by Taryn Kincaid
GENRE: contemporary romance
Capricorn Slate Claybourne, an ex-Seal and former sniper who has seen and done things in country that no man should endure, returns to his bucolic hometown on Pieberry Island, desperate for the mundane, everyday routines he once wanted to escape.
A broken, soul-dead man unable to be around people, his body still a lethal weapon when his night terrors wake him from sleep, Slate’s failed to keep the promise he made to the commander who died in his arms: to look after the older man’s baby girl.
But animated Aries Holly Harper is not the pigtailed tot Slate expected her to be, when she lands on the island to take over the decrepit Pieberry House, determined to turn it into an inn for summer tourists, and even more determined to yank Slate back into the land of the living.
First she crashes into him at the island’s holiday Winter Festival, dumping a towering stack of pies at his feet, then she drags him off to a fortune teller against his better judgment. Except for the sizzling attraction smoldering between them, they’re incompatible in every way.
But when a furious December nor’easter traps them together at Pieberry House, will Slate and Holly overcome their pasts and discover they are two halves of a whole?
His square, sharp-edged jaw solidified like frozen iron, so rigid over his clenched teeth, a muscle ticked in his cheek. She almost laughed at his stunned expression, his cold, gunmetal- gray eyes unblinking, his brows zooming skyward like tarnished McDonald’s arches. Except that the face in question devastated her. If she’d thought him ruggedly handsome in the photos her dad had sent home, the giant, live-action figure totally stole her breath away, turned her knees to jelly, and melted her core. Hell, in another second, she’d be coughing and wheezing, trying to draw in a sip of the sustaining oxygen the hot-as-sin SEAL all but sucked out of the surrounding atmosphere. Jeez Louise. Raw, overpowering masculinity poured off him in waves.
Yet, the smiling face she’d often drooled over in pictures had disappeared. Did the grim man before her smile at all anymore? His sharp eyes seemed haunted in a profound way, his stares hyper-vigilant and unwavering…focused on her but, at the same time, a million miles away. She detected no humor dancing in them at all, despite the comical barbs they’d traded over the smashed pies. Hell knew bottomless grief gripped her still from time to time, wringing tears from her when she least expected the reminders of her loss. But whatever embroiled Slate seemed worse, as if he’d slipped into a dark crevice of endless, dismal eternity and couldn’t find his way back.
I need to fix him. I have to.
Yeah, and good luck with that, girlie-girl.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Taryn Kincaid writes paranormal, historical romance and contemporary romance, sometimes spiced with a little humor or a lot of snark. She enjoys pinching and tickling words to make them dance. Her latest, RAIN, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, is out now from Decadent Publishing. HER CAPTAIN, a Tempting Signs romance (Capricorn) from Fated Desires Publishing, will release in December, 2015. HER CAPTAIN is available for Pre-Order now!
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What do you write?
Everything! The first book I ever contracted was HEALING HEARTS, a Regency for Carina Press, which actually was released after my first published book, SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS, a paranormal fantasy set in contemporary Sleepy Hollow! I have a stream of other paranormals, my SLEEPY HOLLOW series for Decadent Publishing, a very short, very HOT contemporary, BLIZZARD, also for Decadent, and my contemporaries for Fated Desires, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT and HER CAPTAIN. When WOLF SONG released earlier this year for Decadent’s Black Hills Wolves line, it was my first shifter romance! But I love the Black Hills Wolves so much it won’t be my last. A second BHW, ANOTHER CHANCE, is coming next year and I’m working on the third!
What genre do you favor?
Romance and its subgenres, paranormals, Regencies, contemporaries, romantic suspense. About the only thing I can’t really read horror. I also love mysteries and cozies from time to time.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always, always, always wrote. My major in college was Creative Writing and the first real job was as a newspaper reporter and columnist, so I earned a living as a writer, and put myself through professional school by writing. When I was a sixteen, I had a very, very, very boring summer job at the Department of Motor Vehicles and I entertained myself by writing a romance saga loosely based on the doings of the rock star I then had a crush on!
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
If you are a new author and haven’t been tested, really, I would recommend trying one of the smaller electronic publishers. In my mind, some new writers do themselves a disservice trying to self-publish when they—or their writing—may not be quite ready or polished as it needs to be. A publishing company is a gatekeeper. The offer of a contract is someone else, someone who is independent – not your mother or best friend or sister – saying, yes, we like your story and yes, you’re a writer. And an editor will make sure you are. A publisher will professionally present your book, which sometimes is not the case when a newbie decides to self-publish, whether out of frustration with rejections or impatience with the whole dues-paying learning process.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
I love Regencies and paranormals. They really help me escape, take me out of myself and the stresses of my life!
Do your characters talk to you?
How do you approach starting a new book?
They are all different. Usually a first scene will pop into my head and then I build on it.
What is your writing process?
I’m a total pantser. I never have an outline. I wish I could plot the whole book out like many authors do, but I just can’t. One of the great things about writing for a line or a multi-author series, such as my WOLF’S SONG story for Decadent’s Black Hills Wolves, my 1Night Stand stories for Decadent, or Fated Desires Publishing’s Tempting Signs series for which I wrote HER CAPTAIN, is that there is a “bible” or framework onto which you hang your own story!
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Debra Dixon’s GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict; Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD and Stephen King’s ON WRITING: A Memoir of the Craft
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
Read, watch movies and TV, cook soup and chili and stews – anything I can throw in a big pot.
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Funny you should ask. The hero of HER CAPTAIN, Slate Claybourne, is a former SEAL. So…of course I have to go with that!
Chocolate or chips?
What? Can’t have both? Of course, you can! I love the combo of M&Ms and potato chips. And let’s not forget all those soft and gooey, crispy on the outside, chocolate chip cookies out there.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
I would love to have Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak and be able to sneak around listening to people’s conversations! It’s all story fodder!
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Beer or wine?
I’m not sure I really have one anymore. I love J.D.Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, anything by Jayne Anne Krentz/Jayne Castle / Amanda Quick, or Marie Force or Nalini Singh.
Smooth or hairy?
I will have to take a pass on that. I love my wolfy shifter heroes. But I love my contemporary guys, too, especially HER CAPTAIN’S Slate Claybourne. And since he’s an ex-SEAL, I guess we’d have to say he’s smoooooooooth!
Taryn Kincaid will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC + a download of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC + a download of the book to a randomly drawn host.