Writing Protecting the Future was a challenge. I hadn’t planned to write a “wrap-up” book in the first place, but I had so many readers ask about if the couples had kids that I decided I needed to show the group a couple of years in the future after Protecting Melody.
I had a hard time starting the book though, because I couldn’t wrap my head around how I could possibly write a book with SIXTEEN main characters. Seriously, I couldn’t all of a sudden have them all into group sex and have one big sex scene, but I needed to allow the reader to have that emotionally satisfying ending to the series.
Then I couldn’t decide what the climax at 85% of the book would be (you know, in books where the heroine gets kidnapped, or someone gets shot, or the couple breaks up, or whatever). I thought about it for at least a month before it came to me.
If I alternated points of view by chapters, I could show the men on a mission, then show the woman at home and how they were dealing with their men being gone. Of course I hadn’t really focused on missions in any of the other books, so this in itself was a challenge. HOWEVER, since Mr. Stoker is a history buff, retired Army soldier, and interested in all things military, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
(An actual conversation I had with Mr. Stoker….
“Hey, hon, What kind of helicopter would be able to hold at least 7 people.”
“Um, okay. How many crew would it have.”
“Probably four. Do you need a diagram on where they’d all sit?”
“No. But what ranks would the guys who fly it be?”
Me= big sigh.”Okay, thanks…I’lll need more details later.”
“Sure. I have a book you can read about it if you want.”
“Thanks, but I’ll just let you tell me what I need later.”
Yeah, the built-in military advisor comes in handy for sure. Anyway, then I had the issue of wanting to tease my readers with what books might be coming up next…easy…have one of the firefighters in my other series be the REASON the SEALs were on a mission.
All-in-all, once I started writing, it all flowed fairly easily. I hope this book gives readers the closure they need with the SEALs AND makes them eager to read the upcoming books as well.
Just remember, the SEALs aren’t REALLY ending, they’ll always be around and will show in the strangest places.
Released: January 12th 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: SEAL of Protection #8
Published by Self Published
Wolf and his fellow SEAL team members have saved many lives, and been in even more harrowing situations, but their latest mission might prove the most difficult of all. Charged with rescuing American soldier, Sergeant Penelope Turner, from the clutches of ISIS, the men infiltrate the refugee camp where she’s believed to be held. The conditions are horrific, the search nearly impossible, but Penelope herself could prove the key to their success…if the SEALs can interpret her clues.
An unforgiving desert, perilous mountain terrain, a rising body count and insurgents on the hunt…all of this and more stands between the SEALs completing their mission and returning home to their women, left to bravely deal with fears of their own stateside.
Sometimes a mission is more than one team can handle. With a little help from newfound friends, the SEALS won’t stop until they’ve won the day. Failure is not an option.
** Protecting the Future is the 8th and final book in the Seal of Protection Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
Caroline lay in bed with one arm slung over her husband’s chest and idly ran her fingers over his nipple. They were both content and sated after making love for the second time that night.
“Do you think they’ll ever find her?”
“Penelope. That woman who was kidnapped in the Middle East.”
Matthew “Wolf” Steel shifted under his wife and kissed her forehead lightly. “Probably not.” He felt Caroline sigh as she turned her head into his chest and nuzzled farther into him.
“I can’t help but imagine myself in her place,” Caroline said sadly.
“Ice, I can’t—”
“No, I know. It’s not the same thing really at all, but every time they’ve shown that video of her and how she’s probably being forced to say all those horrible things, all I can think of is that her tone doesn’t match the look in her eyes.”
“What do you mean?” Wolf asked, genuinely curious.
“She sounds meek and serious, but I swear, Matthew, her eyes look pissed. As if she’s just waiting for her chance to turn around and kill all those men who are keeping her captive. And I see it because I know just how she feels. When I was kidnapped and that jerk was filming me, I was saying one thing, but deep inside felt something way different. And I was doing everything I could to send a message to you, and whoever else might watch that video, through my eyes. I know, it was stupid to think you could actually read what I wanted to say in my eyes, but inside I was thinking about how much I loved you. I was trying to tell you where I was, and I was pleading for you to come and find me. I could be wrong, but it’s obvious, at least to me, that Penelope Turner is trying to say many of the same things.”
Wolf turned until Caroline was on her back and he loomed over her. He braced himself up on an elbow and brushed a strand of her dark hair behind her ear with his other hand. She grabbed his biceps and looked up at him with such love, he still had to pinch himself sometimes to make sure it was real.
Three years had passed since he’d made her his wife, and every day since then he thanked his lucky stars they’d found each other. She made him happier than he’d ever been in his life.
“Yeah, I saw it back then as I watched you on tape, and I see it in Sergeant Turner now.”
Caroline bit her lip, then asked, “Do you think they’re…hurting her?”
Wolf kept his voice low and tried to sound reassuring. “It’s hard to say. They’re certainly keeping her for a reason, probably because she’s small, blonde, and a woman. They want to force the world to pay more attention to them and take them seriously.”
“You mean the bombing of that wedding last month didn’t do it?” Caroline’s tone showed her irritation.
Wolf shook his head, amazed that he could fall in love with his wife more every time she opened her mouth. He loved that she didn’t take things at face value, that she felt deeply and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. “Unfortunately, no. They need something bigger than that. And kidnapping a group of Americans isn’t big, not like on the scale that 9/11 was, but if they keep the U.S. distracted—and putting a beautiful, petite woman on television and making her say anti-American and anti-British things is distracting—perhaps they can work their way up to another grand gesture.”
“I love you, Matthew.”
Wolf smiled down at Caroline, not surprised at her change in subject. “I love you too, Ice.”