A little info about SEALs – Part 1
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
I’ve been writing so much about SEALs lately (and have more in the works) I thought I’d do a series of blogs abut these incredibly brave men, leading up to my next SEAL book, PROTECTING AMY.
There were a number of specialized maritime commando units operating in World War II that were a precursor to the modern SEALs. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a predecessor of the CIA, had a maritime section, which was tasked with infiltrating clandestine agents and supplying resistance groups by sea, as well as conducting maritime sabotage.
Amphibious Scouts and Raiders teams were created to reconnoiter prospective landing beaches. They also led assaults to the correct beaches and had a pivotal role in North Africa and D-Day landings.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 29, 2019) Sailors assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conduct military dive operations off the East Coast of the United States. U.S. Navy SEALs engage in a continuous training cycle to improve and further specialize skills needed during deployments across the globe. SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Forces and are trained to conduct missions from sea, air, and land. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) has more than 1,000 special operators and support personnel deployed to more than 35 countries, addressing security threats, assuring partners and strengthening alliances while supporting Joint and combined campaigns. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric/Released)

World War II also saw two demolitions units created. The Naval Combat Demolitions Units (NCDUs) were trained in the demolition of submerged beach obstacles and were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their actions at Normandy.
In the Pacific Theater, coral reefs were found to be the largest obstacle to safe beach landings, and the Underwater Demolitions Teams (UDTs) were created to help amphibious landing craft land safely. These men saw action at every major amphibious landing in the Pacific, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
The UDTs went on to see action in the Korean War, and it was there they showed the versatility and adaptability that would become the hallmark of the modern Navy SEAL. New types of missions included coastal raids at night to destroy railroad tunnels and bridges. By the end of the conflict, the UDTs had expanded their mission capabilities, with intelligence gathering, clearing of ordnance and conducting raids added to their traditional reconnaissance and obstacle clearance duties.
In May 1961, President Kennedy announced that $100 million would be spent strengthening US Special Operations Forces. Some people have seen this as the official birth of the SEALs, but it was really formalizing an ongoing process. The concept of a naval guerrilla force with sea, air and land capability had been outlined in March of that year and the first two SEAL units were formally established in 1962.
Although the first SEAL missions were in communist Cuba, the first war they fought was Vietnam. Originally sent to train South Vietnamese troops in the same methods they used, SEAL teams quickly began to be used for covert operations. Their anti-guerrilla tactics were effective in bringing the war to the enemy and their camouflage paint saw them named “the men with green faces” by the Viet Cong. Although they mainly operated from boats, they also developed air assault operations from helicopters in Vietnam.
To be continued…
The enemy was hiding in plain sight…
Friday, July 26th, 2019

SEAL Undercover

Dedicated to the SEALs who continue to fight for America’s safety and honor

SEAL Undercover is part of the Suspense Sisters Silver SEALs series.

I hope you will check out all the books.

Max DiSalvo gave his entire life to the SEALs. He would have married—he certainly enjoyed women—but he never could find one who understood his dedication to the Teams, even though many of his team members married happily. It takes a certain caliber of woman to be a SEAL wife and Max just never found one that fit with him. Now, at 48, he is out of the SEALs, running his own commercial fishing company in Maine where he grew up, and waiting for his assignments from DHS.

Regan Shaw, a SEAL widow, is an Intelligence Operations Specialist with DHS, and a woman who Max is drawn to from first sight. Part of her job is analyzing information to assess threats and she’s discovered a doozy—there is a secret group of very wealthy people who, in partnership with a powerful cartel, are using the border with Mexico to smuggle terrorists from the Middle East into the country. And word has come down that a high-level member of the government is clearing the way with them for everything.

The group is about to have one of its executive meetings at an exclusive resort in Texas and that’s where DHS is sending the two of them. Credentials have been arranged that would make him attractive to the group. A story has been set and there is backup for him should he need it. Regan, who has all the information on this operation, will go with him as his wife.

As they uncover more and more of the operation, they realize just how dangerous this group really is. When someone betrays them, and Regan is kidnapped, Max goes into war mode, because in Regan Shaw he’s found the woman he’s waited for all his life and he doesn’t intend to lose her now. But he will need every bit of the skills that he learned as a SEAL to rescue her and bring down this very dirty conspiracy.


“And what does he get out of it.”

“He thinks he’s getting a free pass on prison and will have the opportunity to live out his life on some island in luxury.”

“He thinks? And what’s really going to happen.”

“That’s above my pay grade.” He walked over to Max. “Anyway, as soon as I saw the picture and heard the name, I knew we had to get you into this. You’ve got all the necessary skills. If you say yes, you’ve got five days to learn everything you need to know to become Max Ferron.”

“What happens then?”

“Their next very private, very secret meeting I told you about? It’s taking place at a lodge hidden away from the world. We believe it’s the final get-together before July 4th. We want you to go in there as Max Ferren and get every bit of information available to bring them down.”

Max gave a hard laugh. “You don’t want much, do you.”

“Listen. You’re our only chance. There’s no one else we can insert. We’ll give you all the protection we can. But, in the end, it may be up to you.” He sighed. “Will you do it, Max? I know this is a cheesy line, but like I said earlier, your country needs you.”

Max stared out the window for a long time. He knew this was risky. He might even get killed. But for the first time since he’d been shot, his blood was stirring and his pulse racing. He had a purpose. This was what he lived for. To serve his country in any way he could.

“Well?” Si prodded.

Max turned. “You knew I’d do it, or you’d never have come here. But I need the morning to get things organized with the boat crews and put someone in charge while I’m away.”

“No problem.”

“Fourth of July, huh? They picked a symbolic day to do this. On purpose, I’m sure.”

“No shit. The assholes. I’d like to take them apart myself.” He paused. “There’s one more thing. I haven’t discussed it with anyone except my boss and Regan.”

“Yeah? What’s that?”

“Part of their attack could include biological weapons.”

Max’s blood chilled, and he had trouble breathing. “Bioterrorism? Are you kidding me?”

“I hope so. We haven’t picked up any chatter about it, but you know it is a favorite of the terrorists in the Middle East.”

Max knew that very well. The possibility of it on missions was always there in the background, which was why they carried special gear.

“Fuck, Si. We need to shut this damn thing down before it goes any further.”

Si nodded. “That we do. Okay, I’ll have the chopper pick us up at one tomorrow. That do it for you?”

“The chopper?” Max chuckled. “Yeah, that’ll be fine, but we’d better do it somewhere away from here or the townspeople will be gossiping twenty/four seven.”

“Gotcha. Oh, and there’s a bonus with this. You’ll have a wife with you.”

“A wife?” Max stared at his friend.

“Yeah. Max Ferron was recently married. No one in the group has met her, but we had Bernardo vouch for her along with his brother.”

“They can’t be too happy about all this.”

Si nodded. “They’re not. But Bernardo’s been a driving force in this group. His arms and munitions are the key to pulling this off. He’s had to reach out to others to gather the quantity he needs, which means they’re no doubt already setting up the beginning of their worldwide network.”

Max stared at the other man. “And who is this woman who’s my supposed wife?”

“She works for DHS as an Intelligence Operations Specialist. Analyzes chatter coming in. She’s the one who first picked up on this. When she did, she was moved onto the Bone Frog staff so we could keep the people in the loop as few as possible. She’s been thoroughly briefed ln everything and will be a big help.”

Right. Some computer analyst who probably thought this would be a walk in the park.



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Carr, Thor, Flynn and Betley—for edge of your seat political thrillers
Saturday, July 6th, 2019

I’m a romance author, so basically what I read are, well, romances, although I do love (and write) romantic suspense. But fifteen years ago I was introduced to the world fo political thrillers and since then fur actors have received a place of honor on my kindle and my bookshelves. You may think this genre is not for you but if you are looking for books that grip you from page one and never let go, read this blog. I just read two books—one a few weeks ago and one this week—that are so compelling I could not put them down.

Sometimes in life if you are very, very lucky you are fortunate en9ugh to meet people who not only have extraordinary talent but are extremely nice as well. I am one of those lucky people. And because of them I have become a political thriller addict.

In 2002 I was shopping with my daughter and daughter-in-law and in a Barnes & Noble and came across a book titled TERM LIMITS by Vince Flynn, a writer I had never heard of. But I read the blurb on the jacket, thought it looked interesting so I bought it. That began my love affair with the incredible Vince Flynn, a talent taken from us far too early. Mitch Rapp was the terrorists’ worst nightmare.

Until Brad Thor gave us Scot Harvath, a man who, like Rapp, was willing to sacrifice everything, and did, to keep this country safe. From Book #1, THE LIONS OF LUCERNE, I was hooked. Harvath, again like Rapp, puts his personal life second because the safety of this country and its citizens was paramount. I was so lucky to meet both of them, and to become friendly with Brad, to have such amazing individuals and such outstanding talent in my life.

I was sure there’d never be another hero to compete with Rapp and Harvath, until Matthew Betley came along with Logan West and OVERWATCH, a tense book with a hero who was fighting his own demons, but like the others, put country first and would do anything to protect it.

And just when I was positive the bar was raised too high for anyone else to reach, I met the incredible former SEAL, Jack Car, whose first book, The TERMINAL LIST, with its hero SEAL James Reece, kept me up all night reading.

They all have new release or have one about to come out. lethal agent, Mitch Rapp’s new story by Kyle Mills, who carries the Vince Flynn mantel onward, and RULES OF WAR. by Matthew Betley are due out shortly. TRUE BELIEVER, the next James Reece book will be out July 3o. I was privileged to receive an advance copy to read and all I can say is, “Holy s***!!! James Reece has reared his place in hero history.

And finally there is Brad Thor;s latest, backlash. Oh! My! God! This is the BEST book he has ever written. I have to hide my iPad during the day or I’d keep going back to reread parts of it and never get my own work done.

This might. not be romance but it’s everything else — danger, excitement, political intrigue. I promise, if you get these books  you will not be disappointed.

Happy Birthday, America
Thursday, July 4th, 2019


Today is a very important day in the history of the United States of America. Without the Declaration of Independence there would be no USA. I happen to be a veery patriotic person and love the celebration of this date. Since it’s so important in our history, I thought Id share a few facts about it with you along with some pictures of different celebration. Enjoy!

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

The Declaration of Independence itself has become one of the most admired and copied political documents of all time. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and revised by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence is a justification of the American Revolution, citing grievances against King George III. It is also a landmark philosophical statement, drawing on the writings of philosophers John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau. It affirms that since all people are creatures of God, or nature, they have certain natural rights, or liberties,that cannot be violated.The Declaration and the American Revolution have since inspired freedom-seekers the around the world.

In 1777, on the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia marked the day with fireworks, beginning the tradition that has grown over the last 200 years. John Adams, credited with suggesting “bells, bonfires, and illuminations,” for the event, would undoubtedly be thrilled and impressed with today’s pyrotechnic shows.

Fireworks, food, and patriotic music continue to be part of July 4 festivities throughout the United States, but beyond that, the observances differ as much as the locations themselves. From small towns to larger cities, citizens have created Independence Day celebrations that reflect their culture as well as their place in history. Visiting a new city during this all-American July holiday is an educational and enjoyable experience.

Fireworks, of course, are common to all, with an estimated 14,000 displays throughout the country, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, which also indicated that 24.5 million pounds of explosives were detonated for displays in 2016. We never seem to tire of watching the sky with “oohs” and “ahhs” of surprise and appreciation.

At Williamsburg, VA, they have a noon reading of the Declaration of Independence, a special. military muster

So wherever you are today, have a very Happy Fourth of July and give thanks for our forefathers who created this great country of ours.






Do you love HAWT military men?
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Then welcome to Soldiers of Fortune. These suspenseful, sensual, and romantic stories are from your favorite Romance Books 4 US authors.

Check out Volume 1 and lose your heart to these heroes in uniform.





About Soldiers of Fortune:


Rhett Fortune settled on the small parcel of land he purchased in 1858 with his wife Clara and founded the beautiful landscape that surrounded his newly built home and what is now known as Fortune, TX. A veteran of the United States Army and as a Colonel who served with honor in the Mexican-American War, Rhett and Clara raised a large family. With sons and daughters and grandchildren to follow, their clan grew throughout the decades.

Now in the 21st Century, two of their descendants remain at the helm. Chance Fortune, a former member of the Army’s Delta Force and co-founder of Soldiers of Fortune, has an innate duty to serve and protect. Working with his brother, RJ Fortune, a former Navy SEAL and wounded warrior, they take the cases that their government won’t. And vow to protect the civilians that no one else can.

They have quietly put out the word and now, after three years, other former brothers-in-arms have contacted them bringing situations that span not only the country but the globe. On Fortune family land they have built a facility out of the public eye for their office, a helicopter, a gun range, and whatever else they might need.

They are the Soldiers of Fortune… and these are their stories.


Volume 1 Stories


 by Desiree Holt

He’s back to help a friend…

Angus “Rogue” Redford spent 12 years as a part of the 160th Special operations Aviation Regiment, otherwise known as the vaunted Night Stalkers. In that role he frequently flew the helicopter taking RF Fortune’s SEAL Team to its mission. Now a civilian, for the second time RF has reached out to him for help with a rescue.

She rattles chains and exposes dirty linen…
Liz McCallister is a special assignment reporter for a popular magazine famous for its articles on high profile people and in some cases it’s exposes. Liz is the top reporter for that, and right now she’s after the candidate running for governor of Texas. But she’s rattled one too many chains and now she’s got a target on her back.

They are no strangers to each other…
Months ago they had a hot, hot weekend together then split to follow their own paths. Now he’s back and her safety is his assignment. But what about the heat that still generates between them? And what happens when the assignment is over?


Kyle “Rage” McKenna did everything with an attitude. A bad attitude. After serving a stint in a Special Ops unit, he freelanced his talents-for a lot of money.

When Cassandra Front finds out Rage McKenna is her partner for her next assignment, she nearly breaks the contract.

When the two meet in the field-not for the first time-sparks fly and Rage and Cass get the job done. But will the makeup/breakup sex be enough?

OPERATION UNKNOWN by Krista Ames (sensual contemporary)

Jax Benning was home. However, what he expected to be there when he arrived, wasn’t the case at all. His parents were missing. The house he grew up in was empty. Now he needed a job and a place to stay. He needed to find his parents.

The last thing Evie Jackson expected or wanted to do was get wrapped up with an ex-military man. Especially one that had issues. He seemed like a reliable person and worked his ass off around her aunt and uncle’s farm but she had reservations.

With the help of the Soldiers of Fortune, can Jax and Evie get along long enough to figure out what happened to Jax’s parents?

SACRIFICE by Nicole Morgan

Eddie Peterson gave everything for his country. What more will he be expected to sacrifice?

Eddie Peterson had been working undercover for over three years. On paper, and as far as America knew, he was a deserter, a soldier who went AWOL and abandoned his country and unit. There were only a few people in the Pentagon who knew the truth.

Marissa Rojas spent her days doing what she was told. That was the way things were done in her family. The men led, while the women followed. It was a pattern that she was growing increasingly tired of.

After years of living on the wrong side of the law, Eddie is finally close to completing his mission. But when Marissa comes in the picture, he is forced to rethink his priorities. And the lines between duty and honor will be tested.