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Her Captain by Taryn Kincaid ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Taryn Kincaid author of Her Captain.

Taryn Kincaid will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC + a download of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC + a download of the book to a randomly drawn host.

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Her Captain

by Taryn Kincaid

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GENRE: contemporary romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

Both of my parents were very creative people, although they didn’t always have real outlets for their creativity. For my formative years, my mother was a stay-at-home mom, who was constantly dreaming up projects for us all to do such as making curler bags our of Clorox bottles or papier mache bangle bracelets and other jewelry. But she was a talented writer and, after the kids were in school or grown, she returned to newspaper work, which she did before we came along, and where she met my dad, a news photographer. Both of them read to us when we were very, very young and onward, and I got my love of writing and books and playing with words from both of them. And they encouraged me.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I love this question! The short answer is: I don’t have a clue! But honestly, you never know. I have a very short, very hot and sexy erotic story, BLIZZARD, that I was inspired to write by driving up and down the New York State Thruway, once in really terrible, white-knuckle weather, and passing the rest stops along the way!

With HER CAPTAIN, which is part of the Tempting Signs series, I already knew one of the characters – and I was really focusing on the hero – had to be a Capricorn. HER CAPTAIN is releasing on December 15, which makes sense. But since I’m a Capricorn and my birthday is in January, I mistakenly thought it would have a January release date. So I was toying around with the title, Captain January…and picturing Billy Joel’s video of Downeaster Alexa in my head…and the rest began falling into place. The finished book is nothing like the Shirley Temple movie or the Billy Joel song! But the hero, Slate Clayborne, an ex-Navy SEAL, is very much a Capricorn!

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

In HER CAPTAIN, there is a huge nor’easter that traps the hero and heroine together. I’m on the east coast and we’ve been through Super Storm Sandy, which shut down the City of New York (which ordinarily never closes and never sleeps!) for a while a couple of years ago, and other storms nearly of that caliber, so I tried to bring a little flavor of that to the story. It’s not by any means the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina or devastating hurricane scale, but it is lights out!

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
  2. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

This is such a hard one. There’s the very heroic Slate Clayborne or HER CAPTAIN, of course, so I’d love to be his heroine, Holly. Or the heroines of FROST or HEAT WAVE because their respective mates, Max Raines and Bhyrne Raines, are sizzling HOT demons. Or, perhaps Emma, the heroine of my Regency, HEALING HEARTS, because she ends up with a viscount, and I’d love to see what life among the aristocratic ton was really like back in the early 1800s (yes, I’m that shallow!) Or, maybe, Summer McCoy of WOLF’S SONG, a half-cougar, half-skinwalker shifter, who takes the shape of a raven and soars beneath the moon.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

A spunky redhead like Emma Stone would play HER CAPTAIN’s lively Aries heroine, Holly Harper and a serious hunk like Taylor Kinney from Chicago Fire would be my hero, Slate Clayborne.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I’m a total pantser. I just start writing. All I knew with HER CAPTAIN was that one of the characters had to be a Capricorn. The Black Hills Wolves series has a “bible” that organizes the wolves’ world and I use that as a guide, and the basic idea has to be approved by the editors of the line…but the actual plot…that’s totally write as I go!

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Yes! I’m in the midst of what I am hoping will be my third Black Hills Wolves book. The hero and heroine will be introduced in my second BHW book, ANOTHER CHANCE, which is likely to releasenext year.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Because the book is short, the black moment is not long and drawn out. Can’t tell too much without giving things away, but Slate is an ex-SEAL with combat experience and suffers from PTSD, so it has to do with that, and his feelings that he might inadvertently hurt people who get close to him.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

Oh, so much fun! In the Tempting Signs series, like the Black Hills Wolves series, the books are written by different authors. In BHW, especially, some of the characters from other books flow in and out. In the books I am writing for BHW, and in my SLEEPY HOLLOW series, the characters are related in some way, siblings, cousins and it’s exciting—and sometimes a great challenge– to introduce the new characters, especially if a previous book didn’t mention them!
Anything else you might want to add?

If you have room, I’d love to share an excerpt from MY CAPTAIN:
“I like the tousled look on you,” she confided.
“Jesus. You really have no boundaries, do you?” He raked her with a glare and rested the cartons on the hood of a nearby car, then brushed a hand through his disheveled hair. His attempt to restore some semblance of order failed miserably when a wayward lock flopped over his forehead. Growling, he flipped the stray curl away with an irritated gesture.
“I think not,” she responded. “I’m never going to have them where you’re concerned.”
“We’ve just met, Holly.”
“But I don’t feel like we’re strangers, really. Didn’t my dad ever mention me? He talked about you. Besides, I’m an Aries. Get used to it.”
With his now-straggled hair and a puzzled air reorganizing his features, he appeared almost boyish, or might have, if it hadn’t been for the wave of pure, unadulterated lust smacking her like a two-by-four every time she gazed at him.
“You have no idea what Aries is, do you?”
“It’s a constellation. I’m a sailor.”
“It’s also a zodiac sign. You know, like in horoscopes? And it’s not actually aligned with the constellation anymore because of the way the equinoxes have caused a shift.”
His eyes glazed over a little.
“Aries are impulsive, impetuous, impatient, and daring,” she nattered on, surprised at her breathlessness, but not her need to babble. “I’m guessing that’s everything you’re not.”
He frowned. “I can be impatient,” he said, as if that was a good thing. The look he shot her indicated his nerves might, in fact, be wearing a little thin at the present moment
“And I suspect, given your last employment, daring, too.”
“Maybe that,” he conceded. “Not by inclination or choice.” He shrugged. “Anyway, I’m a lobsterman now. And I run the ferry when needed.”
“But still mainly serious, driven, hard-working, and wise, fiercely loyal, tough, and unapproachable on the outside but with a soft, warm, and squishy nougat center. I have you pegged for a total Capricorn. I bet you’re a secret romantic at heart, although you never show the world that side. When’s your birthday?”
“Do we have to play this idiotic game?”
“We do. And it’s not idiotic. You’d be surprised how telling astrology can be. Was I wrong about you?”
“Well…” He paused, and the silence between them lengthened.
“I’ll take that as a no.” She grinned at him.
“All right.” Again he said nothing more, and she wanted to shake him until a confession fell out of his mouth.
“Chatty, too.” She tapped her foot and crossed her arms over her chest, drawing his gaze to her breasts. But he still didn’t take the hint. She groaned. Such a man. “Eyes up, sailor.” She flicked a finger in the vicinity of his chin until he raised his focus. “Birthday?” she demanded again.
“In a couple of weeks,” he said at last, the admission apparently so difficult it might have been wrung from him on pain of torture.
She snapped her fingers. “Knew it. Do I have you sussed or not?”
“Do you?”
“I mean, we’re completely incompatible. Like oil and water. The tortoise and the hare.”
He shot her another incendiary look, and then glanced at the exit as if contemplating how fast he could make his getaway.
“Oh, wait. So I ruffled your feathers a little, and you’re not going to help me now?”
Instead of replying, he seized her fiercely by the arm and spun her around, dragging her into him until he’d caught her up against his rock-hard chest. Then his mouth came down on hers, hard, harsh, and demanding. Giving absolutely no quarter. Shocking her into utter and complete silence.
Whoa! I thought this man lacked spontaneity? Holy simmering cinnamon buns!

 

BLURB:

Capricorn Slate Claybourne, an ex-Seal and former sniper who has seen and done things in country that no man should endure, returns to his bucolic hometown on Pieberry  Island, desperate for the mundane, everyday routines he once wanted to escape.

A broken, soul-dead man unable to be around people, his body still a lethal weapon when his night terrors wake him from sleep, Slate’s failed to keep the promise he made to the commander who died in his arms: to look after the older man’s baby girl.

But animated Aries Holly Harper is not the pigtailed tot Slate expected her to be, when she lands on the island to take over the decrepit Pieberry House, determined to turn it into an inn for summer tourists, and even more determined to yank Slate back into the land of the living.

First she crashes into him at the island’s holiday Winter Festival, dumping a towering stack of pies at his feet, then she drags him off to a fortune teller against his better judgment. Except for the sizzling attraction smoldering between them, they’re incompatible in every way.

But when a furious December nor’easter traps them together at Pieberry House, will Slate and Holly overcome their pasts and discover they are two halves of a whole?

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EXCERPT:

Yin meet yang. Night meet day. Mutable force meet immoveable object.

Every one of Holly’s most compulsive, impulsive brain waves fluttered like a hummingbird wing. Slate Claybourne affected her like the aftershock of an earthquake. Abuzz with excited tremors, she didn’t know whether to leap into his arms and climb him or run screaming away in the other direction.

Oh, yes, you do know, girlie-girl, one of the imps on her shoulder crooned.

Danger, danger, Will Robinson, the imp on the other shoulder screamed in warning protest.

Why had her father told her to search out the former SEAL? The “if you’re reading this”letter he’d sent—not to be opened until she’d met Captain Claybourne—burned a hole beneathher pillow at Pieberry House, still unopened and unread. Had Dad thought the infamous Sand Shark would protect her from her string of notoriously bad choices?

Just looking at the ripped and cut former SEAL in the flesh made her stupid and silly and all but dissolved the remnants of her filter, always fragile during the most mundane of times and less than a wisp of thread now.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Taryn Kincaid writes paranormal, historical romance and contemporary romance, sometimes spiced with a little humor or a lot of snark. She enjoys pinching and tickling words to make them dance. Her latest, RAIN, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, is out now from Decadent Publishing. HER CAPTAIN, a Tempting Signs romance (Capricorn) from Fated Desires Publishing, will release in December, 2015. HER CAPTAIN is available for Pre-Order now!

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Taryn Kincaid will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC + a download of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC + a download of the book to a randomly drawn host.

 

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9 comments on “Her Captain by Taryn Kincaid ~ Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 23, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    November 23, 2015

    If your life was a movie, which actress would play you?

    • Taryn Kincaid
      November 23, 2015

      Good question, Mai! I’ll have to give that one some thought!

      • Taryn Kincaid
        November 23, 2015

        So…I think I’d like Debra Messing…She seems fun. And I envy her hair!

  3. Taryn Kincaid
    November 23, 2015

    Thanks so much for hosting, Christine!

  4. achristay
    November 23, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Andra
    November 23, 2015

    Hey Taryn!

    So obviously captains/sailors are a type that does it for ya 😉 Can we look forward to any other kinds of guys in future books? Maybe Lieutenants or Soldiers?? 🙂

    • Taryn Kincaid
      November 23, 2015

      Hi, Andra! Oh, I love men in uniform! Who doesn’t. I especially love slightly damaged reluctant heroes. I think you can probably see things similar from me in the future. Currently, my WIP is about a Wolf/ex-major league baseball player, who suffers a career-ending injury. There you go! Another man in uniform!

  6. Ree Dee
    December 7, 2015

    I enjoyed the entire post! Thank you. I can’t wait to read more.

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