Editor Tara Gavin Talks “The Morcai Battalion”

by Tara Gavin, Editor

It is such a thrill that the second installment of Susan Kyle’s science fiction trilogy THE MORCAI BATTALION is now available, exclusively in eBook format: THE MORCAI BATTALION: THE RECRUIT. And I love the fact that it is written under Diana Palmer’s real name—Susan Kyle!

I’m Susan’s editor, and we’ve worked together for twenty-five years. She is a fabulous writer and she loves romance. Readers all over the world are delighted when a new book by Diana Palmer is published. Her next book, THE MAVERICK, will be available from Silhouette Desire in December and is a new Long, Tall Texan story. And there is a lot more romance coming from Diana Palmer in 2010 and beyond.

However, the landscape of the Morcai Battalion has always been alive and percolating in her very active writer’s mind. She wrote the original THE MORCAI BATTALION before she was ever published in romance, and her dream has always been to have it reissued and to complete the MORCAI BATTALION trio.

THE MORCAI BATTALION, first published by Luna Books in December 2007, is a “space opera” and the canvas this story unfolds on is very wide and daring. I’ve fallen in love with the lead protagonists featured, too. There is the enigmatic Dtimun—an alpha hero of epic proportions and the leader of the legendary Holconcom, a military unit with startling powers…and the wonderful Lieutenant Commander Dr. Madeline Ruszel, who has been programmed not to feel love. But then what is the emotion she is overwhelmed with when in the presence of Dtimun?

The other characters grabbed hold of my heart, as well. Holt Stern and how he rises above his fate. Dr. Strick Hahnson, Madeline’s colleague and confidant. And we can’t forget Komack, the Centaurian soldier who has a mysterious and surprising background. All these characters—and so many more—make up THE MORCAI BATTALION series.

Readers have been writing in, asking about THE MORCAI BATTALION and when a new installment would be available. Susan has had fans from all over the world wondering—and she has even garnered quite a few new fans. Teenage boys have emailed her, telling her how much they’ve enjoyed THE MORCAI BATTALION.

That’s why I’m so delighted that Susan and Harlequin eBooks are publishing the second book in the series and have reissued the first book under the name Susan Kyle. Susan is dedicated to her readers, and once they told her they wanted to know what happened to these unforgettable characters, she wanted to finish out their story.

This year is Harlequin Books’s 60th Anniversary—and we’ve always kept our readers foremost in mind when presenting them with books. Our mission is to create entertaining and enriching experiences for readers to enjoy, to share, and to return to.

I hope that you enjoy THE MORCAI BATTALION: THE RECRUIT. I know that I did! Whether she is writing as Diana Palmer, or as Susan Kyle, this amazing writer delivers books that enthrall readers time and time again!

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Comments ( 11 )
  1. Lisa
    January 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    When will the last book come out. I LOVE the story and can’t wait for the final.


  2. Amy
    January 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    The last Morcai Battalion book will be available in eBook in late 2010.


  3. Tanesha
    August 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    How late in 2010? I love this series and can’t wait to find out what happens between Madeline and Dtimun!

  4. dinky
    October 4, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Any news on the third book 2010 closing on us, Thinking it would be a good Christmas gift.

  5. Tara Gavin
    October 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hi all,

    Thanks so much for the emails! I just wanted to let you know that THE MORCAI BATTALION: Invictus will be available in November, in ebook format. It is really wonderful–all about Dtimun and Madeline’s relationhip and many secrets are explored and answers revealed. I hope you enjoy it!…Tara

  6. Bea
    October 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks not only for the wonderful Morcai Battalion books but also letting us know the third book will be out in November. I have been waiting like so many others for the continuation of the Morcai saga and know the third book will be as good a read as the first two.

  7. traci
    January 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Is the third book going to be available in hardcover or paperback? I love the feel and comfort of holding a book.

  8. Dulce
    October 22, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Loved the Morcai Battalion Trilogy – Can we expect more soon!

  9. Edan-Kane Soledad
    March 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    When will “The Morcai Battalion: Invictus” become available in Print? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Joanne Crawley
    June 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    When will ‘The Morcai Battalion: Invictus’ be available in the UK? In any format?!

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