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June 20, 2014

Year 3.3: SEAL Brotherhood by Sharon Hamilton + Series 101 & Giveaway

SEAL Brotherhood
Sharon Hamilton
Romantic Suspense
2012-2014

Men in uniform who can kill with their bare hands but can be a gentle, loving, perfect lover. I know I'm not alone in saying that soldiers are not just fascinating creatures but downright sexy. 

Sharon Hamilton is one of us and even better, she wrote an entire series about the elite, Navy SEALS. Read on as she tells us more about SEAL BROTHERHOOD.

Also, SEAL My Destiny is out now with SEAL of My Heart following closely on July 10. This series is also available in both print and audio so there's no reason for y'all to try it out!





Hi Sharon! Thanks for joining my third blogoversary, woot! Now, Let's get down to business and talk about SEAL Brotherhood. Quick gist, what is the series about? Do you regale us with SEAL missions in exotic places?


SHARON HAMILTON: Most of the stories take place in the U.S., however, they do deploy to areas such as Afghanistan, or, as in the case with Cruisin’ For A SEAL, the story takes place aboard a cruise ship sailing from Italy to Brazil. So, there are some scenes in Italy, the Canary Islands, Casablanca and Marrakesh. I have beautiful vineyards in Sonoma County as background to some of my stories, since that’s where I live. In future books, they will be returning to North Africa.


Now THAT is what I call a great book vacay! Armed Forces or military romances has found its niche in the genre which is no surprise, that much adrenalin coupled with sexy men in uniform is such a rush. What's the story behind SEAL Brotherhood?

SHARON HAMILTON: These men are highly trained and don’t like the limelight. They are trained, and are of a kind of warrior that doesn’t want a lot of attention paid to them. I remember hearing one young SEAL saying when he had been talking with a group of girls, “Well, I had no idea I was such a big deal.” I stood there with my mouth hanging wide open….LOL.

No shit! I would probably be the same way too.

SHARON HAMILTON: These guys are so well trained in the war theater, they improvise and are the best at what they do to make sure there is not unnecessary loss of life, but are never hesitant to do the right thing at a moment’s notice. As in the movie, Act of Valor, the decision to land on a hand grenade was a scene that actually happened, involving a young SEAL Michael Mansoor, just one of the young men we should honor this weekend and always.

But when it comes to love, well, they are unscripted and untrained. That’s the part of the story I love. Their training does them no good, except to try to remain in “control” and we all know, just like clothing malfunctions make for a fun stage performance, when the SEALs can’t help themselves the readers love it. I try to give them plenty of that.


These kinds of stories, even if it's fiction, involve a lot of "technicalities", what kind of research do you do for your books? Like do you look up explosives, ammo, and other crazy shiznit like that?

SHARON HAMILTON: There are many good books out there, from memoirs to recounting of actual battles, to training videos and books to use as reference. The for character of the hero, though, that requires that I sit down and talk to SEALs, and I have done so. One of the best things about my job. I’m very proud of these boys.


And I'm sure they're proud of you too. Tortured heroes are very popular these days, would you consider your characters "tortured"? What qualities does your Alpha males have in common aside from being SEALs?

SHARON HAMILTON: They are hugely protective of the innocent. Innocents getting into trouble is like a magnet that causes an uncontrollable desire to protect and defend, even when logic might tell them to wait, or consider their actions.

I do deal with PTSD, which is being seen, or rather, better diagnosed these days. I don’t treat it like an illness that can get healed in one book. But I show the willingness to ask for and receive help, which is another thing these elite warriors don’t always do very well.

As far as physically disabled SEALs, I don’t have any characters I’m currently using like that, but perhaps in the future. The mental disability from a series of unfortunate incidences I deal with in several of my books, though.


I have a "favorite" question, who among your characters has extra-special sprinkles, and please tell us about his sprinkles!

SHARON HAMILTON: I think I’ve grown a fondness for Luke Paulsen, the hero in my new release, SEAL My Destiny. He struggles with PTSD, but he is a very gentle, almost peaceful warrior with a bigger capacity to heal than he has given himself credit for. I like that in a man.

Aside from that, it would probably be Coop, who is in my second book, Fallen SEAL Legacy. He’s 6’4” and cool as a cucumber, a Nebraska farm boy. He’s a gadget guy, loves everything mechanical, and “I know where to put the oil and where to put the grease.”


Oh baby! Grease me up! How about scenes, I know you have a favorite if not a scene that made you cried over or has moved you.

SHARON HAMILTON: This gave me a good glimpse of the hero and heroine. The story sprang to life from this scene. Love it when that happens:

The dark-haired girl, the one with the cut off, inside-out sweatshirt that showed her muscled midriff, stopped and turned to face Luke. Her brown eyes were set wide apart over a thin nose that led to full lips that were stained bright red. She licked those lips and pushed her chocolate brown hair from her forehead, exposing a delicious ridge of little worry lines on an otherwise smooth and flawless forehead. She cocked her head at a tiny angle and waved in that embarrassed way her mother must have told her never to do. Especially to a strange sailor sitting alone on the beach with empty beer bottles at his feet.

Here’s another one:

Luke stripped off his clothes for the second time tonight. He couldn’t help but remember what it had felt like to see Julie’s naked body beneath him as she anticipated a beautiful lovemaking session. He loved watching her need him. That’s what he saw there. And he wanted in the worst way to fill that need, scratch that itch. Just that it wasn’t right. It would have felt as good as heaven, but that still didn’t make it right.

He let the warm water sluice over his body. He lathered up with some lemon shower gel and then enveloped himself in the fluffy towel sheet that reminded him of how Julie would smell. Wrapping it around his waist, he walked barefoot into the bedroom.

A sea of pillows covered half the bed. He carefully stacked them onto two overstuffed chairs nearby. Dropping the towel, he slipped between cool sheets and watched the even gas flame of the fire. He was looking for answers in the golden flickering plumes, aware that that wasn’t the right place to find them.

You have to treat this like a practice, Nick had said. Well, that’s one way of looking at it. He had never thought getting well was something someone would have to practice. He thought it was something you just had to wait and let your body do.

H
ere’s another one for you:

She moved with him as he escorted her across the concrete floor of the living room, and out the ten-light double doors towards the patio. She carefully stepped over the threshold. Part of her dress snagged briefly on a rough spot in the wooden doorjamb.

In an instant Luke was there in front of her, kneeling, looking for where the fabric had hung up. The delicate material looked soft and luscious in his large, callused hands, like he was handling armfuls of whipped cream. He pressed the fabric he’d freed back into her skirts and she felt a gentle touch of his fingers on her voile-encased thigh. That’s when he looked up at her and his blue eyes seared her, and in spite of herself, she focused on his lips, thinking that would be safer than he eyes, until she realized he had done the same.

Their look mated. Both of them did a deep, controlled inhale, and both of them noticed the other doing it. Neither one looked away as the rest of the room faded to the background of muted voices and faded, blurry colors.

She had gotten used to his constant dark stubble, but today he was clean-shaven, his cheeks smooth and shiny, like they’d been oiled, but she knew it was his aftershave lotion. The lemony one he used, and yes, she could smell it. The light fragrance would still be on his fingers. His full lips were deep pink. Without his stubble, she noticed he had a dimple on his right side that was usually hidden, even during their ardent lovemaking. She’d thought she knew every luscious detail of his face, so this discovery was thrilling.

What a treat! Thanks for those great snippets! So at 6 books and 2 novellas, do you have more SEAL Brotherhood stories to tell or are you about to wrap up the series? Does it get easier/harder to write the next novel?

SHARON HAMILTON: I’m working on Book 7 now. There will be at least four or five more, and then we’ll see. I can’t think right now this would stop. I do write some paranormals, and they do a good job cleansing my palate when I need that supernatural fix! But, at this point, I’m still loving the SEALs and fans are still buying them. No reason to stop.


Don't stop! Well, I'm sure you've seen discussions about diversity in reads, what's your take on that and what kind of diversity should we expect from SEAL Brotherhood?

SHARON HAMILTON: I have a Puerto Rican SEAL, a Mexican-American SEAL, an African-American SEAL. I will be writing a Native American SEAL, and a SEAL from North Africa, who will be a naturalized citizen. I write SEALs from wealthy families, but most of them are, like in real life, from ordinary hard-working middle or lower middle class families.

As far as women in the SEAL community, those won’t be my stories. I could see an elite women’s fighting force, but I won’t be tackling women on the SEAL Teams. Not my voice.


That's a great mix! Thanks for stopping by, Sharon, lastly, in 5 words, how would you sum up SEAL Brotherhood?

SHARON HAMILTON: Elite warriors and those they love. That’s 6 words, and I would add, “those that love them in return.” But you get the picture…


1. What are you currently reading? American Sniper, by Kris Kyle, The Professional by Kressley Cole.

2. What book do you recommend readers read before they die aside from SEAL Brotherhood? Code Name Johnny Walker

3. Guiltiest pleasure: Getting a 90 minute facial or massage.

4. Will you be watching the 50 Shades of Grey the movie? Of course.

5. Which celebrity/politician/personality would you use your hall pass on? I’d like to shake “Johnny Walker’s” hand. He’s the real-life interpreter who saved so many of our young boy’s lives in Iraq. A hero, and now a U.S. Citizen. Thank you, Johnny.



Sharon’s award-winning almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood, have consistently made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. Her SEAL Brotherhood Series continues with books 5, 6 and 7 all releasing this year, as well as audio versions currently completed for the first four of the series. She has been an Amazon top 100 author in Romantic Suspense since last fall.

She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.


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Aside from the 5-ebook bundle, Sharon's giving away a SEAL Brotherhood poster to a lucky winner!

Also, don't miss the print giveaway raffle! Link on the blogoversary banner :)







29 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me today. I look forward to answering any questions you might have about the series, or the SEALs in general. Come stalk me. I don't bite!! SEAL My Destiny is now out in eBook, Print and Audio coming. SEAL Of My Heart is due out July 10. Hope you'll follow along!! Thanks again.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! I will update the post and include this!

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  2. love the interview. These SEALs are so seductive i love them all but, i do have a soft spot for Luke and so pleased that he and Julie had such a wonderful HEA

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    1. Cool, you've read some of the books? I'm excited!

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  3. What an awesome interview, I enjoyed hearing from Sharon. I adore romantic suspense and when you add in military men well I begin to drool!!!

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    1. Who wouldn't drool over these superheroes?! Happy you enjoyed the interview, Kimberly!

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  4. Awesome interview I actually learned a few new things
    Adore Sharon and her books

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    1. Yes, it's an educational interview as well.

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  5. Wow, sounds like some really sexy and romantic reads! Thanks for your feature Braine.

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    1. You know I love my action with a little bit of romance

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  6. EEEE, A highly trained warrior gets me all tingly. :) Sounds like a great series.

    Braine, you said my blog is redirecting you to ads, could you tell me what link you are clicking and send me the url of the ad? I don't know what the hell is going on.

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    1. It happens when I click either the post or the comment link so I can leave a note. I will do screenshots and grab the link next time it happens.

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  7. Oh that was a wonderful interview, I'm quite curious about Coop now! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Same here, gah! If only I have enough time to read all of the books and my TBR!

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  8. Aw yay! So glad to see Sharon on the blog! Woot! I need to get caught up with these soon :)

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    1. So I'm assuming you love this series? Well then I guess I will love it too!

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  9. These sound fantastic and I need to grab them all!

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    1. Grabby hands are every writer's favorite

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  10. This is a lot of hot seals. I'm thinking they ALL need to go on my wishlist too, b/c "kind of like warriors." That's funny b/c I like of like warriors myself . . . *crickets* Come on! That was punny! Great post, Braine ;)

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    1. Bwaahaha! I get it! Good lord, woman! This is why I heart you much!

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  11. Sounds like I gotta read me this series of books. I do love my military reads. I haven't read anything from Sharon.

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    1. Me too! This needs to be remedied ASAP!

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  12. That was an awesome interview, Braine! I'm so excited to pick up this series now. Especially after reading those snippets. ;)

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