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.
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.
NOW IT’S GERI'S TURN TO ASK READERS A QUESTION.
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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