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Heather Ashby’s debut novel, “Forgive & Forget”

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WELCOME TO HEATHER ASHBY’S BOOK LAUNCH!

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We’re here today for the launch of Heather Ashby’s debut novel, Forgive & Forget, a military romance that is Book 1 in her Love in the Fleet series. Here is a brief blurb:

Welcome Aboard the USS Blanchard

Because her mother had always boasted, “I have something better than a son—a daughter with balls,” Navy journalist, Hallie McCabe, isn’t afraid to use them to protect the man she loves—and the five-thousand crewmembers aboard their aircraft carrier. Her chutzpah enables Hallie to find paradise with Lieutenant Philip Johnston on shore without him discovering she’s an enlisted sailor stationed aboard his ship—until they deploy. Her most challenging test however, occurs when Hallie faces the threat of an al-Qaeda operative intent on destroying the USS Blanchard so he, too, can find Paradise.

Anchors Aweigh!

 

Hi, Heather.  It’s so great to have you with us here on the Firebirds blog. 

It’s wonderful to be here today, Catherine.

What an exciting time for you—your debut novel is now available from Amazon and other book sellers, and out on Kindle on 16July, 2013 , in time for the RWA National Conference. Plus, you’ve signed a four-book deal with Henery Press, so we can look forward to three more after this one! 🙂  Talk about an amazing year since becoming a Golden Heart Finalist in 2012!  Where were you on your journey to getting published at the last national conference?

I had two manuscripts under my belt that had done well in contests and garnered many requests, but had not sold. Last year at Anaheim, I met the very impressive editor from Henery Press through my Golden Heart Sister, Susan Boyer. Kendel Flaum said she’d take a look at my work, although Henery Press leaned more toward mysteries than romance.

What do you think made your work sell? 

Voice. I submitted Book 2 in the series, my Golden Heart final, now titled: Forget Me Not, to Henery Press. Kendel said she fell in love with the voice from the first line. She also said there was enough mystery and suspense in my series to offer me a four-book deal.

As your CP, it’s been a treat for me to read your books in advance.  And personally, one of the things I really like about them is your strong women. 

My couple’s first date is on a sailboat – which plays symbolically through the book – and there is a theme running through that says, “Nobody took the wind out of Hallie McCabe’s sails.” As the protagonist, she will definitely show her strength when al-Qaeda comes to call. The war widow in Book 2 is also strong, soldiering on after her husband’s death. By the way, she is the only civilian heroine in all four books. She’s a veterinarian and I tried to get to her to be an Army Veterinarian, but she refused to join up.

Ha ha.  I know what you mean.  Do your characters talk to you often, too?  

Yes, the aviator sidekick from Forgive & Forget jumped up and down on the flight deck in Book 1, waved his arms, and yelled, “Write about me! Write about me!” Hence Book 2, Forget Me Not was born. He talks to me all the time and he’s my bad boy, so I have to watch it.

Well, I’ve read Book 2 as well, and the bad boy talk is so fun to read!  So, other than having characters talk to you, where else do you get your ideas from?   And how does your writing process work? 

My ideas come from my husband’s and my combined forty years of association with the Navy – and from my favorite activity of people watching. As to my writing process… Warning: My answer might scare some people away. The hero in Book 2, Sky, is an ADHD Navy helicopter pilot. There’s a line in my Golden Heart final book describing him reacting to the heroine’s shocking and multi-layered news: “Sky’s brain was busier than a three-legged cat trying to cover up its crap on a hot steel flight deck during flight ops.” That pretty much describes my writing process. All over the place and putting out fires all the time. I start with a basic story idea, then have scenes and dialogue flash through my head for months. I jot down every detail with no idea where it’s going to go in the story. I’ve heard this style of writer is called a “Puzzler.” Eventually I sit down and sort the puzzle pieces and a cohesive story emerges.

I think quite a few of us can relate to that style.  How about the steamy love scenes in your book?  Your characters have a lot of chemistry.  Do you find it easy to write intimate scenes?

I love reading and writing love scenes—especially flirty sexual tension-filled scenes with good-natured bantering between couples.

 Me, too!  How did you start writing?

I had always enjoyed reading military romances, but I found there weren’t enough where both the hero and heroine were in the Navy. I figured if I was looking for more of these books, surely there were other Navy types looking for them too. They say “write what you know,” so Forgive & Forget is about an enlisted woman in the Navy falling in love with an officer from her ship. It’s not totally autobiographical because I was never stationed on a ship. But I was enlisted and I did fall in love with an officer. We will celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary in December.

Awww, congratulations!  I want to pry some more but I better move on to the next question: What’s been the biggest learning curve?

Edits. You don’t realize how attached you become to your work. This is your baby. Finally, you sell. Now the criticism is no longer from judges, critique partners, or prospective editors and agents. Now it’s coming from your editor. And some of the things they ask you to cut or change hurts. You want to defend your book, this character, that scene, etc. to the death. How dare he or she not like that part? With the first book, I kept reminding myself that she liked the book enough to buy it, so I honored most of her changes. I chose my battles and bargained to keep only a few. And she let me. After I saw how awesome the book became with her recommendations, I learned to trust her in future books.

Is there anything you wish you knew before you got published?

How much work was involved. Writing a book is easy. It’s the revisions, edits, promotions – both before and after the sale that they don’t tell you about. I truly have enjoyed every minute of the journey, but there’s a lot to do. I remind myself daily that it’s all good stress.

My best advice is to keep writing. I was so glad I had a couple of books in my repertoire before I sold. I would have panicked if I’d sold the first and then had to do edits on it while trying to draft the next one. By the time I sold, I had three completed manuscripts, and that felt even better.

What’s been the most exciting part of getting your book published?

Knowing I’m fulfilling my dream, which was to write books to entertain our women at sea. I loved serving in the Navy and grew up listening to my mother share her stories about her time in the Navy as well. When I was looking for a way to show my gratitude for my son’s safe return from war, I realized I could give back by combining my love of writing with my love of the Navy and send my books out to the fleet. Another exciting part has been the feedback from my civilian readers who have said, “I felt like I had vicariously joined the Navy for the duration of the book and I learned so much!”

I felt the same way.  As someone who got very seasick on a whale watching ferry, it WAS a treat for me to read your book while staying on  dry land! 

Well, we better hand over the questions to our readers.  Thank you so much for your time, Heather.

Thank you, Catherine. Now I have a question for the readers who are also writers: I shared what personal experience I put in my book (enlisted sailor falls for officer). What personal experience have you writers out there put in your books?

Anchors Aweigh.

78 responses to “Heather Ashby’s debut novel, “Forgive & Forget””

  1. Kay Hudson says:

    Heather, I am so looking forward to reading your books. Thanks for the thoughts on before and after selling a book. It makes me feel better to think that when I finally do sell, at least I’ll have multiple manuscripts ready. See you next week!

    • Yes, that was vital to me – to know I had a few completed manuscripts up my sleeve. No way could I handle drafting new ones while editing and promoting the current one! So keep writing. As our Firebird sister, Tracy Brogan says: “Word count is the best medicine!” Congrats on being a Golden Heart Finalist, Kay. Can’t wait to see you next week and cheer for you at the awards!

  2. Jean Willett says:

    Congratulations, Heather!! Can’t wait to read the book. Such good advice – Keep writing! Despite the ups and downs, only we can produce copy. If we don’t write, nothing gets done. Now to find my plot…

    Good luck!

    See you soon.

    • WRITE ON, Jean!!!!

      I sense good things coming for you very soon. It will a huge help to have those completed novels under your belt. Can’t wait to see you next week at the National conference!

  3. I think some of the silliest and most embarrassing things I’ve ever done make great fodder! Writing it down and seeing the funny side to them is cheaper than therapy! 🙂

  4. Hi Heather. As a writer, what personal experience do I put into my stories? Why, every low down, dirty, sweaty, x-rated love scene! 🙂 Seriously, I can’t say one certain thing, like you with your Navy experience, but I do reflect on how I react emotionally to many of the instances in my stories; even though I write historical romance, lessons learned in the relationships department crosses all time barriers, and I feel like I give a strong voice to that aspect of my characters in particular. By hey, let’s talk about you – I had the pleasure reading Forgive and Forget and wow, I am mightily impressed! I cannot wait for your second book, and that hot Sky from book one in your series. Good luck to you, Heather, what a wonderful career ahead of you.

    • Thanks, Katherine. And thanks for reviewing FORGIVE & FORGET. It was fun having an Historical writer review my contemporary novel. Glad you enjoyed it. I love this from your post: lessons learned in the relationships department crosses all time barriers. I can just picture you, penning your historical romances in the middle of beautiful Budapest, and tucking in lessons that still apply today. I can’t wait to read your books!

  5. Heather, thanks for a great interview!

    I have a character in Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy who looks like me, talks way too much like me, and has a job that I used to have. Personal experience much? *laugh* She was really easy to write, though. Too bad she’s minor.

  6. But she may just find herself cropping up in a future book! I’d bet the ranch on it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today, Abigail. See you next week!

  7. Heather,

    I enjoyed reading about your writing journey. Susan Boyer’s the best, isn’t she? I love it when fresh new voices find a way through the slush pile and get out there for the rest of us to enjoy!

    Wishing you all the best,

    Maggie Toussaint
    from First Coast Romance Writers

    • Thanks, Maggie. And yes, Susan Boyer is awesome. We are both Firebird and Henery Press Sisters. I loved seeing YOUR blurb on HER book. What a wonderful, small world the romance novel industry is! Thanks for stopping by and congratulations on the release of your latest romantic suspense novel, HOT WATER, which released TODAY 🙂

      • Both of you are awesome! Maggie was kind enough to give me one of my very first blurbs–thank you!! It is a small world we travel in. Congrats on the print release of Hot Water, Maggie! Big hugs to you both!

  8. Hi Heather,

    Congratulations on your success, and four book deal. I completely get it about the revisions, having had to do weeks of them for an agent, without even yet having a publisher. They do seem to know what they’re talking about!! Did you have any idea at Anaheim that you’d be in this position on the eve of going to Atlanta?

    Natalie Meg Evans

    • Yup, for the most part the industry professionals do seem to know what they’re talking about. At least, they know what will sell. Sometimes our creative side doesn’t get that part. It’s important to find those editors and agents who we trust. I’m so fortunate to have an awesome editor who makes me stretch and grow – even when I don’t think I want to. But when I read the final product, i am stunned at how much better it is. Guess we don’t know everything after all.

      Write On, Natalie!

  9. Heather! I’m so, so happy for you! I can’t wait to toast your release in person in Atlanta! And I’m thrilled to be your sister squared. 🙂

    Maggie, you are the best. 🙂 Thank you

    • Back atcha’, Sister Squared! Can’t wait to see you in Atlanta and give you uber-hugs for all those awards LOWCOUNTRY BOIL is racking up! You, USA Today Bestselling Author, you!!!

  10. Terri Osburn says:

    I’m finding bits of me in all my heroines. The first I ever wrote (under the bed book) was a single mom with a cheating musician ex-husband. I *might* know something about that. I have four more heroines and they all have some part of me. A people pleaser. A cursing she-cat. A stubborn-as-hell woman who refuses to ask for or accept help. Surprise surprise, she’s been the hardest to write. LOL!

    Congratulations on the debut. It’s an awesome book. The characters leap off the page, and so do the Navy details. Such a fun read!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Terri. I love “under the bed” book! And I like the idea of “bits” of us being in various characters. Since we all have different “sides,” yes, we can put that PART of ourself into a character. Thanks for reading and blurbing the ARC of Forgive & Forget and for your kind comments at the end of your post. I feel honored receiving praise from the author of Kindle’s #1 selling book – across all genres!!!! (July 11, 2013) We are all so proud of you, Terri! Congratulations!

  11. Natasha Stevens says:

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to read it this week!!!

  12. Natasha Stevens says:

    P.S great interview and gorgeous photo!

  13. Love your comment about living your dream, Heather. That resonates with all of us who are writers.

  14. Robena Grant says:

    Super congratulations! Heather. I’m looking forward to reading this story. So glad you mentioned it is coming out on Kindle on the 16th…my travel day! I can read it on the plane. I’d intended to see if you were signing at the Literacy Autographing. : )

    Love hearing about your journey, and your writing process.

    • Thanks, Robena. Love the idea of you reading on your phone while traveling to Nationals. That’s perfect because I’m not eligible for the Literacy Signing this year. I hope to have some copies at the bookstore, however. Can’t wait to see you next week! Safe travels.

  15. I’m on the road today, but had to stop long enough to say congrats! Can’t wait to read this Heather!!!

  16. Thanks for stopping in, Tammi. I’m thinking you – being a Navy junior (see how I cleaned up that term for polite company?) – just might get a kick out of this book. Safe travels. See you next week. Anchors Aweigh!

  17. Wonderful interview, ladies. Heather, I had never heard that term “Puzzler” as a writing style. I always thought I was a “Pantser,” but now I know I’m definitely a Puzzler! Thanks for giving a name to my madness–and letting me know that I’m not alone.

    What an awesome RWA this is going to be for you with your debut just out. Can’t wait to see you and celebrate!

    • A.J., no, you are definitely not alone. When I heard the term, “Puzzler,” all the puzzle pieces clicked into place – as it were. And this will be an awesome RWA for you as well with your books out too! See you next week!

      • I’m intrigued by ‘puzzler’. I once knew a ‘patchworker’ who wrote episodes and stitched them together later. I always reckoned I was a sculptor, starting with a huge lump of something formless and squishy and working at it till it resembled a book. But that takes too long. Now I’m a planner-timeliner. Well, maybe.

        Natalie Meg Evans

        • I LOVE the idea of a “Patchworker!” I think that’s me. Whole scenes and chapters come to me, then I somehow stitch them together – OR – see that they don’t fit right, rip them out, and stitch them elsewhere. Love the idea of the “Sculptor” too. And there’s this large, gray lump of clay here in my studio – or is that a large, gray elephant, who keeps reminding me that Book 3 is due soon and it’s essentially just a rough draft. Hmmmm. Better get those sculpting tools out.

  18. Prisakiss says:

    Heather, I’m so excited for you!! You’re the picture of perseverance and hard work, and your commitment to our troops is off the charts! I love it! 🙂

    I can’t necessarily point to one major life experience that’s been in one of my manuscripts, but I do try to tap into similar experiences and emotions I’ve felt before.

    It’s awesome you’re writing stories about the men and women fighting for our country and our freedom. What a beautiful tribute!!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Pris. I think we do write DEEPER when we tap in to similar experiences and emotions. I can’t wait to read your work and be pulled in to those places. And it will be SOON 🙂

  19. Yay Heather!!! I think it’s so wonderful that you incorporate your Navy experiences into your writing. Your books sound like fun reads.

    I’ve never heard of “puzzler” before, but that makes so much sense!! I think I was doing that without even realizing there was a name for it! 🙂

    Great post … and thanks Catherine for the great interview!!

    • Thanks, Nikki – and thanks to you and Liz Bemis for all you’ve done to make this website so successful!!! Glad I could help you with the title, “Puzzler.” I felt like a patient on an analyst’s couch yelling, “EUREKA,” when I heard that term! Can’t wait to see you next week!

  20. Kim Law says:

    Congrats on the release Heather!!! You’ll be floating on air for a while longer, yet 🙂

    I hope it does amazingly well for you!!

    • Thanks so much, Kim! And thanks for your book blurb. How exciting to have a quote from a Rita-nominee! Congratulations again on that honor. Can’t wait to see you next week and cheer you on at the Rita Awards Ceremony!

  21. Congrats, Heather! I can’t wait to read it! Strong women, banter, and a great external source of tension, plus an insider’s peek at what it’s like in the Navy, ingredients for a great book, I’m thinking.

    I’m writing a series of romances with artist main characters. My mom’s a professional artist, and I went to an arts high school as a fine arts major, so I write that from experience. And they take place in NYC. I’ll be writing some New Adult novels with a Hollywood milieu and a YA that takes place in a NYC art school. So yup. Use what you know, right?

    (Which totally doesn’t explain my YA trapezist novel.)

    • Oooh, ooooh, ooooh, I can’t wait to read about the NYC art school! Gave away my art supplies until my books were published, then I could dabble at art again. FOCUS is my buzzword, but every time I visit a museum, the Muses start singing and distracting me again. SO looking forward to seeing you next week, and SUPER congratulations on being a Golden Heart Finalist! I’ll be cheering you on, Talia!

  22. Pintip says:

    Heather, congratulations! This is so exciting. I’m so pleased for you. It really sounds like you’ve found your niche, and I was very impressed with how well-defined your dream is: writing books to entertain our women at sea. I also love the term “puzzler.” I don’t think I could write that way myself, but I’m very intrigued with anyone who can! Congrats again and good luck!

  23. Ami Weaver says:

    Heather, congrats! This was a fun interview and I’m very much looking forward to this book, too. Love the cover!

    In terms of use what you know, that must be, right now, why kids crop up in all my books. 🙂

    • Thanks, Ami. LOL re “the kids.” I just returned from a delicious 3 weeks of meeting my first grandchild and heard an an awesome line about parenthood: “The days are long, but the years are short.” So enjoy those kids in your home and your books. Hope to see you next week!

  24. Thanks, Pintip!

    I’m chuckling at your comment. “I also love the term “puzzler.” I don’t think I could write that way myself, but I’m very intrigued with anyone who can!”

    Too funny. Most of us spent our lives trying to figure out why we couldn’t think in a linear manner or why we often do things backwards or inside-out. Finally, we learn to accept, embrace, and celebrate it. However, most of my teachers from years past would just tell you I was nuts! I figure once my book sells, I can say “they pay me think this way.” 🙂

    Hope to see you next week!

  25. Congrats, Heather! It’s been a long haul since I sat in the audience and heard the president of FWA announce you had won Best Romance Novel and Book of the Year in the Royal Palm Literary Awards 2010 competition for your debut novel Forgive and Forget. It was the first time a romance novel had won Book of the Year. I was thrilled for you and so proud to know you. In 2011, I won the RPLA for Best Unpublished Thriller for my debut novel Deadstick Dawn. Now here we are with your book being launched this month and mine being launched Aug. 13th by Suspense publishing. I’m so glad we both held on to our dreams and kept trying for a traditional contract. I hope your book becomes a huge bestseller. Cheers!☺

    • What was it Virginia Slim used to say on the commercials? “You’ve come a long way, baby!!!!!” Super congrats on DEADSTICK DOWN! Can’t wait to read it. And can’t wait to see you at the Launch Party for FORGIVE & FORGET!

      Write On!!!!!

  26. Thanks for the great interview and post! And now it’s true confession time: I read FORGIVE & FORGET, BUT I didn’t know if I’d love it–and I do–what with all that Navy stuff (nothing against the Navy, but I don’t have any experience with it except for the dark blue color). I shouldn’t have worried, knowing I was in Heather’s talented hands. It’s terrific. You all are in for a treat! And Heather, glad to know I wasn’t alone in feeling I was slaughtering my children while making revisions from my editor. It IS the hardest part of writing (so far!). As for Puzzlers, I might be some weird hybrid of Plotter/Puzzler/Pantser, because I’m still experimenting to see what works best. Scenes and dialogue float around in my head, looking for a place in my outline. Heather, I hope this book sells like crazy. It seems inevitable, since after all, you’re a Firebird!

    • EUREKA! THAT’S IT!!!! ”

      Scenes and dialogue float around in my head, looking for a place in my outline.”

      Colette, you are so sweet. Thanks so much for your cover quote and for reading a Navy book when all you knew about Navy was “the color.” (Love that!!!) If I kept your attention, then there may just be something to it! I love your last couple of sentences, especially today when we have a #1 Amazon book, a #2 Amazon author, your awesome new cover for THROWN and 5 Golden Heart Finalists and a couple of Rita-nominees waiting in the wings – among all the other accolades that Firebirds have been racking up in the past 15 months!

      Forged in Fire and Flying Higher!!!

  27. Loni Lynne says:

    Heather,
    All the best to you! Smooth sailing to you. Bravo Zulu on making your dreams a reality!

    Hugs,

    Loni

    • Thanks for your good wishes and BZ, shipmate. I hope you’ll enjoy a trip down Memory Lane in FORGIVE & FORGET. You may even find your name somewhere in the book 🙂 Don’t worry. it’s a good thing. You’re not, like, an undesignated seaman in the galley on trash-sorting detail or anything.

      Fair winds and following seas on both your writing journey and the real one this summer! (and “Yes, Sir” that includes finishing the book of your heart, “Baby.” I can’t wait to read it!)

  28. Sandra Owens says:

    Congratulations on your debut novel, Heather. I know you are excited and I wish you BIG success.

    In my Golden Heart final, Crazy for Her, I used my dad’s mother (not a very nice mom) as the model for my hero’s mother thus giving him a troubled childhood.

    I think past experiences creep into our stories, whether we want them to or not. 🙂

    • Thanks, Sandra! Super congratulations on being a Lucky 13 Golden Heart finalist!!!! It is an honor and does open doors. If you’ve been reading this blog through JUST TODAY, you can see what can happen in one short year!

      I think you’re right about our past experiences creeping in whether we want them or not. I think the trick it to blend true experiences with fiction about the guy sitting across from you on the subway. (Seriously, I read somewhere that if you were having trouble coming up with new characters, you should ride a city bus around town all day. And just watch people and take notes – you can’t make up most of what you’ll see!)

      Have a SUPER National conference next week, Sandra, AND I wish you the very best in the Golden Heart!

  29. Suzanne Galbo says:

    Congrats to my friend and cp…My third read through and I learned so much more than the first two times. Not having any military background…you set it up nicely…laughing and crying all through the pages! Looking forward to reading the second one and visiting with your characters!!:))

    • I know your type, Galbo. You just want to hang out with my bad boy. Sky will be waiting for you in Book 2. And just like Book 1, he is new and improved!!! Thanks so much for all your support and cheerleading through this journey! ATLANTA, HERE WE COME!

  30. Hi, Heather! What a great interview! I can’t wait until I can read F&F…it’s very close to the top of my TBR file after I get Rescuing Gloria sent into my editor.

    Personal experience in writing? I think so far, most of it has personal experience in some way. My first complete MS, Gorilla Dating (Because Love’s Not a Guerilla War, It’s a Zoo) was inspired by my worst date EVER and that date is basically relived in the book. One of those cases where truth was way stranger than fiction.

    Saving Gracie has lots of elements from my life here in Texas. And just today, I tweeted out that I hadn’t watched SharkNado last night because I didn’t need to–I once had a waterspout drop a fish on my car. I’d lived FishNado. My editor picked up on the tweet and asked me if I was writing that scene for her. In about 10 minutes, I’m logging off my internet break and going to write exactly that!

    I love when life imitates art. 🙂

    And I love that we’re getting to talk about your awesome debut today!

    • Thanks, Kristen! I remember you telling us about that horrible date. I can’t remember what it was exactly, but I know it was hysterical – although I’m sure it wasn’t at the time. LOVE the title GORILLA DATING!!!! You HAVE to publish it someday. And as to life imitating art, we all know there are SO MANY things that you just can’t make up because they are SO WEIRD, but they really happened! Hence, why I walk around lately saying, “I have GOT to put that in a book someday. Glad your editor picked up on that tweet and got you to do it!!! Will we be seeing you next week??? I hope so! Thanks for coming by. Sorry I missed you there somehow. Great to hear from you! And TOTALLY get the “I’m going to read such and such as soon as I finish these edits.” Just remember, these are good problems to have.

  31. I’m a little late to the party, but wanted to throw some confetti and clink glasses with you, too! Congrats, Heather! I so look forward to reading this. I think it’s great to finally have Navy books by someone who lived it.

    And P.S. — Gorgeous photo of you!!! 🙂

    • Oh, forgot to answer the question! There’s a little bit of my husband in every one of my heroes. In one book, my hero wears my hubby’s watch and uses some of his baseball references. In another, my hero drives my hub’s Ford 150, wears one of his shirts, and makes his salsa recipe. In another book, my hero has my husband’s love for midcentury modern homes and furniture. I love putting these details in, even though I’m the only one who knows it!

      (Well, until now…)

      • Thanks, Lauren, for all your good wishes! I love that you tuck those little details about your husband in your books. How sweet of you and yes, I like that only you may know about them, but that makes it sweeter. I bet he appreciates it. Do I understand that you won’t be at the conference this year? Sorry to miss you 🙁 Wishing you an awesome year of writing and see you in San Antonio? Hope so.

  32. Kathy Crouch says:

    Congratulations Heather on book # 2 coming out. Can’t wait to meet you and read your book. I’m sure there’s something in the book, oh I have her working in a convenience store. I did that over a period of almowt 20 years in 3 different stores. The last one I worked in for about 8 weeks before my 15 year anniversary there. I needed a job I could write about for the heroine so I went with the job I had done most recently lol.

  33. Hi, Cathy, I remember you telling us about the store, so certainly you’d put that in your book. It’s so easy to write about things we know well. I’m so glad you’ll be at Nationals this year! I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Call-To-Arms on Thursday afternoon. Safe travels!

  34. Gina Iorii says:

    Hey Hallie! I am so proud of you! I can’t wait to help you celebrate the official launch of “Forgive and Forget!” You rock, girl!

  35. Kate Nickodem says:

    Congratulations Heather!

    I’m so excited to read the book, and those that follow! The interview you gave was fantastic, and gave me insight into your writing and thought process. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

    • Thanks, Kate! Now I’m a little scared that you’ve seen my crazy thought processes!!! I hope you enjoy Forgive & Forget – because you’re getting the second one, Forget Me Not, for Christmas!!! Love ya! Thanks for stopping by!

  36. Hey, Gina Marini! Thanks for stopping by! Great to hear from you!!! So excited you’re going to make it to sunny Florida for the Launch party on the 25th – and that invite goes out to anyone reading this who happens to be in Northeast Florida on July 25 🙂 “Our” book is really finally here 🙂

    Anchors Aweigh!!!

    Love, Hallie

  37. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me breakfast simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this topic here on your website.

    • Thanks for the thanks, although I’m not quite sure which research you’re doing or which topic garnered you a free breakfast. (There may not be no such thing as a free lunch, but apparently one can still get a free breakfast with the right kind of info :-)) If the research was on: life aboard an aircraft carrier, fraternization in the military, love on the high seas, military romance in general, or why bother with a team of embarked SEALs when you have a kick-ass Navy journalist on board your ship, then FORGIVE & FORGET is the book for you and your breakfast buddy! Please contact me at hashbyauthor@aol.com if you need more information. Anchors Aweigh!

  38. Molli says:

    Heather’s books are like fresh breaths of salty ocean air–perk you up, give you a laugh, and pull you in from the very first page. Her unique voice enlivens her characters and endears them to you so that you’ll be sorry when the story ends. Fortunately, Heather has so many stories insider her fertile mind and heart that we’ll be reading her work for years to come. Anchors Away Heather! Your journey is just beginning. Happy Sails!
    With love and admiration.
    Molli

    • And you are just too sweet, Molli, because you taught me how to corral those stories racing around in my head and my heart and make them publishable- along with how to write a proper query letter to catch agent/editors’ eyes and how to inject my voice into every single thing I write, including a business card. If any readers out there are looking for guidance in those departments, you can’t miss with Molli at getpublishednow.biz.

      Write On!!!

  39. Ella Quinn says:

    Heather, what a great story of your journey. Huge congratulations!! I’m looking forward to seeing you again!

  40. Kimberly Beisner says:

    Heather,
    Thank you so much for letting me read an advanced copy of Forgive & Forget! I absolutely loved the book, I honestly couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read the upcoming books. I’m so happy to be a part of this exciting journey that you are on. Congrats on all of your success.
    Love, Kimmy

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Kimmy! And also for reading and passing the book on to other readers. This was my original goal: to write stories to entertain our women in the military! I’m so glad you enjoyed it – and I’m SO PROUD of you in your new career!!!

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