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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet the characters from Always a Marine by Heather Long

Good morning and welcome to Talk Marine, blog talk radio transmitting to wherever you are…for our families and loved ones are around the world. This is Jenna McCann, and I’ve got two fabulous Marines here in the studio with me and a third on the phone. Please help me welcome Jasmine Cavanaugh, Mary Phillips and Roxanne Cortez.

Jazz: Please call me Jazz and good morning.
Stormer: Woot! Jazz, so good to be here with you—Roxy can you hear us?
Roxy: crackle Loud and clear, ladies. How is the soft life?

Laughter fills the airwaves.

Jazz: Soft life is good. How is the sandbox?
Roxy: Hotter than hell. And lonely, which one of you slackabouts is getting her ass back over here sometime soon?
Mary: That would be me, by way of Germany—we’re retraining for new deployment. I’ll pick up the info on my way in.
Roxy: Fantastic. Bring chocolate. I’m out.

More laughter.

Jenna: This is a great reunion for you ladies, how long has it been since the three of you have worked together?

Mary: Um…almost fourteen months?
Jazz: Give or take. I haven’t seen Roxy in that long for sure—
Roxy: No kidding.

Jenna: That’s due to your injury, Jazz?

Jazz: Unfortunately. But Mary came to visit and I’ll hopefully get to spend some time with Roxy on her next leave or maybe if I can swing it a trip overseas.

The silence crackles for a moment.

Jenna: clearing her throat I’m glad to see you’re recovering so well. Tell us a little about how the three of you met?

All three women echo each other: FET

Mary: laughs Female Engagement Team. We came from different divisions and assignments, but we started at the same time. Fortunately, we were assigned to the same team and found out we worked well together.
Roxy: We took a real shine to each other and it helps that we’re all good at different aspects of the job so it made us an ideal team.
Jazz: Unfortunately, FET teams are one of the first out of the region as we’re beginning to redeploy those forces.

Jenna: Do you think this is a good move?

Mary: Yes and no. On the one hand, we can hope it means that locals can handle the work and that the infrastructure currently in place to continue the effort.

Roxy: On the other hand, it’s not always easy for the women in country to trust their males or anyone for that matter.

Jazz: Unfortunately, an assignment is an assignment and we go where we’re sent.

The other women murmur an agreement.

Jenna: How about we get a little personal—are you three lifers or working toward a goal? Why did you enlist?

Jazz: My uncle. He was a Marine. Died in Beirut in 1982,  he was my hero.

Roxy: Would you believe me if I said the recruiter was hot?

Jazz & Mary: Oh yeah.

More laughter.

Mary: I enlisted because success is based on your commitment to hard work and not on your looks.

Jazz: Combat Barbie doesn’t like to be judged for her looks.

Mary: snorts No, she doesn’t. But she’s used to it.

Roxy: And she can kick their ass if they try, it’s all good.

More laughter.

Jenna: Roxy, now you’re the only one of you three who’s married?

Jazz: She was. I got married earlier this year.

Roxy: Yes she did and I had to miss that, too. But she sent pictures.

Mary: I’ve dodged that bullet so far.

Jazz: Not for long if what I hear out of California is true.

Mary: Hush!

Roxy: Oh, call me after this and fill me in.

Jenna: You three are still very close? Is this typical of FET teams?

Mary: It’s typical of Marines, ma’am. We’re in this together.

Jenna: And on that note, we’re going to take a moment for a commercial from one of our sponsors here at Talk Marine and when we come back, we’ve got a very special message from a dad serving aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima for his little girl who started Kindergarten this week. Thank you Mary Phillips, Jasmine Cavanaugh, and Roxanne Cortez. Back after this…

Heather Long

The Two and the Proud (Always a Marine #8)
Release Date: January 25, 2013
Genre: Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Roger Michael Easton IV, better known as Rowdy, flouted the family’s Naval tradition to enlist the Marines—not as an officer, but a ground-pounding grunt. He never expected to see as much combat or valor as he did in the field, but every engagement furthered his commitment to his brothers in arms. Now, with an offer to end his contract early on the table, Rowdy has to take a long look at the life he left behind, the life he’s built, and the future he longs to have.
Rowdy wants a woman who gets him.
Inactive Marine, Kim Wakefield, continues to serve her country as a Naval Criminal Investigator. She’s hard on the grunts and sailors because she is one of them—and they didn’t sign up for easy.  Tired of the seedier side of military life—picking up drunk Marines, AWOL sailors, busting drug running operations, or worse, sending drug addicted servicemen to court marshal and treatment.  She longs to have her faith in her fellow Marines restored.
Kim wants a man who knows what she needs.
Thrown together by chance on a 1Night Stand, these two jarheads have a combustible chemistry—but do they have what it takes?


A Marine and a Gentleman  (Always a Marine #9)
Release Date: February 8, 2013
Genre: M/M, Military Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance

Lieutenant Brenden Fitzpatrick is a dedicated Marine, loyal son, and devoted uncle but he’s lonely. When he went Marine, the rule was don’t ask, don’t tell. His brothers-in-arms pretty much didn’t ask and didn’t care. Watching so many friends settle into long-term relationships highlighted the absence of someone to come home to in his life. When his unit encourages him to give the 1Night Stand service a try, he asks for the impossible—a night with the one man he almost gave up the Marines for in the first place. A man he called best friend but let time and distance carry away.
Liam Gardiner grew up on the same Boston block as his best friend, Brenden. Unlike Brenden, Liam always accepted that he was gay—a fact he didn’t mind flaunting to all the bullies and naysayers in school. It got his ass kicked more than once but Brenden always had his back, rescuing him time and time again, until the day Brenden left for the Marines. He missed his buddy—the crush he never confessed, lest it cost him the precious friendship—so when Madame Eve’s invitation arrived to meet Brenden, Liam faces uncertainty for the first time.


 Combat Barbie  (Always a Marine #11)
Release Date: February 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Erotic Romance

You’re so beautiful…
The words haunted Mary Phillips from childhood on. Her mother’s love of beauty pageants included dressing her up like her own personal Barbie doll. She was the face of baby food, the darling of surfing commercials, and the exotic stunner who walked away with the Miss California title at eighteen, but she traded in her tiara and a lucrative modeling contract for combat boots and life as a Marine. She’s lost good friends to IEDs and sent home more walking wounded than she cares to admit, but this Marine wouldn’t trade her assignment for all the Manolo Blahniks in the world.
You’re such a nerd…
Kyle Stewart heard every variation on a theme as he went through school: nerd, geek, four-eyes, weirdo—and he rolled with it. He could count on one hand the number of girls who ever deigned to talk to him about something other than tutoring. But he had the last laugh, the only self-made millionaire in his graduating class. His start up software company went huge and his private ownership netted him two hundred million dollars at sale.
A high school reunion…
Despite the invitations, Mary didn’t plan to attend the ten year reunion. The last thing she wanted to hear was—”you could have been so much, what happened?”  But running into Kyle at the local coffee shop reminded her that not everyone judged by appearance. Kyle once swore to rub his former tormentors noses in his success, but when the reunion rolled around, he was reluctant. A chance meeting with the best looking girl he never could get the courage up to ask out on a date and he dares the request.
Can one night change the nerd and his combat Barbie’s lives?

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