Oh yeah! It's "Launch Party" time! Who doesn't love a party!?! I know I'm sure happy to celebrate COVER ME landing on shelves! (Note below the details for limited time discount ebook price of $2.99!)
In fact, this week has been full of celebrations as I attend the Romance Writers of America's annual convention being held in NYC. I've participated in a charity booksigning with over 400 authors. I've met with editors, my agent, fellow authors and fans. This afternoon, I'll be presenting a workshop with my sister authors. And this evening, the convention culminates with RWA's annual Golden Heart/RITA Award ceremony.
Talk about life coming full circle! The last time the RWA Convention was held in NYC, I received the RITA Award for my military romantic suspense novel TAKING COVER. What a special treat it was to have my Air Force husband there to cheer me on.
And tonight, as my book COVER ME lands on shelves, I'll be walking across that stage again as a RITA presenter! What a fabulous way for me to celebrate this launch of a new series.
COVER ME launches my "Elite Force" series about Air Force pararescuemen. The Air Force’s select breed, the world’s most highly skilled warriors. On land, sea or mountain, they sacrifice all to uphold their motto - That Others May Live.
It should have been a simple mission… Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…
But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple… With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down ina cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…
Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…
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“An exciting storyteller, Catherine Mann weaves deep emotion with intense suspense for an all-night read.” –#1 New York Times bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon
“…bracing thriller with a strong-willed heroine and sensitive, hard-bodied hero.” –Publishers Weekly
“Adventure and suspense are the hallmarks of Mann’s award-winning military romances, and this first book in the Elite Force series won’t disappoint her many fans.” –Booklist Reviews
From CHAPTER ONE:
Present Day: Aleutian Islands
A wolf-like snarl cut the thickly howling air.
Kneeling in the snow, Sunny Foster stayed statue-still. Five feet away, fangs flashed, white as piercing icicles glinting through the dusky evening sunset.
Nerves prickled her skin covered with four layers of clothes and snow gear even though she knew large predators weren’t supposed to live at this elevation. But still… She swept her hood back slowly, momentarily sacrificing warmth for better hearing. The wind growled as loudly as the beast crouching in front of her.
She was alone on Mount Redoubt with nothing but her dog and her survival knife for protection. Cut off by the blizzard, she was stuck on a narrow path trying to take a short cut once her snow machine died.
Careful not to move too fast, she slid the blade from the sheathe strapped to her waist. While she had the survival skills to wait out the storm, she wasn’t eager to share her icy digs with a wolf or a bear. And a foot race only a few feet away from a sheer cliff didn’t sound all that enticing.
Bitter cold, at least ten below now, seeped into her bones until her limbs felt heavier. Even breathing the thin mountain air was a chore. These kinds of temps left you peeling dead skin from your frostbitten fingers and toes for weeks. Too easily she could listen to those insidious whispers in her brain encouraging her to sleep. But she knew better.
To stay alive, she would have to pull out every ounce of the survival training she taught to others. She couldn’t afford to think about how worried her brother and sister would be when she didn’t return in time for her shift at work.
Blade tucked against her side, she extended her other hand toward the flashing teeth.
“Easy, Chewie, easy.” Sunny coaxed her seven year old Malamute-Husky mutt. The canine’s ears twitched at a whistling sound merging with the wind. “What’s the matter boy? Do you hear something?”
Like some wolf or a bear.
Chewie was more than a pet or a companion. Chewie was a working partner on her mountain treks. They’d been inseparable since her dad gifted her with the puppy on her eighteenth birthday. And right now, Sunny needed to listen to that partner who had senses honed for danger.
Two months ago Chewie had body blocked her two steps away from thin ice. A couple of years before that, he’d tugged her snow pants, whining, urging her to turn around just in time to avoid a small avalanche. If Chewie nudged and tugged and whined for life threatening accidents, what kind of hell would bring on this uncharacteristic growling?
The whistling noise grew louder overhead. She looked up just as the swirl of snow parted. A bubbling dome appeared overhead, something in the middle slicing through…
Holy crap. She couldn’t be seeing what she thought. She ripped off her snow goggles and peered upward. Icy pellets stung her exposed face but she couldn’t make herself look away from the last thing she expected to see.
Someone was no-kidding parachuting down through the blizzard. Toward her. That didn’t even make sense. She patted her face, her body, checking to see if she was even awake. This had to be a dream. Or a cold-induced hallucination. She smacked herself harder.
Her nose stung.
Her dog howled.
Okay. She was totally awake now and the parachute was coming closer. Nylon whipped and snapped, louder, nearer. Boots overhead took shape as a hulking body plummeted downward...***
Thank you so much for joining in my launch party. Now's the time for party favors. Two commenters will receive a copy of COVER ME! And take note of this special promo price for the ebook version: Cover Me $2.99 for 2 weeks before pub date (06/21/2011 – 07/05/2011)
What's a favorite/fun/unique party favor you once received or gave? One lucky commenter will win a copy of COVER ME!