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BEFORE WE KISS is here! (Contest–Three Winners!)
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

UPDATE: The winners are…Sandy Ebel, Jennifer Todd, and Barb Jack!

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Before We Kiss

The sixth story in my Uncharted SEALs series released today! And it’s the first of three planned stories centered around a cruise ship, hence the special cruise ship icon on the cover.

Several of my SEAL stories have been set in the Caribbean. Why? I love the ocean, love islands, and I’ve traveled in the Caribbean—aboard cruise ships. Why not share a glimpse of my experiences? Write what you know is a mantra authors hear all the time. Two of my Adventure Girl stories were set in the Caribbean as well.

Here’s what this story is about:

Navy SEAL, William “Wiley” Coyote, should have known his “piece of cake” assignment would go sideways in a hurry. But he’d been lured by the promise of an all-expenses-paid cruise. A nice “fluffy” assignment after the last one spent escorting freighters through pirate-infested waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

A general’s daughter, Poppy Shackleford, isn’t some spoiled daughter of a man made famous for defeating insurgent forces. She’s endured her own tragedies—the loss of her mother when she was young and her father stationed in Afghanistan, and the loss of her fiancé after he sustained wounds in Iraq. Not from the physical wounds that claimed his legs—he took his own life. His death is why Poppy is involved in Soldiers’ Sanctuary, a non-profit that helps disabled soldiers adjust to their new circumstances. Which is why, despite the current threats against her father, she’s on this cruise assessing the ship’s ability to accommodate the soldiers, rather than sending a surrogate.

However, the first threat doesn’t come from terrorists with an ax to grind. Mexican banditos stop her tour bus heading toward Mayan ruins to shake down the passengers for their money and belongings. When one snaps a picture of her, he soon figures out there’s a much bigger payday. She knows she’s going to be kidnapped, but she doesn’t know someone is on that same tour bus who has her back.

Wiley’s unconventional takedown of her would-be kidnappers exposes the fact her father didn’t honor her wishes to fly under the radar. And now that the cat’s out of the bag, Wiley’s moving into her suite for the rest of their time at sea to keep her out of harm’s way.

Get your copy here!

Because I’m happy today, and I’d love to make several other someones happy, I’ll give away a free copy of the one of the previous stories in the series (other than Through Her Eyes) to THREE LUCKY WINNERS. Just tell me whether you’ve been on a cruise and where you sailed. And if you haven’t had the pleasure, where would you like to sail?

Uncharted SEALs

All the Uncharted SEALs books are FREE to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers
except for Through Her Eyes!

Watch Over Me Her Next Breath Through Her Eyes

Dream of Me Baby, It's You

27 comments to “BEFORE WE KISS is here! (Contest–Three Winners!)”

  1. Sandy Ebel
    · September 20th, 2016 at 11:40 am · Link

    I have never been on a cruise, but would love to take one on the Mediterranean with stops in Italy and Greece. 😀

  2. Colleen C.
    · September 20th, 2016 at 11:44 am · Link

    I have been on a few cruises that sailed in the Caribbean. Such beautiful water!

  3. ButtonsMom2003
    · September 20th, 2016 at 12:04 pm · Link

    Don’t enter me.
    Hubby and I went on our first cruise last fall – to Cozumel. Then we went on one from Hawaii to Vancouver B.C. Now we’re going on another one next month to Grand Caymen and Cozumel. In March we’re going to Labadee, San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. It took us a long time to go on our first cruise so now we are making up for it! 🙂

  4. Alicia Cline
    · September 20th, 2016 at 12:05 pm · Link

    I love to cruise! My favorite destination is Cozumel, Mexico. I’ve been to Key West, and the Caymans! I would love to have Baby It’s You please. In mobi form.

  5. Jennifer Todd
    · September 20th, 2016 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I would love to take a cruise, but have not had the pleasure yet. There are several destinations that come to mind: A cruise of the Mediterranean would be first on the list, hitting the Greek Isles and Sicily. Then, I think an Alaskan cruise to watch the whales would be next. Then, as a throw back to my beloved “Love Boat” watching days, a cruise through the Orient. Big dreams and a small coin purse, but I hope it happens one day! :mrgreen:

  6. ronnie c
    · September 20th, 2016 at 1:03 pm · Link

    I would love to sail to Alaska!

    · September 20th, 2016 at 1:13 pm · Link

    i have never been on a cruise but would love to see Alaska and some glaciers. my big goal is to see blue ice.

  8. Pansy Petal
    · September 20th, 2016 at 1:16 pm · Link

    I haven’t read any of this series – yet – but it sounds interesting. Will have to add it to the list. Thank you.

    Cruise? Haven’t done that yet either. Well nothing more than a dinner cruise anyway. Did one of those out of San Pedro California on an old three masted “pirate” ship. You know – one of those “three hour tours.” That was fun. But for a trip where I would actually spend the night – well I would love to do the Alaskan cruise. Or the the Bahama’s cruise. Or the Italy cruise. Or maybe around the Greek isles. Maybe I will just check out the thing about going on cruises instead of the retirement home.

  9. Justina Ocejo
    · September 20th, 2016 at 1:30 pm · Link

    I have not been on a cruise….yet! Bucket list!

  10. lori
    · September 20th, 2016 at 2:56 pm · Link

    I’ve been on a couple of cruises and loved it! I think my favorite destination was Belize. I’d love to go on a Mediterranean Cruise!

  11. Amy
    · September 20th, 2016 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Never been on a cruise. I’d love to go to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean! It’s on my bucket list!

  12. Karen Young
    · September 20th, 2016 at 5:30 pm · Link

    I have never been on a cruise but I’ve always wanted to take a cruise to Alaska .

  13. Michelle Willms
    · September 20th, 2016 at 5:33 pm · Link

    I’ve never been on a cruise, though my sister and I keep talking about it. Well, she talks about it. I’m more of a destination person (and then drive to see more destinations). 🙂

  14. Linda
    · September 20th, 2016 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Not yet, but I´ve always wanted to take the cruise along Norways coastline <3 Lovely scenery there. And close to me =)
    It´s called Hurtigrutten.

  15. Jen B.
    · September 20th, 2016 at 8:16 pm · Link

    I have a desire to go to Phuket. I would love to sail around that area. The pictures are amazing!

  16. Ronnie C
    · September 20th, 2016 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Me too!

  17. Connie Reynolds
    · September 20th, 2016 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Never been on a cruise. Would to go to the Alaskan coast.

  18. Sabine Honig
    · September 20th, 2016 at 10:15 pm · Link

    My mum loves river cruising and I have accompanied her on three cruises – all in Europe. Two were in summer and one was a winter/Christmas tour. I enjoyed the Christmas one the best – loved all of the Christmas markets and the smells, sounds and atmosphere!

  19. Jackie Wisherd
    · September 21st, 2016 at 12:47 am · Link

    I have been on two separate cruises. One to Alaska and the other to Baja California, Mexico. I enjoyed them very much.

  20. Gayle Lazur
    · September 21st, 2016 at 12:53 am · Link

    Love the series. Got the new one and have already read it and loved it!

    I have been on several cruises – Mexico, Caribbean, and Alaska. I would love to go on more but harder to do as a single.

  21. Tina carlson
    · September 21st, 2016 at 4:51 am · Link

    I have never be on one, but would love to.
    Would want to a to Alaska

  22. Janet Rodman
    · September 21st, 2016 at 7:47 am · Link

    I too have been to the Caribbean. I went on Norwegian. Loved it.

  23. Barb Jack
    · September 21st, 2016 at 10:51 am · Link

    We’ve done a repositioning cruise from San Diego to Vancouver and also one around the Eastern Caribbean. I’ve learned your experience greatly depends on which cruise line you are with. We loved the Holland America cruise !! The other cruise not so much !

  24. Mira Wuerges
    · September 21st, 2016 at 5:24 pm · Link

    I haven’t been. I would like anywhere warm.

  25. Kathleen Bylsma
    · September 21st, 2016 at 10:08 pm · Link

    My late husband an I took three cruises, all to the Baja because we enjoyed them so much. We did it as frequently as we could afford to knowing he was going to be on dialysis and wanted to grab freedom while we could! Never did get to do our Panama cruise ????

  26. Bushong
    · September 23rd, 2016 at 12:45 am · Link

    My friend in high school always used to make fun of my voice; he said I sounded like Marge Simpson. So one year I went as her. I made her hair by gluing cotton balls to poster board. But it was so damn heavy I barely wore it.

  27. Delilah
    · October 4th, 2016 at 11:25 am · Link

    Hey there! I have three winners! Winners, email me at with your choice of one of my Uncharted SEALs stories (Not BEFORE WE KISS).

    Here are the names **drumroll**:
    Sandy Ebel
    Jennifer Todd
    Barb Jack

    Congrats, ladies!

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