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Man & Mixer Monday – What a Navy Chief Drinks

by Rue Allyn

Most of my heroes, US Navy Chiefs Joe Hazard and Hank O’Mara included, go for the simple but good stuff. Quality brewed micro-beers, 100 year old scotch and fine wines. They’re quality men, so why mess around with the cheap stuff. As for frou frou drinks—you know the ones sweet as candy with little umbrellas—you wouldn’t catch an enlisted man anywhere near one. Hank O’Mara, hero of Off Limits, is strictly beer and pretzels. If he can’t get a case of his favorite, Miner’s Daughter Oatmeal Stout from Mountain State Brewing, he’ll settle for a Guinness. Joe Hazard, hero of Hazard Duty, is less particular about his beer. However, his real drink is scotch, and his favorite is single malt Ardbeg. He acquired the taste during a tour of duty in Scotland and has been hooked ever since. Nonetheless, when his life looks bleakest because the woman he loves doesn’t seem to love him back he reverts to his West Virginia mountain roots and reaches for a beer.

Leave a comment and tell me your beverage of choice or what your ideal man drinks, whether in celebration or mourning.

Now here’s a snippet from Hazard Duty, due out July 1, 2013, showing Roslyn Duncan’s first sight of her high school crush returning to town after ten years away at sea. Cover Art for Hazard Duty

The clinch Ros observed the following day was enough to make her mouth water; her nipples tingle and her belly do appreciative flips. She could only imagine what it might feel like to be the petite woman with her curves smashed against that wide solid chest, her legs between those lean muscled thighs, her butt held in the caressing grip of those large long-fingered hands and her mouth plundered by those marauding lips. Ros couldn’t see the man’s face, but if it was anything like his physique it was hard and unyielding with a take charge attitude that threatened and comforted at the same time. The memory of small brown nipples, firm pecs, an impressive six pack and semi-hard package filled her brain.

Staring at him now, his shoulders seemed broader, his hips narrower.  His thighs shifted, and the woman’s pelvis tilted in response. Ros licked her lips and looked away to realize that her car was drifting into on-coming traffic. She jerked the wheel and pulled back into her lane in time to avoid a much less pleasant collision than the one she’d been watching.

Keep your mind on your driving and off the eye-candy. Nonetheless her peripheral vision registered that the couple had parted. She finally recognized the woman—Odette Miller—who sashayed down the tree-lined sidewalk toward her cherry red roadster. The woman was insatiable.

The man, disappearing toward the back of a rental moving truck, might as well be a stranger. Although, the truck and Odette were clues enough to tell Ros that her neighbor was finally moving in. She lost sight of him as she turned into the drive of the elegant victorian where she rented the third floor apartment as well as the attic efficiency that she used as a home office. She parked in a slot beside the back stairs and got out into the late summer heat. Hurrying to open the trunk, she filled her arms with grocery bags then headed up the steps.

Normally she loved coming home to her spacious apartment. The turreted painted lady sat at the edge of town on a mountainside, providing terrific views of the valley and the rolling Appalachians that framed tiny Bird’s Gap, West Virginia. The high ceilings and cool blues of her personal quarters echoed the mountain backdrop. The rooms offered a serene retreat much needed after long days riding herd on five hundred plus teenagers, teachers and staff at the high school. Add to that the stress of balancing the contradictory demands of federally mandated regulations, the school board and the PTA. Her home’s serenity was enhanced by the knowledge that an empty second floor walk up separated her from the first floor apartment occupied by her landlady. With a new neighbor—especially this new neighbor—that separation would disappear and so would a good chunk of Rosalyn’s peace and calm.

She knew from local gossip that he hadn’t married, so she didn’t have to worry about the mayhem of babies or children at play. However, single men kept late hours and tended to party loudly with even louder women. This man’s history was filled with women and noisy, risky, serenity-stealing behavior. Ros shook her head. She was borrowing trouble. He’d been gone for the better part of ten years. Perhaps he now shared her fondness for quiet and solitude. Although, the previous evening’s activities argued otherwise. This particular leopard had probably not traded in his wildlife spots, but anything was possible.

Off Limits ~ Sexy Sailors # 1 is available now at Check out the blurb.

Cover Art for Off LImitsFor Senior Chief Hank O’Mara no woman could compare with the sea until he met Lieutenant Bethany Morton.  Only the sea could draw two passionate people of such opposite backgrounds together, and only US Navy regulations could keep them apart.  Because fraternization between Officer and enlisted is forbidden, both Beth and Hank do their utmost to resist the passion and love growing between them.  However, love proves stronger than either the sea or the USN. If they are to be together, Hank must sacrifice his career and Beth will risk the destruction of her professional dreams.

Hazard Duty ~ Sexy Sailors # 2 will be available July 1, 2013. Here’s a bit about the book.

Joe Hazard filled all of Ros Duncan’s teenaged fantasies, but now she’s an adult with a mission, and no handsome sailor will get in her way.  The first in her family to earn a college education, she escaped Birds Gap, the deadly dull, stifling town of her childhood and the scene of her most embarrassing memories.  However as principal of Bird’s Gap High School she wants to see every child in town go to college not be forced to chose between working in the mines or risking life and limb in the military.

A little about the author: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.  Learn more about Rue, Off Limits, Hazard Duty and her other books at

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Ella Quinn March 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Very nice excerpts, Rue.

My man drinks either Jack Daniels or rum. Sometimes a beer. I prefer red wine and champagne.

Rue Allyn March 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Hi Ella, your guy fits right in. Seriously, in my ten years of military service the most frou frou drink I ever saw a Navy enlisted man order was a rum and coke.

Kathy aka CK Crouch March 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

Hey Rue, the excerpts were great, I loved each one. I wish your books were paperbacks lol. I have a ton of things on the laptop Kindle that I wanted to read but I never quite get around to it. That’s not fair to the authors. I tend to do better with paperback or even a hardback or two.
In the book I’m working on now I stated the hero ordered a beer with his meal. I have no clue other than Coors, Bud, Miller things I’ve seen others drink or on TV ads. I never developed a taste for it. My husband wasn’t much of a drinker, when we did it was usually Seagrams 7 and a coke or something.
Personally I love a good mudslide, pina colada but I don’t mind a Diet Coke with whiskey in it or whatever. I’m totally lost in terms of alcohol lol.

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