Monday 10 November 2014

Connor by Irish Winters Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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… 

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Interview : 

To get the ball rolling, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My free time is spent reading or travelling the country with my husband. We are both retired and just beginning our second childhoods. After thirty years working in a financial career for the Air Force, I am finally doing what I love. The best part is I can write while he drives. The second best thing is looking out the window of my RV at the most beautiful country on the earth. Best job ever!

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved to write. It’s funny to say, but it really is who I am.

What was the most challenging thing you had to face when publishing your book?

I had so much to learn about self-publishing, from formatting to cover art, to uploading to kindle, nook, and Smashwords. It really is an intense time, involving Library of Congress, copyrights, editors, and all the other minutia. But I had the best mentors: Emmaline and Rhett Hoffmeister. They’ve taught me SO much. I’m on book 4 now and soon book 5, thanks to them. Big shout out to the fantastic duo of the Hoffmeister team!

Can you tell us what your novel is about?

My series, In the Company of Snipers, is going on 13 books at the moment. Book 5, Connor, recently released early this November. 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.

If you could be any supernatural creature what would it be and why?

A guardian angel so I could watch over the people I love, keep them from harm, and bless them with unexpected good luck – like good health, no cancer, and time travel. (That way they could always be with the people they loved no matter how far apart they might be.)

If you can write any book outside your genre, what would it be and why?

I’d love to write the autobiographies of my husband’s unit in the Vietnam War, the 5th Infantry Division, Army. Wow. What we all could learn from men like them. I’d be honored.

What is one of your favorite hobbies?

My grandchildren. I’m not sure if they qualify as a hobby per se, but they’re the best way to spend my time. 

Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing?

Total silence. I like to let my characters talk to me. I’ve learned if I let them tell their story and just kind of get out of their way, I do much better.

Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on? Any sequels or new novels to be looking forward to?

I am 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 that this seemingly easy vacation-like operation will quickly morph into murder, mayhem, and an unexpected encounter with a past mistake he made, Meredith Flynn.

Teaser : 

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.

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
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.

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