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GENRE – Romantic Suspense,
Romance, Military Romance, Black Ops
PUBLICATION DATE – August 4,
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 240
COVER ARTIST – Dawne Dominique
It had been four years since ex-Navy SEAL, Jack
Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang wounding their leader,
Gunner. During those years Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a
beautiful wife, an adorable daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs—everything
was as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack’s world
inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for. Critically
injured, he found himself surrounded in the security of First Force
International and in the care of their head medic, Dr. Rayne Lee, a beautiful
and compassionate woman who knows firsthand the sharp slice of loss and
Now Jack has a score to settle and he’s got
some new friends to help him, but in the end, can Rayne help to ease his grief
and encourage him to start a new life with team First Force?
Closing her eyes, Rayne took in a braced
breath. “My name is Rayne. And I know all about the nightmares where the ones
that you love are murdered in front of your eyes and you are powerless to stop
it.” Her voice fell away.
Jack’s head snapped toward her.
She busied herself cleaning up the implements
that she had used to suture him while she spoke. “My husband and I were on a
medical mission in Peru three years ago. The Peruvian government had taken down
a guerrilla group known as the Glory Road near the Amazonian Valley. They had
killed or arrested approximately one-hundred members of the group. Matt and I
were part of a small medical unit that went in to care for the women that had
been held as sex slaves. They were in terrible condition, dehydrated, starved,
and beaten. Anyway, Matt, me, and my four-year-old daughter, Sierra, were
housed in one of the tiny shacks in a camp. One night, the camp was attacked by
the guerrillas they hadn’t captured. It was a slaughter.” Rayne’s voice
hiccupped. She needed to catch her breath. She sank onto the edge of the bed.
Jack watched her intently while she fought to
Finally, she continued, “They killed my husband
and my daughter, but for some reason they spared me and several of the women
who had been rescued. I wished that they hadn’t. I was their prisoner for seven
horrible months. I prayed for death every night. Uncle Walt and his team
rescued me. It’s been a long road back to becoming a functioning human being.”
Hesitating, she wrung her hands together. She
found the courage to look him in the eye. “So you see, Jack, I have a complete
understanding of what you’re going through.”
Jack Haliday:Jack is one hot
ex-Navy SEAL. He is represented one the cover of the book by one very hot
British rugby player and model, Stuart Reardon. Tall, muscle bound with a thick
nest of dark wavy hair and a one-thousand megawatt smile that brings women to
their knees. Does Jack know that he’s gorgeous? Sure, but he doesn’t let it get
in the way of helping people in trouble and comforting those who need it most.
Jack loves his family. He is madly in love with his wife, Laura, and that
little daughter of his, Lil, is the apple of his eye. This man had it all. He
was in love with his life, and when it is suddenly ripped out from underneath
him, his life becomes one objective: revenge!
Dr. Rayne Lee: Four years
ago, Dr. Rayne Lee lost her husband and daughter, Sierra, to a group of hostile
guerrillas in Peru. It has taken great constitution to rebuild her life and to
join her uncle’s international security firm, First Force, as the head medic.
Now, just as she thought that her life was getting back to some semblance of “normal”
a handsome man and his adorable daughter are brought into her care. Her
motherly instincts kick in immediately as she take little Lil Haliday under her
caring wing, but what is it about Jack Haliday that’s getting under her skin,
and can she help him to get passed the grief and start a new life with First
Lil Haliday: Lil is a
curly-top cutie with a personality that draws everyone to love her instantly.
Just a little tyke and at the age of four, her bravery in the face of a
horrible tragedy is an inspiration to the men who make up the covert team of
First Force. Like her father, Jack, and Dr. Rayne Lee, Lil is a regular
character in the First Force Series—she’ll be there to entertain you and the
other characters throughout the series.
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled
around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most
of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005.
She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer
to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds
and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of
course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola!
Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born.
Currently there are five books in the series.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’,
especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s
resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. Most
recently, Secret Cravings Publishing has picked up her First Force Series.
Currently available: Into the Crossfire, coming very soon: Book #2, To the
Breaking Pointe, Book #3 Into the Dark, and 2016 will bring Book #4 To the
People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss
dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I
miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books,
and I love sharing them with my readers.
Cindy resides on her forty-five acre horse farm
with her husband, Bill, and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister, near Pittsburgh,
Q: Can you tell us a little
about yourself to start?
I’ve spent most of my life doing plies at the
ballet barre. I was a professional dancer for twenty-six years—I’ve
choreographed musicals, operas, and of course many dance routines for my dance
school’s recitals. In 2011 I published my first book: Deadly.Com—it was the
first book in my Unbridled Series—Thoroughbred racing steeped in murder,
suspense, and romance! I’ve got to admit it: Since publishing my first book I’ve
been hooked on writing since! Dust never settles on my computer!
Q: Describe your book in 3 words?
Smokin’ hot suspense!
Q: Out of all of your books do you
have a favorite character or couple?
Jack Haliday—actually Jack was born (if you
will) in my first series, Unbridled. I introduced the ex-Navy SEAL turned
police detective in book 3—Dangerous Deception. What can I say? I fell in love
with the character! He made another appearance in book 4, Against the Ropes,
and I couldn’t resist letting him ride along one more time in book 5, Shady
Deals. That’s when I decided to give him his own series—a black ops series, and
so the First Force Series came to be, and I love writing it!
Q: Are you currently working on a new
book at this time?
Oh yes, I’m always writing. At this time I am
working on book #4 of the First Force Series, To the Brink. The manuscripts for
books one through three are already in Secret Cravings hands and should be
releasing within the year.
Q: Did you always want to be a writer?
If not what did you want to be?
I always enjoyed writing and even dabbled at
writing a book as a teen, but really never took the concept very seriously.
Truth be told—I wanted to be a movie star! C’mon, who doesn’t want to be a
movie/rock star? Problem was—I was serious! Oh well, it was okay, I ended up
becoming a professional dancer/choreographer for twenty-six years. I enjoyed my
job. I loved my life, but in 2011 I traded in my dancin’ shoes for a laptop—I
miss dance very much, but I love writing!
Q: Do you have a favorite playlist
that you listen to when you write?
To be honest, I usually write in silence, but
if I should listen to music its usually easy jazz or classical.
Q: Of all of the books you have
written do you have a favorite & why?
Thus far I have written eight novels. I think
my favorite is Into the Crossfire—I love the characters, and I love some the
heartfelt scenes that I’ve written in this book.
Q: When you aren't writing what do you
do to relax and have fun?
I love to go to wine tastings. I love wine
festivals, too. I belong to a wine tasting group, and have recently traveled to
the Bordeaux area of France—so much fun!
Q: What are your favorite types of
heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass
I like strong heroines. That said I like my
heroine to get themselves into some trouble—even if that means she’s made a
dumb mistake—because, let’s face it, we all do! I hate whiney or helpless
heroines—not my style at all!