|Catherine and her Ohana|
I met Catherine Mann at the RT Booklovers' Convention in Orlando/2009. There was an instant bond as we are both Air Force spouses. Whereas I have a few awards from my military service, Catherine has may awards from her writing career:
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann resides on a sunny Florida beach with her military flyboy husband and their four children. Although after nine moves in twenty years, she hasn’t given away her winter gear! Now a RITA Award winner, Catherine writes action-packed military suspense for Berkley and Sourcebooks, and steamy romances for Silhouette Desire. With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university teacher, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston.
In the true spirit of the military ohana (family), Catherine writes about a wide variety of military heroes. This summer, Catherine celebrates the release of COVER ME:
It should have been a simple mission… Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…
But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple… With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…
Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…
Catherine and her family also "entangle" themselves with the Humane Society,
" ... having fostered more than forty puppies and special needs dogs over the years. To see photos of her fosters and other news, check out her Facebook page."
Catherine is also a cosponsor of this year's SOS Military Mixer even though she is unable to attend the RT Booklovers' Convention. I'll just save my bear hug for when I see her at RWA in NYC!
1. Leave a comment about a favorite pet - cat, dog, fish, bird, or exotic animal. Would you move it around the world with you if you were a military veteran and/or spouse?
2. This giveaway is open to US residents only (international readers can request convention bling at COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION).
3. comments are open through Saturday, April 2, 10 pm in Hawaii, to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 3, during the Weekly Winners announcement post. I also contact the winner if I have winner's email address.
4. If you are new to SOS Aloha, please make sure I know how to contact you. If your Blogger profile does not provide your email address, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. (I have several unclaimed prizes because I do know how to contact the winner).
Kim in Hawaii
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