SEAL of Protection #1
Published: September 8th, 2014
Word Count: 62,000
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Violence
Age Recommendation: 18+
Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.
When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.
Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.
Start the SEAL of Protection Series with Caroline and Wolf’s story.
Wolf didn’t say anything, just did what he’d desired to do the first time he saw her in the room. He reached over and gathered her into his arms. She was stiff at first, then she melted into him. She smelled of some sort of flowers. Maybe it was her shampoo, maybe it was a lotion she used, but it went straight to his head. He tightened his arms around her and Caroline lost it. She cried. She cried for being scared on the plane, she cried for being hurt, she cried remembering how alone and scared she felt in her apartment when only a thin piece of plastic kept a killer from knowing she was in the bathroom, she cried in relief that Matthew was back from his mission. Matthew rocked her and held her tight. He wasn’t used to a woman’s tears, but there was no way he was letting her go.
Finally her tears dried up and she only sniffed here and there. Wolf drew back a bit and looked at her face. She wasn’t a “cute crier”—her face was red and blotchy. She refused to raise her eyes. Wolf rubbed her cheeks with his thumbs and then lifted her chin up so Caroline had to look at him. He didn’t say anything just leaned down and touched her lips with his. It wasn’t a passionate kiss, but it felt right. It was a comforting kiss. It was exactly what she needed from him at that moment.
He pulled back and looked into her eyes. “You’re safe now. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure you stay that way.”
Caroline believed him. He was an honest to God hero. And for the moment, he was her hero. She tipped her chin up, reaching again for his lips with hers.
The second she moved, he was there. Wolf had tried to hold back with her. She was feeling vulnerable and he didn’t want to take advantage of her. But with the first touch of her lips against him, he was lost.
It is my pleasure to welcome Susan Stoker, author of Protecting Caroline, to Room With Books.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work full time at a University. I process paperwork all day. Sounds fun doesn’t it?
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I’m not sure it was any one book or author. I know I always loved to read and that combined with my imagination lead me to writing my own stories. I’ve been reading romances since middle school so I think I was predisposed to write romances myself.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I think the biggest challenges for a lot of people is confidence. I mean, I had my first published book done for YEARS before it was put out in the world, and I had only let three people read it. Three. It’s a matter of being judged. I still feel that way. It’s not that I think my stories are the best thing ever, it’s more that I like reading them and it’s hard to put them out there and find that others find them stupid, or a waste of time.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To be able to fly.
What was your first job?
Teaching swim lessons. I still remember treading water in the deep end below the 1 meter diving board watching the look in a four year olds face right before they launched themselves at my head.
What types of books do you write?
Romance. Right now contemporary romance, but maybe in the future paranormal romance. But they always always have a happy ever after ending.
Who’s your main audience?
Anyone really. My first series is pretty tame and is “safe” for teenagers. My second series, the SEAL series gets a bit more sexy, but they are not erotica by any stretch.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
Fiona. She is the main character in the third book in the SEAL series which should be out in January. She goes through so much and tries so hard to get over it, but in the end she’s just as human as you and me and she needs the help from her friends and her man. I can’t wait until people meet her!
What does your writing schedule look like?
I typically write on the weekends. It’s hard for me to write during the week after working all day, so weekdays are typically for promoting and chatting with friends and fans, and then on the weekends I try to knuckle down and get some serious writing done.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Some yes. I don’t think there’s an author out there that doesn’t use some of what he or she thinks or has experienced. Outback Hearts has the most of “me” in it (favorite movie, swimming, etc), but there are parts of me in everything I write.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
No way. Titles are so hard. But once I got the first title down, the rest in the SEAL series was easy, since they’re all the same. (i.e. Protecting and then the name of the heroine)
If you could pick one profession besides an author, what would you choose?
I have no idea. I STILL don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on editing and cleaning up the SEAL series books. They are all written, but everytime I read through them I add or subtract stuff. I am going to write a novella for the SEAL series due out in Feb. I am also thinking about what I want to write next…I’m thinking Texas Rangers maybe.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla (I know, boring! Lol)
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird. I’m wilting by 10pm!
Red, or white wine? Neither. Can’t stand the taste.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Oooh, tough choice. I love both. Roller coasters, as long as I don’t have to wait in line!
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool
Walking or fitness club? If I’m forced to work out…walking.
Any last words?
Be kind. I’ve seen so many mean things online and in person. People just don’t think about how their words or actions can affect people. Whether you’ve read a horrible book and want to leave a mean review, or if you think the person in front of you in line isn’t doing his/her job. Take a deep breath and let it go. Seriously, life is too short to be mired in drama and meanness.
I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you, Susan, for chatting with our readers today, and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
About the Author:
Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on “Hotmail classified” before online dating and sites like match.com even existed!
Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She’s been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.
Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine “rescued” dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper).
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- eBook – Protecting Caroline (INT)
- print – Protecting Caroline (US)