Interview with romance writer Dixie Lee Brown

Author
Dixie Lee Brown is with me today and we’re chatting about
her new romantic suspense, Heart of a
SEAL
.

During her virtual book tour, Dixie will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble gift card (winner’s choice) to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, please use
the form below.
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Bio:
Dixie Lee
Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by gorgeous scenery and at
least three hundred sunny days a year. Having moved from South Dakota as a
child to Washington, Montana and then to Oregon, she feels at home in the west.
She resides with two dogs and a cat, who are currently all the responsibility
she can handle. Dixie works fulltime as a bookkeeper. When she’s not writing or
working, she loves to read, enjoys movies, and if it were possible, she’d spend
all of her time at the beach. She is also the author of the Trust No One
romantic suspense series, published by Avon Impulse.

Please share a little bit about your
current release.
Heart
of a SEAL
is the first book in my new Hearts of Valor series. It’s
the story of Navy SEAL Luke Harding, who survives six months of captivity in an
Iraqi terrorist stronghold. He’s rescued but devastating wounds cause him to
turn his back on Sally, the sexy brunette whose memory is the only thing that
kept him sane during his ordeal.


Sally
has been hiding from her past for half of her life. When Luke refuses to see
her in the hospital after his rescue, it breaks her heart and that of her
9-year-old daughter, Jen. When he shows up at their doorstep to apologize a
year and a half later, Sally wants nothing more to do with him, but Jen
welcomes him with the forgiving heart of a child.


In the
dead of night, Sally’s house is blown up, and someone tries to run them off a
mountain road. Sally’s past has caught up with her, and Luke is the only one
she can trust to keep her and Jen safe. The secrets she must confess spark a
mad dash to safety in remote Northern Idaho.


Even as
the romance between Luke and Sally rekindles, and Luke meets up with old
friends, former Navy SEALs who would die for him, their list of suspects gets
shorter and shorter as they check off each name until there’s no one left.
But the
danger still stalks them.

What inspired you to write this book?
I have such respect for the veterans and military personnel of America, and my
writing in this series is my way of honoring them. Considering the incredible
amount and type of training Navy SEALs receive and the brotherhood they share,
it’s fairly easy to get them in and out of perilous situations, which makes it
fun to write. Throw in some romance and a sexy, determined woman and,
hopefully, end up with a book that’s equally fun to read.




Excerpt from
Heart of a SEAL:
This excerpt highlights the bond between Luke
and his fellow SEALs.
The last thing Sally wanted was to be the cause of an argument between
Luke and the men he called friends. She forced a smile and stepped forward,
grateful for the arm Luke slipped around her shoulders.
“Are you going to introduce me to your friends?”
Luke studied her with a cute little smirk on his face, then leaned
toward her. “Only if you promise not to hurt them.”
She raised an eyebrow. “We’ll see.”
Luke coughed, successfully covering his amusement as he faced his
friends again. “This is Sally Duncan. Sally, these are friends of mine—at least
for now.”
The guys laughed uncertainly, as though they weren’t sure he was joking.
“The blond on your left is James Cooper. Coop is an explosives expert.
He saved our butts more than once.”
“Nice to meet you, Coop.” Sally extended her hand, and the muscles in
his forearm flexed as he gripped it firmly.
“The loud mouth there is Travis Monroe, aka the Shadow. He earned his
nickname by getting in and out of places no one else could, quick and silent,
like a friggin’ ghost.”
Travis doffed his ball cap as he shook her hand. “Just one of my many
talents.” A suggestive smile played around his mouth, giving her an idea what
he counted as a talent.
Luke groaned. “As you can tell, he’s modest too.”
Everyone chuckled, including Travis.
“The big guy is Matt Iverson.” Luke turned to the last man.
Matt appeared only slightly larger than Luke or the other men. His dark
brown hair was cropped close in a buzz cut. Her quick perusal brought a slight
flush to his neck and face, yet he nodded politely, and his warm handshake
restored some of her quickly diminishing confidence.
A natural smile fell into place as she swept her gaze across the line of
curious faces. “Luke’s told me a little—”
“It’s her. The lady in the picture. Right?” Matt’s gaze darted to
Luke’s. “She’s the woman in that picture—the one you showed us—the one you had
with you in that shithole.” He focused on her again. “You’re his angel. Aren’t
you?”
Luke’s arm tightened around her, and one look revealed the intense
emotions and memories he was dealing with. Sally pressed closer as he reached
in his pocket and drew out the folded, faded picture of her and Jen. He handed
it to Matt, who studied it and handed it off to Travis, then dragged her from
the safety of Luke’s side and gave her a bear hug.
“Thank you,” he whispered in her ear before he released her and stepped
aside. The scene was repeated twice more, with Travis giving her a peck on the
cheek and Coop squeezing her shoulders in a sideways hug while handing the
picture back to Luke.
All of them wore their affection for their friend as a badge of honor,
and because of their loyalty to him, she’d been accepted and apparently thrust
into the role of angel—one who’d helped to bring their wounded brother home.


What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m
putting the finishing touches on the third book in the Hearts of Valor series. Then
I’m on to a new project that’s still in the planning stages but will center
around a former law enforcement officer. He’s been wounded on the job and is no
longer able to perform his duties. Approached by two friends from Academy days,
he’s invited to join a select and secret group, one that’s not claimed or
acknowledged by any government … on paper, anyway. His first undercover assignment
brings him face-to-face with an old girlfriend who isn’t even remotely the
woman he thought he knew.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

It had to be
the day I held my first published book in paperback version. I love my Kindle,
but the books it contains are intangible at best. It took running my hands
across the shiny cover and smelling the pages before I accepted the reality of
being a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

It’s my dream to write full-time, but for now I work forty hours a week as a
bookkeeper for a real estate development company. Finding time to write is not
always easy and often that time must be carved out of the hours I would
otherwise be sleeping. Many times I finally sit down at the computer by 8 pm.
Writing a thousand words before midnight is like pulling teeth some nights, but
that’s my goal. It probably sounds crazy to lose sleep and push myself to
produce words on a page every night, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I have many quirks (Lol), but it’s probably more than quirky to write sitting
in a recliner with my laptop balanced in some precarious position because my
little dog insists she should get to sleep on my lap as long as I’m just
sitting there doing nothing! Strangely enough, it works for me.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

This is a bit embarrassing, but I wanted to learn to play guitar and sing in a
rock and roll girl band! Lol! Thankfully, that dream didn’t come to fruition!

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I’d like to
thank the readers for their willingness to discover new authors and new books
to enjoy. Being a writer would be pointless without them.

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Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
It’s been my pleasure. Thanks so much for
having me.

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21 thoughts on “Interview with romance writer Dixie Lee Brown

  1. Dixie Lee Brown says:

    Thanks for having me today, Lisa. I had such a good time going down memory lane to answer your question about what I wanted to be as a kid growing up. I thought it would be fun if your readers shared what they wanted to be when they were kids and whether they achieved that.

  2. Unknown says:

    I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. Bernie Wallace says:

    What non main literary character would you like to see have their own spin off series of books? Thanks for hosting. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Dixie Lee Brown says:

    Wow, Joseph! You ask tough questions late on a Monday afternoon! Lol. I'll have to give that one some thought. Thanks for joining the tour.

  5. James Robert says:

    Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

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