#AAD Spotlight Author Interview with Heather Long! Cowboy and Marines…oh, my!

Posted July 4, 2013 by Shari in Authors After Dark Featured Author, Excerpt / 0 Comments

Author Spotlight


Today we welcome Authors After Dark Featured Author, Heather Long.  Heather is an author who is able to work flexibly within the romance genre with books ranging from Historical Paranormal to Contemporary Romantic Suspense.  Today, she is here to tell us about herself and talk about her popular Always A Marine series, but we’re going to switch it up a bit from the norm for a little fun. 

Cowboy

You’re game for this, right Heather?  (After all, the gal writes about cowboys and marines.  She must be up for anything.)  *waggling eyebrows*  I’m just kidding.  I’ll play nice- sort of- with our guest.

First up, I have a quick round of ‘Rapid Fire Put-Heather-on-the-Spot’ Interview Questions:

First let me say that Sophia can throw anything at me she likes. I think she’s just that awesome!

  1. Favorite book as a child-teen-adult? Goodness, don’t start with a tough question. As a child? The Trixie Belden series, hands down. Loved those books. Devoured them. Have never been so disappointed as when I reached the end of the series, so I started over at the beginning again.  As a teen? Ooo..very tough. Maybe the Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey, I think I read them until my copy of Arrows of the Queen fell completely apart. As an adult, Heart of Obsidian, hands down right now. The Psy-Changeling series as a whole is brilliant, but Heart of Obsidian is just So. Damn. Good.
  1. Favorite type of music?  Do you have music playing while you write? I love soundtracks, I own tons of them and I listen to the soundtrack station on Pandora all the time. Most of the time, the music varies based on the book. But I prefer soundtracks overall, because the music can transport me and soothes, though it can be a bit disconcerting to hear a piece of music more suited for conflict when I’m writing a love scene…and then I see the Enterprise bursting out of warp to open fire on all the torpedoes hurtling toward Spock disconcerting…and yes, that has happened to me.
  1. Favorite snack? I drink a lot of shakes, so I prefer my cappuccino ice shake as a snack.
  1. Chocolate or one of those other insignificant sweet flavors? Hmm…I like the use of insignificant in this question it’s a subtle reminder that the only truly correct answer is chocolate.  Not that there’s anything wrong with chocolate. Because I love chocolate, but the other flavors all depend on my mood J
  1. Vacation:  Roughing it or Cruise ship? Hmm, Disney Cruise Lines. That was some good stuff. Roughing it on a cruise ship? No. Cause I’ve seen that happen too.
  1. Biggest pet peeve? Do I have to pick one? Peanut butter. I have a very big pet peeve about peanut butter. It sticks to my teeth. Very irritating.
  1. Best advice you’ve received or worst if that comes to mind first?  Best advice: If you want something, go for it. The only failure is never bothering to try.
  1. Jeans or sweats? –Shorts. It’s too hot for jeans right now.
  1. Superman or Thor (or the best superhero, Captain America) and why? Um. Thor. Because of Chris Hemsworth. Hands down. Though I love them all.
  1. Plotter or Pantser when writing? I am definitely a combination of both. I actually teach a writing class that focuses on the ten things I have to know BEFORE I start to write a book
  1. Most challenging character or storyline you wrote about?  Um…yes. Because frankly if they didn’t challenge me, I wouldn’t write them. I think one of the more challenging ones is a Marine book that won’t be out till the holidays that is set against the backdrop of Hanukkah.

MarineNow let’s talk heroes.  How about cowboys vs. marines?  Got an opinion about these men (and women, mustn’t limit ourselves to just the guys)?  They’re both tough breeds of men.  They’re dedicated and take pride in their work.  They put in long days and still look good in their uniforms.  They’re respectful and protective.  They’re experts at what they do and they’re fit… oh wait, I should let Heather talk up her guys here.

The only difference between a cowboy and a Marine at times is their setting and choice of occupation. They’re both rugged, they’re both independent and tough, and you’re right—they do take pride in their work. But it’s also about a code of honor and for me there’s nothing sexier than a tough guy who will go the extra mile for his family, for his brother, for his friend—and obviously for his woman.  But it’s also about the toughness of spirit, for being willing to go into the hard places whether it’s a deployment or riding deep into the unknown west. Life isn’t safe and these guys all know it.

Has she convinced you?  I’m sold.

Now I’m going to give Heather some time to tell us more about the world of her Always a Marine series and any writing projects she’s working on.

Oh my. I don’t know that we have enough time to talk about all of them. As I write this, Marine Ever After has just released and I am over the moon excited about this book. It’s probably one of my top favorites that I’ve written because I so loved Paul and Lillianna’s story.  They captivated me from the first moment they met and I actually found myself rooting for them WHILE I wrote it. Sounds silly, but you never know what moment will actually be the “click” and the couple will make it. You hope, you encourage, you give them room to dance around each other and then you hang on for the ride.

I have two more releases this summer before AAD and then the Marines take a bit of a breather, but they will be back this holiday season with five incredibly great stories (okay that’s me hoping there), but I’ve written two already and they were both so different and really got to me when I was writing them. There’s something about the holidays, throw in some Marines and a little passion and…wow.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today and being such a good sport for this post, Heather.  Have a fabulous time in Savannah!

Thank you so much for having me!! You’re the bomb!

Marine Ever After by Heather LongMarine Ever After
by Heather Long

Marine Paul Torres is used to women who enjoy the pleasure of the moment and whom he can bed with a wink and a smile. But with so many of his friends settling down, he’s turned on by the allure of finding the right partner as well. Even more so when he meets Lillianna Hansen while attending a wedding.

After a passionate night, Paul wakes to find her gone and though he wants more than a one-night stand with the alluring Lily, his limited leave is up and he’s forced to return to active duty.

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.

When she finds out she’s pregnant, she’s forced to reach out to Paul. But is she ready to let the father of her child be her Marine Ever After….

EXCERPT

Sadly, the evening wedding meant the sun was already sinking as they exited, and the shadows lessened the chance he could tell what color her eyes were.

Photographs would be next and then a drive to the reception at Mike’s Place. If he played his cards right, they’d be in the same limo. 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 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’d missed the big rehearsal dinner. Not that I can complain…. He almost missed it, too. His flight landed an hour beforehand and only some skillful driving with Damon managed to get them both there in time to be in place before the bridesmaids did their obligatory walk.

“Yes, sorry. I can’t get over how happy she looks.” She let go of his arm and offered her gloved hand to shake. “And I’m Lillianna Hansen.” The urge to kiss it was a little too romance-novel for him, so he shook it then held onto it.

“The captain looks pretty happy, too. I think he got the better end of the bargain.” Paul chuckled. Every man from his unit seemed to be settling down in civilian life, marrying or pairing off. 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, one of Luke’s best friends—Brody—hadn’t been able to make it. The lieutenant remained on active duty in Afghanistan, but promised to visit the happy couple on his next trip through Dallas—probably to see his girl, the artist, as much as to see Luke.

“I hope so. There’s a tiny part of me that doesn’t like him.” Her announcement surprised him, but the photographer summoned them to join the bride and groom so he swallowed the question.

Five hundred photographs later, the dismissed wedding party made their way to the small fleet of waiting limousines. Jazz and her husbands loaded into one, the freshly marrieds got their own, James and Lauren claimed the third. Paul drifted back a little, and fortunately Lillianna waited for him as Damon and A.J. helped their bridesmaids into a limo and joined James and Lauren.

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. Beating her to the door, he opened it, handing 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 ready. He raised his eyebrows and she moistened her lips.

Damn. Mind out of the gutter. He gave his body the order, but 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 then. Out. Of. The. Gutter.

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.

Find the Author at:
Website | Always a Marine Facebook Page | Author Facebook Page | Twitter

EXCERPT

Sadly, the evening wedding meant the sun was already sinking as they exited, and the shadows lessened the chance he could tell what color her eyes were.

Photographs would be next and then a drive to the reception at Mike’s Place. If he played his cards right, they’d be in the same limo. 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 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’d missed the big rehearsal dinner. Not that I can complain…. He almost missed it, too. His flight landed an hour beforehand and only some skillful driving with Damon managed to get them both there in time to be in place before the bridesmaids did their obligatory walk.

“Yes, sorry. I can’t get over how happy she looks.” She let go of his arm and offered her gloved hand to shake. “And I’m Lillianna Hansen.” The urge to kiss it was a little too romance-novel for him, so he shook it then held onto it.

“The captain looks pretty happy, too. I think he got the better end of the bargain.” Paul chuckled. Every man from his unit seemed to be settling down in civilian life, marrying or pairing off. 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, one of Luke’s best friends—Brody—hadn’t been able to make it. The lieutenant remained on active duty in Afghanistan, but promised to visit the happy couple on his next trip through Dallas—probably to see his girl, the artist, as much as to see Luke.

“I hope so. There’s a tiny part of me that doesn’t like him.” Her announcement surprised him, but the photographer summoned them to join the bride and groom so he swallowed the question.

Five hundred photographs later, the dismissed wedding party made their way to the small fleet of waiting limousines. Jazz and her husbands loaded into one, the freshly marrieds got their own, James and Lauren claimed the third. Paul drifted back a little, and fortunately Lillianna waited for him as Damon and A.J. helped their bridesmaids into a limo and joined James and Lauren.

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. Beating her to the door, he opened it, handing 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 ready. He raised his eyebrows and she moistened her lips.

Damn. Mind out of the gutter. He gave his body the order, but 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 then. Out. Of. The. Gutter.

 

Author-Spotlight-Long

The following two tabs change content below.
Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

Tags: , , , ,

  • “The only failure is never bothering to try.” — LOVE that! Great questions Shari.