It’s release day for Unbreakable!

Unbreakable is book 2 in the Section 8 series, and it’s available today!  

A cabal of operatives with dangerous pasts team up to work black ops missions. Their weapon: deception. Can they help one of their own before he goes too far?

When Gunner agreed to help out Section 8, he didn’t realize he’d be pulled back in to the shadowy world he’d thought he’d escaped forever. The son of double agents, Gunner was initiated at a young age into the cold world of espionage when his father forced him to work for international smuggler Drew Landon. And when Gunner’s past with Landon threatens the other mercenaries, and most importantly, Avery, he makes an impossible choice…and disappears.

Avery’s not willing to give up on Gunner. The attraction between them has been there from the start and she rallies Section 8 to help him. She knows there’s only one way to keep Gunner safe: fake his death and take him off the grid. But when she finally locates him, Gunner is a changed man, harder, more desperate, and on the edge of self-destruction. And only Avery can find a way to free him from Landon—and from the demons of his past—before it’s too late.

You can read an excerpt here and find order links here!

Now, for the giveaways!  Please head on over to my Facebook page and learn about Bookgasm 2013!  I’m participating with the wonderful Pamela Claire, Thea Harrison, Jessica Scott, Jill Shalvis and Julie Ann Walker (I’m in amazing company for release day!) – and we’re all giving away our backlist titles!

Bookgasm Final

SEAL of My DREAMS – $1.99 on Amazon Kindle!!!

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?!  :)

 

My interview is up at the HEA USA Today Blog!

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.

 

 

SEAL of My Dreams site up & running!

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!

 

 

 

New site, new covers!

Welcome to the new site!  I just adore it – and everyone at Waxcreative – for doing such an awesome job!  It’s everything I wanted and I love the new look and I’m so excited to finally share it with you all.

I’m also excited to share the covers for Hard To Hold (aka Jake’s book) and Too Hot To Hold (Nick’s Book).  And yes, I know they’re up on the site already but that doesn’t mean I won’t show them off here too.  Chris’s cover is done except for tagline and quotes, and I’ll be able to show Hold on Tight soon.  For now, you’ll have to content yourself with these two.

HARD TO HOLD

available September 29, 2009

Maximum danger.
Maximum desire. 
And holding on for dear life…

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….

 

TOO HOT TO HOLD

available November 24, 2009

Together, they’re an explosion waiting to happen

He’s an elite Navy SEAL living a risky double life. She’s the gorgeous reporter hot on his trail.

Nick Devane’s life is one big, classified secret. Until Kaylee Smith busts his covert world wide open, threatening to blow his cover. Digging around where she doesn’t belong could get them both killed…especially when the beautiful journalist uncovers top-secret information that could set off a global disaster if it falls into the wrong hands. Nick can’t let that happen, even if he has to battle deadly mercenaries and an irresistible attraction that is all consuming…

Kaylee didn’t expect her search for her missing ex-husband to lead to this sexy and dangerous SEAL. Now she’s teamed up with Nick on a mission that takes them into deepest Africa–and into the middle of a massive government cover-up. With rogue agents hot on their trail, Kaylee’s going to unearth all Nick’s secrets. Before they both vanish without a trace. Before the passion burning between them sets off an explosion no one may survive…

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So, what do you think?

more quotes

As promised, here are some motivational SEAL / Military quotes to get us through our first official NaNo weekend. Remember, unless you want to be the one who wins the MRE from Larissa’s contest, you’d better get writing. (Did I mention she sent me the veggie burger MRE? I think I need to spend some time doing a full blog pictorial this weekend of the husband eating it. Because I’m certainly not…)

“The only easy day was yesterday.” – Navy SEAL Motto (especially if you screwed around and didn’t make your page count)

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” – Various Special Ops Instructors (remember this when the carpal tunnel kicks in)

Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” - From sign in SEAL training facility (Sir Winston Churchill) (chocolate helps too, as do Margaritas…)

“We ain’t making no goddamn cornflakes here.” - Col. Charlie Beckwith, founder of Delta Force (I think this is what I’m going to start telling non-writing people who ask me what I do on the computer all day long)

“Anybody who doesn’t have fear is an idiot. It’s just that you must make the fear work for you. Hell, when somebody shot at me, it made me madder than hell, and all I wanted to do was shoot back.” – General Robin Olds, USAF. (I can apply this to writing, can’t I?)

“Know and use all the capabilities in your airplane. If you don’t, sooner or later, some guy who does use them all will kick your ass.”– Dave ‘Preacher’ Pace (Just replace airplane with the word imagination)

“We want to be in a situation under maximum pressure, maximum intensity, and maximum danger. When it’s shared with others, it provides a bond which is stronger than any tie that can exist.” - SEAL Team Six Officer (kind of like all of us in NaNo together. Sort of…)

“If you’re not gonna pull the trigger, don’t point the gun.” - James Baker (this totally relates to writing…)

“Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.” –Ferdinand Foch– at the Battle of the Marne (sounds like me when I’m pressed hard enough to open Word and start writing)

“Live for something rather than die for nothing.”- George Patton (enough said)

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.” – Mark Twain (I had to include a writer’s quote, and I just love this one)

And, in honor of Jarhead:

How To Tell if You’re Too ‘Hoorah’

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