It’s Almost Christmas

And I’m NOT ready!!!!

christI have been working like crazy to meet my deadline by the end of this week, but I was able to get the tree up and mostly decorated. The stockings are hung on the mantle, which is also adorned with garland, white poinsettias and silver and white ornaments, my theme for this year.

Do you do a “theme” every year? I used to change the color of the lights on the tree and color coordinate all the presents below so it looked like it all belonged together…in a magazine picture.

Then we had kids. In the last few years, though, I’ve gotten back into “themes” for Christmas. So far this year, it’s limited to the tree…kind of…it’s not finished since I need more white poinsettias, but my mantle looks awesome! 

I won’t allow myself to do any more decorating until after I finish my next book. Then, I will have plenty of time to decorate before our family arrives.

I haven’t purchased many presents, yet, but I’m that person who has to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list…a list I won’t even make until after I turn in my next book. (Are you seeing a theme here?)

But since this is my last blog before Christmas, I do have a present for my readers…

Click HERE for your FREE COPY of Christmas in Cancun.

Want to read the first chapter now? Click on the cover below:

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BLURB:

Busy building a new career with his catamaran company, former SEAL Jack Girard had all but forgotten about his grandfather’s quest to find the golden Mayan goddess statues until his brother’s beautiful widow, Jillian, and adorable daughter, Addison, arrive in Cancun with the research materials. His need to complete the family quest is almost as strong as his desire for Jillian.

Between raising her daughter alone and finishing her doctorate in Mayan anthropology, Jillian doesn’t have time for a man in her life. Although, after mourning her husband’s murder for two years, she’s ready for a man her bed.

An underwater Virgin Mary statue and centuries-old manuscripts lead the two of them through the Mayan Riviera and directly into danger.

During steamy Caribbean nights together, will they develop the ability to move on and discover the real treasure isn’t gold?

EXCERPT

Jillian had been ready to scream for the police when the man grabbed her baby. She’d read about airport kidnappings in foreign countries and how, if the parents didn’t pay up immediately, they’d sell the child. She didn’t have much money and no idea how to get the massive amounts she was sure a kidnapper would require. She couldn’t let him take her baby. No, she wouldn’t let him take Addi.

The dark evil thoughts that raced through her fatigued mind delayed understanding the fact that he’d called her baby girl by name, her nickname. Then he’d said he was Jack Girard.

Jack? No. This couldn’t be Jimmy’s brother Jack. He was a Navy SEAL. Every picture she’d seen of him, and there were several, he’d been in one uniform or another. Or he’d been in nothing but low-slung swim trunks and behind the wheel of a boat as a teenager. He’d been clean-cut with short hair, was close shaven and extremely good looking.

The man who held her daughter was a different man altogether.

Jack Girard wasn’t this long-haired, shaggy, sun-bleached-blond Adonis with bulging tanned muscles under a blue polo shirt with a sailboat logo emblazoned over an impressive chest. The man before her looked deadly on every level. His light blue eyes were hard as arctic ice with hints of green. Then she watched his whole face transform as he smiled at Addi and poked a finger into her baby’s belly. The green had overtaken the blue, and he looked like a loving father playing with his child. Her child.

Jillian couldn’t breathe.

“You ready to meet your hellion cousins, little princess?” His voice was playful, yet its low tones reverberated through Jillian, shaking parts of her soul that had been dormant for more than two years. Since her husband’s murder. Addi squirmed at his touch and giggled.

“Uh…I’ll take her,” Jillian managed to push out through her tightened throat as she grabbed for her child. When he turned his broad smile toward her, her world focused on his white teeth, all of them perfectly straight except for one eyetooth, which turned slightly.

It was Jimmy’s smile. Except Jimmy was dead.

Her knees went weak. Her vision blurred. No matter how hard she tried, her lungs refused to work. Indistinct sounds echoed in the tall room and overwhelmed every one of her senses. The world went white.

“Whoa.” Jack’s voice shot through the encroaching fog in her brain, and a strong arm snapped around her back. “Breathe, Jillian. You’re safe.”

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Book Birthday #2

book-cakeWith December 1st a sunrise away, I want to celebrate the second birthday of my second book with all of the wonderful readers who have made my career possible. On December 1, 2014 Christmas in Cancun hit the Internet via multiple e-book retailers.

christmas-in-cancun-highresIn case you haven’t read Christmas in Cancun, here’s the blurb:

Busy building a new career with his catamaran company, former SEAL Jack Girard had all but forgotten about his grandfather’s quest to find the golden Mayan goddess statues until his brother’s beautiful widow, Jillian, and adorable daughter, Addison, arrive in Cancun with the research materials. His need to complete the family quest is almost as strong as his desire for Jillian.

Between raising her daughter alone and finishing her doctorate in Mayan anthropology, Jillian doesn’t have time for a man in her life. Although, after mourning her husband’s murder for two years, she’s ready for a man her bed.

virgin_mary_subaquatica_by_holophite-d4d7cr4An underwater Virgin Mary statue and centuries-old manuscripts lead the two of them through the Mayan Riviera and directly into danger.

During steamy Caribbean nights together, will they develop the ability to move on and discover the real treasure isn’t gold?

And a few teasers:

  • “Jack, it’s nice to finally meet you. Ji…Jimmy spoke of you often.” She hated when she stuttered over his name, but she’d said it so seldom in the past two years. The initial pain she’d felt every day, the loneliness every night, had quickly been replaced with exhaustion and work. Every now and again, it would catch her off guard. Like now.
  • Jack Girard was all man, more man than she could stand to be around. He was walled by a force field of male testosterone, and she wasn’t comfortable around men to begin with, but this man…well, she gulped hard. He flat-out made her nervous.
  • His brother.   Dead.   Nothing left but ashes and memories. He closed his eyes to hold in the water that threatened to leak. He couldn’t cry. He had been a f***ing Navy SEAL. Every part of his body had been tested from his muscles to his fortitude to his brain. Every part except his heart.

Here’s what others say about it:

4.8 Rating 

“KaLyn Cooper does it again! the story line was sweet featuring a charming toddler named Addison you can’t help but fall in love with, along with a wonderful moving romance between her mom, Jillian, and her tough, hunky ex SEAL uncle, Jack.” Donna S. *****

“I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, it was a great read.” Susan *****

snorkeling-cancun“Beautiful locations and the search for lost treasure make up this romantic suspense between two unlikely people. Jack Girard and his family have a long history of treasure hunting in Cancun. I liked how the author blended both the more ancient traditions of their Mayan ancestry along with current day traditions.” Cindy O. ****

“I absolutely loved this book! If I could give the book 10 stars I would because it was that good! I highly recommend this book as well as Ms. Cooper’s first book “Explosive Combination” and I can’t wait for the next book. She has become my new go-to author for military romance (and hot love scenes) You won’t regret getting this book. ” Teresa J. ***** 

Have I piqued your interest?

If so, I have a special present for you….

Click HERE for your FREE copy of Christmas in Cancun

or paste this link in your browser  BookHip.com/NBJQXC

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Get in the Christmas Mood

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3 Books in 1

To help you get in the Christmas mood, grab

Dog Tags for Christmas

and enjoy 3 sweet Christmas stories for the price of 1 book!

Noel’s Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper

Tanner Hill is better at communicating with animals than women. That might be why he hasn’t had a second date in over two years. He’s also been extremely busy with his kennel that has become the premier training facility, specializing in supplying dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Then again, there is this psychologist he can’t get out of his head, or his heart. 

Dr. Bailey Conrad would never allow the loss of half her right leg to an IED in Iraq to stop her. Every day at the VA hospital, she sees patients who have lost so much more to the war effort. It’s her goal in life to help as many vets as possible to find a ‘new normal’, because she knows firsthand, it’s the internal scars that can be the most difficult to heal.

Snowflake’s Gift by Lindsay McKenna 

Two veterans—one human, one canine—have returned to Montana to recover from the traumas of war. Former Army Ranger Nick Conway depended on his WMD dog Snowflake to help him navigate IEDs on the battlefield. Now he needs his best friend to help him cope with his PTSD and acclimate to civilian life. When he meets Holly McGuire and agrees to help her deliver meals to the elderly, her inner light calls to him, but his demons hold him back from giving in to his attraction. But Snowflake takes an immediate shine to the kindhearted Holly—and he has never led Nick down the wrong path.

SEAL’s Christmas Dream by J.M. Madden 

When Veterinarian Willow James’ office is broken into, it’s natural that she turn to her soul mate, former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn, to track down the culprits. The trail leads to a notorious Pit-Bull fighting ring. It may take a Christmas miracle and a helpful nudge from an old partner to get everyone home safely. 

 

 

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Proud to Be a Military Wife

proud-to-write-military-200x550-copyAs many of you know, Macho Marine wore a uniform for 27 years. We moved back and forth across the USA and lived in Japan for a year. I am proud to be a Marine wife and extremely proud of my husband for his years in the service. 

proud-to-read-military-sqOn Friday, November 11 we will celebrate Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day for my Canadian friends. This is an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who wears, or has worn, a military uniform. Show your pride by changing your FB picture to this small banner. You can find it on my Facebook timeline.       Click here for the picture.

To honor those who have served, 20 military authors have come together to honor those who have served by celebrating with our readers. Join us for the Facebook party Proud to Read Military on Friday, November 11.     Click here to JOIN.

We are also hosting a Proud to Write Military MRGA  Giveaway. There are 20 authors and 25 prizes including a Kindle fire HD 8 tablet, Amazon gift cards, and an e-book from each of the participating authors. LOTS of chances to win.      Click here to enter.

Thank you for reading my military books! 

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This is Real

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Today’s RANT may leave you upset or uncomfortable. It did me. 

I love National Geographic and have been a member for decades. They not only SHOW us the world in their magnificent pictures, they TELL us the truth about it, showing us intelligently the human side. The article below is no different.

Unrelenting Love 150 dpiAs many of you know, I do a GREAT deal of research with every book I write. Many of my recent books, especially Unrelenting Love and Claimed by a SEAL, have included Iraqi cities named in this article. Be sure to take a good look at the map included showing where the Islamic State has been and still exists. Read the first-hand accounts of how their country was taken over with promises that not only went unfulfilled, but were turned into torture and terror as brother turned against brother. and women were subjugated.

My youthful feminism reared its fervent hackles when I read about how the women in Mosul were forced to cover themselves head to toe in black, after enjoying the freedom of modern dress for decades. They were also mandated to fundamentalist Islamic interpretations and not allowed to travel without a male member of their immediate family as an escort. Can you imagine not being allowed to jump in your car and drive to the grocery store, or work outside the home? 

Men are affected too. As you’ll read, a male nurse in the article was lashed 50 times and jailed for bandaging a woman’s hand. You’ll see pictures of amputee children that will rip your heart out. 

But know…this is REAL! 

I’m Proud to Write Military Romance where I can show the devastation of war-torn countries, yet give my hero and heroine a happy ending.  After facing the horrors expounded upon in this article, all those who serve deserve to come home and get a Happily Ever After. 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/islamic-state-isis-iraq-mosul-syria-offensive/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Rant over.

Although, the subject is not forgotten. It will appear again in another one of my books, I assure you. 

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