Lynn: USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.” To date, Lynn’s books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.You can find Lynn at these places:
Jen: Tell us about your newest release. Where did the idea come from?
Lynn: I have two books out right now! The first is HOT SHOT, the fifth book in the Hostile Operations Team series about a group of hot Special Ops soldiers (out June 30, 2014). The idea for this book is actually an idea I had in my head for a while. Long ago, I wrote my first contemporary romance novel about a woman who lived with her very famous sister. This woman felt like her life was too controlled by her sister’s fame, so she ran away – and into the arms of a Navy man in a small Maryland town (this town has a cameo in HOT SHOT). It was quite an adventure and I really had a good time. That book never saw the light of day, for very good reasons, but the idea of the sister finding true love stayed in my head. Obviously, the idea changed quite a bit before it saw new life in this story. Gina Domenico is famous, but she’s alone. Jack “Hawk” Hunter is the team sniper and he’s got a lot of baggage! He’s not ready for love, but he doesn’t really have a choice when he has to rescue Gina. Nature takes its course and there are consequences!
She sank beneath the water again, only this time she stayed down, forcing her mind to go blank, her thoughts to drift away. When she surfaced, she wasn’t alone.
“Jesus, Gina,” he said, his voice a hiss because his strictures about talking loud still applied. “I couldn’t see you at all.”
She slicked her hair back from her face. “Sorry.”
“I thought something happened.”
Her face grew warm. “Nothing happened. Clearly.”
She was watching him so intently that when the next soft swell bumped into her, she didn’t let it roll over her the way she should have. Instead, she let it carry her forward until she had to put out her hands to stop herself from crashing into him.
His skin was warm, hard, and slick beneath her touch. The muscles were defined… and suddenly tense. His hands went to her waist, steadying her.
“Sorry,” she said again. It was such a small sound. A useless sound.
His fingers flexed against her waist. And then his hand slid up her ribcage, around to the tie of her bikini top. Her heart fluttered like a frantic moth. She wanted him to untie it so badly.
But he didn’t. He simply traced his finger along the line and she wanted to whimper.
“It’s okay, Jack,” she said. “Do it. I want you to do it.”
“Do what, babe?”
“I want to be your first after…” Because there was something sweet about this man, something vulnerable, and she ached for him. “God, I’m sorry if that sounds insensitive—”
He dragged her against his body—his very hard, semi-naked body—and fused his mouth to hers before she could finish her sentence. His tongue met hers and her body shuddered as hot need washed through her.
He put his hands under her ass, and she wrapped her legs around his waist, moaning when his cock slid against the thin fabric of her bikini. He was big, hard, and she flexed her hips, sparks tingling deep inside her as the bundle of nerves in her clit rubbed against him.
Oh, she wanted him inside her. And yet she knew how difficult this must be for him, how emotional. She wanted to tell him she understood, and yet she was certain he wouldn’t want to hear it. That she would sound like she was patronizing him.
She lost herself in the kiss, moving her body against his, her excitement rising, her pussy aching, the tension inside her spinning tighter and tighter.
He seemed to know what she wanted and he began to flex his hips, moving his body against hers. His hand moved, and then she felt a finger slide beneath her bikini. When he encountered the slick heat of her, he groaned.
“You’re hot for me,” he said against her cheek.
“I know. Please, Jack, do something about it. Or if you’d rather not, stop now and leave me here to cool off, okay?”
He pulled back to look at her, his eyes searching hers. “Leave you? Fuck no.”
The second book is from Harlequin Presents and it’s called CARRYING THE SHEIKH’S HEIR (July 1, 2014). This book came from my love of sheikh stories! This one has all the traditional elements: dark, sexy, tortured sheikh; accidental pregnancy; kidnapped heroine; forced marriage; dangerous trek into the desert; and appropriate alpha male groveling. Love. It. 🙂
Jen: Do you ever get your characters mixed up when you write? How do you keep from getting confused?
Lynn: I don’t mix characters up, but I do have to recheck sometimes and make sure I have the right eye color or hair color for characters who had their own book and are reappearing in a new book. I forget some of the details, especially in a series like HOT that keeps going over many books.
Jen: Do you ever incorporate real life personal events or situations into your books?
Lynn: I’ll never tell…. Ha! Seriously, I do take situations from life, maybe something I observed or something I felt, and I try to make it real for my characters. Romance novels are about emotion, and I think I explore an emotion best when I’ve experienced it. No, I have no idea what it’s like to have a child kidnapped like Gina does – but I do know what it’s like to lose a loved one, so I take that emotion and build on it.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Lynn: I’m a romance novelist through and through. I might one day try a historical – little known fact here, but my first three romance novel attempts were historical. I don’t like horror and will never write it. Just not my thing.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Lynn: Too many favorites to name! But I do love to read a good historical, and I love Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan. I also have a deep and abiding love for Laura Kinsale. Her romances are some of the best there are. I am currently reading Sandra Marton’s latest story about General Wilde — delicious!
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Lynn: My first book was published 5 years ago this August. I don’t remember what I did, but I’m sure I went into the bookstore and squealed a bit. Oh, and the day Harlequin called and told me they wanted to buy my book, my husband was leaving town for a business trip. I remember celebrating with a Lean Cuisine and a glass of wine. 😉
Jen: What’s next for you?
Lynn: More HOT books! I’m having so much fun writing about the Hostile Operations Team and I foresee a lot of books in the future about these guys. I may do a billionaire series as well. And there are more Harlequins in the pipeline!