RNIC would like to welcome author Heather Long! Her novel Marine With Benefits was Top Rated by one of our reviewers. Heather is telling us about her latest title in her Marines Series and doing a giveaway, but first let’s get to know Heather.
Heather, who would play you in the movie about your life and why?
Jessica Steen would be great, she’s strong and determined and fierce. I also like Julia Stiles. Of course, in the movie of my life I should be six feet tall, built like a model and absolutely brilliant, right? Or maybe I can just be a little more real.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I love a little bit of everything from action adventure to romantic comedy to intense psychological thrillers—everything except horror movies. I have just never been a fan. Right now I think my top five movies are The Avengers, Thor, Gosford Park Letters to Juliet and This Means War – not necessarily in that order.
What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?
Red, yellow and white roses…I looove roses.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
This list might be extensive, I am a definite television junkie. NCIS, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal (OMG Scandal!) Castle, Covert Affairs, Perception, Haven – and this autumn, most likely Agents of SHIELD, The Blacklist, and Almost Human.
How do you celebrate each book release?
I usually do a little social media partying, and then I’m back to work on the next book. My daughter and I will have a cake night every now and then to celebrate, but I have had so many releases we had to dial that back.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
I think one of my favorite scenes in the Marine series has to include the phone call with Paul in the middle of Marine Ever After. He and Lily are separated by thousands of miles and she’s pregnant and tired and the baby always gets restless when she tries to sleep and Paul tells her to put the phone on her belly and he’ll talk to the baby so she can sleep. Just the whole scene made me wear this big doofy grin and it was sweet. A good kind of sweet, because Paul offered and Lily let him.
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart, and why?
They are all so close to my heart, I really am blessed in writing only about characters and books that I love and even ones I struggle with, I find myself adoring as I peel back the layers. Now that said, Logan and Jazz from Retreat Hell and No Regrets, No Surrender earned a very firm place in my heart because of their toughness. Lily from Marine Ever After for her fierce independence and ownership of her actions, I love a character that doesn’t make excuses. Then there’s Kid from my Fevered Hearts series and Cody also from the same. Just something about those two…yeah, I could probably make you long list of all the characters that I love.
Which heroine from your books do you most closely identify with and why?
Funnily enough that would be Chance Monroe from my urban fantasy series, she’s got a blunt snarkiness to her that I really identify with…
If you could date the hero from one of your books, who would it be and why?
If I could write my own hero and bring him to life—I’d date any of them. They’re all such stand up guys, even the damaged ones. They are tough and resourceful and they care about the people around them. But if I had to pick only one? Brody. I’d choose Brody from Her Marine because he’s the guy who put his needs secondary to the woman he was with, and while I don’t expect a man to always do that, it’s nice when they can choose to be there for their woman.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
Best comment I ever received from a reader was the following:
“What’s funny is that until recently, I guess right around the time I started reading your series, I did not really identify with our armed forces. I respected what they do and sacrifice but being in the service never personally appealed to me and I avoided men who served in any branch (romantically) like they had the plague, like they were going to try to boss me around or something *rolls eyes*. I have a serious aversion to authority (which is a little ironic considering some of what I like to read). But after finally starting to read some books about men and women in the service, I now have a whole other perspective. I know it’s not all real, but it helped me realize how shallow I’d been for YEARS about other people’s career choices.
Now, military romances are some of my favorites because the heroes are always so honorable and strong, and the “family” feeling of their units and fellow soldiers, and because there are a lot people in my generation who have been swept up in these wars overseas so it resonates.”
I printed that out and put it on my wall.
What can readers expect from you next?
My most recent release was Taking the Stage, which is a paranormal romance set in Las Vegas with sexy showgirls and a delicious weretiger, next up is Raising Kane, book 5 in my Fevered Hearts series, and I have several other releases coming up over the next few months including five more Marine tales set against the backdrop of the holidays.
About Marine Ever After:
Marine Paul Torres is used to the casual thing, women who enjoy the pleasure of the moment and whom he can bed with a wink and a smile. Lately though, he’s turned on by the allure of finding the right partner for him with so many of his friends settling down. Attending a wedding in Texas for one of his oldest friends, he meets Lillianna Hansen.
Paul and Lillianna get off on the wrong foot, enjoying a wildly passionate encounter after the wedding. He wakes to find her gone, but still tries to track down her number. Paul wants more than a one-night stand, but his limited leave is up and must return to active duty.
He might be ready to take their relationship to another level, but all Lillianna thought she wanted was a good time. But Paul’s attention—even from thousands miles away—is hard to resist and while she tells herself repeatedly she doesn’t want a relationship with a Marine, she can’t deny the consequences of their passionate night.
And when she finally does reach out, it’s to confess she’s pregnant, and she has to figure out if she’s ready to let the father of her child be her Marine ever after…
Paul eyed the bridesmaid from the moment she made her entrance through the double doors. He was fourth groomsman, which meant he’d get to escort her out. Thank you, Jesus.Gorgeous was the only word that would do. Not that the other bridesmaids weren’t good looking, Jazz was a hell of a looker and if he looked too long, one of her two husbands might be inclined to take his head off.
All in good fun, at least on Zach’s part. Logan was standing right net to Paul. Better to keep his eyes on the more attractive prize. From her rich dark hair piled atop of her head to the deep natural dark tan of her skin. He hesitated to call it brown, but the white gloves and deep navy of her dress looked so smashing against her skin tone. He barely got a glimpse at her eyes and his training kept his gaze forward as they walked.
Photographs would be next and then a drive to the reception at Mike’s Place. If he played his cards right, he’d be in her limo. Sadly, the evening wedding meant the sun was already sinking as they exited and the shadows lessened the chance he could tell what color they were.
But we have to dance… A smile curved his mouth. He would have plenty of opportunity to stare at her eyes and determine their color then.
“Paul Torres,” he murmured.
“I’m sorry, what?” She glanced up at him, a distracted smile softening her expression. It hit him like a fist to the gut. He needed to revise his earlier opinion, gorgeous didn’t do her justice.
“I’m Paul Torres, you must be Lillianna,” the only bridesmaid who missed the big rehearsal dinner. Not that I can complain…He almost missed it, too. But his flight landed an hour beforehand and it was only with some skillful driving that Damon managed to get them both there in time to be in the line up before the bridesmaids did their obligatory walk.
“Yes, sorry. I can’t get over how happy she looks. And Lillianna Hansen.” She let go of his arm and offered her gloved hand to shake. The urge to kiss it was a little too romance novel for him, so he shook it and then held onto it.
“The captain looks pretty happy, too. I think he got the better end of the bargain.” He chuckled. They were all settling down. He’d served with most of the men in the groom’s party and earned his invitation when the wedding coincided with his leave. Unfortunately, Brody hadn’t been able to make it. But he promised to visit the happy couple on his next trip through Dallas.
“I hope so. There’s a tiny part of me that doesn’t like him.” The announcement surprised him, but the photographer summoned them to join the bride and groom so he swallowed the question.
Five hundred photographs later, they were dismissed to make their way to the waiting limousines. A small fleet of them waited, Jazz and her husbands loaded into one, the freshly marrieds got their own, James and Lauren claimed the third, and Paul drifted back a little, and fortunately Lillianna waited for him as Damon and A.J. helped their bridesmaids into a limo and joined them.
Score. We get the last one to ourselves.
“Everything all right?” She eyed him expectantly.
“Fine, I just wanted to check a button.” Lame, Paul. Lame. But it was the first excuse to pop into his head. He motioned for the limo and she shook her head and led the way. He beat her to the door and opened it, and handed her inside before slipping off his cover and joining her.
She sat opposite him in the wide area of the stretch, and on the far side. He considered swapping seats, but he liked looking at her better—even if only in the illumination of passing headlights. “I hope you’re ready for a big party.”
“Me too.” Lillianna didn’t sound like she was ready. He raised his eyebrows and she moistened her lips.
Damn. Mind out of the gutter. He gave his body the order, but it was too late to prevent the shock of reaction running riot through his system. If he hadn’t already been curious about her before, he definitely was now. Out. Of. The. Gutter
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Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: Winner’s choice of any title on Heather’s Marines’ backlist.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: In the comment below, answer one of the following questions: What makes a military hero attractive to you? What about the heroine? What do you want to see in the relationship?
Deadline: August 30, 2013 at 11:59pm (EST)
Heather, how can readers contact you?
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About The Author:
A national best selling author, Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. In addition to military romance, Heather writes a wide variety of romance from paranormal historical western romance to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She loves characters and the stories they have to tell.
As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.
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