Please welcome with me today’s guest author — KaLyn Cooper
Hi, I’m KaLyn Cooper and I write what is called romantic factual fiction. My stories are based in true facts and I leave it up to the reader to figure out what’s fact and what’s my imagination. Bet the true facts will surprise you!
I spent thirty years in public relations and learned that sometimes fact is stranger than fiction and that science has moved so far beyond what most people would consider real.
Add to that the fact that I’ve been married to my Macho Marine for thirty-five years and together we’ve seen the world and the men and women who protect us from its evil on a daily basis. Speaking of Macho Marine, he’s Alpha to the core and the Corps.
Did you know that Alphas attract Alphas? Yepper. They sure do. So most of our long-time friends are Alphas and their wives are some of the strongest women I know. We have to be to put up with them, and keep them under control. It’s my theory that Alphas need a strong woman and that’s why in my stories you will never find weak, wimpy, needy women. I’m sorry, but I just can’t relate to them so I can’t write them into my characters. Mentally, viscerally strong women…that describes all my besties.
As a military wife, we have to be strong. We are the ones who paste on a reassuring smile and kiss our husbands goodbye, knowing it may be the last time we taste them on our lips, feel their strong arms around us, pulling us to them as we imprint their toned bodies into our memories. We verbally reassure them, and ourselves, that we can handle things at home alone and will keep the fires burning only for them.
We show Daddy’s picture to our children every night before bed and pray for him beside our children, begging God to keep him safe. When they ask “When will Daddy be home?” we can’t give them a date because we don’t know for sure and can’t tell anyone, if we do know, for national security reasons. Then we call the plumber when the toddler flushes a plastic dinosaurs down the toilet because she wants her Daddy, and Mommy just won’t do. Been there!
Military wives are so much like their husbands in their resilient fortitude; they do what they have to do to get the job done, because they are the only ones who can. When Daddy’s gone, no one else is going to take out the garbage, change the light bulb, see that the oil in the car is changed, and hold the crying toddler—or teenager—when the world seems like more than they can handle. Then they go to a cold bed and pray their beloved husband is safe. Then do it all over again the next day, many while holding down full-time jobs, going to school and then there’s the volunteer work.
They bear the weight of their world alone and put on a supportive smile when he Skypes from half-way around the world. He doesn’t need to know the details of yesterday’s teen meltdown or that his buddy’s wife is cheating, just that his wife has it handled until he returns.
And when he does come home, she’s expected to step out of the roles of family Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Manager of the Human Relations Department as well as head cook and folding fairy, and turn the reins back over to him…right after she morphs into tiger wife and satisfies his needs in bed.
In my stories, my heroines are strong women, like the ones I know in real life. This is why I dedicate my books to military wives…as well as the women who actively serve our country, but they are a blog for a different day.
In my newest book, Explosive Combination, Harper Tambini is an ATF agent, but she had been part of an Army program testing women in combat roles. She’s one tough woman who digs deep to make it through her kidnapping and rescue, all while trying to keep her heart from falling for CIA agent Rafe Silva. After his fiancée was murdered as a spy, the last thing he wants is another woman who works in the shadow world, but he’s drawn to Harper in ways he can’t resist. As they are chased across Colombia by drug cartels, is there time to crystalize a relationship or will it all blow up?
True fact: Scientists recently discovered that co-crystallization of two common explosives creates the most lethal, non-nuclear bomb on the planet, casually called Chaz.
True fact: A popular scientific magazine published the formula which is similar to a process used to enhance pharmaceuticals.
True fact: It is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In Colombia to determine if anyone has the technology to co-crystalize Chaz, explosives expert ATF Special Agent Harper Tambini is kidnapped by drug lord, Carlos Narvaez. She’s relieved when his sexy, second-in-command reveals himself as undercover CIA agent Rafe Silva. Narvaez forces Harper to kill his competition, but when she’s discovered, Rafe helps her escape to the safety of his former SEAL team. As they make their way down a wild river and through the steamy jungle, their desire for each other detonates.
Rafe has sworn he’d never give his heart to another woman with a dangerous career after his fiancée was murdered as a spy. He wants to leave the shadow world and everyone in it.
A short fling is the only way Harper wants a man. She’s learned the hard way that men never stay, so now she doesn’t keep them around long enough to see if the sparks can light a fire that will last forever.
In their short time together, can they crystallize a relationship, or will it all blow up?
Liquid Silver: http://www.lsbooks.com/explosive-combination-p887.php
KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Thirty-five years as a military wife has shown her the world and the men and women who protect us daily. Thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. KaLyn, her husband, and bird dog live in Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river. www.KaLynCooper.com