I'm excited. Again. Or..well...still. This book is gonna rock, I just know it. I know it because I had the privilege of reading this one already, in an earlier form anyway. I got to read as she wrote it, pre-Riptide editors of awesome. It rocked then. I can't WAIT to see what it looks like now. My grabby hands are in overdrive over this badboy.
From rocks to... Riptide fab. Chatting it up, I give you Alekandr Voinov and Cat Grant's Once a Marine. :)
Thanks for coming guys :D
eBook release: Oct 30 2011
Word count: 57,000
Page count: ≈195
Heat Wave: 5 - Very explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 3 - Moderate
Blurb: Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.
Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.
But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.
Aleksandr Voinov talks Once A Marine
Okay, I’m confessing my guilty secret. Not only do I really dig humour (such as Storm Grant’s Sucks & Blows), I also really enjoy the occasional contemporary romance, especially if Cat Grant writes them. I’m not even sure how it all started – I guess I offered Cat my services as a beta reader a few books back (I think it might have been Allegro Vivace) and she accepted – but I’ve been following Cat’s career for a good long while now.
So, when Once a Marine was done, I was one of the first people to read it. I made a couple comments here and there (as a beta reader does), but at the same time, Riptide was taking shape and I was starting to get the “hungry acquisitions editor look” when I surveyed what my author friends were writing.
I’ve always loved Cat’s writing, from her music novellas to her Icon Men series – the fresh perspective she brings to things and the fundamental optimism of her books. You know it’ll all end well, the angst is mild, the people real, the writing flawless, and the research solid. In short, if you want a contemporary romance that hits all the spots, you can’t go wrong with Cat’s books.
With Once a Marine especially, I was curious how she’d handle the military characters after her professional, high-end musicians and bar staff and hookers. Cole Hammond is an ex-Marine, discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (and that abominable policy just died a cringing death, and good riddance!), suffering from PTSD and working to rebuild his life, which also means overcoming old reflexes. For example, learning to hold hands with his boyfriend in public is a challenge, but Cole deals with it.
And since I already had that appetite for Cat’s writing, I was also aware that her Courtland Chronicles series is either out of print or about to go out of print. So we made a deal with Cat, offering her a re-edit and re-issue of all five Courtland Chronicles books if we could have something new from her on top of that. (I honestly didn’t expect we could get our hands on Once a Marine, as that was basically earmarked for a big, well-established publisher, and at that stage we didn’t even have a website!) Cat didn’t think long about the offer, though (brave woman!), and signed six contracts with us in one day – five Courtland Chronicles and Once a Marine. Talk about faith and trust, and sheer balls.
We’ve just finalized the editing process of Once a Marine, too, and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s vintage Cat Grant with a great cover from Reese Dante. And we look forward to making 2013 the Courtland Chronicles Year at Riptide.
Choice of Cat Grant’s Allegro Vivace, Sonata Appassionata, The First Real Thing (Icon Men #1), Appearing Nightly (Icon Men #2), A Fool for You (Icon Men #3), or Entangled Trio
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