I’m huge fan of romantic suspense. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t write it. So it isn’t a surprise I read a lot of it too and The Navy’s Ghost by Siobhan Muir didn’t disappoint. I’m not usually one for ménage stories, but my guest, Siobhan Muir, makes a relationship between three people work better than most couples I know.
NS: Thanks so much for stopping by, Siobhan!
SM: Thanks so much for having me. 🙂
NS: This is your first romantic suspense in your arsenal of published works. What lead you to write in a second genre?
SM: It kind of snuck up on me. I’d always thought I’d only write paranormal romance, but I loved reading suspense because the idea of love happening while the characters had to fix or solve something really appeals to me. Then I had this dream of waking up in a hospital after an ambush and having to deal with not only the loss of my military career but the love I felt for TWO men. Huh? Yeah, I had to write that one down.
The Navy’s Ghost centers on a strong, intelligent and very independent heroine. Where did you get your inspiration for Christiana Brickman?
Christiana Brickman came from the dream of waking in the hospital and she developed from there. There was no question she was a SEAL, but now she had to deal with her body letting her down and her heart taking over. I wanted to show a woman who was bad-ass like the men, but still had the soft touch of a woman.
NS: As the author’s note in your book states, women aren’t a part of the Navy SEALs today, so it was a treat when I discovered your heroine as a major part of her team. What was your motivation in making Chris “Ghost” Brickman a core element of her SEAL team?
SM: I wanted a character that could hold her own in the world that is dominated by men (for good reason after seeing the training videos – why would you want to do that?) It isn’t so much a feminist idea as acknowledging that there are women out there who can do this and want to do this. It takes a special kind of person to be a SEAL, and it’s not about body shape. I also wanted someone who understood what the men went through each time they were deployed and who would know what to do in a situation where the odds seemed completely against her. Chris never lost sight of who she was or what she could do even after her injury. It’s a good reminder for any profession, not just the SEALs.
The Navy’s Ghost is also your first ménage story. Did you initially set out to write a ménage or did it spring up on you? How did that plot point develop as you drafted?
It was always a ménage story. Chris woke up knowing she wanted both men and her dilemma was how to convince them in the very traditional world of the military. The trick for me was how to show two very alpha straight men willing to be in a committed ménage relationship. And why would the guys agree (or fight) it? It came down to making the characters seem real and have legitimate reasons for everything they did.
NS: According to your blogs and website, there is a prequel to The Navy’s Ghost coming soon. Can you tell us anything about it?
SM: Bronco’s Rough Ride is off to my critique partners and it’s the story of how John “Bronco” Andrews and his wife Lindsey from The Navy’s Ghost met. Lindsey is an undercover cop infiltrating a Las Vegas based reverse-sex ring, where John has been taken as a victim. That’s right, the victims are big, strong, well-trained men. The madam keeps them drugged up on ketamine to keep them docile and the wealthy women use them as sex toys until their hearts and internal organs give out. Lindsey comes across John and determines to get both of them out of this sick world. True to form, my heroine rescues the hero.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Siobhan!
If you love hot SEALs, high-octane action, and steamy romance, The Navy’s Ghost is perfect for you.
About the Book
A SEAL is strongest with her Team…
Ensign Christiana “Ghost” Brickman is the only female SEAL to survive BUD/S training, a real Navy Jane. But when an ambush ends her career as an active SEAL, she’s free to pursue other interests. Like her two best friends Lt. Jim “Retro” Waters and Chief Warrant Officer Todd “Magic” Hunter. She’s wanted them for over a year, but never dared to approach them while in the squad.
Retro has fought his dark desires since high school, certain the need to share a woman unnatural. Magic had never considered sharing before Ghost mentions it, but it solves his dilemma of choosing between his best friend and his woman. But Retro balks at Ghost’s offer to share and retreats from both when she marries Magic.
Everyone feels Retro’s loss, but he ignores the ache of their broken connection in favor of living ‘normal.’ When Ghost and the other wives of Beta Squad are kidnapped, Retro must reevaluate how much both Ghost and Magic mean to him. And he must decide how far he’s willing to go to save the woman he loves, before she becomes the Navy’s ghost.
About the Author
Siobhan Muir lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he’s never shifted when she can see him. When not writing, she can be found looking down a microscope at fossil fox teeth, pursuing her other love, paleontology. An avid reader of science fiction/fantasy, her husband gave her a paranormal romance for Christmas one year, and she was hooked for good.
In previous lives, Siobhan has been an actor at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a field geologist in the Aleutian Islands, and restored inter-planetary imagery at the USGS. She’s hiked to the top of Mount St. Helens and to the bottom of Meteor Crater.
Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you will find in her paranormal romance stories.
Siobhan’s recent release, The Navy’s Ghost, is the first book in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series. She has published A Hell Hound’s Fire (a free read) and The Beltane Witch in the Cloudburst Colorado series. Siobhan has also published Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin and Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack through Siren Publishing, and Her Devoted Vampire through Evernight Publishing.