Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hunted Is Unleashed!

I'm thrilled to announce that Hunted is now live! This third instalment of myHostage Rescue Team Series is my favorite so far and I fell utterly in love with the hard-edged, remote Bauer, so I hope you will too.

 
Blurb:
She’s the one woman he can’t have.
Past experience has taught FBI Special Agent Clay Bauer not to trust his judgment when it comes to the opposite sex, yet despite his jaded outlook there’s one woman he can’t get out of his head—and she’s off limits. They’re opposites in every way but Zoe’s gotten deep under his skin and when she’s drawn into a dangerous situation against a faceless enemy he steps in to help protect her. Then she disappears without a trace and the loss leaves him reeling. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back alive.
By the time he realizes what she means to him it could be too late.
Former family lawyer Zoe Renard has been through her own heartbreak but she can’t ignore the magnetic pull between her and Clay. When he comes to New Orleans for a conference, it’s the perfect opportunity for her to see if there might be something real between them. Just as desire ignites into something more powerful than either of them imagined, she’s targeted by a madman bent on revenge. With her life on the line, it’s a race for Clay and his teammates to find her and save her from certain death.
Excerpt:
Decision made, he crossed to the slider and gripped the handle. Zoe’s head jerked up when he began to slide it open. She shut the laptop and set it aside as he stepped out. It only took a moment for his eyes to adjust to the darkness, broken by the faint glow of a streetlamp across from her building. Now he heard the quiet sounds of jazz floating from down the block, people talking as they passed by on the sidewalk beneath her balcony.
“Couldn’t sleep, or did I wake you up?” she whispered, scooting aside to make room for him.
Clay lowered himself onto the daybed beside her, momentarily distracted when the hem of the robe rode up her thighs as she bent her legs and tucked her feet beneath her. Can’t sleep because I want to be buried inside you.
“What are you doing working at this time of night?” he asked instead, reaching out to tuck a lock of silky hair behind her ear. His fingers slid through the strands in a caress far gentler than he was feeling at the moment, when all he wanted was to pin her flat on this bed and devour her, inch by inch. Another scene from one of her books popped into his head. The one where the hero had surprised the heroine from behind one night, pinning her down and taking her right there out on the lawn, where anyone might see them.
The balcony wasn’t a lawn, but the scene was hot and gave him ideas. Zoe pinned beneath him on the daybed, naked and wet for him, fighting to stay quiet while he made her come. He was rock hard at the thought.
Zoe stilled at the contact and stared at him questioningly. Thunder rolled faintly in the distance, the air suddenly feeling heavier. “Couldn’t sleep, and I like working in the middle of the night anyway. It’s quiet, the moon’s out and there’s something magical and sensual about sitting out here creating worlds and characters while jazz music floats up from down the street.”
There was something magical and sensual going on here, yeah, but it had nothing to do with the city or its music.
He let his fingertips trail along the side of her face as he lowered his hand. Her skin was so soft, just touching her like that made him hard all over. He caught her quiet indrawn breath, noted the way her nipples hardened against the satiny fabric of the robe and knew she was naked underneath.
Clay looked up into her eyes, saw the pupils expand in the faint lamplight. In the sudden stillness the air around them seemed to crackle with latent energy.
Clay gripped the edge of the quilt she’d spread onto the bed to keep from touching her again. “Tell me no, Zoe.” His voice was deeper than normal, raspy, but he couldn’t control it or the desire streaking through him.
She licked her lips, leaving them shiny in the soft light, making him want to taste those tempting curves. “Why? Because you turned me down earlier?”
He should get a damn medal for that. “Because you’re supposed to be off limits.”
Her chin came up, a defiant expression on her face that only made the desire flare hotter. He loved that she didn’t back down from his direct challenge. He got the feeling Zoe didn’t back down from anything. “Says who?”
“People who care about you.” Tuck, for one, and that should be enough. Clay was sure Celida would have said something to warn her off him too.
Zoe studied him for a moment while the heat built inside him, wanting to be unleashed. “What about you? Do you care about me?” she asked softly.
He did. More than he’d ever expected to. “Yeah.” And even though that meant he should get up and walk away, he couldn’t help but reach out a hand to touch the stubborn point of her chin, rub his thumb lightly across her full lower lip. “And so you need to tell me no, right now, before I do something you might regret later.”
She inched closer, leaning forward at the waist, and the combined lust and anticipation in her gaze made him bite back a groan. Her whisper was seductive as hell. “I’m not going to regret it.”
Clay heard as much as felt his control snap.
*end excerpt*
Oh, and just wait until you get to the pushup scene! You'll never think of pushups the same again. *shiver*

Happy reading,
Kaylea 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Home Grown and Lethal

Many of us enjoyed the movie Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks. Last year at the NINC conference I got to moderate a panel discussion with a story developer who took the book Captain Phillips wrote, and helped create a "treatment" so that the story could be shopped and funded. It was a fascinating discussion that day on how books become movies.

Today, as I leave the NINC conference again, I'm reminded of that. I saw this very boat Captain Phillips was rescued in, at the Navy SEAL/UDT Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida. In this day and age when we have terrorists coming closer and closer to our North American soil, we think of these stories.

I used the Home Grown Terrorist connection in my new release, set to come out 11/11/14, Veteran's Day. SEAL's Promise is mainly a love story, as all my military romances are, but the subplot is that a group of terrorists plan attacks on the military men and women who guard us, on our own soil. Not only that, but in my story, their families also fall victim, just like we've seen in the news recently.

Bear in mind this book was written before the recent events in the news. But just like the real events in Captain Phillips, it isn't a matter of if it will happen, it's a matter of when. It's a theme you'll see again with Books 9 and Books 10 in the SEAL Brotherhood Series.

Here's a short excerpt:

They all stopped and observed a news bulletin that interrupted the ball game announcing a terrorist beheading of another male American journalist, along with an aid worker, who was a woman.
The American journalist had been captured over a year ago and several attempts to locate and free the man and two others, had been unsuccessful. Another aid worker from the U.K. had been executed a month ago.
The Team guys shook their heads, taking short looks at each other as they shared their private thoughts in mixed company. Team business was never discussed in front of the wives unless absolutely necessary. Since there was little chance they’d be deployed sooner than three months, all they could do was register their disgust but T.J. knew everyone was thinking the same thing. The groups were getting bolder and bolder. It wouldn’t take long before some of these actions would take place on American soil. And that meant innocents would be targeted.
   The announcer came on and showed a scratchy sign written in Arabic. Jones, being the most fluent in Pashto, squinted and swore. T.J. could recognize some characters and saw the distinctive “U.S” letters on the sign.
      The threat is considered credible. The spokesman specifically mentioned members of the military, and their families, would be targeted. No one is safe, no matter where they live. No one.

NYT and USA/Today and Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.

A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Everybody loves a SEAL...


Exciting things are happening in the world of my Hot SEALs



First, Night with a SEAL (Book 1) was in the NY Times and USA Today bestselling Hot Alpha SEALs box set. I then released it individually in eBook, in Paperback and in Audiobook. Then, Saved by a SEAL (Book 2) hit the USA Today bestseller list all on its own. That is in production for Audio and currently in eBook and Print. What's next? SEALed at Midnight (Book 2.5) is up for preorder for a December release. And Kissed by a SEAL (Book 3) is on preorder for a March release.



It's a lot to keep up with, I know. Don't miss a thing. Sign up for my new release mailing list at http://eepurl.com/sB4lf

And in the meantime enjoy these EXCERPTS from Book 1 and Book 2.




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Five Santinis for less than a BUCK!


So, hi, everyone! I know I have been absent the last few months and I really apologize for that. I have been fighting some health issues and they are continuing, but we know what the problem is now. But, it doesn't mean I haven't been hard at work! We have Santinis coming and to celebrate, I have The Ultimate Santini Novella Collection! It is already up for preorder at AMAZON and will be available through Barnes & Noble and Kobo. And the best news: Until Oct 31st, it will be only .99! Get it now if you missed out on any of the books to be caught up before A Santini in Love releases on November 4th!


All FIVE novellas available for a limited time in one book! Special pricing during preorder and through the first week. Sale ends Oct 31!!! 
Get everyone's favorite military family for one low price just in time before the release of the highly anticipated A SANTINI IN LOVE! 

LEONARDO 
Joint Base San Antonio Army Medic Leo Santini doesn’t know what hit him when he runs into prickly physical therapist Maryanne Johnson. 

MARCO 
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Quiet and thoughtful Navy SEAL Marco Santini doesn’t realize love is right under his nose, but once he does, nothing will stop him from capturing Alana Kailikea’s heart. 

GIANNI 
Moody AFB PJ Gianni Santini finds the woman of his dreams the day before a deployment. When he returns, he has one mission on his mind, conquering professor Kianna Jones. 

VICENTE 
Quantico MCB Vicente sees himself at the last Santini standing when he comes up close and personal with the one woman he has always loved, Jules Andrews. Now all he cares about is being that last man standing—as long as he’s her man. 

A SANTINI CHRISTMAS 
Join the Santinis as they gather together not for the joy of the season, but in crisis. One major event throws everything they hold dear into jeopardy, rallying the Santini brothers to support them mother and thrusting Joey back to the memories of when she and Papa first fell in love. 


Melissa Schroeder doesn’t disappoint as she continues to unleash her sexy Santini brothers on us. –Ms Romantic Reads 

Includes the first chapter from A Santini in Love! 

COMING SOON 
Book Six: A Santini in Love (NOV 4TH) 
Book Seven: Falling for a Santini (early 2015) 

And, don't miss out on the Johnson Brothers: 
Semper Fi Marines 
Book One: Tease Me 
Book Two: Tempt Me 
Book Three: Touch Me

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaylea Cross Release and Sale News

The Danger & Desire box set is live! This is a fantastic lineup of books from award winning and bestselling authors, and it's on sale for just 99¢, so grab it while you can.

My contribution in Singed, book #2 of my bestselling Titanium Security Series
 Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors: Pamela Clare, Dianna Love, Katie Reus, Kaylea Cross, Carolyn Crane, Dee J. Adams, Norah Wilson, VK Sykes, Amber Lin, & Misty Evans. This 99 CENT Limited Edition box set is only available for one month!
                                                       Retail links:


Also, Deadly Descent (Bagram Special Ops #1) is currently being featured on both Amazon and iBooks for 99¢ until tomorrow! If you haven't already read the start of the series, this is the perfect opportunity to pick it up. 







Finally, book #2 of my Hostage Rescue Team Series is out as well. Targeted is Tuck and Celida's story and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Blurb:
They were partners once
After an attack on the job that nearly killed her, Special Agent Celida Morales is determined to salvage her reputation in the FBI and get back to the career she loves. Domestic terrorism has left its mark on her—literally—and now she’s more determined than ever to leave her mark on it. But when a hostage situation takes an unexpected turn she’s confronted with the realization that she may not only lose the hostages, but also the only man she’s lost her heart to.
To be together now, this time they’ll have to risk it all
Hostage Rescue Team assault team leader Brad Tucker has always wanted Celida but professional conduct and her unwillingness to commit stood in the way. For more than a year he’s been juggling the increasing demands of his job and personal life, but after Celida was almost killed, none of those reasons matter anymore. Tuck knows it’s time to claim her and he’s ready to lay it all on the line. Then an op turns deadly and it’s a race to bring down a well-trained enemy bent on settling an old score, a man who doesn’t care how many innocent people get in his way.
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Excerpt:
Tuck kept his eyes locked with hers, his resolve clear in his expression and in his body language. “The day you were wounded it scared the hell out of me that I’d almost lost you. You matter to me. Always have. I want you. To be with you.”
Holy hell.
Every nerve ending in Celida’s body lit up, a wave of heat flooding her so fast that for a moment it felt like she was drowning. She couldn’t believe he’d just admitted all that without being under torture. Though knowing Tuck, his training and experience in the years he’d spent in Delta, even torture wouldn’t have made him say it if he didn’t want to.
“I want to be with you too,” she said softly. So much she could barely breathe right now.
His gaze sharpened, heated. “I mean for more than sex, darlin’.”
Oh, man, he’d never called her that before. The way he said it in that deep drawl, the look in his eyes, made her all melty inside.
“How much more?” she managed to get out, loving everything about this conversation but balking at the thought of being locked into something she wasn’t ready for.
Being exclusive, she could totally handle, because there was no way she would share him. Ever. But the long-term commitment she sensed he wanted from her still scared her a little, even though he was the best man she’d ever known. The truth was, she wasn’t sure if she had it in her to make something last long-term.
His gaze never wavered from hers. “As much as you’ll give me.”
Her heart did a weird little roll at that simple statement, like it had fainted. Seriously, it was a freaking miracle that she didn’t just slide right off the couch into a puddle on the floor in front of him. He wanted everything, but wasn’t pushing her for more than she could handle. And damn, if that didn’t make her slide a little further into love with him.
“Okay.” It came out all breathy and soft, but it was the best she could manage when drawing in oxygen seemed impossible. She was on her feet without realizing it, already reaching for him when he held out a hand to stop her. She froze, looked at him questioningly.
His face was so serious. “All or nothing, Celida. If you want me that’s the way it’s gonna have to be. I can’t do it any other way with you.”
She heard the warning note in his voice, knew it likely was because he knew she didn’t do long-term, but it barely registered above the territorial vibe he was giving off.
“Okay,” she repeated, willing to examine the implications of her decision later if it meant finally feeling that mouth on hers, those hands all over her body. He was standing in front of her telling her he wanted her and there was no way she could say no.
His expression relaxed at her answer, the tension in his shoulders easing. Without a word he took the remaining step to close the distance between them and took her face in his hands. Such a powerful man, yet capable of such gentleness too. The tender, possessive gesture nearly undid her.
*end excerpt*
Happy reading,
Kaylea

Friday, September 26, 2014

Busting Fake Navy SEALs

May of you know that there have always been men and woman who have lied about their military service. Why? Well, so they can feel part of the hero worship, so they can take credit for something they never participated in. I write military romance because I believe in the guys and gals who do serve all over the world, for little pay and for even less recognition. They do their job every day because they signed on to do it. You might think it would be a small problem, then, about busting fakers, especially fakers in the SEAL community.

And you'd be wrong!

"When I began exposing Fake Navy SEALs a few years ago I was verifying 2-3 SEAL Imposters a week. As word spread I began checking 2-3 Phony Navy SEALs a day. Today, I currently verify 20-30 Fraudulent SEAL claims each and every single day and often more. When Navy SEALs execute another daring raid like the Somalia Pirates or the Bin Laden raid, the requests to verify go through the roof and I struggle to get through the email, Facebook, YouTube, and phone calls that easily goes over 50 SEAL verifications.

In the end... What started out small and free service for years has grown into a demanding and exceptionally time consuming process. The time and investigative costs involved that used to be very minor have now increased significantly."   SEAL Buster Don Shipley

Some of you have seen Don on TV doing his investigations. I've been appalled how strong some of these "posers" cling to their identify. One very high profile case in Los Angeles featured a man who had a whole fitness center and who trained movie stars, claiming he was a SEAL. In the end, he was forced to admit he had faked his credentials for monetary gain. He used the justification, "no one was hurt."

Hogwash.

To the men and women who have spilled blood, and who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can live our ordinary lives in a "normal" fashion, somewhat shielded by the ravages of war others have to endure living elsewhere, yes, someone was hurt. That someone else could take credit for someone else's sacrifice is the lowest form of low imaginable.

As writers, we have to check our facts. But we also cannot reveal some of our sources, or have to change or alter our information so as not to give aid to the enemy. Just because we do not see them, our enemies are out there, waiting. Unfortunately, I think we'll see more and more evidence of this over the next few years especially.

Nice to know someone has our back at home, helping the Home Of The Free be more honest, and for protecting us from individuals who would rather play a part than do the work. Thank you, Don Shipley, for the service you continue to do for all of us.



Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.


When I began exposing Fake Navy SEALs a few years ago I was verifying 2-3 SEAL Imposters a week. As word spread I began checking 2-3 Phony Navy SEALs a day.  Today, I currently verify 20-30 Fraudulent SEAL claims each and every single day and often more. When Navy SEALs execute another daring raid like the Somalia Pirates or the Bin Laden raid, the requests to verify go through the roof and I When I began exposing Fake Navy SEALs a few years ago I was verifying 2-3 SEAL Imposters a week. As word spread I began checking 2-3 Phony Navy SEALs a day.  Today, I currently verify 20-30 Fraudulent SEAL claims each and every single day and often more. When Navy SEALs execute another daring raid like the Somalia Pirates or the Bin Laden raid, the requests to verihen I began exposing Fake Navy SEALs a few years ago I was verifying 2-3 SEAL Imposters a week. As word spread I began checking 2-3 Phony Navy SEALs a day.  Today, I currently verify 20-30 Fraudulent SEAL claims each and every single day and often more. When Navy SEALs execute another daring raid like the Somalia Pirates or the Bin Laden raid, the requests to verify go through the roof and I struggle to get through the email, Facebook, YouTube, and phone calls that easily goes over 50 SEAL verifications.
In the end… What started out small and free service for years has grown into a demanding and exceptionally time consuming process. The time and investigative costs involved that used to be very minor have now increased signugh the roof and I struggle to get through the email, Facebook, YouTube, and phone calls that easily goes over 50 SEAL verifications.
In the end… What started out small and free service for years has grown into a demanding and exceptionally time consuming process. The time and investigative costs involved that used to be very minor have now increased significantly. struggle to get through the email, Facebook, YouTube, and phone calls that easily goes over 50 SEAL verifications.
In the end… What started out small and free service for years has grown into a demanding and exceptionally time consuming process. The time and investigative costs involved that used to be very minor have now increased significantly.
When I began exposing Fake Navy SEALs a few years ago I was verifying 2-3 SEAL Imposters a week. As word spread I began checking 2-3 Phony Navy SEALs a day.  Today, I currently verify 20-30 Fraudulent SEAL claims each and every single day and often more. When Navy SEALs execute another daring raid like the Somalia Pirates or the Bin Laden raid, the requests to verify go through the roof and I struggle to get through the email, Facebook, YouTube, and phone calls that easily goes over 50 SEAL verifications.
In the end… What started out small and free service for years has grown into a demanding and exceptionally time consuming process. The time and investigative costs involved that used to be very minor have now increased significantly.


Monday, September 15, 2014

New Release Saved by a SEAL (the Hot SEALs series)

Saved by a SEAL by Cat Johnson

SAVED BY A SEAL (The Hot SEALs Series)

by New York Times and USA Today bestseller Cat Johnson

Zane Alexander was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but the rebellious bad boy traded it, along with his share of the family fortune, for a Navy SEAL trident and freedom from his controlling father.

Ten years later, Zane’s teammates are depending on him to secure the startup capital they need to open their security company and he’s gambling on his skills at covert operations to get it. For a million dollars he’ll fake interest in Missy Greenwood, the Senator’s daughter his father wants him to date in exchange for the investment.

When Missy is kidnapped and Zane and his team are sent to Nigeria to rescue her, there’s no more faking it when the danger and the emotions turn very real.

Don't miss Night with a SEAL (Hot SEALs #1) in this contemporary romantic suspense series. 

Every book in the series is a standalone love story.

Get it in eBook and Paperback

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