Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SEALs Of Summer - Writing Military Romance

Continuing on with the week-long launch of our new anthology, SEALs Of Summer, here are Jennifer Lowery and Ann Marsh-Flores comments.

Writing Military Romance (Jennifer Lowery)

What do you like most about writing military romance?
The heroes. They are protectors. They put their lives on the line to serve and protect and they don’t flinch. They do it for us. And that is the true meaning of a hero. Someone who will die for you. My heroes will die for my heroines and that is the most amazing story to write. Although, it creates some tension for my heroines, lol.

  1. How did you find yourself writing this genre? Do you have a personal connection to the characters or the armed forces?
No, no connection to the armed forces personally, but have always felt a strong connection to the men and women who serve. I owe my freedom to them and not a day goes by I don’t honor them.

I didn’t start out writing military romance. In fact, I jumped genre to genre. I actually began writing historicals with Scottish Highlanders, then jumped to paranormal, some contemporary, but noticed my heroes all had one thing in common: they all had military backgrounds. They were all alphas. And all protectors. I was so happy to have found my genre I jumped for joy, lol. Finding your voice isn’t always easy. I haven’t stopped writing since and I love it more than anything! Of course, writing has been my dream ever since I can remember so I guess you can say I have the best job ever! Who wouldn’t want to spend every day writing sexy military heroes? *wink*
  1. Do you write in other genres, and if so, what ones?
Oops, I think I answered this already. Right now I write military romance and Romantic Suspense, but all of my heroes are military.

  1. Do you find any “spillover” effect of the heroes from other genres you write?
I’ll let you know if I ever write in another genre, lol.   

  1. Give your links (FB, twitter handle, NL signup, website, etc.)

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Writing Military Romance (Anne Marsh)

1.     What to you like most about writing military romance? I love writing the stories about what happens after the hero (or heroine) comes home from a deployment. They’ve been warriors and fighters, with the scars (physical and mental) to prove it, but now they have to fight to fit in, to have that home life and happily-ever-after. Tye, the hero of Smoking Hot, may have come home physically unscathed by his deployment in Afghanistan, but he can’t forget what happened on his last mission there and coming to terms with that is an important part of the book.

2.     How did you find yourself writing this genre? Do you have a personal connection to the characters or the armed forces? Growing up in New England, I had very little exposure to the armed forces. My father served an obligatory two years in the British Air Force, but that was years ago and not something he ever talked about (other than explaining how many slices of white bread they had him eating to bulk up whenever my mother complained about his diet). I married into a military family, however, and the guests at my mother-in-law’s house were often retired military, usually U.S. Marine Corp. My husband had grown up on base and serving was simply part of every day life. I fell in love with the mix of pragmatism, heroics, and men and women stepping up to do what needed to be done.

3.     Do you write in other genres, and if so, what ones? In addition to contemporary romance, I also write paranormal romance.

4.     Do you find any “spillover” effect of the heroes from other genres you write? Absolutely. A hot alpha male is still a hot alpha male… although the paranormal heroes get to be a little more hands-on in their take-charge attitudes. Both my paranormal and my contemporary heroes are fighters, however, who will defend their loved ones to their last breath.  

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What do you guys think? One lucky commenter will receive a free SEALs Of Summer Kindle version, as well as your choice of the Audible book version of Books 1-5 of Sharon's SEAL Brotherhood Series. 

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.

Monday, April 21, 2014

SEALS Of Summer Here

SEALs Of Summer is finally here. We've been talking about this anthology since February on these blogs. Ten Romantic Suspense writers teamed up to give you all new novella-length material, all Navy SEAL style. Some of these authors will have full length books coming out in the summer, based on these novellas. Today is our launch day, and we are so happy and proud to be here on The Realm.

Most of you know it has been my honor to write about these wonderful heroes, on and off the battlefield. The romantic suspense genre has been changing, based on reader's desires. With the advent of Indie Publishing, there are now all kinds of heat levels, and action levels available to readers, and I think this has been what has been so successful in my own Navy SEAL series. Teaming up with other authors has only increased our chances for discovery. We are pooling our readers and sharing the promotion load. Who benefits the most? You readers! You get a sampling of some of the best writers out there in the military romance genre, all for a very low introductory price. Hard to lose on that one. And you don't have to worry about having read the books elsewhere first!

Here's the breakdown of what's available in the boxed set. All during this week we're going to tell you more about SEALs Of Summer, giving excerpts and snippets, plus a little about the authors in this anthology. Enjoy!

, An Adventure Girls, Inc. story by USA Today Bestselling author Delilah Devlin: A travel agent visiting friends in the Bahamas is stranded on a desert island with a sexy ex-SEAL after their private pleasure cruise is interrupted by men who mistake her lover for a reclusive billionaire.

SEAL OF MY HEART by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Hamilton: Kate Livingstone's engagement is at risk the instant she sets eyes on the handsome elite warrior sitting next to her on a plane trip to visit her sister. Navy SEAL Tyler Gray had thought he knew what he wanted in life, until he meets Kate and their obvious attraction for each other sparks something deep in his soul. What starts out as innocent letters between friends turns out to be much more. Can someone fall in love deeply just with words and letters exchanged, or is this just a pleasant fantasy that will ruin their lives forever?

SMOKING HOT by National Bestselling Author Anne Marsh: When an ambush kills his teammate, Navy SEAL Tye Callahan vows to spend the summer in Strong, California, fighting fires with the smoke jumper team and looking out for Katie Lawson, his teammate's fiancĂ©e. Now, as the summer heats up, they must decide if the chemistry burning between them might just be their second chance at living their own lives... together.

THE NAVY SEAL's E-MAIL ORDER BRIDE by National Bestselling author Cora Seton: If Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, can't find a wife and get her pregnant--and convince his three brothers to marry, too--before the year is up, he'll have to forfeit the ranch his family has prized for over a hundred years. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

FALL OUT by National Bestselling Author Zoe York: Drew Castle is a Navy SEAL with a bad case of indifference. Until Annie Martin shows up on his doorstep, scared out of her mind, and all of a sudden, keeping her safe becomes the most important mission of his life. And this time, he's on his own.

CLOSE QUARTERS by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Roxie Rivera: Getting tangled up in Jamie Pearson's latest hot mess--or her sheets--is the very last thing Navy SEAL Leland Gates needs, but in close quarters like these, there's no denying the white-hot passion blazing between them.

KILLING HONOR by International Bestselling author S.M. Butler: Returning home after a disastrous extended deployment, Navy SEAL Brody Battles struggles with nightmares and government secrets building a wall between him and his wife, Devyn, especially when a security breach compromises his identity. While they're adjusting to being a family again, an old enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

COMING IN HOT by Award-winning author Kimberley Troutte: For Navy SEAL Mack Riley, rescuing a family in Colombian jungles isn't as hard as seeing the admiral's daughter again, but since Jenna is joining the hostage rescue team, his orders are to protect her. In the heat of battle, love breaches their defenses just as missiles lock onto their coordinates ...can they save the family and get out alive?

A SEAL's SONG by Golden Heart Finalist author Jennifer Lowery: Navy SEAL Jack Taggart's plans to catch some much-needed downtime between deployments are demolished when he risks everything to rescue beautiful wedding singer, Darci O'Shea, from a band of thieves. Will the battle between their inner demons be the hardest one to fight, or will they find rescue in each other's arms?

SEALS's EMBRACE by USA Today Bestselling author Elle James: Injured Navy SEAL and the critical care nurse he's attempting to woo join forces to stop a terrorist attack.

Come join our launch party. Lots of authors stopping by, prizes and good clean fun!

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.