Today we welcome a couple of the authors from the Way of the Warrior anthology as they share with us a little about their favorite moment or scene in their story. But before we get to our guests, let’s learn a little more about this book.
Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, and Lea Griffith
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY AUTHORS Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the WoundedWarrior Project.
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Some of my favorite emotional moments in “Home Fire Inferno” happen when Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella interacts with the team’s inimitable Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok:
The senior was not prone to dramatics. Dude was steadfast, particularly in the face of tragedy—at least when he was on duty. And he was one of those stoically manly men some years older than Izzy, who considered himself on duty the moment he stepped away from his family and out of his house.
As Izzy watched, Wolchonok went limp with what could only be relief—just for a fraction of a nanosecond—before he clenched his fist and made the international gesture for yes, complete with three implied exclamation points. Both his relief and that yes happened so quickly that if Izzy had blinked, he wouldn’t’ve seen it.
Julie Ann Walker on her favorite humorous scene from “Hot as Hell”:
My favorite humorous scene from the story is when Michael “Mad Dog” Wainwright is having an argument with one of his teammates and his cell phone rings, vibrating and jangling out the tune to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
“Oh, for shit’s sake,” Bran cursed. “Is it possible for you to upload a ringtone that doesn’t make me want to take a bath with a toaster?”
Michael liked snappy pop songs. So, sue him. Who—if they were being completely honest—didn’t? “Don’t act like you don’t love it,” he told Bran, grinning broadly.
M.L. Buchman on his favorite romantic scene from “NSDQ”:
My favorite romantic scene from my Night Stalkers story NSDQ is the first love scene. It is a moment whenthe clothing is gone, and only the heroine’s artificial leg remains between them:
She sat up on the edge of the bed. He sat beside her. When she reached for a buckle, it felt as if she was about to expose herself far more than merely removing her clothes.
Sensing her apprehension, he slid his fingers beneath hers and undid the first one. She guided his hand to the second. With a slight shake and a push, it came free.
He knelt before her. This beautiful, naked, gentle man knelt before her, and slid the leg off. Setting it carefully aside, he peeled off one abrasion sock and then the other.
Lois had never in her life been so exposed or felt so vulnerable. And then he kissed the inside ofher bare thigh, and the sensation rocketed into her so hard and sharp that she cried out, not knowing if it was pleasure or pain.
Kendall took his time proving that it was indeed pleasure.
Lea Griffith on her favorite action scene from “War Games”:
I’m not sure how to adequately portray my favorite action scene from “War Games”. The story begins with a coordinated move on Vivi’s part to break Rook out of prison. I think this snippet encapsulates thedanger she feels as she realizes what she’s about to do.
She met his gaze and the air in her lungs froze. Panic sliced through her as the black ice of his eyes effectively trapped her thoughts, bypassing her intent and worming through her veins. Stone. Cold. Killer. It seemed there was no life behind those eyes,nothing but a veiled intent to destroy anyone who got in his path.
She was now all up in that path—a direct target. And she’d put herself there intentionally.