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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Enjoys Messing With People...

...especailly ME!
by M. L. Buchman

Maybe it’s because I was born in March.
A bit closer to birth than I am now
Maybe it’s because of the whole “In like a lion, out like a lamb" thing. For the first 3 or 4 decades of my life I could say to any Philadelphian that I was born in the second worst snowstorm in Philly’s history and they’d all say, “Oh, mid-March” and name the year.

My dad was once traveling in the Mexican jungle during my birthday--he was an IBM engineer who spoke no Spanish, so I have no explanation for it, but he was there. I know this for a fact because he sent me a postcard of a plastic toucan (had to be plastic…I mean those things are too silly to actually exist, aren’t they?)
C'mon, really?
The postcard said simply, “In jungle, have boots and parka just in case.” (And at this point let me say, the whole East Coast-Arctic Blast thing…I feel really bad about that.)

So, what do I do when surrounded by too much weather? I write romance suspenses. Of course, I do that when it’s sunny and beautiful out as well (and when it’s raining on the Oregon Coast like right now). For some people, Christmas is the time of things past, present and future…you know, ghosts, New Year’s goals, stuff like that. For me, it’s definitely the chaotic, turbulent transition from winter to spring. That and growing a year, um, wiser? Taller? Further behind? More experienced! That's it.

So here are some of this springtime’s past, present, and just barely future.

My latest short stories go back in time to discover how two of my favorite characters, Michael Gibson and Emily Beale, came to join the Night Stalkers. Check out Heart of the Storm and Beale’s Hawk Down.
Smokejumper Two-Tall Tim goes home to the small town of Larch Creek, Alaska and rediscovers his own past, the wildfires of his present, and the dreams of the future in Wildfire at Larch Creek. (Cool tip: this is also the start of a new contemporary small-town romance series coming this summer.)

Bring On the Dusk gives us Michael Gibson’s long-awaited love story…and this may have been my favorite one to write. I love these characters so much. The fliers of the 5th Battalion D Company just keep getting more fun to write.

And just to tease you, a new Night Stalkers' company is coming, the 5E, launches a new cast of characters on April Fool’s Day! No kidding! Preorders not ready yet, but you can buy to on 4/1!!! Target of the Heart, next week.

March has treated well this year. Hope I didn't hand off my March curse to you.
M. L. Buchman has over 30 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” He has been nominated for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of 2014” by RT Book Reviews. In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world. He is now making his living as a full-time writer on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing by subscribing to his newsletter at


Judith Ashley said...

Okay, here's the deal. You are another year wiser for sure and maybe another year more experienced (based on reading your posts the past twelve months), taller? Would have to see you again in person to know that-but my guess is 'no'.

BTW: Happy Birthday!!!

M. L. Buchman said...

Ahh...but remember the days when our aspirations were so simple..."Another year taller!"

Diana McCollum said...

From one March baby to another, Happy Birthday! When the weather is rainy, that's my best time to write. Sunny days, I get a itch to go fishing! Great post.

M. L. Buchman said...

When it gets sunny...I go write on the beach. One of the advantages of the Oregon Coast. :)