Thursday, November 14, 2013

Salute to Veterans with Kennedy Layne

Now I want to welcome Author Kennedy Layne to the blog. Thank you Kennedy for joining the Salute to Veterans Event. Can you tell us why you write military romance? 


The story of how I started to write military romance is one that is dear to my heart.  You see, I met Kally at a convention and by happenstance; she had an extra slot on one of her special tours.  We started talking and a friendship formed.  She knew that I was a widow and a single mother.  Kally then told me of a special Marine that I just had to get to know (one that reminded her of ‘Master Adam’).  I wasn’t ready to meet someone and although he had said the same, Kally must have sprinkled her fairy godmother of love dust.  Within six months, we were engaged.  A year after that and we are happily married.  With him by my side, my life is complete, and it is only natural that I am drawn to write military romance. 

Thanks Kennedy! See, there are real life happily ever afters :) 


Blurb:

When former Marine, Connor Ortega, was ordered into the offices of Crest Security Agency on a Saturday morning, he didn’t expect the latest case to hit so close to home.  A submissive has been murdered in a particularly vicious manner and to bring her killer to justice, he must go undercover.  Not hard to do considering he’s already part of the BDSM lifestyle. 

Lauren Bailey, a local vendor of bejeweled erotic implements, lives vicariously through her clients due to her fear of bondage.  When Connor’s dominant side can’t resist trying to ease her anxieties, she accepts his proposal and agrees to his one stipulation…keep things casual.

When the killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced rethink their relationship.  He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren’s heart?

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First and foremost, I love life. I love that I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister...and a writer. I am one of the lucky women in this world who gets to do what makes them happy. As long as I have a cup of coffee (maybe two or three) and my laptop, the stories evolve themselves and I try to do them justice. I draw my inspiration from a retired Marine Master Sergeant that swept me off of my feet and has drawn me into a world that fulfills all of my deepest and darkest desires. Erotic romance, military men, intrigue, with a little bit of kinky chili pepper (his recipe), fill my head and there is nothing more satisfying than making the hero and heroine fulfill their destinies. Thank you for having joined me on their journeys...

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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kennedy.layne.94




Prize Info

An autographed copy of Captured Innocence [CSA Case Files 1], a $25 Amazon Gift Card, and Connor Ortega's dog tags that were used on the cover.

Fill out the rafflecopter and leave a comment telling me...Who was your first military romance author? If you can't remember, lol, then just tell me what military romance novels are your favorite. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

53 comments:

  1. First military author? Probably Suzanne Brockmann :)

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    1. Oh, and congrats on your own HEA, Kennedy! Looking forward to reading your stories :)

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    2. I absolutely adore Suzanne Brockmann...her series just draws the reader in!

      Thank you on the HEA...I owe it all to Kally :)

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  2. Oh, love it with you call me the fairy godmother of love! You two are so damned cute together. Love ya!

    I'm not joining in the contest, obviously--but my first Romance author was Rachel Lee. OMG, her Conard County series is to die for. I lost track of it when I went back to college and stopped reading for fun in the late 90s, but I think she's written some more. I have autographed copies of the first 12-15 I think, but hope to run into her again one day. Fabulous author.

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    1. He sends his love and is looking forward to when we get to see you again. I say we plan something in the middle. The move to Florida should happen next summer, so we still have time!

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  3. I guess my first would be Kallypso. I tried reading a Navy romance novel by a very well known author and it was so terrible I had a really hard time getting through it. If only real life as a military spouse were as magical as some think it is! Thanks Kally for restoring my interest in military romance!

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    1. I'm very happy to hear that reading the Navy romance didn't deter you from reading more :)

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  4. My first was actually Kally then I found JM Madden along with a lot of others I have read now :)

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    1. I will admit to having a fan girl moment myself upon meeting JM...she is just so sweet and has a heart of gold!

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  5. Kennedy I have heard Kally tell your story many times. So happy for your HEA. I have been reading military romance novels since I was a little girl. I am a BRAT (not to be confused with a bratty sub) and have always had a thing for a man in uniform. Love Kally's books, yours, JM Madden's, sooo many more not sure I have enough space.

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    1. **fanning self** in regards to men in uniform...I absolutely agree!

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  6. First military read was just yesterday and it was Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters. I wasn't sure if I was going to like a book like that but I sure did.

    miztik_rose@ yahoo.com

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that your first military romance was by Kally. What a great introduction!

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  7. My first military romance was one of those Mills & Boon historical books where the hero had come home wounded from the crimean / Napoleonic wars. They made quite an impression on me in my teenage years and since then I have always loved the protective, take charge kind of hero. More recently I have started reading Kally's books and now have so many more by JM, Melissa, Sharon, Teresa and now yourself Kennedy that I want to read.

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    1. You cannot go wrong with any of the authors you listed...they are so very talented!

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  8. I've read a love of military romances over the years but the first authors I read whose stories became keepers are Merline Lovelace and Linda Howard. I still have their stories! Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. Great authors, Susan! I still have some of Linda Howard's books as well!

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    2. Can we just say Mackenzie's?!?!

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  9. I think my first military romance author might have been Melissa Schroeder , but I have loved them for so long, I'm not sure! :-). Really excited to read Captured Innocence!!!

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    1. Good morning, Tracey! Thanks for joining in :)

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  10. I loved the story of how you and your hubby met. Kally's a wonderful and generous person. I'm not surprised she introduced you.
    Teresa Reasor

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  11. I have been reading for years and have no idea on the military romance. but would have to say Master at Arms.

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    1. Masters at Arms definitely sucks you in and doesn't let go!

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  12. My very first military author was Laura Kaye followed by Kally. I was reading One Night with A Hero and cam across Master At Arms. Since then I've been hooked!!

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    1. Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series is very good!

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  13. Kally makes magic happen for lots of people. She is a very special person. Love ya, Kally.

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  14. Enjoying this blog and thanks for another great book to read!

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    1. And my first Military Romance was the one and only Kallypso!!

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  15. My first was Maya Banks. I love, love her KGI series and Kallypso's Masters too. It led me to read some military non-fic by Chris Kyle & Marcus Luttrell, which enriches the experience of reading the romance. I look forward to checking out your work Kennedy. Best wishes in your writing. Thank you for doing the giveaway. Donna M. wedmoore at a o l dot com

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  16. Probably Suzanne Brockman or Pamela Clare

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  17. My first was Kallypso. I'm a paranormal romance girl, but I found Kally after my son Dane (who has a beautiful write up on Kally's dedication page of Nobody's Perfect) passed away. It was love at first read and a series that I re-read often.
    proudarmymom32@yahoo.com

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    1. Sue, please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Not a lot of people know this, but I was married previously and he took his own life. He was not in the military, but he did suffer depression. My son was ten at the time and is now almost fourteen years old. As you can see, when I met Kally, I was not even contemplating find new love. Fate had other ideas. Please know that Dane will never be forgotten...

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  18. Sue, please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Not a lot of people know this, but I was married previously and he took his own life. He was not in the military, but he did suffer depression. My son was ten at the time and is now almost fourteen years old. As you can see, when I met Kally, I was not even contemplating find new love. Fate had other ideas. Please know that Dane will never be forgotten...

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  19. I couldn't tell you who my first military romance author was, I've read everything from Kallypso to historical military romance novels. I know a lot about Waterloo ;). I think I've been forgetting my email on these previously. It's mugglemama79(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's good to have broad tastes, Miranda!

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  21. I don't remember who my first was.... but my favorite is a tie between Kallypso's Rescue Me series and Maya Banks KGI series! They are so different but both so captivating!

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  22. My first military romance author was….drumroll please…. Kallypso Masters. Fell in love with her guys and haven't turned back since. Then I found Angel Payne and I'm in love with her W.I.L.D. boys. Now I'm getting sucked into Maya Banks and the KGI series. Can't wait to start ready your stories Kennedy. Woo Hoo, love having a brilliant new author to read!!!

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  23. I think my first military romance novel series I read was Cat Johnson. Love all her books

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  24. My first Military Romance was Kally....but I have read SEVERAL since then and I love them all!

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    1. The military romance genre is one of the best :)

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  25. Kally...thank you so much for having me on your blog! I loved meeting everyone and talking about the military genre as a whole. Now all of your readers know you are the fairy godmother of love and that you have special pixie dust in your pocket that you sprinkle on those who are in search of their HEA (and don't even know it!). Hugs!

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  26. I think my first military romance was by Kally Masters!

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    1. She is definitely the one to start out with!!

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