Thursday, March 5, 2015

Aloha to M.L. Buchman and BRING ON THE DUSK


M.L. Buchman joins us today for a guest post to celebrate BRING ON THE DUSK ... 

This week I’m celebrating the release of my sixth book in my Night Stalkers military romantic suspense series, Bring On The Dusk, in which the long-time team member Colonel Michael Gibson of Delta Force finally finds true love with pilot Captain Claudia Casperson.

Each book has followed the battles and loves of members of the real-world’s U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. These are the best helicopter pilots and crew on the planet, far in advance of even our closest allies.

One of the unexpected joys of having the opportunity to build a cast over the course of six books (and yes, there is already a 7th in planning) is learning more about them as each book progresses. And there is no better way to get to know a solider then finding out what they are packing when getting ready for a dangerous mission. Below is a round up of “his and her” mission kits for my newest couple Michael and Claudia.

Michael is a Delta Force operator. He will take with him:

1. Minimal body armor because he must move fast and quiet. A helmet and vest may be his only protection.

2. An HK416 rifle that was specifically designed by Delta, multiple handguns, knives, explosives…

3. Far more ammunition that food. His primary job is as a shooter; he can’t afford to be out of ammunition.

4. Several languages. A Delta operator’s IQ is far above the norm and he will be fluent in several languages and working on more all the time. It is an essential craft for operating deep in-country.

5. Far more combat and survival skills than almost any other soldier on the planet. Core training is two years, and never stops for the rest of his career.

Claudia is a Night Stalkers’ Mission-Enhanced Little Bird pilot. She brings:

1. Her helicopter, which is heavily armed. However, her Little Bird has no side doors for improved visibility, so she will be wearing forty or more pounds of body armor as the helicopter offers no protection from the sides. On her torso she’ll typically wear two layers.

2. Her SARVSO survival vest. This has everything she needs to survive is she is brought down in enemy territory. Specialized radios, water purifiers, a serious first aid kit and far more.

3. An FN-SCAR (Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle) that is always folded against her chest as she flies.

4. She also brings a minimum of five years experience before her two years of SOAR training. She will be cross-trained in medical, communications, languages, or any of a half-dozen other disciplines.

5. A gift that Michael gave her of…oh, but you have to read the book for that.


Five nations surround the Caspian Sea, five nations desperate for the vast resources there, and willing to go to war. It will take all of Claudia and Michael's ingenuity to avert disaster. As they discover how right they are for each other, it will take even more to breach the walls they've so carefully built around their hearts...

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M. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and fantasy and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at www.mlbuchman.com.

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Sourcebooks is hosting giveaway at this link ...

... and offer an excerpt from BRING ON THE DUSK:

Claudia recovered from her surprise and banked for the ship’s stern to be well clear and set up her own defense from that position.

Trisha didn’t even bother being subtle about it. She fired a pair of rockets into the control bridge where the RPG had come from. At the direct hit, the bridge’s roof and windows exploded outward. Moments later, columns of flame shot skyward.

Claudia kept a sharp eye on the deck. Sure enough, someone came up from below swinging an RPG to try to target Trisha’s Little Bird. Sitting directly off the stern, Claudia unleashed a burst from her minigun to cut him and two other pirates down.

The fire that Trisha had started torched the bridge, but it didn’t spread downward. Several pirates dashed out of the lower levels, headed for their small motorboats, but Claudia tore up the boats where they hung in the davits, cutting off any escape.

By this time, almost twenty men had gathered on the deck, many of them still armed. With a twist applied by using her rudder pedals, Claudia unleashed a long burst from her minigun that swept over the deck mere feet above the men’s heads.

They began casting their weapons overboard, as if they could then pose as innocent fishermen. Another burst, and they simply dropped the weapons to the deck and clustered together by one of the cargo hatches.

With no one at the controls, without even any controls remaining, for that matter, the ship continued to steam ahead. She and Trisha set up a circling pattern, jinking high and low in case there was still someone aboard crazy enough to try to target them.

A call to the Peleliu had a strike team en route in minutes.

She held her breath as Michael, Bill, and the other D-boys fast-roped down to the deck from the Black Hawk Vicious and took control just as full dark descended. Apparently, no more Somalis had death wishes and Delta soon had the vessel cleared. Sly arrived in his LCAC with a load of Rangers. They boarded, took the Somalis into custody, doused the fire, and turned the ship once they had control of the engine room.

Just seeing Michael in action did things to Claudia that she couldn’t ignore. She had never been one to continue playing games or lying to herself, once she became aware that she had been. She wasn’t stupid and she did want Michael, no matter what she’d told the women of SOAR.

And somehow she knew Michael well enough to know that he was avoiding her for her own sake. In that twisted, overly logical soldier brain of his, he’d assessed that she was too busy to be distracted by…

Well, she’d had enough of that.

Thoughts of him had grown to be a constant companion at her side. As if he sat in her two-seat helicopter even when she flew solo. Rather than scattering her attention, thoughts of him steadied her, making her feel sharper and more complete.

She and Trisha flew their Little Birds back toward the Peleliu before they ran out of fuel. But as she pulled away from the Hong 4, she flew backward for the first few hundred yards before turning the helo. It wasn’t to keep her guns aimed at the ship, which was completely under control. She reversed out because she so enjoyed watching Michael prowl the deck.

She’d been waiting for him to come to her, but it wasn’t going to work that way. Not with Michael—she understood that now. It wasn’t how he’d think. He’d think that it was the woman’s choice to come to him or not.

The guy was just too damn decent.

Or too damned smart.

He’d now waited long enough that she no longer had any choice in the matter. She felt lassoed. But she didn’t feel any desire to fight the rope.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Aloha to Kendra Leigh Castle and EVERY LITTLE KISS

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The second novel featuring small New England town of Harvest Cove, where the residents know that Emma Henry likes things nice and orderly—but everyone has to let loose sometimes…

Event planner Emma Henry is used to focusing all her attention on reaching her goals and letting romance fall by the wayside. But when her sister Sam’s bachelorette party prompts the most tightly-wound Henry to let her hair down, Emma’s night ends with the entire town linking her to a man who could lay waste to anyone’s best-laid plans.

Army vet Seth Andersen thought that joining the police department in sleepy Harvest Cove would offer a quiet, normal life. But when he finds himself responsible for uptight Emma Henry at the end of her wildest night ever, his world turns unexpectedly complicated—and he’s surprised to discover he doesn’t mind at all…

Perhaps Harvest Cove has a historic house like this ...
... it is home of the Alcott Family near Concord, MA.

Kendra Leigh Castle is a RITA award-nominated, multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where her love of curling up with a blanket and a good book came early, she penned her debut novel as a Navy wife living in the Nevada desert. Since then, she has managed to continue working in her pajamas while moving around the country. Kendra currently makes her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets. She drinks too much coffee, stays up too late, and loves to hear from her readers, who make this crazy job worthwhile.

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I am giving away a print copy of EVERY LITTLE KISS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about bachelorette parties - have you attended one?   I haven't ... but I've seen the Chippendales with girlfriends.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Kendra and her books at kendraleighcastle.com.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wednesday's Warriors - Books with a Past, Women's History Month, and SOS America Military Tribute

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Smart Bitches has a new feature ... Locally Sourced Romance to spotlight book stores which support the romance community. My nomination is this week's feature ... Books with a Past at this link.   Learn how the military feed my romance habit; comments appreciated.

March is Women's History Month at this link.  Limecello at Tart Sweet called for guest posts ... and mine is published at this link.   Learn more about Jackie Cochran, military aviation trailblazer, and Merline Lovelace, Air Force veteran turned Harlequin romance author, at the link; comments appreciated.


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Speaking of Merline, she is the guest speaker at the SOS America Military Tribute at the Dallas Hyatt Regency:

Wake Up with the Warriors, May 14, 2015, 830 am - 945 am:

Join Kathryn Falk, Lady of Barrow, in saluting our military heroes and their families. Readers will "deploy" to a military location (themed table) hosted by authors connected to the military, including Heather Ashby, Elizabeth Boyle, Beth Ciotta, Chanel Cleeton, Emmy Curtis, Delilah Devlin, Elizabeth Essex, Lea GriffithSharon Hamilton, Elle James, Sabrina Jeffries, Cat JohnsonKennedy Layne, Ophelia London, Siera London, Merline Lovelace, Sally MacKenzieCrista McHugh, Lindsay McKenna, Angel Payne, Ella Quinn, Elle J. Rossi, Susan Stoker, Paige TylerJulie Ann Walker, and Kimberly Rocha/Book Obsessed Chicks. Plus an Aussie Table with Megan Bamford and a Canadian Table with Julie Rowe to appreciate our Allies!

Your mission includes tasting MREs, navigating the coin challenge, and singing the services' songs - The Army Goes Rolling Along", "Wild Blue Yonder", "Anchors Aweigh", "The Halls of Montezuma", and "Semper Paratus".

This event is open to romance readers and military families in the Dallas area. Sign up for tickets at this link. I will also have tickets available at the SOS America Promo Table in Club RT on Wednesday, May 13.

Contact Kim Lowe, sos.aloha@yahoo.com, to host a table or donate door prizes.




What woman in history do you admire?  I admire Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (above), a trailblazer in computer science.  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

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Aloha to Elizabeth Boyle and THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE (Rhymes with Love) - Book Review

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In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle's fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair...

She has no desire for love...

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

...until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane.

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.




My thirst for adventure will never be quenched! - Puss in Boots (Shrek)

In Regency England, Hannibal embraces Puss in Boots' attitude.  He is an ungrateful cat who escapes from his fair maiden's carriage upon their arrival in London.   The maiden chases after her beloved pet, only to find herself in the liar of the dragon.

Elizabeth Boyle taps into nursery rhymes to create a humorous romance between a tidy spinster and a wounded warrior.   She delivers a Regency style fairy tale with a dose of Jane Austen, Erma Bombeck, and Martha Stewart.  Yet Boyle weaves compassion and redemption into the story that leaves the reader - and Hannibal - purring in content.   

THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE is Book 4 in the Rhymes with Love series.  I have not read the previous books (gasp!) but I was able to read this romance as a stand alone story.  In fact, I could not put this book down much to my cats' dismay for having my attention diverted from them.

Recommended read for fans of Beauty and the Beast, both human and feline.  I received a coy of THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE as a gift.


I am giving away Avon swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you have a favorite animated character?   I'm partial to the Cat in the Hat.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Elizabeth and her books at elizabethboyle.com.

Meet Elizabeth at the SOS America Military Tribute during the RT Booklovers' Convention at this link

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Aloha to Laura Wright and BRASH

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Cavanaugh Brothers novels returns to the Cavanaugh’s Texas Triple C ranch as the brothers confront the painful memories of their childhood and the truth about their sister’s murder…

No matter how many fights UFC champion Cole Cavanaugh wins, he can’t rid himself of the guilt of not having saved his twin sister’s life. Now, not only is he facing his arch enemy in the ring, he’s fighting to uncover the truth about Cass’s death. But will winning both fights truly give him the retribution and absolution he seeks? Or does he need the healing power of love to finally move on with his life?

The mystery surrounding Cass’s murder also haunts veterinarian Grace Hunter. Many believe that her father might hold the key to the truth. Unfortunately the ex-Sheriff’s deteriorating mental state makes it impossible to separate fact from fiction. As Cole persuades Grace to help him unlock the elusive clues, her defenses weaken. She finds the Stetson-wearing fighter irresistible. But while the truth could free Cole’s heart, it could very well end up shattering hers.


Cows on Kauai ... life is good!

I am giving away a print copy of BRASH to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,


1.  Leave a comment about ranches ... what would you name yours?  Mine would be the Circle Palm Tree in honor of Hawaii.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 14, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 15.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Laura and her books at laurawright.com.


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Aloha to the Library of Congress - Romance Fiction in the Digital Age (part 4)


Above are Nicolas Cage and Justin Bartha in NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS as they scour the Library of Congress for a clue. What treasures will digital books hold for the future?  The Library of Congress hosted a day long conference, Romance Fiction in the Digital Age (link).  Panel Four explored this very issue - Where is Romance Fiction Heading in the Digital Age?

Moderator:  Sarah Frantz Lyons, founder of The International Study of Popular Romance

Panelists:  Liliana Hart, self published author, Jon Fine, Former Director of Author Relations for Amazon, Angela James, Editorial Director for Carina Press, Tara McPherson, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at USC, and Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks.  

From the panel (paraphrase):

Liliana Hart: I was tired of being told that romantic suspense would not sell (so she decided to self publish).  I self publish like a traditional house - I hire a professional editor, cover artist, etc.

Angela James: Digital publishing provides hope to aspiring authors.


Dominique Raccah:  Find where are your readers.

The panel agreed that romance community embraced digital format, paving the way for indie publishing.  

I recommend Sarah Wendell's storified Tweets at this link.  For tweets related to this panel, scroll to 3:44 pm. 

I prefer print books.  I'll probably be buried with a print book in my hand.  But I appreciate the new opportunities afforded by digital books - traditional authors publishing backlists; traditional authors completing series; any author publishing genres (like romantic suspense) that "dont' sell"; and any author pursuing a dream.

What are your thoughts on digital publishing?   One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 7, 10 pm.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Weekly Winners



March 1 is Saint David's Day - the Patron Saint of Wales. Check out more pictures from Wales at this link.  


We have winner at SOS Aloha!

Library of Congres - What is Love?  Romance Fiction in the Digital Age, parts 1 and 2
- Chelsea B. and Lexi H. win a book choice from my convention stash.


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Katharine Ashe's I LOVED A ROGUE
- LSU wins a print copy.

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Winners, please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


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