Good morning ATPT peeps! I’d like to welcome Catherine Mann to my little neck of the web today. Catherine is a USA Today bestseller and has over two million books in print in more than twenty-five countries. A RITA Award winner, she resides in the Florida panhandle with her military flyboy husband, their four children, and an ever growing menagerie of pets.
Catherine is here to pimp the first book in her new Elite Force series “Cover Me“. I had a chance to read this book and I have to say Cover Me was a nice start to her new Elite Force series. I can’t wait to read more books about the special men in this new exciting series.
Now sit back and enjoy our little Q&A session. I think you’ll be excited about this series! Enjoy!
Author Q&A with Catherine Mann
Ing: Welcome Catherine! Cover Me is your first book in your Elite Force series! First let me just say what a great start to the series. It kept me on my toes and turning the pages. Can you tell the readers a bit about this book? What can they expect?
Catherine: Thank you!! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed Cover Me! In answer to your question, Cover Me launches my “Elite Force” series about Air Force pararescuemen (also known as PJs since they used to be called para-jumpers.) Pararesuemen are the air force’s select breed, the world’s most highly skilled warriors. While much of their training is like SEAL training, there are only about 350 PJs. On land, sea or mountain, they sacrifice all to uphold their motto – That Others May Live.
Ing: Can you tell us about the hero Wade Rocha? What about Wade do you think will draw the readers in and make them love him? BTW loved Wade. Love that he’s stubborn in a good way! 🙂
Catherine: Wade Rocha certainly lives up to his “Rocha” last name – which literally means rock. He’s known to be hard headed, thus his call sign “Brick.” But that stubbornness also enables him to save lives with unwavering determination. It takes a strong woman to match up to a man like him and I had a blast creating Alaskan survivalist guide heroine – Sunny Foster – just for Wade!
Ing: Now tell us a bit about the heroine Sunny Foster? What about Sunny do you think will draw the readers in and make them love her?
Catherine: Sunny’s certainly tough and can protect herself with an independence I think readers will appreciate. But I believe what makes Sunny most relatable is her family loyalty, even when she’s misguided in taking that allegiance too far. Those family ties resonate – the good and the bad and, yes, the good again. We’ve all been there with our relatives.
Ing: Why are these two perfect for each other? What about them individually makes them so drawn to each other? Why do you think the readers will fall in love with this couple?
Catherine: In spite of Wade’s unique profession and Sunny’s unconditional upbringing, these are individuals with big hearts and a willingness to accept others as they are, even rejoicing in their differences. Those are the kind of friends I want living in my neighborhood!
Ing: What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing Cover Me? Why did this scene stand out for you?
Catherine: I love, love, loved writing the scene when Sunny is trying to get away from Wade so she can warn her family. She races across a treacherous snowy mountain pass, only to fall into an icy crevice – with Wade – where they kiss. And then sees the face of her dead friend frozen in the ice. I had that scene in my head long before I even started the book. While writing it, my heart raced the whole time as if I was running right in Sunny’s boots.
Ing: I like knowing and hearing the back story about how a book or series came about. Can you tell us where the idea for this book came from and series? How many books do you have planned for this series?
Catherine: As for the PJs, their work has long fascinated me. I even had a PJ hero in one of my earlier Wingmen Warrior books (which can have been reissued in ebook, btw!) While reading an article in National Geographic about kayaking in the Aleutian Islands, I was completely fascinated by this region that Russian missionaries labeled “The place that God forgot.” Upon further research, I realized the Aleutian Islands have a long and fascinating history, in spite of their sparse population. I knew I had found the perfect setting for a book bubbling to life in my brain!
You also asked about future “Elite Force” books. Book 2, Hot Zone, will be out in December, and book 3, Under Fire, will be out next May. And there are certainly more PJs on the team, so as for the future…. 🙂
Ing: Can you tell us what you have up your sleeve next? What else can we look forward to from you for the rest of 2011 and possibly 2012?
Cover Me, “Elite Force” bk 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 2011
Billionaire’s Jet Set Babies, Harlequin Desire, October 2011
Irresistibly His, Harlequin Showcase, November 2011
Hot Zone, “Elite Force” bk 2, Sourcebooks Casablanca, December 2011
Protector, “Dark Ops” bk 4, Berkley Sensation, March 2012
Promoted to Papa, Harlequin Desire, April 2012
Under Fire, “Elite Force” bk 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 2012
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Ing: Who is a character that you get a lot of e-mails about that you have not written a story for yet? Will you or do you have plans for these popular characters?
Catherine: It’s so funny you should ask that! A year or so ago, I started receiving e-mails asking when I was going to write Seth Jansen’s book. Well, I’ve written over 40 books and I have to confess that for a second I was thinking, “Who the heck is Seth Jansen?” And then it hit me that he’s the cousin of a heroine I had written about in my earlier Wingmen Warrior books. He had made brief appearances in other books as well. As I reviewed books where he appeared, an idea for his story exploded in my mind. So, Seth Jansen’s story – Billionaire’s Jet Set Babies – will be out this October!
Ing: Now on to questions about you. We want to know more about Catherine Mann. Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
Catherine: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Gardner, Sara Addison Allen, Teresa Medeiros, J.R. Ward, Tana French… my list could go on and on.
Ing: What was the first romance book you ever read? Do you still have the book on your shelf?
Catherine: Devil’s Desire by Laurie McBain. I lost my copy long ago, but the story is still fresh in my mind. I also read Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss right afterward and was totally hooked on romance novels from then on.
Ing: Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that you love right now and don’t ever miss?
Catherine: I don’t have much free time to go to the movie theater, honestly. If I have time free, I usually go out to eat with family or friends so we can talk. But I do watch a lot of Netflix with my family while I write. I’m totally addicted to the series Sons of Anarchy, The Tudors, Drop Dead Diva, and Dexter.
Ing: If you could go back to your younger self what would be the one advice you would give yourself?
Catherine: I wish I had written down the stories my grandparents told me about their childhoods, the depression, WWII, and life in general. Better yet, I wish I had recorded them sharing those stories. Too often, we get impatient with the elderly as they repeat themselves, but I would give just about anything to hear my grandparents re-tell me one of their favorite memories.
Ing: If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now for a career?
Catherine: I would be teaching college.
Ing: Catherine thanks so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate it. Congratulations on your new series. I wish you continued success. Do you have any last words or questions you would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
Catherine: If you could speak to anyone from your past, who would that be? What might you ask them?
Thank you so much for having me visit today! Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say.
Sounds like a great new series, doesn’t it? Well if you are looking for a hot military man willing to risk his life for country and loved ones and a self sufficient heroine then I know this is a book you’ll want to give a try. The lovely folks from Sourcebooks is offering TWO copies to give away. If you’d like to win a copy of Cover Me see the rules and details below to enter.
Rules and Details for Giveaway:
- Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only
- Books will be sent directly from the publisher.
- You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
- You MUST answer Catherine’s questions: If you could speak to anyone from your past, who would that be?What might you ask them?
- Giveaway ends July 24th
It should have been a simple mission…
Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…
But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple…
With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down ina cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…
Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…