UNORTHODOX is the most appropriate word to describe my journey into romance writing. I grew up a latch key kid in a single parent home for the majority of my formative years. Needless to say, I spent a significant amount of time confined within the four walls of our 500 hundred square feet duplex when I arrived home from school. Thank the heavens above for the care and compassion of librarians.
The characters that I read about in books were my playmates. But more importantly, my story friends were a buffer zone between me and the world I lived in. The stories I read showed me a world far different than the bleak reality of my personal existence. Peering through the looking glass of my story characters’ lives, I dreamed, and hoped, and prayed for a future with a happy ending for me. The writing seed had taken root. I knew I wanted to pen stories that empowered the lives of women.
Fast forward 15 years, my professional career led me away from the fiction reading of my youth, depositing me with a thud in the medical library surrounded by peer-reviewed journals and morbidity reports. I did get my happy ending in the form of a nursing degree, a twenty-two year naval career, and a loving husband with two children. Being the wife of a sea going officer is as far from romantic as the stars from the moon. Contrary to popular belief, eight month deployments do not make the heart grow fonder. Romance novels became a comforting reminder of the journey of love I share with my husband. When I decided to retire, my husband knowing me to be a Type A++ personality, encouraged me to take time to figure out what I really wanted to do with the next phase of my life. And I wanted to write.
After a year of immersing myself in writing courses, craft books, and conferences, I self-published the first novel in the Bachelors of Shell Cove series. To date, there are three stories in the series, with three more planned for 2016 release. The little girl raised on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks is quite pleased with her life these days.
“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” –Jonas Salk
I write stories of hope for the little girl who can’t see a way out. I write stories of unexpected love for the woman sitting at home alone night after night because she hasn’t found her hero. I write stories of sacrifice for the military wife sobbing when the news reports another bombing and she hasn’t heard from her husband in weeks. I write stories of second chances and new beginnings because we all are flawed. We make mistakes, sometimes with dire consequences, but we are worthy of falling in love and being loved.
Thanks for hosting me, Tina. Below is the cover blurb for my sweet holiday novella released on December 5, 2015.
ZARI OKORO NEEDS A MAN. A not so friendly wager between sisters has the elementary school teacher scrambling to get a date to Christmas dinner or risk forfeiting her last paycheck of the year. With a cancelled eConnection date, a raging tropical storm at her heels, and a police mandate to seek shelter, Zari is running out of options.
Aron Walters has loved Zari since he laid eyes on her three years ago. When Tropical Storm Sebastian blows her into his pharmacy, he is thankful for the Christmas miracle that brought her to his doorstep. As the clock ticks closer to midnight, how will Aron convince Zari he’s worth the gamble a second time around?
CHASING AVA is Book 1 in the Bachelors of Shell Cove series.
Ava Walters is a pediatric nurse who doesn’t do relationships. An abusive past has left her wounded, but she is determined to pursue her dream of becoming a Navy Nurse. Ava is in the midst of rebuilding her life when she is targeted by a sexual harasser who wields the power to destroy her dream before it sets sail.
Logan Masters, is an ambitious specialty surgeon whose past is riddled with betrayal. His trust in women is conditional – no secrets and no boundaries. When he comes to Ava’s rescue, there is no denying the spark of attraction. Things get complicated when Logan pursues Ava, rather than the arranged relationship that holds the key to his future.
After years of being alone Ava starts to believe that love is possible under Logan’s skillful touch. But Ava is harboring a secret she doesn’t want exposed. Determined to guard her heart, Ava soon discovers Logan is as focused on winning her heart as she is at shielding it.
When secrets and broken alliances threaten to torpedo both their futures, how will they learn to trust each other and chart a new course to lasting love?
CONVINCING LINA is Book 2 in the Bachelors of Shell Cove series.
Lina James, psychiatric nurse and self-proclaimed independent woman isn’t going to allow another man to walk out of her life. Her love is officially off the market. She’s declared a preemptive strike on the male species with a man-fast. There’s just one glitch in Lina’s detox plan–Gideon. Her blood sugars spikes remembering the one kiss they shared.
Gideon Rice, is a veteran Marine and respected psychiatrist with more emotional wounds than his patients. He lives his life in camouflage–a wall between his rejection filled past and his new life ensures the two worlds never intersect. Gideon’s life plan is simple–give wounded warriors a place to heal and convince Lina James she’s the only woman for him.
When Lina’s past brings danger to her doorstep, she’s forced to accept Gideon’s help. His tender touch and determination to keep her safe, rocks the foundation of her man-fast, but she’s determined to resist her cravings.
How will she keep him at arms length when he is the safe haven she’s always wanted?
In a high stakes game of cat and mouse, how will they find the courage to risk their hearts in a fight for their lives?
About the Author
A former naval officer, Siera London is a #1 Amazon Bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native Floridian, her love of coastal towns and bustling cities shines through in her sassy and sexy storytelling. Currently, she resides in Southeast Florida with her husband and a color patch tabby named Frie. For more information about Siera London, please connect with her at:
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