Today’s the release day for STORM FORCE, a paranormal-romantic-thriller (yes, I made that genre up) by my alter-ego Susannah Sandlin! It’s a strange feeling having it go out into the world because I’m still in the process of writing it!
But I will give away a $10 Amazon GC to a commenter today, so bear with me while I ‘splain.
STORM FORCE is a nine-episode serial novel that will be released one episode at a time, every week for nine weeks, exclusively for the Kindle or one of the free Kindle apps you can run on your computer, tablet or phone. (I know not everyone has a Kindle or can run the apps, but take heart. On July 9, it will be released as a regular book in print, digital and audio, and will be available from B-and-N and Book Depository and the like.)
Why a serial? Well, the most straightforward answer is, it’s what my publisher wanted to try. It also plays well to my particular writing style because I plot my novels pretty tightly before I write, I write fairly clean, and I work well under deadlines thanks to a bazillion years in journalism. So we’ll try it, and I hope you’ll give it a shot. By the way, it’s only $1.99 for the whole book. You pay now, download the first episode, and all the rest of the episodes will automatically download at no additional cost. There will be a discussion board set up for readers to chat–maybe even influence the direction of the book since I’ll still be writing the middle and back parts while you read the front parts. I’ll post the URL once I have it.
ABOUT STORM FORCE: This is a novel about an Omega Force team, a human-paranormal team that investigates cases of domestic terrorism under a nebulous blanket of authority that might or might not stem secretly back to Homeland Security. Officially, they don’t exist.
Our particular team in this book covers Texas and Louisiana, and they’re called on to investigate when a Houston high-rise is bombed, the Texas governor is dead or missing, and there are rumors that another attack is planned for New Orleans on Labor Day, a couple of weeks later. An anonymous tip has pointed blame at an environmental activist group based in Houston called the Co-Op. So there’s a race to solve the case, but of course it has a definitely paranormal spin, a lot of tension, and some twists and curves along the way. Oh, did I mention there’s a hurricane brewing in the Gulf of Mexico?
Our hero is Jack Kellison, aka Kell, an Army Ranger who’s seen one too many active tours, leaving him with a lot of back pain he tries to hide. Kell wants to prove himself to the colonel from whom they get their orders so he can go back into active duty one last time. There’s a surgery that might fix his back, but it carries the risk of leaving him in worse shape or even paralyzed, and he’s secretly afraid of taking the risk. And he hates….really, really hates…that shapeshifters are so much stronger than him.
The heroine? Emory Chastaine, aka Mori, an outspoken environmentalist and head of the Co-Op–and chief suspect in the Houston bombing. When Kell goes undercover at the Co-Op, posing as a volunteer, Mori drives him nuts almost from the outset. And it’s not just that he thinks she’s hot. He also thinks she knows more than she’s saying. I can’t tell a lot about Mori here without spoilers. Let’s just say the girl has some serious issues to deal with, and some big, big secrets.
Jack’s team members are Nik Dimitrou, a Greek-American Ranger with psychic abilities; Robin Ashton, an eagle-shifter who serves as the team’s tracker (Kell calls her “Razorblade Robin” behind her back); Garrett Foley, aka Gadget, the team tech guy; and Adam and Archer Logan, cougar-shifter brothers.
I hope you’ll give STORM FORCE a try, and pass the word along or send a copy to a Kindle-owning friend. I’m pushing to get this puppy to crack the Amazon Top Hundred. We can do it! Rah rah rah! Oh well, okay, enough of that.
So…Do you like your paranormals with a touch of action/adventure or you all about the romance and suffer through the other stuff to get to the smexy bits?