TODAY I’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU REBEL INK PRESS ELITE, AUTHOR LILA MUNRO. I MET LILA A YEAR AGO WHEN SHE HELPED ME WITH MY FIRST PUBLISHED NOVEL VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES SINCE THEN SHE HAS BECOME A GOOD FRIEND AS WELL AS A MENTOR TO ME. IF NOT FOR LILA’S SUPPORT AND COMPASSION THROUGH SOME TOUGH LEARNING EXPERIENCES I MIGHT HAVE QUIT. SO, THANKS, LILA.
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The Man Who Gave Me Firsts…
Hello, everyone! I’m so excited to be here today and talk about my new release A Slower, Lower Leap. It’s the third and final installment of my Slower Lower series. If you’ve not read any of the books and don’t know anything about them, they’re set in Seaford, Delaware, a very real place and home to my husband. Although, I must tell you, none of the people in my stories are real. They’re conglomerations of personalities I may have encountered at one time or other, but are absolutely not real individuals.
When I first started tossing out the net for blog stops to promote A Slower, Lower Leap, I never expected such a wide turn out of yeses and invitations. With such a long list of places to stop, I started to wonder just what I’d spend so much time talking about and it was strikingly clear I should talk about all things Delaware, since that is where the Slower Lower stories take place.
Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about how I became an adopted daughter of the first state and what firsts followed. It’s really quite ironic it’s the first state, because the first man I ever met from there gave me many firsts and I ended up marrying him. (Anyone noticing a pattern here yet?)
My first glimpse of Delaware was at sunrise four days prior to Thanksgiving 1997. I woke up after being in the car for my very first long distance road trip with someone other than a family member to see we were barreling down a winding unmarked road and were headed straight for another vehicle. Welcome to Delaware!
“One of us will move, babe,” my beloved assured me just before the other car took to the side of the road and waved with a smile.
Really? What the hell was this strange land?
After that, my beloved took me on many firsts. He took me on my first plane ride, I saw the beach for the first time with him and I got my first overseas visit with him via orders from the USMC not a year after we married (the marriage wasn’t a first, but it was the first time I truly loved the man I married).
Through the years, we enjoyed many trips to the slower lower (now you know where the titles come from ) eastern shore board and it was in those trips that unbeknownst to me, stories started to form. Many years later when I finally took up my pen once again after my muse being dormant for what seemed like an eternity, the faces, places, sights, smells, traditions, and landscape of Delaware kept haunting me…and wouldn’t you know it? Seaford, Delaware became the setting of my very first series.
Thank you husband and thank you Seaford for lending me inspiration and so many firsts…and readers, I hope you enjoy getting to know that part of the world through my eyes.
It’s been a pleasure. Thanks Lori for hosting me and thanks for stopping by! And readers, don’t forget to enter my giveaway…signed copies of books one and two in the Slower Lower series.
A Slower, Lower Leap
Book 3, Slower Lower series
Rebel Ink Press
February 17, 2013
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BlurbWhen you’re the last man standing…
Not only was Logan Delaney the last of his siblings to remain unmarried and unsettled, his entire family believed he’d never find a wife. The baby of eight, he’s been dubbed an irresponsible player and told he’ll never amount to a hill of beans. And at one time, Logan may have been okay with those descriptions, but no more. On a quest to prove his worth, he’s spent the entire summer learning the family business, staying in at night, and saving his money. And if his family would stop meddling in his affairs and trying to dictate who he should and shouldn’t be seeing, he might just show them he’s found the one, Lizzy Jenkins.
And have a bad reputation to blame…
Elizabeth Jenkins had always known Logan Delaney existed, but he’d never so much as turned one glance her way until she handed him his butt on a silver platter in three sentences or less over the phone. After that it seemed at every turn there he was and the more she resisted the heat building between them, the bigger the fire got. Until his family interfered. And why wouldn’t they? Between Logan’s legacy and her baggage, they were a disaster in the making.
Can you be trusted with a fragile heart?
But Logan doesn’t run when he finds out about Colby. In fact, he embraces Lizzy’s special needs son and defies the advice of everyone urging him to leave Lizzy alone. But after one moment of weakness, Logan finds himself knee deep in a marriage complete with the little boy whose father bailed before his birth and Lizzy’s grandfather, who needs constant care as well. Then there’s the man who just might be the demise of it all.
Lizzy watched Colby make yet one more circle around the living room with his arms spread and sighed in frustration. He was oblivious to the disruption he was causing which only added to her exacerbation with the situation. How could she possibly be angry with him when he didn’t grasp the concept of time or what it did to her nerves when his unscheduled moments of innocence hampered what should have been her scheduled life? And it surely wasn’t his fault he was the way he was or that he’d even been conceived at all for that matter. No, his conception was wholly her fault and she’d been paying for it for nearly six years. Alone.
But the truth was, no matter how many times she kicked herself for believing whispered promises in a back seat and guilt swamped her even though medical science would argue it was nothing she’d done to make him this way, Lizzy loved her little boy more than life itself. There were days, though.
Like today, she wanted to sit and cry until there were no more tears left then cry some more. Rarely was it, though, Lizzy had time for such frivolities as tears. What time wasn’t taken up with Colby’s care was spent at her job as the assistant officer manager at the farmer’s market, somewhere she had no intention of working a lifetime and which brought her to yet another responsibility on her list. School. When she wasn’t working or caregiving, Lizzy was an almost full-time student and watched the sun rise on a new day without sleep having studied all night more than once. In a word, she was not only exhausted physically, she was just plain tired. Never in her life would she have imagined being twenty-three and feeling so defeated.
What she wouldn’t give for one night of freedom. One night filled with beers and dancing. Maybe even some hot sweaty sex in the form of someone who would disappear the next day and not look back. Well, that and not leave her knocked up. Alone was fine, with another baby to tend to by herself, not so much.
Of course she had no idea how to go about this stranger for one night sex. The closest she came to any man was when they made deliveries to the market or they drove their grandfathers to the Senior Center for bingo and hung around waiting for the old farts to get tired of dotting cards and fighting the caller over what had come out as B-five but was mistook for B-nine because someone’s hearing aid battery was running low. And although they all knew
her fairly well, they avoided her for the most part because of which grandfather she dropped off at bingo. Thank God none of them knew Michael Silcox was the one who’d left her high and dry with a special needs child, not exactly prime bait to fish with in the pond of hooking up. Her name associated with his would only add fuel to the stay away from Lizzy fire as his family owned most of Georgetown.
Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual softer read to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, the Identity series, and the Private Collection. Currently she is working on two new series set to release summer of 2013, the At Your Service line and the Steele Image line. She’s a member in good standing of RWA. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be found at Realmantic Moments Facebook Goodreads Twitter You can also contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find all her works at: Amazon ARe Nook Bookstrand