I'm super excited to have the amazing Allie K. Adam with me on my blog today, talking about Search and Rescue, and spotlighting her newest release, Hometown Heroes and her action-packed TREX series. It's all yours, Allie!
Thank you, Miriam!
I can talk Search And Rescue (SAR) all day long. All day, every day. I’ll apologize upfront if I go on and on (and on and on and on…). I love SAR!!!
Picture this, if you will: A frightened twenty-something, an intimidating world of possibility yet to explore, and a hard determination to right the wrongs of the world. She’s standing outside the giant building, her application clutched in her fist, as she deliberates her future. She has two choices, neither of them easy; accept the role society gave her--she’s too soft, too fragile to be anything but taken care of--or give stereotypes the finger by marching up to the door, throwing it open, and fighting an uphill battle of being in a profession dominated by men.
The choice may not be easy, but then again, she didn’t do anything the easy way.
Okay, I have to admit. I may have embellished that a bit. I mean, come on… It’s what I do! Here’s the real story: I originally started in SAR when I lived in Washington State about 15 years ago. I wanted to be a deputy and went to the county sheriff’s office to see what I needed to do. There I spotted a flyer on the board asking for applicants to join SAR. The sheriff is the commander-in-chief of every SAR unit and runs the council (not just in WA State--it’s a jurisdiction thing). Since there were no openings with the sheriff’s office, I interviewed for SAR instead, hoping it gave me an in the next time a position opened on the roster.
Now, I need to point out something...Some smaller SAR units are volunteer only--if you have a pulse, they’ll take you, they are that desperate for volunteers. No background checks. No psych evals. No physicals. If you apply, you’re in. No training. No confirmation of your gear when called out. Nothing. If you ask me, that’s more of a liability than not having enough members! But I digress…
The SAR unit I applied to also served as reserve deputies, so I had to go through background checks, evals, extensive training on self-defense, weapons handling, etc. Once I passed all my training and was sworn in as a reserve deputy, I served as a cadet in my SAR unit for 3 months before being fully admitted into the unit. After a few years, I applied for a promotion to SAR command, got it, and served in the ops and planning post, as well as public relations. Basically, I took the orders from my commander and carried them out by mapping routes and putting teams in the field. I then got the awesome job of dealing with the press. Lucky me! For this reason alone you’ll notice a common theme in my books--I dislike the press immensely. If they can’t overdramatize an event to make it so ridiculously sensationalized, they tend to take, shall we say, “artistic liberties” on the details, much like I did introducing my story. But again, I digress...
When I moved to Montana, I joined the local SAR. While still under the direction of the sheriff, this SAR unit doesn’t serve as reserve deputies, so I only needed to transfer my concealed weapon’s permit to the state and then I was in. I then took several NIMS/ICS (National Incident Management System / Incident Command System) training courses to become an IC (Incident Commander). Nothing is more gratifying than having the power to reunite a person with loved ones. Also, nothing is more heartbreaking than being powerless and having to call in the chaplain for grief counseling.
So that’s my SAR story. Though now inactive, I can still be called up at a moment’s notice. The SAR team here in Montana know if they need me, I’ll be there. It’s a passion of mine, as comes through in my writing. Do I have any characters based off those I’ve worked with in SAR? Abso-freakin-lutely. It’s where I got the idea for my entire TREX series. It starts with Kathryn “Kat” Davis, the owner of K-SAR, a contractor for TREX. She runs the show, serving as CEO of her company as well as IC on searches. She has red hair, skin so pale it’s practically see-through, and no problem speaking her mind. In short--she’s me. :-) She also drives a yellow X-terra in the book, which is what I drove when I wrote the story.
SAR finds people. TREX finds whatever’s been lost. While SAR is sanctioned and run by a government entity, TREX has no restrictions and unlimited resources. It’s why I started TREX. After the struggles I went through with all the limitations and red tape on every single search, I wanted to create an agency without any of that. The freedom to step in and do whatever it takes to get the job done. No matter the circumstances. No matter the cost.
I hope I didn’t go on and on (and on and on and on…) too much! As you can see, I love geeking out about SAR, about TREX, and about what drives my passion for both! Thank you so much for letting me share my experiences with you. As a final parting comment: if anyone is looking for gratifying volunteer work, I highly encourage you all to look into your local Search and Rescue organizations. SAR could always use more help. THANK YOU!!!
Well, if that doesn't get you interested in SAR, I don't know what will! Thank you so much for dropping by, Allie, and sharing your heart about an organization you're so passionate about.
Want to know more about Allie's books? Below is her bookshelf of incredible stories. I hope you'll find one--or two, or three, or all of them, lol--to enjoy!
Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After (Pets for Vets Charity Bundle)
Presenting a contemporary romance bundle of 16 novels with happily-ever-after endings, including previously published readers' favorites and brand-new material. They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right.
A Little Harmless Sex by USA Today author Melissa Schroeder
When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.
Change the Game by USA Today author Lucy Monroe
Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they're looking for, but a whole lot more!
Changing Gears, Book 1: Wild Ride by USA Today author Nancy Warren
Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.
Heartbreak on a Stick by USA Today and New York Times author Sabrina York
When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again.
Madrona Sunset by bestselling author Jami Davenport
Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and woman pining for her dead husband--both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.
Brace For Impact by bestselling author Allie K. Adams
Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her.
Honorable Sacrifice by bestselling author Destiny Blaine
Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.
She’s Worth It All by bestselling author Cathryn Cade
Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she's worth it all?
Deceiving Dante by award-winning author Kate Davies
A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop - looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie's Monday get any worse?
Rock, Rattle and Roll by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott
A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered—until the future comes much quicker than they expected.
Grave Danger by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant
An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.
Turning Thirty-Twelve by award-winning author Sandy James
Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined.
His Only Desire by Adrianne Lee
Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him? Not if her stalker has his way.
Even Heroes Cry by Hildie McQueen
War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.
The Vixen & The Vet by bestselling author Katy Regnery
In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.
Trouble With A Cowboy by Sandy Sullivan
Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun...and a little more?
TREX’S MISSION STATEMENT
Tactical Retrieval Experts (TREX) is a privately funded agency independent of law enforcement, military, or any governmental restrictions. Our focus is on tracking and retrieving objects. Simply put: we find things. Employing highly-trained agents with extensive experience in covert operations and unlimited resources, we will find anything and with guaranteed confidentiality. No matter the circumstances. No matter the danger. Call on TREX—we find what’s been lost.
TREX 1 (Brief): First Response (FREE BOOK)
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When opportunity knocks...
TREX Special Agent Spencer Allen has been waiting to take the lead since he first started with the covert agency. He's earned his place as his team’s CO and is given a mission that could make or break his career. The night before he deploys, he decides a little R&R is in order. He meets the CEO of the search and rescue group TREX contracts with, takes her home, and they have an unforgettable one-night stand, despite TREX's strict policy not allowing agents to get involved with members of competing agencies.
The response is everything...
Kat Davis didn't expect to be swept off her feet by a member of the egotistical men-in-black agency that orders her agency around on searches. He says all the right things, touches her in all the right ways, and makes it impossible to resist him. It's only one-night, she reasons. She's not ready to commit to more than what they've already had together and quickly retreats, leaving Spencer confused and angry.
Spencer completes his mission and has a decision to make--one that could give him an ounce of happiness, the other the right thing to do. Will he do the right thing? Or do what's right?
As a TREX Special Agent, it's Spencer Allen's job with the covert agency to tell lies to keep the people around him safe. When a mission goes south, he has no choice but to call in the help of K-SAR, a search and rescue group led by the only woman with the power to destroy his control.
Kat Davis has a gift for finding people. When she finds a man not meant to be found and overhears details of a murder, and the plotting of another, she turns to the one man she swore she'd never trust again.
One touch detonates the inferno burning between Kat and Spencer. When a mysterious explosion nearly kills them both, Spencer vows to protect her at any cost, even if it means revealing a secret that could tear them apart—forever.
Be careful what you wish for...
Rookie JT Turner is hungry to prove herself in a profession dominated by men. Even though she can hold her own against a dozen trained agents, she's been labeled a screw up after too many mishaps. JT would do anything to redeem herself, even accept a shady mission to track down a phantom disc TREX denies ever existed.
And who you trust...
When a TREX double agent steals the technology for a deadly virus, TREX spec ops agent Dan Weber is more than ready to take on the complex and deadly mission to hunt down the technology he once protected with his life, even if it means babysitting a gorgeous, yet reckless tomboy agent.
Undermanned and unarmed, can JT and Dan unravel a madman's plot and remove the threat before it's unleashed? In a race against time, the line between desire and destiny will blur, and their true desires will finally be met.
This TREX agent doesn't mess around...
It's a year before At Any Cost. TREX Agent Steve Gessler is in Tahiti to take out a terrorist before the madman can strike. Steve never expected there to be a second hitter--or for that hitter to be a sexy-as-sin woman who captures his heart.
This is a special TREX Brief, a glimpse into the life of a fallen TREX agent.
After being badly injured on a mission, spec ops agent David Snyder is offered a transfer to one of the sideline divisions of TREX. Even Charis McKoy, the brainy, mouthwatering brunette sent in to coordinate the transfer isn't enough to sway his allegiance to the frontline spec ops division. He'd rather cut off vital parts of his anatomy than work the sidelines. He's frontline and always will be.
Charis has the handsome agent in her sights, in every sense of the word. He may be part of the all-bronze-no-brains spec ops division she despises, but he is also more perfectly chiseled than the statue bearing his name.
When TREX pairs them up to find a cyber-terrorist threatening to destroy the nation's techno-infrastructure, the best frontline agent and the best sideline agent must work side-by-side to stop the madman before he strikes again. Racing to stay one step ahead, they enter into a dangerous game where the hunter becomes the hunted.
Her desperation will drive her into both their arms.
Desperate to find her missing sister, Mia Andrews follows her trail to an underground ring where women are sold off every night. Under the cover of a courtesan, the only way to find her sister is to go in with no holds barred.
Undercover TREX Agent Wayde Davis bids on the sexy-as-sin Mia the instant she wobbles out onto the stage in 4-inch stilettos. She fits the profile of all the missing women and may be next. If protecting her means taking her to bed, then he'd be more than willing to make that sacrifice.
Painfully shy, high roller James Pearce wants the dark beauty as his permanent courtesan. His unique fetish requires the help of another man, one so taken with Mia he's willing to do anything to stay by her side—even share her.
Her pleasure will drive them all to the boiling point.
Something dark lurks in the hot Seattle nightlife, a madman using the clubs as his personal hunting ground. It’s up to Wayde to catch the killer before Mia becomes the next victim.
Don't hate the player...
Bainbridge University sophomore, Emma Rae, embraces her title of perpetually single. All the guys at BU are total players, and if there's one thing Emma hates more than anything, it's a player.
Learn to play the game...
Ryan is tired of being the embarrassment of his frat house. Being a Delta means he should be playing the field, a different girl every night, just like the rest of his frat brothers. But he's the king of nerds, as they constantly remind him, and has never even had a real girlfriend. Hell, he isn't even allowed to live in the Delta house, instead living in a mod behind it.
He begs Emma to turn him into a player. In return he'll bring her to the Delta DASH--the party of the year. As an underclassman, Emma isn't allowed to the DASH without a Delta escort. She quickly agrees, knowing she can turn him into anything, as she's done with so many of the ghosts of boyfriends past.
She updates his image, teaches him how to flirt, how to kiss, and even how to drive a girl wild with his heated touch. She's groomed Ryan into the ultimate player, which is exactly what he wants.
The problem is she turns him into exactly what she wants too and must now decide whether this Project Em's Way is her greatest creation... Or her ultimate downfall.
When life gets you down...
Kayla Riggs is three weeks from graduation and has yet to have one college experience worthy of a memory, let alone a story to tell people later. Her BFFs make a deal with the player next door—show Kayla how to have a little fun before she settles into a life of mediocrity.
Hire a player to pick you up...
Jake Swanson only has a few weeks left as a cadet for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department before he can take his practical exams and be hired on permanently. The last thing he needs is a group of crazy women insisting he grant his cute-yet-boring neighbor three insane wishes—one for each week left of school. The only kicker is that she can’t know about the wishes or the deal is off.
When they offer him a deal he can’t refuse, he agrees to show Kayla how to have a little fun, and in turn has a lot more fun with her than he expected, or wanted. Now he must choose between keeping his word, or losing his heart.
Allie K. Adams is the bestselling author of several award-winning stories. An active member of the search and rescue, as well as previously served as a reserve deputy, Allie has firsthand experience in most of the dangers she writes about. Known for her highly erotic, deeply intense suspense romances, she can be found most days in front of her computer, saving the world one sizzling story at a time. She grew up in Seattle and now currently lives in southwest Montana with her husband, two kids, and two fluff ball dogs.