Get Lost with Geri Krotow & Navy Rules

Navy Rules

A navy man. A hero. A father?
Wounded during a military rescue, Commander Max Ford returns to a naval base on Whidbey Island to recover. And part of his treatment involves working with a therapy dog. Max is surprised to learn that the dog's owner is Winnie Armstrong, widow of his closest friend. She and Max were close in those months following her husband's death. But they drifted apart, until that one night two years ago. The night friendship turned to passion… Now he's even more shocked to learn that Winnie has been keeping a secret from him. A baby girl. His daughter. It's even more important he heal so he can be a part of his child's life—and Winnie's. Because all the attraction that pulled them together that one night is still there… only stronger.
Harlequin SuperRomance
ISBN-10: 0373717865 • ISBN-13: 978-0373717866

Hi, Geri, welcome to Get Lost in a Story. 

Donnell, thank you and all the great writers at Get Lost in a Story for having me. It’s an honor!

DONNELL:  Do you prefer the big city or a small town?

GERI: In between, for sure! We lived in Moscow, Russia for two years and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be settled in a suburb in central PA.  But I do love cities—I was just in New York promoting NAVY RULES at Book Expo America and it was exhilarating to drive and walk in the city. I’m not afraid to drive in big cities after living all over the U.S. and Europe. I’ve driven in far worse places than NYC!

DONNELL:  Mountains or ocean?

GERI: Both! Washington State, namely, Whidbey Island, was a great place to live because each day I saw water and snow-capped mountains. But when it comes down to it, as much as I love the ocean and the beach, I need to have trees. Trees are nature’s way of giving us hugs.

DONNELL:  What will readers find compelling about your hero?

GERI:  That he was a hero for the heroine, Winnie, long before they ever dreamt of romantic involvement with each other. He was her CACO, the Casualty Assistance Calls Officer, who never left her side when her first husband, also a Naval Aviator, died in the line of duty. Now he’s back from war, injured, and more heroic than ever—he continues on in spite of his war experiences.

DONNELL:  What was something surprising you learned about your heroine while writing her?

GERI: How much she’d grown from the time her first husband was killed to the present, where she’s faced with the chance at a more mature, full-bodied love with a man who is truly her match.

DONNELL:  What’s in your refrigerator right now?

GERI:  A handful of blueberries I wish someone would finish so that I can recycle the container, soy milk, soy creamer, organic half-and-half, diet coke, grape jelly, turkey bacon, salsa.

DONNELL:  What movie will you watch time after time?

GERI: The Thomas Crowne Affair, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Notorious (and anything with Cary Grant). Have they figured out how to bring Cary Grant back to life in this era?

DONNELL:  What proud moment that stands out in your life?

GERI: Watching my children achieve whatever goals they’ve set out to—learning a piece for orchestra, getting accepted into that favorite college, discovering what they’re really good at.

DONNELL:  Are you superstitious?

GERI:  I shouldn’t be, but yes I am. I still won’t open an umbrella inside.

DONNELL:  When you’re not writing what is something you like to do?

GERI: Knit! Drink coffee or tea. Knit. Play with my dog. Garden, a bit. Bake.

DONNELL:  Would you call yourself organized?

GERI: In a disorganized manner—I can find whatever you ask me for. It may look nuts as it’s in a basket instead of a labeled box, but I know where it is. Except for anything in the garage (the black hole of the Krotow house since we moved back to the States one year ago. I will get to it…)

DONNELL:  What tradition has been handed down in your family?

GERI:  Favorite meals on your birthday. Loving our grouchy yellow-naped amazon parrot.

DONNELL:  What is your favorite outdoor activity? 

Geri: Walking, running, biking, reading, knitting, working—I like to write my word count on the patio when I can (today it’s raining so I’m at my desk).

DONNELL:  If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be?

GERI: Interesting question as I made a list a while back of who I’d like to meet. I’ve met the U.S. President, Vice President, Secretary of State, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger, thanks to my husband’s last posting at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. One person on the list I’ve yet to meet and sincerely hope I do in this lifetime is Stephen King. Just to say “thanks.”

DONNELL: Who is the dog on your cover of Navy Rules?

GERI:  The dog is modeled after my dog, Misha. We rescued Misha, a German Shepherd mix, in Moscow, after our beloved black lab-mix passed away from natural causes. Misha means “Michael” in Russian, in fact, it’s the nickname, more along the lines of “Mike” or “Mikey.” Misha is a joy, most days, in our lives. He’s readily adapted to our parrot of 24 years, which makes us believe the parrot gave Misha a nice “kiss” on his snout to let him know who’s boss in the family, no matter the size. The Navy Pilot on the cover bears a passing resemblance to my husband. My hubby is more handsome.

GERI:  What’s the most recent book you’ve read that still sticks with you? For me it’s Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series. I’m still finishing it up.

Geri Krotow will be giving away a free copy of NAVY RULES.

Geri Krotow graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy back when women were still a novelty in the Brigade. She served for nine years as a Naval Intelligence Officer, during which time she deployed all around the world to include the North Pole and South America. Geri earned her Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Ca. Geri left active duty to pursue her writing dream and to be the anchor of the Navy family she and her Navy pilot family had started. Geri has served as a Navy Wife for 27 years, which ends this week!

Geri Krotow is an award-winning author. NAVY RULES is her fourth book and the first in her Whidbey Island series, published by Harlequin Superromance. Please find her on Facebook, both a personal and author page, Twitter, and at her website/blog www.gerikrotow.com.
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  1. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, Geri, and welcome to GLIAS. Loved the interview.

    My son serves in the Marines, just rejoined for year 13-14 & 15. I hope you have plans for that Navy Pilot of yours after his retirement! When my hubby's home, he definitely interferes with the word count.

    Best of luck,

    1. Thanks so much, Angi. My husband is retiring from active duty but not work--he's figuring out what his second career will be as I write. I hear you on the word count challenge, lol!

  2. Such interesting answers, Geri. And the people you've met. You're an amazing woman. Regarding the best story I've read lately, gosh, that's a hard one. But I have to cheat a bit. I'm on deadline and the story I'm writing Working Title Betrayed is sticking with me because I'm ironing out a whole lot of plot points and kinks.

    And no fair what I'm going to shout out now because I'm reading two great books that have yet to be release. Golden Heart & Daphne finalist Susan Boyers Lowcountry Boil -- September Release date

    And the fabulous Rochelle Staab's working title Hex on the Ex -- I did a read for her that was pure pleasure. Rochelle's work has been nominated for an Anthony!

    1. Donnell, thanks again for allowing me to share a bit about myself on this awesome blog.

  3. I just finished One For the Money by Janet Evanovich. Since I also saw the movie. This one will stick with me. I would love to read your book.

    1. Tammy, I agree about Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum can always make me giggle!

  4. I can't stop thinking about The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. The characters are very flawed and they make poor decisions. There isn't a traditional HEA because it isn't a romance. You are left torn about the choices the heroine makes. I can't stop thinking about that story.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Stacie, I agree--when it's clear the character could have chosen very differently, it keeps my mind guessing.

  5. Hi Geri! I'd like to echo what Angi said--thank you for your service! What a fascinating life you've had so far!

    Hmmm...I have to pick one? Gosh...okay, most RECENT. That would have to be First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones. I loved that book, and will no doubt read every one of Charley Davidson's adventures.

    Now, if I can go back a few months, I still think about The Past Came Hunting. I'm looking forward to Donnell Ann Bell's next book. :)

    1. Your very kind, Ms. Susan!

    2. Thanks, Susan! It was my honor to serve our great nation. And now the reward...a house to plant roots!

  6. Welcome to GLIAS, Geri! An like the others have said, thank you for your service!

  7. Thank you for your service! I totally respect what you do.... :)

    For me, it's Insurgent. :) I like Divergent more but Insurgent stays with you...

    1. Hi May--you're welcome! Thanks for the recommendations.

  8. Hi Donnell! Hi Geri! The story that sticks with me is actually a YA: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I love how she developed such an alternate reality.

    Great interview, BTW. You sound like a very well-rounded woman, Geri, who'd be a lot of fun to visit with! :)

    1. Hi Misty--I keep hearing about Julie Kagawa so I think it means I need to read her.

  9. Great interview, my fellow RomVet. And nice job, Donnell!

  10. Very nice interview. It would be The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter.


  11. I remember Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Chey--Diana Gabaldon is always a keeper.

  12. Thanks to you and your husband for your service. Boy, have you had the experiences! Has to lead to some great stories. Loved your answer about ocean/mountains. I'm the same way. While, I love your northwest, my heart is in New England and rugged Maine coast. We have some great pics on our walls from trips your direction. It is beautiful country. Continued great success with your writing.

  13. Hi Marsha--thanks! I'm a northeast girl at heart, too. We've settled (I hope and pray!) in the northeast and it feels good to be back home.