Spotlight: Sable Hunter Visits to Talk About Sexy Western Military Firefighter Romance, TEXAS MAVERICK!
Today, fellow author Sable Hunter is stopping by to talk about her latest book!
Hi! Thanks for inviting me.
Of course! Let me ask a few questions since you're here...
TEXAS MAVERICK is part of my TEXAS HEROES series, which really are standalone novels, loosely connected, but each with their own HEA. Ryan O’Leary wrote half of this one with me, which made the process much more fun. The heroes in this series are real heroes – firemen, former military, Texas Rangers, former special ops – those types of folks.
They sound great! When did Texas Maverick come out and where can we get it?
The novel debuted on July 16th and is available on Amazon.
So, what inspired you to write this book?
This is my 53rd or 54th book, I don’t know, the number is getting up there. I am constantly bombarded with ideas. I have about 45 more books with at least a plot idea in mind and about 15 of those plotted and six in the works. I write about 16 hours a day, sometimes on three or more books at a time. Actually, I’m crazy and live inside a book; when one is over, I just hop to the next one.
ANYWAY for Texas Maverick…one day, I was sitting out in the courtyard in front of my apartment, watching people go in and out. I had just made the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY list, and I wanted to tell someone so bad that I could taste it. People came in and out of their apartments, some spoke, most didn’t, but I didn’t know even one of those folks well enough to tell them my good news, so I sat there and watched the world go by. As I did, I focused on the door to my apartment and how close it was to the apartment next to it - - and my imagination started working overtime. What if there was this nerdy girl, a reporter, who lived next door to this firemen, who used to be in the military and had PTSD – which she would know because their bedrooms shared a wall…
Well, one thing led to another and I grabbed Ryan and told him the plot. He liked it and we decided to set it where I live, using the exact surroundings, restaurants, apartment, country club, river – etc. – All of it is real, it is my world and Everly is me in many ways – the insecurities, the dynamics. This book is very cathartic and Maverick – well, he’s a doll and I wish he’d come walking out of one of these apartments – I’d trip him up and tie him to my bedpost.
Oh, my goodness. Long, old story. I’d always loved to read and write, and I liked certain types of books that tugged at my heart as well as made me swoon, and when I couldn’t find them, I would write them. I started publishing when I tried to convince a younger family member who was very talented with words – both public speaking and writing, but whom I knew would never hold down a 9 to 5 job – to try writing as a career. He was skeptical, so I told him that I’d show him it could be done. This was at the very earliest stages of Kindle and Amazon Direct Publishing. Well, I put a book up, not really knowing what to expect – and lo, and behold – it began to sell. So, I wrote seven more – then I got picked up by a publisher, and went back to self-publishing.
Now, eight years and 50 books later, I’m still writing and he’s selling real estate. Ha!
Awesome! I love to hear how an author got started. ;)
Tell us...what, do you feel, sets your book apart from other books in the genre?
This book has heart and one damn sexy hero. The sex scenes are explicit but tender and tasteful – I mean, who doesn’t want great sex, this is just the way life is supposed to be. This book also teaches a lesson. I like my books to do that. I want them to entertain, inform, make you clutch your chest with emotion and seriously consider kidnapping a man – if you don’t have one – for sexual purposes. But I also like my books to give a person hope, or make someone want to be better, to do better. And hopefully, TEXAS MAVERICK, will make people more conscious of how we treat one another, to be more interested in our neighbors and to realize that love can come upon you at any time - - it might be right next door.
“Maverick, it’s me. Everly.”
He opened his eyes expecting to see flashes of gunfire and explosions from IED’s. Instead, he looked into delicate features, eyes warm with concern. “Everly?”
“You were dreaming,” she whispered.
Fuck, he was dreaming now. “What are you doing here?”
She kept her hand on Maverick, seeking to soothe him. “I heard you through the wall.” Standing up, she stood next to the bed. “Do you want some water before I go?”
“Did I hurt you?” He grabbed her hand, pulling her back down to sit on the bed.
She twined her fingers with his. “No, of course not.”
“Don’t go.” His hand came up to weave itself in her hair. “Where’s the whale spout, Tink?”
“What are you doing?” she whispered as his other hand skimmed up under her shirt, caressing the soft skin of her back.
“I need you.” He pulled her head down until their lips met.
Now Everly thought she was the one who must be dreaming. Could this be real? His mouth moved on hers, a gentle graze that made it hard to breathe. She wanted to kiss him back so badly she could die.
His demand made every nerve ending in her body spark to life. There was no way on God’s green earth she could resist this man; she wanted him too much. Tentatively, she responded to his strength, his passion. Parting her lips, she touched the tip of her tongue to his and he groaned, pulling her to the bed beside him. Everly’s blood raced through her veins. She craved him – she craved his touch and she craved to touch him.
Clutching his shoulders, she began to kiss him back with desperate intensity. Her surrender seemed to free something within him. Maverick began to devour her lips and she trembled as his big hands roamed all over her body.
Never had she been kissed this way. His mouth on hers was the single most wonderful thing that had ever happened to her.
A haze of desire clouded Maverick’s brain. Her body was soft and warm as his mouth blazed a trail across her face and down her throat. When his lips brushed the pulse point that betrayed her excitement, he knew he wanted more. Feeling the evidence of her surrender beating against his lips sent a hot rush of hunger through him. “You feel so good, baby.” Returning his mouth to hers, he kissed her as his hand found her breast underneath her shirt. Cupping the small mound, he pulled and tweaked the nipple until she shivered in his arms.
When he removed his hand, she whimpered her disappointment until his teasing touch edged up her thigh. “Maverick?”
“Shhhh, this dream is so much better than the one I just left.” Waking up wasn’t an option. He wanted this, he needed this. The fire between them was so unexpected he was shaking from it. His fingers were hovering very near paradise. He could already feel her heat. “Do you want me?” Please, God, say yes.
“Oh, yes, I want you.”
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Everly held him close, marveling at what had transpired. A small smile played on her lips. Tingles of elation mixed with shivers of remorse. He’d been in the throes of a nightmare when she’d come to his bed, offering him comfort. Oh, he’d taken it all right. The only problem was that Everly wasn’t sure this was something he’d have done in any other circumstance.
Easing out from under him, she made a grab for her shirt, pulling it over her head. When he didn’t move, she felt around in the bed for her panties, but found nothing. “Dang it,” she whispered, then froze when he moved again, his hand running over the covers.
Was he looking for her? No matter. He wouldn’t find her. Coward that she was, Everly Winterfell backed out of Maverick’s room and retreated to the safety of her own apartment. The cold light of day would tell the tale. If what they’d done together meant something to him, he’d let her know. And if it didn’t…. Well, she’d deal with that when the time came.
Let's try another question, okay?
Oh, I’m cooking up a lot. I’m working on a HELL YEAH! Companion book that will highlight all of the books in the new HELL YEAH! Kindleworld, plus each of the 21 or so books in the Hell Yeah! Canon, the original works. There will also be a new novella in the companion book as well as excerpts, recipes, playlists, character interviews, inspiration stories and background info on each character, plot and theme. I also have several books in process.
Ryan and I are working on LOVE FOUND A WAY, a new Hell Yeah! that’s set in Cajun Country and features T-REX, whom you met in YOU ARE ALWAYS ON MY MIND. He will be teamed up with a feisty woman named Glory Bee Hudson and their story will literally have you crying buckets, falling in love and praying for a T of your own. I’m also working on another HELL YEAH! – MAKE ROOM FOR INDY, joining two characters that people have asked for more of their story, Beau’s friend, Indiana, and Harley’s friend, Laura and her little boy, Morris. This one will let you catch up with everyone at Harley’s baby shower and you’ll learn Laura’s secret. There might be a ghost or two and I can guarantee there will be a lot of hot loving.
Two novels will go up for preorder this month – RYDER’S SURRENDER – the HELL YEAH! menage and THE GODSEND – my first historical, a Hell Yeah! heritage, one that I can promise will touch your heart and also offer a timely/timeless message.
If that wasn’t enough, I also have a new TEXAS HEROES in the works called BIG D. I will be honest, I write some on this one, and I cry a little. It’s about two EMT partners, one of whom has lost the love of his life and the other who thinks she’ll never find a love of her own. This might be my favorite of all time. And apart from that - - my arms are very, very tired from all of this typing.
Great! Sounds like they're all right up my alley! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by to tell us about Texas Maverick, Sable!
Thank you so much for having me, Marie! It’s been a pleasure.
You're welcome! Really, the honor is mine. ;)
Readers, you'll just have to pick up a copy of this riveting, erotic western military firefighter romance! Wow, that's quite a mouthful. LOL.
Here is the blurb for TEXAS MAVERICK.
Maverick Cross is a Texas hero, not the flashy kind, he's a war veteran who served his country overseas and now serves it at home as an Austin firefighter. To look at him, and women love to look, he's a ripped athlete who takes care of himself and has it all together.
Only his next door neighbor knows the truth; Maverick suffers from PTSD.
Only his next door neighbor knows the truth; Maverick suffers from PTSD.
Everly Winterfell is almost invisible, blending into the crowd is fine by her. She's a hero too, not the kind who wears a cape, but the kind who isn't afraid to dig for the truth and expose it for all to see. Everly's alter ego is Eve Winters, an award winning journalist who doesn't seek the limelight; she's content with writing stories that change people's lives without drawing any attention to herself.
Nothing much escapes Everly. She has a talent for seeing beneath the surface, reading people for who they really are. From her vantage point in Apartment #701, she has learned that the occupant in #702 is lonely. He has a habit of pushing people away before they can get too close, especially women. Maverick can offer a woman great sex, Everly can vouch for that fact. The walls are thin between #701 and #702 and many nights she has lain there wishing she was on the receiving end of his attention. He's intrigued by his odd little neighbor, who seems to want to be his wingman and he has no idea that her ulterior motive is to be his friend. After some negotiations, they strike a deal - she'll find him women who know the score, who won't expect more than he can give, and in return he'll see if he can advise her on how to attract a man for herself. To facilitate their odd arrangement, they install a chalkboard on the narrow wall separating their front doors, leaving messages about their shared adventures.
The more time they spend together, the less important finding dates for the other becomes. Everly and Maverick discover they share a chemistry that’s off the charts. They can’t keep their hands off one another. There’s only one problem – Maverick has no idea Everly is his secret obsession, Eve Winters. Sometimes what we need is right in front of our face. Sometimes what we’re looking for is right next door...
**CONTENT WARNING: This book contains adult language and sexual situations. It is intended for ages 18+ ONLY**
Sounds like a sexy, fun ride!
About the Author:
Sable Hunter is a New York Times, USA Today bestselling author of nearly 50 books in seven series. She writes sexy contemporary stories full of emotion and suspense. Her focus is mainly cowboy and novels set in Louisiana with a hint of the supernatural. Sable writes what she likes to read and enjoys putting her fantasies on paper. Her books are emotional tales where the heroine is faced with challenges. Her aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and swoon. If she can wring those emotions from a reader, she has done her job. Sable resides in Austin, Texas with her two dogs. Passionate about all animals, she has been known to charm creatures from a one ton bull to a family of raccoons. For fun, Sable haunts cemeteries and battlefields armed with night-vision cameras and digital recorders hunting proof that love survives beyond the grave. Welcome to her world of magic, alpha heroes, sexy cowboys and hot, steamy to-die-for sex. Step into the shoes of her heroines and escape to places where right prevails, love conquers all and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sable-Hunter/e/B007B3KS4M/