Okay, so you’ve got the Hard to Hold long excerpt (basically all of Chapter 1 except for a few first paragraphs that were actually excerpted in the back of Hot Nights, Dark Desires. And then I gave you a sneak peek in early July that dealt with the three brothers. And because they’re so much fun, I’m bringing them back again for a command performance.
And yes, this book does have a heroine – she and Jake spend a lot of time together. But, you know, the brother thing…
“Does Cal know Isabelle’s moved in here – with you?” Chris asked when Jake walked into the kitchen, still half in a daze.
“She’s moved in here with us. And yeah, Cal knows.” Jake drank the last of the orange juice directly from the bottle and forced himself to act as normal as possible. Because when you lived with two human radars like his brothers, you pretty much couldn’t get away with having any secrets.
“I like her,” Chris stated emphatically, then glanced at Jake. “Not like that.”
“Good,” Jake muttered.
“Good because you like her?”
“Because she’s Cal’s goddaughter.”
“Yeah, all right. We’ll go with that explanation for now,” Chris drawled. Jake looked for something to throw at Chris’s head while the man continued, “Still doesn’t really explain why she’s here, though.”
“She needed a place to stay.”
“You don’t usually move in women you like after one date.”
“We didn’t have any dates.”
“I can’t think of a woman he’s liked enough to spend more than a few hours with in recent months. Years, even,” Nick said. He’d come into the kitchen and poured and drank a glass of milk with his ulcer medication as Jake and Chris stared on. “What?”
“You’re drinking milk instead of coffee,” Chris said.
“You’re actually taking your ulcer medication,” Jake said.
“Yeah, your girlfriend’s bossy,” Nick mumbled.
“She’s not…forget it.” Jake knew it was stupid to argue and give them any more fodder, a fact he remembered both in real life and military situations, and one that got blown away when he was around his brothers.
“The admiral gave us the whole, be nice to Isabelle, speech yesterday,” Nick said. “I guess that’s the one he gave to you too.”
“I don’t think he meant you had to move her in,” Nick continued.
Jake played with the empty orange juice bottle.
“Are we going to talk about this?” Nick asked.
“No,” Jake said, and usually, that would end it. A maybe was code for, I’ll let you pull it out of me, but a no meant Nick would shut his mouth until – if ever – Jake decided to talk.
But yeah, what the fuck was he doing? This bodyguard-hero- all-encompassing savior bullshit was grating on every last nerve he had. A lot of people saw him like that, sure. He didn’t want Isabelle to.
He’d voiced his concerns to Cal again last night about how his brothers were going to get suspicious quickly, which was why the Admiral had casually mentioned to Chris and Nick that he’d be doing them a big favor too if they’d keep an eye out for Isabelle.
Jake had been voicing his concerns to himself ever since he’d encouraged her to take off her clothes.
At the beginning of the month, you got an exclusive sneak peek from Hard to Holdhere.
Now, let me point you in the direction of a brand new sneak peek for Book 2 in the SEAL trilogy, Too Hot to Hold. You’ll meet Kaylee, the heroine, thinking on her first meeting with Nick, our SEAL hero.
To recap, Hard to Hold releases November 24th, 2009, Too Hot to Hold releases December 29th, 2009 and Hold on Tight releases January 26th, 2010 -and I do believe you’ll get a sneak peek from Chris’s book soon!
Check back for more sneak peeks from the trilogy – I think we’re running them about every three weeks until the first release from this point forward, which is exciting.
I’m currently listening to the Black Hawk Down soundtrack (excellent music for the proposal I’m working on) while taking a short break from Sydney revisions and Cam revisions (the next book after Hold on Tight.) They’re both due August 1st. And I will need A LOT of coffee over the coming days. And Diet Coke. And cookies…and…well, you get the idea.
They were caught in the crossfire between danger and desire…
HE’S A NAVY SEAL SUSPECTED OF MURDER
SHE’S HIS LOVER, AND THE CHIEF INVESTIGATOR
Chris Waldron, an elite U.S. Navy SEAL, is used to getting out of tight spots. But all his years of training can’t prepare him for the crisis he now faces. When a mission to rescue a kidnapped ambassador and his wife goes tragically awry, an FBI hostage negotiator is killed and Chris finds himself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Leading the charge is the blistering hot special agent and onetime lover who has re-ignited their mutual attraction.
Jamie Michaels is determined to keep things professional with Chris Waldron this time. But seeing him bruised and battered in that hospital bed has rekindled all those feelings she thought she’d left behind during their brief, passionate encounter in Africa. Now Jamie must keep her craving for danger at bay as she spearheads a search for the truth that just may blow Chris’s career to bits-and put them both in the crosshairs of an unseen enemy.
The jpgs of these books do not do the covers justice – all the writing is raised and the print is neon – HARD TO HOLD is neon orange, TOO HOT TO HOLD is neon-yellow and HOLD ON TIGHT is neon pink and they look so cool all together. Waxcreative played with the jpgs a little so you could get more of a feel of how bright and eye-catching the lettering is.
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
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…
New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read — romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. Her alter-ego is SE Jakes and she also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.