Let freedom ring!
Welcome to the Freedom Hop, a great sampling of authors sharing short excerpts from their work. Please enjoy and consider picking up the full book by clicking on the buy link.
How wonderful is it to have the independence to choose how we live our lives, who we love, and what we read?
I'm lucky enough to have always had the choice and I've used my liberty to do what I love… write about hot romances between men and women, edit for authors who write about all kinds of love—from best friends who become lovers to same sex couples and relationships that include multiple partners, and read all of the above with voracious abandon.
When writing as ML Skye, I tend to focus on science fiction or speculative romance, many times using a military theme or setting. There's something fascinating about rank and structure and trying to have a relationship in the midst of rules and regulations or while being under attack. Being able to imagine what a future might look like is something I enjoy on so many levels.
One of my first releases, Midwinter Crises, the first book in the Capital City Season series, combines the civilian world with an elite tactical unit when a top negotiator, Ben Murphy, has to save the day while facing his biggest failure, the end of his relationship with sharpshooter, Jessa Muldoon, during a tense standoff with an angry man who wants to blow the city's power grid. As the first book in the Capital City Seasons series, I wanted to create something of an adrenaline thrill ride where the characters race against a ticking clock and can't really help but reflect upon their own shortcomings to achieve a good outcome.
Murph and Jess don't have a lot of time for pondering, but the situation gives them the opportunity to condense their issues down to an encapsulated nutshell, giving each some much needed clarity.
The book was so much fun to write and I'm giving a digital copy away for this blog hop. Please leave a comment for your entry and tell me how you celebrate your freedom to live, love and read.
Book Tagline: When a madman wants to blow up the city during the Midwinter holiday, it's just another day on the job for Ben and Jess.
Series Tagline: High stakes adrenaline and hot romance are an explosive combination.
Murph didn't bat an eye when they pulled into the parking lot, full of both road and sky bikes. His step never faltered when Jessa pulled open the door and breezed into one of the skankiest dives in the city—hell, probably on the entire planet. He did raise a brow when Jess crawled over the bar to plant a big, sloppy kiss on the barkeep's cheek.
She'd tell him later the big, burly man named Dinky was like a second dad.
Murph impressed her again when he seamlessly blended in, adapted to the ambience of the place and ordered a pint. He held the mug comfortably with one hand while she ordered the same.
It was a perfect opening move on his part.
If he'd requested anything more potent, like a bottle of something harder and a shot glass, she'd have written him off as a waste of time. Anyone who needed strong spirits to have a good time in a dive didn't bear thinking about.
The food wasn't great, but it was edible. And Ben held up his end, in both conversation and attitude, before, during, and after they ate their meal.
At her nod of agreement he signaled Dinky for another round and leaned back in his chair. "So, did I pass?"
Jess sputtered, the last dregs of her ale going down hard. Then she laughed. She truly liked the guy.
He completely busted her on the location. "Oh, yeah. I'd say you more than passed." She picked up her newly delivered brew and rose from her seat. "Are you as good at throwing darts as you are everything else?"
Murph grinned and stood. "Why don't we find out?" He snagged his mug off the table and led the way.
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(Drawing to occur on July 7, 2014)
Blurb: Mixing the holidays with a guy who wants to blow up the city is just another day on the job for Ben Murphy and Jessa Muldoon.
Capital City teems with tourists, shoppers, and anyone else who can cram their way into the limits for the Midwinter celebration. The entire holiday will go to hell in a hand basket if Ben can't negotiate a peaceful resolution with the man holding the city hostage. If he fails, sharpshooter Jess will step in and take the guy out.
Not exactly the post-breakup reunion scenario Ben has in mind for seeing Jess… but he'll take it. He let work split them up once, now it has a chance to bring them together. Ben will take the opportunity and run with it.
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