by Emmy Curtis
Book #4 – Alpha Ops Series
Publisher: Forever Yours
One year ago, David Church kissed a beautiful, brilliant woman on an airfield in Iraq—and hasn’t stopped thinking about her ever since. Now, the military veteran gets a chance to rekindle that fire when he sees his lost love again—looking sexier than ever—at an international conference in Athens. David yearns to take her in his arms, to hold her close and never let go. But when the bullets begin to fly, it’s not just his heart on the line. It’s his life.
When Molly Solent agreed to deliver intelligence for the U.S. government, she didn’t realize she’d be caught in the crossfire of a surprise ambush—and underneath the hard-muscled body of David Church. Shielding her from harm and swearing to protect her, the elite bodyguard reignites a searing passion that Molly can’t resist. But with unforeseen danger around every corner—and unquenchable desire in every embrace—falling in love could be the greatest risk of all…
David Church eyed the people talking to his principal. Close protection was a bitch, but the company he worked for had saved him from self-destruction, so he basically owed them his soul. And this week, his soul was guarding a very important scientist. He had no idea who would want to hurt a scientist, but his boss had assigned him to Athens, and here he was.
Although his attention was on Professor Rankin, he was also scanning the room for someone special, the other reason he hadn’t complained at taking this job: Molly Solent was on the week’s schedule, and he wanted to see her.
Badly. Like blue-balls badly.
He’d kept track of her for nearly a year, since they’d met, briefly, in Iraq. At the time he’d been in no shape to choose a tie color, let alone date someone as…unique as Molly.
From the second he’d laid eyes on her, he knew she was trouble. Trouble for him, anyway. His eyes rested for a second on the far wall, which was adorned with a mosaic picture of an ancient Greek warrior. In some way he was like that mosaic. A fine illustration of a fighter, but when you got up close, you could see the cracks. Millions of cracks. Good for no one, especially someone like Molly. Hell, he was barely in good enough shape to have this job. But his CEO had seen something in him—or so he’d said—something that David couldn’t see himself, and had sent him on a series of low-risk jobs. It had been almost enough to take his mind off Molly.
She had haunted his days and nights with her eyes that were full of promise, full of a future than he couldn’t see. She’d seen him at his worst, and it didn’t seem to faze her at all. Her eyes. He closed his own as he thought about her again. Innocent and totally open. She’d wanted him and hadn’t been afraid at all of making it clear.
Her image had kept him going through the long, dark nights of recovery. The single chink of light in his life. He was scared to lose that. Scared to see her.
The one thing that he was proud of, pretty much the only thing, was walking away from her before he sucked her into his downward spiral.
He had to keep his mind on that one point if he saw her here. He wasn’t fixed yet. Wasn’t entirely right. He still looked longingly at liquor, remembering the peace that came at the bottom of the bottle. He still dreamed that he’d fallen off the wagon. When he woke up, all he could remember is how good it felt. And the hallucinations. Nope. He definitely wasn’t ready for Molly. And she definitely didn’t deserve the shitstorm that seemed to always revolve around him.
The professor moved to speak to someone else, and David snapped back into alertness. He scanned the immediate crowd around him. No threats. But he couldn’t relax. She could be here. Molly could be right here, in the same room as him. He ran a finger under his collar as his temperature rose.
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin.
The Alpha Ops Series: (while books in this series are loosely connected, all function as standalones)
Dangerous Territory- Book 1- novella
Over the Line- Book 2
Pushing the Limit- Book 3
Compromised- Book 5 -Available 03/01/16
Emmy has joined the blog today to share her writing process. Welcome Emmy 🙂
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
Wow. The great thing is that there are so many ways. I’m traditionally published, but I’d have no hesitation in self-publishing…if I thought I had it in me to put that amount of work into it. Self-publishing is REALLY hard work. I admire people who can do it well. I’m a voracious reader of JR Rain, and he self-publishes, and to me the books always seem as if they have been traditionally published (which I think is the goal). I will say that I’ve learned a lot about the process from being traditionally published, which is why, I think, hybrid authors tend to do pretty well with their self-publishing.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
I love thrillers and suspense novels, because I always love to be surprised. I love literary novels because there’s something about taking your time and reading slowly to appreciate the rhythm of the prose.
Do your characters talk to you?
No! I’ve often worried about people who say that they let their characters take over! They’re imaginary people, folks! I do get a feel for each character, so I can fully get into their POV by immersing myself in their voice and history. So in that respect, sometimes they say things that surprise me. But other than that, I don’t hear their voices, they don’t talk to me, and I don’t think they’re capable of taking over my book! I hope.
How do you approach starting a new book?
I usually start with a “what if” scenario, and build outwards from there. For example, for BLOWBACK, my latest release, I wondered what might happen if a completely regular girl was asked by her government to take a message to an acquaintance (which happens more often than you might think…), but the acquaintance gets murdered before she can pass the message. Then the what ifs start flowing from there, and so does the book!
What is your writing process?
I tried what we lovingly call barf-drafting on one book. And I won’t do it again! Everyone says that you can’t revise a blank page, and you should get the story down as fast as you can, and then spend your time on editing and revising. It just didn’t work for me. I like plotting carefully now, and re-plotting as I write too. I find if I barf-draft, I have to go through the book SO many times, fixing SO many things, that I’m sick to death of the story before anyone else even sees it. So I try to plot and plan carefully (on that note SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder is my favorite plotting guide book!), so I can write the whole story, and then just go through it for typos before sending off to my editor.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Easy. Susan Dennard’s (http://susandennard.com/for-writers/) website for writers, and Jami Gold’s (http://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/) writing worksheets. These are all you need! Brownie’s honor.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I read like a crazy person. I get sucked into the strangest things. First it was the aforementioned JR Rain’s Samantha Moon series. Not into paranormal really, but couldn’t stop reading them. And now I’m reading Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple series which is a series of thankfully 20+ books about a female sleuth, married to a Scotland Yard man, in 1920s London. Really, there’s no rhyme or reason to what I’ll get sucked into. Aside from that, we are currently stationed in Germany, so all our pennies are going toward travel. Spain and Italy are seeing us the soonest, then France and the Greek Islands. I can’t wait!
What was your best date ever?
The US Air Force ball, 2013, at Fort Bragg. It was in a hangar decorated in World War II items, the ushers were dressed in WWII uniforms and the music was all WWII era music. It was magical. As was my date 😉
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
I’m going to go for Cowboy I think here. Especially the strong silent type. SEALs have been kind of ruined for me by this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv9AUFpRGyc 😉
Chocolate or chips?
English chocolate. Or Belgian, or Swiss. Accept no imitations, folks!
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
Definitely teleporting. I love traveling, but hate the flying aspect of it nowadays. Especially when you’re coming home. It’s so time consuming and inconvenient. Teleportation is the way to go.
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Fancy restaurant. There’s something wonderful at fulfilling a base need (nutrition) in such an elegant way.
Beer or wine?
ALL THE WINE.
Gah! Too many to mention. Samanthe Beck for racy and funny romance, Tonya Burrows for hot military suspense, Ben Macintyre for biography, Iain Banks for contemporary fiction, Katee Robert for bad boys, and Ophelia London for sweet romance.
Smooth or hairy?
Hairy is more masculine for me, but I’m assuming that’s totally subjective!