Birthday Present was my third erotic romance novel, but it was also the first featuring a US Marine officer as hero. As this was the birth of my US military hero books, it was only fitting to centre it around a birthday. The hero’s birthday. His name is Hunter Santiago and he is a sexy as hell warrior whom Chahna Seaver falls for head over heels. She is trying to remain a good girl — at least for a couple of hours — but, let’s face it, which woman could resist so much bundled Marine charm? Especially when they don’t do men like this where you come from.
I love reading romance novels myself and military ones are high up on my list in that genre. Badass Marines or Navy Seals have something about them the average guy off the street just doesn’t have. They are trained warriors and which woman doesn’t like to feel safe and protected? That’s the fascination of it on which an entire subculture in the romance genre is founded.
When I wrote this book, starting it in a club in Germany, I based it partially on a memory I had of my own 30th birthday party. It was quite an eventful night. I had invited some friends to dinner at an Indonesian restaurant and thereafter I had planned to go dancing in a club at a hotel.
However, one of my friends looked a bit scruffy. He hadn’t known that the dress code was a bit more up-market and had not dressed accordingly. When the security guard at the door would not allow him inside, he was about to take his leave and let us go without him, but we decided, we would not abandon him, so we went to a different, more casual club instead.
I had great fun dancing and enjoying the time with my friends until I saw a man who was watching me. He was tall, dark, muscular and really handsome. He came over and talked to me and we got on well that evening, so we extended the acquaintance and arranged for a first date.
My birthday is at the beginning of November and my daughter Tarjani was born in the last third of August the following year. She is an absolutely stunningly beautiful young lady and moreover, very talented, intelligent and well-liked wherever she goes. I adore my children, which mother doesn’t? And being a poet, I have written a special poem for Tarjani as well, which you can find in my book of spiritual poetry, My Spirit Song.
This little tale should remind you that miracles do happen. And you mustn’t forget that you are such a miracle, too. You are awesome, divine, beautiful and loveable. You have your own unique talents and traits. There is no one like you on the entire face of the earth! See, how special and unique you are? Absolutely glorious!
And when Chahna meets Hunter in Birthday Present, she cannot believe that he would be interested in her at first because she thinks she is not good enough. She doesn’t see her own beauty as clearly as Hunter sees it. But over the course of the story, she becomes more confident and grows into her own power, doing things her way and creating a happily ever after for herself! — And so can you!
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