Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guest Blog Featuring Kallie Lane

READING LEADS TO WRITING 



Congratulations to Elaine, the winner of Kallie Lane's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

When I was eight, Nancy Drew and I hid under my blankets with a flashlight so Mom and Dad wouldn’t clue in. Reading at midnight was frowned upon in our family, maybe because I couldn’t get up for school the next day, or because I used too many batteries.

By the age of ten, I’d moved on to raiding my big brother’s stash of slasher, gangsta, and soldier novels. I craved action and adventure. There seemed to be sex involved in bro’s books, at least the ones hidden under his mattress, but I didn’t really understand those parts yet.

At thirteen, my girlfriends and I discovered romance novels, and life was great. We’d take our paperbacks to the school library and cover them with brown paper. The librarian didn’t mind—she read romance, too—we’d see her reading out on the lawn during lunch. After school, my brothers and I did homework at the dining room table under Mom’s eagle eye.  And I’d read romance. Yep, I’d do it right under her nose. Of course, Mom clued in when I had to retake Latin in summer school. I also got my first kiss and paw that year—Blechh!—and I wished teenage boys read romance novels.

While my tastes in reading material have expanded over the years, one thing has never changed: my love of romantic suspense. Mary Higgins Clark was an early icon for me. I knew I wanted to write after reading her mysteries. Later, Lisa Jackson, Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, and Cindy Gerard got my feet moving to creative writing classes. I had to do this! Weave romance and action, add a contemporary flavour, and pit strong-minded gals against their polar opposites...Alpha males who insist on protecting “the little woman” at all costs.


And so, the Shadow Soldier series was born. These Special Ops guys have finished their tours of duty, but are still bound to each other by their reserve Spec Ops unit. They moved back into society as a lawyer, homicide cop, RCMP special agent, Search and Rescue, and the list goes on. They avoid romantic entanglements that last longer than a few hours, but have a code of loyalty and honour that just won’t quit. All they really need is the love of the right women to straighten them out. Of course, there is always danger to the women they meet. Jeopardy throws them together whether they like it or not. Hard hitting action and complex relationships are what my books are all about.

I hope you enjoy reading Dark Abandon as much as I loved writing it. This is the first book in the series, and I’m busy writing more. I’m hoping for a 2012 release date for Deadly Abandon as well.

A special thanks to the many accomplished authors who have provided me with hours of reading pleasure, and the desire to fulfill my own dreams as a writer. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me curled up by the fireplace or down on the dock with a great book.

Tune in tomorrow for an interview with Theo Sauvage, the hero of Dark Abandon.

Happy reading everyone! Kallie


Kallie will be awarding one lucky commentator a Digital version of DARK ABANDON.


Giveaway ends 9pm EST Feb. 9th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email justromanticsuspense @ gmail.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

16 comments:

  1. I love romantic-suspense, Kallie. I've ordered my copy of Dark Abandon and can't wait to get started!

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  2. Thanks, Coreene! Please let me know what you think of the book!

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  3. Hi, Kallie! What a lovely post. I LOVE that your school librarian read romance, too. :) Your history sounds a lot like mine... Nancy Drew, then getting into more romantic books by early high school.

    Your series sounds fabulous. I love the idea of ex-Special Ops guys re-entering society in "normal" career fields. Please include me in your giveaway.

    annemariebecker at me dot com

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  4. Hi Anne Marie! Thanks for taking the time to stop buy and the best of luck with the giveaway. And I'm so glad you like the premise for the series!

    Take care,
    Kallie

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  5. I will be reading your book soon. Let's hope I can make it to the weekend before starting it or I will get nothing done. Hero sounds fabulous!

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  6. Thanks Maggie. I hope you enjoy. I admit to having a soft spot for Theo myself!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Sounds like the start to a great series! I enjoyed reading the excerpt on your site -have Dark Abandon on my list to read this weekend.


    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hello Mary! I'm glad you liked the excerpt and hope you love the book. Please drop me an email and let me know!

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  8. Hi Kallie,
    I too read late into the night, hiding the light!
    Your cover looks great. I like the title too.

    Please enter me in the draw:
    janet(underscore)kerr(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Janet. I still like to read through the night when I have the chance. Good luck in the draw!

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  9. Spec Ops. My favorite type of romantic thriller. I look forward to checking out your books.

    Elaine
    ithaca0706-at-gmail-dot-com

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    1. Thanks Elaine! There's just something about an alpha male who finally meets a woman who doesn't toe the line. Good luck in the draw!

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    2. Cool, another new author, would love to read in e-form on NOOK. lsscarchuk@att.net

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    3. Hi LS. I know DARK ABANDON will be available soon at many other cyberspace bookstores, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you're not able to find it for NOOK within the next 30 days, please drop me an email and I'll find it for you. Good luck on the draw!

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  10. Hey Kallie. Love your post. Makes me smile to think that you mentioned me (among those fabulous other writers) as someone whose work led you to chose RS as your perfect blend. Seriously. I'm smiling :o)

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  11. Thanks Cindy! I love your books. I actually just bought Rescue Me again tonight so I'd have it on my Kobo. Love to read when I'm on a road trip!

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