Rescuing Melina Wasn’t Easy

Writing in a Kindle World is never easy. It’s made even more complicated when the book is a crossover between two author series. In the case of Rescuing Melina, characters from my Guardian Elite series were combined with characters from Susan Stoker’s Delta Force Heroes series to rescue a character introduced in my Black Swan series.

Are you lost or confused yet?

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In Rescuing Rayne you meet Mary who plays a role in Rescuing Melina. Click HERE to buy now.

Fortunately, I have enjoyed reading Susan Stoker’s books for the past few years and was familiar with her characters. I was so excited when Susan allowed me to deeply incorporate one of her future heroines in my story. If you have read any of Susan Stoker’s Delta Force Heroes, you should be familiar with Mary and Truck. These two lower-level characters have appeared in most of her books in that series, although they will not receive their own book for quite a while.

I wanted to bring all my readers up to date with the Ladies of Black Swan, as well as several men who work for Guardian Security, so I included those characters in at least one scene.

Did I mention this all had to be done in a novella which means 80 to 160 pages?

Because I prefer to write romantic suspense, that means there is an extensive action plot line, as well as romantic plot line, that has to be interwoven to reach a happily ever after by the end of the book.

I hope you’re getting the picture that writing a novella is complicated.

logo-ussocom-2As you may know, I do a great amount of research with each and every book. At one point, I looked up pictures of Fort Hood buildings just so I could accurately describe them. In the process, I discovered the hospital is almost brand-new. I was able to include that fact in the book. I spent nearly an hour searching online for small airports in and around Killeen, Texas. It was quite an education. It seems most of the ranches in the area have their own airstrip, not something this author born in upstate New York would never have considered. Just so I could accurately describe it, I looked up the symbol for the United States Special Operations Command.

I do all of this just to bring my readers the best story possible.

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Writing Fast

Three books in three months – never again

For 2017 I set some very lofty goals which included publishing books in January, February, and March.

I’ll never do that again!

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I believe I write fairly fast, and now that my Dragon is trained, I write even faster. But this was crazy. January’s novella, Double Jeopardy, was written in December in between a week-long family vacation and the Christmas holidays. Being a novella, I can usually knock out 30,000 words in about fifteen days if I write every day. In December, there was no way I could write every day and still remain married and in the good graces of my adult children. (Someday the latter are going to pick my rest home.)

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Before Double Jeopardy was published, I had moved on to deep rewrites of the first novel I ever published. Uncaged Love was published in February as the second full-length novel in my Black Swan series.

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Coming March 21 only on Amazon

Rescuing Melina will be available for sale on March 21. I am so thrilled to be able to write in Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World.

It’s been a crazy first quarter of 2017 and the second quarter looks to be almost as ridiculously busy.

Coming up next, look for the prequel to the Black Swan series. Although it will be out within the next sixty days, it doesn’t have a name or a cover yet. It will be given away FREE to everyone on my newsletter list, so if you aren’t there yet, please sign up here for my newsletter.

I have committed to writing a novella, once again part of the Guardian Elite series, in Elle James’ Kindle World. Also yet to be named, that book sits it second place in the queue because it will publish in June.

Before the end of the year, Black Swan Book #3 will be out as Grace and Griffin find themselves on the road to love. I guarantee there will be potholes and wrong turns. You will also see the final book in the Cancun series. It’s about time Levi met his match.

That’s a lot of writing in the next nine months. Perhaps I should just claim 2017 as my year of insanity.

How is your year going? Leave me a comment and some lucky winner will receive a surprise.

FBI at My Door – Again

If you’ve never had the FBI ring your doorbell, thank your lucky stars. I’ve met with them several times while being investigated and now I worry that they are going to seize my computer and flash drives, based on my Internet search history.

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Yes, I have reason to worry. While writing Uncaged Love, I was researching explosives (you could have guessed that one, huh) and downloading maps of Colombia for that book. At the same time I was trying to find the best way to blow up a Cessna jet for a different book. I also had SEAL websites open and was also trying to determine the ten largest cities in the U.S.A. (Getting the picture here?)

I’m sure my name pinged somewhere in the bowels of the J. Edgar Hoover Building in D.C. and they pulled up my real name and thick file. When the lowly tech looked at it, he probably laughed, counted the number of guns I own, shook his head and refiled it so he could go find a real bad guy. At least I hope that’s what happened.

Before I continue, I need to tell you a little about myself. I went to college intending to be a Navy public affairs officer upon graduation so I was in NROTC. That’s when I met my first FBI agent up close and personal. To become a military officer, you must be investigated and vetted. All I remember about that encounter was how scared I was as a seventeen-year-old from a tiny town in upstate New York and how I hoped my four, vindictive brothers wouldn’t say anything to jeopardize my chances for the secret clearance I needed.

Four years later, I was a lot smarter. The Navy had cancelled my contract as part of the post-Vietnam drawdown, I was engaged to Macho Marine and they were investigating him, not me. I smiled sweetly and answered all the agent’s questions while trying desperately not to drool. He was freaking hot. He had a face that belonged on magazine covers and a body sculpted by hours in the gym. To top it off, he was a nice guy and only a few years older than me. We joked and talked casually long after the official questioning was completed.

Fast forward through several MM promotions and at least two more FBI vetting procedures. By that time I was getting good at this whole interrogation thing.

I owned an advertising and public relations agency in southern Georgia. My business had grown through word of mouth so when a plantation owner introduced me to his Georgia Tech roommate, I thought nothing of it.

The man was from Colombia, an Olympian shooter, and was very serious about his growing import-export business. He was trying to help the people in his country by importing generators since electricity was rare and unstable if available. He exported flowers, primarily to the U.S.A.

SIDEBAR – I used these ideas in Uncaged Love. The book takes place in Colombia and my villain was once idealistic about changing the agricultural focus of the country.

The new client wanted me to come to Colombia and oversee the photo and video shoot for the promotional materials for his side business; an exclusive trip for high-end sportsmen that included a dove hunt, deep sea fishing and mountain stream fly fishing. I’d negotiated in a personal side trip to the emerald mines and a few days at a beach resort on the Caribbean Sea. Sounded like the prefect trip to me.

Macho Marine already had orders for our next move which required a higher level of security, beyond his current top secret clearance.

Enter the FBI once again.

When the cordial agent, who was obviously nearing retirement, asked us if we had plans to travel outside the U.S.A., I excitedly told him about my planned trip to Colombia. He closed his little black notebook and stood. Shaking his head, he announced, “If she goes to Colombia, you’ll never get this clearance and you’ll never be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Your career will end.”

Needless to say, I never made it to Colombia, but it’s on my bucket list.

As I researched the country for Uncaged Love, many of the sites and cities I’d planned to visit all those years ago came back to me. Although economically and politically the country is much more stabilized than it was, it’s still a dangerous place.

BLURB:

The jungle isn’t the only thing that’s hot while escaping a Colombian cartel.

ATF Special Agent Harper Tambini is kidnapped by a Colombian drug lord and forced to use her explosives knowledge to kill his competition before she can escape with the help of undercover CIA agent Rafe Silva. As they make their way through the rivers, mountains and jungles, their desire for each other detonates. But Harper reminds Rafe of his murdered fiancée, and the shadow world he wants to leave. Harper learned the hard way that men never stay, so now she doesn’t keep them around long enough to see if the sparks can light a fire that will last forever. In their short time together, can they crystalize a relationship, or will it all blow up?

Uncaged Love is the second book in KaLyn Cooper’s Black Swan series featuring SpecOps trained, active duty women. If you like Susan Stoker, Sharon Hamilton, and Kaylea Cross, you’ll love the action-packed suspense and hot romance of this series.

Buy this military suspense filled with sensuous heat today.

Click here to read the first few chapters of Uncaged Love

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A Sale…Just in Time

uncaged-love-highresSince Uncaged Love: Harper & Rafe (Black Swan book 2) releases February 20…

The jungle isn’t the only thing that’s hot while escaping a Colombian cartel.

ATF Special Agent Harper Tambini is kidnapped by a Colombian drug lord and forced to use her explosives knowledge to kill his competition before she can escape with the help of undercover CIA agent Rafe Silva. As they make their way through the rivers, mountains and jungles, their desire for each other detonates. But Harper reminds Rafe of his murdered fiancée, and the shadow world he wants to leave. Harper learned the hard way that men never stay, so now she doesn’t keep them around long enough to see if the sparks can light a fire that will last forever. In their short time together, can they crystalize a relationship, or will it all blow up?

Uncaged Love is the second book in KaLyn Cooper’s Black Swan series featuring SpecOps trained, active duty women. If you like Susan Stoker, Sharon Hamilton, and Kaylea Cross, you’ll love the action-packed suspense and hot romance of this series.

Buy this military suspense filled with sensuous heat today.

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unrelenting-love-625pxlYou have just enough time to read Unrelenting Love: Lady Hawk & Alex (Black Swan book 1)

You can start right now. Click on the cover and you can read the first chapter FREE. Then buy it for the lowest price ever $2.99 but the sale ends soon.

Blurb: Women in SpecOps? Never…until he sleeps with the most lethal woman in the world.

Alex Wolf would never believe that women could handle Special Operations, especially someone like Kat with her soft skin, feminine curves and party-girl attitude. When he discovers her real job, he wants to protect her from the terrorists who would kill her, and make her his forever.

Katlin Callahan spends weeks, sometimes months, hunting the most dangerous men on earth as the covert Ladies of Black Swan team leader. Between missions, the only man she wants in her bed makes her heart pound and her body zing. Losing her heart, and focus, could get them both killed.

Unrelenting Love is the first book in KaLyn Cooper’s Black Swan series. Each romantic suspense features one of five, active duty women secretly trained in SpecOps. If you like the action-packed stories of Susan Stoker, Gennita Low and Sharon Hamilton, you’ll love this series.

Buy this sizzling hot romance and meet the Ladies of Black Swan today!

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dj-promo-blockOn sale February 9-14, you can buy Double Jeopardy: August Indulgence (An Indulgences Novella Book 9) for only $1.99!

You can also read it free on Kindle Unlimited.

Blurb: When a billionaire and his wife are in jeopardy, life is doubly dangerous for their bodyguards. 

Guarding a billionaire couple on a fix-it or forget-it vacation, at a highly-exclusive resort on a remote island was Ryleigh Davenport’s dream assignment. Except, she’d been partnered with her former lover, Blake Albright, the soldier she’d been forced to leave behind without a word. When the threats against the CEO and his wife turn to murder attempts, will Riley and Blake find comfort in each other once again? 

Double Jeopardy is the Guardian Elite novella #3 that includes characters from KaLyn Cooper’s popular Black Swan series. If you enjoy the strong female characters in books by Susan Stoker, Sharon Hamilton, and Cristin Harbor you will love this Special Forces trained heroine.

Buy this high-action contemporary military romance today.

 

 

 

Christmas Doesn’t Have to be Over

christmas-in-cancun-highresOne month ago today, we celebrated Christmas…but that doesn’t mean the spirit of Christmas has to end.

In the continued spirit of giving, you may download Christmas in Cancun for FREE! 

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Blurb:

Busy building a new career with his catamaran company, former SEAL Jack Girard had all but forgotten about his grandfather’s quest to find the golden Mayan goddess statues until his brother’s beautiful widow, Jillian, and adorable daughter, Addison, arrive in Cancun with the research materials. Jack’s need to complete the family quest is almost as strong as his desire for Jillian.

Between raising her daughter alone and finishing her doctorate in Mayan anthropology, Jillian doesn’t have time for a man in her life. Although, after mourning her husband’s murder for two years, she’s ready for a man her bed.

An underwater Virgin Mary statue and centuries-old manuscripts lead the two of them through the Mayan Riviera and directly into danger.

During steamy Caribbean nights together, will they develop the ability to move on and discover the real treasure isn’t gold?

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Dog Tags for Christmas

Unfortunately, some good things do come to an end. On February 1, Dog Tags for Christmas will be removed from all retail sites. You will no longer be able to get these 3 heartwarming Christmas stories together for only $3.99.

Noel’s Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper 

Tanner is better at communicating with animals than women, but as an amputee Bailey knows firsthand, it’s the internal scars that can be the most difficult to heal.

 SEAL’s Christmas Dream by J.M. Madden 
When Veterinarian Willow James’ office is broken into, it’s natural that she turn to her soul mate, former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn, to track down the culprits. The trail leads to a notorious Pit-Bull fighting ring. It may take a Christmas miracle and a helpful nudge from an old partner to get everyone home safely. 

 Snowflake’s Gift by Lindsay McKenna 
Two veterans—one human, one canine—have returned to Montana to recover from the traumas of war. Former Army Ranger Nick Conway depended on his WMD dog Snowflake to help him navigate IEDs on the battlefield. Now he needs his best friend to help him cope with his PTSD and acclimate to civilian life. When he meets Holly McGuire and agrees to help her deliver meals to the elderly, her inner light calls to him, but his demons hold him back from giving in to his attraction. But Snowflake takes an immediate shine to the kindhearted Holly—and he has never led Nick down the wrong path. 

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Release Day Diamond Giveaway + 2 FREE books

dj-promo-blockI always get excited, and nervous, the day before a release. I wonder if I had done enough promotion, what additional avenues are available to reach my readers, and then there is the standard author paranoia…will they like my book?

prologue-coverDouble Jeopardy released on Tuesday, January 10. Click on the picture to BUY NOW!

The book was part of a boutique series created by Hildie McQueen based on Indulgences Resort, sort of a Panamanian fantasy island. My book was one of thirteen stories.  Click on the cover for an immediate download Indulgences the Prologue FREE.

uncaged-love-highresAs I fretted over yesterday’s release, I was also editing Uncaged Love, my mid-February release. What had started as an edit has turned into major rewrites. I find it astonishing that my writing style has changed so much in a mere three years. Although the base of the story will not change, nor the hero and heroine, characters from my Black Swan series will play a larger role, primarily in the backstory.

susan-stoker-caroline-coverRight on the heels of Uncaged Love, and directly related to that story, Rescuing Melina will released in March as part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World. If you are not familiar with her two military series, you can grab Protecting Caroline for FREE by clicking the cover.

2015-10-06-09-55-28As always, a KaLyn Cooper release means diamonds! The contest for the diamond necklace continues until January 15. Please check my Facebook page for multiple ways to enter. Answer the question below for Double Entries!

>>> Would you rather travel to a Panamanian island to fulfill a fantasy, go to Cancun for an exciting vacation, or take a staycation at home? <<<

2017 A Year for Love

2017-happy-nyHappy New Year! 

I’ve seen on social media where 2016 was such a horrible year for so many on a personal basis. 

It was a great year for me!

Especially career wise. I was able to publish 5 books! I met some wonderful readers at the 5 book signings I attended. I networked with some of the best romance authors. 

Looking ahead, 2017 should be even better. I have 6 books in the pipeline. Look for Double Jeopardy releasing Jan 10th, part of Hildie McQueen’s Indulgences series. current-book-banner-dec16-copyUncaged Love – book #2 in the Black Swan series coming out in February and followed soon after is Rescuing Melina – part of Susan Stoker’s Kindle World and a Guardian Elite crossover. 

I expect to have Book #3 in the Black Swan series and maybe even #4 by the end of the year 2017. I may have another surprise for Black Swan addicts. (he he)

I’ve cut back on appearances for 2017 but I WILL be at the RT convention May 2-7 in Atlanta, sponsoring a few great things…like a HUGE party on Thursday night with other Military Authors.

SpecOps, Spies & Speakeasy: Roaring 20’s Costume Party

I’ll also be at the RWA conference in July at Disney World.

Come by and see me. 🙂

And, yes, I will continue my “special prize” with each release. If you know what I give away with every release, Comment below. You might WIN something.