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Friday, 23 September 2016

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Stranger by Anna Del Mar




The Stranger
A Wounded Warrior Novel
Book Two
Anna del Mar

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary romance, SEAL romance, Military Romance

Publisher: Carina Press

Date of Publication: August 22, 2016

eISBN: 9781459294301
ASIN: B01EF3MHSU

Number of pages: 323 pages
Word Count: 110,000 words approx.

Cover Artist: Carina Press

Tagline:

Ex-military pilot Seth Erickson is fighting his own demons, but when he finds Summer Silva, a beautiful, warmth-loving, Miami woman stranded in the frozen wilderness, he’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe from murder, treason, and the ruthless Alaskan winter.

Book Description:

When a mysterious stranger is your only hope...

The scars of the past have left their mark, both physical and emotional, on former military pilot Seth Erickson. Off-grid in the far reaches of the bitter Alaskan wilderness, he wants only to be left alone with his ghosts. But he can’t ignore a woman in need—beautiful, stranded and nearly frozen with fear.

Summer Silva never imagined that the search for her missing sister would leave her abandoned on a wintry back road, barely escaping with her life from a cold-blooded killer for hire. Now, hiding out in the isolated cabin of the secretive wounded warrior who saved her, Summer knows she must do what she fears most. Putting her trust in a stranger is all she has left.

All defenses are down

After a fiery first night together, Seth and Summer are bound by a need as powerful as a Bering Sea superstorm—and vulnerable to enemies just as fierce. For Seth, reawakened by desire, there is no sacrifice too great, no memory too dark, to keep Summer safe. But murder and treason lurk everywhere and Summer may not survive Alaska’s ruthless winter.


Short Book Description:

When her sister runs away with a guy she met on the internet, a warmth-loving Miami architect chases her reckless sibling to Alaska and finds her life in danger from more than the elements. Only a stranger, a wounded warrior who is also Alaskan tycoon with a quarreling family as complicated as her own and no time for a lady in distress—let alone one who walks on her sleep—can save her from disaster. Together, two strangers from different worlds and opposite spectrums of the thermometer must unravel the intrigues that threaten their lives to chase after a new dream, together, in majestic Alaska.


Short Excerpt/First Kiss:

I think we’d be better off accepting what’s happening here.”
And that is...?”
That I want to kiss you.” I hit the point of no return. “And that you want me to kiss you.”
Her voice was a hoarse whisper. “It’s not true.”
It’s true and you know it.” I ran my thumb over the soft expanse of her cheek. “So I propose that I kiss you now and get it out of the way. One kiss. Then we go to sleep and I mean just that, sleep, together, on my bed.” I held my breath. “What do you think? Is it too much to ask?”
She opened her mouth and closed it. A storm brewed in her eyes. She wasn’t sure. I knew it was a long shot, but I wasn’t one to hold back for fear of failure. Her nostrils widened, taking in my scent as if sniffing for danger. The seconds ticked by, minutes, hours, centuries. And then...surprise. She nodded ever so slightly.
I didn’t wait for her to change her mind. I kissed her, a connection that my body celebrated with fireworks. I put my arms around her waist and tasted her lips, her tongue, her breath. Glory. My body resonated with the memories of our night together.
I kissed her, as I’d wanted to do for two days, and the kiss confirmed that the connection that tugged on my senses was real. I held her face between my hands and kissed her some more until we were both out of breath and I hovered at the edge of no return. I made a huge effort to climb out of a very steep drop before I screwed everything up.
Christ,” I rasped when I finally managed to tear my lips from hers.
Her breath came in short gasps, her eyes sparkled and her face flushed as if she had overexerted herself.
Hell, I could kiss you all night.” I tucked a strand of hair behind her ear before letting go. “But this little taste of you is going to last me ’til morning.” Body screaming in protest, I took a step back. “Now go in there, get in bed, and don’t be scared. Okay? I’ll be along shortly.”
Her lips wavered, then a new smile birthed in her eyes and spread to her face, a mischievous grin that turned those luscious lips up at the corners and warned of all kinds of trouble.
She leaned into my space and, approaching me slowly, delivered her own kiss to my lips. The kiss was like an arctic wallop, but scalding; like a blow to the senses, but soft. Her tongue swiped a little taste of me. I gasped when she cut me off without warning, leaving me reeling, rock hard and without a trace of oxygen flowing to my lungs.
Erickson?” she said before she sauntered off. “I don’t think you understand.”
Understand what?”
She halted at the threshold and looked over her shoulder. “I’m not scared of you anymore,” she said. “I’m scared of me when I’m with you.”



About the Author:

Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.








Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I start with a very broad outline and then go for it. Usually the characters take over and totally ignore my outlines. My outlines are drawn to be broken.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

Yep. Just like I mentioned above. They’re the drivers of my stories. I’m just the vehicle.
What is your favourite food?

Cake. Pretty unfortunate for my waistline. J

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl all the way and incidentally, never a morning person, not even when I try. My good friends never call before noon.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I dream about traveling all the time and I try to do it. Last year I went to Africa to research my upcoming romantic suspense, The Game Warden. Right now, I’m dreaming about my Australia/New Zealand trip, coming up at the end of year. I’m so excited about it. Meanwhile, I plan to be in the Rockies next week. And Iceland is on my radar. It sounds…spectacular.

Do distant places feature in your books?

My new novel, The Stranger, takes place in beautiful, majestic Alaska. Before that my Amazon best seller, The Asset, was set in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Like I mentioned above, The Game Warden is set in Tanzania. My entire Wounded Warrior Series embraces the concept of epic settings. My heroes get around. J

Do you listen to music while writing?

There’s usually music playing in the background, yes, but not too loud. I need to be able to listen to my characters when I’m writing.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

Sure! The Stranger is my newest romantic suspense and the second book of my Wounded Warrior Series, following on the heels of my Amazon bestseller, The Asset. One very cool fact about the series is that you don’t have to read the books in any particular order. Each novel is a journey of its own.

In The Stranger, Ex-military pilot Seth Erickson is fighting his own demons, but when he finds Summer Silva, a beautiful, warmth-loving, Miami woman stranded in the frozen wilderness, he’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe from murder, treason, and the ruthless Alaskan winter.

The story begins with Summer Silva. When her sister runs away with a guy she met on the internet, Summer, a warmth-loving Miami architect chases her reckless sibling to Alaska and finds her life in danger from more than the elements. Only a stranger, a wounded warrior who is also an Alaskan tycoon with a quarreling family as complicated as her own and no time for a lady in distress—let alone with a secret that will get her into big trouble—can save her from disaster. Together, two strangers from different worlds and opposite spectrums of the thermometer must unravel the intrigues that threaten their lives to chase after a new dream, in majestic Alaska.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

Patience, grit and perseverance. She who writes to The End gets to tell the story.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I wish I would’ve started to think about publication sooner, earlier.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Write, write passionately, often, every day if possible. And finish your manuscript. Invest in your craft, your manuscript and yourself. An editor can be very helpful. Without a polished, completed manuscript, you’re dead in the water.

What are three words that describe you?

Hard-working, relentless and driven.

What’s next for you?

So after The Asset and The Stranger, I just penned The End of my newest romantic suspense, the third novel of the Wounded Warrior Series, tentatively entitled The Game Warden. For research, I went to Africa. Africa! I know, someone had to make the huge sacrifice. Right?

In The Game Warden, Jade Romo, an ex-marine turned YouTube photojournalist travels to Africa and faces the ruthless poachers who want her dead and Matthias Hawking, the game warden determined to capture her heart.

I also write an erotic romance series which pushes the boundaries of my romantic suspense by ramping up to maximum heat. I call it my naughty series for my naughty readers. Following on the May release of At the Brink, To the Edge is out in November. The story goes something like this:

To learn about kink, Clara Luz had to learn the ropes, but she never expected to be so compromised she’d need rescuing by none other than Noah Blake, the first man she ever loved, the ex-Navy SEAL who almost destroyed her, the wounded warrior determined to reclaim Clara’s heart and fight for redemption to the very edge of sexual obsession.

I can’t wait to introduce Jade and Matthias and Noah and Clara to my readers.

Where can readers find more about you on the web?

My website, www.annadelmar.com is the best place to find out about me and my novels. There’s a news ticker and my blog with all the latest. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter

Stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet you.

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