Books-n-Kisses is super excited to have Catherine Mann on the blog today. We are chatting about life, hot military men and her newest release Free Fall
CM: I’m a military wife, mom of four stellar young adults, grandmother of one PERFECT grandchild, pet mom to four rascally critters, foster mom to Humane Society puppies … and I write. A lot. I’m lucky to have a very full life I enjoy!
Have you always wanted to be an author?
CM: I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. The dream to be a writer has always lurked in my mind. It just took the supportive encouragement of my husband for me to make the leap and try my hand at penning my own novels.
Can you share with us your typical writing day. Is there anything you have to have while writing?
CM: I set weekly work goals for myself keeping in mind the target date needed to finish my next book. If I complete all my work by Friday, I get to take the weekend off. If I don’t accomplish my goal, then I work weekends to catch up and stay on track. It’s a hefty motivator for me to stay on pace during the week – and a motivator for my family to honor my work hours. As for something I need while writing – I always have a Diet Coke within reach!
Most challenging or rewarding part of writing?
CM: Working at home presents a challenge in that folks tend to think I’m always available to chat or play, yet working from home also means I can stay in my PJs all day long if I choose – with a Diet Coke nearby, of course!
Can you please tell us about your latest book?
CM: FREE FALL is book 4 in my “Elite Force” series about Air Force pararescuemen. If you haven’t read the other three books, don’t worry. FREE FALL can be read as a standalone. However, if you would like to catch up with the other three, they are still available. Book 1: COVER ME. Book 2: HOT ZONE (a RITA Award finalist!) Book 3: UNDER FIRE.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
CM: I’ve always been fascinated by the different job tasks of our military service members. And the pararescumen are truly the elite of the elite – with less than 400 of them in the world. I had woven a pararescueman into an earlier book of mine – FULLY ENGAGED. So when the opportunity came to write a series featuring the profession, I couldn’t resist! It’s an honor to get to showcase their heroics.
Can you share with us your current work in progress?
CM: I’m currently working on book 5 in my “Alpha Brotherhood” series for Harlequin Desire – featuring a Formula 1 race car driver who also happens to do some freelance work for Interpol.
Open your book to a random page and tell us what’s happening.
CM: FREE FALL, page 122. Jose is explaining to Stella about how he become an alcoholic, how he sobered up, and yet how he still fears what he future hold for him. (Yes, you read that right. The hero in this book is a recovering alcoholic. I am curious about what reader feedback on Jose will be.)
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
CM: Lisa Gardner’s TOUCH AND GO is on my Kindle now – I just have to find an evening I can stay up late, though, because I can never put her books down once I start reading.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
CM: I adore visiting with folks online. I can be found almost daily at one of the following sites:
- Website: http://catherinemann.com
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CatherineMannAuthor
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CatherineMann1
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/catherinemann/
BY CATHERINE MANN
IN STORES MARCH 2013
On This Mission, There Are No Accidents…
Pararescueman Jose “Cuervo” James is the guy they call for the most dangerous assignments. He lives for his job.
On a high-risk rescue deep in the African jungle, Jose encounters sexy, smart Interpol agent Stella Carson. They’d once had an affair that burned hot and fast, but family is everything to Stella, and Jose just can’t go there.
Fate has thrown them into the deadly hot zone together, and sparks will fly…but only if they can live to tell about it.
Praise for Free Fall:
“Catherine Mann writes an amazing combination of keen suspense, unique characters, and heart-stopping romance. I’m a fan!” —Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author of Savor the Danger
“Tense and dramatic… the chemistry is strong, the prose is tight, and the story never stops moving.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mann sweeps readers along with pulse-pounding suspense, passion and a full-out frontal assault of the senses that will keep readers gripping their seats…” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars
A little bit more about Catherine:
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann pens steamy military romances, with over two million books in print. She has won the prestigious RWA RITA Award and a Bookseller’s Best Award, and has finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Maggie awards. Catherine resides with her husband, a retired Air Force colonel, in Florida. For more information for her entire series, please visit www.catherinemann.com.
Catherine and Sourcebooks are giving away a great prize for readers: a prize pack of the first three books in the Elite Force: That Others May Live Series (Cover Me, Hot Zone and Under Fire). Good luck!