Four Hard SWATs by Marteeka Karland

Four Hard SWATs by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Shara Azod, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Other: BDSM, Multiple Partners, (M/F/M/M/M), Menage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

Tawni only wanted to prove herself. As sniper to her SWAT team, she was finally on the path she’d always needed to find. Until a raid gone wrong ends her in the hospital.

Nicholas, Grayson, Wyatt and Sebastian make up the rest of her team. What she doesn’t know, what they have no idea how to tell her, is that they have every intention of proving to her why she belongs with them. Not only as a member of their team, but in their lives.

Unfortunately, Tawni has a tendency to gravitate to the wrong kind of men, dominant men who would rather hurt her than seduce her. Until she can put that part of her past aside, she can’t give herself fully to them.

But Tawni has never faced a man so intent on what he wants as these four men. Soon, she’ll come to realize she longs to take everything her four hard SWATs have to offer.

What’s not to like about being the center of attention, or being the whole world for not just one but four dominate males? Some men and a lot of military men in particular have the “me Tarzan, you Jane” mentality. In this age of women’s lib, alpha males can sometimes rub women the wrong way. The heroine in this short has a track record for finding men in all the wrong places so it was easy to understand why she was hesitant to believe that these guys were sincere initially. Their story is hot and sweet all at the same time.

Tawni has made it as a member of an elite SWAT team, though she is still earning her stripes, so to speak. I adored her and her need to prove herself as well as knowing just how much to push. After all Tawni is the only female in her SWAT team that is full of prior Marines.

The men are just that. All men. As in they are the definition of alpha male.

BDSM reads are intriguing to read, more so for someone in the lifestyle. Readers can gauge the story and contents by their own experiences. This one meets pretty much what I’d consider BDSM standards (keep in mind the length of the book)… each of the four Doms were shown as caring and protective. They proved that a Dom can give a sub what she needs without crossing the line and being a jerk.

This was a short read, the story flowed well and characters were very believable.

I loved the interaction between all four males. There were two big win points for me: when Nico asked Tawni a question, she nodded… but he made her voice what she wanted. That meant something to me because it showed that the writer understood that communication was key to a D/s relationship. The second win point… comes almost at the end of the book. I really can’t say what it was without giving away the conclusion, but it’s an important part.

Suffice it to say this was a well written short story and I loved it. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good ménage, BDSM themed story.

Friday Spotlight: Shara Azod

I think every author goes into writing more for the love of telling stories and having others enjoy reading it more than the money or whatever fame they may receive. I personally don’t think I will ever be famous, but I would LOVE to be able to make a living out of writing. Most people have the false notion writer make a lot. That is hilariously far from the truth. Only a very few on the very top make real money writing.

Unfortunately the advent of epirates have made it harder and harder for authors to keep doing what they love. It is really a shame when others think it is perfectly fine to upload a book to give away for free. I think a lot of people don’t realize you aren’t hurting the big guys, you are killing the little guy.

eBook writers for the most part only get a percentage of total net sales. When people actively seek out those books for free, it takes money away from your favorite author to publisher, who cannot afford to give it away for free. I actually had a conversation with a person who had uploaded my books about it. She informed me it is no different from going to the library. If only that were true. When sales slip, authors (most of whom have full time jobs) have to work harder to make a decent living. Sometimes that means overtime or a heavier concentration of day jobs. Several popular authors have quit altogether rather than fight a bunch of people who feel entitled to an author’s work.

The notion boggles my mind. Who is that entitled that you can just take some else’s hard work. And it is work. Building a world from your imagination is harder than most think. Coming up with fresh stories that unique is always a challenge. Having to fight epiracy is even trickier. I would really love it if the fans of authors would join in the fight. Don’t patronize the sites that give books away. If you can, tell people – spread the world. ePiracy kills the market, kills creativity and only serves to make the big guys bigger because they can afford international attorneys to fight these sites. In the end, it is up to all of us to ensure our favorite authors are around for a while.

Thursday Spotlight: Shara Azod

I think the most sexual adventurous people in world would be academics. People like professors and librarians, philosophers or scientists. They tend to be free thinkers, not all of them, but a lot just practice the philosophy that there is nothing particularly wrong with letting your freak flag fly so to speak . I worked in academia and I was always fascinated how open and honest a lot of people were about who they were and what they were into. It wasn’t even like bragging or being gross, just matter-of-fact admission and embracing of their inner freaks.

I realize that may be grossly over simplifying. I know that I learned a lot working in a world where there were fewer absolutes and questions were a good thing. It helped me grow a lot and accept people for who they are, not judge them by any kind of preconceived notions I might’ve had. Life would be so much easier if we all learned to accept others as is. As long as consenting adults are not hurting one another or others, why judge it? If you don’t like it you don’t have to live it or read it.

I think that may be why you see a lot of academic types in erotic romance. It is not so far outside the box to think of these types of people having a really passionate love life. When I was asked to write for Beautiful Trouble Publishing in the Laurea Library Series I jumped at the chance.

Ambushed is a story about a librarian who in effectively ambushed by her high school crush. It could have easily been a sweet romance, but I don’t think a librarian would really appreciate something too sweet. I think they would want steamy, hot, titillating.

Wednesday Spotlight: Shara Azod

A little known fact about me is that I am kind of despotic. If I could be anyone I wanted, I think I would be Cleopatra I- not the one who got Marc Anthony killed, but the first one. I think I deserve to rule a country for a little while. Or maybe Elizabeth I, or even Catherine the Great. I have this absolute rule fascination thing going on. I would probably never admit it again, but I have a deep enthrallment with people like Ivan the Terrible. I mean, how scary do you have to be before someone tries to chop you into pieces?

Beside the whole total power thing, if I was the absolute ruler I could eat the most fantastic, decadent chocolate desserts all the time. Chocolate would be like a national treasure in all its forms. Dark, milk, white, swirl, I don’t care I love it all. I would immediately outlaw banish Brussels sprouts because really, do we have need of these disgusting bundles of ewwww? And I would make Pepsi put in all their commercials that it is simply Coke the Lesser. And, yes, you can tell the difference. Coke has a much more robust taste where as Pepsi is too sweet. I know all soda is sweet but Pepsi to me is like the knock off Coke. I would also decree that everything should have an “x” word in it. I just love that letter, simply because it has so many naughty meanings. What other letter can boast such a thing?

In the future I really want to do a series starring anti-heroes . I think it would be so cool see the bad guy get the girl and totally be vulnerable for the first time in their lives. I would so love to explore the darker side of romance, love on the razor’s edge of being dangerous or even obsession. I don’t in any way advise anyone to go out looking for that in real life. When you have an inkling for some danger, it is usually better to curl up with a good book and let the characters do it for you.

That is the really great thing about eBooks, you can always think outside the box and let it rip. Some of the best plots, the best stories ,the most interesting characters can be found in eBooks. I think the most interesting books I have written could have only been published electronically. Like the 1001 Nights series, which a play off of 1001 Arabian Nights. Now all I have to do is write more of them!

Tuesday Spotlight: Shara Azod

I swear it is a true story; I once was approached by a real life sheik. Okay, so the actual sheik didn’t deign to converse with mw at all; he had members of his entourage do it. I was honest-to-goodness in the Navy once upon a time long, long ago- back before United Arab Emirate wasn’t quite as posh as it is now. The ship I was on pulled into Abu Dhabi, and instead of having scores of sailors roaming around in town, the government had built an Oasis club not far from the pier were the U.S. Naval ships were docked. It was one of the very few places you could drink alcohol in the city. There was really nice bar, a pool slot machines, pool tables- everything us heathen could use. A lot of us from my ship went there most nights because what else were we going to do, right? To go into town you had to be covered from neck to ankle, not swathed but in a shirt that went up to the neck and pants that went covered the ankles, and it was way too hot for that.

I was minding my own business one night, walking past the table where this sheik dude hung out every night. No one ever paid him any attention after a while, we were used to seeing him there. That’s why when one of his “people” stopped me one night, I thought nothing of it. I actually had a seat. He didn’t speak to me directly, but he was staring at me the whole time. Not a good stare, not a bad stare just this really intense look. It made me feel a little like some kind of specimen. One of his people asked what I was drinking, so I said, rum and Coke. They bought a bottle of Bacardi 151 and I kind of had the feeling I really needed to get back to the ship and stay there for a little while.

I excused myself to go the rest room, grabbed a couple of friends and booked it back to the ship. I didn’t venture far from it for like three days. I never, ever walked past that table again. When I was telling someone else that story they totally didn’t believe me, because let’s face it, it just doesn’t happen to anyone you know.

So I decided to do a small series on Navy couples and I incorporated some of the most ridiculous unbelievable stories that I had actually seen happen (though I must stress NONE of it ever happened to me), and the Anchors Away series was born. Trust me, the worst stories were never told and I always changed the names and endings to protect the identities of the guilty.

Monday Spotlight: Shara Azod

The first time I read porn I was confused. I was a kid, so that was part of it I am sure. With limited sexual knowledge, I was aghast at what I was secretly reading in the dark with a flashlight. I know I just didn’t get it. Yeah, they were going at it and everything, but I had no idea why they were. The first time I read erotica I was a great deal older, wiser, and I knew I had found the one thing I wanted to write. There was a reason behind (most of the encounters in true erotica. It doesn’t always have to be love, but there is always a story there.

I cut my teeth so to speak on Ellora’s Cave. I was fascinated and astounded when I stumbled across the company. I never knew you could actually write romance like that! It was so hot, so steamy, so good. Lora Leigh quickly became one of my favorites, but I soon discovered so many more out there, and I could read it in secret on my PDA too! I was soon devouring Lora Leigh, Jaid Black, Cheyenne McCray and Marianne LaCroix. And then OMG! There was IR erotic romance too? No way! I remember the first time I read Eve Vaughn; I couldn’t put the book down until I had read every word. I was soon an eBook erotic romance junkie, gobbling up everything I could get my hands on- no matter what genre. I think my all time favorites have to be the Blood Brothers series by Eve Vaughn and Smokin’: Carolina in the Storming by Jeanie Johnson & Jayha Leigh. They are all so full of passion and a right amount of angst. Smoking hot leading men is always a plus too.

I know that when I sit down to write, I generally do try to find out all I can about the main characters before the story starts to take shape. If I am writing a historical, I want to find little tidbits not taught in schools, just to add a tiny, itsy bitsy lesson. My main objective however, is to make it as believable as possible, even though let’s face, life never works out the way it does ion any HEA romance. Still, I want to believe myself that it could happen. Even if I am writing about an ancient Celtic deity, I want to get the details right, just in case.

I have heard a lot of grumblings lately about people who start in romance and then take beloved characters or plot lines and veer off into something else. I don’t believe I could ever do that. I just love writing steamy romance. I have written a couple of “sweet” romances, but I find in general, I just can’t do it. Maybe because I don’t really believe anything can be that sweet, or maybe I am just jaded. I love to read a sweet romance every now and again, but when I try to write it, it just seems so off to me.

I would advise any newbie thinking about writing to just do it. I have found that what works for some, may not always work for others, so find what works for you, i.e. outlines, or story boarding and just get at it. And let your characters speak, but learn when to shut them up. A thrice over is never a bad idea. I really wish I had gone over my first book My Cherie Amour more before it was published. I read it now and I am like Ugh! It could have been so much better.

I think my work now is better, I hope so anyway. I think Ropin’ Eli, my first release at Beautiful Trouble Publishing is the start of a really great series. I hope I can do it justice!