Military Moment: Catherine Mann


May 22, 2012 » Written under Give away, Guest Blogger, Military Moment

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This Military Moment is a little different than the others. Today, I’m blessed to have Catherine Mann, author of super-sexy military romances, on the blog today! How excited am I? Let’s just say you’re lucky you can’t hear my squealing from wherever you are.

 

Jeanette: Cathy, thank you for coming to the blog! I just LOVED Under Fire, read the entire book in 2 days. I’ve liked Liam McCabe since first meeting him. But after getting that glimpse of him and his attraction to Rachel in Hot Zone, I knew I was dying to see these two meet up again. And I got my wish! But enough about my gushing. Can you talk a little bit about these two and what challenges they’re bringing to the table?

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Catherine Mann: Thanks so much for the chance to chat about my books, Jeanette!  I’m thrilled to have the chance to hang out with you online.

In answer to your question, when UNDER FIRE opens, Liam and Rachel are both at a crossroads, emotionally burned out from their jobs, unsure where to go next in their careers, and certainly not looking for romance.  Liam has three divorces behind him because of his military career and Rachel already lost the love of her life in a war zone…  So yes, there are plenty of emotional stumbling blocks to happily ever after for Liam and Rachel.

Jeanette: The hazard of a relationship in the military…the divorce rate. Takes a special couple–a couple meant for each other–to make it work. Are there any more plans for Elite Force books in the future? (fingers crossed from my end!)

Catherine: Absolutely! I’m finishing up another PJ book right now, Jose “Cuervo” James’ story.

Jeanette: Yes! Just what I wanted to hear. I do love Jose. He’s a fun one, but I know there’s so much more there. Now I have to ask, with all the different types of elite forces to choose from, why pararescuemen? (Not that I’m complaining, mind you…even their motto is just so…sexy!)

Catherine: I have always enjoyed writing stories about the less frequently recognized heroes in our military, looking beyond the more commonly featured fighter pilots and SEALs.  The pararescuemen offered the irresistible opportunity for a new series!!

Jeanette: Irresistible is the word for it. Those covers, wowza. What else is coming up for you?

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Catherine: Thanks for asking!  It’s been a busy 2012 for me!

June: “Dog Tags” in LOVE BITES, HQN Books
August: AN INCONVENIENT AFFAIR, Book 1 “Alpha Brotherhood” series, Harlequin Desire
September: GUARDIAN, Bk 5 “Dark Ops” series, Berkley Sensation
November: “Home for Christmas” in RESCUING CHRISTMAS, Harlequin Books

Jeanette: I see a new series in that list. I’m about to get some grabby hands. Gimme! While checking through the Extras section of your website, I saw you getting the Welcome To The Club sword slap on the rump from your wedding. Did yours hurt as much as mine did?

Catherine:  LOL!  I was surprised more than anything, even knowing what would happen!

Jeanette: Sneaky, how they manage to pull that off. You have a unique perspective, in that you’ve been a military spouse for a good portion of your life, and you also have the romance aspect covered from your job. What advice would you give to couples facing a separation of any kind to help keep the romance alive?

Catherine:  Talk or e-mail each other every day it’s possible.  After my husband’s 20+ years in the military, we both know it’s a privilege to communicate with each other – a gift not to be taken for granted.

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Jeanette: After a few deployments of our own where we made the most of email, I can’t imagine what those separations were like before email was a daily way of life. God bless it. What’s the best part about your job?

Catherine: Working/writing while wearing my pajamas – and the flexibility to be on call when my kids need me.

Jeanette: Oh yes, definitely love the ability to write in my sweatpants. Puts me in a very happy mental place! Sexy socks, by the way.

Speaking of happy places…this blog is a guaranteed happy place for those who like giveaways! Catherine and I wanna know, what is your best tip for keeping long-distance relationships (platonic friendships or romantic) alive? One lucky commenter will win Catherine’s newest release, UNDER FIRE! (US and Canada only, no PO boxes, sorry.)

Contest ends 11:59pm (EST) on Thursday, May 24th. I will announce the winner on the blog on May 25th, so remember to stop back by and see if you’re it’s your lucky week!

A little more on Catherine:

USA Today best selling author Catherine Mann writes military romantic suspense for Sourcebooks and Berkley, as well as steamy romances for Harlequin Desire.  A RITA Award winner, she lives in the Florida panhandle with her military flyboy husband, their children and a menagerie of shelter pets.  FMI, she can be found online at:

Website: http://catherinemann.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CatherineMannAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CatherineMann1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/catherinemann/

 


21 Comments

  1. Voirey Linger

    May 22nd, 2012 - 9:09 am

    I’m with you on the pajama thing. Best work uniform ever.


  2. Emily R

    May 22nd, 2012 - 9:52 am

    On top of honest communication, we always find the empathy is important. I’ll never know what it’s like to have to travel so much, put my life on the line, and what it feels like to have to miss out on the lives (often for long periods of time) of my family. My hubby will never understand what it’s like to be a not-so-single single mom, being responsible for everything household, medical, and military related, and just what it’s like to be the one holding it together for everyone. I find that by thinking of him and what he must be feeling it makes me realize that I’m not the only one who has hardships when he’s away. A little empathy goes a long way to keep you from the whoa is me.


  3. Keri Ford

    May 22nd, 2012 - 10:33 am

    pajamas. YEAH!

    Long distance relationships…talking. However you can. texts, skype, phone. Keep the communication going.


  4. Catherine Mann

    May 22nd, 2012 - 10:39 am

    Good morning, everyone! Nice to hear other folks enjoy hanging out in sleep pants and fuzzy socks. I was afraid it was just me. 😉

    Thanks so much for stopping by to say howdy, and thank you, Jeanette, for inviting me to your blog for the day!!


  5. Mary

    May 22nd, 2012 - 10:43 am

    Communication is key, in whatever form is available to you. It is important to let the other person know you are thinking of them.


  6. kris

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:04 am

    I have to dress up every day for work. Boo!!! I do love my comfy pants and you’ll find me in them whenever I’m not at work.

    Love all your books, no need to enter me.


  7. Chris Bails

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:15 am

    I think communication is the best thing. I think talking via the phone, email, or test(actual talking is the best). I also think that visiting them is also helpful, either once a month, week, or a couple times a year. Talking is the most important thing.
    Catherine is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    christinebails@yahoo.com


  8. Jackie

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Patience!!!


  9. Fiona Marsden

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:30 am

    I don’t think many people appreciate how life in the military impacts on family life and relationships even without the stresses of working in such a dangerous occupation. It’s great to see these issues treated respectfully.


  10. Inez

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Communicate! You have to let your loved you are there for them, love them,and thinking of them


  11. Heatherc

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:58 am

    Communication is a great answer but I would really like to say hope. Hope that they will come back safe and hope that they come back as the same person who loved you when they left. Love your books, Catherine and can’t wait to read Under Fire.


  12. Lena Gracey

    May 22nd, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Postcards. I know old fasihion but my daughter and I get a kick out of finding the most outlandish post cards to send to my husband during his deployments. I also send a huge stack with him so he can reply to us. When our daughter was younger her fave time was when she saw the mailman and just “knew” daddy had sent a card. :) She is 11 now and we are one year from retirement. going to miss those cards.


  13. Denise

    May 22nd, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    While I don’t have a loved one in the military, I can only imagine what one needs to do to keep a family together. Yes communication is the greatest thing. With technology at our fingers tips we can almost talk to them like they were sitting right next to us.


  14. C-Jay M

    May 22nd, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    I was in school WAAYY back before computers, and long-distance calls were unheard of, so I kept in touch with ‘thinking-of-you’ cards with a little message inside. Now, it’s phone, mostly email, Skype, and still a few cards through snail-mail. Love your books, Catherine, and love give-aways, too!


  15. Jaime

    May 22nd, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Great interview! Can’t wait to pick up some of your books!


  16. Mary S.

    May 22nd, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    Communication! However we could! His first deployment I wrote him a letter every night. Once our daughter came along, we could Skype and that is how he saw her first steps!


  17. Sue

    May 22nd, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Along with frequent emails or texting, and hopefully a lot of phone calls, the occasional handwritten card or letter is always meaningful!

    I don’t have any military experience, but my husband and I were long distance for a good amount of time before getting married. I can’t imagine the stress of knowing your loved one was in physical danger on a regular basis. We are so appreciative of those who serve, and their family members!


  18. bn100

    May 22nd, 2012 - 11:39 pm

    Very fun interview. We like to email and talk on the phone to connect.


  19. Marea

    May 23rd, 2012 - 12:36 am

    The understanding that you will not get to talk every day, every week, even every month but that does not mean you love each other even less. You keep sending messages of love, encouragement, things going on, and so forth even when you do not hear back. While they do not respond it does not mean they don’t get them or appreciate them. Always have the backup of good old fashioned snail mail for it can mean even more.


  20. AmyD

    May 23rd, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    When hubby went to basic we wrote letters to each other every day. I used to clip things from magazines and newspapers and add them into the letter with my own commentary. But really, I treasure the letters he wrote to me. There is just something different about writing a full letter instead of a two line email. Our last deployment we were very lucky to have good communication through email and phone, but I missed getting those letters.


  21. Kayla

    May 24th, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Great article. When my hubby was in Iraq for 7 months we had 6 phone calls and a handful of emails – gotta love infantry. What got me through was “No news is good news”.




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