November 8, 2013

When Writing Military Boxed Sets @sharonlhamilton #RLFblog

Uniform Desires 
Uniform Desires is a boxed set of novellas from some of the best military writers on the planet: Delilah Devlin, Melissa Schroeder, Cat Johnson, JM Madden, Elle James and myself. Most of us have either served in the military, or have had husbands and children who have served, or who are serving now.
The release of this anthology is timed for Veteran's Day, 11-11-13. It is the only all-military boxed set available this year.
Our stories run the gamut, from Marines to para-rescue teams, wounded vets and Navy SEALs. These are the quiet guys who get things done, putting themselves in harm's way, sacrificing their own safety for ours. It's the least we could do to help bring their stories to life.
We aren't writing detailed accounts of war. There are great writers out there who specialize in bringing readers that genre. We write about the love stories, about what happens when the soldier comes home, when his special training doesn't prepare him for the "dangers" of falling in love.
I think that's what I love most about writing military romance. Certainly no national secrets are divulged in my books, but I've enjoyed the SEAL community I've gotten to know, and like to write about what happens to them on a personal side. I've said many times when I've spoken to groups, that the stories I've heard are even more outrageous than what I put in my books. No one would believe some of the things I've been told. Indeed, truth can be stranger than fiction.
When I'm at book signings or book fairs, people sometimes shy away from picking up a military romance because they don't like to think about men and women coming into harm's way, and perhaps for many, it is too close to home. In romance, or romantic suspense, although not everyone survives the stories, usually the hero and heroine do. Forced to deal with life and death, they are thrown together, and almost don't survive. In the midst of a crisis, love finds a way, and turns out in the end to save the day.
Unlike some of the other boxed sets being sold today, most of the material in the anthology is brand new. And, although there are many kinds of heroes out there who sacrifice themselves for the public every day, the heroes in our book are only military heroes.
Instead of attaching a blurb, I'm going to run down brief blurbs of each of the stories, and the authors who wrote them:
Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder
USA Today Bestselling
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond the call of duty
SEAL Francis McKade never acted on his feelings for his best friend's sister. All that changes at a wedding in Hawaii, but the next morning, he's called for a mission-one that leaves his world in shambles.
Months later, Kade shows up in her bar a changed man. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, he'll learn there's no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.
SEAL's Honor by Elle James
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot
SEAL Reed Tucker doesn't believe in commitment, until he tangles the sheets with one hot pilot, Delaney O'Connell. His phobia against commitment is challenged when his best friend asks Delaney to marry him.
As a helicopter pilot for the 160th Night Stalkers, Delaney knows the risks of loving a SEAL. When her lover's friend loses an arm in battle, she can't refuse his marriage proposal when he's already lost so much. In love with one man, pledged to marry another, she's torn.
Tuck and Delaney must come to grips with the happiness they owe themselves and the happiness of their friend who has lost so much.
SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton
Bestselling Author
A SEAL's nightmare of a promise given at his sister's deathbed gives him the woman of his dreams
Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He drives up to Sonoma County from Coronado to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs. He must work with his sister's best friend he only vaguely remembers from his past. But boy has she grown up.
Devon Brandeburg has created a small financial fortune through her success in real estate. Her career is her main focus, but a closely guarded secret is her total lack of experience with men. After all, who needs them? Especially when their testosterone-stuffed egos suck all the air out of the room, like Nick's does.
Nick's sister requires two things of the both of them as her dying wish. What starts as a deathbed promise turns out to be a hot affair neither one expected. Nick becomes Devon's teacher in her journey to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the student brings the teacher something he's never allowed himself to want, and now knows he needs.
Dangerous Liaisons by Delilah Devlin
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival's daughter
After surviving a week of anti-terrorist training in a Central American jungle, Maya Cordoba is ready to kick off the mud from her designer boots after she hijacks her sexy driving instructor. Instead, she finds herself staring down the barrel of an AK-47and being kidnapped! Mistaken for a rival drug lord's daughter she knows if they learn she's not who they think she is—she's dead.
Rescue comes from ex-marine and undercover DEA agent, Angel Rickman. He promises to get her out as long as she does everything he tells her to. Together, they make a mad dash through the jungle with the drug cartel's army on their tails.
Her Forever Hero by JM Madden
Bestselling Author
When the boss's pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled Marine Grafton Parks proves he's still a hero
Kendall Herrington is drawn to her handsome new security guard, prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for her, but on a lonely Christmas night, she gives in to her body's demands, regret setting in on the morning after.
Former EOD Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall is resisting admitting she's pregnant and that the board won't allow an unwed, pregnant female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington Corporation. Even if she is the boss's daughter.
As they struggle to come to terms with each other, an unexpected danger threatens their lives. Will they survive long enough for him to be…Her Forever Hero?
Cinderella Liberty by Cat Johnson
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine and his best friend's sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get back to her
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John "Crash" O'Malley has two goals. Enjoy his liberty in New York City, and survive his deployment to Afghanistan. What he didn't plan on is Trish. A guy can't have a one-night stand with his best friend's sister and then abandon her at midnight when his liberty ends, but starting a new relationship days before shipping out would be crazy.
Crash doesn't realize his friend's displeasure over him breaking the 'no sisters rule' is nothing compared to what the insurgents have in store for them in the Helmand Province. Now, Crash's new objective is to get home alive and make Trish his.
We are honored to be able to bring you these stories for Veteran's Day. Won't you share them with your friends and family, who love to read about the men and women who protect and defend us every day?

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About the Author

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.
Sharon Hamilton
Sharon's award-winning spicy Navy SEAL stories in the SEAL Brotherhood series, have consistently made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you've read before, since they don't go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won't find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she's not writing, she's getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer's Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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  1. Congratulations on this new boxed set, Sharon!

    1. You are entirely welcome. We aim to please!!! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to join you here today, Kayelle. I know you're a patriot and a lover of sexy stories.

  2. Big congrats on this anthology Sharon, cant wait to read it

    1. Thanks so much, Julie. Always love seeing our fans from Across The Pond show up!!

    2. Thanks for popping in, Julie!

  3. Congrats! Just ordered my copy! YAY

    1. Thanks, Eniko! Can't wait to see how you like it.

  4. Hi Sharon! Great to see you here and so nice of Kayelle to invite you to blog on the Romance Lives Forever blog. We're very excited about this anthology and hope everyone loves it. Coming from a military family, it was fun writing a military romance. Actually, it was my first story with men actually in uniform. I've written former military, but this was a challenge to me to write one where they are on active duty. It was fun, exciting and required quite a bit of research. Especially learning more about the SEALs and the 160th Night Stalkers. I hope you all enjoy the boxed set!

    1. They will, Elle. The first of many, I predict!

    2. It sounds like quite the undertaking, Elle.


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