Yeah, okay, it’s a little…incestuous, maybe? We’ll just have to deal with it!
[First, I’m over at the Novelists Inc. blog today, talking about the mechanics of writing a serial novel, just in case you wonder how the process worked from the writing side of things.]
Happy official release day for Storm Force! Of course it has been out for about a month for Kindle after its run as a serial novel. Today, it hits print. Looks like the audiobook is scheduled for September or October release. Don’t ask me; I’d be the last one to know!
DJ and Alex both like to read. When she’s not chasing down pretes, fending off advances by Jean Lafitte, and worrying about The Alex Issue, DJ enjoys picking up her ereader—because she’s a modern sort of girl and, besides, all her shelves are full of herbs and potions ingredients and black spellbooks.
Alex thinks e-readers are for sissies. He wants print, preferably served with a beer.
So I sent each of them a copy of Storm Force with no expectation of whether they would give it a good or bad review. Isn’t that the standard language one uses? They gathered at Alex’s dining tablet to talk about it.
(I have no idea where this post is going, so let’s see what the muse dreams up.)
ABOUT STORM FORCE: As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine.
Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?
DJ: Well, it’s kind of cool to have a human hero trying to keep up with the pretes. Kell, good luck with that, dude. You barely lived through it this time and it was your first official case. Sooner rather than later, you’re going to be cat-chow.
ALEX: Hey, just because you can’t handle all the pretes without that elven crutch, I mean staff, you shouldn’t judge others. I think Kell was pretty cool, although I could fix him up with weapons that would work better on pretes than that Army-issue sh*t he carries.
DJ: Alex, he’s a character in a book. He doesn’t need bigger weapons.
ALEX: I knew that.
DJ: Now, Mori is another matter. Good Lord, the woman should just have taken that evil SOB down and have been done with it. She made everything worse by hesitating and trying to work through the system. She gave him waaaaay more credit than he ever deserved.
ALEX: Not every woman rushes headlong into dangerous situations without a second thought. You know…smart women.
DJ: And what is that supposed to mean?
ALEX (raises eyebrow): No comment….But look at it this way. Mori was brought up in a culture where women were discounted. It’s been drilled into her since birth that she wasn’t as important as the guys, not as strong, not as powerful, and didn’t have as many options available to her.
DJ: Yeah, sounds like she could be a female wizard.
ALEX: (Opens mouth, thinks better of it, and shuts up.)
A SCENE YOU’D READ TWICE
DJ: Okay, I laughed out loud when Kell got stuck in that compromising position at the hotel and his team members walked in on him. I mean the man pretended to be dead, hoping they’d just leave him and not laugh at him. It was hilarious. Go, Mori!
ALEX: That wasn’t funny in the least. He was an idiot. You don’t turn your back on a suspect like that. He was following his…well, it wasn’t his brain….I liked that ferry ride when the hurricane was coming. That would be awesome.
DJ: Yeah, right up to the point where you drowned.
ALEX: Some of us can swim.
DJ: Yeah, dogs are born with that ability, I hear.
I DIDN’T QUITE BUY
DJ: Why Kell confronted the bad guy without backup. I mean, I understand why the others weren’t there but he could’ve waited.
ALEX: He was given a direct order by his supervisor. You don’t wait. You do as you’re told. He’s an Army Ranger. He knows his job.
DJ: He was ordered to seduce Mori, and he didn’t do that. So obviously he doesn’t always follow orders.
ALEX: Well, there are limits to what orders should entail.
DJ: So it’s okay to send someone to face certain death going one-on-one with a crazy sociopath, but it’s not okay to send him to have sex with the suspect?
DJ: You military guys are warped, you know that?
DJ: Well, frankly, it’s all furry and feathery things. Where are the wizards, I ask you? Who wants to read about shapeshifters all the time?
Alex (clears throat).
DJ: Well, you know what I mean. Where are the merpeople? Where are the historical undead?
ALEX (assumes Pepe Le Pew accent): I do not wish to be in a bombed building, Jolie.
DJ: Wordbuilding was fine. Let’s move on.
DJ: I liked Kell. I don’t think his life expectancy is very good, but I liked him. I mean, holy crap, he took some stupid risks, but he was smart about it.
ALEX: That makes no sense whatsoever.
DJ: I guess you liked wimpy Mori.
ALEX: Yeah, I did. I understood where she was coming from and why it took her as long as it did to finally understand that the rules she grew up with didn’t apply in her situation. But my favorite was Robin. Robin was hot.
DJ: Robin was frequently naked.
ALEX: Your point?
DJ (looks out the window): I’m going home. That creepy Quince Randolph is on my porch, peeking in my living room window.
ALEX: Wait. Let me get my gun.
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