Crazy for Sandra Owens

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I’m delighted today to welcome new Montlake author Sandra Owens to the lair. Sandra’s new release is CRAZY FOR HER, the first in the K2 Special Services series:

When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.

Sandra 2You can find out more about Sandra on her website: http://www.sandra-owens.com/

You can also connect with Sandra on social media (I sure do!):

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SandraOwensAuthor

Twitter: @SandyOwens1

Sandra, welcome to the Bandita lair! Can you please tell us about your latest release CRAZY FOR HER?

I’m thrilled to be a guest on Romance Bandits! I’m excited about CRAZY FOR HER, a 2013 Golden Heart finalist. The official release date is September 1st. I say “official” as Montlake Romance, my new publisher, chose CRAZY FOR HER as one of four books for the August Kindle First, meaning the ebook version was released early, and it’s on sale until September 1st. The print and audio will be available 1st September.

CRAZY FOR HER is a contemporary romantic suspense, the first in a five book series of the men of K2 special services, all ex-SEALs. In CRAZY FOR HER, my hero, Logan, is secretly in love with the heroine, who was married to his best friend. He has another secret, one that shocks my heroine, Dani, when she learns of it.

Sandra 4What were the inspirations behind this book?

The seed for the story was planted when I watched a documentary about a SEAL team during their time in Afghanistan. I thought, these guys are tough, and honorable, and dedicated to their calling. They are true heroes. Then I started wondering what life for them was like then they left the military. It would have to be a hard adjustment as they are men used to living on the edge. Logan Kincaid took shape in my mind, a man with dark secrets who was a true hero for his country, but doesn’t believe he deserved happiness. A lot of “what ifs” followed, and it went from there.

CRAZY FOR HER is the first in the K2 Special Services series. Can you give us a peek at what’s coming next?

Next is SOMEONE LIKE HER, scheduled for an early 2015 release date. My hero, Jake, another ex-SEAL and known to his friends as Romeo, falls for the sister of his boss, Logan Kincaid. The last thing the boss wants is for his sister, Maria, to fall for a man the team nicknamed Romeo. Jake tries to stay away from her, he really does. I have to laugh here because we all know how well that’s going to work for him, right?

sandra 5What else is coming up for you?

The last three books of the series are next. The third one is back from my critique partners, and after this last revision, it will go to my agent. Saint, my hero in book three, doesn’t cuss or drink, and is very discriminating in his few affairs. He was interesting, yet strangely, the hardest to write. I’ve always written alpha males, and Saint was my first gamma, a type of hero between a beta and an alpha. I found it funny thatI had to work at not allowing him to have a potty mouth like his teammates.

I’m about five chapters into book four. The heroine in that one is a stunt plane pilot, so I’m having great fun with that. (And yes, I have flown upside down in a stunt plane, so know how thrilling it is.) Book five has a rough outline, and my hero will be a dog lover, the heroine will have cats. I do expect the fur to fly for those two!

After I finish this series, I have the next one in mind. I sent a series synopsis for it to my agent who emailed me back and said, “YOU HAVE TO WRITE THIS!!!” So, I guess I will.

Your first two books (THE LETTER and THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS) were historicals. What differences did you find in writing the two genres? Are there more historicals on the way?

Oh, goodness, the contemporaries are so much easier to write! I’m not spending hours researching clothing, or checking to see if certain words were in use, or hundreds of other things one needs to research when writing historicals. Having said that, my favorite genre to read is historical, which is why I started out writing them. But I also love the freedom of writing contemporaries. Will I write more historicals? Probably. Hopefully. I recently finished a historical novella that will be a part of an anthology my Embracing Romance co-authors are planning. It was so much fun to write.

Sandra 3Can you tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not writing?

Writing is a full-time job for me, and the majority of my days are spent doing just that. I’m also a voracious reader of historical (especially Regencies) and contemporary romances, so if I’m not writing, I’m usually reading. My husband and I have an RV, and we like to take long trips and explore this beautiful country of ours. The great thing about that is, I can easily write on the road. My laptop goes everywhere with me. My favorite place to write is an RV park not far from home where we go for long weekends. I get myself set up by the creek, and I never want to leave!         

Sounds idyllic! Thanks for the great interview, Sandra. We wish you all the best with your new series. Do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita buddies to get the conversation rolling?

I love to read almost anything – romances (especially historical and contemporary), horror…it would actually be a shorter list to tell you what genres I don’t like to read. My question is one I know authors are always interested in hearing the answer. As a reader, what genres do you prefer? Are you devoted to just one, or do you cross genre lines?

BanditBootySandra has very generously offered one commenter today a signed copy of CRAZY FOR HER (international) so get commenting, people! Good luck!

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71 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Sandra. I’m a huge mystery fan. I love Agatha Christie, PD James and Robert Galbraith. I used to read a lot of horror back in high school like Clive Barker, but not as much now.

  • flchen1 says:

    Great to meet you, Sandra! I definitely read across genres, and it’s fun to follow an author across lines. Often if I like a particular author’s style, there will be something about her voice that carries across even if she’s switching time periods or settings or styles…

    • Sandra Owens says:

      Great to meet you, too! I totally agree with you. If I like an author’s voice, I’ll read her books, no matter the genre.

    • Fedora, I think that’s so true. If I love an author, I’ll follow them across genres. I can think of two examples immediately. I love Georgette Heyer’s historical romances and I also love her mystery books. And of course there’s Anne Stuart. I fell in love with her dark, intense book when I picked up her historicals but I love her contemporary suspense books too.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I love historical romance, almost any time period, but dtawn to midevil England. Of course with OUTLANDER finally on tv I’ve been glued to the tv. Only 2 episodes so far and I’ve already watched both episodes at least 5 times.
    I am also a huge fan of Karen Robards, Karin Slaughter, and Erica Spindler.
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    • Sandra Owens says:

      I’m a big fan of historical romance, Amy, especially the Regency era. For some reason that time period fascinates me. Honestly, about the only thing I don’t read is sci-fi.

    • Wow, Amy, that’s really a sign of how much you enjoyed Outlander! It’s causing quite a stir down here in Australia too.

      • Amy Conley says:

        Anna, I’ve been following along with the book and wondering why they left out or changed the small but impotant things.
        You’ll get it soon, I’m sure. Also pretty sure people are putting it up on you tube, but just long enough to not get busted. LOL

  • Helen says:

    Hi Sandra

    Oh I do love the sound of this series 🙂 I really need to add these to my must have list

    I read romance and cosy mysteries although more romance and at one tme I would say that historicals were all that I read with the occaisional Mills & Boon thrown in but these days I read across all of the romance genres and love them I still read a lot of jistoricals and contemprary but I love paranormal and urban fantasy as well if there is a HEA I am happy 🙂

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Sandra Owens says:

      I think that’s why I love romances, Helen, because there’s always an HEA. Like you, I went through a period of several years where I only read historical, but have since branched out. As it turned out, that was a good thing since I’m now writing contemporary romances.

      Thanks for the congrats! 🙂

    • Helen, I love how you’re so open to try a new author and a new genre. It’s absolutely wonderful!

  • Deanna says:

    Congratulations on the new release. I do love myself some hunky military heroes!

    I mostly read romance and read across a lot of subgenres within romance. Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards a lot more paranormal and contemporary though historicals are a favorite of mine too.

    I also read some historical fiction, fantasy and political thrillers but haven’t in a while. I guess I just love my HEAs too much and there’s just so much diversity and great writing within the romance genre that I don’t feel like I’m missing out.

    • Sandra Owens says:

      LOL on the oops, Deanna. Thanks for the congratulations.

      I love when readers do read across genres, but I understand too why some only read a genre they absolutely love. As for the hunky hero, he was fun to write, but I did have to torture him before he could have his HEA. Poor man.

      • Deanna says:

        I do like when a hero gets tortured a little, but not too much. I’ve read some of J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books and I find her heroes are just too tortured and angsty. At some point, these alpha hunks just need to man up, and her heroes seem to take forever to get to that point and I love patience with them.

    • Deanna, the happy ending’s really crucial, isn’t it? I’ve been flirting with other genres recently, including mysteries in a big way, but I always come back to romances.

  • Mary Preston says:

    Hi Sandra, your new release sounds wonderful.

    I will read across most genres. My daughter, with her book recommendations, has encouraged me to jump genres over the years.

    • Mary, I think sometimes it freshens up our reading in a favorite genre when we play outside our usual sandpit. Good on your daughter for sharing some great books with you.

    • Sandra Owens says:

      Mary, thanks so much! Good for your daughter! It’s great to have someone you trust, and who knows your likes, recommend books. My daughter-in-law isn’t a reader, and that’s the only thing I don’t like about her. 🙂

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Hey Sandra, welcome to the Lair and congrats on your debut!

    Romance is my main read and within that romantic suspense, rom com and contemporary are my faves, followed by historicals (thanks to the Banditas who got me into historicals!). I also read thrillers, mysteries and the occasional cozy.

  • Lianne says:

    Your books look awesome.
    I read lots of differing genres, especially romance!

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Sandra on her new book! I like reading all different types of romances with contemporaries and historicals being my favorites.

  • Shannon says:

    I’m a historical lady although I’ve gotten into steam punk. It’s pure escapism. I’ve dabble with fantasy that uses mages or dragons, but I don’t get vampires or were-anything.

    Contemporaries often leave me feeling more disconnected when I should be plugged in. I work with 20 somethings for the most part. Their music, movies, and recreational activities seem to be a different world from mine. One friend says there’s a time you go to weddings, another time for baby showers, a phase of care giving, and then the sadness era that comes with funerals. Most comtemporaries do try to stay mainstream enough that I get it but some don’t.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I love romantic suspense, military romance, some rom com, have only read a couple of paranormal, and will occasionally pick up a historical romance. My favorite eras would be Regency and Old West. Would love to read Crazy for Her. Sounds right up my alley.

    • Sandra Owens says:

      Those are some of my favorites, Debbie. I love a tortured alpha male who has a soft side he tries to hide that only the heroine can see, even when he doesn’t want her to. That kind of hero can be found in all genres, and I have my favorite authors who write that kind of man.

      CRAZY FOR HER does sound like it would be right up your alley. 🙂

    • Debbie, I think a lot of historical readers love the Regency. Partly it’s because of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer – people just want to go back to that world.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, Sandra, welcome to the Lair! Your latest release sounds like a must-buy. I love honor vs. passion stories.

    I’ve never heard the term “gamma hero.” It’s intriguing.

    • Sandra Owens says:

      I’m thrilled to be at the Lair, Jo. I thank all the Banditas for having me.

      I was fascinated by a gamma hero when I first learned there was such a thing a a hero that fell between an alpha and a beta. Who knew?

    • Honor versus passion is one of those staples of romance, isn’t it, Jo? Nice to have a new visitor to the lair! Sandra must come to see us again!

  • Sandra Owens says:

    I’ve not read any steam punk, Shannon. I keep telling myself I need to try at least one book, but then there are just so many historicals, romantic suspense, and contemporaries in my TBR pile, that the last thing I need is to find another genre I like. 🙂 I do like some vampire books, though. Anne Rice’s INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE is one of my all time favorites.

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi Sandra and welcome to the lair!

    Huge congrats on this upcoming release. I love military men (husband was Special Forces back in the day) and SEALs are always a must-read. I love the obvious conflict in this–in love with his dead friend’s widow. That’s a ballsy thing to take on, I have to say.

    Also love the sound of your SEAL team, and the different personalities. That’s not easy to do, and I admire any author who can do a good job of that. Can’t wait for this release!
    Lessee…genres….I like contemporary romance at the moment. I have had a long-time love affair with lighter historicals, and even some historical romantic suspense ala the old Celeste Bradley books, as it never bothered me that those kinds of stories have to take a few liberties with the possibilities for women and what could really happen. I never had trouble suspending disbelief. I have some ideas for historicals but have always feared the research and the history detail nazis, so I also admire anyone who’s willing to jump into that genre.

    Love cozy mysteries.

    I swing back and forth as to the timeframe and what I like reading. I go through phases, but in recent years, I’m sticking with only happy endings, no matter the path to get there.

    I once loved big dark suspense, but now I’m going for lighter all around. I think the world is just too stressful–and it’s WAY too stressful to read anything that doesn’t have a happy ending.

    My husband, on the other hand, reads–and writes–horror. Doesn’t bother him a bit. *grin*

    So glad you joined us today. Anna, lovely interview.

    • Sandra Owens says:

      Thanks, Cassondra! I agree that in today’s world, sometimes you just need a lighthearted read as an escape. One of my favorites for that is Hannah Howell, both her historicals and her vampire series. She’s just funny.

      I also love dark, tortured hero stories because it’s always so satisfying to see them get that happy ending they don’t think is possible.

      I love horror, too, so I’ll have to check out your husband’s books. What’s his name?

    • Cassondra, I hear you on the happy ending. I want characters who go through fire and come out the better for it – and get rewarded for all their efforts!

  • bn100 says:

    prefer contemporary; depends on the story

  • Minna says:

    I mostly read paranormal and steam punk romance. And fantasy.

  • teresa says:

    I started off reading historicals before contemporary to paranormal to steampunk to fantasy. As long as it has some romance to it, I’m all game.

  • JackieW says:

    tis a girl after my own heart who likes Starbucks coffees. Yur book sounds like a good story.

  • Becke says:

    Sandra,
    Congratulations on your release. Awesome about your GH win and now publication.

    I learned a few years back to avoid getting in a rut about what I read. I’ve read some fantastic books in genres I “thought” I didn’t have an interest in. It’s truly all about the story and characters.
    b

    • Sandra Owens says:

      Thanks for the congrats, Becke. I so agree with you about not getting in a rut about what you read. I did for a few years when I got hooked on historicals. But now I read so many great books, and that still includes historicals, along with other genres. .

    • Becke, I find recommendations from my friends help me to stay out of a reading rut. I think otherwise it’s so easy just to keep going for the tried and true.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I read anything that sounds interesting.

  • Thanks to everyone who swung by today to say hello to Sandra and thanks to Sandra for being such a great guest.

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the copy of CRAZY FOR HER!

  • Cathy P says:

    Congrats on your new release, Sandra! You are a new author for me. Your book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sandra Owens says:

    I guess that about wraps it up. Thank you Banditas for inviting me here today. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with everyone.

    Good luck to on the drawing. I wish you all could win. 🙂