If someone had told me two years ago that I’d be writing military-themed romantic suspense, I would have given them a yeah right look. While I’ve always had a soft spot for the genre and I adore military heroes—I mean, who doesn’t love a man in uniform?—I was terrified of the amount of research that I’d have to do to write one convincingly. The rules and regs of the military, the lingo, the lifestyle—it was so far out of my scope of understanding that I didn’t even know where to begin. But then I got the idea for HORNET, a private hostage rescue team, and I had to write the team’s stories.

Hello, research.

I started by watching a whole bunch of documentaries on the Military Channel. I watched videos posted by soldiers on YouTube just to get a feel for the way they talk and interact. I got on Amazon and filled my cart with every SEAL memoir I could find—some of which are still sitting patiently on my bookshelf, waiting for me to open them. I knew I wanted to write about a hostage situation and paramilitary rebels, so I also searched for any books or videos on that subject.

And you know what I realized? I love research.

In fact, I’m constantly researching. I continuously browse newspapers, magazines, TV, and the Internet. I’ve come across things that are disturbing, fascinating, exciting, or terrifying and I file them all away for future reference because I never know where a story will come from.

One of my favorite subjects to research is setting. I’ve been captivated by foreign cultures since I was in elementary school, and reading about new places somewhat satisfies my wanderlust—then again, depending on the place, it also makes me want to pack up and go visit. Especially, as in the case of my next book, when that setting happens to be Key West. Man, do I ever want to go there after spending the last several months studying the place!

SEAL OF HONOR is set in Washington D.C., Colombia, and Costa Rica, and of those, I’ve only ever been to Costa Rica. I spent a lot of time online looking at photos of Colombia, as well as reading books and travel blogs about the country. Although it is plagued by violence, it is also a beautiful and interesting place and I hope I have succeeded in capturing not only the bad stuff but also the good.

So who out there is a wanderer like me? Any places you’d love to visit?

Thank you, Tonya,for spending time with us and our readers today. What a fascinating post!

I would love to visit Scotland,Ireland and Great Britain! Oh,I guess if forced Paris wouldn’t been too bad either.


                                                           SEAL OF HONORSEAL of Honor
By Tonya Burrows

Entangled Publishing – May 28, 2013

It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

Title: SEAL of Honor
Author: Tonya Burrows
Series: Hornet #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 352 pages
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Imprint: Entangled Select
ISBN: 978-1620612583

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Tonya Burrows | Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven’t stopped since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I’m now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let’s be honest, I’ll take a bad horror movie too!) I’m a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. We live in a small town in PA, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.

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Mysti Parker



Hearts in ExileFINAL

So without further ado,welcome Mysti!

Be Perfect at Your Own Peril

“Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.”
― Anne Wilson Schaef

At any given day in the Parker household, you might see Pop Tart crumbs on the table. Yes, I’m that kind of mom. I am not an organic movement warrior. I’m more of a Kroger sale surfer.

My house—let’s not even go there. Seriously, call first, because the cleanliness level hovers somewhere between filthy and cluttered unless I’m expecting guests. Maybe I should have more guests…

Perfectionist? Nope, not me. I’ve struck out so many times in motherhood, like just a couple months ago when I threw away my youngest daughter’s test instead of signing it and placing it neatly in her backpack to return to class. I’m glad her teacher couldn’t see me blushing when she called to ask about it.

And there was the time I left the basement door open and the same daughter fell down the steps at about eight months old. Or the time…I really could go on and on.

But, I won’t, because I’m not a perfectionist. I am learning to let go of the impossible. It is, after all, impossible to be perfect. So why do we kill ourselves to be flawless?

Letting go of perfectionism doesn’t mean we become slackers or lose all ambition. Quite the opposite. It means we do our best and let go of the impossible. When we make mistakes, we pick up the pieces and carry on. We don’t set the bar so high that we can’t jump over it. We make realistic goals and accomplish them to the best of our ability.

Trust me; I still battle the perfectionism monster from time to time, especially with my writing. I have to make myself stop editing before I end up with a desperate-looking story with too much makeup and no date. I have to accept that my best is good enough so I can move on to something new. It’s the key to growth and improvement. Perfectionism does nothing but hold you rooted in place when all you really want to do is spread your wings and fly.

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Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six week free course, F2K. 

Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

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Blog: www.mystiparker.blogspot.com
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Twitter @MystiParker

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4625596.Mysti_Parker

A Ranger’s Tale, Tallenmere #1

Serenya’s Song, Tallenmere #2

Hearts in Exile, Tallenmere #3 (Available NOW at www.melange-books.com)



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