Sunday, August 7, 2016

Breaking Out is available for Preorder and Other Important News

I'm thrilled to announce Breaking Out (Book 6 of the SEAL Team Heartbreakers) is available for preorder. The release date will be October 10, 2016.  It is a big book. 135,426 words with two romances and two feuding families, as well as a suspense plot line to liven everything up, and a mystery to solve. In other words, my usual everything but the kitchen sink plot line.

Cal and Kathleen from Breaking Boundaries are back in this one. And their love story continues with a little family drama directed by Cal's family.

SEAL Zach O'Connor, aka. Doc, has finally found a woman who may be his match, Piper Bertinelli. But she has some serious trouble with which  he'll have to help her deal. You'll find him as Alpha male and masculine as the other guys in my series. To give you a hint as to his character... In his words, "I'm used to running toward trouble instead of away from it." That pretty much says it all.

Here's the final blurb:

Navy SEAL Zach O’Connor was dumped while he was deployed on a high-risk mission, and the fallout from the breakup nearly cost him his career. Never again will Zach allow his feelings to make him lose sight of what really matters. Not even when his attraction to Piper Bertinelli makes him long for the very thing he’s vowed to avoid.

Violence and heartache have nearly shattered Dr. Piper Bertinelli’s life, and the last thing she needs is to be attracted to a military man scheduled to deploy. Though all Zach wants is a distraction instead of a commitment, Piper is unable to resist the charismatic Naval officer. He makes her feel safe, something more seductive to her than him being a SEAL.

When an overzealous policeman from Piper’s past comes after her, Zach has to make a decision: walk away from the woman who's cracked the shell he built around his heart, or stick by her and possibly risk his career.

And there are other hurdles to face: the family who drove Piper away, but whose secrets may hold the key to understanding why her father was killed.  And someone who’s a greater danger to Piper’s life than an angry cop. The man responsible for it all.  

An Unedited excerpt: 
Zach held the loop of the leash in one hand while he held the strap straight up and short, just as she would have instructed him to do. He guided Gracie down the hall. He was patient with the limping dog, allowing her to walk at her own pace. Piper doubted he could move much faster himself.
Why were men so stubborn?
Once they were outside Gracie raised her head and sniffed the air. She seemed to heave a sigh of relief. She didn’t attempt to put any weight on the leg, though the cast kept her from bending her leg and displacing anything. She and Zach had almost done one full circuit of the small run when the dog finally squatted to pee. It was awkward to watch how she did it with the one leg stiff.
“Piper turned her attention to concerns for her patient. “I think one circle is enough, Zach. She’ll be slow for a few days until the trauma of the injury starts to heal.” She held the door for him to go through. “Do you have steps at your apartment?”
“No. It’s a floor level on the beach. It’s a four-plex. The three other guys who rent the other units are military, too.” He walked Gracie back through the kennel room and down the hall while she followed.
“Does your landlord have any issue with you bringing a dog in?”
“No, I called to ask this morning. He was good about me taking her until Master Chief comes home.”

“Good. I want to keep her here for three or four more days to be sure the hip and leg are doing okay. I’ll take another round of x-rays before you take her just to be certain there are no issues.”
He walked Gracie slowly back to her kennel, his limp very pronounced.
“That should give you a few more days to recover before you take her home.”
“I have crutches in the car. I’ll use them for a couple of days until this eases off.”
“You may need to get another x-ray just to rule out a break. Sometimes fractures don’t show up on the first x-ray.”
He unclipped the leash and bent to rub Gracie behind the ears. He looked up. “I’m okay, Piper. If I thought I wasn’t, I’d go in. We’re expecting a deployment and my team will need me.”
Her heart seemed to drop into her stomach. “How soon.”
“We won’t know until it comes down. It could be a week, a month, six weeks, we never know.”
So this is how he lived. What if something happened to him? What if he left and she never saw him again? Her throat hurt as she swallowed. There was such a presence about him, an energy. She’d never experienced such an instant attraction to anyone before, not even David. A jittery, needy feeling swamped her.
She knelt to urge Gracie back into the kennel and shut the door. She rubbed her hands nervously on the seat of her jeans as she straightened. When she turned to face him, she raised her hands and cupped his face.
Zach’s eyes settled on her in surprise, then darkened with heat, offering her encouragement.
As she rose on tiptoe, he bent his head and met her halfway. Their lips came together. Instead of pushing, he kept the pressure a light caress. He splayed a hand against the small of her back and urged her closer. He smelled like soap, something citrus and him. He strengthened the pressure of the kiss, and she looped her arms around his neck. Her stomach did a slow sensual roll as her body came into contact with his. He was solid and muscular, yet his lips remained tender, taking hers, then releasing them, then taking them again. Though he didn’t use any tongue in the kiss it still set off combustible longings in intimate parts of her body, and turned her legs to jelly.
When he raised his head and looked down at her, embarrassed heat warmed her cheeks. “I don’t normally kiss strangers.”
His smile was quick, and his eyes lit with amusement. “I’m not a stranger anymore.” He gave her lips one more brush with his.
The tingle of arousal inside her ramped up to torment level. No, he wasn’t a stranger. She took a step back and ran her hands down his shoulders to his chest, then dropped her hands to her sides. She looked at anything and everything but him.
He took pity on her and asked, “Would you like to get some lunch before we go see Master Chief?”
She jumped at the suggestion. “Maybe a taco or something quick.”
“Good enough. I know just the place. It’s on the way to the hospital.”
After that build up, she wanted to go to her apartment with him.

But that wasn’t happening.  She’d jumped into something once, and it had been a horrible-horrible mistake. A mistake for which she and her family would never stop paying.

Here are the links where the book is available thus far. I'll be updating them as others go live.
Barnes and Noble:

Other news!!! 
I am writing a novella for Robyn Peterman's Magic and Mayhem Series.  Here's the link to her website it you want to check out all the things going on:

The title for my novella is  HAVE WAND, WILL TRAVEL  Hint: this is the name of my main character's detective agency.  
 I bow to my cover artist Tracy Stewart. She is fantastic. I'm so thrilled with my cover!!  

 The novella will be part of a release burst with fifteen other authors. I'm so thrilled to be a part of this. And honored to be among those invited to write for the series.   Release for this project will be in October as well!

More news!!! 

Marliss Melton has a new book out and since I read all her books I thought I'd share the information here. 

Here's the blurb: 
Master Chief Rusty Kuzinsky has thrown his heart and his savings into preparing a warrior’s retreat. Never Forget is a special place for SEALs to find solace and to heal after grueling operations like those he endured his entire career. Just as his first guests are due to arrive, a military war dog suffering from PTSD lands in Rusty’s lap, requiring attention he simply can’t spare.

NCIS Special Agent Maya Schultz has her hands full raising a teenage son while investigating crimes taking place within the military. When Rusty offers her son a summer job caring for his new dog, practical Maya can’t tell what’s more dangerous—the crazy dog or her attraction to a man who witnessed her husband’s death ten years ago…and claims to see him, still.   

But when danger threatens Maya’s remaining family, Rusty’s special gift and his unhinged dog become her only defense against a suspect who’ll do anything to avoid going to prison. With time running out and life or death at stake, Maya has to choose whether to follow her head as she has always done or to trust her heart this time.  
Here's Marliss's contact information: 

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