HAPPY BIRTHDAY USMC!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY USMC!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES

MARINE CORPS!

 

Established November 10th, 1775 in Philadelphia as an infantry force for both sea and land, I’m honored to say my father was once a USMC sergeant. As a combat veteran, he received a Purple Heart due to a run in with a hand grenade. Ooh Rah!

I’m so thankful to all the men and women like my father who serve and protect this country and all the freedoms I enjoy.

#TheFewTheProud

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

 

 

 

Sexy Snippet from SHADOW OF DOUBT

Sexy Snippet from SHADOW OF DOUBT

Hey All!

As I’m working on the edits for book 2, Shadow of Doubt, I’m feeling the need to post a little sexy snippet. It’s just a little taste, but wow, I can’t wait for you to read this whole scene . 😀

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[Cappy] froze and she tightened her hand. Was he going to pull away?
“You want this too, Cappy,” she whispered, a breath away from his mouth. “Just as badly as I do. No more excuses. One kiss. If it sucks we’ll never speak of it or repeat it again.” Her fingers caressed the stubbly hair at the base of his neck. “But if it doesn’t…”
He groaned. “The Fates hate me right now.” His eyes burned with fire. “It’s going to be a mind-blowing, life-altering event. I just know it.” He dropped her hand and grasped both sides of her head, closing the distance.
The second his lips met hers she knew he was right.

OMG! Squeals.

I can’t wait for you to read Cappy and Michelle’s story!! It comes out April 21, 2015. Want to read more about the storyline or need the link to the board I’ve created on Pinterest? Click here. 🙂

Until next time!

P.A. DePaul

Readers and Bloggers Luncheon 10/11/14

Readers and Bloggers Luncheon 10/11/14

Washington Romance Writers hosted their first annual Readers and Bloggers Luncheon yesterday (10/11/14). The Loft at 4935 restaurant in Bethesda, MD may have gotten more than they bargained for when 40 romance writers and about 60 readers/bloggers descended on the place.  🙂

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Raffle baskets, trick-or-treating for swag, free books, signings, and meeting new friends filled the afternoon (and chocolate cake). It was so wonderful to meet and talk to so many enthusiastic people who love reading just as much as I do! 🙂

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As part of the festivities, the authors were assigned tables and asked to come up with a centerpiece. Anything goes. I’ll tell you, some of those centerpieces were just fantastic!  They ranged from sedate (like ours pictured above) to drool worthy (think pictures of hunky guys hanging from branches of a small tree–their theme “Men Grow On Trees”) to chilling (books surrounded by skulls and creepy crawlies). So much fun! For our theme we chose “Thrills and Chills” since we had a mix of Romantic Suspense and Paranormal authors. (You may not be able to see it clearly, but I have a “Glock” in the flowers and a throat-mic/earpiece hanging from the branches.)

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My fellow authors (pictured from left to right above) at Table 10 were  Caryn Moya Block (Paranormal), P.A. DePaul (me), Rachel Rawlings (Paranormal), and Elisabeth Staab (Paranormal and Contemporary).

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Even Dean Winchester made an appearance! LOL.

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As I mentioned before, part of the fun was the raffle baskets. I put together a basket that included an Indigo blue Delta Squad T-shirt, a free download of EXCHANGE OF FIRE, a picture frame, and a few smaller goodies.  I’m pictured with Karlene Kipp, winner of my raffle basket. 🙂

 

I want to to say THANK YOU to everyone who attended this event. I love meeting people who are just as passionate about reading as I am. To those of you who are going to download a copy of EXCHANGE OF FIRE, I give you a HUGE THANK YOU. I truly appreciate the support from the bottom of my heart.

Next up on my appearance schedule is NJRW’s annual Put Your Heart In A Book Conference from Friday, October 17th to Saturday, October 18th.  If you have some free time Saturday from 4-5:30, there’s a large book fair and author signing open to the public. LOTS of romance authors participating in this one (Some really huge names will be there too). For more information and/or directions click here.

Until next time!

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

 

 

Lady Jane’s Salon Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Lady Jane’s Salon Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

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On 10/2/14, I had the pleasure of visiting West Pittston, PA to read an excerpt from EXCHANGE OF FIRE for Lady Jane’s Salon Wilkes-Barre/Scranton satellite salon.

2014-10-02 17.34.20What made this trip special (outside of the other wonderful authors who I read with and the readers I got to meet…more on them in a moment) was the location. Pittston, PA is located in the mountains between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, along the Susquehanna River.

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The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and the town was something out of a book. And with the fall leaves beginning to turn, the whole picturesque quality was made all the more beautiful.

 

You may remember a post back in May about an TV interview and segment for a satellite branch of Lady Jane’s Salon in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (If not, click here, I was interviewed (with other authors) about writing romance for the local TV station). I mention this because another aspect of this salon’s uniqueness is the fact it’s held at a winery. Bartolai Winery. How cool is that?!?!?

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So, now I’ve been enchanted by the scenery and dazzled by the host location, how did it get better? Why being treated to a free glass of wine and the company surrounding me, of course! 😉

The other three authors reading last night were Judi Fennell (who writes in multiple romance genres), Roz Lee (erotic romance), and Kym Grosso (erotic paranormal romance). Everyone was phenomenal! I really enjoyed listening to the variety of excerpts.

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2014-10-02 19.07.30I read an excerpt from EXCHANGE OF FIRE. The scene I chose was filled with high-action–bullets were flying and Grady and Sandra were trying to escape death. (For those who have already read the story, I chose Chapter 39.) Not only did I get to read from the book, I got to sit on a “throne”! Nice!

The readers I met were so supportive and so enthusiastic, they helped refuel my creative juices. I’m going to buckle down and hammer away at Book 3 in the SBG series. I truly appreciated every person and thoroughly enjoyed the conversations.

If you ever have the chance, I’d definitely recommend visiting this region of Pennsylvania and joining the wonderful folks at Lady Jane’s Salon in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 😀

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

 

I’ve Joined Pinterest

I’ve Joined Pinterest

Pinterest-icon I realize Pinterest may seem to be old news to some of you but to me it’s like a shiny new toy!

Now I have another avenue to post the pictures and/or videos I have stuffed in my virtual folders as I’m writing a book.

Hooray!

I know I can’t post every photo/video in my folders (in some instances the board would be a mile long) so I’ll have to learn restraint but I will endeavor to show you what I’m describing in the books.

To get started, I’ve created a “board” for Exchange of Fire, SBG #1 and started a “board” for Shadow of Doubt, SBG #2.

Want to connect with me in general? Awesome! My Pinterest profile is found here: http://www.pinterest.com/padepaul/

 

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

 

 

Lady Jane’s Salon Silver Spring Reading

Lady Jane’s Salon Silver Spring Reading

On Saturday evening, September 13th I got to share the podium with four other authors for a Lady Jane’s Salon reading event.2014-09-13 19.41.37

For those unfamiliar with Lady Jane’s Salon (LJS) I’ll try to explain. The Silver Spring location is a satellite branch of the original LJS in New York City. What LJS strives to do is foster a place where romance authors and readers can come together to hear selections from latest works in a comfortable environment. LJS is now nationwide and hosted all types of venues that allow discussions and the ability for readers to connect with the authors (and vice versa).

Last night’s reading was hosted at La Madeline in Bethesda, MD. A comfortable French bistro that welcomes LJS participants.

I read a selection from Exchange of Fire. To spice things up, I decided to read a high-action scene from Grady (hero)’s point of view. For a moment in the Salon, we have bullets flying while Grady and Sandra (heroine) try to escape a sniper’s deadly attempt on their lives. Even my heart was pounding (though that could have been the nerves from standing in front of a group and reading out loud <wink>).

I had a lot of fun and will be participating in another LJS event on October 2nd, this time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA at Bartolai Winery. Hope you can join me for the event! 🙂

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Authors L-R Merry Bond, Sandra Bunino, Ellen Butler, Kastil Eavenshade, P.A. DePaul
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Authors L-R Merry Bond, Sandra Bunino, Ellen Butler, Kastil Eavenshade, P.A. DePaul, and Miguelina Perez (LJS-SS Coordinator)

 

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

 

 

 

Writer’s Police Academy 2014

Writer’s Police Academy 2014

From September 4th-7th, I traveled to Greensboro, NC to attend the Writer’s Police Academy for the second time. What is Writer’s Police Academy (WPA)? Great question! To quote their website (because they define it best) “The Writers’ Police Academy offers the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts!”

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Oh yeah. That’s me above channeling Wraith as I learned more nuances about the sniper world. Captain Shepherd of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office took the time to explain how he holds and adjusts the rifle as needed. He then was kind enough to let me hold the 15+ pound weapon and line up behind it (he even took pictures for me). So cool!

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2014-09-04 20.45.06On Thursday evening (opening night), I attended two awesome sessions: 1. Aviation and Aerial Surveillance, and 2. Disarming the Bad Guys.

1. Aviation and Aerial Surveillance explained about how the police department uses airplanes to aid them in their searches. We even got to take a field trip to the airport so we could see the type of planes they use. I’m pictured above in the TFO seat. That stands for Tactical Flight Officer. This person acts as a spotter who relays information to the ground team as they continue their pursuit.

2. Disarming the Bad Guys was an interactive class led by Eli Jackson, a mixed martial arts expert who holds multiple black belts (pictured left). She (along with her lovely assistant, author AJ Scudiere) demonstrated how a person could disarm a “bad guy” when faced with a gun and/or knife. I’m pretty sure that I’m in no way prepared to actually use this new information myself, but I can now write about it a little easier! 🙂

 


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On Friday morning, we were treated to a demonstration from EMS and Fire. They simulated an accident scene involving a drunk driver and a group of people he plowed into as they set up for a yard sale. WPA went all out for this too. They had make-up simulating burns and bloody gashes and even had the “drunk driver” stumbling as the police officers carted him away.

For my classes on Friday, I took 1. Domestic Murder (domestic violence that resulted in murders), 2. Microbial Forensics: Using Microorganisms As Weapons (very interesting, yet, scary class), 3. Researching Exotic Crimes (given by Dr. Katherine Ramsland about exotic (gruesome) deaths over the decades), and 4. Broken Bones, Ballistics & Backdrafts: Technical Stuff That Writers Get Wrong (Given by author John Gilstrap–awesome class).

 

On Saturday morning, we were treated to a demonstration on Breaching Methods. The above pictures shows how a team (usually comprising 6-8 people) could use a small explosive to open a locked door. The picture on the left shows a small explosive affixed to the door knob and the picture on the right shows a strip of explosives affixed to the hinges (sorry, I wasn’t fast enough to capture the actual explosion). It was very cool and very informative.

For my classes the rest of the day, I took: 1. Special Ops: What Are They Good For? (given by Chief Scott Silverii. Very awesome), 2. Self-Defense for Women (Dee Jackson taught about self protection), and 3. Handcuffing and Arrest Techniques–I now know how to handcuff and zip-tie correctly!

The main presenters were awesome (Michael Connelly, Lisa Gardner, and Alafair Burke) but I didn’t take any pictures. Sorry! I got so caught up in learning this year that I barely remembered to take a picture.

Hope you enjoyed my brief (at least I tried to be brief) recap of an awesome multi-day event.  🙂

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

 

Release Day for EXCHANGE OF FIRE!

Release Day for EXCHANGE OF FIRE!

WOOT! WOOT! It’s August 19th! That means Wraith (Sandra) and Grady’s book is finally available to read!!

The reviewers are loving it too!

5 Stars from Cocktails and Books
5 Stars and TOP PICK from Night Owl Reviews

5 Stars from Adventures of a Book Reviewer
4 Stars from Herding Cats & Burning Soup
5 Stars from ScarlettReader
5 Stars from SGalley
…and many more reviews on GoodReads!

Short Summary: Wraith is a sniper for a covert agency. Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. When they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together–or alive…

Click on the link to my Books page for links to all the major E-Retailers: http://padepaul.com/sweetbriar/sweetbriar-books/

Also, if you’re curious as to how I envision what all the characters of Delta Squad look like, click on the link to be taken to Meet Delta Squad: http://padepaul.com/sweetbriar/meet-delta-squad/

And finally, if you’re in the mood to listen to a mini soundtrack for the series and the books, I’ve developed a Music page. On the main page you’ll hear songs that capture the series, at the top of the page are links to EXCHANGE OF FIRE and SHADOW OF DOUBT music pages. Those will give you songs related directly to those books. 😀
http://padepaul.com/sweetbriar/sweetbriarmusic/

Thank you for sharing my release day with me!

P.A. DePaul

Updated The Music Section on My Website

Updated The Music Section on My Website

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Hello!

If you’re curious about the songs that inspired Exchange of Fire, Shadow of Doubt (book 2), or me, hop on over to my website. I just overhauled the Music tab (located under Extras) and added pages for each book. http://padepaul.com/sweetbriar/sweetbriarmusic/

I’ll admit, this wasn’t easy to narrow the choices down. If you have a song you’d recommend or one you think should be added to the list, let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

Sincerely,
P.A. DePaul

 

Heroes & Heartbreakers Posted Chapter Excerpt

Heroes & Heartbreakers Posted Chapter Excerpt

Awesome News!

The Heroes and Heartbreakers  post has gone live! Read an excerpt from Chapter 10 by clicking here. You’ll be directed to their website (http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/stories/2014/08/exchange-of-fire-exclusive-excerpt) and asked to sign in to read the entire selection. If you’re not a member, no worries. It’s free and well worth the one minute it takes to sign up.

Like I said earlier, you’ll want to catch the chemistry between Sandra and Grady as they both try to out stubborn the other in their bid to keep one another safe.

Enjoy!

P.A. DePaul