Welcome Heather Long
on Her Release Day!
Welcome, Heather! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
A multi-published author, Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Combat Barbie is a high school reunion story about a beauty queen (literally) turned Marine and the one guy in high school who makes her feel nostalgic, the nerd turned millionaire, Kyle. Their reunion is made even sweeter by a mutual attraction they both feel comfortable about exploring.
Ooh, sounds fun! Which character is your favorite and why?
Hard to pick one over the other—particularly because Mary “Stormer” Phillips made her first appearance with Jazz and Roxy in No Regrets, No Surrender—I thoroughly enjoyed exploring her story at home. Kyle, on the other hand, was the geek made millionaire because he had the brains and the drive to make it happen. Nerd is definitely the new sexy.
I love that! *g* As the author, what surprised you about this story?
The organic connection these two experienced when they ran into each other, their conversations—they were fun and natural. From their coffee conversation to their texting to their dating—it just flowed beautifully.
Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
I have several more releases coming in the Always a Marine series. This was the first Woman in Uniform, but I plan to write several more.
Awesome! What are you working on right now?
I just turned in Always a Marine #13 – A Marine Affair. Next up Soulgirls #4, my paranormal Las Vegas romance—fun, flirty, and lots of passion.
Go you! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
It’s still hidden in a drawer somewhere.
LOL! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
Action scenes are my favorite and the easiest, even though the choreography is tricky. The hardest are the deeply emotional scenes because they can be brutal.
Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Yes. Wink But not all of them know that.
Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
Characters come first. In everything I write, it’s the story of people—the situation may change, the setting may change—but people fascinate me.
Love that! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I am a high school drop out. I left high school at 16, finished my GED at 18, then went to college. It took me 12 years on and off to finish my Associates Degree, but I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s now. It was never about minding school or education, I love education—I think I could go to school for the rest of my life as long as I got to learn something new.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh or Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs—those books are pure magic on a stick.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Um…let’s see if I can give you my favorites by series:
Kid is one of my favorites in the Fevered Hearts series – that poor boy has been through so much and he has so much more to go.
In my Marines, it’s a toss up between Logan Cavanaugh and Brody Essex. I love them all, I really do, but if pressed—yes they are two of my favs!
In my Fortunate Buddha series, Jared Parker has to be one of the absolute best heroes I ever had the opportunity to write. He appears in The Lady is a Thief
In Soulgirls—Minion always cracks me up. You can meet her in Into the Spotlight!
Love it! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark
Salty or sweet? Salty
Bed or kitchen table? Bed
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Give or receive? Give
The high school beauty queen…
The face of baby food, the darling of surfing commercials, and the exotic stunner who walked away with the Miss California title at eighteen, Mary Phillips has heard “you’re so beautiful” from childhood on. Tired of being her mother’s personal Barbie, she traded in her tiara and a lucrative modeling contract for combat boots and life as a Marine. She’s lost good friends and seen more walking wounded than she cares to admit, but this Marine wouldn’t trade her assignment for all the Manolo Blahniks in the world.
What does it matter she has no one waiting at home?
The class nerd…Kyle Stewart heard every variation as he went through school: nerd, geek, four-eyes, weirdo—and he rolled with it. He could count on one hand the number of girls who ever deigned to talk to him about something other than tutoring. But as the only self-made millionaire from his graduating class, he has the last laugh.
A high school reunion…
Despite the invitation, Mary didn’t plan to attend the ten-year reunion. The last thing she wanted to hear was—”you could have been so much, what happened?” But running into Kyle at the local coffee shop reminds her that not everyone judges by appearance. Kyle once swore to rub his former tormentors noses in his success, but when the reunion rolls around, he’s reluctant to go. Seeing Mary again encourages him to confront his one lingering regret, and the millionaire dares to reach for happiness.
Can Combat Barbie and her nerd overcome the past to love another day?
Fifty years ago, Jeannie Williams made her way to Las Vegas seeking fame and fortune. Instead, she lost her soul and wound up performing nightly shows at the Arcana Royale. Every day, she straps on her feathers, her glitter, her stilettos, and she dances. Every day, it’s the same.
Until the day he walks in.
For six centuries, Malcolm Reynolds has been the go-to guy for anything his family needs: warrior, diplomat, wrangler, researcher, and now an attorney. He enters the Arcana Royale Casino, intent on negotiating the release of his cousin’s bad debt, but one look at the golden-skinned showgirl ignites a fire of need that he’s never experienced. When the fantasy come true sits at his table, words he never expected to hear come out of her lush mouth: “I need your help.”
Now he’s in for the toughest battle of his life, because the Overseers own both his cousin’s debt and her soul. And he’s not planning on leaving the Royale without either one.
Warning: Contains high-stakes games, sexy showgirls, and a powerful showdown between a vampire that can’t lose and the House that never does. Spells, slots, sirens and sex, oh my!
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