Guestpost by Author Kaylea Cross + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Guest Post , Kaylea Cross , The Latin Lover Posted on September 12, 2011 @ 6:00 am 22 comments

Today I am very happy to introduce to you Kaylea Cross, an author I just discovered last week, but who managed to make me a devoted fan with just one novel! Her latest release Deadly Descent was the most exciting and action packed romantic suspense novel I have ever read! (You can read my detailed review here.) Please give a warm welcome to Kaylea and read on to discover all that she did in the name of research for her latest novel!

Thanks again to Book Lovers Inc. for having me here today! Deadly Descent is the first of my Bagram Special Ops series, and it showcases a military heroine. I’ve felt strongly for a long time that women in the military aren’t being given enough recognition or attention, and that goes double for characters in romance books.

Deadly Descent’s heroine, Captain Devon Crawford, is an Army National Guard helicopter pilot. As pilot commander of her crew, she flies Black Hawk medevac missions out of Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Not a job for the faint of heart.

I got to do some really neat research for her role as a medevac pilot. Even though I’m scared to death of flying, to do Devon justice I went up in a helciopter a half dozen times to get a feel for what it’s like to be in a rotary wing aircraft. I pestered the pilot with countless questions, and he patiently answered all of them. I went over the crash scene in the book with him, interviewed an actual National Guard medevac pilot who flies the H-60, and finally interviewed a Canadian Navy pilot who survived a serious helicopter (Sea King) crash. In all, I’m proud to report that each of them felt I nailed the details about flying a helo, as well as the details in the crash scene. Thankfully I didn’t have to research that part first hand!

Deadly Descent by Kaylea Cross

(Book #1 in the Bagram Special Ops series)

Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

Reaching for happiness in a war zone is the last thing Captain Devon Crawford plans, but she can’t ignore the feelings she’s hidden for so long. Cam’s sexy charm and wicked kisses weaken her resistance, but she’s too afraid of losing him to give in.
When Dev’s helicopter and crew are shot down and set up as bait by a notorious warlord, Cam risks all to save the team. What he doesn’t know is that the trap is set for him…

Excerpt of Deadly Descent:
She kept firing, heartened that some SEALs remained out front. It wasn’t like they’d deserted her. Her gun clicked when she squeezed the trigger. Empty.
Shit, out of ammo again. She reloaded. Her gaze swept past the SEALs toward the Chinook. She cried out in relief when she saw Cam running flat out toward her. He moved like a blur, weapon firing.
He came barreling into the rock shelter and skidded to his knees beside her. “Come on,” he yelled over the noise.
Still holding her weapon, she grabbed a fistful of his uniform as he levered her onto his shoulders. Amidst the whine and ping of the rounds landing around them, he ran for the Chinook. She kept firing in bursts toward the enemy, and stopped only when she felt the heavy rotor wash beating at her back. A howl of agony ripped from her throat as Cam flipped her off his shoulder and all but tossed her into the cabin.
Someone grabbed her under the armpits and hauled her backward away from the ramp as Cam jumped inside. Black spots swam before her eyes.
“Talk to me, Spike.”
She turned her head at Ryan’s voice. “I’m okay!”
He moved away toward the cockpit. The inside of the bird was so crowded with bodies she couldn’t tell who was who. The pitch of the big engines changed, rising to a shrill scream as the bird struggled to take off. Fighting back the pain, she found Cam at last near the ramp and met his stare. The gunners were still firing from their positions. The bird shuddered and strained under the burden of all its passengers.
Oh God. They were overweight. The engines were already maxed out.
Cam exchanged a long look with Jackson, then pushed his way over to her. She grabbed his upper arms and leaned forward to shout. “They need to throw some ammo and equipment out, or—”
“Listen to me.” His eyes were the most intense she’d ever seen them. She stilled.
He surrounded her with his arms for a second before kissing her hard and pulling back. He shook her once, staring down intently at her. “I love you.”
Her heart stopped beating.
He wouldn’t. She read the intent in his eyes. “No, don’t—”
“Hang on to this for me,” he shouted. He yanked out the chain she’d given him and put it in her stiff hand. Then he turned and disappeared down the tail ramp.
She threw out a hand to grab him. Stop him. But her fingers only grabbed air. “Cam!” He didn’t stop. Didn’t so much as hesitate as he jumped off the tail ramp and joined the SEALs still on the ground around the Chinook.
“Cam, no!” Heedless of the pain in her leg, she pulled herself toward the closing ramp. Desperate to get to him before it was too late.
She tripped on someone’s leg and went down, crying out in agony as her wounded knee smashed into the steel floor. Hard hands gripped her waist. Yanked her up and back. She fought them.
“Dev, don’t.”
Ryan. Mindless, she ripped at his restraining hands. “Let me go! He’s going to get killed!”
Ryan hauled her up and into his arms, holding her tight as the Chinook lifted off the ground. She fought him with all her strength. “Is he on the Hawk?”
“Is he on one of the Hawks!”
“I…I don’t know.” He held her tighter. Cutting off her breath. She weakened and stopped fighting. Her body was stiff with denial. She was sobbing now, hysterical. “W-we have to g-get him.”
“He’ll get out, Dev. I promise you.”
The pain was suffocating. She couldn’t breathe. Couldn’t ease the splitting sensation in her chest. The tears flowed fast and hot down her cheeks. They soaked the front of Ryan’s fatigues as the bird rose into the dark sky and left the man she loved behind.
I hope you enjoy Cam and Dev’s story and that you learn something new about female military pilots and the heroes of AFSOC.
You can find out more about Kaylea Cross and her books at her website or blog.

Kaylea has generously offered an ebook copy of Deadly Descent to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment or question for Kaylea or answer this question:

What military movies/romance books are your favorites?

 (You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on 24 September and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Andrea September 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning! Thanks for the give-away! I'm dying to read this book. What a great post. An Officer And A Gentleman is one of my fav romance movies. I need to add Military Romance genre to my book reading and this would be a great start.
    andrea_desherbinin at yahoo dot com

  • Diane September 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I enjoy reading military romance and have done so for many years; your book sounds like something I would enjoy too!

  • Victoria September 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I love Stephanie Tyler's SEAL's books. Because of her I've found I really like these stories.


  • Karen C September 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I've been following Kaylea Cross around the blogverse and have become a fan even before reading the book; it's definitely on my TBR list!

    Certainly not romances, but several of my favorite military films include Saving Private Ryan, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, and The Green Berets. As far as military romance books – anything by Suzanne Brockmann, Marliss Melton, and Catherine Mann, to name just a few. Stephanie Tyler, too. Oh, I know I'm leaving some favorites out!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kaylea Cross September 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Hello, Andrea! The end of that movie is one of the most romantic scenes EVER. Love it.

    Thanks, Diane. I hope people learn something from my books while they're reading.

    Victoria, have you read any of Lisa Marie Rice's or Marliss Melton's books? I'm sure you'd love them. LMR writes very hot romance, but if that's okay by you, I'd definitely recommend them.

    Hi, Karen! *waves* Oh, Saving Private Ryan was so tough to watch. There was a WWII vet next to me sobbing like a baby. I was a wreck. Visited the D-Day beaches two years ago and that was quite an experience. Haven't yet read any of Catherine Mann, but I must. Love, love Marliss Melton. I'm hosting her at Writers Gone Wild this Wednesday, where I made her dish on her SEAL research.

  • Na September 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love reading about men in uniform and military men are right up there featuring brave, strong and heroic men. Great books that stick out in my mind are: JoAnn's High Risk series and Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series.

    cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

  • Victoria September 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations Kaylea. I will check them out.

  • Stella (Ex Libris) September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I got introduced to the military romance genre by Kaylea's Deadly Descent, but now I can't get enough!

    I found these lists on Goodreads for any of you who would like some more recommendations:

    Military Romance:

    Military Romance 2:

    Men in Uniform:

  • Tore September 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. I always liked the ATeam on television and I love the Twilight series. I want to read more military/romance books. They sound very good.

  • ClaudiaGC September 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for the lovely interview! I've only a while ago read Pamela Clare's lattest I-Team novel Breaking Point and I loved it! Got a great ex-military hero.

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Jennifer D. September 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Some of my fave books & authors feature military heroes. Suz Brockmann comes to mind as one of my favorite with her SEAL books. I also like Marliss Melton's books notably Time to Run, MM Daughtridge especially Sealed with a kiss and Cindy Gerard's Bodyguard series which features ex-military heroes. Thanks for a chance to win Deadly Descent – it sounds right up my alley. jend451 at gmail dot com

  • Kaylea Cross September 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Hi, Na. I know, there's just something about a man in uniform that's willing to devote himself to his country. I really like JoAnn Ross's books too.

    Hope you like them, Victoria.

    Thanks, Stella! Always great to spread the word about books.

    Tore, I used to watch the A-Team (original series) every Friday night. Loved it.

  • Kaylea Cross September 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Claudia, I loved Unlawful Contact. Hunt/Marc is soooo to die for.

    Hi, Jennifer. I keep hearing great things about SEALed With a Kiss, so I'll have to take a more serious look at it. Thanks.

  • Mare/TommyGirl September 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    It's not a movie, but a mini-series, but I love and adore Band of Brothers. As for a movie, I have a soft spot for GI Jane, though I have no idea why.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Kaylea Cross September 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Mare, Band of Brothers is so amazing! The characterization and detail in that series blows me away. There's another miniseries called The Pacific, but I haven't seen it yet. Band of Brothers isn't easy to watch, but man, it packs such a wallop! I think they did a fantastic job.

    And about GI Jane…I have more than a few bones to pick with that one! Lol.

  • Jen B. September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I am another fan of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series. Recently, I have begun looking for more books with military themes. I don't want history but I do want a certain level of reality. If that makes sense. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • DANIELA September 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    My favorite movie is Top Gun
    Thanks for the giveaway

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  • erin September 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Your book sounds awesome! Added to my wishlist! The only military romance i've read has been Brockmann's trouble shooters. Loved them but started to get a little series fatigue so I'm glad to find a new author. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

  • Misusedinnocence September 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I loved Pearl Harbor.

  • Kaylea Cross September 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for coming by, Jen. Of Brockmann's series, I love Sam and Alyssa's book the best.

    Ooh, Daniella, the volleyball scene! Be still my little heart, that Slider is quite something to look at 😉

    Erin, thanks!

    Misusedinnocence, I loved that movie too. Talk about being put through the emotional ringer! That's good writing.

  • Yto September 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    the only military movie i've watched is pearl harbor.
    now i want to try the genre in books too ^^

  • tresa September 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Don't watch the movies but i love the books by Brockmann and Stephanie Tyler Cindy Gerard and Cindy Dees. Just starting reading your books and so far I have been very pleased, I have read No Turning Back and Cover of Darkness.

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