Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hold 'Em by Katie Porter (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome back the talented writing duo of Katie Porter who is joining us with their newest release in the sexy high-flying Vegas Top Guns series, Hold 'Em

Female Fighter Pilots 
By Katie Porter

I have to admit that when we (Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown) came up with the idea for the idea for the Vegas Top Guns, neither of us knew much about fighter pilots. I had some knowledge about the Air Force, and more generalized knowledge about the military in general, but we wanted to play with fighter pilots. Because they’re hot. And we wanted a female fighter pilot too. So ta-da, we’ve got Leah from Hold ’Em.

So we started researching. (We both come from a background of historical romance. We’re big on research.) Who exactly would Leah be, as a female fighter pilot? In the US armed forces, how long have the women been flying along side the guys?
The answer was 1993. How freaking cool is that?

The very first was LT Kara Hultgreen who flew for the Navy. It wasn’t effortless, of course. She originally tried for an appointment to the Naval Academy, but when that didn’t work out, she didn’t give up. She went to a different civilian school and joined ROTC. And even once she was in the Navy and flying, the struggle still wasn’t done—she had to work hard to qualify for everything.

And then she died in a plane crash in 1994.

How sad would that be? To achieve your dreams, only to have so little time to enjoy them?

We didn’t want that sort of end for Leah. (Of course we didn’t, we’re writing romantic fiction here. The happily ever after is kind of mandatory both for the readers and for our own peace of mind. I’d write literary fiction if I wanted to kill characters at the end!)

However, the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot has so far had a much more satisfactory life. Then Jeannie Leavitt flew F-15s in 1993, right behind LT Hultgreen. Thankfully she was able to keep flying and has racked up over 2,500 hours in her plane. To top it all off? She is now a Colonel and was recently named the Air Force’s first wing commander! How’s that for a woman who’s leading the pack.

I like to think Leah will make wing commander. The Leah you met in Double Down and Inside Bet probably wouldn’t have made it, but she’s really, really been trying to keep herself together. And lucky for her, Captain Michael Templeton is just the man who can help her let off some steam.


Hold 'Em by Katie PorterUp next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown: 

Now that the first three of the RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick “Vegas Top Guns”  series have been released, readers can anticipate the final two installments, HARD WAY and BARE KNUCKLE, in 2013.

November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON AMIDNIGHT CLEAR, described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly. In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW  will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.

Where to find us: 
Twitter: @MsKatiePorter
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown

We'd like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET or HOLD ’EM (winner's choice) in any format. Just answer the question: What woman do you most admire?

Thanks again to Reading Between The Wines for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!

As the Ladies mentioned above, they are giving away one eBook of your choice to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post answering the author's question and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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  1. I am so excited to read this series. Everything I've heard about it sounds fabulous!! don't ask an easy question do you? I'm going to be cliche and say my mom. After staying home her entire life to raise us kids, she then went to work when I (the oldest) went to college to help pay for it so I wouldn't have to take out loans. She did the same for my two brothers too. Without her none of us would have been able to do that without serious debt afterwards. She's a wonderful woman! smiles....

  2. I admire all the women who serve in the armed services and the military wives who hold down the fort at home. Thanks for the wonderful post and the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. I admire my sister most. She is divorced, has three kids, and has MS. She is my hero. She gets up each morning and pushes on no matter how she feels. She's always doing things for the kids, for work, and for anybody she knows that needs something.
    Hold 'Em sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the tour and giveaway.


  4. Hi everyone! First off, thanks for stopping by and for your kind words about "Vegas Top Guns." We've had a blast igniting this summer with back to back releases! Jets at full throttle!

    As for who I most admire, I'm giving it to my writing partner, Lorelie. For innumerable reasons, she's the strongest woman I've ever known. *insert mushy awwwwww noises*

    Best of luck with the drawing, everyone!

  5. As a Vegas resident, I love reading books that take place in my hometown. I must admit reading about Nellis Air Force pilots is a lot more exciting than reading about gaming. ;-)

  6. Danielle, they do a little gaming but...don't's mostly a prelude to sex *shhh*

  7. My mother-in-law; she married a practically stranger from Canada during WW2, came to Canada on a ship that was not the safest or nicest;left her family behind to start one of her own. She had 7 kids; and hubby was gone probably 8out of 12 months a year working out of province. She worked hard!!!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  8. I have to say I admire alot of women for different reasons, but my friends who've had breast cancer and faced it with grace, humor and determination to survive take top place.

  9. My mother. We lost my father two years ago (this november) and i´m awed how she´s coped with all. She´s a strong woman and i love her. I don´t know how i´d survive something like that.
    Love the giveaway! =)

    best wishes, Linda xo

  10. I admire my mother-in-law who has been through alot.

  11. The woman I most admire is my mom because she amazingly raised 8 kids and now helping my sister raise my 2 nephews. She had to make some pretty monumental decisions early on in her life and still manages to hold everyone together no matter how old we get. She is definitely the glue for our family.

  12. My mother, who is always there for us

  13. The woman I admire the most is my MOM!!!

  14. thanks for a great post and congrats on the new release! I'd also have to say my mom :)

  15. The woman I admire the most is my mother. She has such a big heart and gives us all that she has unconditionally. No matter how old we get, she still treats us like her babies and I would not have it otherwise. Thank you for this giveaway and congrats on your continued success!

  16. The woman I admired the most was my stepsister. She suffered from horrible rheumatoid arthritis from a very young age but she never let it get her down. She always "made lemonade from lemons".

  17. This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  18. I admire my mom and all she did for my brother and I growing up!

    It is sad that LT Kara Hultgreen died only a year after achieving her goal BUT she died doing something she loved. My hubby is an EMS pilot and it would be ideal for him to die in a crash since it is something he LOVES doing! NOT that I want him to die...LOL...

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  19. That is a tough question. I don't have one woman but many like my mom who has always supported us and my daughter who works every day with special needs kids. Amelia Earhart is an historical figure that I admire for her courage.

  20. The woman I admire most is my great grandmother. She is one of the strongest people I know. As I've gotten older I've learned her history and she has overcome things on her own that would break most people. I love her so much :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


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