Monthly Archives: September 2014

My Sexy Saturday – September 20, 2014 – from WIP Czech Mate – Navy SEALs of Valor 2

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Every Saturday, a group of romance authors share sexy snippets from their published works or works-in-progress. To read some more My Sexy Saturday posts, click here.

My snippet comes from my WIP CZECH MATE (Navy Seals of Valor 2). Anticipated release date for this book is December 1, 2014. In this scene, which immediately follows last week’s Sexy Saturday post, Air Force captain Baylee Stiles was taken hostage at the Bagram Air Force Base Exchange and then rescued by Navy SEAL Nathan Brooks…

“Sorry for crushing you, but I didn’t have many options available at the time.” The man pushed up on his hands before rolling away from her, sitting on the floor beside her. He gazed intently at her. “I hope I didn’t hurt you.”

She raised her head and stared at the handsome man, hoping her gaze wasn’t too wide-eyed. Talk about shock and awe. The man was stunning. He had lively blue eyes, thick dark brows and his broad jaw line was dusted with a dark five o’clock shadow. His hair was as black as coal. She cleared her throat and blinked away her view of his mesmerizing eyes. That’s a Caribbean Sea you could drown in. A wave of dizziness assaulted her. She blinked a few times but the gorgeous man was still there. “I may have a bruise or two, but I’m okay. Did that man get away?”

The man’s thick brows tipped inward and his gaze drifted toward the door. “Yes, he fired off a round and ran. He needs to be stopped.”

Baylee pushed herself up on her hands and knees and looked up at the stunning man, who had risen to his feet and towered over her prostrate form. “He threatened to kill me if I didn’t give him access to the mission control center.”

“Yes, I heard the whole interchange.” The man reached for her hand. “Here, let me help you up.”

“Thanks.” She reached for the man’s strong, lithe hand. Electric heat spiraled through her at his touch, making her forget her tender ribs. His sturdy grip felt comforting. She was reluctant to release him. Once she did, she jammed her hands into her uniform pockets, hoping he wouldn’t sense her nervousness. She’d almost forgotten what it felt like to be attracted to someone… ever since that awful race. “I guess we better come up with a plan.”

“I’ll call security. If he’s headed for the mission control center, they should be able to intercept him there. In the meantime, let’s try to chase him down. I’m Nathan by the way.” Nathan reached for her hand for a second time.

Want to read AMALFI AFFAIR the first book in the Navy SEALs of Valor series? Download on Amazon US for 2.99 or Kindle Unlimited customers borrow for free. 

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Thursday Tasters – September 18, 2014 – Amalfi Affair – Navy SEALs of Valor 1

I am one of several authors participating in Thursday Tasters, where we let you sample a little of our work. If you’d like to read some more of these delicious tidbits, please click here.

My sample comes from my August 17 release, Amalfi Affair – Navy SEALs of Valor 1.

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But first, here’s the blurb:

On a cycling tour through the Swiss Alps, CIA agent, Olivia Simpson, meets handsome Navy SEAL, Darryl Jennings. Her lust shifts into overdrive for this man on leave from missions he won’t discuss. A one night stands leads to a blissful week traveling the Amalfi Coast. Because of their secretive careers, their love affair is destined to end. Olivia immerses herself into her Intelligence work with memories of Darryl never far from the surface. When she receives a surprise phone call from him nine months later, she dashes off to meet him in Italy. Too late, she realizes the call had been made by an imposter to lure her into a trap.

Despite Darryl’s decision to end his relationship with Olivia, he returns to his missions in Afghanistan unable to shake her from his heart. Regret for letting her go gnaws at him until he decides to search for her. After following numerous dead end leads, he gives up on ever finding the elusive woman who stole his heart nine months prior. When he’s called in for a mission to rescue a high-level intelligence officer who’s been kidnapped, he realizes the woman in question is his Olivia. Pressure mounts as he becomes embroiled in a mission where the fate of his country and his true love falls on his shoulders.

In this scene, the Switzerland bike tour has begun and Olivia is relishing the views of the Swiss countryside and the sensory experience of some fast cycling… 

As she pedaled toward Gstaad, the tension melted from Olivia’s limbs. She’d never seen pine forests and meadows as lush and green as each hillside she cycled past. Heavy gray clouds suggested the foliage would be getting another good soak before day’s end. The Swiss countryside is so green you can almost taste it.

Olivia whizzed past meadows of colorful wildflowers, inhaling their sweet scent. The Alps, all limestone layers pushed up like an accordion by the earth’s compressive forces and later gouged out by flowing glaciers, hosted many flowers she’d grown up seeing in Ohio where the soil was similar. In meadows of thick grass, rich yellow dandelions and Queen Ann’s lace waved in the gentle breeze. The Swiss chalet style homes—constructed of pine or oak—had dozens of windows framed in green-painted shutters and underlined by flower boxes bursting with red or pink flowers.

She relished the freedom of flying down the hills, hearing the wind whistling in her ears and tickling her bare skin as she accelerated faster and faster. She rose from the seat and tipped the bicycle away from her body’s center of gravity to maintain balance on the steeper curves. I can fly she wanted to shout as her spirits soared.

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My Sexy Saturday – September 13, 2014 – from WIP Czech Mate – Navy SEALs of Valor 2

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Every Saturday, a group of romance authors share sexy snippets from their published works or works-in-progress. To read some more My Sexy Saturday posts, click here.

My snippet comes from my WIP CZECH MATE (Navy Seals of Valor 2). Anticipated release date for this book is December 1, 2014. In this scene Air Force captain Becca is shopping at the Bagram Air Force base exchange and then suddenly taken hostage by an unidentified man. Fortunately, Navy SEAL Nathan happens to be nearby…

The man’s foul smelling breath blew hot in her ear. “I want access to the data center.”

Fuck. Becca felt conflicted over what to do next. She couldn’t lead this miscreant straight to every megabyte of confidential information. She wondered how the man had evaded security. Bagram was usually tight as Fort Knox. She’d never heard of an unauthorized person getting through security during the three years she’d been on the base. She winced as the metal jabbed her ribs again.

“What’s the matter with you? Are you deaf? If you want to live, you’ll move your ass.”

“I’m going.” Becca took a hesitant step forward. All at once, the pistol slid down her rib cage and away from her body and the man groaned, sounding as if he’d been hit. Did someone attack him? She jerked around to see her attacker stumbling, still gripping his weapon. As he swung it toward her head, her view of was suddenly obscured by another man’s chest the instant before it struck her and knocked her to the floor.

She gasped for breath and tried to push herself out from beneath the dark form of the man’s rock solid body. The single shot fired rang in her ears before the gunman’s running footsteps grew more distant on the tile. Her savior’s weight was suffocating her. Every rib felt like it had been bruised. Her moan of discomfort was muffled by the man’s muscular chest.

“Are you all right, Miss?” The man had a crisp accent that sounded distinctly East Coast. She’d never been smashed up against a man so solid, muscular and strong. She felt every contour of his body–the ridges of his chest, his firm shoulders and even his thick muscled thighs. Her fiancé had been tall and lean with a runner’s physique. For some reason, this intimate contact with her rescuer ignited her desire.

She felt almost dizzy on his intoxicating scent. He smells like cinnamon aftershave, toothbrush and sweat. Who would have imagined that combination would be so appealing? She wanted to see more of his hot-as-hell physique, but she could only see his armpit. “Yeah, I’m fine, other than the fact that I can’t breathe.”

Want to read AMALFI AFFAIR the first book in the Navy SEALs of Valor series? Download on Amazon US for 2.99 or Kindle Unlimited customers borrow for free. 

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My Sexy Saturday – September 6, 2014 – Amalfi Affair – Navy SEALs of Valor 1

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Every Saturday, a group of romance authors share sexy snippets from their published works or works-in-progress. To read some more My Sexy Saturday posts, click here.

My snippet comes from my August 17 release AMALFI AFFAIR (Navy Seals of Valor 1).

 

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But first, here’s the blurb:

On a cycling tour through the Swiss Alps, CIA agent, Olivia Simpson, meets handsome Navy SEAL, Darryl Jennings. Her lust shifts into overdrive for this man on leave from missions he won’t discuss. A one night stands leads to a blissful week traveling the Amalfi Coast. Because of their secretive careers, their love affair is destined to end. Olivia immerses herself into her Intelligence work with memories of Darryl never far from the surface. When she receives a surprise phone call from him nine months later, she dashes off to meet him in Italy. Too late, she realizes the call had been made by an imposter to lure her into a trap.

Despite Darryl’s decision to end his relationship with Olivia, he returns to his missions in Afghanistan unable to shake her from his heart. Regret for letting her go gnaws at him until he decides to search for her. After following numerous dead end leads, he gives up on ever finding the elusive woman who stole his heart nine months prior. When he’s called in for a mission to rescue a high-level intelligence officer who’s been kidnapped, he realizes the woman in question is his Olivia. Pressure mounts as he becomes embroiled in a mission where the fate of his true love falls on his shoulders.

And here are some photos of the locations where the book takes you:

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

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The Blue Grotto – Capri Island, Italy

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Positano, Italy

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Now that you’ve seen how romantic all this looks, let me share a little snippet with you…This scene happens at Fornillo Beach, which is a few minutes walk from the busier Positano beach. Darryl realizes he has fallen for Olivia, but still believes their situation can’t last because of his life as a Navy SEAL.

They stretched out their towels on an isolated patch of beach between two enormous boulders and sat down beside each other. Olivia sifted her hands through the pebbles. “Look, Darryl.” She picked up two small rounded pieces of terracotta tile. Both had blue paint on their surfaces. “How do you suppose these ended up here?”

He reached over and stroked her fingers, studying the tiles she held in her hand. “I’m not sure.”

Her gaze wandered to the pastel buildings that covered the hillsides. “Those cliffs are so steep. Maybe during a heavy rain, fragments of someone’s patio or ceramic pot were washed down the mountain and ended up down here.”

“Maybe you’re right. This place would be a hazard during a flood.” Darryl turned his attention to the pebbles, sifting his hands through them. “Oh, look what I found.” He held up a badly weathered Euro.

Olivia reached over and took it from his hand. “Can I use it to make a wish?”

“Sure.”

She closed her eyes for a moment and rolled the coin between her fingers. Her lips curled up in a playful smile and she shifted her torso back, threw her weight forward and tossed the coin into the ocean. It landed with a splash on the crest of a wave.

Darryl knew what he would have wished for if he’d been the one tossing the coin. The impossible.

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