Wounded Warrior Series
Anna del Mar
Genre: Romantic suspense,
Military romance, SEAL romance.
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: February 22, 2016
Number of pages: 336 pages
Word Count: Approx. 95,000
Anna del Mar’s explosive, sexy debut novel in the Wounded Warrior series, perfect for fans of Lisa Marie Rice and Lora Leigh—the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her.
Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.
Like recognizes like.
Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.
Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.
Short Excerpt for The Asset by Anna del Mar
My finger twitched on the trigger as I stared down the barrel of my shotgun. A stranger stood on my stoop. The mere sight of him shoved my heart into my throat and sent my brain into default. I widened my stance, tightened my grip on the gun and aimed at the stranger’s chest. No way. He wasn’t going to take me alive.
A sharp bark startled me. The largest, darkest, most handsome German shepherd I’d ever seen stood next to the stranger, head tilted, ears forward, nose quivering in the air. It uttered a quiet whimper and padded over to me without a trace of aggression, circling me once before it leaned against my legs.
I kept my shotgun leveled, but I spared another glance at the stunning dog. The plea in his eyes tempered the adrenaline jolting through my body, reined in my runaway heart and gave me pause to consider the stranger before me.
Framed by the Rocky Mountains and the lake, the man at the threshold blocked the morning’s gray light and cast a huge shadow over my little porch. Raindrops tapped on his leather jacket, dripped from the rim of his cap and ran like tears down the sides of his face. Despite the exhaustion etched on his features, his glacial blue eyes narrowed on my gun.
About the Author:
Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.
A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.
Where are you from?
I’m the original American mutt, a Latina born in the Midwest, currently living in Florida and spending large chunks of time in Colorado.
Tell us your latest news?
My first romance, The Asset, from Carina Press, has just been released. It’s so exciting! The Asset is the first novel of my Wounded Warrior series, a collection of hot, smart romances about strong, self-reliant heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, skilled, sexy military heroes who challenge their limits to protect the women they love.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for a while, but I was totally intimidated by the idea of putting down these romances. And then one day, during a vacation, I decided it was okay to enjoy myself by writing them. I guess it was my “Let It Go” moment. First came The Asset, then came the rest. And the stories keep coming.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think the day I finished The Asset confirmed my humble aspirations. But it was on the day that Carina Press offered me a contract that I felt like a legit romance author.
What inspired you to write your first book?
As a Navy wife, I had the opportunity to meet the men and women of our military, who inspired the heroes and heroines that I write about. The experience taught me the meaning of sacrifice, skill, honor and heroism and fashioned the characters that populate my novels.
How did you come up with the title?
I didn’t. In fact, I turned in the manuscript with a completely different name. And then my editor at Carina came back with the idea of naming the novel The Asset.
At first I wasn’t sure. The Asset is about Lia Stuart, a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and Ash Hunter, the Navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her. But then I realized that as Lia and Ash’s relationship evolved, they went from strangers to friends and lovers and they truly became other’s greatest assets. And I thought, how great is that? Isn’t that the true about the people who love us? They are the number one assets in our lives. Thus The Asset came to be.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That love heals, truly and deeply. That friendship, affection, passion and sex are powerful, life changing forces. That fear, as terrorizing as it is, can also be a force of change. At the end of the day, courage has to do with our willingness to tackle our worst fears for the sake of something more important than ourselves. I think we are all wounded warriors in one way or another. We are all fighting our very own battles. And at the crux of our fears, true heroes are born.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The book that influences my life the most is the one I’m reading right this moment. I’m such an OCD reader! And here’s a little secret. When I was growing up, my parents weren’t exactly romance readers. They encouraged us to read lots of classical novels, and those probably influence the way I think as a writer. Enter my very own, dear, naughty aunt—don’t we all have one of those?—who taught me there were some other very fun genres beyond the classics. She slipped me some of my first romances, lending me old paperbacks by Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss among others. I was hooked.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are always new authors grasping my interest everywhere. The challenge is getting to them. Sometimes, when you’re writing all the time, reading takes a back seat to your next deadline.
What are your current projects?
I’m in the final phases of editing At the Brink, an erotic romance in the vein of the Wounded Warrior series with a darker, more sensual twist to it. I’m calling it my naughty series for my naughty readers. At the Brink is due for release May 16.
In addition, the second book of the Wounded Warrior series, The Stranger, is coming out in August. I absolutely loved writing The Stranger. It’s about an Alaskan tycoon who flew helicopters for the Alaskan National Guard in Afghanistan before he got hurt, and the sun-loving, warmth-worshipper Miami architect who sends him into a total tail spin when she sleepwalks into his life in majestic Alaska.
What would you like my readers to know?
If you enjoy a smart, hot, sexy romance with lots of adventure and strong heroes and heroines forged in the fire of life, give The Asset a try. I’d love for you to take a peek. Check out The Asset’s first chapter at http://www.annadelmar.com/pages/excerpt.html. And thanks again for having me.