Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Salute to Veterans with Angel Payne

Lets welcome Author Angel Payne! 

Angel, why do you write about military romance?

The universe guides us to the most interesting places sometimes. I was actually researching the military back story for one of the heroes from my "Kinky Truth" series, Mark Moore (Permanent Marker). I wasn't sure whether I wanted him to be Special Forces or Marines. I researched both, and got deeply engrossed--not to mention astounded--by what these incredibly brave men are asked to do for their service on a daily basis. 

Around that time, I had a friend who asked me to help flesh out a Navy SEAL for a project she was working on. We watched Act of Valor (which I have viewed at least a dozen more times since), and I also read No Easy Day in about 2 days flat. I guess you could say I was hooked! The mental fortitude it takes for these men to do their jobs...it just astounded me. From my own days in competitive bicycling, I have a tiny idea of what you have to do when your body screams for you to stop, and for your head to override that. NOT as easy as it sounds, believe me! That mental dedication to the causes that our country holds dear...it moves me to no end.

After Permanent Marker was released, I got a lot of mail from readers who relayed how much they enjoyed the scenes between my guys. I realized how much I enjoyed writing those pieces, too. By that time, I'd read MANY more books about the men of our Special Operations Forces, in all branches, and felt like doing my own series would be a really cool way to honor their nobility, their courage, and their daily, selfless sacrifices for us all.

I feel really grateful that I've gotten to take this journey and write these guys. They make me grateful for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day, and the code of honor that they represent in doing their job with such excellence and bravery.

#3 in the W.I.L.D. Boys Series
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Corporal Ethan Archer has just earned his sergeant's stripes, and a trip to the fun and sun of LA is just the celebration that the guys on his Special Forces team have deemed the perfect celebration. Ethan has ulterior motives for agreeing to the vacation. He can't forget a magical hour in a North Cascades forest, shared with an indigo-eyed goddess named Ava Chestain, who now calls LA her home.
Ava is a makeup artist for Bella Lanza, star of the wildly-successful nighttime drama Dress Blues. When Ethan and his buddies finagle a visit to the set, his reunion with Ava melts the months away—but their time is cut short by Bella, who’s determined to rekindle her naughty past with Ethan. His efforts to push Bella off are thwarted when the unit is called to cut their vacation short in the name of assisting the CIA on a terrorist plot to destroy the West Coast. Part of the plan? Someone has to get closer to Bella--and Ethan's the logical choice.

Though Ethan risks his career by telling Ava about the plot, her trust is an impossible gift to earn. Her passion is a different story. As his willing submissive, Ava gives him the fire his body craves, the surrender his soul needs.

As Ava gives Ethan more nights with her body, it becomes harder to hide her heart from his touch. Bella's interference intensifies her struggle against past demons, and the man who stirs them so.
When a terrifying turn of events escalates the terrorists’ plan into reality, Ethan must make decisions that will either kill or save them all--and his plan includes the necessity of Ava's trust. Can she surrender to him with everything she is, including what could be her last breath?

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Angel Payne is a book lover, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek, shoe addict, coffee-aholic, and occasional vinophile, too. She's been hooked on books since childhood but it got even worse in her twenties, when she discovered romances—the hotter, the better. Her path toward erotic romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for her college newspaper, artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, and a very, very bad try at a Young Adult novel. These days, she lives in California on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with her amazing husband, beautiful daughter and a terribly crazy dog. She has the best life ever, and never forgets to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it.

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Giveaway Information:

Angel is offering a $20 red/white/blue Amazon gift card, plus a donation of $50 to the Wounded Warrior Project in your name. All you have to do is comment below and tell us a story about a special veteran in your life and fill out the rafflecopter. 


  1. Just got your new book can't wait to read it! Thank you for promoting WW and honoring our men in women in the service!

    1. Forgot to post about my special vet. His name is William and he is my dad. He spent 20+ yrs in the US Air Force. He spent time in Korea and Vietnam and our family spent 10 yrs in Germany.

  2. My grandfather served in WWII in the Army. He was stationed in Guatacanal. He never talked about his service. He told my dad that he took care of the mules and played the organ for the church services. Now that we are going through my grandparents house, we have found pictures and letters that show he did a lot more than that. A friend told me based on his uniform that he was a sergeant. Something else we didn't know!

  3. So glad to be on Kally's blog with you today Angel. I'm an avid Military romance reader so I'll have to read your book.

  4. My most special veteran is my husband, he was deployed to Bosnia to work on a special task force during his service and is actively working to get back into the military as a reserve officer. :)

  5. My special veteran is my son Dane. He served 15 months in Iraq in 2006 and on Jan 2, 2011 after being worn down by the demons that he brought back with him from Iraq, he silenced them for ever. He always has been and always will be my hero.

  6. Growing up so close to a Marine base, I have so many special heroes!

  7. My special veteran is my dad, Edwin. He was a Navy Seabee and served 2 tours in Vietnam.

  8. I have a long list and can not leave it at just one. My Dad, both grandfathers, my grandma Helens twin sister Olga was a photographer in WW2 in the Air Force, continues with my best friend who is currently in the Navy, prompted to enlist after 9/11...pride, honor and tradition. Blessed to have a family who helped and sacrifice to secure our freedoms.

  9. I don't have any huge stories about my dad--he's a naturalized American citizen and served in the US Army as a young man. He's quietly strong now, as I imagine he was then :) Thanks, Angel!

  10. Thanks for joining in the Salute to Veterans here this week! Not entering the contest, but want to share about a special veteran named Jack who is a Marine and still active duty despite losing his leg above the knee in an RPG attack in Ramadi in 2004. He was very kind to get me onto the base at Camp Pendleton during my visit in May so that I could see the place I wrote about and also get to meet some of the Marines and Navy personnel at the Wounded Warrior Regiment/Battalion West. Very inspiring! And so is Jack!


  11. I don't have a lot of people who are still alive who were in the military but my dad was in the Navy a long, long time ago. My mom told me he has a tattoo that he won't talk about but it must be hidden because I've never seen it and he won't talk about it. lol

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  12. My mother was in WWII and she went to the Womens Memorial dedication and was asked to give an account of her experiences. Her voice can be heard in the Library of Congress telling her story