Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blogoversary: Interview with Tonya Burrows

Book Addicts!

Today we have one of Anasheh's favorite authors, Tonya Burrows, celebrating our Blogoversary with us. She's the author of hot romance reads like the Wilde Security series and the Hornet series.
And after reading all about her books, I'm definitely giving a try! Go get your fans, ladies, because things can get a little bit hot in here.

SEAL of Honor (HORNET #1)
by Tonya Burrows
Publisher: Entangled Select
Release Date: May 28th 2013
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It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

Wilde Nights in Paradise (Wilde Security #1)
by Tonya Burrows
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: June 10th 2013
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He’ll guard her body all night long.

Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL. 

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?

No, I didn’t write all of the books last year. I wrote SEAL OF HONOR in the summer of 2011, sold it in the spring of 2012, and then it released in 2013. During that three year period, I wrote two more manuscripts that haven’t been published. I wrote WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE in early 2013, WILDE FOR HER over the summer, and then started work on my upcoming release HONOR RECLAIMED last fall.
It’s been a fun year. I’ve spent my entire life wanting to be a published author and then after I finally signed my first contract, it was another year before SEAL OF HONOR released—so the whole journey’s been a lot of hurry up and wait. Then to have three books come out in a span of six months, it was crazy. And awesome. So awesome. I still get a kick out of typing my name into Amazon and seeing my books pop up. I don’t think that will ever get old!

I’ve always been fascinated by the military and even flirted with the idea of joining the Army right out of high school, but ultimately decided it wasn’t the path for me.
Even so, I never saw myself writing about military men. I used to write mysteries when I was younger—so I had lots of homicide detectives in my stories—but then graduated into romantic suspense as I grew up. I loved Iris Johansen’s books, so many of my early heroes were mercenaries who just happened to have some type of military training in their backgrounds. When I tried my hand with the paranormal genre in the mid-2000s, that thread of military stayed in my work and I created a team of special ops psychics, but after several failed attempts to get the first book in that series published, I again shifted back to pure romantic suspense. At the time, I was listening to Susan Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series during my long commutes to school and back and I thought, “Hey, I can do that.” So I went home and started thinking up my own SEAL team, which eventually turned into HORNET. And the rest is history!

Yes! In HONOR RECLAIMED, you will learn a few new things about one of the Wilde brothers and meet a character who will (hopefully) lead off another series.

I’ll be working on the last three Wilde Security books, as well as the next HORNET book. I’m also in the planning stages of a top secret new series. ;)

Wow. This is a tough question. Kind of like asking a mother to pick her favorite child!
I loved writing about all of them for different reasons. Gabe from SEAL OF HONOR was my “first born”, so he’ll always have a special place in my heart. Jude from WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE was just a complete blast to write and he also surprised me with how deeply wounded he really was. Cam from WILDE FOR HER was just an all-around good guy, so I couldn’t help not falling hard for him. And Seth—God, he just breaks my heart, so I loved giving him his happily ever after in HONOR RECLAIMED.

J.R. Ward—I CANNOT WAIT for The King!
Nora Roberts/ J.D. Robb—she was my first romance novel and I’ll always be a fan.
Gena Showalter and Larissa Ione—what can I say? I love me some hot alpha demons.
Kevin Hearne--adore his Iron Druid books
John Sandrord--been a huge fan for years and will buy anything he writes.
And in romantic suspense, I love Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, and Roxanne St. Claire.

I love, love, LOVE to travel so I look at setting research as a way to sate my wanderlust. I tend to choose locations that interest me, that have an interesting history or culture. I try to showcase each setting's beauty as well as its ugliness.

From my books…? Hmm. I think I’d trade places with Libby from WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE. Yeah, Jude broke her heart but he did it with the best intentions and I mean, he carried her ring around with him for 8 years. How could you not want a guy who loved you THAT MUCH? Plus, he’s funny. I have a thing for funny men.

From another author’s book? Oh, I’d trade places with Bella from J.R. Ward’s LOVER AWAKENED in a heartbeat. A. Heartbeat. Zsadist is mine!

Hah! If I’m anywhere but at my desk, no. If I try to sit on the couch to do some editing, all three of them are right there in my face demanding attention.

I am planning another series, but it’s all iffy at the moment so I’d rather keep it close to the chest for now!

Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven't put down my pen since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I'm now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let's be honest, I'll take a bad horror movie too!) I'm a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I'm also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.​​

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. I'm from a small town in Western New York, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.

Win (1) signed paperback copy of SEAL of Honor and an Honor Reclaimed Keychain (US Only)

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