Can you believe it? Joe actually thinks we should be grateful to author Rue Allyn for helping us get together. I know better. Ms. Allyn is the one who should be thanking us for providing a terrific story for her to tell. All she did was write down what I told her to write. Even that stuff about Odette came from me. Odette Miller persecuted me from the time I moved to Bird’s Gap until I left for college. So I know that woman better than anyone. Well, anyone except that guy she’s been sleeping with for years but won’t tell anyone about. But enough about Odette. I want to set the record straight about who should get credit for Hazard Duty, and it isn’t Rue Allyn.
She’s got Joe convince that without her help he and I would never have gotten together. Baloney. Joes is the love of my life, although I was too shy in high school to show how interested I was. He always had some other girl hanging on him and he was so handsome. How could I possibly think he’d be interested in brainiac like me? The amazing thing is that he was and still is interested. Love of my life—remember.
Ms. Allyn wants credit for putting us back together, but all she did was nudge Joe in my direction after I whispered the idea in her ear. She’s almost as self-centered as Odette, if Rue imagines she’s responsible for Joe accepting that recruiting assignment. He accepted because he believes in the Navy’s mission and the benefit of service to young Americans as strongly as I believe in the benefits of a college education. As for “sparking my curiosity about my new neighbor,” I’m the one who gave Allyn the idea to put Joe and me in the same house. I told her that my professional reputation would be threatened by being seen too often with Joe. I suggested that she had to put us together in a place where our relationship could blossom without interference or prying eyes.
Still Ms. Allyn was smart enough to realize that my stubbornness was just an act. Once we talked that out, I knew I had to go to Joe and give our love one last shot. So maybe Rue deserves a little credit. Our whole story could have ended tragically if Ms. Allyn hadn’t managed to melt my heart by telling me how much Joe loved me. When I realized that his love was as strong as mine I knew we could overcome any obstacle and live the rest of our lives together.
*You might want to read Joe’s post from June 30, 2013, below. He’s got a slightly different view of things than Roslyn.
Read about Ros and Joe’s first date at http://rueallyn.com/2b21HDexcerpt.html, or just read the blurb given below.
Hazard Duty blurb
Joe Hazard filled all of Ros Duncan’s teenaged fantasies, but now she’s an adult with a mission, and no handsome sailor will get in her way. The first in her family to earn a college education, she escaped Birds Gap, the deadly dull, stifling town of her childhood and the scene of her most embarrassing memories. However as principal of Bird’s Gap High School she wants to see every child in town go to college not be forced to chose between working in the mines or risking life and limb in the military.
Sacrificed to Ecstasy
Virgin sacrifice. Those words make you envision a woman chained and screaming, a horrible monster, a painful death. But what if that sacrifice was to the sexiest man alive, a virile god of fertility, one who made your body throb with want? What if that man looked like the man on the cover?
Would it really be a sacrifice with him? My heroine, Rayan, will learn that what she gives up to Vashon is nothing compared to the pleasure she reaps in return.
Multi-published author Shay Lacy lives in northwest Ohio with her photographer/graphic designer husband. She loves following the man of her dreams with a camera in hand and a pen and notebook in her backpack. Sensible secretary by day, romance author by night, when not lost in her imagination, or reading a good book, she is likely researching her next book with a SWAT team ride-along or a visit to a DNA lab. Find out more about Sacrificed to Ecstasy and Shay Lacy at http://www.shaylacy.com/blog and http://www.ellorascave.com/sacrificed-to-ecstasy.html.
The first of three posts at http://trsparties.com/2013/03/07/whos-your-wildfire-love/ is live. I want readers to choose which Wildfire Love they like best. Check it out and spread the word please. I’m celebrating all of my hunky heroes in three different posts throughout the day, so please keep checking back at http://trsparties.com/2013/03/07/whos-your-wildfire-love/. Comments at the release party are sincerely appreciated.
Lots of good stuff has happened lately. My publisher likes Hazard Duty, the second in my Sexy Sailor series. I got to host Patricia Rasey over the weekend. Hopefully some of you enjoyed meeting her. And I found new reviews from Long and Short Reviews on my amazon pages, one each for Off Limits and The Widow’s Revenge. To see the reviews, click on the covers.
Yes, I know, today is Saturday, but I couldn’t wait. I found my first review for Off Limits today (the review came out weeks ago, but I didn’t see it until today. It was So Nice to find out that the reviewer enjoyed the book enough to give it five hearts. She said, “Well written with very sexy and imaginative love scenes. I really loved the Senior Chief, who is written as the strong romantic type.” You can read the entire article at Romance Book Scene . Please comment and share what was So Nice in your world.
It isn’t just Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Tom Cruise as Maverick or Richard Gere as Zach Mayo. Intriguing as those characters and portrayals are, inspiration for my Sexy Sailors comes more from personal experience (10 years in the USN) than from any movie, play, TV series or book. I lived and worked with some of the sexiest men on earth–heck I married one. (Yes, I’m biased, but if you don’t think your lover is the sexiest man alive then you’d better find another lover.) What I learned about sexy men during those years in the navy (and more during my marriage) is that sexy men are complicated, hard-working, hard playing, take charge, physically fit, attractive (but not necessarily handsome) guys who know what they want. They face conflict and adversity head on. They have the same needs, wants, and feelings that we all have. They are smart enough to recognize their weaknesses, courageous enough to overcome those weaknesses and do it all with a sense of humor. Add to all of that, a bone deep dedication to freedom and country and you have the recipe for my sexy sailors.
The first book in the series, Off Limits, debuts on April 1, 2012. You’ll meet sexy Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate Hank ‘the wall’ O’Mara, who discovers the only woman he could ever love is truly off limits.