Thursday, June 27, 2013

Welcome Guest Author Tonya Burrows! #SEALofHonor #WildeNightsinParadise

Welcome Guest Author
Tonya Burrows
to the blog!

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Welcome, Tonya!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Hi Laura! Thanks so much for having me today!

I write romantic suspense with heroes in (and out of!) uniform, as well as spicy contemporary romance. I’m also a full time graduate student working on a MFA in writing popular fiction. I have three fur babies—two dogs, Ella and Otto, and a fat cat called Nabisco—and we’re pretty much nomads since I have yet to find the perfect place to put down roots. Maybe I never will. I like to travel, to see new places and meet new people, and my animals are excellent traveling companions.

Nabisco! LOL Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I’ve actually just had two books release, one almost right on top of the other. SEAL of Honor (which you so kindly read and cover quoted for me—thanks!) released at the end of May. Wilde Nights in Paradise released on June 10.

SEAL of Honor is the first book in my HORNET series about a private hostage rescue team full of government and military outcasts. They don’t quite get along, and they can’t follow orders, but somehow they manage to get the job done and have a good old time doing it.

Wilde Nights in Paradise is the first book in a companion series from Entangled’s Brazen line. The Wilde Security series is contemporary romance and follows five sexy brothers, all ex-military, who own a private security company. You’ll see some character crossover between the two series.

Needless to say, it’s been a pretty crazy month for me.

Woot! I loved SEAL of Honor! Which character is your favorite and why?

Oh, boy. Can I say all of them? No? Bummer.

Okay, I have a soft spot for Jude Wilde, the hero of Wilde Nights in Paradise. He pretends to be an irreverent, immature player, but there’s so much more to him than he shows the world. It was a lot of fun peeling away his layers and finding the real man underneath it all.

Ooh, sounds fun! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How hard it was to write!

Seriously, Wilde Nights in Paradise was probably one of the hardest books I’ve ever written. Not only was it shorter than what I usually write, but I also couldn’t blow anything up.

And, no, I’m not a pyromaniac. Lemme explain.

I’m used to writing romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense. Any time I started to struggle with what should happen next while writing SEAL of Honor, I’d make something blow up or a character would get shot or something else like that would happen.

Except I couldn’t blow anything up in Wilde Nights in Paradise because it’s contemporary romance. The focus of the book had to be on Jude and Libby’s relationship with only a hint of suspense. (Believe me, I tried to add more and my editor called me out on it. She’s good at that.)

But, I have to say, I’m probably the proudest of Wilde Nights in Paradise. It was hard stepping out of my comfort zone and it was a learning experience, but I love how the book turned out.

That’s awesome! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes! Both series will have sequels. The second book in the HORNET series will be out sometime in spring 2014 and the second Wilde Security book should release this fall sometime. My goal is to write a book for each of the five Wilde brothers and all of the HORNET guys. Altogether, that’s something like fifteen books, so I’m going to stay busy!

Woot! What are you working on right now?

I’m currently writing the second Wilde Security book and researching the second HORNET book. I do A LOT of research for the HORNET books, so even though I won’t be writing that for another couple months, I’m trying to get a jumpstart on it in my free time.

What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Actually, I don’t know. I wrote my first novel-length book in 8th grade. It was an epic sci-fi/fantasy/romance/mystery. It was also an epic mess, but I was so proud of it at the time. I imagine it’s still sitting on the dinosaur computer I wrote it on, somewhere in my mom’s basement.

LOL! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

To be honest, I find suspense easier to write than romance, but to me a book is not complete without romance. I’ve been reading & loving the genre since before I was old enough to completely understand what was happening in the sex scenes. (I remember sitting with my best friend when I was about 12, puzzling over how doggy style was possible after we read about it in a historical—we even tried to figure it out using Barbie & Ken!) So, yeah, I just can’t imagine myself writing anything except romance, but I sure do love writing suspense-y scenes. It’s exciting! And I get to blow stuff up!

(I swear I’m really not a pyromaniac.)

Suuuuure! *winks* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

No, I try to avoid using people or events from my own life, but I do look to current world events for inspiration for my suspense plots. It gives the story an immediacy that is both scary and thrilling.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Family tends to be a big theme in my stories. The Wilde brothers are—well, brothers, and they have their share of family problems, but they love each other and it shows. The HORNET guys are all from broken, dysfunction, or cold families, so it was really a lot of fun to write about them in SEAL of Honor as they came together and formed their own ragtag version of a family.

Another theme that I tend to write about is identity. When SEAL of Honor starts, Gabe Bristow is going through an identity crisis because he’s no longer a SEAL and he doesn’t know who he is if he can’t be on the teams. His heroine, Audrey, helps him come to grips with his new identity as a mercenary. Alternately, in Wilde Nights in Paradise, Jude Wilde knows exactly who he is, but he shows the world the screw-up playboy façade everyone has always expected from him, in essence concealing his true identity from Libby, his heroine.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I hate romantic movies. I think I get my fill of romance from books, so when I watch a movie it’s usually an action-packed thriller or shield-your-eyes horror. There’s one major exception to that rule—Disney movies. I’m a Disney fanatic and my current favorite is Tangled. I can watch that movie over and over and not get sick of it!

LOL! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Man, I wish I’d written the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The series is pure book crack! I’ve never seen any heroes more addictive than those Brothers.  (By the way, is it March yet? I need my next fix!)

Yep. Me, too! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate

Salty or sweet? Both. Together. Yum.

Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen table.

Beach or mountains? Beach.

Give or receive? Give.
It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.
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He’ll guard her body all night long.

Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL.

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?
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Excerpt from Wilde Nights in Paradise:

Jude hesitated, hating the way she backed up with his every step closer. He knew he looked predatory, knew she wasn’t anywhere near ready for him to unleash the full force of his desire. But, damn, he couldn’t help himself. He hadn’t planned on making any advances, despite the memory of losing himself in her, which had been replaying in his mind since seeing her again. Now here she was, offering one night, and maybe he was a complete jerk, but he didn’t have the willpower to walk away from that. He followed her retreat, his blood running hotter than it had in years. He was tired of denying himself what he wanted, what his body and heart had claimed as his own years ago.

She backed away until she banged into the covered pool table. Which was perfect.

“Wait.” She held up her hands, pushed against his chest as he crowded her, caging her in with a hand on each side of her hips.

“Second thoughts already?” He leaned in and scraped his teeth along the line of her chin to her ear. “Gotta tell me now.”

“No. I don’t know. Maybe we should think…” Her words trailed off into a moan as he traced the curve of her ear with his tongue, then tugged the lobe between his teeth.

“You think too much, Libs. Always have. Just feel.”

She tilted her head to the side, allowing him better access, and he took that as consent. He grazed the column of her neck with his lips, enjoying the trail of goose bumps he left in his wake. Her hands found his hair, tangled in the longer strands on top, and guided his head down to a much more interesting area of the female anatomy. Happy to oblige, he sucked one of her nipples through the layers of her shirt and bra, but it wasn’t enough. Too many damn clothes separated them. He need her bare skin under his hand, against his tongue.

“You should have put your swimsuit on."

Resignation tinged her sigh. “I was afraid this would happen if I did.”

“Hate to tell ya, babe, but this was gonna happen even if you were wearing chain mail.” 

About the Author
Tonya Burrows | Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven't stopped since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I'm now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let's be honest, I'll take a bad horror movie too!) I'm a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I'm also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.​​

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. We live in a small town in New York, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.

Where can we find you on the web?

Tourwide Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of SEAL OF HONOR, a WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE mug, swag, and will even have a character in one of Tonya’s future releases named after them! Giveaway ends 6/30.

Thanks for having me. It was a blast!

All right everyone, leave Tonya some comment love! Did you have a favorite line from her excerpt? Thanks for reading!


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erin said...

Looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!!!! (sorry if I forgot to answer a question, but the fire alarms are being tested in my building and I have a splitting headache now :( )

DaVinciKittie said...

I really enjoyed both these books, especially Wilde Nights with Jude. Dude is a serious charmer and I was sad to see his book end! I'm looking forward to the upcoming novels in both series, especially about Seth. His story is moving and I imagine his journey will be emotional.


Colleen said...

These both look great! My favorite line was: “Hate to tell ya, babe, but this was gonna happen even if you were wearing chain mail.” LOVE!

Heather Hand said...

Wow thanks for another awesome author and More books to add to MT. TBR! I swear someday its gonna fall over & bury me alive. I will have to read my way out :-)

Sarah G said...

I loved SEAL of Honor so I'm excited to read more of your work Tonya! :o)

Sarah Cope said...

Fantastic, Loved this, now can't wait to get reading.

donnas said...

Sounds so good. Cant wait to read more.