Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sexy Special Ops Soldiers

Thanks once again to the Guilty Indulgence gang for hosting me here this week! I write military romantic suspense because it’s exciting, and because I love the balance of danger and romance in them. I’ve always been a romance fan, but I also read a lot of special ops non-fiction because it interests me. One of my favorite parts of writing is when I can slip little bits and pieces of what I’ve learned into my stories.
I want to entertain my readers, but I also want to teach them something. Maybe it’s about what various branches of the military do, or what skill set the soldiers have, but a lot of the time it’s something about the political or military situation in the Middle East. I hate it when romance authors sugar coat serious issues in their writing, so I don’t do that. You might have noticed that my books are pretty, uh...graphic. (*cough*) I realize that level of violence in a romance novel isn’t necessarily every reader’s cup of tea, but I just wouldn’t feel right glossing over important issues simply to make it tidy and pretty. The men and women in our armed forces fighting overseas today face ugly things in a highly complex cultural/political situation, and I want to do them justice in my stories. I hope I have.
I think it’s fairly obvious in my books that I’m a big fan of the military, and that’s why I love to write about Special Ops heroes. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re brave, strong, loyal, and will do whatever it takes to complete the mission and protect their teammates. Just getting through their rigorous selection programs is an incredible feat of determination, but the sheer discipline and motivation they must demonstrate in order to earn the right to call themselves a SEAL, or a Ranger, etc... I think it’s amazing. I can’t help but admire them.
This first series of mine showcases heroes from various branches of the military: Rayne (Out of Her League) is a former Marine, Declan (Cover of Darkness) is a Navy SEAL, Ben (No Turning Back) is a former Ranger, Rhys (Relentless) is former Delta Force, and Luke (my absolute favorite, from Absolution) is a former SEAL working as a paramilitary officer for the CIA. I hope readers will learn more about what the incredible men in these elite units can do, and understand why SpecOps forces are an increasingly critical part of the U.S. arsenal in today’s military conflicts.
While it’s true that I’ve only used military men in my work so far, my upcoming release with Carina Press features military heroines as well. Deadly Descent will release in September. It’s about an Air Force Pararescue Jumper hero and an Army medevac pilot heroine operating out of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. It’s the first of a trilogy, and I’m very excited about it. Researching that book was so awesome I still get shivers when I think about it. Have to get cracking on the second book soon!
Thanks for dropping by, and I hope I’ve made you curious to learn more about these elite soldiers.
Happy reading,
Kaylea Cross

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