Let us all welcome Sharon C. Cooper, an Award-winning and Bestselling Author of Truth or Consequences, Legal Seduction (Harlequin Kimani), All You’ll Ever Need, Sin City Temptation, and Tempting the Artist. Her latest release is entitled Operation Midnight.
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who… can cook. I don’t know if it’s a criteria for other woman when choosing a mate, but having a man who can prepare me breakfast in bed or prepare me a scrumptious dinner is a must. It was pretty high on my “must have” list when I hooked up with my husband.
What is your dream car and why?
Many years ago (6th grade), when I used to ride a school bus, every morning we would drive by a classic 1964 (baby blue) Ford Mustang parked in a residential area a few blocks from school. I vowed back then that I would one day own one of my own. Though the mustang I drive right now is not a classic (yet), it’s still my dream car.
How do you relax at the end of a long day?
As quiet as it’s kept, I enjoy drawing and painting. I also relax by putting together jigsaw puzzles and coloring (adult coloring books).
Finish this sentence: The one thing I would like to change about myself is…that I wish I didn’t have OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder). Though I’m not to the point of needing professional help, there’s no doubt that I have the disorder. In my opinion, in some cases, this disorder is not necessarily a bad thing (rarely do I have to search for anything since everything has its place), but there are times when I do get on my own nerves…and probably the nerves of those around me.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I love anything with romance and if I can get suspense mixed in with it – all the better! I also enjoy light suspense movies and comedies, but not stupid comedies (like The Three Stoogies).
How do you celebrate each book release?
Usually after every release, I treat my husband (who happens to be my best friend) to a fancy dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. He’s so deserving. For instance, he’s the person who stays up with me (without me asking) when I pull all-nighters trying to meet writing/editing deadlines.
What does the area where you write look like?
The area where I write is organized (and probably very neat in some people’s opinion). I HATE looking for anything, so everything has to have its place and be in some type of order. I don’t operate well when surrounded by chaos.
What can readers expect from you next?
Next up for me is book four of my Jenkins Family Series (Martina “MJ” Jenkins’ story).
What inspired you to write your latest release?
This latest release is book four of my Reunited Series (romantic suspense). Cameron (Wiz) and Olivia are the main characters and have made guest appearances in some of the other stories in this series – especially Wiz. As a computer “wiz”, he has helped members of his former SEAL team (his best friends), get their women out of some dangerous situations. Readers have often asked – What’s Wiz’s story? Or “When will we get Wiz’s story?” Well, finally, Wiz and Olivia are able to get their story told in Operation Midnight.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
I LOVE Wiz and I really like the way he treats Olivia, catering to her every desire…well, almost every desire. At any rate, there were a couple of scenes that I really enjoyed writing. But in this case, I’d have to say a shoot-out scene was fun to write. These type of scenes, fight scenes, as well as car chase scenes (see Sin City Temptation) seem to be my favorites. Not sure what that says about me, but I enjoy writing them because they’re easy to visualize, making it easy to write them. This particular one (see excerpt below), takes place after Wiz and Olivia go wedding cake tasting and someone ambushes them.
No bad deed goes unpunished…
Former Navy SEAL turned private investigator, Cameron “Wiz” Miller, has loved only one woman, his ex-wife, Olivia. She’s beautiful, talented and the sweetest person he knows. With plans to remarry her, there is nothing she could ask of him that he wouldn’t do except … one thing.
Olivia has loved Wiz since high school. He is her hero. Her protector. She understands his hesitation to search for the woman who left her for dead. Forgiveness has been a long time coming, but Olivia has made peace with what happened. Wiz hasn’t. For him, forgiveness is not an option.
But the sins of the past have come back to haunt Wiz, placing Olivia in danger. He must tap into his military training and every alliance he has formed over the years to save her. But is it too late? Will he and Olivia ever get that happily-ever-after?
Wiz stepped back into the bakery, worried lines gracing his forehead. Olivia wasn’t sure who he’d been on the telephone with, but whatever was discussed, hadn’t been good.
“Are we all set?” he asked.
“Yep. We just need to pay the deposit and then we can leave.”
The bakery owner went over everything she’d told Olivia and Wiz took care of the deposit. Olivia continued to watch him.
“Ready to go?” he asked, shoving his wallet into his pocket.
“Ready when you are, my dear.”
With a hand at the small of her back, he led her to the door. He gave the hallway a cursory glance before escorting her out of the bakery. She knew him well enough to notice when he was on alert and right now, his movements mirrored those of the secret service guarding the President of the United States. When they reached the outside door, everything within her tightened, his trepidation seeped into her soul.
“What’s wrong, Cameron?” She looped her arm through his as he peered through the glass door before they stepped out. She always felt safe in his presence, but when he was tense and closed mouth, she got a little nervous.
The sun had set and the streetlights were on except for the one a few yards from the entrance, and one directly across from the bakery. Outside of that, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
“You’re starting to scare me.” She stopped, her heart pounding faster than it probably should.
“Nah, sweetie.” He slid his arm around her waist, pulling her close and placing a kiss against her temple. “Just checking our surroundings. You know, force of habit.”
She released the breath she’d been holding. “You would think I would be used to your obsessive behavior, but I guess I’m not.”
He pushed the door open, the cold air slapping them in the face the moment they stepped outside. There weren’t many people on the street and the few that were, moved with purpose. No doubt to hurry and get out of the cold. Olivia was just glad it wasn’t snowing, but the bite of Jack Frost was real. In just the little while that they were in the bakery, the temperature had dropped at least ten degrees.
“Cameron, if everything is okay, why are you acting so strange?” Olivia cast a worried gaze in his direction as they hurried down the street. “And don’t lie to me.”
He chuckled, still very in tuned with their surroundings. “Would I lie to you?”
“Yes, if you thought it was something that would worry me.”
He gave a slight shrug. “True.”
When it seemed he wouldn’t elaborate, she said, “So?”
“So, I’m just being careful.” He continued glancing around, his hold on her even tighter. “Besides that, it’s cold out …” His words trailed off and she followed his gaze to a dark, four-door sedan creeping up the street behind them. The car moved slower and Wiz picked up speed. Granted the car’s dark windows and chrome rims were eye catching, yet she didn’t understand his fascination with the vehicle.
“Cameron,” she said, practically jogging alongside of him to keep up as they headed toward his truck, weaving around a few people. “I understand you’re being careful, but this is getting ridicu—”
“Gun! Get down!” he yelled.
He pushed Olivia to the ground. Her arms shot out to help soften the impending fall and a sharp pain burst through her shoulder, another to her hip the moment she made contact with the concrete. Her head barely missed the pavement.
Gunshots rang out.
It was as if everything happened in slow motion. Wiz pulled the gun from behind his back and returned fire. Her screams mixed with the chaotic scene of others running for cover. Bullets pinging off nearby cars and buildings had her lifting her hands to cover her head.
Barely able to breathe, Olivia struggled under Wiz’s weight as he kept her pinned to the ground. She couldn’t stop screaming.
“Cameron!” she yelled when a window exploded behind them, sprinkling shards of glass on her head and face. Fear clawed through her body. Tears blurred her vision. She bucked against Wiz’s weight, unable to move or see anything.
God, please help us.
Copyright © 2015 by Sharon C. Cooper
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Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, spent 10 years as a sheet metal worker. And while enjoying that unique line of work, she attended college in the evening and obtained her B.A. in Business Management with an emphasis in Communication. Sharon is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net
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