Friday, July 25, 2014

SEAL's Promise - Meet S.O. TJ Talbot

I'm participating in an incredible anthology, Hot Alpha SEALs, with 12 talented ladies. Doing a box set is all about timing, great writing, getting along and playing nice, communication and no Divas. I think we've been fortunate to score nearly a 10 in every category.

I like doing these because of more than just the fact that it keeps getting my name out there so new readers can discover me, I do it because it gives me hard deadlines I have to shoot for, and gives me material to start a full length book from. Every novella, except one, I've converted to a full length novel.

I've heard of SEAL wives who are widowed, and what happens to them after their man is killed while serving our country. What often follows is that the community closes ranks, and it is highly likely that she will marry another SEAL. I had the opportunity to speak with a proud former SEAL father, whose son married one of the widows from the Redwings mission, one of the men who perished in Lone Survivor. So, my story is loosely based on things that have or could have happened.

I added an extra twist in this story to have her be 6 months pregnant when she gets the news. Now she has to deal with the loss of her husband and be careful about the baby. And then I couldn't resist and made the hero of the story another SEAL her husband served with, his best friend, and a man she's always disliked. But boys will be boys, and the unthinkable happens and T.J. is forced to promise to his dying Team buddy he'll watch over Shannon and their unborn child, even though Shannon has made no small thing about hating him.

Hard to show the range of emotions in a short story, only 20,000 words. The sex scene is between a pregnant, grieving widow and a young SEAL who has grown quickly to love her. I will be expanding it this fall into a full length novel. But judging from the comments and emails I've been getting, apparently I've hit the mark. It is the book I'm the most proud of.

So here's an excerpt that shows the tension between the best man and the groom. The best man will be the hero. The groom is about to have a disaster of a wedding, including passing out. In the end, the bride merely tolerates her wedding and wants to quickly move on with her plans for a HEA, until fate steps in, and brings her what she never believed she could have.

Yup, I'm in love with these two characters, and I hope you love them too. Shannon is the bride. Cindy is the maid of honor. Frankie is the groom, T.J. is the best man.

EXCERPT, SEAL's Promise:     ****SEAL Language Alert****

Four other SEALs were in the wedding party, and he had to admit they’d make a wedding portrait which would look good on the cover of any bridal magazine, except for their dark glasses. Only Frankie, the groom, posed without shades. Shannon had wanted them all without the shades, but T.J. smiled at her and put his back on in open defiance, and the others followed his lead.
She’d flounced off in a huff, a flurry of white organza and chiffon, and her perfume that made him sneeze. He’d watched that hellcat streak she had, angled his head to the side and watched her march off to some mythical place brides hide when they go crazy. Lovely, though. Even he had to admit that.
Frankie was white as a sheet as they gathered. “I wanna pray first,” he’d said to his best buddies. Tyler was there, of course, and Kyle, Ollie and Rory were as well. But T.J. was Frankie’s best friend, and that meant he had to be best man.
“Fuckin’ going to need a lot more than fuckin’ prayin’. Gonna need a miracle, Frankie. Shannon’s had the evil eye on me all morning…yesterday, too, and that means I don’t think you’re getting any tonight, not that you haven’t—”
“Fuck sake, T.J. It’s my fuckin’ wedding and has nothing to do with how my bride looks at you. Get that fuckin’ thought out of your head.”
“I was just sayin’—”
“Not what you’re sayin’ I have a problem with. It’s what you’re thinking.” Frankie was so nervous he was seeing conspiracies behind every plant, guest and bouquet.
“Just be glad we didn’t send you to Alaska,” Tyler said, making it worse. Last year one of the young recruits had gotten time off from BUD/S to get married—a request which was almost never granted, and then the boys thought it necessary to save him from that quickie wedding in Las Vegas, and so got him stinking drunk and put him on a plane to Alaska so he missed his own wedding. They incurred extra wet and sandy for that one, and had the toilets cleaned so many times you could eat out of them.
This had worried Shannon, and her mother even more. Mrs. “I Want Moore” was one of the hottest women T.J. had ever seen, all toned and a marathon runner in her fifties. He had never before had fantasies about the mother of the bride. Mrs. Moore was twenty-five years his senior, but he knew she could clean his clock. He’d enjoy chasing her around a few places.
Turning to face Frankie again, he felt a tad sheepish about his lusty thoughts. He wiped his mind clean and decided to concentrate harder on Frankie’s day. His buddy was so crazy in love with Shannon, he needed extra protection to keep him from stepping out in front of traffic, or bumping into caterers, which he’d already managed to do several times today.
“Come on, Frankie. Lighten up.” T.J. slapped his cheeks to redden them up. “You need to stop looking like a dead man if you’re really gonna do this.”
“Yup. I’m doing this,” Frankie said to the auditorium full of people, the organ music now swelling up to the rafters. “I’m fuckin’ doing this.”
T.J. had a hunch he was looking for his courage and had come up short. He glanced down the hallway. Cindy was leaning against the wall right outside the bride’s dressing room, keeping sentry, but also giving him the long vacant look he knew only too well. He unabashedly scanned her entire body and let her see he couldn’t wait to get her naked.
She abruptly turned after blushing.

Perfect.
I WILL BE GIVING AWAY 10 KINDLE COPIES OF THIS ANTHOLOGY TO COMMENTERS, BUT YOU MUST MAKE A COMMENT TO WIN. GOOD LUCK!

Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling novels are almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. This series continues with books 7, SEAL Of My Heart, releasing in July 2014, and book 8 scheduled in the fall of 2014. All of her SEAL Brotherhood Series are available in audio book. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense for since the end of 2012.

Sharon lives in Sonoma County, California, with her husband and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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

27 comments:

  1. Love the ARC u sent me. Cannot wait to read the rest of the anthology. Keep doing your thing with seal team 3. Im always looking for your next book

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    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! I aim to please...

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  2. We don't have SEALS in England (I think) apart from the watery mammal. It's always nice to read romances about other countries armed forces as they do a sterling job. mrsajward@hotmail.com

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    1. I agree, Miss Manda. I researched the Italian special forces for one of my past books, in Cruisin' For A SEAL, a highly skilled commando unit. Our US SEALs are like the gold standard others look to for training and example.

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  3. Sharon, all your books are amazing. I need to start playing catch up because I'm starting to fall behind. I already have the anthology but want to wish all that enter good luck!

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    1. Bless you. I understand the catch up game. I myself am not one to preach. Got probably 200 books on my Kindle I'll never get to. But I intend to. Nice thing is, they'll be there when you want them, and they don't take up much space.

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  4. Sharon adored your story in this collection. If fact I really enjoy the collection as a whole. Not entering as I have this collection but wanted to say how much I enjoyed it.

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    1. Love you, Karen, and thanks for showing up. I agree, all the stories are first class here, and I know you and other readers found some new authors to follow. Wish I could take 100% of your time, but I don't write that fast!

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  5. Great teaser! I'd love to read the rest!!

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  6. All I can.say is Thank.YOU.. Not being a widow or a SEAL.. but as USAF rt. I have begun a long journey.... with ur help.. I have ALWAYS found peace in reading .. yes its true you hit a bit closer to bits I find more difficult but thats ok I dont find I mind as much. . :-) hugs

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    1. Awww, thanks Mary for your service, and your loyalty to our anthology. Yes, some of these things are hard to read, and I have the same reaction, but I did want an emotional story, and several in our anthology are right there in the Kleenex crowd.

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  7. All I can.say is Thank.YOU.. Not being a widow or a SEAL.. but as USAF rt. I have begun a long journey.... with ur help.. I have ALWAYS found peace in reading .. yes its true you hit a bit closer to bits I find more difficult but thats ok I dont find I mind as much. . :-) hugs

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  8. I love anthologies, the stories are short and I get a taste of different writing styles. I found many of my fave authors this way. Love your SEAL Brotherhood series and looking forward to reading TJ and Shannon's full story.

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    1. Thank you, Eniko. Love your support, always. Yes, TJ and Shannon will have a firmer HEA, of course after the birth of the baby. I agree, anthologies are the way to go for an author to get discovered, and to find loyal, wonderful readers, like you!

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  9. Your SEAL Brotherhood series is right up there with Cindy Dees' Medusas!! Wonderful books that strike close to home for an Army brat like me. Thank you for writing them Sharon!

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    1. THANK YOU Kirsten Hale. Please help us by spreading the word. Cindy has a great article in here, about a Lady SEAL. Awesome writer, I agree!! Please post this link if you can.
      http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Alpha-SEALs-Military-Romance-ebook/dp/B00LBFVNQS?tag=sharohamil-20

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  10. IF YOU LIKE ANY OF THIS ARTICLE, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS ANTHOLOGY. WE ONLY HAVE A FEW HOURS TO REPORT NUMBERS FOR SOME NATIONAL LISTS. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT! CAN YOU FB, TWEET AND SPREAD THE WORD TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN TODAY? http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Alpha-SEALs-Military-Romance-ebook/dp/B00LBFVNQS?tag=sharohamil-20 THANK YOU.

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  11. I'm not entering for the kindle ebook as I have already purchased each SEALs anthology that have been released so far. I have read 4 of the novella's and always leave yours for last because as they say, the best is the last one. How can we leave awesome reviews if they aren't released separately yet? (I have told both J.M. Madden & Teresa Reasor how wonderful their books are on Facebook)Your group of authors always do such a wonderful job on the stories :)

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    1. Awwww, thank you, Teresa. That means a lot to me. You keep coming back, and yes, JM and Teresa are awesome writers I am fortunate to call friends. Love your comment! Do you have a friend we can gift an anthology to since you've already gotten it?

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  12. I love military romances! Military men are just soooooo yummy in these books. It makes me want one of my own. Hahaha!

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    1. Well, Jane, that's what my books are for. At least for a few very pleasurable hours, right? Several of the audio books are on sale right now in the series, like Books 1-3 and Book 5. Won't you give them a listen?

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  13. We are going to keep this open through Sunday night Please pm me on FB with your email address, or send me an email with FTLOMR in the subject heading to: sharonhamilton2001 at gmail dot com. (That's in code). LOL. Chances are VERY good you will get a free audio book. Make sure you specify which one.

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  14. This does sound amazing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. Yay!! Almost time SEAL's Promise will be out there 11-11-14. Come join the release day party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1556426387919844/

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