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USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren writes fast-paced evocative stories that plunge readers into exploits full of heroism and bravery. In The Heart of a Hero, book 2 in the Global Search and Rescue series, Warren ramps up the action once again as former Navy SEAL Jake Silver and heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair fight to survive a category 4 hurricane in Key West. Jake Silver battles traumatizing memories that resulted from his career as a former sniper and Navy SEAL. As part of the Jones, Inc., rescue team, Jake finds some element of redemption by utilizing his skills to rescue and save the lost and injured. One of his most rewarding moments was saving the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair—a woman he still can’t forget. Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. Although she finds Jake both exciting and handsome, he’s also dangerous, and she refuses to take the risk of loving again. When Jake hears that Aria is in the path of a deadly hurricane in Key West, he can’t help but jump on a plane to rescue her. As the hurricane turns paradise into peril, Aria realizes she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second chance at life . . . and love?
|Title: The Heart of a Hero, #2
By: Susan May Warren
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
Series: Global Search and Rescue
Stock No: WW735850
You are well known for your action-packed novels full of heroic characters who must overcome
tremendous odds. How did you become so skilled at writing these high-stakes adventures?
I love research! I spend hours reading autobiographies and watching documentaries about Denali, or
hurricanes (Heart of a Hero) and I have an army of go-to heroes and heroines who help me get my facts
right, from firefighters to hotshots to SAR personnel to active military (any mistakes are mine, though!).
And, frankly, I like to try some of the high-stakes stuff my heroes do, like diving, sailing, hiking, and
climbing. (Although I do draw the line at abseiling down the side of Denali, or trying to survive gale force
winds . . .)
What drew you to this style of writing?
I’ve always liked suspense and adventure, and I love survival shows. It felt like the right genre for me to
dive into epic adventure (and romance). Also, any book with a team of heroes and heroines trying to save
lives is one I want to know and spend time with, so creating this series was like hanging around my
favorite kind of people—brave, smart, sacrificial, and fun!
In your new series, you introduced readers to the Jones, Inc., team, which is comprised of ex-
military, formers SEALs, and pararescue jumpers.
What type of research was required toaccurately portray these roles?
Not only did I have to learn how to do the SAR stunts, but I had to dive into military procedures, PTSD,
lingo/jargon, and characteristics of spec ops soldiers. Thankfully, I have a son in the Navy, and a number
of friends both in and out of the military. And I’m a junkie of SEAL team books, movies, television, and
documentaries. I am sure I got things wrong, but I tried to bring home the realities as well as a few insider
moments of former military heroes.
In both your Montana Rescue series and in your Global Search and Rescue series, weather plays a
huge role in creating adrenaline-inducing storylines. How did you learn so much about weather and
Annnnd, more research! I started looking into storms when I wrote A Matter of Trust, (blizzard) and then
continued it in Troubled Waters (hurricane) and Storm Front (tornado). In Storm Front, one of my
characters was a storm chaser, so I dove deep into that life, which included how to predict and understand
storms. I’m now a very boring person at parties, as I dive into how a storm develops, how to survive a
tornado, and what you’re looking at when you see the ocean receding (and I may or may not be a weather
Each book in the Global Search and Rescue series introduces readers to new characters. Can you
please tell us about the two protagonists in The Heart of a Hero?
Jake Silver is a sweet guy hiding a bitter past. Not only did he separate from the military because of a
terrible mistake he made, but he first ran into the service after a brutal tragedy from his childhood. Of
course, he’s not about to talk about any of this, so he hides it behind his happy-go-lucky demeanor. But
Jake is also the guy who doesn’t give up, and he’ll give his life for you, even if you don’t want him to . . .
which is the problem with Aria, our heroine. She already had someone give their life for her, and now, her
job as a pediatric surgeon is to save lives, not cost them. The problem is, Jake and Aria share an—ahem—
moment together (and fear not, it’s PG-ish, but still, there’s issues). So when Jake and Aria find
themselves trapped together during a hurricane, well, let’s just assume it’s awkward. And then it’s
dangerous. And then, when they have to make difficult choices to survive, it just might turn deadly.
Readers not only love your gripping plots but also relish the romance that makes its way into your
What is your secret for creating swoon-worthy novels while still keeping readers on the edge
of their seats?
It’s all about the heart, and how the hero and heroine reach inside and heal each other’s deep wounds. So
first, we need to discover the wounds (half the fun is getting to the heart of the matter!) and then we have
to figure out how they heal them. Of course, there is physical attraction, and high-stakes issues, but I think
the heart of the matter is the healing they bring to each other. I’ve always said that the way a man treats a
woman wins her heart, and likewise, the way the woman lets the man be a hero wins his heart, so I just let
that play out on the page, and . . . swoon!
The Heart of a Hero is the second book in the Global Search and Rescue series. What is the title for
the third book in this series and when is it scheduled to release?
The third book is called the Price of Valor—it’s one of my favorite stories, featuring Hamilton Jones, who
is searching for someone he thought was dead . . . someone who has secrets that could change the nation.
Part of the book takes place in Italy, so it was fun to write about a country I love to visit (and not far from
my son’s base in Sicily!). It’s a little different, but still high stakes, high adventure, high danger . . . and
lots of delicious romance!
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