M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit



What I Know…Now.

Hello Wendy, and hello Wendy’s moma(April)! Thanks so much for having me aboard.

One of the funniest things anyone can say to a writer is, “write what you know.” Let’s see, I wasn’t very good at teeter-totter, but I was good at swings. I’ve been a computer programmer and house designer, I’ve even ridden my bicycle solo around the world, but the battlefield of that childhood playground is about the closest I’ve ever been to a military operation. Then again, I’ve never done what’s in most of my books. My military romantic suspense is no exception.

“The Night is Mine” is based on the real-life Night Stalkers, the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The folks who fly helicopters to deliver Special Forces to places we’ve never heard of. Grenada, Somalia, bin Laden’s compound, those we know. Most we don’t and never will.

Three years ago I had never heard of them. I found them through serendipitous research, looking for one thing and finding another. I was looking for an exotic helicopter for a hero to be rescued by and stumbled on the 160th SOAR.

I think there have been three real challenges for me in writing military romantic suspense.

First, military knowledge. That’s been a matter of straight research and a bit of conjecture. I’ve read pretty much every book there is about the Night Stalkers, there are six of them that I’ve found and all grace my bookshelf. I’ve read helicopter maintenance manuals and how to field strip a rifle. I’ve watched movies, documentaries, and YouTube clips. I’m sure I got some of the details wrong, for which I apologize, but I hope that I’m realistic enough that those who serve will at least know I tried.

Second, warrior knowledge. I am anything but a warrior. The first time I wrote a warrior, my critique group laughed him out of the room, so my groundwork was laid out for me… I could only improve.  I read accounts by inserted journalists, retired NAVY Seals, accounts by veterans from most of the recent wars. I read horrid novels, that even I knew were wrong, and great ones that inspired me to keep reading. I also had the good fortune to interview a Coast Guard heli-pilot and a female Chief Mechanic of a Black Hawk recently returned from flying daily missions in Iraq.

I began to get a feel for what motivates a warrior, a non-civilian. Someone that we civilians would call a fighter, though they wouldn’t. I hope that I was able to capture even a part of why they serve. They are not unthinking robots, and that is true ten times over for the ones who chose it as a career. To serve with the Night Stalkers you require a minimum of five years experience before you are allowed to apply. You actually will have volunteered and been tested five separate times before you can reach SOAR. And that’s when the two years training begins before you’re declared mission ready. These people are as elite as the top players in any field.

Third, and this was the kicker, self knowledge. I had to change the way I thought about the military and about myself. I was too young for the ‘60s, but I was old enough to wear a black armband with a red peace symbol to my sixth grade class to protest our actions in Vietnam. I had to unlearn part of that. Not any questions of the rightness or wrongness of such an action, but rather the separation of policy versus practice. Policy is set by governments and the practice is done by our military, our soldiers who carry it out to the best of their abilities under conditions that stagger me more and more as I learn about them.

It has reshaped how I think about myself as well. I have had to learn to respect myself more as an American. To respect myself more as someone who wants to show as true and deep a commitment as the Night Stalkers show in their choices, and partly because of them I get the inestimable luxury to do that without being shot for doing so.

When I set out to write this book, I was off to have fun.  And I did. I didn’t set out to be changed by what I wrote. I didn’t set out expecting to feel how important it was to honor these people even while I worked to make the characters exciting, engaging, and perhaps even memorable. But look what I know…now.

The CNN film crew had made it fun. But now…

The laptop stood balanced on a couple of empty, dull green, ammo cases for the minigun. Sweaty pilots and crew stood gathered around it, waiting for the network to roll the clip.

Captain Emily Beale’s free hand rested on the M9 Beretta sidearm in her holster. Tempting. A couple of 9mm rounds through the screen might cheer her up significantly. But then they’d know how she felt. Be hard to laugh it off after that level of mayhem. She knew hundreds of ways to kill a person, but how do you kill a newscast? Shooting a laptop didn’t meet the ultimate criteria for complete suppression. She scanned the intent faces of her flightmates. Still, a bit of localized destruction held its temptations.

Thanks again, Wendy and moma(April)!

M.L. Buchman


NAME: Emily Beale

RANK: Captain

MISSION: Fly undercover to prevent the assassination of the First Lady, posing as her executive pilot.


NAME: Mark Henderson, code name Viper

RANK: Major

MISSION: Undercover role of wealthy, ex-mercenary boyfriend to Emily


Their jobs are high risk, high reward:

Protect the lives of the powerful and the elite at all cost. Neither expected that one kiss could distract them from their mission. But as the passion mounts between them, their lives and their hearts will both be risked…and the reward this time may well be worth it.

 Available at: Amazon,B&N,Smashwords


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Thanks to Danielle,at Sourcebooks, we are offering 2 lucky commenters a print copy (1 for each winner) of “The Night is Mine” by ML Buchman. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway to run from today,February 8 until February 15,2012. **Must comment on what you learned from this interview about the Military and/or the author**

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BIO:(From the author’s website)

Cari Quinn wrote her first story – a bible parable – in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she’d ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today. Cari’s genres of choice include contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, urban fantasy and paranormal. Recently she discovered erotic romance. Oh, how far she’s come.


Good morning Cari and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…

Thank you so much for having me here today!

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Cari Quinn?

CARI:Sure thing! First and foremost, I’m a reader. I fell in love with books at a young age and always preferred to read more than anything else. That’s still true today, especially when I’m wrestling with one of my own stories! I write sexy, fun contemporary romances along with a bit darker and more explicit erotic romances and hope to be writing both for a long time.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write contemporary romance?

CARI:Good question! Mainly because I love contemporary romance. It’s the first genre I pick up when I read. As much as I enjoy a good paranormal, contemporary romances in particular give me hope for how well “ordinary” life can work out if you stay on your toes and never give up. I like to think we’re all a day or a moment away from our own happily ever after—if we’re willing to work for it!

MBA&M: What was some of the challenges in writing “No Dress Required”?

CARI:Oooh, another good question! Jake and Noelle were pretty easy to write about, but it was definitely a challenge telling an entertaining, romantic story in an abbreviated word count. Hopefully readers think I did a good job, as I think Entangled Publishing’s new lines of shorter romances, Flirts and Ever Afters, are a perfect way to get your reading fix in a shorter amount of time!

MBA&M: Who is your hero,in life,and in fiction?Why?

CARI:This probably isn’t the most politically correct answer, but my hero is Nora Roberts. While obviously there are a lot of amazing, incredible political figures and the like who have helped positively shaped history, Nora’s always been my personal hero because early on she found the one thing she wanted to do with her life and carved out a successful career despite the many obstacles.

Hmm, in fiction, my hero is probably Cat Crawfield in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. She’s such a kickass chick and she’s continually learned and grown throughout the series—and heck, I idolize her just because her hero is the delectable Bones! (Yep, I’m really that shallow sometimes!)

MBA&M:If you could change anything in your life,what would it be and why?

CARI:Gosh, I could answer this so many ways! I think I would wish to not ever be afraid. Fear holds so many of us back and sometimes it’s a limitation we create for ourselves.

MBA&M: How would you describe your writing career,in terms of challenges,triumphs,trials and joys?

CARI: Right now, I’d describe it as amazing. I never truly believed deep down that people I don’t know would spend their hard-earned money on my books. That they do is something I never, ever will take for granted and will always be eternally grateful for.

MBA&M: Cari, I see you have written several genre,which is your favorite and why?

CARI: Wow, so many excellent questions! Right now I write mostly contemporary romance, with the main difference between my stories being the heat level. I think contemporary romance will always be my first love and I can’t see myself ever leaving that genre, even if I start writing other types of stories as well.

MBA&M: Now, Cari tell our readers where to find you and where “No Dress Required”?

CARI: Sure! Readers can find me at my website (which will be updated soon!) and on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads as Cari Quinn.

No Dress Required can be found here:

You can read the entire 1st chapter of No Dress Required on the Entangled Publishing site. And if you’re a Nook reader, No Dress Required (only 99 cents!) is currently #2 on the overall Romance list at Barnes & Noble! Thanks so much, readers!


               Cari, would you like to add anything else today?

Thank you so much for allowing me to blog with you today. Entangled Publishing and I would love to offer an ebook copy of No Dress Required, contest open internationally, to a random commenter! I can’t wait to chat with your readers!


Cari, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!!

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Publisher:Entangled Publishing (December 25, 2011)


Product Description(from Amazon)

After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.
Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.
When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.


Thanks to Danielle  at Entangled Publishing we are offering 1 lucky comments an e-book copy of “No Dress Required” by Cari Quinn. Giveaway will run from today February 1 until February 8,2012.


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Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. For more information on Adrienne’s Private Protectors series please visit Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at and Twitter at

Good morning, Adrienne and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….

MBA&M: Adrienne, tell our readers a little about yourself?

AG: I’m a Jersey girl at heart, but now live in the Midwest with my hubby and my junior-alpha-male son.  I started writing years ago, but didn’t actually submit anything to publishers until 2006. I think one of the hardest steps to getting published is sending something out for the first time. I applaud anyone who takes this journey because it’s not an easy one.  It can be so rewarding though.

MBA&M: Can you tell our readers why you chose romantic suspense genre?

MBA&M: I’m a fan of the romance and mystery/thriller genre and thought it would be fun to try writing a romantic suspense. I wrote the first one and was hooked. I like the challenge of weaving the growth of a relationship with the suspense angle. It might be a sickness I have (J), but I love shoving characters into terrifying situations and forcing them to get themselves out.

MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “RISKING TRUST”?

AG: Probably the biggest challenge was writing about a woman grieving the loss of her father. My own father had just died and I was dealing with grief on a personal level. Each day, I found I could only write for short bursts because the onslaught of emotions exhausted me.  At the same time, I found it therapeutic to put those emotions on the page.

Ultimately, I think writing RISKING TRUST gave me something positive to focus on. This book holds a special place in my heart and I’ll always be grateful it’s been published

MBA&M: What is the weirdest piece of writing advice you have ever gotten that actually worked?

AG: To let the story sit for a while.  I had always heard writers saying they wrote every day. No matter what, they put their butts in the chair. Someone once told me that when I was stuck I should leave the story alone for a few days and work on something else. I thought that sounded crazy because how the heck was the book supposed to get better if I didn’t work on it? I tried it though and it worked for me. It was almost as if the part of my brain working on that story needed to rest. When I do this though, I always set a limit of how long I will stay away from the story. The time limit is my way of giving myself permission to not work on it. Once the time limit is reached, I go back to it.

MBA&M: What are some of your favorite food,music,books,etc?

AG: I love Italian food. Anything Italian. Just send it my way. My taste in music varies. I love classic rock and will happily listen to Springsteen or Van Halen. Since moving to the Midwest, I’ve developed a hankering for country music. I also like the blues and the old standards. Give me some Sinatra and I’ll swoon.

MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about your upcoming project(s)?

AG: I have two projects I’m working on. One is a novella for the June 2012 Carina Press anniversary edition. The heroine in this story is Janet Fink, the computer geek from my Private Protectors series. I’ve always wanted to give Janet a story of her own and found the novella to be a great opportunity to do that. I’ve also just turned in book four in the series. For readers familiar with the series, book four is Billy Tripp’s book. I had a ton of fun with Billy’s book. He’s a handful!

MBA&M: Now, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?

AG: You can find me on Facebook and Twitter (more Twitter than Facebook. J ). Here are the links to all of the places you can find me:

Links to buy books:

Carina Press


Barnes & Noble

MBA&M: Adrienne, is there anything else you would like to add, or tell our readers about?

Yes! I’ve recently discovered a new website dedicated to the romantic suspense genre. Readers, if you love romantic suspense, hop over to Just Romantic Suspense, It’s a fabulous place to browse for a new book.

Thank you to My Book Addiction for letting me hang out with you all today.

 MBA&M: You are so welcome and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and our readers today!!



Publisher:Carina Press (November 7, 2011)


Product Description(from amazon)

Roxann Thorgesson’s world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago’s second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble—and potential heartbreak—but he’s involved in a scandalous story she can’t pass up.Twelve years ago, Michael walked out on Roxann without explanation. Now he needs her help. Michael’s estranged wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. He offers something no newspaperwoman could refuse: exclusive access to his headline-making murder accusation, in exchange for her help in uncovering the true killer. When their investigation leads them to a city hall conspiracy, both their lives and their newly reignited flame could be permanently extinguished…
Thanks to the author we are offering 1 lucky commenter an e-book copy of “Risking Trust” by Adrienne Giordano. Giveaway to run from today January 26 until January Febuary  2,2012. *Please remember to leave your email address*
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My Favorite Bible Giveaway


My Favorite Bible cover

My Favorite Bible by Rondi DeBoer and Christine Tangvald

  • Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0800719565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719562
  • Blurb supplied by the publisher

    With the vibrant illustrations and engaging text in this Bible storybook, you can enjoy sharing the best-loved stories of the Bible with the children in your life and encourage a life-long love for the Word of God. My Favorite Bible is a book of exciting Bible stories and activity pages that guide children through the foundational truths of Scripture.

    Each story is fully illustrated and includes a simple narrative full of things kids love: repetition, rhythm, and energy, along with a key biblical theme, a key Bible verse, and discussion questions to help adults introduce children to the Bible.

    The colorful illustrations will capture the imaginations of children ages 4–8, and the stories will help adults to pass along the most important truth in life—the Gospel. Families will cherish this time as they read, listen, learn, and love, growing closer to one another even as they grow closer to God.


    We are thrilled to giveaway one copy of MY FAVORITE BIBLE to one lucky commenter. Giveaway will run until December 3rd. In order to win you must be a follower of our blog and you must comment with your favorite story to share with your kids or kids you know. (Doesn’t have to be a Bible story). Giveaway is open internationally. Good Luck!