Call Sign Karma
Published January 5th 2015
Published by Lyrical Press
Love in the no-fly zone…
Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…
Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?
I twirled my pencil around on the desk and tried to keep from dozing off. My stomach growled desperately in need of food. My lack of sleep and too many beers was catching up with me. The pencil spun off the table and hit the floor. I bent down to pick it up when I noticed my boot string tied to the table. What were we in, kindergarten? Stupid fighter guys. They were all the same. I pulled on the lace, but it was knotted.
The door opened and two sets of boots came into the room. One was the Director of Operations, Major Rex, or T-Rex. I recognized his voice without looking up. His scruffy tone was one that a person wouldn’t forget. I’d spoken to him on the phone during the selection process.
I tugged on the knot, but it was too tight. I wiggled the tip of the pencil into the tangled mess. I didn’t want to cut the stupid lace. Freaking boys.
“The Joint Strike Fighter will not only be flown by our guys, but some Allied Forces are joining the fight as well. Flight Lieutenant Sinclair has flown over five hundred hours in the Eurofighter and two hundred hours in the F-35. He has flown in combat with RAF Corningsby and has an extraordinary record with the Brits,” T-Rex said as I continued to work on freeing my damn boot. “We are fortunate to have him here and look forward to his expertise. Flight Lieutenant Sinclair. Call sign, Duke.”
I tugged on my string almost freeing the knot so I could sit back up and see. I gave it another jerk.
“Thank you Major Rex. It’s awesome to be here,” said a male voice laced with a British accent.
A too familiar British accent. It couldn’t be the toe-curling, heart-flipping, cause-me-to-lose-all-good-sense, British freaking accent.
My heart skipped a beat or twenty.
“No,” I mouthed silently to myself as my eyes widened. It couldn’t be....
I lifted my head up to see if my ears had deceived me, prepared to drop and army crawl the hell out of here.
I sucked back a breath and instinctively jerked up. My head cracked on the bottom of the table. Shooting stars clouded my visions.
“Holy shit,” I muttered and grabbed for my head.
Through the haze, I could see well enough to recognize my perfect stranger standing in Flight Lieutenant Sinclair’s boots. All six-foot-two of him. Hot, gorgeous, and neatly packaged in a well-fitted flight suit.
I needed to get out of here. Now. He was staring directly at me, ghastly white and shell-shocked. I knew the feeling.
I gulped and jumped to my feet, forgetting that my foot was still tied to the table.
“Shit!” I cursed and fell backwards.
My head cracked against the ground. I lay flat on my back with my eyes closed, head pounding, foot tied to a desk and very vivid images of my instructor, naked in my bed. The calendar was right. It was doomsday.
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If you like Maverick, then you’ll love Tink, a feisty female fighter pilot. She is taking danger and love to a whole new level. NA Romance.
What inspired you to write this book? How is it a book only you could write?
They say to write what you know and as an Air Force veteran and military spouse, I know the military. I also love and respect strong woman, especially women in the military and in jobs that are primarily male dominated. As for why I was best equipped to write this story…Tink has a lot of my own voice––my inside voice, her outside voice. J Also, I’m married to a fighter pilot so it was awesome to able to consult with him to make sure the flying parts of the story were authentic. A lot of the flying scenarios in the book are loosely based off of real experiences.
What's your favorite thing about writing?
It’s an escape for me. I love playing around with new stories and new characters and seeing where they will take me.
What's your least favorite thing?
When the voices stop talking :-)
Now it's time to brag a little--What do you love most about your book?
I love the strength and vulnerability of my main character. I think she is very real. She’s a total badass chick who is willing to take chances and stand up for what she believes in. She’s also just a girl, who has unexpectedly fallen in love while dealing with the heartache of losing her brother.
Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
I spent so much time with Tink, that of course, I love her. So I’m going to disqualify her from the running and say Ash. I really had fun writing his character. He has a boyish charm, quick-wit and he’s an all-around stand-up guy. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s super hot and Special Forces.
(Yes, I stole these questions from In the Actor's Studio with James Lipton.)
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
People who are honorable and courageous and willing to stand up for what they believe in.
What turns you off?
Negativity and dishonesty.
What sound or noise do you love?
My children’s giggles.
What sound or noise do you hate?
What profession, other than your own, would you most like to attempt?
I am in a really good place career wise at the moment. I love what I am doing. The only thing I’d possibly like to add in to the mix would be to own a quaint little coffee shop. Maybe…someday.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear G-d say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
You’ve made mistakes along the way, but you’ve learned from them and I’m proud of you.
Finally, what's the one question you've always wanted to answer in an interview?
If money weren’t an issue where would you like to go to work on your next novel?
I would love to take a sabbatical to France where I could live in a tiny cottage, in the middle of a lavender field, and write to my heart's content.
January 14, 2015 USA Today article about Call Sign KARMA
As a military spouse and Air Force veteran, I wanted my debut to not only be about something that I knew and loved but to also be a story that delivered a powerful message. Your reviews and feedback have meant the world to me and I can’t thank you enough for taking a chance on my feisty, female fighter pilot. Your words have made me laugh, smile, ugly cry, happy dance, fist bump, and cheer. Most importantly they have given me the encouragement to keep writing. I love and adore each of you! In the words of Tink, “Holy hell, you rock!”
(Taken from a Reader Appreciation Blitz done 4/24/15)
JAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind--create stories with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they've finished reading.
Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook, though she will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren't pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!
In her other life, Jamie Rae is an orthodontist, and literary agent. She keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.