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Guest Blogger: Sharon Hamilton
Friday, February 8th, 2013

My Name is Sharon and I’m Addicted to SEALs

I admit it. I am addicted to the US Navy’s finest, the SEALs. Ever since I began writing these luscious characters, after a steady diet of dark angels, angels or golden and dark vamps, I knew I had found my groove. I knew I could spend the rest of my writing career telling their stories without running dry.

I find it easier to get into the “zone” when I write about them. The pages fly by, the stories bloom and intensify. Their love life is hotter than hot and their character only questioned by those who don’t know them. Just something about a man with bulging arms covered in tats, who wears Superman or Batman underwear, and who can roll around on the ground with his dog, or one of his kids. And he likes to sleep commando-style. He is the perfect hero, a soft-spoken guy who doesn’t much like getting public attention, but is confident and knows that he will do what others won’t or can’t. And he loves his fellow warriors as true brothers in a bond that is perhaps stronger than kin.

shfallenseallegacy600x900-1Book 2 of my SEAL Brotherhood series, Fallen SEAL Legacy, was released in December. It tells the story of Calvin Cooper, the “gadget guy” on SEAL Team 3 who “knows where to put the oil and where things need greasing.” He’s spent his early life under pickups and tractors on his daddy’s farm in Nebraska. Falling hard for the daughter of a prominent San Diego psychiatrist, he finds in Libby that missing piece, especially after the tragic death of his own family back home on the farm.

Upon graduation, every SEAL is given a KA-BAR knife inscribed with the name of a fallen SEAL who came before, usually in their chosen field. It is a solemn ceremony not attended by family or friends, as it demonstrates the path laid down by others who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in an unbroken chain from fallen to the living. No SEAL will ever forget whose name he is entrusted to stand remembrance for. In my story, Coop will fall in love with the niece of the man whose name he carries.

Accidental SealI am working on Book 3 now, Armando’s story, which should be out before the summer. Book 1, Accidental SEAL, came out last June.

I find inspiration in several musical artists when I write SEAL romance. Two Steps from Hell is a group I love listening to when I write. Here is a YouTube of one of the pieces I listened to almost one entire day while I was writing. With song titles like “Invincible” and “Protectors of the Earth” this music is perfect background for my characters, who workout to this music.

http://youtu.be/GLqiQWAXQh8

What about you? What do you love about the military hero, especially the SEALs?

 Excerpt, Fallen SEAL Legacy:

Libby turned to go and Coop grabbed her arm. “Sorry.” He dropped his grip. “Stay for a bit. Then you can go.”

The two stood close enough that he could feel the heat from her body. She was a lethal, complicated, combination of spirit and emotion. Cooper liked girls who were easier to figure out. Though it wasn’t wise, he found himself making nice.

“I’d invite you in, but that wouldn’t be appropriate. Besides, the housekeeper has the day off. And Bay has had his way with the decorating and all.” His little smile was returned. Her eyes softened. Even in the dim light he could see her full lips, painted a deep pink, pucker as she formed her careful words.

“No problem.” She searched his face. He wanted to step to her, see if she would shrink if he slipped his hand up under her cotton top. But he held firm.

“You cold?” he asked. 

She nodded.

“Let me go get a blanket. We’ll sit outside and finish our talk, okay?”

“Fine.”

That word again. Why do women like to use it all the time?

Coop unlocked the door and in two strides grabbed the throw on his dinette couch without turning on the lights. He bid the dog stay curled on the dog bed inside the kennel. He didn’t want Libby to see the interior of his soul. After all, this wasn’t a date.

He walked down the beach toward the surf and she followed slightly behind. He placed the blanket around her shoulders, feeling the smooth texture of her neck and upper arm as he did so. She grabbed the blanket together at her chest and sat down in tandem with him.

She was looking out to sea, the last remnants of the now-purple sky turning grey. A few stars began to come out. She leaned back and scanned the blue twilight ceiling.

“I love how you can see the stars here. Not like where I live,” she said.

“You don’t live in San Diego?”

“No. I’m in San Jose. I was going to the University of Santa Clara.”

“Was?”

“I’m taking a semester off.”

Coop didn’t know what to say. He hadn’t gotten his college degree yet, though he had started. “Time off can be a good thing,” he said but didn’t mean it.

“I’m getting my Master’s in psychology. I’ve been going to school non-stop for seventeen years. I don’t know, I just needed a break. Probably a stupid idea, but the thought of plunging into another year of studies frightened me for some reason.”

“So you’ll live at home, then?”

“No. I can’t think there.”

Coop was going to let her tell him. He didn’t want to ask, but he was dying to know.

Better stop this or you’ll get your dick in a ringer. Last thing he wanted to do was report back to Timmons that he’d not made contact with the brother, but fucked his daughter.

Shit. Cooper, you’re a fuckin’ asshole.

“I think best here. Everything seems right with the world when I’m in the water, or at the beach. Especially just after sunset.” Cooper chastised himself for being such a fucking romantic.

What the hell are you doing?

Libby turned her face to his. He watched as her pretty eyes fluttered over his features, ending with his mouth. Unless he had totally gone off his rocker, the lady was feeling something for him. Although excited, he wasn’t sure he should be.

“I’m sorry about your family,” she whispered over the sounds of the waves in the distance.

This unexpected painful reminder he was a damaged soul bothered him. He understood why she said it. Why do women always want to heal guys? He’d seen his share of relationship train wrecks in the SEAL community. He wasn’t sure he believed it was possible to do it successfully. But if he did, she might—

Damn. Stop this right now.

Cooper tore himself from her eyes and sifted sand between his bent knees. She was barely touching his thigh with her own. He hadn’t noticed that before. The warm glow tingled up his leg, sending his junk into alert status.

“My father had no right to treat you that way. I want to apologize for his behavior. That isn’t who we are. We’ve never met—” Libby stopped, her voice wavering. This was hard for her.

Her eyes searched his. It was so simple and happened so fast. He leaned in and placed his lips over hers to stop her from talking. He was going to back away, but she moved forward and increased the pressure. His tongue slipped along her lower lip until she parted them and he was in.

He touched her cheeks with the back of both hands, and then sent his fingers into her hair at the back of her head, pulling her into him. She did not resist, but melted into his chest. He kissed her neck and heard her moan. Her smell, her breath, the taste of her lips put him in a trance. He wanted her. It was so wrong, but he wanted her more than he’d wanted a woman in years.

* * * * *

Hope you’ll enjoy the journey I’ve created with my guys of SEAL Team 3, and will come back for Armando’s story this summer.

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.
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Accidental SEAL  SEAL Encounter  Fallen SEAL Legacy   SEAL Endeavor  all available through Amazon
Heavenly Lover (Amazon) (Nook)   Underworld Lover  (Amazon) (Nook)   Honeymoon Bite  (Amazon) (Nook)
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43 comments to “Guest Blogger: Sharon Hamilton”

  1. Teresa Hughes
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 6:18 am · Link

    I think with all military heroes its how they love. Its a love that goes on forever not just for a moment in time. Its that they give everything they have to make the ones they love happy. And that they look really fine while they do it! My own personal hero is not a Seal instead he is an Army Ranger. Like the heroines in all the books, he makes my heart race by simply walking into the room!



  2. Z
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 7:17 am · Link

    Well, I hate to say it but you are not alone, we could start a group. Hello my name is Z and I’m addicted to Seals too. I am addicted to how tough they are on the outside and how caring and gentle they can be.



  3. Susan W.
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 7:41 am · Link

    My cousin and I have this addiction to SEALs also and have dragged her mother into our group. Now my aunt can’t get enough books with SEAL heros! Looking forward to your next SEAL book!



  4. Gretchen Felix
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 10:03 am · Link

    Great interview Sharon. Thanks for sharing once again. You know you hooked me on this series with the novella, SEAL Encounter. I’ve always been interested in military men fiction though my Air Force man was nothing like the SEALs. I haven’t finished Coop’s story yet, too much ‘real’ life. So glad to read you are doing a book on each team member. Look forward to those also. :-P



  5. shauntih
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am · Link

    I love Seals as well. Many of my family are in uniform.

    I also checked out that youtube of Two Steps from Hell. I like their music! Thanks for introducing me to them!



  6. Enikö
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 10:49 am · Link

    I guess my love for the men in uniform, any uniform, evolved slowly over the years starting with my Father and brother being in the Navy. The Seals are very special, as you said they do things that others won’t or can’t do. They are tough, but kind and they give their most to everything they do.

    I love your SEAL books! Looking forward to reading more in the series!



  7. Gayle Latreille
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 11:20 am · Link

    Sharon & Delilah, what an wonderful interview. Thanks so much :)

    I love Military romance books, but Sharon Hamilton does her SEAL series like no-one else can. They are hot, sexy Alpha’s but kind & gentle and loving with their loved ones.

    Always waiting for your next book :)

    gayle2b74@gmail.com



  8. ronnie c
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm · Link

    I’m getting these put on my kindle ASAP….Love sexy seals books!!! And love new authors to read :!: :wink:



  9. julie
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Being a wife of a retired British Soldier. I love reading about Sharon SEALs how gorgeous and honourable they are, cant wait for Armando story. Thanks ladies for the lovely blog, forgot to say how hot the books are too



  10. Karen Roma
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Thank you Delilah for hosting Sharon today, you have always been one of my favourite authors!
    What do I love about this genre?
    Well men in uniform are always sexy as sin and ooze Alpha-ness! They and are often embedded in some form of mystery, have a tough exterior and a heart just waiting to be captured by the right woman!
    And Sharon, your SEALs are to die for! The SEAL Brotherhood reeled me in from the first chapter, so when can I have more??
    :wink:



  11. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Teresa, I’m with you. They look mighty fine doing whatever. Raking leaves, even. And congrats on that Army Ranger hero in your life. You are a lucky woman! Thank him for me.



  12. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Z wouldn’t we have a fine time with our group. Showing Zero Dark Thirty and Act of Valor movies, getting guys with tats as speakers. Yup, there are enough of us for a group for sure! :twisted:



  13. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Susan W. congrats on dragging your cousin and her mother into the “fold” as it were. Such a healthy addiction! :oops:



  14. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Gretchen, so happy that you found me, and are continuing with the saga. Next Friday I’m back here with Delilah, because I couldn’t write out SEALs even though I have vamps! I’ll wait to see if you like what I’ve done. Come on back! :mrgreen:



  15. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Link

    I have it on good authority it is real SEAL workout music. Honest! I listen to it 24/7 when I’m writing the Alpha POV. Two Steps did the Game of Thrones theme song as well. They are my new fave.



  16. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Eniko, yes, these guys are worthy of our praise. Anyone who has a man or woman in uniform in the family is lucky indeed.

    Working hard to bring you guys the next one. All plotted out!! Beginning the new chapters this week. :-P



  17. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Thank you, Gayle. Hot and sexy. Strong and caring. The ultimate combination. And the fact that they are real (even though my characters aren’t) makes it all the better. Love seeing you here. :) :wink:



  18. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:22 pm · Link

    OH RONNIE! You made my day. When I get discovered, SQUEE!!! Warms my little heart and makes me want to write all night long. Thank you! Enjoy! :lol:



  19. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Julia, Delilah is a good friend and one hawt writer. We have a good time together online. So happy that you follow me all the way “across the pond.” A man in uniform, especially military, is always a hero for me. So happy for you that you’ve been able to share your life with one.

    Yes, Armando’s story is all plotted out. I’m liking it totally. :twisted:



  20. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Karen, I love the oozing alphaness stuff….That’s certainly the way of it, isn’t it? I totally agree with you about Delilah. She is a wonderful author, and she has lots planned for this year!

    Armando’s story is all plotted, and will be out this summer. :-P



  21. Z
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      · February 9th, 2013 at 10:52 pm · Link

    I love Act of Valor, my hubby just retired with 24 years from the Navy on Subs and he worked with Seal teams. He said Act of Valor is spot on. He watched the credits and he saw the name of one of the Seals he knew on the list.
    Z



  22. Melissa Porter
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      · February 10th, 2013 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Adding these to my need to get list. :-)



  23. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 1:40 am · Link

    Z, tell your hubby thanks for me. Yes, those guys were the real deal, and I agree with you, Act of Valor is the best portrayal of these guys and their brotherhood. Zero Dark Thirty got it a bit off, and I think made the SEALs look like a bunch of jokers. But that’s just me. A little sensitive. :oops:



  24. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 1:41 am · Link

    Thank you, Melissa. I hope you get acquainted with my SEALs real soon. :-P



  25. Danny
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 9:32 am · Link

    Hi Sharon,

    great guest blog. I am absolutely hooked on military heroes, especially SEALs, so your books sounds perfect for me.

    Military heroes are pure alphas, but they sometimes show also a vunerable side. Plus Men in uniforms are hot, The white dress uniform of the Navy, wow.



  26. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    Danny, I’m so with you there. Yes to the alphas, their white dress uniforms, and all the great things they do for us!! And yes, they are human, and vulnerable, and should be cherished and, above all else, LOVED.
    THANKS for stopping by. :lol:



  27. Dawn Staniszeski
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 9:49 am · Link

    Who doesnt love a man in uniform…or even better without!!!



  28. Angela
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing how your interest in Seals grew into your current series.



  29. Danny
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 10:47 am · Link

    I was a die-hard paranormal and historical romance fan, till I got my hands on Suz Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series and I got so hooked on SEALs



  30. Kristina Taylor
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 11:15 am · Link

    I love the way they are so tough and protective but at the same time gentle and loving. Ms. Hamilton I love your books :)



  31. Toni Whitmire
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

    I just love reading your story and can’t wait to get the whole series bibbiesparks@yahoo.com



  32. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Danny, I’m with you about the no uniform too. What’s not to love? LOL. :-P



  33. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Dawn, Comando style!! Couldn’t agree more. :lol:

    Angela, why thank you. Yes, these guys are truly addicting. Now remember, this is my own twisted version of them. Any mistake is all mine!! But I sure do enjoy them.

    Kristina!! You’ve made my day. Thanks so much for stopping back. Words like that make me want to write all day. Thank you. :)



  34. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Toni, thanks. Writers evolve into their stories. The more I write, the more the characters can meld and work off each other. It was a surprise for me, but I think it works. :roll:



  35. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Danny – forgot to say Suze Brockman was my first too. My favorite was The Admiral’s Bride. I love that book, about an older ex-SEAL and the daughter of a man he rescued.

    Her successful series gave me the confidence I could do one too. We all have a different style of writing, but I found my own by reading her and Marliss Melton’s books. Just like in all other genres, we enjoy lots of variety and I’d be proud to be compared to either one of those great authors.

    My interpretation of SEALs is based on some personal experience, and all the mistakes I make are my own entirely! :twisted:



  36. sharon chalk
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 8:49 pm · Link

    well had to come back and sign into this Fridays blog for a chance at the dog tags,I have my dads tags,I recieved them when he died and 2 of my brothers gave me one of the two they each had,so yours would be nice to add to my collection!!!And tho my brothers weren’t seals, one was a pilot and the other was boots on ground and that was dangerous enough,although if they would have been seals,maybe I could have met some of the single SEAL friends that they had lol then I could have had my own seal romance and not have to read them lol zanarigrandma@gmail.com



  37. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Sharon, great! Of course mine will be more colorful than the “real” ones, you’ll get them. Look for an email on Sunday. :-P

    Sharon



  38. Rachelle Lerner
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 9:30 pm · Link

    I fell in love with my husband when I first saw him in uniform. He was in Viet Nam and is getting disability pay due to Agent Orange. You have to admire the Seals for what they recently did.



  39. LaGina
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      · February 15th, 2013 at 11:02 pm · Link

    Being from a military town they are all around me. I support my military…I even married one. :-P



  40. Fedora
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      · February 16th, 2013 at 1:37 am · Link

    Awesome sounding series, Sharon–I think SEALs, as well as other military heroes, are wonderful to read. I appreciate how they remind us of the many real-life heroes who serve, and while those might or might not be involved in big operations, they are all worthy of our gratitude and appreciation. Thanks for writing these stories!



  41. donnas
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      · February 17th, 2013 at 12:51 am · Link

    They are strong, sexy with a great sense of honor and loyalty



  42. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 17th, 2013 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Okay everyone! I’ve got the names. Working on the drawing. Will post it on both here and the Friday 2/16 post in the next 2 hours. Good Luck!! :-P



  43. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 17th, 2013 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Winners of the ebook, Mortal Bite: LaGina and Melissa Porter.

    Winner of the Jimmy Thomas poster: Z (but you have to keep your promise to “hang” him by your bed). LOL.

    Others who commented on both blog dates will get an email from me, requesting their snail mail addy.

    Thank you so much!!! :lol:



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