Where did you get the idea for the Hostile Operations Team?
Well, I grew up in a military family and then I married a military man, so I spent a lot of time on military bases in my life. There’s just something about a man in uniform, isn’t there? Joining the military is a big decision, and it comes with a lot of benefits and a lot of challenges. The kind of men and women who stay, who go to war and defend this country when called upon to do so, are deserving of our respect.
But there’s another kind of warrior, and those are the ones who fight the battles no one ever hears about. The kind of warrior who goes after the terrorists or the pirates or the warlords, and who doesn’t do it for the glory. I wanted to write about a team of Special Operators who do just that. Who keep us safe even when we don’t know it, and who will continue to do so until there’s no breath left in their bodies. What makes someone willing to sacrifice everything in order to keep the rest of us safe? I don’t know, but I love exploring that question in my books!
Do you have a specific number of books in mind for the HOT series?
I don’t! Originally, I conceived the idea as a 3 to 6 book series that I would hopefully sell to New York and they would publish them for me. But then self-publishing came along, and I have the freedom to do what I want. I will write as many of these books as I have ideas for. Right now, I’m working on the fifth story, and I have ideas for a sixth and seventh. And a novella for Colonel Mendez, who seems to be a fan favorite!
Do you have a favorite hero you’ve written?
I always love the one I’m currently writing. At this moment, it’s Jack Hunter. But Kevin MacDonald in DANGEROUSLY HOT has a special place in my heart. I wrote the first chapter of his story almost seven years ago now. And then I put it away for a long time, while I wrote twenty books for Harlequin, and hoped I’d get to finish it some day. That day came when I decided to self-publish the series. And I’m thrilled!
I know you got your publishing start with Harlequin. How cool is it to be able to say you are a Harlequin writer (those were the first romances I read)?
It’s very cool! Harlequin Presents were the first romances I ever read, so to be writing those very romances I loved so much is a thrill I will never get over. I read Penny Jordan when I was a teenager, and now I write the same kinds of books. It’s unbelievably rewarding to be a Presents author!
Do you tend to plot your books for fly by the seat of your pants?
I fly by the seat of my pants, but I’m getting somewhat better at sketching out a direction. I’ve started using Scrivener and it gives me the ability to write in chunks and move those chunks around if I need to (though I’m pretty linear, really). I love that! I also make lots of notes about what could happen next. And I brainstorm with a couple of other writers, and they help me to think in terms of stages and turning points.
Do you have a Pinterest board with pictures of your heroes and heroines?
Do I ever! You can access all my Pinterest boards here: http://www.pinterest.com/lynnrayeharris/ You’ll see I have boards for many things, including the HOT series and some of my Harlequins. I even have a fan board for HOT! Fans can join and pin pictures if they like. All you have to do is leave a comment on one of the pins and tell me you want to join, and I’ll approve you. You can be up and pinning HOT pictures in no time!
Thanks for having me today, Liza. Please tell your readers to come visit me at http://www.lynnrayeharris.com/. I look forward to hearing from them!
The last man she ever wanted to see…
Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.
But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.
Might be the only one who can save her…
Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.
But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.
Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!
Hot Mess - Book 1.5
English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a Top Secret government program, is missing—and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night.
Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend’s baby sister. But Georgie’s not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male—and very dirty—thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have.
When someone threatens Georgie’s life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her.
Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he’s about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond.
Hot Package - Book 1.6
When public relations expert Olivia Reese stumbles onto evidence of a dangerous conspiracy right before Christmas, there’s only one man she can call for help. Billy “The Kid” Blake is a member of an elite military unit—the Hostile Operations Team—and he’s Olivia’s former lover.
Billy never forgot the sexy woman who rocked his world—and his bed—before she walked out on him. Now that she needs his help, he’ll do anything he can to keep her safe. But as time runs out and the snow piles up, can Billy and Olivia work together to thwart a lethal plot against the Pentagon without getting involved again?
Note: This novellas has been previously published in the Hot, Sexy & Bad box set.
Dangerously Hot - Book 2
The world’s most wanted man is back from the dead. And only one woman can stop him…
Former Army linguist Lucky San Ramos escaped with her life, but the scars an evil terrorist leader left on her skin are a constant reminder of her captivity. Now her tormentor is back—and so is the sexy Special Operations soldier she once loved.
HOT operator Kevin “Big Mac” MacDonald rescued Lucky the last time. And then he walked away when he couldn’t be what she needed. When Lucky married his teammate, Kev knew it was for the best. But now Marco is dead and Lucky is no longer safe.
When Kev and Lucky team up to capture a terrorist, they’ll have to pretend to be man and wife on an explosive military mission to a war-torn nation. With time running out and the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Kev and Lucky play a perilous game of cat and mouse with a madman during the day.
But at night, they battle the secrets of the past and the sizzling attraction that threatens to endanger the mission. Lucky shouldn’t want the man who abandoned her once before. But the passion between them is sinfully, sensuously, dangerously hot… and proving impossible to resist.