Happy Monday! Thank you for joining me on the blog 🙂 Please help me welcome author Sharon C Cooper to the blog. She’s been a frequent visitor and I’m so happy to have her back to help her promote her latest release Operation Midnight. Before we dive into the blurb and excerpt, Sharon has agreed to answer a few questions so we can get to know more about her and her book.
And, don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!
Let’s get started…
Describe yourself as if you were tweeting…that’s right. You get 140 characters! 🙂
HA! Okay, here goes:
SharonCCooper – God-fearing, loving wife, mom, author-passionate stories, sometimes silly, a little OCD, lover of all things romance & PB&J.
Love it 🙂 What’s the first thing we’d see when we walked in your front door?
Lol, this is an interesting question! So the first thing you would see when you walked through my front door is a large abstract painting created by yours truly. 🙂
I wish I’d asked for a picture now. I’d love to see your art work! What is your favorite meal to cook?
*cough, cough, cough*
Well, uh … I prefer eating over cooking any day! But if I must cook a meal it would probably be pretty simple – something involving tilapia.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Unlike many writers, I didn’t always want to be a writer though it was a huge part of some of my past occupations (grant writer, virtual assistant, etc). I didn’t know that I really wanted to be a writer until maybe three and a half years ago – shortly before I published my first book.
I love choosing names for my characters. How did you go about choosing yours?
Hmm…good question. I too love choosing names for my characters! Although…I can’t remember how I chose the names for the main characters in OPERATION MIDNIGHT. At any rate, what I normally do is think about the type of character I want to create and decide what name would be fitting of their personality. The characters in this story were secondary characters in other stories, so unfortunately their names didn’t get the same consideration as some of my characters in other books (like Nash, Hunter, Iris, Martina, Alandra, etc).
What makes OPERATION MIDNIGHT different from other books in the same genre?
I think one of the main differences in this book than other books by me in the same genre is that this book includes a very sweet love story. In romantic suspense, the reader will usually get a big dose of romance with some nice suspense. Yet in this story, though there is plenty of suspense and romance, the unyielding love between the characters really stand out!
Sounds like an awesome read 🙂 Which character is most like you?
…interesting enough, I can’t think of one character in this book that is most like me. Though I hate to admit it, I’m not as compassionate as Olivia; I don’t have Wiz’s computer skills, and the list goes on…and on. Now if we took a look at some of my other stories, a character who is most like me would be Iris Sinclair in LEGAL SEDUCTION or Peyton Jenkins in SEDUCING THE BOSS LADY (coming in 2016).
Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, evening, or just whenever you can?
I prefer to write in the mornings (very early), but I’ve had so many back-to-back deadlines lately, until I just try to work in as much writing time throughout the day as possible.
What’s the first sentence in your book?
The first sentence in OPERATION MIDNIGHT is – “I want her dead.”
That is an awesome first sentence. Definitely leaves me wanting to know more about that conversation. What was your favorite scene in OPERATION MIDNIGHT to write and why?
Hmm…I had a couple of favorite scenes, but I think if I had to pick one, it would be the scene where Wiz and Olivia (the main characters) are ambushed. It’s a shoot-out scene loaded with action and the reader gets to see Wiz (retired Navy SEAL) protect Olivia at all cost.
Why should we read OPERATION MIDNIGHT?
Great question! I think readers should read OPERATION MIDNIGHT because it’s loaded with romance, plenty of action, humor, steamy sex, and a nice dose of suspense! It’s also an easy read.
What is one of your fondest memories from when you were growing up?
I have so many fond memories, but since we’re getting close to the holidays, I guess I would have to pick my parent’s annual Christmas brunch. Plenty of food (and I love to eat), LOTS of friends and family, games, movies, and plenty of laughs all rolled into one event under one roof!
Sounds fantastic. I love big family and friend get togethers 🙂 What is the best part of the writing process for you…the beginning of the book, the middle, or the end…and why?
Another great question! The best part of the writing process for me is the brainstorming part. During that time, it’s like anything goes and I have a blast creating the characters, deciding what type of situations to put them in…or not. Lol! The brainstorming period is when you can let your imagination get carried away. But of course reality quickly sets in when you try to create a story around all of those initial ideas. Lol.
Would you give us a sneak peek into what you’re working on now?
I’m currently writing Negotiating for Love, book 4 of my Jenkins Family Series. Martina “MJ” Jenkins is a carpenter by trade who refuses to ever fall in love. She fears being like her mother who falls in love with every man she meets only to get her heart broken in the end. Despite MJ’s efforts to stay clear of the love bug, there’s this gorgeous U.S. senator who makes her weak in the knees whenever she’s near him. Problem is, she’s totally against some of his political views when it comes to the trades unions (which she is actively involved), and they bump heads at every turn. Needless to say, their road to a happily-ever-after won’t be easy…but it will be fun! *smile*
Christine thanks so much for allowing me to hang out on your blog today! I’ve enjoyed myself and the interview!
Thank you so much for coming back on the blog and letting me interview you. You’re welcome back anytime, Sharon!
No bad deed goes unpunished…
Former Navy SEAL turned private investigator, Cameron “Wiz” Miller, has loved only one woman, his ex-wife, Olivia. She’s beautiful, talented and the sweetest person he knows. With plans to remarry her, there is nothing she could ask of him that he wouldn’t do except … one thing.
Olivia has loved Wiz since high school. He is her hero. Her protector. She understands his hesitation to search for the woman who left her for dead. Forgiveness has been a long time coming, but Olivia has made peace with what happened. Wiz hasn’t. For him, forgiveness is not an option.
But the sins of the past have come back to haunt Wiz, placing Olivia in danger. He must tap into his military training and every alliance he has formed over the years to save her. But is it too late? Will he and Olivia ever get that happily-ever-after?
“I want her dead.”
Wiz paced the length of the small, musty cellar, his pulse pounding in his ears. He wished the steady drumming would drown out the anger seeping into his soul. Wound tighter than a man staring down the barrel of a semi-automatic gun, he took a few cleansing breaths to release the anxiety roaring through his veins. It wasn’t working. Nothing was working.
He kept moving. Except for his combat boots stomping against the dusty concrete floor and the low hum of a nearby furnace, the space was quiet. Gagged and bound, flanked by his two best friends, the woman who had slithered into his life and almost destroyed everything he held dear, sat glaring at him. She wiggled in the hard wooden chair trying to free herself to no avail. Her eyes, cold and unyielding followed his every move, making him hate her that much more.
He stopped and stood before her, feeling nothing but disgust. Red, glassy eyes and the slight shakes confirmed she was high. Hell, considering her condition, she wouldn’t even feel the torture he intended to inflict on her, but it would help him. It would help him try to piece his life back together. It would help him feel less guilt for not being on American soil to protect his wife. It would help him get retribution for the life this bitch had taken.
A life for a life.
“Wiz, think about what you’re planning to do here,” his friend Quinn said, his gloved hand propped against the closed door and the low rumble of his voice cutting through Wiz’s thoughts. “Let me handle this. I can take care of everything and you can head back to the hospital. Your wife needs you. Besides, you have too much to lose.”
“I’ve already lost almost everything and thanks to this woman, my wife is fighting for her life.”
Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, spent 10 years as a sheet metal worker. And while enjoying that unique line of work, she attended college in the evening and obtained her B.A. from Concordia University in Business Management with an emphasis in Communication. Sharon is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net
Former Navy SEAL, Malik Lewis, will always remember the night he spent with Natasha. It was the single most amazing night of his life. So when Natasha narrowly escapes a brutal attempt on her life, Malik stops at nothing to protect her, including hunting a man whose skills match his. Can Malik and Natasha outsmart a vicious assassin who has nothing to lose? And will they ever get to explore the sizzling passion between them that neither can deny?
NOTE: Books in this series can stand alone.