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Delta Force #1

December 2015
On Sale: December 1, 2015
384 pages
ISBN: 1492619221
EAN: 9781492619222
Kindle: B011SPAJ74
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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


Writing is a curious occupation. It is about spending hour upon hour cloistered away with a keyboard and a crowd of friends…who don’t exist. If you think having imaginary friends as a kid is odd, take a day trip into a writer’s head. Not only do I bring them to life, but every minute we spend together is very up close and personal…and in a big novel that’s hundreds of hours. And that doesn’t begin to count the amount of time I spend thinking about them off-line. Imagine if you will, that you spend 2 hours each day having a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse. In just three months or so of doing that every single day, seven days a week, that is how many hours a writer spends getting to know their characters. And not just the little stuff, it’s the down deep and dirty:

- What are your dreams?
- What twisted you up as a kid? As a grownup?
- Really tell me about your parents.
- The scars from your last lover.
- I write military, so how did it feel to watch your best friend die? I mean how did it really feel?
- How does it feel to fall in love?
- Describe the first kiss in glorious detail? Come on, both of you, man and woman.
- Tell me about your sex life and the emotions you felt as…
- Tell me about the revelation of happy ever after
- Tell me…
Finishing a book is an act of triumph for a writer. But it is also an act of departure from a cherished community. That story is done. Those people—who I grew so close to that my wife looks askance at me the way I sometimes talk about them—are suddenly no part of my daily life. And yet, there is a moment that forgives all of that. A moment that makes the loss possible to bear; more than that, makes it worthwhile. My wife—who is both my fellow brainstormer and my first reader—and I always open a box of new books together. We coo over them and chat about the story. We recall favorite moments and the best bits. I set the first copy I touch on a shelf with all of the other tales I’ve told. (I often wonder if the characters who have sat there for a time welcome them in easily or with trepidation before final acceptance.) I set aside a copy for my daughter and my sister. And then I dance. Not necessarily cavorting about the room (which tends to scare the cat), but I feel strangely light and full of joy. I walk with a lighter step for the days that follow. Yes, there is loss, but there is also closure for me. Because I know that for the characters there is a world of readers waiting to travel on the journey with them. That is a cause for celebration and joy. I strive to embrace those moments of gratitude in my life. And maybe I do just a little cavorting as well.


What book as a reader caused you to dance a little when you first had your copy in hand? Leave a comment below and be entered for a chance to win a copy of TARGET ENGAGED.

About M. L. Buchman

M. L. Buchman has over 40 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the Year,” nominated for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of 2014” by RT Book Reviews, and twice Booklist “Top 10 of the Year” placing two of his titles on their “The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction. In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single- handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world. He is now making his living as a full-time writer on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing by subscribing to his newsletter at www.mlbuchman.com. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube


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30 comments posted.

Re: M. L. Buchman | Release Day Dance

I enjoy all types of books. I got very excited when we found books that my
sister and I read as children that I can now pass down to my 4-year-old
Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway.
Target Engaged looks like a great book!
(Anita Seymour 2:34am November 30, 2015)

Over the years, I've read so many books, that there have been
dances done from jigs to waltzes. When I was a young girl,
the one book that pops into my head is the Autobiography of
Helen Keller. The reason I mention this particular book, is
because not only did I want to read her life story after
seeing the movie The Miracle Worker on tv, but because after
reading it, I actually looked up to her, and she helped me
shape my life. As I got older, there were other books that
had an effect on me for other reasons, but that particular
book will be one of at least two or three that will always
stand out in my mind. I'm looking forward to reading your
latest book, and congratulate you on your latest
accomplishment!! The kudos you've received aren't too
shabby, either!! lol I know it's going to do well. Have a
very Merry Christmas, and all the best to you in the coming
New Year!!
(Peggy Roberson 6:49am November 30, 2015)

Gosh there are quite a few...when I receive the lastest book of JR Ward or Christine Feehan I hit the roof!!! But I must admit ANY book involving Seals does the same thing for me!!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:52am November 30, 2015)

Too many to pick one.
(Marissa Yip-Young 10:12am November 30, 2015)

Anytime I pick up a book from an author I enjoy reading! :)
(Colleen Conklin 11:55am November 30, 2015)

Happy Book Birthday! I was so delighted to discover you in the Wounded Warriors anthology and have been searching you out assiduously! If you write it, I read it!
Expecting Gini Koch latest Alien and Diane Kelly's next Paw book, along with Suzanne Johnson's next Pirate...
(Kathleen Bylsma 12:45pm November 30, 2015)

What a delightful post! Happy Book Birthday
(Lenna Hendershott 1:10pm November 30, 2015)

...Gee Cyber Monday, it didn't post all my comment so I'll try again...

What a delightful post! Happy Book Birthday
(Lenna Hendershott 1:11pm November 30, 2015)

It was the second book in The Hollows series by Kim
Harrison. The first books had so impressed me with the
creativity of her world building.
(G. Bisbjerg 3:28pm November 30, 2015)

The first book I win made me dance was a Robyn Carr fool gold
touch me
(Emily Stemp 3:32pm November 30, 2015)

I have danced through lots of books from beginning to end and some I kept reading hoping they would eventually get better and which some did not .I love to dance and hate it when the music stops.
(Joan Thrasher 5:27pm November 30, 2015)

As a kid I was reading Zane Grey, Earl Stanley Gardner,
Flicka and much more... and dancing, especially tap
(Nancy Ludvik 5:36pm November 30, 2015)

My daughter and I read the Harry Potter books together. When
the last book came out she was at her Dads house for the week.
When I got the book in the mail I danced around and read it
before she got home. Don't worry we read it when she got back.
(Julie Wingate 6:43pm November 30, 2015)

I do remember dancing about any books. They do make me happy
when I read a good book. The sad part is that it ends,
(Cynthia Cook 10:13pm November 30, 2015)

Any book makes me dance with joy.If it's part of a series
I've been waiting to finish then I dance twice as much. :-)
(Lisa White 12:18pm December 1, 2015)

any Linda Leal miller books or Robyn Carr books i won
(Emily Stemp 9:45am December 1, 2015)

Anything by JD Robb.
(Shirley Cochran 3:25pm December 1, 2015)

M.L. love your writing style. That being said, if I'm to be
completely honest, every book has that effect on me. When I
was a child my maternal grandmother used to always buy me
books. I grew-up, and found I've never outgrown my
appreciation for the written word.
(Susan S 5:09pm December 1, 2015)

Thank you for sharing your remarkable talent with the world. The world is often a tapestry of gloom and doom and it is those people with a passion for the creative that weave the threads of light and colour into the tapestry.
(Kerry-Louise Parker 7:00pm December 1, 2015)

My favourite book, always has been, the Velveteen Rabbit. I loved it as a child and when a friend recently gifted me a copy, I actually squealed with joy.
(Kerry-Louise Parker 7:01pm December 1, 2015)

I would have to say it was the 3rd Harry Potter book, only because I waited
outside all night in line for the store to open to get my copy!
(Lily Shah 7:02pm December 1, 2015)

anything esp j.d.robb books
(Ann Unger 9:19pm December 1, 2015)

I look forward to reading your book if i happen to win
(Natasha McDonald 9:37pm December 1, 2015)

Sweet talk by Julie Garwood I was so excited I bought it the day it came out
and did a happy dance in the story. Lol my dad was so embarrassed hehe
we were supposed to be birthday shopping for the munchkin
(Krys Barton 4:48am December 2, 2015)

Any book by Patricia Briggs.
(Karin Anderson 11:49am December 2, 2015)

Oh my gosh! there are so many books that make me do a happy dance when I get them...not the least of the, yours!, now that I've found you! I'm so happy you joined in the Wounded Warriors anthology, otherwise, I probably would have been longer in finding you. Already have the next firefighters and this book in my TBA list! Thank you for such great characters and to your sweetie for being your alpha reader!
(Kathleen Bylsma 11:54am December 2, 2015)

I also love the Velveteen Rabbit! It is a remarkable read and can be reread many times with or without our family!
(Susan Patterson 12:29pm December 2, 2015)

I thought the book with no pictures was hilarious. I can't
wait to share it with my granddaughter.
(Krypton I 1:16pm December 2, 2015)

There are so many books I would be so excited about receiving. I love all regency romances and do get carried away when they come. Today I did a happy dance because my JR Ward book came. I do happy dances for just about all my books!! I LOVE them all!!!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 4:03pm December 2, 2015)

I love to get the newest JD Robb In Death book, and for action
with humor the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.
(Diane Sallans 8:53pm December 2, 2015)

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