posted on July 12, 2013 by Marliss Melton

Enough Testosterone to fuel an Aircraft Carrier

protectorI’ve got a slew of high-octane heroes for you—nine Navy SEALs in my seven-book Navy SEALs Series and three government agents in my Counterterrorist Taskforce Series. That’s enough testosterone to fuel an aircraft carrier. They come in all shapes and sizes with various temperaments and talents. I love these guys! Meet my latest three heroes:

men of steelFormer Navy SEAL Isaac “Ike” Calhoun:  Solitary, succinct, the possessor of deadly skills. Ike is rocked by the freshness that Eryn McClellan breathes into his dreary existence…

Summoned out of his remote hideaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains to protect the blue-eyed daughter of America’s top commander from a vengeful terrorist, Ike doesn’t expect to be emotionally touched by Eryn beauty or her plight. But the thought of her running all her life prompts Ike to train Eryn to defend herself…But who’ll defend him from the burning desire to possess her for himself? Read THE PROTECTOR (Aug 2011).  1313X2100TheGuardian

FBI Special Agent Jackson Maddox is intelligent, a man of integrity and high standards who still blames himself for the premature demise of his first wife and the loneliness of his teenage daughter….

Jackson has to pretend he’s an ex-convict in a prisoner reintegration program suspected of training future terrorists. jesseJackson’s deep cover is threatened a bombshell journalist, Lena Alexandra, who’s got an agenda of her own. On a mutual quest for justice, Jackson and Lena strike a mutually beneficial bargain and an uneasy truce.  Read their story in THE GUARDIAN (Aug 2012).

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ATF Special Agent Tobias Burke is charming and fun-loving, a former Army Ranger and a connoisseur of women, who finally meets the one woman he would gladly lay down his life for.

The Taskforce sends Tobias Burke to penetrate a militia in West Virginia to inform against its leader, Dylan Connelly, believed to have bombed the defense secretary’s car. Toby, notorious with the ladies, sets heroabout discovering Dylan’s darkest secrets and discovers instead a quixotic woman being framed by someone far more ruthless. Can Toby find the true terrorist before Dylan pays the cost? Read THE ENFORCER (July, 2013).

High octane heroes come in all kinds of delectable categories. Pick your flavor!

Marliss Melton

Marliss Melton

My greatest blessing was to grow up overseas without any television time. Sure, I missed out on The Waltons and Saturday morning cartoons, but how many kids get to ride on the back of an elephant, eat candied ants, visit every museum and chateaux in Paris, or track tigers in northern Thailand? As the youngest of four daughters, I had the example of my brilliant sisters, who read voraciously, and I bypassed Nancy Drew to read every book in the Hardy Boys series. (That was the first indication of my fascination for male heroes). By the sixth grade, I'd discovered Victoria Holt and moved back to the United States . I wrote my first book—a wretched historical novel—when I was thirteen. Two teenage years in Houston, Texas, saw me reading Harlequin® romances and writing several more books.

I've always been an over-achiever, with so many interests it was frustrating to have to choose just one career. I could have been an opera singer—but no. I excelled in language and for many years taught high school English, Spanish, and then Linguistics at the College of William and Mary, my alma mater.

But my first love, writing romance, remained a dream for decades. I wrote throughout my twenties and early thirties, completing more manuscripts, getting really serious with agents and publishers, etc. Danger's Promise (writing as Marliss Moon), a medieval romance, was finally published in 2002, becoming a RITA finalist for Best First Book. Since then, I've written ten books (some waiting to be released) and I've branched into romantic suspense featuring Navy SEALs. (My husband is a Navy veteran, making military romance a natural fit.)

My personal life is frankly hectic. We have children ranging from college students to a first-grader. I think that says it all. But I always find time for my loyal readers, so feel free to introduce yourself to me, as I have to you.

11 thoughts on “Enough Testosterone to fuel an Aircraft Carrier”

  1. Avatar Laura Scarpa Tinnon says:

    Everyone needs to read Marliss Melton’s books, you will not be able 2 put them down.I have everyone and the are fantastic

    1. You’re the fantastic one, Laura. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope someone else drops by today.

  2. Avatar Karen C says:

    I love Marliss’ stories – would be hard pressed to pick a favorite!

    1. At the risk of repeating myself (My last reply just disappeared), thank you for your comment, Karen! I have trouble picking a favorite, too. I think my heroes are what define my books, and they are all completely different, yet my favorites are Westy, from TIME TO RUN, Sean from TOO FAR GONE, and Ike from THE PROTECTOR, three very different men. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      1. Avatar WendieG says:

        Guess what? Those three are my favorites, too! But I am pretty sure Toby from THE ENFORCER will be giving them all a run for their money!

        1. I sure hope so. It doesn’t end with the same big bang as the others since it’s got a murder-mystery plot.

  3. Avatar WendieG says:

    I just saw your post about guest blogging here. I’m sorry if I’m late to the party. Story of my life!

    Yes, it’s true. Marliss Melton’s books are not to be missed. Her romances are hotter than Satan’s backyard BBQ, but even better than that, she can tell a really great story. The first book of hers that I read was ‘Too Far Gone’ and it remains one of my favorite books of all time, not just among Marliss’ books, but among ALL the books I’ve read and there have been hundreds!

    1. Not too late at all. I thank you for the kind words. See what I mean about your own ability to write? “Hotter than Satan’s backyard BBQ” is great writing. That kind of metaphor is also indicative of an SJ personality type. have you every taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? I use it to type my characters so I can put together characters who’ll make it in the long run.

      1. Avatar WendieG says:

        I’ve heard of the MBTI, both from your references to it on your website and another author who taught a class I took on writing romance novels, but I’ve never taken the instrument myself. Just now, I popped over to a website that gives a great description of the test and the ‘either/or’ responses that determine the 16 types. There’s a link on there to another site that offers an online version of the test and I’m going to take it as soon as I know I’ll have an uninterrupted hour to complete it. Of course, that may not happen until school starts again…LOL!

        Here’s the link for anyone who might be interested to learn more about the MBTI:

        1. Thanks for this link, Wendie. I hope you get the chance to take it. I was wrong about the SJ. The simile you used about Satan’s back yard barbeque is actually more typical of an SP personality type (there are four possible types of SPs). If you get to take the test, it only takes 15 minutes or so to get the results, but then you have to google them to find out what they really mean. Some people are also borderline types and they fit a couple of descriptions. Let me know if you ever take it. I’m curious!

  4. Avatar WendieG says:

    Oh, and thank you for the compliment about my writing ability! It means the world to me that you feel that way.

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