Guest & Contest: Way of the Warrior anthology

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.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at


Suzanne Brockmann on her favorite emotional scene from “Home Fire Inferno”:

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.


Author Bio

Suz Brockmann is the award-winning author of over fifty books, and is widely recognized as one of theleading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year and two RITA awards.
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann specializes in military romances with over 50 books in print. A RITA winner, she has also won the Bookseller’s Best Award. Catherine’s books have been widely released internationally including in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Iceland, Australia, and Japan. She lives with her husband, who is a combat veteran and retired Air Force Colonel, near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle.
Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of suspenseful chills and romantic thrills. She’s published fifteen romantic suspense novels, as well as ten paranormal romances as Jaime Rush. Losing her nephew, a Marine, in the war made her realize that our military men are really the perfect heroes. Not only during the war but afterward as they try to stitch their lives and souls together once they’re home.
New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.
M. L. Buchman has over 30 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes& Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” He also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction. In addition to his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world. He is now making his living as a full-time writer on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife.
Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it’s no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.
Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth onthe greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. She still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own. When not working as a Practice Manager for an Internal Medicine Physician, you’ll find her at her keyboard, writing. She loves romance and nothing is off-limits when it comes to her muse. Lea lives in rural Georgia with her husband, three teenage daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a Betta fish named Coddy George.

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10 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Way of the Warrior anthology

  1. erinf1 says:

    a member of every generation of my family has served across 3 branches of the US military. We are truly blessed as we have never lost anyone. Thanks for the awesome anthology and cause!

  2. Carol L says:

    I look forward to reading this.. There are some pretty grear Authors listed there.
    My sons are career Army, one in Special Forces. My uncles and dad all served in different branches of the military as well as my brother. These men and women are pretty heroic just with the act of putting their uniforms on. God Bless them all..
    Carol L

  3. My connection to the military is through my uncles on both sides of the family who have served, my maternal grandfather who served and through my step-nephew who is currently serving. I really enjoyed reading each author’s favorite scene and particularly enjoyed the scenes from “Hot As Hell” and “NSDQ” – one made me laugh and one touched my heart

  4. Margay says:

    So many people in my family have been or still are in the military, starting with my parents who met while in the Air Force.

  5. My father was stationed in Cuba during the Korean War. It also gave him the opportunity to go to PT (Physical Therapy) school and that’s how he met my mom. He was her Physical Therapist (she hated him on sight – and the rest they say is history.

  6. Marcy Shuler says:

    My father was in the Navy and I have a BIL who is active duty Army and a West Point grad.

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