Ford Alambeaux is a busted up Navy SEAL on his way out of the teams. Trina Zarkos is being tossed out of SEAL training just like every other female candidate so far...until they're thrown together on a WAY off-book mission to see if she can take the heat and play with the big boys after all.
She had a little trouble inhaling properly as her entire body melted in a puddle of unwilling lust against his. Oh, who was she kidding? It was totally willing lust.
He couldn’t remember the last time he’d done this with a woman. His hands ached to roam across her satin skin, to test her curves, to make her moan. He needed to lose himself in her body, to plunge into her mindlessly, to find bliss and then oblivion.
FEEDING YOUR SOUL
It's easy to get so wrapped up in your life, or in my case writing stories, that we forget to, oh, relax. To read. To learn crazy trivia that will pop up in a conversation (or show up in a book I write) someday. We forget to talk to new people. Or to study the human race going about living its life around us. To travel. To taste a new food we’ve been afraid to try. To do something that scares us.
But it’s these experiences that add all together to makes us who we are. They add texture to us as people. They give us depth and dimension…and great stories to tell the grandkids or our writer buddies.
Writers pull heavily from their life experiences to craft their stories whether they're aware of it or not. And at the end of the day, we all pull from our life experiences in the past to deal with the things happening to us now. If you don't continually add to the pool of experience in your head and heart, before long, your stories will all start to sound the same. Worse, your life will start to look and feel all the same. And as new things happen to you, you may not be prepared to deal with them.
The key to my stories and ideas evolving is to keep evolving as a person. But this applies to all of us. We all need to actively keep living a rich, interesting, challenging life.
Too many authors, particularly after they get buried in the happy problem of looming deadlines, become hermits. They lock themselves away from everything and everyone to focus solely on their writing. That's fine for the short term (heck, I'm coming out of my cave only long enough to write this, and then I'll snarl off the family and go back to work finishing a book on a tight deadline). This problem has broader application to all of our lives, though. We all have to feed our souls.
I dare you to go out and do something new every day for the next week. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Go to a new restaurant. Or buy a new food at the store you’ve never tried before. Watch a new TV show. Read a book in a new genre or try a new author. I’ll bet you find at least one new thing you enjoy, and in the mean time, you'll feel better and more energized about life overall.
Go ahead. I’ll do it, too. And let me know how it goes…
Cindy Dees has published 48 romantic suspense novels, amassed 5 RITA finalists, 2 RITA wins, 2 RT Best Silhouette Romantic Suspenses of the Year, and 1 RT Career Achievement Award nomination. She draws upon her career as a U.S. Air Force pilot to write sexy novels of military romantic suspense and romantic thrillers. She loves to collect war stories from her military buddies and weave them into her books, and she might just shoot down her watch for you if you ask her to tell a flying story, too!
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