listening. Oh, you want further details of how men view life? Some insight from their point of view?  Okay, sure. Here are some nuggets: Primal… When it comes to a female in a man’s life, he’s constantly in threat-assessment mode. When a woman simply wants a hug when she’s upset, men are looking how to “fix” what is wrong: eliminate threats first, care for emotions second. Solutions… A man speaks his mind and is driven by the facts of any given circumstance. Men always want to solve the puzzle. Or, as needed, eliminate the threat. (See above.) Adrenaline… It is incredibly addictive for men. Addictive to the level of combining all the great things in life together in one source and then multiplying that times a billion. Adrenaline draws out a level of mental clarity that can be described as playing a five-level chess game—while simultaneously solving large-scale world issues. All this happens with few spoken words. Thoughts… Men think in a linear format, one topic at a time. Though when adrenaline flows, those topics fly by at the speed…

Lauren Blakely | Men in Uniform
Author Guest / September 9, 2014

One of the immutable truths of romance fiction is this — men in uniform are undeniably sexy. Doesn’t matter if the man is a soldier, a sailor, a cop, or a fireman. The uniform is like a catnip to many women, myself included. Especially a fireman’s uniform. Be it the navy blue T-shirts, the beige turnouts, or the dress uniform — all are hot in novels and in real life. I’ll be the first to admit that I stare unabashedly when we drive past the firehouse that’s one-quarter miles away from our home. (By the way, have I mentioned how awesome it is that we live near a firehouse? BECAUSE IT IS! It is equally awesome that the men are often seen drinking coffee at the nearby coffee shop, providing yet another opportunity for ogling as I run my morning errands.) And since I know I’m not the only woman who loves a fireman, that’s why I chose to write about hot firemen in my Fighting Fire series that includes BURN FOR ME and my newest release MELT FOR HIM. But what is it about firemen in particular that can cause such jaw dropping and neck craning on the part…