Lisa Renee Jones, Super Alpha Heroes, and a Giveaway! Back to Blog

The winner of the copy of HIGH OCTANE is…Stephanie M! Congrats, Stephanie!

Today’s special guest is none other than the fabulously talented Lisa Renee Jones! I am a huge fan of Lisa’s, and I am eagerly looking forward to the release of her exciting new book, THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL.  Welcome, Lisa!

Hello everyone!

First, thank you to Cynthia for not only inviting me today, but writing the Deadly Series! I don’t know about you guys but I can’t wait for the next two books and I’m thrilled they are coming back to back. Now, if only she would hurry up and get on audible, since I’m an audible fanatic.  Soon, I hope!

2011 is an exciting year for me. I have 5 releases – 3 hot military men for Blaze, and 2 hot military men for Sourcebooks. Monday I received Arcs for High Octane, my March Blaze, and then yesterday I received review Arcs for THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL, my first single title for Sourcebooks. Such appropriate timing to review these two books because both heroes are super alpha! So I thought today I’d share an excerpt for Michael and then give away a copy of High Octane, which won’t be on shelves for another 45 days.  I had to search for a G rated excerpt! Seems Michael and Cassandra from the Legend of Michael have LOTS of PG and higher moments. :-)

So onward to the excerpt. All you have to do to enter the contest is to tell me what you think is sexy about a military hero and if you feel like it – share one of your favorite military heroes form a book, film/tv, or real life.

Excerpt:

*This isn’t from the final edited version.

Nevada’s AREA 51 was not only the subject of government conspiracy theories; it was now, officially, her new home. A good hour before sunrise, Cassandra Powell pulled into the military parking lot outside the launch pad leading to the top-secret underground facilities where the launch of the Project Zodius GTECH Super Soldier Program was a year under way. The ride from her new on-base housing had been a whopping three minutes, which considering the inhuman hours the military favored, she could deal with. The simplicity of a standard green army skirt and jacket—required despite her contract status—seemed to be working for her as well. The cardboard bed, not so much. It had, however, made a great desk for her laptop and all-night reading.

And considering she was only three days on the job—taking over for the former head of clinical psychology who’d transferred to another department—she had plenty of work to do. The prior department head hadn’t done one fourth of the studies that Cassandra deemed critical to properly evaluate these soldiers. And while the counseling aspect fell outside her clinical role, she wasn’t pleased with what was being offered. She’d certainly be nudging her way into that territory.

Files in hand, she exited her red Volkswagen Beetle, and pushed the door shut with a flick of her hip. She walked all of two steps when the wind whipped into high gear, fluttering her suit jacket at her hips and tearing to pieces the blonde knot tied at her nape.

She shoved at the loose locks of hair and drew to a shocked halt, blinking in disbelief as four men dressed in black fatigues materialized in a rush of hot August wind at the other side of the long parking lot next to the elevator. She drew a breath and forced it out, trying to calm the thunder of her heart pounding her chest. Apparently she wasn’t quite as prepared for the phenomenon of GTECH Super Soldiers as she’d thought she was. Or at least not this thing her piles of paperwork referred to as “wind-walking.” It was one thing to be inhumanly strong and fast, even to be immune to human disease, but to be able to travel with the wind was downright spooky—and suddenly, so was the dark parking lot as the four men disappeared into the elevator.

Eager to get inside, Cassandra started walking, but made it all of two steps before another man appeared beside the elevator, this time with no wind as warning. Good grief, she hadn’t read about that stealthy little trick yet. Special Forces soldiers were already called lethal weapons, but these men, this one in particular, were taking it to a whole new level.

Still a good distance away from the building, Cassandra slowed her pace, hoping to go unnoticed, but she wasn’t so lucky. The soldier punched the elevator button and then turned and waved her forward. Oh no. No. No. Not ready to meet anyone yet. Not until she had a few of her ducks in a row. Cassandra quickly juggled her files and snagged her cell from her purse as an excuse to decline joining him, holding it up, and waving him off. He hesitated a few moments as the doors opened before he finally stepped inside and disappeared.

Cassandra started walking instantly, determined to get to the darned elevator before another soldier appeared. By the time she was inside, she had her file on wind-walking open—a good distraction from the entire underground, bomb-shelter-style workplace that made her more than a little uneasy.

Absorbed in her reading, head down, Cassandra darted out of the elevator the instant it opened, only to run smack into a rock-hard chest. She gasped, paperwork flew everywhere, and strong hands slid around her arms, steadying her from a fall. It was then that she looked up to find herself staring into the most gorgeous pair of crystal blue eyes she’d ever seen in her life.

She swallowed hard and noticed his long raven hair tied at the back of his neck, rather than the standard buzz cut—a sure indicator he was Special Ops. He could be one of the two hundred GTECH soldiers stationed at the base. A Wind-walker, she thought, still in awe of what she’d seen above ground.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t watching where I was…” She lost the final word, her mouth dry as she suddenly realized her legs were pressed intimately to his desert fatigues, and her conservative, military-issue skirt had managed to work its way halfway up her thigh. “Oh!”

She quickly took a step backwards, righting her skirt in a flurry of panicked movement. Three days on the job, and already she was putting on a show. She pressed her hand to her forehead. “I know better than to read while walking. I hope I didn’t hurt you.” He arched a dark brow as her gaze swept all six-foot- plus of incredibly hot man, all lethal muscle and mayhem, and knew that was unlikely. She laughed at the ridiculous statement, feeling uncharacteristically nervous. She was five four in her bare feet—well, on her tip toes—and she bet this man towered over her by nearly a foot. “Okay. I didn’t hurt you. But, well, I’m still sorry.”

He stared down at her, his gaze steady, unblinking, the chiseled lines of high cheekbones and a square jaw, expressionless. Except deep in those strikingly blue eyes, she saw a tiny flicker of what she thought was amusement. “I’m not sorry,” he said, bending down to pick up her files.

She blinked at the odd response, tilting her head and then bending down to face him. “What do you mean?” she asked, a lock of her blonde hair falling haphazardly across her brow, free from the clip that was supposed to be holding it in place. “You’re not sorry?”

He gathered the last of her files, then said, “I’m not sorry you ran into me. Have coffee with me.”

It wasn’t a question. In fact, it almost bordered on an order. And damn, if she didn’t like the way he gave that near order. Her heart fluttered at the unexpected invitation. “I don’t know if that is appropriate,” she said, thinking of her new position. She stalled. “I don’t even know your name.”

The elevator behind them dinged open, and Kelly Peterson, assistant director of science and medicine for Project Zodius, appeared. “You’re early, Cassandra,” she said, amusement lifting her tone. “Morning, Michael.” She continued on her way, as if she found nothing significant, or abnormal, about Cassandra being sprawled across the hallway floor with a hot soldier by her side.

Cassandra popped to her feet, appalled she’d made such a spectacle of herself. Her sexy Special Ops soldier followed. “Now you know my name,” he said, and this time, his firm, way-too-tempting mouth hinted at a lift. Not a smile, a lift. God… it was sexy. “Michael Taylor.”

“Cassandra,” she said, unable to say the last name, dreading it more with this man than with the many others she’d been introduced to in the past few days. What was she supposed to say? Hi. I’m the daughter of the man who changed your life forever by injecting you with alien DNA without telling you first, and then claimed it was to save you from an enemy biological threat? Now you’re a GTECH Super Soldier for what we think is the rest of your life, but who knows what that really means long-term for you. But hey, I promise I’m one of the good guys, here to ensure you aren’t used and abused just because you’re a macho, kickass, secret government weapon? And did I mention I’m nothing like my father?

“Cassandra Powell,” he said, handing her the files, leaning close, the warmth of his body blanketing her in sizzling awareness. “I know who you are. And no, that doesn’t scare me away. I never run away from anything I want.” He leaned back, fixing her in another one of those dreamy blue stares. “So how about that coffee?”

She nearly swallowed her tongue at his directness, but, a true general’s daughter, she managed to recover quickly, remembering her duty in a painfully responsible fashion. “I… don’t think that’s a good idea.”

He studied her a moment before stepping into the now open elevator doors. “I’ll ask again,” he said as he turned to face her. She found herself lost in those addictive crystal blue eyes—eyes that had promised nothing, but somehow, promised everything—until the steel doors shut between them.

Cassandra inhaled, the scent of him still lingering in the air, and she bit her bottom lip. Too bad she’d sworn off soldiers years ago, because he was one heck of a man. Oh yeah, he was. But she’d seen her mother fret and worry over a man who was gone too often and might never return, right up to the day she’d died two years before, and Cassandra already had her father to worry about. So why was she wondering when he would “ask again”?

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26 responses to “Lisa Renee Jones, Super Alpha Heroes, and a Giveaway!”

  1. Michele says:

    Hi Lisa :)

    Wow! 2011 is going to be a very exciting year for you with 5 books coming out. Loved the excerpt from THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL!!!! Want to read more… how long do we have to wait before this book comes out?

    To answer your question, I love it when military men are very alpha like with their women and want to do everything they can to make them safe and happy. There have been many military books that I have read, couple of my favorite heroes are:

    Nathan Malone from WILD CARD by Lora Leigh
    Sam Kelly from NO PLACE TO RUN by Maya Banks

    Thanks again for stopping by Lisa, looking forward to your new releases this year 😀

    • Lisa says:

      Michele– thank you so much on the excerpt. Michael is out in May! I can’t wait. And great choices on the books! I love Wild Card and I love the new Maya Banks series!

  2. Angela says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Loved the excerpt you posted, a book I definitely will be adding to my TBR list.

    Really haven’t read a whole lot of military type books, but I have read Denise Agnew and loved Trey from UNDER HIS PROTECTION.

  3. Cynthia Eden says:

    Thanks so much for guest blogging, Lisa!! And, everyone, I have to say–THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL is awesome! I was lucky enough to read an ARC, and this book kept me up very, very late! A great story!

  4. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Lisa. I loved the excerpt. What I think is sexy about a military hero is their strength, courage and the way they look in the uniform.

  5. Danny says:

    Hi Lisa,

    terrific excerpt. Military romance were the first contemporary romance that I ever read, because I was a die-hard Historical and Paranormal fan, till a friend of mine got me hooked on Suz Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Military heroes are totally sexy, because of their uniform, they are alpha males, their courage and loyalty is what makes them sexy.

    I have read so many great military books that I don’t have a favorite.

    • Lisa says:

      Oh I LOVE Brockman. I went to one of her speeches and met her parents years ago. They are so sweet and supportive. Her biggest fans! And thank you on the excerpt:)

  6. Lori T says:

    Hi Lisa – I love the excerpt and can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I think what is so appealing about a miltary hero is his need to protect especially those that he loves and cares for. Everyone like to feel safe and protected.

  7. Jolene Allcock says:

    I loved the excerpt, thanks for posting it. I love a good romance with military men. Usually they are an alpha, in crontrol, demanding and very protective willing to lay their life on the line for the heroine. Add a miltary man to the mix and the story takes on a suspensful edge full of danger and nail biting scenes and some hot sexual chemistry. My fav. military movie is Top Gun and I am loving the Kelly’s from Maya Banks KGI books

    • Lisa says:

      I just heard they are thinking about another Top Gun with Tom Cruise the instruction. That would be interesting though I always worry they will mess up something so great!

  8. Colleen says:

    Really enjoyed the excerpt… I have read quite a few books with military heroes and love that no matter the danger they will risk their lives to help others…

  9. Valerie says:

    LOVED the excerpt. This has to go on my wishlist for sure!!! I think military heroes are very sexy…totally alpha but turn to mush when they meet their mate…maybe after a bit of arguing on the way…lol!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany
    valb0302@yahoo.com

  10. Stephanie M says:

    I love the excerpt. I love reading about military men because of their courage and the love they have even when they see so many bad things in the world.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  11. Viki says:

    I love the military guys. Loved the excerpt. You sure are busy.

  12. Deb says:

    I love how military heroes are so tough and strong and protective while being a complete softie on the inside. They are alpha’s that seem to cherish and adore their women! Loved the excerpt by the way!!

  13. Jillian says:

    Wicked cool excerpt!! Sounds like a great read. fav thing about a military hero has to be their patriotism. I’m a card carrying member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and have always been attracted to heroes that love their country like I do! Congrats on the releases!

  14. Jane says:

    I love military heroes because they’re selfless and put their lives on the line everyday. I’m a fan of Catherine Mann’s military heroes like Gage in “Defender.”

  15. Denise T. says:

    I’m a big fan of Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops and Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalkers!!
    Great excerpt! I love miltary alpha males who help the underdog and love their women!

  16. Krystean says:

    Hi Lisa! I love your books and am so happy to hear that you have 5 coming out this year! If Jump Start is one of the 5 I already bought it. Twice. I forgot I ordered it online then saw it while shopping and got all excited and bought it again. But I gave 1 to my sister. Loved the excerpt of The Legend of Michael and can’t wait for the release date. I’ve never known any military men, except for my late grandfather, and the first book I ever read with military men were Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops and Tempting Seals. Then I was hooked. Nothing better than a man who makes you feel safe, is strong in his convictions and wants to love and protect you fiercely.

  17. Diane Sadler says:

    What do I like about military men? The way they take care of their women!

  18. Linda Henderson says:

    I really enjoyed the excerpt and can’t wait to read all your books coming out this year, I’m a big fan. I think a military man is very sexy because he is willing to put his life on the line to protect people. They are usually macho and strong and I just enjoy reading stories about them. My favorite tv military hero would be Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS, I love that show.