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Heather lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, she skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

Q: What is your writing day like?

A: My writing day starts between 4 and 4:30 every morning. I get up, let the dogs out, make coffee and retreat to the garage where I sit with my laptop in the cool silence and write for at least two hours. I pause around 7 to get my daughter off to school and then right back to the laptop until 9. All new words are written in the isolation in the garage, away from the Internet and other distractions. It’s cool in the summer mornings (downright nippy in the winter), but I do most of my new words every day right there. After that, it’s time for any day job work, edits, blogs and day-to-day chores. 

 

Q: What books most influenced your life?

A: I think every phase of my life has had a book that’s marked itself important. As a child, those were the Harlequins my grandmother read to me, later it was Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Tolkienesque epic Dragonlance Chronicles. By my late teens, Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned called out to me. The varied genres all shared one common theme: powerful, vivid characters that I wanted to know more about.

 

Q: Why do you write?

A: It sounds trite and clichéd, but I write because I don’t know how to not write. I wrote my first “story” when I was in pre-school. I wrote my first “book” when I was in the fourth grade, a terrifically bad picture book that I still have and was my daughter’s favorite storybook when she was little. But writing is catharsis, escapism, creativity and so much more all rolled into one activity. I write every day, rarely skipping unless very ill or traveling and then I make up for it the next day. If I go longer than a week without writing, I get really, really cranky.

 

Q: How long does it take you to write a complete novel?

A: Depends on the novel. I can write a novella in three days, but a longer novel may take a month.

 

Q: What other genres do you write?

A: A friend of mine calls me a schizophrenic writer because I love all genres and I write in so many from paranormal romance to romantic suspense to urban fantasy to erotic romance and contemporary…and I have a paranormal western series as well. That’s not even touching the stack of ‘to be written’ ideas that I keep accumulating.

 

Q: What is the hardest part of writing a book?

A: The beginning. It’s the most difficult part hands down. I always think I know where a story is starting, but I can write and rewrite the first chapter a couple of times before I find that ‘magic moment.’ Usually by the third chapter, I have it and we’re off to the races. The first chapter is usually the one I revise the most too.

 

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

A: Sleep? No, seriously, I actually love to cook. I love experimenting with new recipes. I also enjoy quilting. Then there is my guilty pleasure—the television. I used to watch shows professionally and write reviews (I still actually do that now and again), but I am hopelessly addicted to several great shows that I can’t get enough of including Castle, The Vampire Diaries, Eureka, Haven, Bones and yes, Hart of Dixie…which is cute and funny all at the same time.

 

Q: What inspires your stories?

A: So much inspires what I write from a song lyric to a drive down the road to a conversation to research on another project. For example, when I lived in Virginia I drove down this tree-lined stretch of road every day. One morning I drove past and the trees were there, four hours later I drove back and the trees were gone. All that was left was this stubbly field of cut off tree trunks. The visual floored me and a character was born. In another instance, it was just the question of what if? So many stories come from a what-if, but they don’t take root until I discover the right character to answer that question.

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Have Yourself a Marine Christmas (Always a Marine)

Heather Long (Published by: Decadent Publishing Company)

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Rebel with a holiday… Ryan Edward Brun—Rebel to his friends—has always loved Christmas. Whether raising money for Toys for Tots, delivering presents dressed up like Santa Claus or driving his platoon cra MORE...

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Heather Long Book Bundle

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Military romance at its finest! Enjoy four stories from Heather Long’s Always a Marine series in one smokin’ hot ebook. ONCE HER MAN, ALWAYS HER MAN TELL IT TO THE MARINE PROUD TO SERVE HER HER MARINE MORE...

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Hunt Me (Love Thieves #3)

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One Thief… Wealthy, titled, and very privileged, Lady Katherine Hardwicke successfully eluded some of the best thieves in the world in a quest to obtain the Fortunate Buddha. Her time is running out and he MORE...

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Treasure Me (Love Thieves #2)

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One Treasure… Some would kill to know what Sophie Kingston knows. Rich and powerful people will do anything to possess the secret, but not even Sophie realizes how much danger she is in—or how far they wil MORE...

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Catch Me (Love Thieves #1)

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Maxwell Sauvage was born into a life of privilege…and boredom. As a “security consultant” to the powerful, he enjoys pitting his wits against the most intricate of security systems for business and pleasu MORE...

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Scent of Madness (Black Hills Wolves #40)

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While their Alpha fights to survive, an elusive killer hunts among their pack, slaying humans and the wolves who mated them. The Enforcer’s rigid rule and terse attitude have everyone uneasy. On the hunt for MORE...

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Wolf in Winter Clothing (Winter Solstice Run)

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Roland James waited a long time to return to the Black Hills. After Seth, his best friend, left—was driven away—and Seth’s family vanished in the night, he had no reason to stay. Only one purpose remained MORE...

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What a Wolf Wants

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He runs alone... Ryker Grey is used to being on the outside looking in. For more than fifty years, he has worked as Pack Enforcer for the Black Hills Wolves, rising to his rank swiftly. Compelled by duty and MORE...

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Mischief, Mongrels and Mayhem

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She has a future to decide on.… Mischief Jones—Missy to her friends—has never taken the easy route in life. She turned down a full ride to a four-year school to attend her local college because it kept MORE...

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Her Marine Bodyguard (Always a Marine)

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Someone is watching her… Shannon Fabray’s career in the art world is on the rise thanks in no small part to her signature sculpture Her Marine. But with fame, comes fans and some like to get closer than MORE...

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Lest Old Marines Be Forgot

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She never stopped grieving… It’s New Year’s Eve, and thirty years since Brenda Connors buried the only man she ever loved. Every year on the anniversary of his death, she rings in the New Year, alone a MORE...

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A Candle For a Marine

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Tormented by the question of 'what if...' Home for Hanukkah, Sergeant Isaac Janko has never forgotten the baby his girlfriend gave up for adoption years ago. But he didn’t realize how angry he still was... MORE...

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A Marine of Plenty

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Serving overseas is a lonely duty… Captain Charlie Sparks faces an impossible task—assigned to a security detail for the sister of a fallen Marine. The last thing Charlie wants is this beautiful woman in MORE...

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Marine with Benefits

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She’s his best friend’s sister… From cradle to grave, Derek and Keith grew up together, enlisted, served, and rose through the ranks together. When Keith died in the field, the last thing he asked was MORE...

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Marine in the Wind

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Freewill bound… Greg Rainwater lost a piece of himself in the deserts of Iraq, a piece his Shaman great-grandfather would call his soul. Heading to Freewill, Wyoming, the retired Marine hopes to find what MORE...

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Marine Ever After

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Marine Paul Torres is used to women who enjoy the pleasure of the moment and whom he can bed with a wink and a smile. But with so many of his friends settling down, he’s turned on by the allure of finding the MORE...

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A Marine Affair

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Secret lovers for years, Commander Rick McConnell and Colonel Elijah Masters have nurtured their very private relationship with planned vacations and leaves, always meeting somewhere different—always escaping MORE...

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What Part of Marine Don't You Understand?

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Matt McCall’s struggles to reintegrate into civilian life have been an ongoing battle for the better part of two years. Daily group sessions and weekly one-on-ones have only allowed him to grow so far. Twice MORE...

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Combat Barbie

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The high school beauty queen… The face of baby food, the darling of surfing commercials, and the exotic stunner who walked away with the Miss California title at eighteen, Mary Phillips has heard “you’ MORE...

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A Marine and a Gentleman

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Lieutenant Brenden Fitzpatrick is a dedicated Marine, loyal son, and devoted uncle, but he's lonely. When he went Marine, the rule was don't ask, don't tell. His brothers-in-arms pretty much didn't ask and didn MORE...

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The Two and the Proud

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Roger Michael Easton IV, better known as Rowdy, flouted the family's Naval tradition to enlist in the Marines—not as an officer, but a ground pounding grunt. He never expected to see as much combat or valor a MORE...

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Always a Marine #10)

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Have you ever woken up every day afraid of everything? For single mom and widow Melody Carter, six months passed since an IED ripped her life apart. Everyone is sympathetic and offers platitudes of comfort a MORE...

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The Marine Cowboy

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Turning down a billet at Mike's Place in Dallas, Sergeant A.J. Turner left Iraq for Freewill, Wyoming with one goal in mind—to forget the last five years. Trading his MARPATS for jeans and his cover for a cow MORE...

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No Regrets, No Surrender

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At the end of their night of frenzied passion, Jazz Winters walked away from the only two men who’d ever made her feel like a woman. Logan Cavanaugh and Zach Evans let her go, but only if she swore all her fu MORE...

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Her Marine (Always a Marine)

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Shannon Fabray is a sculpture artist and her love of the pure masculine body is demonstrated in every work of aesthetic art she creates. But her passion for the body doesn't extend into her personal life after MORE...

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