Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Navy Seal's Promise by Soraya Lane: Interview,Excerpt: Sizzling PR Tour Stop



The Navy SEAL’S Promise

Soraya Lane


With only 48 hours back on home soil for Christmas, United States Army Corporal Saskia Cullen is desperate to spend every minute with her young son. So when heavy snowfall closes JFK airport and she misses her connecting flight to Buffalo, she’s devastated. Until Navy SEAL Luke Gray offers to keep her company… and then personally escorts her home.

Luke is back in the US on leave, waiting to hear the details of his next mission, and Saskia proves to be a pleasant distraction. And when he hears that she needs to get home to see her son, he’s prepared to do anything to help the sexy single mom. Trouble is, he hadn’t planned on falling for anyone, let alone a beautiful soldier about to return overseas.

He raised his eyebrows but didn’t look at her again, the snowflakes suddenly falling with more insistence on the windscreen, making it hard for him to see.
“Shit, hold on.”
She did as she was told, obeying Luke’s command. “How the hell can you see through that?” she asked.

He grimaced. She could see a tightness in his face that hadn’t been there before.

“I can’t, but I need to find somewhere safe to pull over.”

Her heart dropped. They weren’t even half way there and the storm was coming in so bad she was starting to think they could be snowed in for the rest of the day. Or worse.

Luke had slowed the vehicle to a crawl, but now they’d come to a dead stop. He opened his door and jumped out before she could protest, disappearing into the whiteout without a jacket on, before reappearing and leaping back into the truck.

“Luke you must be frozen.” She unbuckled herself and reached out to him, hand hovering before closing over his arm.

Luke stayed still, his body no longer shivering like it had been when he’d stepped back in. She hesitated, stayed still, wondering if she’d done something wrong.

“I don’t think we’ll be going anywhere for a while,” Luke told her, his voice husky and low, turning away only to flick the hazard lights on.

Saskia swallowed then nodded. “Okay.”

They both stayed still, staring at one another. Until Luke reached out a hand, broke the silence and stillness and reached for her, his palm cupping her cheek. “I will get you home, Saskia. No matter what happens, I promise.”

She gulped again, not able to break their gaze, staring into the depths of Luke’s dark chocolate eyes like a spider trapped in its own web. Saskia didn’t answer him, just slowly nodded. He still hadn’t moved his hand, and it was no longer cool, warming up from its connection with her skin.

It seemed like she wasn’t breathing, like she couldn’t have breathed if she tried, as if there wasn’t enough oxygen to even make it possible. Until Luke moved closer to her, his mouth hovering over hers, and suddenly all she could do was suck back short, silent bursts of air.

“Saskia…” As he murmured she leaned closer, couldn’t help herself.

But it was Luke who kissed her. His lips grazed hers so gently, so carefully, that she thought she’d imagined it. She reached her hands up, cupped his face with one, mirrored his action, and clutched at his shoulder with the other. A shiver licked its way down her spine, made her lean closer into him, and Luke didn’t need any further encouragement.

“Hey,” he suddenly said, pulling back slightly and looking down at her.

Saskia knew she was blushing – her face was burning. “Hey,” she whispered back.
They stared at one another again, like they had before. Not saying a word, but Saskia’s mind was racing. Was she actually doing this? Making out with a guy she’d known for less than 24 hours, and ready to rip her clothes off it meant staying close to him?
“We might be stuck here for awhile,” he said, voice low as he glanced out the window. They were surrounded by white. “Maybe quite a while.”

Luke cleared his throat, but Saskia didn’t miss what he was trying to hide. His eyes flickered past her, only for a second, but not fast enough for her not to keep up.

She glanced over her shoulder, made certain there was nothing else there, that he was actually thinking what she was. That he was struggling to look at her for the same reasons she was struggling to look at him.

Luke’s eyes said it all. They were inquisitive, mesmerizing… hungry. And her fingers were itching to touch his face again, her lips tingling, ready to be covered with his.

She was having that problem with not enough air again. Because she wasn’t this kind of girl. She’d never had a one-night stand, never done anything reckless with a man before, never done anything risqué in her personal life. Not ever.

Screw it.

Saskia flicked her tongue over her lips, nervously moistening them, before closing the distance between Luke’s body and hers. She leaned in closer, kissed him full on the mouth, and pushed back his shoulders as she landed in his lap, straddling him.

She’d flown halfway across the world for a 48 hour trip home, and she was damned if she was going to waste it. She might not be able to make it to where she was supposed to be going, but she sure as hell could make it a trip stuck in the snow that she’d never forget.



How did you start your writing career?
I started writing seriously when I was about 20yrs old, and little did I know that it would be a long and hard apprenticeship! I sold my first book just over two years ago, and I’ve been head down, backside up ever since! 
When I started out, I had no idea how hard it would be sell a book, and I think that self-publishing has allowed so many authors to actively pursue their dreams. I must say that I’m pleased my first few manuscripts are safely hidden away, never to see the light of day again, because I’ve definitely developed my voice and style since then!

Tell us about your current release.
My current release is one of my favorite books, because it’s about a very sexy Navy SEAL, and an equally strong and attractive soldier. She’s used to being around gorgeous men in her role in the military, and used to keeping her distance physically, but Mr Navy SEAL has her all in a fluster from the moment she wakes up on a plane with her head on his shoulder J

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I was mentored for a year by Harlequin Romance author Donna Alward, and that was fantastic. I’m also lucky to have two very close author buddies, Natalie Anderson and Nicola Marsh, and we provide constant support to one another. I don’t know what I’d do without them!!

What was your first sale as an author?

My first published book was Soldier on Her Doorstep, which sold to Harlequin Romance. That story holds a very special place in my heart, and when I wrote it I thought: if this book doesn’t sell, nothing will. It made me laugh and cry writing it, and my editor said it made her laugh and cry reading it, which is why she acquired it!

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I work as a freelance journalist as well as an author, so I have quite a big workload. I try to work on writing books for at least two hours each day, and there’s one day a week that I get to write ALL day when my toddler goes to his grandparents house. We’ve just started doing that, and that day is sacred! 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting my butt in the chair. Once I’m there, I can usually write at least a thousand words in a sitting, usually more.

Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m a pantser but I’d love to be a plotter! I have to plot a little to get a proposal past my editor, but I prefer to work out my characters and their conflict, then just start writing. If I was a plotter though, it would make my life a lot easier!

What book are you reading now?
We’re about to go on vacation to Australia for a week, and I have three books ready to take. I never get to read much anymore, so I can’t wait! Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh, Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin, and Zoo by James Patterson. I like to read completely different books to those I write!

What are your favorite TV shows?
I’m a tv and movie junkie! My favorite tv shows are: Vampire Diaries (we won’t see season 4 until January though L) Grey’s Anatomy, Unforgettable, The Goodwife, Homeland and Gossip Girl.

Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
Yes, my 30th! Hopefully we’ll go on a nice little vacation instead of having a party, and I’ll leave my laptop at home…


As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Working as a freelance writer and now a professional author too, she writes every day and loves her job. Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and son on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.For more information about Soraya, her books and her writing life, visit www.sorayalane.com or follow her on twitter @Soraya_Lane. She would love to hear from you.



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Aimee C said...

Sounds right up my ally and I am in need of a new read in this stormy weather, good interview read this morning as well!

bn100 said...

Congrats on the book!

Farhana said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

elaine said...

nice belated Christmas present to myself ... cool

Darlene ysaguirre said...

Being a military wife would love to read!

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calgirl said...

This book sounds romantic.