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 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.
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:
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!
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