Out today! Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin (& C*ntest)

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?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

32 thoughts on “Out today! Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin (& C*ntest)

  1. The only serial I remember reading was Stephen King’s Green Mile when it was first published in six sections. I received my first episode of Storm Force this morning on my Kindle. I really enjoyed the first four chapters. I’m sure when it’s done I’ll buy the printed book. A must have for the collection. Now I wait for the next four chapters. But the wait is not long.

    • Thanks, Roger! I think since they switched the release schedule from every two weeks to every week it will be better for readers (but YIKES for me on those deadlines!).

  2. Oh I definitely prefer my PNR to have action and adventure. I haven’t tried any of the serials I’ve seen on Amazon yet, because they just haven’t sounded appealing, but I like the premise of the serial! I’ll have to check it out.

  3. I can’t say that I have read any serial books before. I would be willing to give it a try and will definitely pass this info along to friends! I most certainly like a little or a lot of action/adventure in my PNR. Theanks for the awesome giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  4. the only serial i’ve heard of , before yours, is the innkeeper by ilona andrews.

    i do love suspense and adventure in my romance ^^ it’s more entertaining i think

    i do wish you will be featured in the top 100, not sure my modest post can help but i will remind my books friends in case they forgot!

  5. Hmmm I’d like Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon if I win this time.
    +4: comment, follower, twitter follower and facebook friend.

  6. I’ll have to wait for the print release, because my ereader can’t handle Kindle files and I hate having to read on my notebook. And if I have to wait anyway I’d just as well get the print version.

    And I love a good action/adventure storyline along with the romance. It;s a shame that in a lot of PNR that action storyline is weak and too easily resolved.

    • I don’t much like reading on my computer, either, so I do understand. (Although I do love my Kindle.) I agree that the action/external storyline sometimes falls in the background in too many PNRs…I like a good blend!

  7. I definitely enjoy paranormal romantic thrillers. It combines two genres I already like! I want to see great world-building and a lot of action happening which this genre provides. Plus add in some romance and it’s a story I will want to read. The serial aspect is interesting. I can see a lot of cliffhangers happening but that’s just make me want to read. opefully the serial releases won’t be too far apart. I might prefer to wait until all the pieces are available as one ebook.

  8. I love paranormals with action and adventure but I do like a little bit of romance in the mix as well. I’ve never read a serial before. I like to read everything at once though (I think the wait in between would drive me crazy lol) so I would probably wait until the whole book is out.

    • I know what you mean….I’m glad they changed the release schedule from a new episode every other week to now, every week. That way there isn’t such a long gap between releases.

  9. WOW! This sounds awesome and congrats on this new release! I love action adventure PNR! I’m not completely sold on the serial idea, but I might buy my first ever with yours 😉 Gotta go check it out!

  10. I love the cover and sound of Storm Force, too bad it’s not available for me otherwise I would have snatched it up already! I love paranormals with action/adventure and of course sexy stuff!

  11. Just downloaded Storm Force. I’m sure I’ll love it. I’m always ready to read action adventure PNR. Haven’t tried a serial except for Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews so I’m interested to see how it goes.

    • Thanks, Eli…yes, I like both action and romance, too…which might be why I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance. Although I do like historicals now and then.

  12. On the one hand, I dislike romantic suspense, but in paranormals, there’s got to be some of that, otherwise I get bored. I’m not sure why I don’t like suspense in my straight romance, yet love it in my paranormals.

    • Hmmm…that’s interesting because that’s the way I am as well. I get bored with straight romantic suspense because it’s so often woman in trouble..guy saves her…sparks fly. And that’s also the case in paranormal romantic suspense, except it’s more fun when the paranormal elements are thrown in. They give the books an “x factor” of the unpredictable.

  13. I love paranormals with action and romance. I don’t however like episode serial novels. I love series but I collect them until they are finished or 4 or 5 books into them and read them in batches. In 9 weeks I’ll have read close to 20 books and would have to keep rereading the earlier parts to half way keep up. I’ll definitely check it out once it’s a done deal though.

    • LOL–that’s a deal. I know there will be a lot who don’t like the serial format. I’ve bought one, and decided to wait until all the episodes downloaded to read it. (It’s cheaper that way–price goes up when it’s released as a regular book.) So I do understand!

  14. I can not wait to read it! Waiting for each piece might be tough, but going to check it out.

    I really like them both ways, depending on my mood at the time.

  15. I love romance based books and I love paranormal and romantic suspense! This sounds like it involves all of my favorites! I like my stories to have some element of romance built in, but I also love the suspense and action. It’s what keeps me turning the pages and staying up late because I am anxious to see what happens next