Message From The Author

Lorraine Heath

Book Title: HARD LOVIN' MAN
Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Author's Message

READY AND ARMED
LORRAINE HEATH HUNTS DOWN A HARD-LOVIN' MAN FOR HER FIRST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

When she was finally able to quit her day job, author Lorraine Heath celebrated by going back to the beginning—the beginning of her publishing career, that is. After she sold two historical manuscripts, Sweet Lullaby and Parting Gifts, in 1994, the path of Heath's early career was headed toward producing historicals for her publisher, instead of a nice mix of the two genres she most loved to write: historicals and contemporaries.

Now that she's made writing her full-time livelihood, Heath is ecstatic about her first contemporary romance in 10 years, HARD LOVIN' MAN, from Pocket Star. A former bad boy turned police chief of Hopeful, Texas, Jack Morgan is heroism personified. To discover just what made Jack tick, Heath did some firsthand research by enrolling in the Citizens Police Academy, a 13-week course covering the canine unit, the Emergency Response Team (a SWAT-like organization), the burglary unit, sex crimes, internal affairs and undercover narcotics—to name a few. "What most amazed me," says Heath, "was when they ran us through shoot/don't-shoot situations. They'd literally run you to a room, tell you what was going on inside and then expect you to neutralize the situation." In one simulation, Heath fired a gun and accidentally took down a fellow cop. "For some reason, no one believed me when I said that the bullet went around the cop to hit the bad guy standing behind him. In most of the other scenarios, I responded too slowly or inappropriately and got killed." For anyone interested in learning more about these courses, search for CPAs in your own city.

To learn more about HARD LOVIN' MAN, which heats up with the return of Jack's former teacher, Kelley Spencer, and her troubled 16-year-old sister, go to www.lorraineheath.com.


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