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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Heather Long

Welcome Heather! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock’n’roll. I’m also a lover of Marines and Cowboys – is it any surprise I adored the reader challenge to combine the two?

Is The Marine Cowboy a single title, or part of a series?
The Marine Cowboy is a little bit of both, actually. It’s part of the Always a Marine subseries, a 1Night Stand and a part of the Western Escape line, but A.J. and Sheri’s story can stand on its own.  Which is ideal. I try very hard to give fans of the series little gifts in each one, appearances of previous characters and the like—but you don’t have to read all of them to pick one up.

What were your inspirations for the story?

I actually write a series of cowboys called Fevered Hearts, it’s a paranormal western historical romance, and set in Texas. I love these characters so much and of course, I write the Always a Marine series. When I asked my fans on my author page on Facebook to choose between cowboys and Marines, several readers said they didn’t want to have to choose—they wanted both. I named Sheri after one of those readers.

Please share your setting for The Marine Cowboy. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   
It’s set in Wyoming, a state I haven’t ever gotten a chance to visit, but I have heard so many tremendous things about. After writing about Freewill, I absolutely plan to take a research-cation there when I get a chance!

When did the writing bug first bite?
I think right around the first time I learned how to write. Or before—I have loved books and the written word for as long as I can remember.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
Melissa Schroeder – The Harmless Series (I cannot WAIT for her Santinis)
Nalini Singh – Psy-Changeling Series
Patricia Briggs – Mercedes Thompson and Alpha/Omega series
J.D Robb – The In Death series

What is your most favorite childhood memory?
My grandmother reading to me from her Harlequins, getting up at 4 a.m. to watch Princess Diana and Prince Charles get married – seeing the Thriller video on MTV – heck, watching MTV launch!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I am learning how to knit! It’s been frustrating and fun. I also love to quilt.

Boxers, brief or commando? Depends on the guy.

Favorite eye color? Ian Somerhalder’s blue eyes

What's the strangest thing you've heard or seen?  Life is strange—that’s what makes it fun!

The Marine Cowboy 
by Heather Long

Turning down a billet at Mike’s Place in Dallas, Sergeant A.J. Turner left Iraq for Freewill, Wyoming with one goal in mind—to forget the last five years. Trading his MARPATS for jeans and his cover for a cowboy hat, he plans to work his ranch and pray the green grass, tall trees, and sweet mountains can wash away the taste of the desert.

The last thing he expected was a reminder of a promise made to his buddies: one night to help them all start again.

Sheri Vaughn quit her corporate job, sold her house and moved to Freewill on a whim. Six months after her divorce, she’s hardly ready to put her toe in the dating waters again. One bottle of wine later, however, she signs up for Madame Eve’s exclusive 1Night Stand service and lists a very particular set of qualities she wants in a man; he must be honorable, courageous, forthright, single, have served as Marine, but be a cowboy at heart. If she wants to dream, at least she can dream big.

But when local hero A.J. Turner arrives home, Madame Eve comes through, and Sheri has to find the courage to make her dream a reality…

Can one night, even a night arranged by Madame Eve, fulfill both a promise and a dream?

Also be sure to check out the rest of the Always a Marine series!


“What branch did he serve in again?” She glanced at the waitress curiously. Bea was born, married, gave birth to her children and buried her husband in Freewill. The town fixture wasn’t going anywhere. She also took Sheri under her wing from the day she arrived, treating her like an old friend—or a daughter.

“Marines, honey. That young man is definitely one of Freewill’s proudest.” She winked and went back to work.

A Marine. A tremor raced over her belly and her stomach seemed to bottom out.
The message waiting in her email this morning from Madame Eve made so much more sense. Biting her lip, she strained to look down the street. She wished she’d paid closer attention to him when he walked in, but she only got one good look at his face when he turned and caught her staring.

Her cheeks heated at the memory. The man was gorgeous and wore his masculinity like a second skin. He’d caught her attention the moment he entered the café. She hadn’t missed the corded muscle in his arms, tense and well defined even as he drank a cup of coffee.

But his smile.

Her heart squeezed. The polite smile creasing his rugged face turned him from a looker into a full-blown heartthrob. Her body hummed in reaction. To a smile.

Wow. He just got home. Dial down the hormones. 

About the Author:

Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. 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.

Decadent Publishing

For more information about Decadent Publishing authors, books, and their submissions guidelines, visit www.decadentpublishing.com.
Decadent Publishing is current accepting submissions in all sub-genres of romance, including their ongoing series'.

There is tour wide for 2 eBook copies of an earlier Always a Marine Series book by Heather Long
(winners choice). Ends 04/24/2013

1 comment:

  1. Lovely interivew. The book sounds great. I tweeted.