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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

True Blue SEALs - To infinity and beyond!

Honeymoon Bite on KU
I also write paranormal, but lately my paranormal ventures are like some of the grafts on my 4-way apple tree. Each variety on that tree grows well, but at different levels of vigor. We grow Gravenstein apples here in Sonoma County (Wine Country), that those trees would probably grow if you stuck the prunings into the ground. They'd sprout and take root and bear consistent fruit, just like in Mexico or the Caribbean, where people put sticks into the ground and then have bouganville vines large enough to cover their houses in one year. My Golden Delicious graft grows well. My Granny Smith apples are wonderful too. But then there's this little Rhone Red apple, and that branch grows about 3" a year. So, around this time of year, when I prune, I cut the other three way back, and just give the Rhone a kiss and clip the tip off the end, barely taking 1/2". After 8 years, I'm still waiting for my first apple, while the Gravenstein and Golden Delicious get so many the branches break.

My writing tree has three branches, and, unlike my apple, one is a runaway success and two others limp along. I have avid fans who have to wait too long for the next book. The sales of these Guardian Angels and Golden Vampires of Tuscany series are nowhere near the health of my SEAL Brotherhood franchise.
Heavenly Lover on KU

I've known authors who lose interest in their most popular series and start writing things that cause them to lose fans. Indeed, when I last published a Guardian Angel book in 2014, some of my fans wrote me in a panic and begged me not to give up on the SEALs. I had no intention of doing so, and was actually touched people thought enough to comment.

But every once in awhile I start wandering down the bookstore shelves, looking for another good paranormal series. I don't have the time to read anymore, especially when I'm finishing a book, which seems like all the time now. Maybe some day I'll find a way to blend these two categories into one, without having my fans feel I've abandoned or corrupted my hunky all-American heroes. I mean, have you ever read about a 4th of July unabashedly patriotic vampire or guardian angel lately?

I didn't think so.

Releasing 2-20-16
Not to worry, my next SEAL book, True Blue SEALs: Zak, is coming out February 20th, on preorder now. It's keeping me up at night finishing and editing it. But, rest assured, although these guys love red meat, there's not a fang or feather in sight.


Zak and Amy are destined for each other. After successfully passing the BUD/S training, and helping to stop a San Francisco terrorist attack, Zak goes to the arena of war with the rest of his SEAL Team 3 buddies, to return a changed man. Amy will have to negotiate the pain in her heart as she works to discover the man she loved going off to war is still the man of her dreams, and only if she can convince Zak he still is that man.

Join us for the first annual author reader get-together, Romancing The Vines, at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville, California, February 20th from Noon to 5. Reader tickets can be purchased here

Sharon Hamilton is a NYT and USA/Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series. She also writes a Golden Vampire and Guardian Angel series.

A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.


Melissa Keir said...

It is interesting. There are authors who write a variety of genres and I read all their books but there are others that I only read one of their genres. I am not sure what makes it so. I wish you much success with Zak and your get together.

Sharon Hamilton said...

Thanks, Melissa. I find the readership should be the same, because my voice is the same. But because it's vampires and SEALs, maybe it's the combination that doesn't work. The heat level is about the same in each. Not complaining, and thanks for the kind wishes. You as well.

Karen Henderson said...

I read all your series and will be here reading no matter which series your write. I actually like the idea of an Angel Seal :)
I'm patiently waiting for the next one of your books no matter

tcarle said...

I love every single book I've read of yours and I am sure I will love every one you write in the future. I look so forwards to each new book that comes out! You are the best!

midsumrnghtdrm said...

I love your SeaL books, they are books that take me on a adventure, but I guess its time for me to look for your Vampires and see how they measure up and see if they can take me on a adventure also. Thanks for all that you give us with your books, they are fantastic and I love them, so don't give up on any of them and keep writing.......Jara

Cara Marsi said...

Sharon, I enjoyed your apple analogy. Very clever. I, too, love your SEAL books. I love paranormal too, and I'll read different sub-genres by authors I like. I'd love to see you write a paranormal SEAL story.

Sharon Hamilton said...

Thank you, Karen. Really wonderful to hear. I promise to get to Gideon this year. Way overdue. I like the Angel SEAL too!

Sharon Hamilton said...

Ahhh, Terri. Thanks so much. I'm glad and I struggle sometimes, wondering which way to go. Wish I had 50 hours in the day!

julie beasley said...

Reading sometimes is like fashion something's stay fashionable,then we have a flash of different genres that flood the market and tire quickly. I started reading historicals, westerns and suspense for the longest time then branched out to other genres.
I do still love to visit my old favourites in between SEALs/vamps and whatever.
We enjoy whatever you write so good luck with it all

Sharon Hamilton said...

Jara, appreciate that so much. I don't promote the paranormals much because I've always got a new release in the SEALs. But I love them all, equally. You'll have to try out Marcus Monteleone in Honeymoon Bite. Had a kick and a half writing that one. Was critiquing with another well known NYT author those days and she rubbed off on me!

Sharon Hamilton said...

Thanks, Cara! I am such a slow reader, I'm afraid I'm way behind on my reading. So appreciate that you love the SEALs. That means a lot to me.

Sharon Hamilton said...

Thanks to you, Julie, one of my Superfans! I enjoy the variety. We'll see if my new techniques for 2016 work to speed things up. I hope so.

Paris said...

Love the apple analogy! It's so difficult to know what will snag the interest of our readers but I think we all gravitate toward what we enjoy the most whether it's reading or writing. I love all things paranormal but if I like an author, I generally read everything they write. Best of luck with all of your books!

Sharon Hamilton said...

Thank you, Paris! Nice to meet you!

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