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Sharon Hamilton: Cruisin’ for a SEAL (Contest)
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Thanks for having me today Delilah.

We do crazy things as authors, and we get our inspiration for our stories from just about anywhere. I am working on my 5th book in the SEAL Brotherhood series, called Cruisin’ For A SEAL. It’s the first time I’ve taken a long, extended vacation to write a book, and wrote nearly 1/3 of it onboard a cruise ship traveling from Italy to Brazil. This is where my story takes place.

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First, I had never been to any of the ports we stopped at: Marakesh, Casablanca, Tenerife, Cape Verde, Sao Paolo, Rio, Santos. The crossing took us over the Equator, taking us from Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, to Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. There was a ritual in crossing this line we fully participated in. Salsa and flour and egg in the hair, jump into the salt water pool. A memorable experience.

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My story follows the same itinerary: several members of SEAL Team 3 are on a vacation together with their wives and girlfriends, when terrorists take over the ship. Of course they save the day, and nearly everyone on board. Being the only Americans on this particular cruise, I met people from all over the world, and got a good cross-section of peoples and cultures to use in the story. I wrote late at night, early in the AM. Anywhere and everywhere. I wrote when I couldn’t sleep.

My hero and heroine meet before the cruise sets sail, in Savona, Italy. They spend a night together and expect they will never see each other again, which of course doesn’t happen.

Here’s the excerpt from Cruisin’ For A SEAL:

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She was a pretty brunette with skinny legs, wearing high heeled camo boots, which is what got his attention originally. Waiting on a street corner, he thought perhaps she was a working girl. Marc decided to sit, have a cappuccino and watch the passers by.

She was joined by an older woman who could have been her mother. The two took a table next to him and the Italian flowed all over his body like a gentle rain.

The coffee was delivered to him and he nodded without speaking, not wanting the ladies to identify him as American. Not that it would make any difference, of course, because he had no intention of talking to them.

The heart-shaped design in the foam floating on the top of his cappuccino put a fishhook to his heart. He stared down at it with a wince, but welcomed the creamy taste. The shot of caffeine gave him the jolt he was seeking.

His eyes drifted from the cluster of pigeons trying to dodge scooters and pedestrians to the table next door. The younger woman was slipping off her
black raincoat, revealing an ample chest delicately restrained in a stretchy black dress that came down low in a dangerous V. She held her water glass with long delicate fingers and short red nails. A colorful charm bracelet encircled her small wrist.

He followed the glass she was holding until it mated with her full red lips. Her large brown eyes darted in his direction, then she repositioned them on the face of her companion across the table. But then she smiled. He knew that smile was intended for him as such as he understood his dick was interested for the first time in three months.

The Italian was luxurious. No other way to describe it. An Italian love ballad was playing somewhere down the arched tunnel between the piazza and the homes of the locals above.  He didn’t know the words, but loved the feeling it imparted to him. He understood some of the words, like Amore. He’d not have tolerated this sappy show or sensual drifting until tonight, but he was fantasizing the lady was rubbing the glass against her bottom lip for him, sucking the ice cube she held in her left hand as she flipped it inside and out of her lips, wrapping it in her pink tongue.

She smiled at her companion, and he wanted to lick the dimple that dared to show itself on the left of her cheek. He knew she’d taste good. He knew just a drop of her juices on his tongue would send him places he’d missed. His little brain had the pompoms and the little cheering section. Was already nekked with the young lady with the big tits and the beautiful full red lips. His fingers had found how her silky inner thighs quivered under his touch.

What are you doing?

She was a pleasant fantasy, and if he was completely honest and felt she would understand him, he’d thank her. But he was a dog. He was a dog about ready to embark on a cruise out of port with some of his best buds. He’d never come back here to Savona, and would never see her again.

I will reward a free audio book to one person who leaves a comment, chosen at random. Here’s your question: If you were going to go on a cruise with your favorite author, where would you go, and what story would you want to read/write?

Enjoy the sample audio clip from this book, which is on Preorder until March 1st.

http://youtu.be/TVeT8IbV6ZU

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.
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17 comments to “Sharon Hamilton: Cruisin’ for a SEAL (Contest)”

  1. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 10:53 am · Link

    Thanks again, Delilah, for having me. Good luck everyone on the giveaway!



  2. Ashley S.
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 11:07 am · Link

    If I were going on a cruise with my favorite author, I’d like to take an Alaskan cruise. I’ve heard it’s absolutely beautiful. The story to read/write, so much more difficult. Hmm, I’d love to let my author surprise me. But if I had to chose, any Seal story, or perhaps something by Cherise Sinclair.

    Thank you for the opportunity :)



  3. Steve Ashley
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 11:10 am · Link

    Good morning Delilah, I do enjoy your writing. Thanks again so much.

    I would want to take a weeks cruise in the Caribbean, hopefully visiting the east and west sides. I would consider such a cruise being the target for ransom, and what the Coast Guard / Navy would offer as a response in the situation. :roll:



  4. julie
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 11:13 am · Link

    Id go to Austrailia nice long cruise where a special SEAL might turn into a Dragon or sail to see the ffojds where id go back in time to find a gorgeous Viking



  5. Delilah
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 11:33 am · Link

    Sharon, thanks for being a fun guest–as always! And Steve, thank you so much!

    I’d love to do a Scandinavian cruise–Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark–and I’d love all my BFFs to come along (you’re included, Sharon!).



  6. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    Oh good. Wouldn’t that be fun, Delilah! We’d get into so much trouble, too. :mrgreen:

    I love being here.

    Ashley – I think a cruise to Alaska sounds wonderful. I’ve never been. Been halfway around the world, but not Alaska. And of course with SEALs in tow. Of course! :oops:

    Steve – I like how your devious mind works. You could be our negotiator! :roll:

    Julie – that sounds like a great story. I’d love reading that one. Love the Vikings too. My ancestors! :lol:



  7. Sunshine Kath
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 1:53 pm · Link

    An around the world cruise, so I have lots of time for fun, reading and writing. As I would be on the high sea’s I would like write a good old swashbuckling romance. :wink:



  8. Toni Whitmire
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Link

    I would like to go to jamaica with you if I had to go on a cruise bibbiesparks@yahoo.com



  9. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 2:59 pm · Link

    Kath! You go girl. I could totally see you writing that kind of book. Pirates! Rascals and guys to run away with. I totally get you. :twisted:

    Toni – Haven’t been there in years. Would be fun to go back. Great music. Maybe cruise the other islands too. :lol:



  10. Suzanne
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I like to do a British Isle, Norway Finland cruise, Sandra Hill. I am sure we could come up with one fun SEAL story, I can’t recall from her books which character has not had a story, but I am sure Sandra would know. :twisted:



  11. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    I am not familiary with Sandra, but she sounds like my kind of lady. Thanks for stopping by.



  12. Eniko
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 9:53 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for this book…. and audiobook too!
    Not sure about a cruise, the only one I was on was a short one and I was seasick almost the whole time, but I would brave it to be with you Sharon :D I think I would like to go to Hawaii and listen to your new stories read by JD in person :D



  13. Ginger Robertson
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      · February 12th, 2014 at 11:58 pm · Link

    Hi Sharon
    I would like to cruise someplace warm with Heather Rainier. And whatever she is willing to write I would read. Or Maya Banks.
    Thank you.
    Ginger



  14. ELF
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      · February 13th, 2014 at 12:26 am · Link

    I think I would rather cruise somewhere warm…probably someplace like the Hawaiian Islands. I would read whatever is available since my favorite authors could probably make the phone book exciting, lol. Sounds like a yummy story, thanks for sharing.



  15. Ginger Robertson
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      · February 13th, 2014 at 12:33 am · Link

    I went to your website and I think I actually have a book or two of yours. Will need to check my Kindle…yeah me.



  16. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 13th, 2014 at 5:35 am · Link

    Thank you, Ginger (I know I have more on my Kindle than even my vamps have time to read). Going on a cruise some place warm sounds wonderful.

    ELF – Hawaii would be great. Been a few years and never done a cruise there. Lots of ocean time is good for me.

    Eniko, what can I say? Of course it would be awesome to have JD in person. Oh boy the things we would make him read!! Do you ever wonder if he blushes? I do. :oops:



  17. Sharon Hamilton
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      · February 13th, 2014 at 5:38 am · Link

    I have selected 3 winners. Please email me at:

    sharonhamilton2001@gmail.com and put in the subject line DD’s Winner. If you don’t specify, I will send you Accidental SEAL Audio book, but you can choose one of the other three.

    WINNERS:
    ASHLEY S
    JULIE
    TONI WHITMIRE

    CONGRATULATIONS!