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AOTW- Stephanie Tyler

Stephanie Tyler

About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read - romantic suspense with military heroes for Bantam Dell. She lives in New York with her husband and children and Gus the Weimaraner. She also writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the pen-name Sydney Croft.
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Interview with Stephanie Tyler!!


HP: Can you tell us how you came up with the idea of your Hold trilogy? What inspired you to create these three men?

Stephanie Tyler: Jake, Nick and Chris had been with me for a long time – typically, my characters arrive and before I begin writing, I know all their backstory.  So I knew they were brothers by adoption, that they were SEALs.  I just didn’t know their heroines at first.  And I knew how important their stories would be to me and I wanted to wait until I could do their stories justice. 

HP: The Shadow Force series, loosely based off of your Hold trilogy, from the sound of it, it is a very complex world what with Delta, Navy SEALs, CIA, and more. Can you tell us a little about the series idea as a whole? Where do you plan to go with this series?

ST: The series is open ended and is very much a covert / black ops world, with lots of different men with different backgrounds and skill sets working together to save the world…and themselves, while they’re at it. A lot of these men in special forces do cross paths – there’s a lot of friendships made on the job, so to speak, as well as a lot of enemies.  I knew I wanted to built a world of strong men but also incorporate women strong enough to handle both the men and their jobs.  It’s been a lot of fun writing the series and meeting all the new characters.

HP: You have two books coming out for the Shadow Force series this year, Into the Night Air coming out in July and Night Moves coming in October. Can you tell us some about these two upcoming releases?

ST: Sure – you’ve met both Mace and Kell (and Cael and Reid) in Promises in the Dark.  I’ve put the blurbs below, since I think they tells the story better than I could.  But I want to let everyone know that yes, Caleb and Vivi play a big role in IN THE AIR TONIGHT – I wouldn’t leave them hanging!

For In the Air:

With danger closing in, all they have is each other.
Haunted by a mission he barely survived, Delta Force operative Mace Stevens still carries a soldier’s burden. Running a small bar in upstate New York, he remains a stone cold warrior who guards dangerous secrets and stays ready for anything. Anything except beautiful, vulnerable Paige Grayson, who shows up at his door, demanding answers about her heroic stepbrother’s death under his command.

Paige bears burdens, too. She’s plagued by demons unleashed by an older brother who committed mass murder before her eyes. But here in this snowy haven with Mace, she almost feels safe from the menacing promises of her insane sibling. As a nurse whose hands can read the deepest thoughts of anyone she touches, Paige knows Mace needs her as desperately as she needs him. And when a faceless killer begins unleashing fresh terror, Mace proves just how far he will go to save the woman who means everything to him.

For Night Moves:

Anything can happen under the cover of darkness.


Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that it now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor, and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says her name is Teddie, but Kell senses there’s much more to her story—and it’s about to pull him into a mission he didn’t sign on for: keeping her alive.

Teddie Lassiter knows this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seem to be hiding something deep. The men after Teddie are deadly, but the man who holds her life in his hands and tempts her with his wicked touch is even more dangerous. He could make her dream about living and loving again. And if they can survive, maybe, just maybe, they can stop fighting the world and each other—and simply surrender.

HP: Your three books in the Blazes series are based on Navy SEALs can you tell us what the research for this series was like, how extensive?

ST: Well, as with the Hold series, which is also a SEAL series, the research is intense – it’s a lot of reading, fact checking, talking with sources –and still, I’m sure I’ve gotten things wrong.  It’s funny though – a lot of things people will think are wrong aren’t – maybe they get their facts from other places or are thinking about different branches of the military.  But the most satisfying mail to get is from someone in the military – or a spouse or a military brat, as they call themselves – telling me they love my books and that I’ve done the military right.  Very satisfying, especially since I mean nothing but respect to the military with every book I write. 

HP: On you page you say you have an up coming Paranormal release, this is something new for your Stephanie Tyler name. Can you tell us how the idea to write a paranormal trilogy came about?

ST: I’ve co-written Paranormal erotic romance under the name Sydney Croft with Larissa Ione for years, so writing paranormals comes naturally to me.  I’ve had an idea about wolves – werewolves – for quite a while – and the trilogy will be about a pack of immortal wolves.  The first title is called DIRE NEEDS:  A NOVEL OF THE ETERNAL WOLF CLAN and it’s due out from NAL in Summer of 2012.  It’s all about Dire wolves and Weres and a group called the weretrappers who want to use them for their own nefarious purposes.  There are also witches and humans…and lots of alpha male goodness!

HP: You are scheduled to be at the RWA Conference June 28th - July 1st 2011. Can you expand on this for those that may not know about the RWA and what you will be doing?

ST: RWA stands for Romance Writers of America – and it’s an organization for both published and unpublished authors of Romantic Suspense.  Its members also include booksellers and librarians who are supportive of the romance genre.  Every year, they hold a conference that includes a booksigning that’s open to the public plus lots of workshops for members.  I’ll be signing my books at the public signing and I’ll be part of a workshop on Jun 30th at 11am called, Romancing the Pros:  The Romantic Suspense Market, along with Karen Rose and an editor and agent TBN.

HP: On your page you mention it took you ten manuscripts before you got your first sale call. Were the first books you have published the writings from before you got the sale call or was you writing other things before your first publication?

ST: A little of both – some of those ten manuscripts were never completed and some found homes after much editing.  Actually, the first romance I ever started eventually became the Harlequin Blaze, Beyond His Control.   I do count Coming Undone and Night Vision (novella) among the ten and Coming Undone was my first sale! 

HP: Why was Too Hot to Hold, the second book in you Hold trilogy, so hard for you to write?

ST: Nick, the hero, was – still is – the strong, silent type.  Even more than Jake, he did not want his secrets to come out, didn’t want to fall in love.  Add in a plot that was quite circular and different time zones and it was quite challenging.  I’m proud of the work I did on that book  - it wasn’t easy, but I still love it.

HP: Do you have an author who may have inspired you to write?

ST: I’ve always wanted to write but I do have authors who for sure inspired me to write romance – Cherry Adair, Suzanne Brockmann and Tami Hoag.

HP: What is you favorite book(s)

ST: Oh wow, too many to name here.  I have so many rereads – it just depends on what I’m in the mood for!  But I guess I can say that Gone with the Wind is a perennial favorite.

HP: Do you enjoy doing the research for you books?

ST: I do!  I’m a former teacher, so research is something I’ve always turned to naturally.

HP: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

ST: I’d like to thank them for being so supportive of my books – it’s awesome to get reader mail and postings on Facebook and the like!  And thank you, Holly, for having me here today!

It is an honor to have you on my blog Stephanie!! I want to thank you for this awesome interview and giveaway!

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Books by Stephanie Tyler
Hard to Hold Trilogy
#1: Hard to Hold
#2: Too Hot to Hold
#3: Hold On Tight

Available from Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Random House and IndieBound


The Shadow Force Series
#1: Lie with Me
#2: Promises in the Dark

Available from Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound 


The Blazes Trilogy
#1: Coming Undone (Harlequin Blaze #315)
#2: Risking It All (Harlequin Blaze #327)
#3: Beyond His Control (Harlequin Blaze #384)

Available from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle. From Fictionwise in Ebook.

Anthologies
Hot Nights, Dark Desires (ACRO #2.5)
by Eden Bradley, Sydney Croft, Stephanie Tyler 

Available from Amazon, Random House and Chapters Indigo

Coming Soon
In the Air Tonight (Shadow Force #3)-- Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Dell
Night Moves (Shadow Force #4)-- Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by Del
Upcoming Paranormal Trilogy-- Check back at Stephanie's website for more news on this trilogy - the first of which is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2012

Also find Stephanie at:
Goodreads
Her website


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Giveaway
Two winners will win one book that Stephanie Tyler had published as of now. (May 2nd 2011)



One of The Shadow Forces Series
                          
Book #1: Lie With Me
 
Book #2: Promises in the Dark


One of The Hard to Hold Trilogy
                 
Book #1: Hard to Hold

Book #2: Too Hot to Hold
Book #3: Hold On Tight


Or one of The Blaze Trilogy
                 
Book #1:Coming Undone

Book #2: Risking it All
Book #3: Beyond His Control


Giveaway Details: 
  • There will be two winners. Each winner will get their choice of one of the books above in either Paperback or Kindle ebook form.
  • The giveaway will run from May 2nd 2011 - May 16th 2011.
  • The winner(s) will be chosen, announced and contacted on May 17th 2011. The winners will have 48 hours to respond before another winner(s) will be chosen. 
  • The giveaway is provided by the author.
  • One entry per-household please!
  • Giveaway is open US, Canada and International.

To Enter: 

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