We’re in the final days before publishing A Marine’s Conflict, book 4 in the Marine’s Heart series! Here’s the blurb for anyone who doesn’t want to watch the video.
Mags Newsome has already given over a decade of her life to the Marine Corps. She’s learned to compartmentalize her life to survive the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that keeps servicemembers from serving openly. But that’s also kept her from any meaningful relationships.
Elaine ‘Lane’ Chapman moved to the US from England with her girlfriend who soon left her. Remaining in sunny southern California, Elaine built a life for herself as a college math professor, content to experience love through romance novels rather than risk her heart again.
A chance encounter in a bookstore cafe brings the two women together where they discover an off the charts attraction. As they battle their feelings to maintain their ‘friends with benefits’ agreement, another war looms in the Middle East, threatening everything they’ve built.
A Marine’s Conflict is a standalone novel in the Marine’s Heart series, with overlapping events from A Marine Discovery.
The overlapping events are why this book is co-written. When I was writing A Marine Discovery, Elle asked if Gunny, aka Mags, was gay. That one question changed the course of AMD and resulted in AMC because I had to know all of these details to get it right. Yet, writing two books at once would have significantly delayed AMD, so I asked Elle if she’d help me write AMC. She accepted and not only did AMD release last year, but we have AMC to enjoy.
What I enjoy about this story is that you see a different dynamic from Cam and Sharon’s story. Mags isn’t a new Marine. She has a lot more to lose if she’s caught with a woman. And Lane is a civilian, blissfully ignorant of the military. Not only that, there are cultural and language differences that unexpectedly come up that we enjoyed playing with.
Mags and Lane begin hot and heavy, not unlike Cam and Sharon, but they fight their deeper attraction making this book simultaneously a fast and slow burn.
This book was written for people to jump into the series without needing to read the others first. I’ve heard that many readers shy away from military books, unsure what to expect. I think they’ll find my books aren’t heavy on the military aspects, but on the relationships, just like any other romance. But, for those who have read the prior books I expect them to enjoy the cameos.
Honestly, some of my favorite scenes in Marine’s Conflict are between Mags and Sharon. It’s the first time we get to see Sharon on her own, away from Cam, and it adds another side to both Sharon and Mags.
This book will be the last release for this year as I’m working on a book that I intend to submit to a publisher rather than self-publish. However, if they pass I might still self-publish it. In addition I’ll be working on my screenplays. Unfortunately that means Phoenix and Ash’s sequel won’t be available until sometime in 2021, but that’s the way things go. It will be worth the wait.