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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday Spotlight: Sourcebooks Casablanca
SEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge
When I'm asked how I came to write SEALed With a Promise, I have to admit the first person who got “SEALed” with a promise was me.
Like a true bad-boy hero, Caleb aka “Do-Lord” Dulaude did not behave well in our first encounters. He was only supposed to be Jax’s perceptive sidekick. Instead, he took SEALed With a Kiss hostage and wouldn’t give it back!---until I wrote down the story of what he was before he was a SEAL. A trailer-trash kid who faked his IQ down, hid out in public libraries between bootleg deliveries, and had only one moral yardstick—whatever took care of his mother.
I worked two weeks but when I was done, Do-Lord still wouldn’t let me finish Jax’s story—not until I promised this SEAL a happily-ever-after of his own.
Promising wasn’t hard. Do-Lord had touched my heart. Delivering on the promise was.
I understood why he longed for a love like Jax had found, but a sweet-to-the-bone heroine like Pickett would be a disaster. I had in mind someone bright, sassy, savvy, and super-confident—anyone else he’d run circles around, and be bored with in less than a week.
I was designing the perfect woman when in butted Emelina Caddington, PhD. She demanded his covert operations help with a wedding cake heist.
Emmie had the “bright” qualification, in fact she was a brilliant, out-of-the-box thinker—hence the cake caper. The rest? Not so much. She tended to get all stiff and starchy around what she called jocks, and really, Miami Dolphins, Navy SEALs—what was the difference? She recognized the type. She was clueless about hair, clothes and makeup, and despite her brain power, a little naïve about man-woman relationships.
I didn’t see this ending well—and then it got worse. Do-Lord discovered Emmie was a family friend of Senator Teague Calhoun. What’s wrong with that? you ask. Look at this, the book’s opening line:
Chief Petty Officer Caleb “Do-Lord” Dulaude always said if he ever saw Teague Calhoun again, he’d kill him.