Blog Tour: Not Another Soldier by Samantha Holt, spotlight, excerpt and giveaway
Title : Not Another Solider Author : Samantha Holt Genre : Contemporary Romantic Suspense Release Date : 17th January 2014 I...
Title: Not Another Solider
Author: Samantha Holt
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 17th January 2014
I've just buried my husband. I was going to divorce him and now he’s dead.After five years as a military wife, Sienna is moving on. She’s keen to leave behind the misery of her marriage to Rob but for some reason the past won’t let her go. It doesn't help that her closest friend, Nick, is also a soldier. Unfortunately Sienna is struggling to deny her attraction to the sexy marine, even knowing there can be no future in it. When the injured soldier admits he wants her just as badly, and has always wanted her, the fight to control her feelings becomes harder.
And now she’s learning things about her late husband that surprise even her. When the secrets of Rob’s life come to light, Sienna finds herself involved with some very nasty people and Nick is determined to protect her, no matter what.
As the danger grows to both her heart and her life, Sienna needs to decide if it was the army that was the problem or her late husband. Is Nick worth the heartache of being a military spouse again? And will he be able to protect her from the ring of drug dealers slowly closing in?
Drawing in a breath, I open the door. Hopefully Nick’s all settled and I won’t even have to—He’s sitting on my bed.Damn the man. He studies me, slow and languorously, and I flex my fingers, longing to splay my hands across myself. My simple PJs now feel sexy and I’m definitely showing off too much skin.“Can I—” I cough. “Is everything okay?”Nick nods slowly, his eyes saying everything is more than okay. My skin heats and I hope he can’t see the redness that’s no doubt in my cheeks and on my chest.“Yeah,” he says finally, gaze lingering on my bare legs. “I just wanted to make sure you were okay.”“I’m fine.”Though I don’t sound fine. Having your heart going the same rate as a freight train or your blood boiling beneath your skin probably isn’t fine. But that wasn’t what he meant.He doesn’t look convinced.“It’s been a crazy day and I am a little shaken but I’m okay, I swear. I just need a little rest and I need to get this place back to normal and then I’ll be great.”Nick takes a moment to study me once more and stands. “All right. Just checkin’.”“Oh.” I go to my closet. “Here’s some blankets.” I draw out two old ones that I usually use if the temperature drops and pass them over.“Thanks.” He takes them from me.“Do you need something to sleep in?” I bend down and rummage through the bottom drawer. “I might have some old T-shirts.” I find one and come up to standing.His eyes are wary and he looks tense, slightly like he’s going to explode at any moment.Baffled, I thrust out the T-shirt. “It’s one of Rob’s. I don’t know why I still have them really. Or would it be weird wearing his stuff?” He doesn’t respond so I hesitate before turning around and chucking the T-shirt back in the drawer. That was a stupid idea. “Sorry, guess it would be.”With a wry laugh, he nods. “Yeah, I don’t want to be wearing his stuff, but I got to tell you, babe, I’m more worried about your night clothes.”“What?”“If you’re sleeping like that,” he motions with one hand down me, “then it’s going to make me sleeping there,” now he points to the couch, “a real trial. ‘Cause when you bend over in those shorts, all I want to do is take you to bed and peel them from you.”
What does Samantha Holt want us to know about her?
The rules are simple. There are 20 questions but you only have to answer 10-15:
As a writer, what drives you?
Firstly, and I know I shouldn’t admit to this, it’s money. I keep writing at the pace I do because I’m the main money earner LOL But mostly it’s wanting to explore something. Maybe a part of me, or a part of history. Writing lets me do that.
As a woman, what drives you?
Guilt. It’s terrible and I’m trying to succumb less to it but it’s such a female flaw. We feel guilty constantly. If I haven’t written a certain amount of words, or made sure the house is spotless or cooked a beautiful meal, I feel guilty. I hope and pray I don’t instil the same sense of guilt into my children but I fear it’s something society ingrains into women.
Can you tell us about Not Another Soldier?
It’s based loosely on my experiences as a military wife. I never buried a husband or got into trouble with drug dealers but I did suffer intense loneliness and also learned to cope with it and genuinely enjoy military life. Sienna’s journey—although a lot more fraught with angst and danger—mirrors my own.
Happy Ever After or Happy For Now? Why?
Oh HEA, every time. I’m not sure why. I guess I’m just an old-fashioned romantic.
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your books?
Normally, not much. There’s probably fragments of me in my heroines but not a lot. Sienna from Not Another Soldier, however, is definitely me in many ways. I didn’t realise it until reading back.
Describe yourself in five words…
Stressed, silly, fun, ambitious, controlling.
Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?
Nope. Wish I did. It sure would make my life a lot easier!
When were you first published? How were you discovered?
I went indie first. Just for fun really. I didn’t intend to be a writer as such and had never even held any ambitions in that direction. I wrote a story and thought it would be fun to share. When people actually started reading it, I realised I had a lot more stories in my. Three books later, I submitted to a publisher and was astonished when they said they wanted my books.
Not sure about underrated but overrated…I watched Top Gun for the first time in years and couldn’t quite figure out what we all saw in Tom Cruise. Also ‘Ice Man’ was not nearly as much as a jerk as I remembered and actually made a lot of sense LOL And the final battle…what was that about? Fighting for no reason with a nameless enemy. You know, I’m not sure moviegoers would accept such a storyline these days!
What are you working on right now?
I’m finishing off my next Highland book and I’ve made inroads into my next contemporary story. I like to multi-task as it keeps me interested in what I’m doing. My brain is kind of flighty sometimes and wants to do tons of things at once!
Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome!
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