Conner (In The Company of Snipers, #5) By: Irish Winters Pages: 339 Published: November 3, 2014 Publisher: Windy Day Press
Connor Maher is about to find out. As if dogging the brutal Sonoran Cartel through sun-baked Utah isn't tough enough, he's come face to face with his worst nightmare. Diminutive ex-Marine spitfire, Isabella Ramos, has just three words to say to him: I. Hate. You. Heartache hurts so much worse than gunshot…
How many times can a man say he’s sorry? Like he hasn’t heard that before.
Why was he the one who got to live?
Izza only accepted the Utah operation because he’d be there. It’s time Connor knows the truth, but how can she trust him with her life much less the secret she’s come to share? He's nothing but grief personified behind the guise of an blue-eyed, honorable man. Not until the cold-blooded SC dumps her and Connor in the farthest corner of the relentless Utah desert does she begin to realize….
There are worse things than death…
The wife of one handsome husband and the mother of three perfect sons, Irish divides her time between writing at home and travelling the country with her man while - writing. (Seriously, what else?) She believes in making every day count for something and follows the wise admonition of her mother to, "Look out the window and see something!" To learn more about Irish and her books, please visit www.IrishWinters.com.
Irish Winters is an award-winning author who dabbles in poetry, grandchildren, and rarely (as in extremely rarely) the kitchen. More prone to be outdoors than in, she grew up the quintessential tomboy on a farm in rural Wisconsin, spent her teenage years in the Pacific Northwest, but calls the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah home. For now.
Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
No. I’ve always loved to write. It’s funny to say, but it really is who I am.
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
The trilogy of The Lord of the Rings is my favorite of all time. I love the world Tolkien created, the characters, and the main themes behind the story: Hope. Courage. Never give up.
It is outside the genre I write in because I love all books. A book really can take us anywhere. And I like to go.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
James Artemis Owen (paraphrased):
If you really want to do something – No one can stop you.
But, if you really don’t want to do something – No one can help you.
What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
My series, In the Company of Snipers, is going on 13 books at the moment. Book 5, Connor, just released this month. His story revolves around the drug war in Utah and the one woman he never thought he’d see again, Isabella Ramos. Both ex-Marines, Connor and Izza served together in Iraq. He lives for the day she can forgive him. She lives for the day she can watch him die.I am also writing Book 13, Hunter, an ex-Marine on a mission in South America to beta-test McCormack Industry’s high-tech prototype for an ActiveCamouflage System. Little does he know this seemingly easy vacation-like operation will quickly morph into murder, mayhem, and an unexpected encounter with a past mistake, Meredith Flynn.
If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I would introduce Harley to Adam Brown, in ‘Fearless,’ written by Eric Blehm. Harley is fictional. Adam Brown was a real Navy SEAL who fought in Afghanistan. His life is one of extremely poor decisions, incredibly brave decisions, and the woman who stood by him. He is one of my real heroes.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Judy O’Brien?
That I am not good at it. I am perfectly comfortable inside my male characters heads, but I struggle with feminine POV. Always have. Maybe that’s the reason I only had sons.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
How much do you weigh? Aw, come on. What kind of a question is that to ask a woman???
What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Just do it. Decide. Write. Dream. Give it all you’ve got and if you get rejected, know that you have a gift no one else has. Offer your rejections and hurts up to the universe and let the universe deal with them. Sit down again. Pick up your pen. Open your laptop. Decide. Write. Dream. Style will come. Voice will evolve. Just do it!
What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
I worked for a cardiologist in Tacoma, Washington, acting as housekeeper, babysitter, etc. It kept me busy as I got to know and love his six children: Kathleen, Karen, Kim, Karolyn, Kerry, and John. Best summer job ever!
Who was your first girlfriend?
Judy Lang, first grade. And yes, she is the reason I named Harley’s girlfriend Judy.
Tell me about your first kiss.
My first kiss was one of those stolen kisses. I was seventeen and never been kissed. My girlfriend called so I was on the phone in my mother’s kitchen and trying to talk unobtrusively. My mistake. My older sister’s Army boyfriend saw me there, hanging half in the broom closet. He came up behind me, grabbed me into his arms, leaned me back and planted one daring hot kiss on my very surprised lips. Hmmm. Yeah. I’ll never forget Bruce.
What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
I like the one I was born in best, the 1950s. America was full of promise, innovation, and dreams then. Just coming out of World War II and the Korean War, we still believed we were the greatest nation on earth. That sense of optimism is missing today.
What is your greatest adventure?
Life. I have this wooden plaque on my desk since 1985. “Be glad of life… because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play…
And to look up at the stars.
Z-z-z-r-r-i-i-p-p. The sound of a zipper hit her very attentive and overly sensitive eardrums. Izza peered around the tree trunk to see where that out of place sound might have come from. A man stood there with his back to her, but she’d recognize that physique anywhere. What the hell was Connor Maher doing half-naked in the middle of nowhere? She knew she’d have to face him sooner or later, but here?
Now? So soon?
She took a step toward him, keeping herself hidden behind the branches of her friendly tree. He’d already stripped his shirt and boots off. His belt was undone. Camouflage printed pants hung loose and low off his hips. God, the man was as crazy as ever. And still as sexy. Ripped shoulder muscles led to a strong back that narrowed to a muscular V that led to—
She gulped as the sight of that handsome hard body battered down her last line of common sense. Did he ever think about that night? Could he possibly know what it meant to her? Her mouth went dry remembering the intensity of their bodies slamming together.
The heat. So much passion.
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