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   G’day, readers.  Welcome to Heather Ashby’s interview about, FORGET ME NOT, the second instalment in her Love in the Fleet series. Just like with Book 1, half of Heather’s royalties benefit Fisher House Foundation, a charity that supports wounded warriors and their families. Here’s a little something about FMN: Suffering from Peter Pan Syndrome […]

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Meet Sky Crawford – the hero in Heather Ashby’s, “FORGET ME NOT”

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G’day, readers.  Welcome to Heather Ashby’s interview about, FORGET ME NOT, the second instalment in her Love in the Fleet series. Just like with Book 1, half of Heather’s royalties benefit Fisher House Foundation, a charity that supports wounded warriors and their families. Here’s a little something about FMN:

Suffering from Peter Pan Syndrome and survivor guilt, Navy helicopter pilot and renowned playboy, Brian “Skylark” Crawford, swears he’ll never marry, uncertain he deserves happiness—besides there are too many hot chicks to choose from. War widow and veterinarian, Daisy Schneider, swears to love only animals after her Marine pilot husband is killed in Afghanistan—but work fails to ease her loneliness or the guilt that she might have saved him. Between one stray, matchmaking cat and a fiery battle with drug runners at sea, the fur flies as Sky and Daisy learn valuable lessons about life, love, and second chances.


Here to chat with us today is the hero of FMN, Lieutenant Sky Crawford, whom we met as the Alpha male wingman of the hero in Forgive & Forget.  He was apparently a hit with the Golden Heart judges in 2012, who named Forget Me Not a finalist. (Cat on A Hot Steel Flight Deck)

So, Sky.  Thanks for joining us on this Firebird blog.

Thanks for inviting me, sweetheart. Um, you’re married, right? Just checking. Always need to know my parameters before I strike up a conversation with a beautiful woman.

Aww.  (blushing).  You’re quite a charmer, Lieutenant.  And yes, I’m married.  So we better get back to your interview.  Let’s see . . . So, Sky, how does it feel to have a whole book devoted to you?

Aw, I love it. Not only do I get to meet Daisy (and try to sweep her off her feet, even though she doesn’t fall for my BS), but I also get to share the other love of my life, my Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. BTW, that “R” stands for Romeo, making me a Romeo pilot. How’s that for branding?  FMN also tells how Navy helo crews perform drug interdictions at sea, because I say any day I get to ruin a drug runner’s day is a good day.

Sounds like an exciting and important job.  The ladies must love your uniform.  You have your own fan page on Facebook, right?  Oh, who am I kidding, I’ve already liked it!  What can your fans expect from that page?

Well, my FB page – like this interview – is “BD” (before Daisy) so I get to flirt with all the women who “Like” me. Surely there are readers out there who are sport flirters, like me. And there are those who just want someone to make them feel special and call them sweetheart now and then.

I have to admit, when you say it, Sky, it makes me all giddy J  So, what three words best describe Forget Me Not?

Humorous, harrowing, healing (and of course, “Hot” since it’s about me.)

I would add “Heartfelt” 🙂  What about you?  Three words that best sum you up?

Hot, Happy, Hilarious

Don’t forget “Heroic” 🙂 Would you also describe yourself as a romantic guy?

Absolutely. But none of my usual moves seem to work on Daisy. 

Tell us something else about you that would surprise us.

I’m a man of honor. Honestly. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so you’d have to read Forget Me Not to see how honorable I am, deep down, beneath all my jokes, flirting, bravado, and hot air. And if this doesn’t go any further, I’ll let you in on another little secret. I’m not always happy and hilarious. I got some…um… issues. See, I lost my co-pilot in a flight accident early in my Navy career and I never quite got over it. Always wondering if, maybe, there was something I could have done to…you know… save him. I think I have a handle on it, and then, WHAMMO, another nightmare. Confidentially, it’s why I never spend the entire night with a woman, always afraid I’ll fall asleep and…um…have a bad dream. But hey, I rescued this stray cat recently and since Siamese cats are very much like dogs, she wakes me up before my nightmares get out of hand. So, see, I got a handle on everything. I’m fine. Really. Honestly.

Um, yeah.  Good luck with that, Lieutenant.  You know, I’m sure there are a few women out there who wouldn’t kick you out of bed for some nightmares.  What are you looking for in the perfect woman?  What makes your head turn?

Women make my head turn.

LOL.  Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes, I fall in love with every woman I see, at first sight.

I think I’m beginning to see Dr. Daisy’s reservations 🙂  So, to wrap this up, what’s your best advice for the lonely hearts out there?

Call me.

🙂 Yes, and there’s always your Facebook page.  Thanks for a great interview, Sky! 

Great chatting with you and thanks for the fun interview, Catherine. If your readers would like to read more about me, check out these blog posts, and I’ve also included the link to my Facebook page below.


So readers, what are you looking for in the perfect man?



28 responses to “Meet Sky Crawford – the hero in Heather Ashby’s, “FORGET ME NOT””

  1. Great post! Actually, I think there’s nothing sexier than a hot, good-looking married man with a family who is 100% faithful to his wife! Add in a great sense of humor and that’s a keeper.

    By the way, I’ve read this story and it’s a keeper, too!

  2. I totally agree, Kathleen! to the Hot married man faithful and in love with wife and family! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and keep warm…sweetheart 🙂

  3. This was a fun post Catherine and Sky, and Sky’s alter ego, Heather.

    This story is impatiently waiting on my kindle for me to get to it. Maybe I’ll save it as my reward for getting all my Golden Heart entries judged…..

  4. LOL, Tammy! My treat to to read more Rita entries when I get my GH entries done 🙂 I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Naval aviator portions of this book and it will bring back some more fond memories of your dad’s days in the Navy. And this one features an elderly, retired Navy pilot with a wealth of wisdom 🙂 Good luck with all your judging! And thanks for all you do for RWA!

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  5. Sandra Owens says:

    Got my Rita entries read, judged and sent back as soon as I got them because I knew edits were coming soon, which I’m now in the middle of. Then on to the Golden Heart ones. Did want to take a minute though, Heather, to gush about how much I loved both Forgive & Forget and Forget Me Not. 🙂

    • Awww, you’re so sweet, Sandra, with all you have on your plate!!! So glad you enjoyed both books. Good on you for judging Ritas and GH with all your OWN exciting books about to release! Write On, Sandra!

  6. Hi, Sky. It’s been a while since we chatted, and I’m happy for the opportunity to get my Sky fix.

    Since Valentine’s Day is approaching, wondered what you’d consider the perfect V-Day gift to receive from your lovely? And what you’d consider the perfect item to gift to her?

    Personally, I’ve always considered V-Day silly. I prefer giving special “tokens of affection” at spontaneous moments. Am I terrible for not participating? (For V-Day itself, I’m more a “here’s a wowser of a kiss and a plate of your favorite cookies” kind of girl.)

    • Sounds good to me, sweetheart! I’m right there with you on celebrating Valentines day every OTHER day of the year – and DEFINITELY with a toe-curling kiss. The cookies are a good idea too. BTW, I have it on the best authority that my “keeper,” Heather Ashby is going to receive a new set of hubcaps for Valentine’s Day. She told her honey she was tired of riding around with one hubcap off like the Beverly Hillbillies and all she wanted for Valentine’s Day was a new hubcap. Scuttlebutt has it that Sweet Pete sprung for FOUR new ones, so they’d be sure to match. Now if that ain’t true love, I don’t know what is? Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetheart.

  7. Kay Hudson says:

    Great to see you here, Sky (and Catherine and Heather, of course, but Sky is such a charmer). I really enjoyed the story of you and Daisy and the rescue cat, and the retired captain, and the kids at the Boys & Girls Club, and, well, everybody in the book. Definitely another winner!

    • Hi, sweetheart! Sorry it took me so long to reply…I was out fighting bad guys…what? You’re on to me? Yeah, you’re right…I couldn’t get logged in to the blog for a couple of hours there. Thanks so much for the kudos. It was a lot of fun sharing my story – well, the fun parts at least. I love having readers like you cheering me on! Here’s to an awesome 2014 for you, Kay, with lots of good writing and positive responses from editors and agents!!! (A little Jinny told me Good News is coming your way 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  8. Pamela Kopfler says:

    Sky is quite the charmer. Great inyerview. Now off to like his FB page.

    • Oh, yay, Sweetheart! Sky loves it when beautiful women “Like” him. We do have a bit of fun on that FB page where Sky can send out irreverent messages now and then. Thanks for stopping by, Pamela.

  9. Sharon Wray says:

    I love character interviews and Sky did not disappoint! I can’t wait to read this book because I’m fascinated by Daisy–the woman must me amazing to bring down a man like Sky. LOL

    But I have a question–did you flirt with Heather while she wrote this book? Or were you well-behaved? I have a feeling it’s the former.

    • Um…guilty as charged. But don’t worry, honey, you’ll get your turn on Feb. 25 when I come to visit YOUR blog. Oh, darn, you’re married too, right? (*Sharon blushes”)

      As to Daisy bringing me down? That “Man of Honor” stuff does play into it. AND as Nick will describe me in Book #3: “Sky Crawford had the God-given talent of finding humor in any situation and cheering people up—even when they thought they’d rather be miserable.”

  10. It was such a fun interview 🙂 Heather really knows how to make Sky jump off the pages 🙂

    • Thanks for hosting this interview, Catherine! And for being such an awesome editor for this book 🙂 As to Sky jumping off the page, maybe I need to keep him on a leash. BUT, check out his response to Sharon Wray above. Couldn’t we all use some humor and wouldn’t we all be better off happy than miserable?

  11. Any chance I could join the US Navy, Heather?

  12. The Statute of Limitations may have run out on that one, honey, but I GUARANTEE you a fun, vicarious Navy tour of duty through the Love in the Fleet series. And YAY, Book #3 is not just US Navy, but Royal Navy as well. Thanks for helping me to keep NEVER FORGET “spot-on!” I think it’s “brilliant” that you offered to beta read my book with British characters.


  13. Oh my! I almost missed a Sky interview? And on the Firebirds blog at that. You didn’t elbow me in the ribs, Heather? Or maybe you did and it’s buried somewhere in my 627 emails. *snort* I’ll have to jump over to Sky’s FB page to see how many woman have hit on him…er, hit on his page since I last checked in.

    They can’t help it, Sky. You’re such a charmer. (And besides…Naval officer in a flight suit. Nuff said!

    Of course, I have to mention that Sky’s story (aka Forget Me Not [Cat on a Hot Steel Flight Deck] is one of my all-time fave non-SFR stories. Love the authentic military speak and Sky and Daisy are so amazing together. FMN is a fabulous read!

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