Guest Author & Giveaway: Laura Griffin featuring Snapped

Saturday, May 7

Watching TV earlier this week, I saw the banner that ran across the bottom announcing that the President would be making a statement soon, and prepared myself for the worst.  Thinking that something terrible had happened....and it did, in a sad and yet somewhat triumphant way.  But at the same time I was also...not really relieved, but had the feeling that September 11th finally had some closure.  And I was also so very proud of what our men and women in military service sacrifice for us on a daily basis.

I love Romantic Suspense.  When it is done well, I think it is hard to beat.  Oftentimes the heroes in this sub-genre of romance are military or ex-military...some are fashioned after real life SEAL heroes like the ones in the news this week.  Take for instance the heroes that my guest author, Laura Griffin, writes about.  Laura is my guest today to share why she thinks SEALs are so heroic both in real life and in her stories.  Read and enjoy!

“I will never quit”

Several years ago I stood knee-deep in the Pacific Ocean, teeth chattering, wondering what on earth would possess a sane man to join the Navy SEALs. I was on Coronado Island that day, and my mission was partly tourism and partly research. I had decided to write a SEAL character in my next book, and had spent the past few months researching what many would call the most elite fighting force in the world.

Coronado is a place where young men who aspire to be SEALs suffer through a ruthless training regimen that boggles the mind. For weeks on end, bands of SEAL trainees run with telephone poles, do five-mile ocean swims, undergo “drown-proofing,” endure sleep deprivation. They are systematically broken down—pushed beyond all limits, both physically and emotionally—and if they survive, they’re built back up again. Few make it through, and that is the point. Those who do come out stronger and more deeply committed to their jobs than most of us can imagine.

It takes a special sort of man to become a Navy SEAL, which is precisely why I had decided to write a SEAL character in my next story. I want my heroes to be, well, heroic. I had recently finished reading Lone Survivor, a book about Marcus Luttrell, the SEAL who managed to live through a deadly firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan. Three of his teammates died. After being blown off a mountain by a rocket-propelled grenade, Luttrell--severely injured--crawled and walked seven miles to a village where he was taken in by a local tribe.

How did he do this? The man is a SEAL. The word “impossible” is not part of the SEAL vocabulary. Men who become SEALs share a special vision of what it means to stand in the face of adversity.

I will never quit…If knocked down, I will get back up, every time…I am never out of the fight. Sound hardcore? It is. It’s straight from the SEAL creed.

A man such as this—one who is unwilling to give up under the most dire circumstances—was just the sort of hero I needed for my story, UNSTOPPABLE, which involves a terrorist plot on American soil. After months of research, I started writing about U.S. Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, and I’m still writing about him today.

I thought about the SEAL creed this week as I watched the news about Osama Bin Laden. I am never out of the fight. It seems fitting, and not altogether surprising, that SEALs were the ones to finally track down the world’s most wanted man. They risked their lives, in an operation that could have ended in disaster, in order to make the world a safer place. These guys are tough, they are committed, and they never give up—not even after ten years. They are heroes. And it’s a good thing we have them in real life, and not just in books.



On a sweltering summer afternoon, Sophie Barrett walks into a nightmare. A sniper has opened fire on a college campus. When the carnage is over, three people—plus the shooter—are dead, and dozens more injured. Sophie escapes virtually unscathed. Yet as details emerge from the investigation, she becomes convinced that this wasn’t the random, senseless act it appeared. No one wants to believe her—not the cops, not her colleagues at the Delphi Center crime lab, and definitely not Jonah Macon, the homicide detective who’s already saved her life once.

Jonah has all kinds of reasons for hoping Sophie is mistaken. Involving himself with a key witness could derail an already messy investigation, not to mention jeopardize his career. But Sophie is as determined and fearless as she is sexy. If he can’t resist her, he can at least swear to protect her. Because if Sophie is right, she’s made herself the target of a killer without a conscience. And the real terror is only just beginning. . . .

To celebrate the summer release of Laura's upcoming new Romantic Suspense novel in her Tracer's series, Snapped, her publisher Pocket books would like to giveaway a copy of the anthology Deadly Promises with Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Cindy Gerard, and features Laura's novella "Unstoppable" to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: The SEAL's creed is "I will never quit"  if you had to write your own personal creed what would it be? (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on May 9th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
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  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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June M. May 7, 2011 at 12:21 AM  

I would love to win a copy of this to try the various authors writing styles. Thanks for the giveaway.

GFC: June M.
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Sheree May 7, 2011 at 2:34 AM  

The "creed" I've lived by has been "why not?" This has helped me a lot through life as I don't let people tell me that I can't do something without a good reason (hey, I'm reasonable).

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debbie May 7, 2011 at 7:03 AM  

For me it is never stop learning. There is always something else to learn.
I am a gfc follower.

lindalou May 7, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

My creed would be "never give up."
Thanks for the chance at this give-a-way!
I'm a GFC follower (lindalou).
Linda T., USA

Estella May 7, 2011 at 3:14 PM  

My 'creed' is "can't never did nothing."

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Tore May 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM  

My creed is nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

Jane May 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

I've always loved reading romances featuring SEALs. My creed would be to seek whatever makes you happy.

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Mariee May 7, 2011 at 9:39 PM  

Great giveaway!
My creed would be "You can do it"

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Pam S (pams00),  May 9, 2011 at 1:18 AM  

Hi Laura, Congrats on your newest! Enjoyed the post ty for sharing. Have really liked the books I've gotten to read so far by you.
My creed/motto would be "Always try to find the positive.

Pam S
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Mary May 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM  

My creed has always been, "It could be worst".

I'd love to win this.

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miztik_rose AT

CherylS22 May 9, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

My personal creed is that "It can only get better"

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Thanks for the giveaway!
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