HARD TO HOLD: Hold Book 1
The Special Ops hero feared nothing -until he met a woman too hot to hold…
Lt. Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: Smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. Not easy to do when the gorgeous hostage happens to be a senator’s daughter —and about as easy to resist as an oasis in the desert…
If it weren’t for Jake, Isabelle would still be halfway across the world, where rebel forces left her for dead. The Special Ops warrior may have saved her life, but she doesn’t need him to protect her now. Tell that to the ruggedly handsome hunk in full battle fatigues who’s just been assigned Isabelle’s personal bodyguard. Close quarters aside, Isabelle won’t let Jake anywhere near her heart — until danger throws them together again…and nothing in the jungles of wildest Africa could prepare them for a passion this wild. This crazy. This hot…
And then USA Today interviewed…all of me today.
So, I’ve got another name, besides Tyler and Croft 🙂 And I’ll be at RT as…all of them! It’s been a wild and fun ride and I’m thrilled to find out that I’ve got a lot of readers who’ve actually been reading all the names without realizing it. Very cool!
What does this mean for Tyler? Well, it’s really just business as usual around here. The Vipers MC books and the SE Jakes Havoc MC books will be sharing an overreaching universe (ie, I’ll be mentioning the Tyler MC in the Jakes books), but there’s no crossover storylines in the books (which means you won’t be missing any of the Vipers story if you only read the Tyler books and vice-versa). But if you’re interested in what SE Jakes has to offer, you can check out SEJakes.com. And Sydney Croft will also be writing a novella for Riptide’s Charity Antho this year, which comes out in November.
And next week, Salvation: Defiance 3 comes out! So MCs for all!
I’ve been writing SEJ since March of 2011, and I write for both Samhain and Riptide while continuing Tyler and Croft. So, I’ve been busy. Good busy, though.
Hey guys, can you please pass along on your blogs, Facebooks and Twitter that SEAL of My DREAMS, the charity anthology that benefits Veterans research, is only $1.99 on Amazon Kindle today! It was chosen by Amazon to be past of their special promotion. 100% of the monies raised goes to charity.
We’ve raised $130,000 so far – and I’m hoping that number will see a nice big spike after today!!! If you’ve already got a copy, maybe think about gifting someone?! 🙂
I was interviewed about SEAL of My Dreams (and other things) over at the USA Today Blog – you can read the whole thing here. In the month of November (release month) the book earned about $46K for the Veterans Medical Research Foundation, so all the contributing authors are thrilled!!! Thanks for all your support – you all went out and bought and talked the antho up – it’s for such a good cause!
So, in honor of that, I’m going to give away two signed ARCs of DIRE NEEDS! The contest ends at 10PM EST, and all you have to do to be entered is to tell me what upcoming books you’re most looking forward to in the comments below. I always end up with a huge list of books to buy when I ask this question.
Okay, a few updates before I head back to the deadline cave where I resided for the better half of the last year 🙂 It’s likely not to change, which is a very, very good thing.
Obviously, my website has been revamped – it’s it gorgeous?! Waxcreative, as always, exceeded my expectations! So now it reflected the wolf as well as the romantic suspenses and I think it ties in so well.
Wax also redid the Sydney Croft page as well!
For those who’ve been asking about poor Reid and Grier from Night Moves, yes, I totally plan to do something for them before the new suspense series begins in 2013 – I promise to keep you posted!
Other than that, I’m diving into the first of the new romantic suspense series – the book is currently titled Unbreakable and the series is called Section 8. I just handed in book 2 in the Eternal Wolf Clan series and I’m getting ready for a blog tour for the upcoming releases. And, I’m also going to try to blog here more.
Stop laughing. Just keep staring at Rifter over there on the left. And I’ll update here for the blog tour because there will be giveaways along the way! Hope everyone’s doing well and having a good start to 2012 – we had our first dusting of snow last night so it’s finally starting to feel like winter. I like winter. Probably because I commute from the bedroom to the kitchen and back…
There are several upcoming projects I’m really excited about, but none means more than being part of the SEAL OF MY DREAMS anthology. All proceeds go to Veterans Medical Research and I’m so grateful to have a chance to give back to these heroes! I’m buying zillions of copies and everyone’s getting them for Christmas – everyone! The authors I’m side by side with are amazing and I can’t wait until release day – November 11th – Veteran’s Day! And yes, it will be available in both print and eBook format, thanks to Belle Books!
My short story is connected to the HOLD series – you’ll see Jake and Chris and Jamie and Nick and the rest of the gang. We were only supposed to write 5K and mine is close to 8K, so I cheated a little. But there was so much more I wanted to write! I’m definitely not done with this series and I’ve got plans, plans I tell you.
Anyway, as always, it’s been busy here, but Fall is always my favorite season. I think it has something to do with school starting and having taught, but I always view September as the beginning for me. I tend to get a huge bulk of writing done during this time too – I also plan for new projects as well.
I’m often asked how I write, how I stay focused, etc. In fact, Sarah just asked me on Twitter last night! If you’ve been visiting this blog for a while, you’ve heard this before, but I like to talk about my process in case there are new writers out there who think there’s only one way to do things.
There’s not. And when I first started out, I didn’t know that. I couldn’t finish a book to save my life and couldn’t figure out why. Somehow, I’d gotten it into my head that a book needed to be written in order.
The big secret? It doesn’t. You can write out of order! You can write the end first, the middle first, you can jump all around. At some point, of course, you have to pull the whole thing together, but until then, get it written any way you can. I typically see the big moments first, and I tend to write those first. I write down anything and everything that comes to mind. But the key is, I’m always writing – because I have to for my contracts, but more so because I love writing. I can’t not write.
I also write several books at once. I don’t plot much, so this definitely helps my productivity. I’m always moving forward on something. Obviously, the contracted work that’s due next is the priority, but I usually have a couple of things with close due dates, plus copy edits, etc. And somehow, the big mishmash all works for me. I’m a really organized person, and writing in a disorganized way works because I can see the bigger picture – I keep my eye on it the entire time and I know I can pull together the puzzle in the end. Is it the easiest way to write? I don’t know, but it’s the only way I can, and I’ve tried others. But I’ve written somewhere in the vicinity of 20 books or more and at this point, it’s my process and I’m sticking with it.
As we approach NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November) I’ll try to talk more about process and publishing and the like. If you’ve got anything specific you’d like me to talk about, feel free to put it in comments or drop me an email via my contact page!