Behind the Books – Interview with author Jamie Rae + a signed book giveaway!

by Maryse on July 12, 2015 · 29 comments

in Behind The Books

Author Jamie Rae

I met Jamie at RT 2015!!! There she was with her very cool-sounding book (Call Sign Karma)… and all sorts of Air Force goodies decorating her table. Even an Air Force suit!! And guess what? It was HERS!!! She was an active duty airman!!

I was so fascinated, ’cause now, not only was this a military romance book (men in uniform… AND a woman in uniform), but it was written by someone that had first hand experience with military life. I had to know more!

So, first… what’s the book about?

“Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps–and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…

Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind–and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all–until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?”

And here is Jamie… giving us a look into her bad-ass military life and her book!

Hi Jamie!! Welcome to our crew! Tell us a little bit about yourself, what inspired you to write this book and how is it a book only you could write?

Jamie: They say to write what you know and as an Air Force veteran and military spouse, I know the military. After graduating from dental school, I joined the Air Force and volunteered for an assignment to Osan Air Base in South Korea. It was there where I met my husband, who is a fighter pilot. When our first son was born and during 911 we made the decision that it was best if I separated from active duty. My husband remains active duty today, and it was awesome to able to consult with him while writing CSK to make sure the flying parts of the story were authentic.

I chose to write this story about a female fighter pilot because I admire and respect strong woman, especially women in the military and in jobs that are primarily male dominated. I’ve spent a lot of my life in career fields and situations that were male dominated so I felt very at home writing this story. Tink has a lot of my own voice––my inside voice, her outside voice. ☺

I cherish my time and life in the Air Force both as an active duty airman and as a spouse. The military offers a lot of camaraderie that I hope is well depicted in the story. Some of my closest friends, I made while serving. Also the story will take you inside the cockpit of the jet and give you an inside glimpse to the history and antics ☺ of an actual name ceremony in which the pilot receives their Call Sign. The reader will cross the pond and experience a deployment and going to war with the characters. For anyone who has served or has known anyone who has served, the emotions and experiences are very real.

Wow. I love that we get a first hand look, from someone that knows not just the about the duty, but the connections made and emotions felt. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It’s an escape for me. I love playing around with new stories and new characters and seeing where they will take me.

And where they take us!! YAY! Okay… and what’s your least favorite thing?

When the voices stop talking ☺

Gah!! Yes I hear that a lot. A writer’s struggle for sure. Tell me… What do you love most about this book?

I love the strength and vulnerability of my main character. I think she is very real. She’s a total badass chick who is willing to take chances and stand up for what she believes in. She’s also just a girl, who has unexpectedly fallen in love while dealing with the heartache of losing her brother. This story also deals with the sensitive subject of PTSD and I have received many emails telling me how the story has helped them or how well the subject matter was handled.

Okay, now tell us a little more about you. (sidenote… to give us some insight about herself, Jamie tells us… “yes, I stole these questions from In the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton.”) LOL!!! :P

What is your favorite word? Determination.

What is your least favorite word? No.

What turns you on? People who are honorable and courageous and willing to stand up for what they believe in.

What turns you off? Negativity and dishonesty.

What sound or noise do you love?  My children’s giggles.

What sound or noise do you hate? Ambulance sirens.

What profession, other than your own, would you most like to attempt? I am in a really good place career wise at the moment. I love what I am doing. As a mother, wife, orthodontist, author, and volunteer for pet rescues, my life revolves around making people smile. The only thing I’d possibly like to add in to the mix would be to own a quaint little coffee/book shop. Maybe…someday.

Wow Jamie!!! You seem so amazingly well-rounded. You have had so many life experiences and have been (or are still) a part of so many wonderful ventures. I am so happy for you!!

Final question…What’s next for Jamie Rae?

My family is in the middle of major cross-country PCS (military move) and due to military commitments the kiddos and I are doing most of it solo. However stories are still swirling inside of my head and I definitely need a fun escape, so I’ve been working on Ash’s story and a few other side projects. Who is Ash?? Ash is a secondary character in CSK that readers have fallen in love with. He has a boyish charm, quick-wit and he’s an all-around stand-up guy. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s super hot and Special Forces.

YAY!!! Thank you so much Jamie. It was wonderful meeting you, and finally getting to know you better!! *hug*

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Now for the giveaway:

Jamie is giving away a a signed copy of CALL SIGN KARMA and a swag pack!!

How to enter for a chance to win? Just leave a comment below, and by 10pm EST, Wednesday July 15th 2015, I will randomly select ONE winner for the prize above.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.

Giveaway open to US addresses only, although all are welcome to comment!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane F. July 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Jamie, thank you for your service. Your book sounds like a great opportunity to learn about military life. I love kick ass heroines!

bn100 July 12, 2015 at 2:16 PM

interesting interview

Tina July 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Thank you.

AngieG July 12, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Thanks for sharing with us, Jamie!

Norma Palacio July 12, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Sounds like another good one! Going to one- click but still would love a chance to win signed copy & some swag!!!

Mindi July 12, 2015 at 6:19 PM

This sounds really good!!!!

Kim U July 12, 2015 at 7:34 PM

This was a fabulous book, I couldn’t believe it was a debut novel and I loved it!

Julie o July 13, 2015 at 3:28 AM

Her book sounds really good. Love books about strong women and being in the military makes it even better.

Maria Malaveci July 13, 2015 at 7:11 AM

Thanks so much for the chance! ♥

Jenn July 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Great Interview…..

Michelle Smith July 13, 2015 at 8:28 AM

This book has been on my radar to look at! I would love chance to get it directly from the author!

Patricia July 13, 2015 at 9:35 AM

I love books with strong female characters. This will be on my TBR list. Thank you, Jamie, for telling us more about yourself and giving us an insight on your book.

Nancy mathias July 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

I love this author and call sign karma was amazing,waiting for her next story,you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action

Heather Strand July 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Thanks for sharing :) . Would love to win this giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!

Toni J July 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

this sounds like a good one!

Teresa H. July 13, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Great giveaway! Loved the interview.

Amy P. July 13, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Wow! Dental school, to Air Force, to author. That’s quite a mix!

AmyB July 13, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Looks like a great book! I want to win!

Grey July 13, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Wow! Awesome interview, would love to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Deborah July 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM

I absolutely loved this book!!!! Total kickass heroine……and if you loved Top gun then you will love this book……it’s just turned around where Maverick is a she and her instructor is a he:)…….so much fun to read……one of my top favorites for 2015!!!!

Debra D July 13, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Thanks so much for the chance!!! I havent read this one!!

Nancy July 13, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this. It sounds very interesting. I would definitely love to get my hands on this.

Sue July 14, 2015 at 2:27 AM

Looks like a good book.

Shirley July 14, 2015 at 9:36 AM

I have been hearing great things about this book and I dont know why I havent read it. Would love to win this giveaway but if I dont win, I will definitely be buying it!

Priya July 14, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Oh my gosh! This sounds amazing! Yay for strong women characters!

Dena July 14, 2015 at 3:04 PM

This sounds like a good book. I love to read new authors!! Thank you for the chance to read it.

Jamie Rae July 15, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Thank you so much Maryse and thank you everyone for your kind words!! XXXOOO Good Luck and I hope you will love my feisty female fighter pilot!!!

Kim July 15, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Great interview! I can’t wait to read about Ash!

Erika July 15, 2015 at 9:57 PM

Thank you for the great post and chance to win!

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