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ML Buchman | Take Over At Midnight

Take Over at Midnight
M.L. Buchman




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Every warrior knows when it's time to give in...

The Night Stalkers #4

December 2013
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Featuring: "Crazy" Tim Maloney; Lola LaRue
384 pages
ISBN: 1402258194
EAN: 9781402258190
Kindle: B00ENQEM8I
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Also by M.L. Buchman:
Havoc, May 2021
Chinook, April 2021
Target of One's Own, February 2019
Nathan's Big Sky, June 2017


Beginnings are such fun. I love finding new and amusing ways to introduce new people, it's something I always look forward to. Part of the fun is realizing that there are intense series readers, casual series readers, and brand new readers and my goal is to keep each of them happy.

Intense series readers may remember Tim and Lola's first meeting, because it occurs late in the third book WAIT UNTIL DARK.

"That's our only backup." The Major pointed to the crew readying the Combat Search and Rescue bird on the other end of the freezing deck.

They all looked over to watch the third crew. Unquestionably SOAR. The way they moved, the gear they wore. These were not folks to be underestimated. They flew into full battle with a gun and a stretcher and were notorious for getting their people back alive.

They didn't have the heavy weapons, but they had door guns and an underslung chain gun and Vulcan cannon. The kind of medic you'd want coming for you.

"Their pilot," Tim yelled just loud enough for John to hear him over the icy wind, "Damn, but she's hot."

"Don't get your heart caught." It was an old line they used to bandy about.

"Not like you. No woman is gonna trap this boy." Tim elbowed him again and directed a nod across the deck.

One of the CSAR crew pulled off their woolen hat. A cascade of mahogany hair spilled down the woman's back. Leave it to Tim to pick out a woman despite full flight gear. A long, slender one. Major Beale had said there was a fourth, another woman in SOAR. Without turning their way, she pulled her hair back into a rough ponytail and pulled on her helmet. She climbed aboard copilot.

A glance showed Tim completely mesmerized. John elbowed him to bring his attention back to the briefing adding enough extra oomph that he almost toppled Tim to the deck. Only the driving wind kept him upright as he staggered about for a moment.

We do go on to meet Lola LaRue in the final scene of the book, even if Tim doesn't. Then there's the beginning of book #4 TAKE OVER AT MIDNIGHT. This is mainly about getting Lola into her world in a way that we can see it for the new and the series reader.

"Chief Warrant LaRue?"

Lola couldn't see who addressed her despite the bright airfield lights driving back the nighttime darkness. The helicopter that had come to fetch her kicked up a whirlwind of fine brown dust.

The dust coated everything everywhere in Afghanistan, and Bagram Air Base felt like the worst of it. It had taken less than ten minutes from arrival in-country for it to penetrate every pore of her being. Clearly you didn't need to brush your teeth here, you just chewed the air and they'd be sanded clean in no time.

Now she stood, bathed by the whirlwind, duffel in one hand and her free arm wrapped across her face to block the worst of the chopper's rotor-driven brownout with her uniform's sleeve.

"Yo!" she called out in what appeared to be the right direction.

The turbines didn't cycle down, the blades didn't even slow to idle, they stayed at flight speed, and the dust continued to roil upward in a never-ending supply from the ground.

No previously imagined neat little meet-and-greet on the ground.

No "Welcome aboard! We're so glad you're here!" entry to the innermost circle of U.S. military heli-aviation.

They had come to fetch her and return to base as if she were as exciting as a new artillery piece rather than only the fourth woman in history to qualify for the 160th SOAR and only the second female pilot.

A hand appeared from the dust and wrapped about her upper arm, firmly but not hard, and guided her into the maelstrom. Clearly she should've pulled on her flight helmet rather than clipping it to the pack strapped on her back. And tied back her hair, which now beat her about the face and neck until her skin tingled with the stings of the wind-whipped ends.

A pause and a shout in her ear stopped her before she could bang her knees on the Black Hawk helicopter's cargo deck. Considerate.

Then there's the moment where Tim and Lola truly meet. It's after they've flown into an unexpected battle and emerged unharmed, or so they think.

This time Lola waited for the blades to spin down and the worst of the dust to settle before jumping down.

She landed true, but she crumpled to the ground. When she tried to stand, pain from her leg flashed bright stars behind her winced-closed eyelids.

Someone was beside her in a moment.

Any attempts to declare she was fine were ignored.

She shut her mouth when she spotted the red stain and hole in her pant leg. She flexed her foot. The pain spiked and twisted, but the foot moved and the pain stayed on the surface.

"Just a graze," she managed through gritted teeth. She had enough training from her Combat Search and Rescue work to be an aid rather than a hindrance in a medical situation. "Some antiseptic, a bit of glue, and a bandage, and this should be fine," she announced for anyone who could be bothered to listen, which totaled absolutely no one.

She went to stand just as someone leaned down to pick her up. She felt a thump through her helmet followed by a loud curse as she dropped back to sit in the dust.

Shoving up her visor and looking over her shoulder, a vista of bright red greeted her. In the growing daylight she could now see the weight-lifter guy clearly. Tim. His hair crew cut, his skin a natural sun-kissed shade made deeper by the sun, and his nose flowing bright red where she'd smashed it with the back of her helmet.

By now, the crews were gathered around her. Here was her "Welcome to SOAR" moment, sprawled in the dirt with a bunch of soldiers staring down at her. Do not, she ordered herself, do not squirm.

What chance do they have of avoiding true love after that? It is one of the great joys I find as a writer, playing with that "What if?" moment. Peeking under the cover of human emotion and seeing just what is ticking away in the background. Hope you enjoy the book even half as much as I did.


Name: Lola LaRue
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 3
Mission: Copilot deadly choppers on the world's most dangerous missions

Name: Tim Maloney
Rank: Sergeant
Mission: Man the guns and charm the ladies

The Past Doesn't Matter, When Their Future is Doomed...

Nothing sticks to "Crazy" Tim Maloney, until he falls hard for a tall Creole beauty with a haunted past and a penchant for reckless flying. Lola LaRue never thought she'd be susceptible to a man's desire, but even with Tim igniting her deepest passions, it may be too late now...With the nation under an imminent threat of biological warfare, Tim and Lola are the only ones who can stop the madness--and to do that, they're going to have to trust each other way beyond their limits...


M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, law, opera, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It's amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. His Night Stalker Series have garnered starred reviews, top picks and have even been named an NPR Best Romance of 2012 (I Own the Dawn). He lives in Lincoln City, OR, with a loving lady and the coolest kid on the planet. For more information, please visit http://www.mlbuchman.com/.

To Purchase TAKE OVER AT MIDNIGHT: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-Million | Chapters/Indigo | IndieBound | iBookstore | Sourcebooks | Discover a New Love | Powell's Books

One person to comment will win a copy of TAKE OVER AT MIDNIGHT:

Frank's Independence Day
Night Stalkers
May 2013

The Night Is Mine
Night Stalkers
February 2012

I Own The Dawn
Night Stalkers
August 2012

Daniel's Christmas
Night Stalkers
November 2012

Wait Until Dark
Night Stalkers
February 2013




24 comments posted.

Re: ML Buchman | Take Over At Midnight

Take Over At Midnight sounds great and I am definitely intrigued.
(Melanie Backus 8:13am December 20, 2013)

This book sounds like once I start it I don't want to put it down....it's so on my list!!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 8:41am December 20, 2013)

Sounds great! I haven't read any of your series... would I
need to read the previous books to enjoy this? :-)))
(Linda Townsend 9:10am December 20, 2013)

This sounds like a great book. And since I haven't read any of the series, I have a lot of catching up to do. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Holidays.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:35am December 20, 2013)

Linda, each book is designed as a stand-alone, with cool reader cookies as to what the past characters are up to. I've read books where it was all reader cookies and I was bored because I wasn't a series reader so I'm very careful not to do that.

Also, the list of books above, "Frank's Independence Day" is actually book 3.5 and book 3.9/4.1 is not shown "Peter's Christmas". The events were supposed to occur after the release of "Take Over at Midnight", but that book was delayed by a few crucial months. So Peter (the President of the USA) single in book #4, but finds HEA in the earlier release of his Christmas story. A little weird, even if it doesn't effect the plot line.
(ML "Matt" Buchman 10:04am December 20, 2013)

I love the way you write!! It makes me feel as if I were a fly on the wall, so to speak, and that's exactly the way a reader should feel when they open a book!! I'm looking forward to reading this book, since I'd like to learn more about your characters, and how the story line plays out. Have a wonderful Christmas, and a great New Year!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:41am December 20, 2013)

Love the sound of this book and its series... have it written down.
(Colleen Conklin 11:52am December 20, 2013)

I love Fresh fiction- you are a new author to me. I have to read your books. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Barbara Wells 12:33pm December 20, 2013)

Cant wait to read this book. I am always looking for new authors to read. That's why I love fresh fiction.
(Denise Austin 12:49pm December 20, 2013)

HI thank you for the chance! Who is your favorite author?
(Vickie Schultz 1:29pm December 20, 2013)

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!
(Michelle Schafer 3:12pm December 20, 2013)

You're a new author to me, but I loved the excerpts from this book and I'll be sure to check into it.
(Marcy Shuler 3:18pm December 20, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your new book: TAKE OVER AT MIDNIGHT. I like
the hot book cover too! I would love to win and read your hot
new book this Christmas. Happy Holidays Everyone! Thank You
very much. Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 4:01pm December 20, 2013)

I've only read book 1 in this series and loved it. Very intriguing and now they are on my TRL. Thanks for the post and the chance to win.
Carol L
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(Carol Luciano 4:42pm December 20, 2013)

I am so sorry I haven't read your books, but after reading about your latest one, it will be on my to read list! How do you decide about your storyline and characters? Thank you.
(C Culp 6:26pm December 20, 2013)

Carletta, I figure that the true first reader of my books is me, the writer. So, I look for what will interest me, intrigue me through the much longer process of writing a book rather than just the reading. My storylines in this whole series are taken from recent and past news. "Take Over at Midnight" looks at the birth event of the Night Stalkers, the motivating event of these two soldiers, and the course of the meeting and courtship. Juxtaposing these three elements gave me the background, and the concept of bioterrorism gave me the cap on that sequence.

For the characters themselves, Crazy Tim Maloney was born back in Night Stalkers I and has been waiting for his story. Lola was an interesting challenge. I wanted to explore someone who had not connected with her life, who had drifted as I've seen so many young women do, and then what she's done to turn her life around on her own. What would that do? What weaknesses/fears would she be carrying forward from that past? What strengths would that require to overcome?

It kept her interesting to me the reader, totally mystifying and intriguing Crazy Tim, and hopefully made her fun for the reader as well.
(ML "Matt" Buchman 6:49pm December 20, 2013)

Are there any plans to do audio versions of your books?
Loved the first two books in the series - #3 is in my TBR
(Mary C 9:36pm December 20, 2013)

This sounds very exciting! It must be fun to let your
imagination fly and propose a lot of 'What Ifs' to see which
is the best idea.
(Diane Sallans 10:48pm December 20, 2013)

I love reading about military and special co-ops stories. I have seen your name but never a face to the name. I love the book description on each of your books. I will be following your books. Thank for the introduction.
(Kai Wong 11:34pm December 20, 2013)

Sounds wonderful. I loved the excerpts that you posted!
(Marcia Berbeza 8:27pm December 21, 2013)

I'm looking forward to a great read thank you.
(Mary Preston 1:17am December 22, 2013)

Congrats on your new release! It sounds like a very exciting book.
(Bonnie H 8:06pm December 26, 2013)

Hi Mary,
The audio rights are in the publisher's hands and they haven't yet exercised those rights. I have recorded the three holiday novellas however and those titles are available on both Amazon and iTunes.
(ML "Matt" Buchman 11:06pm December 27, 2013)

Friday night, 10:30 , and I just finished Wait Until Dark, Book 3. And Book
4 is out! I must have been really good in another life to have another book
waiting for me now.

Wait Until Dark knocked my socks off. I love your damaged heroines (and
Emily) who still get the job done, who have the courage to mend
themselves, and who have incredible action-adventures while meeting The
One. I highly recommend the first three books in this series. Don't walk.
Chopper to the closest store and get these.

Urban Fantasy - Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series and Seanan
McGuire's Incryptid series. Three thumbs up for both these series.
(Diane Flindt 2:00am December 28, 2013)

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