Monday, July 02, 2012

Welcome Geri Krotow!



Every month Harlequin Superromance puts out some amazing books. It's a line that consistently challenges and fulfills the promise of category romance. One of my favorite authors is Geri Krotow, whose books are as interesting and surprising as her life!

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Hi Molly and thanks for hosting me!

My new book, NAVY RULES, is the first in the Whidbey Island Series and published by Harlequin Superromance. It stars Commander Max Ford, an injured naval officer who is back from the war and in need of healing. Winnie Armstrong is the Navy widow and wife of his best friend who died in a Navy crash. Winnie offers Max relief in the shape of her therapy dog, Sam. Max and Winnie have a history, though—she became pregnant the one night they were ever together, almost two years ago.

I’ve wanted to write a military family series since I first sought publication. My desire is to highlight the strengths and struggles of military families who, world-wide, sacrifice and serve so that you and I can go after our dreams in the freedom we enjoy. As you know this business can be a bit convoluted and rarely do we get to write our “book of the heart” right out of the gate. I was thrilled when my editor suggested I focus on military romance and particularly that involving an entire military community. Our family was stationed on Whidbey Island, Washington for a total of 5 years, and my husband had the privilege of commanding a squadron there. I was blessed with so many friendships and the opportunity to see first-hand how we can all come together in the toughest of times—I learned about the September 11, 2001 attack while my husband was deployed and I was alone with our two children. But I wasn’t alone—I had the entire Navy and civilian community of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island to join hands with.


Our navy life came to an end just two weeks ago as my husband retired from active duty. But our many duty stations and overseas experiences continue to inform my stories. The increase in word count to 85,000 for Superromance came just in time for me, as I long to write subplots and richer character arcs.
Thanks to you and your readers for having me!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

With your military background it seems a no-brainer to write a romance involving a military hero or heroine!

How many books do you have planned for the Whidbey Island series?

MarcieR

Stephanie Doyle said...

Hi Geri! And welcome. See now you look at that new 85K word count and see potential...

I look at it and think what in the heck am I going to write!

Eileen said...

This sounds wonderful. I really think it's past time for us to understand the pressures that military families face. Congrats on the new book and the new word length!

Maureen McGowan said...

Welcome, Geri!

Rissa8 said...

Sounds like a very promising book. There is not enough romance books that highlight the military life and since I don't have military background it would be a refreshing read. Congrats!

Sinead M said...

Welcome Geri and your book sounds great, cannot wait to read it.

Geri Krotow said...

Hi Anonymous!
There are currently 4 books planned for the Whidbey Island Series--three more after NAVY RULES. I'm hard at work on book #2, which is Ro and Miles's story.

Geri Krotow said...

Hi Stephanie! Yes, the word count is daunting when I'm less than half-way there with Whidbey Island book #2! But it's also allowing me to go down those paths that other stories wanted to but there wasn't enough room.

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks, Eileen! I hope I can convey the reality of the military lifestyle, along with a positive outcome.

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks, Maureen!

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks, Sinead!

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks, Rissa!

Anonymous said...

Geri,

You know I'm a big fan of your first two published novels and have posted you 5 star reviews. What I love about your first two stories are the way you "bend time" by weaving past and present into the storyline. I love how you write about family relationships.

Looking forward to NAVY RULES. I have it on my smart phone but would love a soft cover copy. :)

Kathleen Rodgers

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