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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Guest Post with Author Soraya Lane and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Soraya Lane. Soraya is celebrating the release of her book The Navy SEAL's Bride and has stopped by to chat. But before we get to that, lets get to know a bit about Soraya.

As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author, recreating the types of stories she devoured day and night. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream. Working as a freelance writer and now a professional author too, she writes every day and loves her job. Soraya describes being a Harlequin Mills & Boon author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing heart-warming, emotional romances for many years to come.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for romance stories, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and son on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.

Places to find Soraya:

What could you not live without?

It’s pretty obvious from the title of my book that my hero is a Navy SEAL, and I have to say that even the words “Navy SEAL” excite me. I think we all probably imagine a gorgeous, muscular man who could save us no matter what the situation, and that’s exactly the kind of man I wanted to write about in this book.

Tom Cartwright is strong, tough and capable, but the one thing he was missing from his life was a woman. Of course, that made him a great challenge for me, and I loved every single word I wrote in his story.

In my previous book, Back in the Soldier’s Arms, Tom was the hero’s brother. I didn’t really think too much about him, until he started “talking” to me. In that book, he showed himself as a guy who didn’t like the fact that his brother had cheated on his wife, and wasn’t afraid to tell him what an idiot he’d been. I have to say, that really appealed to me!

But Tom goes from a pretty easy-going guy in the first book to a troubled ex-SEAL in his own story. He’s been part of an operation gone wrong, his life has been completely turned upside down, and he’s struggling with no longer being a SEAL. For this guy, the Navy has meant everything to him – he’s lived and breathed it for all of his adult life. Suddenly he doesn’t believe he’s capable of being the man he used to be, and it takes meeting a certain young woman to show him just how capable he truly is.

The idea of the thing you love in life (as in work/hobby etc, not a loved one) being taken away is something that really got me thinking. What if I couldn’t write anymore? What if something happened to me that meant I could no longer put pen to paper, or in my case fingers to the keyboard? I’d also be devastated if I couldn’t ride my horse anymore, because it’s a hobby that’s meant so much to me for so much of my life.

What in your life, be it your job, hobby or sport, would you struggle to live without, and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts! And one lucky person will win a copy of The Navy SEAL’s Bride.

Too much armor to let anyone close... Ex-navy SEAL Tom Cartwright is struggling to return to civilian life. His little niece is his only ray of sunshine and he agrees to be the "show" in her school show-and-tell.

Teacher Caitlin Rose knows all about past disappointments-once, she danced in the spotlight but now she shows others how to. She's learned the hard way to rely only on herself. Yet as soon as Tom looks at her with those big brown eyes, she's done for....

Needed: the perfect wedding date

Trying to move on from a disastrous engagement, Sophie Morgan needs a date for her best friend's wedding...and fast And what quicker way to find a man than speed dating? Only, it's bar manager, Dan Halliday, who catches Sophie's eye.

Dan can't resist helping a damsel in distress, so he offers her a deal-a few shifts in the bar in exchange for the date-no strings attached. But when pretence leads to passion, they both get more than they bargained for. And it's too late to have any secrets between them....

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Want to win a copy of this book? 1 lucky commenter will win a copy. 

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Soraya's question:  What in your life, be it your job, hobby or sport, would you struggle to live without, and why?
  • Fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  


  1. Reading because it is my favorite thing to do. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  2. I would have to agree with Natasha... reading is definitely something I couldn't live without either:) It's definitely my favorite hobby, but for practical purposes I really couldn't live without my job which supplies the money for my hobby:) Well that and it supplies the money for me to continue living comfortably.

  3. Other than my family, it's reading as well for me. I can't imagine what life would be like without being able to read.

  4. My family means everything to me especially my kids and if I did not have them I would struggle beyond belief.

  5. books and reading. these are quite essential to me

  6. thanks for a fun post! Congrats to Soraya on the newest release!

    I'd have to say reading as well... love it!

  7. Besides the obvious of my husband and daughters I would have to say reading. I think I would go completely insane without books in my life. They keep me grounded!

  8. Other than my family, one thing that I would really miss, if somehow all the books in the world disappeared, I would miss reading.

  9. I am with the others that said reading I do it to keep sane.

  10. Thanks for all your great comments! It's great to see that you all value reading so highly!

    I think there's a little mistake after the blurb about my book above - there's the blurb to another book too!


  11. my family do not like to read especially novels...
    so i am the outcast...but i don't long as i can read whatever i like and whenever i can ...

  12. Congrats on the new book. It sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I would have to say the beach. I can just sit there for hours looking at the waves. They help calm and center me. That's where I go when I need to think about anything or I'm in a bad mood.

  13. I'm so lucky that my entire family loves reading - people don't know what they're missing out on if they don't read!

    And I agree about the beach - I love sitting looking at the ocean too :)


  14. Thanks for the chance to win!! Great post and giveaway!! This is a new author for me and I can't wait to read. I am addicted to reading so that would be a struggle for me to give up ~ my life would definitely not be the same without reading but also I would struggle without a job/money and my hubs!!! :) Thanks again and have a great weekend!! ;)

  15. Hi Mariann. Thanks for saying hi. I can't imagine a life without reading - and yes, I couldn't live without my husband either!


  16. Has to be my family. I love having that support.

  17. Reading because there are so many good books out there to read.