Today I am so pleased to welcome Trina Lane to Joyfully Jay. Trina has come as part of the Rainbow Readers Cruise Blog Tour to talk to us about her latest release, Northern Currents. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Hello Rainbow Cruisers!

I am so excited to be a part of this inaugural Rainbow Readers Cruise. I’ve never been on a cruise before, and this sounded like the perfect opportunity to experience something new with people who share similar interests. Also, I’ve never been to the Keys or the Bahamas, so when I heard about the opportunity, my fingers practically flew across the keyboard to sign up. Some readers and creators I know well from years in the industry and others I’ll be meeting for the first time, but I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with my work, I have been publishing gay romance since 2010. To date, I have 22 books published. I’ve written MM, MMM, MMF, MFM, and even a few MF way back in the day. I have a handful of standalone books, but most of my stories are part of a series. With the goal of offering readers a diverse selection, I’ve written series in various genres. I have urban cowboys, collegiate athletes, shifters, and found family, to name a few. One thing you will often see in my books are characters who are first responders, military, or in the medical field. I write as a stress relief, and hold down a full-time job as a medical director for a nonprofit organization in St. Louis. I have a son who is almost as tall as me, and he loves to check if he’s surpassed mom daily.

My most recent series, Got Your Six, is a thematic series that features one book for each branch of the military. All the books are standalone stories, so readers can pick plots and characters that appeal to them. Book one, Zero Control, came out in October 2023 and features Army Sergeant Major Rick Davis and software engineer Keiji Pacheo. Together they must navigate the unexpectedly dangerous world of cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence. Book two, Northern Currents, was just released March 26! Coast Guard rescue swimmer Jacob Sanders and Holden Gates, an adventure guide on YouTube, must navigate their way across Alaska in the dead of winter. Along the way, they must survive earthquakes and avalanches. The early developmental states of book three are underway and it is scheduled for release at the end of the year. So if you see me furiously typing away on the ship, you know why 🙂

One aspect of my writing I work very hard at is creating very descriptive worlds and multidimensional characters. I’m a visual person by nature. As someone who has done landscape and architecture photography for over 30 years, one of my favorite pastimes is to look back on photos I’ve taken over the years. The emotions surrounding that moment in time are still vivid in my memory. When I write, I want the words on the page to provide a similar experience for my readers. I want them to be enveloped in my plots, to feel the emotion of the characters, and at the end, take a deep breath to reflect on what the book meant to them.

 

rainbow readers cruise logoThe Rainbow Readers Cruise celebrates the readers and creators of LGBTQ+ fiction and romance. The cruise departs from the Port of Fort Lauderdale on August 19, 2024 and returns August 23, 2024, with stops at Key West and Coco Cay (Celebrity’s private island). Along the way, meet and mingle with some of your favorite LGBTQ+ fiction and romance authors and creators, as well as attend panels, meet and greets, small group social activities, and the Signing at Sea. Plus, the cruise itself, with fabulous destinations, food and drinks, entertainment, and more. You can find all the details about the Rainbow Readers Cruise on our website: https://rainbowreaderscruise.com.


Excerpt

“Now put the ready 60 on the line! Put the ready 60 on the line!” the paging system blared. Jacob ran through the hangar to where the watch captain bellowed instructions as the linemen latched the small yellow tractor, affectionately known as Big Bird, to the tow bar of the MH-60 Jayhawk. A line crewman held the button that opened the hangar door while the pilots charted the position of the ship that had called in the Mayday. Tomás, the flight mechanic, and Jacob raced with their gear toward the helicopter’s open door, the pilots dogging their heels. Tonight, the aircraft commander was Lieutenant Dixon. Jacob enjoyed flying with her. Their copilot, Lieutenant Marcello, was new to the crew, so he would act as primary navigator and troubleshooter. Venturing out to the gulf, they faced a challenging night for the case. The storm raging all along the Alaska coast was one for the record books. The four of them jumped in, strapping the five-point harnesses around their bodies. Through the ICS, Jacob heard the pilots run through the checklist. Then the whine of the engine and the thump of the blades became as steady as his heartbeat. He ran through his own checklist of equipment.

What they would find when they got on site was debatable. Jacob’s experience in most search and rescue cases, especially in weather like tonight, was that there could be a significant difference between the reports they received and what was actually happening. He looked through the windows as they sped toward the last known location of the vessel. The air was choppy as hell, and the chopper got buffeted by wind gusts. Typically, a call went out over the airwaves for any other ships in the area to help an endangered boat, if possible. But tonight, there was nobody out there except the desperate or insane. It took them nearly forty minutes to arrive on scene. Jacob saw the fishing vessel below. It was listing to port about forty degrees, and waves broke over the pilothouse.

“She’s going down, Sanders,” Tomás said.

Jacob nodded. Waves that at last report were topping out around thirty-foot swells rammed into the boat. Her crew had already abandoned ship and were out in the water.

“I’m going to make a low, slow pass overhead,” Dixon announced over the communication system.

There were ice floes on the surface, which made his descent into the water more treacherous. Normally, they would use the hoist to lower him when there was any debris in the water, but with the way the waves collided against each other, Jacob was afraid he would get pulled away from the target area.

“I know you don’t like it, but I think I need to drop in,” Jacob said.

“Fuck. I was afraid you were going to say that. Are you sure?”

“You know I’m good, Sanders, but that’s going to be about a twenty-foot drop in these swells,” Dixon warned through the ICS.

“I put my extra ass-padding on tonight.”

Dixon put the aircraft into a hover. Tomás activated the searchlight, and Jacob did his best to spot the tiny forms of humans clinging to life in the churning waters. Jacob opened the sliding door of the MH-60 Jayhawk. The gale force winds screamed through the air, drowning out the sound from the rotors only feet above his head. Tomás directed him to come forward, and Jacob assumed a sitting position in the doorway with the gunner’s belt attached to his chest. He adjusted his mask to sit more comfortably on his forehead; he hated it when the thing slid around during a jump. The churning waters of the Gulf of Alaska below looked as if they were already trying to reach up and grab him. The thirty-foot inky swells, capped with white water, gave the water the appearance of a creature foaming at the mouth. Jacob released the gunner’s belt after Tomás tapped him once on the chest. He checked his equipment one last time and gave the thumbs-up signal indicating he was ready to deploy. This was the moment he loved. Adrenaline pumped through his veins. A swirling combination of fear, excitement, and confidence. The moment he learned about Coast Guard rescue swimmers, Jacob had decided it was the only job he’d be passionate about. Ten years in and he still loved it. Well, most days.

Tomás gave Jacob three taps on the shoulder. He spied the angry ocean to make sure there was no debris directly beneath him, said a quick prayer, then jumped. Gravity carried Jacob directly toward the fathomless, heaving waves. Overhead, the sky threatened to unleash another torrent of rain, snow, and ice. He hit the water with his heels first, then his ass. Despite being in the best position to prevent injury, his body hit the water with a force that rattled his bones. The bitter temperature leeched through his dry suit, stealing his breath. Above him, the blades of the Jayhawk sliced through the air, keeping the aircraft and its three remaining crew members aloft above him. The chopper had to drop him off from higher than an ideal altitude because of the height of the waves. It wasn’t the first time, and probably wouldn’t be the last.


Blurb

Making a living as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Jacob Sanders is in a constant battle against the elements of nature.

The ocean has always fascinated Jacob. Within its embrace, he’s healed from the desolation and neglect of his time in the foster system. While his job of rescuing those in peril provides him with a sense of purpose, there is still a void in his soul. When the opportunity for some R&R arises, Jacob escapes to a hot springs resort located just outside Fairbanks, Alaska where he meets Holden. Under the enchantment of the northern lights and shared stories of their adventures, the two quickly bond. After an earthquake devastates the resort, they must navigate their way across the state, back to Jacob’s duty station, battling both freezing temperatures and the unpredictable forces of nature.

Will they survive the arduous journey, or will they be ripped apart by the unforgiving power of Mother Nature?

Buy Link: Amazon


Bio

Trina is a scientist with a passion for history, music, and photography. She loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn’t know. When the zombie apocalypse occurs, you’ll want to find her because she’s a crack shot, and promises to take out those nasty decomposing flesh-eating vermin before they have a chance to make you their snack. Her favorite aunt gave Trina a sultry romance novel to read while they were on vacation together back when Trina was in middle school and made her promise not to tell her mother. She’s been hooked ever since! Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her Apple Music library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she’s incurably romantic? She’s the mother of a very strong-willed and sweet little boy who frequently makes her smile and grimace within seconds of each other. She firmly believes that the sweetness comes from her, and the other part is her husband’s fault. She loves to hear from readers, and her greatest wish is that we all strive to achieve bigger dreams.