Welcome to the launch party for book two in my “Elite Force” series – HOT ZONE! This month's Casablanca blog site theme just happens to be - what I want under the Christmas tree with a greatbig bow attached! For me, I've gotten my wish already. I have a December book on shelves. And wowsa, as a bonus, the art department gifted me with an awesome cover for HOT ZONE!
I have a big month of blog tour giveaways planned to celebrate both the holidays and HOT ZONE's release. My blog tour will be posted throughout December on the main page of my website: http://catherinemann.com
For those of you who are new to the series, “Elite Force” features Air Force pararescue jumpers (PJs). There are only approximately 350 PJs in the world, and they are the most elite force in the U.S. military. Trained in high-risk rescue, these special ops air commandos live by the credo “That Others May Live.” It’s a thrill and honor to feature these fearless, selfless men in uniform.
“Elite Force” book 2
Days full of danger…
For Pararescueman Master Sergeant Hugh Franco, it’s all about saving other people’s lives. Then he moves on. But when he pulls beautiful Amelia Bailey and her adopted nephew from the rubble of a catastrophic earthquake, he finds himself entangled in their lives in ways he could never have imagined…
And desire-filled nights…
Amelia’s trip to the Bahamas to help with an international adoption has been no vacation, but the hardest part is yet to come. As Amelia and Hugh are pulled unawares into a deadly smuggling scheme, simmering beneath their growing need to protect each other is a compelling attraction they’re both determined to deny…
HOT ZONE Excerpt
From Chapter One
Master Sergeant Hugh Franco had given up caring if he lived or died five years ago. These days, the Air Force pararescueman motto was the only thing that kept his soul planted on this side of mortality.
That others may live.
Since he didn’t have anything to live for here on earth, he volunteered for the assignments no sane person would touch. And even if they would, his buds had people who would miss them. Why cause them pain?
Which was what brought him to his current snow-ball’s-chance-in-hell mission.
Hugh commando crawled through the narrow tunnel in the earthquake rubble. His helmet lamp sliced a thin blade through the dusty dark. His headset echoed with chatter from above – familiar voices looking after him and unfamiliar personnel working other missions scattered throughout the chaos. One of the search and rescue dogs above ground had barked his head off the second he’d sniffed this fissure in the jumbled jigsaw of broken concrete.
Now, Hugh burrowed deeper on the say so of a German Shepherd named Zorro. Ground crew attempts at drilling a hole for a search camera had come up with zip. But that Zorro was one mighty insistent pup so Hugh was all in.
He half listened to the talking in one ear, with the other tuned in for signs of life in the devastation. Years of training honed an internal filter that blocked out communication not meant for him.
“You okay down there Franco?”
He tapped the talk button on his safety harness and replied, “Still moving. Seems stable enough.”
“So says the guy who parachuted into a minefield on an Afghani mountainside.”
“Yeah, yeah, whatever.” Somebody had needed to go in and rescue that Green Beret who’d gotten his legs blown off. “I’m good for now and I’m sure I heard some tapping ahead of me. Tough to tell, but maybe another twenty feet or so.”
He felt a slight tug, then loosening to the line attached to his safety harness as his team leader played out more cord.
“Roger that, Franco. Slow and steady man, slow and steady.”
Just then he heard the tapping again. “Wait one, Major.”
Hugh stopped and cocked his free ear. Tapping for sure. He swept his light forward, pushing around a corner and saw a widening cavern that held promise inside the whole hellish pancake collapse. He inched ahead, aiming the light on his helmet into the void.
The slim beam swept a trapped individual. Belly to the ground, the person sprawled with only a few inches free above. The lower half of the body was blocked. But the torso was visible, covered in so much dust and grime he couldn’t tell at first if he saw a male or female. Wide eyes stared back at him with disbelief, followed by wary hope. Then the person dropped a rock and pointed toward him.
Definitely a woman’s hand…
“Elite Force” series:
Book 1: COVER ME, July 2011
Book 2: HOT ZONE, December 2011
Book 3: UNDER FIRE, May 2012
“Mann’s tender yet heart-pounding story vividly creates the chaos of both disasters and love.” –Booklist
“Fast paced & filled with intriguing characters… The many twists in this story keep the tension running high right to the last page.” –Romantic Times Reviews Magazine
“Mann steals romance readers away for a second steamy, suspenseful adventure … With not one but three romantic plot lines, Mann’s latest will easily satisfy fans of military romantic suspense.” –Publishers Weekly
“The second Elite Force romantic suspense is a complex exciting thriller with a strong cast… Catherine Mann provides a superb action-packed tale.” –The Mystery Gazette
“Hot Zone has all the elements of a winner – an angsty yet macho hero, a feisty yet vulnerable heroine, and a scorching fast pace.” –Best Romance Stories
Thanks so much for joining in my launch party! To celebrate, I’m giving away two lucky commenters will win a copy of HOT ZONE.
Soooo, I believe it’s fairly obvious I do adore a man in uniform (after all, I am married to one!) Do you have a favorite military movie?
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann has over two million books in print. She currently resides in Florida with her flyboy husband and their four children. FMI, she can be found online: