Winner of the Catherine Mann giveaway!

Under FireThanks so much to everyone who commented on Catherine Mann’s guest post: Married to the Military. And of course, a huge thank-you to Catherine for sharing her thoughts with us, and for giving away two copies of her her novel UNDER FIRE.

The lucky winners are…Deb and Kim Matlock!

Deb and Kim, send me your mailing addresses to: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Everyone, this week you can win a $10 gift certificate for yourself and a contemporary romance author – leave a comment on my Contemporaries to Covet in June post!

Married to the Military: Guest post by Catherine Mann – & giveaway!

Catherine Mann is perhaps best known for her gripping romantic suspense novels featuring military heroes. She’s married to her own real-life Air Force hero, and here she gives us an intimate peek into how life as a military wife has as many joys as challenges. She’s also giving away two copies of her latest release, Under Fire – see below for details!

I’ve often been asked, “How do you handle life as a military wife?” I usually stumble over an answer. Because how do I explain that’s just who I am? That’s how we lived our lives for my husband’s twenty-two years as an Air Force aviator.

Cathy and her husband visiting his alma mater, The Citadel
Cathy and her husband visiting his alma mater, The Citadel

So when Kat asked me to write this blog, I found myself stumbling over my answer again. Finally, I discovered my answer in old family photos and a poem my grandmother shared with me. I’ve included the poem at the end, but first I want to tell you a bit about my maternal grandma.

Cathy and her husband on their wedding day, with Cathy’s grandparents
Cathy and her husband on their wedding day, with Cathy’s grandparents

Grandma was a military wife as well. I grew up hearing her stories about my granddad’s career as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and then the USAF. While drinking tea in her kitchen, I listened to her explain about the tough times as well as the joyous adventures.

Through those stories, I learned to see the big picture, the balance that comes over the years. I now know those stories have carried me through the difficult times and made the happy ones all the sweeter.

That’s a life lesson I will carry with me forever. Thank you, Grandma, for teaching me how to love a military man!

Cathy's family
Cathy's family

“Family Tree”
Author Unknown

How often my mother has said to me,
“Where are you planting your family tree?
Uprooting the children and moving each tour,
How can they possibly feel secure?”
But how can I explain about children’s hearts?
When love is present, fear departs.
For we love a man who flies o’er the earth,
Who visits Manila, Hong Kong and Perth.
Someday I hope to make Mother see.
We live by a star, not by a tree!


USA Today best-selling author Catherine Mann writes military romantic suspense for Sourcebooks and Berkley, as well as steamy romances for Harlequin Desire. Catherine resides in Florida with her flyboy husband, their four children, and an ever growing menagerie of pets.

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Under Fire


Who was your mentor growing up? Or do you have a mentor now? Two commenters will be chosen at random to receive a copy of UNDER FIRE by Catherine Mann. I’ll announce winners on Tuesday May 29th.

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Contemporaries to covet in May – and giveaway!

Ahh, May! When Spring finally arrives and so does a boatload of great romance!

You know the drill. Every month I tell you about the contemporary romance novels coming out that I’m most looking forward to. One person who leaves a comment will win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the contemporary romance author she mentions. Details are below, but first, here are the books that’re rocking my world this month.

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

Somebody to LoveAfter her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC…

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My two cents

This is a bit of a cheat, because Somebody to Love actually came out at the end of April, but I swear that when I downloaded my advance review copy at NetGalley, it said it was coming out on May 1st.

Somebody to Love is one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read. You can read my review – or, even better, go buy the book because it’s absolutely perfect.

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Review: Under Fire by Catherine Mann

Under FireThe pararescuemen usually handle dangerous rescue missions – in Catherine Mann‘s December release, Hot Zone (aka, the novel I wish I wrote myself!), they dug through the rubble to find earthquake survivors in the Bahamas.

On that mission, Liam McCabe met Rachel, a seemingly fearless woman who trains dogs to sniff out people who are lost…or buried under earthquake detritus. Working under appalling, exhausting, dangerous conditions, Liam and Rachel were incredibly attracted to each other but nothing happened.

Now, months later, Liam is preparing for the last mission he’ll lead his pararescuemen on before he leaves active duty: handling the security for an international summit at NASA. He’s totally unprepared for a terrified Rachel to find him with a story of someone selling military secrets and threatening her life after she told the authorities.

Under Fire is romantic suspense at its best. Tense and gripping, it never loses sight of the emotion that cranks up the heat.

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Contemporaries to covet in March – and giveaway!

At the beginning of every month this year, I’m telling you about a couple of upcoming contemporary romance novels worth coveting. These are books I really, really want to read, or have read early copies of and can highly recommend.

And if you tell me about a contemporary romance novel being published in March that you’re looking forward to, you could win a $10 book gift certificate for yourself AND the author. (Giveaway details at the end of this post.)

This month, I’m highlighting a book I’ve read and one I haven’t yet.

Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards

Prepare to turn up the heat with the final book in the sizzling “Rising Star Chef” trilogy from romance author Louisa Edwards.

Hot Under PressureHenry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.

Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

336 pages
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date:
27 March

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