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

Purchase from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/atjme8d

Purchase from Barnes &Noble: http://tinyurl.com/a4j9kyk

Add to GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/a6ae84v

tonya burrowsAuthor Information


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.

Author Website: http://www.tonyaburrows.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hornetseries | http://www.facebook.com/tonyaburrows
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TonyaBurrows


Tourwide Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of SEAL OF HONOR, swag, and will even have a character in one of Tonya’s future releases named after them!

Giveaway ends 6/30.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Official Tour Stops
June 4 – Cocktails and Books
June 5 – My Book Addiction and More
June 6 – Book Sniffers Anonymous
June 7 – Reading Between the Wines
June 10 – Fic Talk
June 11 – Waves of Fiction
June 12 – Herding Cats & Burning Soup
June 14 – Reading Reality
June 17 – Urban Girl Reader
June 18 – Simply Ali
June 19 – Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance
June 20 – Love Books! Book Reviews
June 21 – Ex Libris
June 24 – Novel Reflections
June 25 – Feeling Fictional
June 26 – Proserpine Craving Books
June 27 – Crystals Random Thoughts
June 28 – Ramblings From This Chick



Check out “My Thoughts” on this title at:



Thank you everyone for spending some time with us and our guest today. Please spread the word!



  1. I think the research would be fascinating. Though I’m sure I would become distracted & get off target.

  2. Thanks for having me today, April! I would LOVE to visit any of those places, but especially Great Britain because of my current obsession with Doctor Who!

    @Mary- That is a problem sometimes! I get so wrapped up in the research I forget I’m supposed to be writing!

  3. This book sounds so good. I just love military themed romances, and can’t get enough of those heroes.

  4. It would be Scotland for me and Ireland. Then I would love to go all over Scandinavia too. I married a military man, yes the lingo is often different. For years I thought they were saying mustard when they were actually saying muster. Found out the embarrassing way that COB did not stand for Captian of the Boat but Chief of the Boat, btw boat is what they call a submarine. Although the COB did love me after that for thinking he was the Captain.

  5. I truly enjoy reading military romantic suspense and appreciate the amount of research you do to make the story as ‘real’ as possible. Will certainly add Seal of Honor to my wish list. I love to travel and have numerous places state side I want to visit before going to other countries. New Orleans (who wouldn’t?), Portland (check out the tunnels), Savannah (ghosts!) and many more. I’d also love to visit Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Greece.

  6. This sounds like quite an adventure with a heck of a bunch of rescuers.

  7. I am always looking for new authors to read. These blog tours introduce me to a lot of them. Thanks for having the tour. Your book sounds really good. I like military heroes!

Comments are closed.