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Beyond The Page: “A Marine and a Gentleman” by Heather Long

Feb 26
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A Marine and a Gentleman coverLove military romance?

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CABR: Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about “A Marine and A Gentleman“.

HL: Life made Brenden and Liam friends, but with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Brenden wants a chance to make it more.

CABR: This is your first m/m romance right? I understand reader feedback has been great. Tell us about that.

HL: It’s been tremendous. I never said ‘no’ to writing an m/m, but I’d never had the right story before and this one snuck up on me.  It was a magical experience for me that has become so much more magical because of the reader response. I’m a debut author in this genre and they’ve been overwhelming in their support.

CABR: Did Brenden or Liam ask you to tell their story or did the idea for this book come from a discussion with your editor?

Heather Long picHL: The story came from Brenden. I was working on a different book and the idea for him just filled my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I worried about the reception—primarily because it was an M/M and the others have been M/F or M/F/M. But I couldn’t not tell it after I got to know them.

CABR: Is there a soundtrack for this book or did you have one while writing it?

HL: No soundtrack specifically. I tend to listen to soundtracks from films when I write, and I think I listened to quite a bit of Jurassic Park of all things while I wrote this.

CABR: What was your favorite scene to write? Please include an excerpt from it.

HL: I think their first kiss was hands down my favorite scene – partially because it was so emotional for both men.



“Sure. Did you check in at your hotel yet?” Brenden pulled out a credit card and held it up for the waitress. Liam reached for his but he waved him off. “My treat.”

 “Okay. I’ll get breakfast.”

The teasing reply tripped a ripple through the Marine’s nervous system. They were really going to do this. He half expected second thoughts to assault him, but his internal security system didn’t sound any alarms. Check paid, waitress tipped, and Liam’s coat gathered, they walked back out into the crisp Dallas winter evening. After the warmth inside, he welcomed the cooler air washing over him. “Want to walk to the car?”

“I parked mine with the valet.” Liam’s words held the smallest of hesitations, but they were still there. If they drove separately would they end the evening before it started? Did he want to drive alone? Is this a good time to call it an evening—before either of them were disappointed? The unspoken questions hung in the air.

“Get your keys. We’ll pick it up on the way to breakfast in the morning.” Brenden wanted to answer all those questions and halt their trip down doubt alley before they veered off the path.

After settling with the valet, they had him bring up Liam’s overnight bag. The walk to the truck was a short one. Around the corner and, just like that, they were alone. They didn’t say anything, walking in a companionable enough silence, but Brenden could almost feel Liam twitching.

When they arrived at the truck, Brenden took the bag and tossed it into the bed.

Liam dragged a hand through his hair. “Would you mind if I grabbed a smoke before we headed out?”

“Actually, one thing’s been bothering me since I got here.” Brenden stared at him.

“Look, smoking’s a bad habit and all of that….”

Brenden pivoted and caught his old friend up against the door of the truck. His body stretched long and hard against him, taut with coiled energy inside. Coiled and ready to strike. Liam’s eyes widened.

“I’ve wanted to do this for years.” He exhaled the words, pressed forward, and kissed him. Liam’s lips were hot and smooth. Brenden sank into the kiss, using his teeth in gentle nips to get the man’s mouth to open and teased him with gentle thrusts of his tongue. He held him captive, but one real sense of rejection and he would let him go.

Liam’s passivity came to an abrupt end. He slid his arms around Brenden and gripped him just above his ass, and he returned the ferocious kiss, tangling their tongues together. Their closeness in height aligned their hips and Brenden’s cock swelled at the contact.

Holy hell…I’m finally kissing him…. He hadn’t been kidding when he said he wanted to do it all night long. But they were still getting reacquainted; overcoming preconceptions. Liam bit down on his lower lip and ground their pelvises together in a slow, almost languorous motion, and Brenden’s train of thought derailed right into the ocean.


Combat Barbie coverCABR: I know you have a busy appearance schedule in 2013. What about book releases?

HL: Lots of new releases this year. Currently on the schedule we have:

Combat Barbie, February 25 – this is Always a Marine #11

Into the Spotlight, March 4 – Soulgirls #1, a paranormal romance

A Fistful of Dreams, April 9 – Fevered Hearts #4, Paranormal Western Historical Romance

What Part of Marine Don’t You Understand? – May 24, Always a Marine #12

A Marine Affair – June/July release, Always a Marine #13

Taking the Stage, August 13 – Soulgirls #2, a paranormal romance

That’s the schedule so far



A Marine and a Gentleman coverTRIVIA

Fruits or chocolate?

HL: Hmm – fruit dipped in chocolate

Dogs or cats?

HL:  Yes! I have both

Ideal getaway?

HL: A cruise – I like getting away from everything.

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

HL: Oh, what a great question.  I think I’d like to meet William Shakespeare.

He was an artist at the whim of a Queen and later a King. He had a very hard audience to please, I’d love to know how he did that!

Thanks so much for having me, Sasha!

CABR: Thank you for stopping by my blog Heather.  🙂

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