Storm Force and *Finally* My review!

I am back again!Another episode is releasing for the Storm Force book. Plus I’ve FINALLY got my review- a whole one! For the newbies-if you hadn’t heard, one of my favorite stalkees has this really cool thing going on! She took a spin off of her totally cool Penton Legacy trilogy and is doing a mini series type thing for books! I totally think this is just fantastic ! 🙂 It’s like watching a tv series but in book form. Every week or two, a new part comes out! so now, lemme show you some goodies… PS, don’t forget to keep coming back for more in each episode released.

Storm Force (Omega Force, #1)

Storm Force
Omega Force Serial
Susannah Sandlin

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: March 19, 2013, in serial form for Kindle; July 9, 2013, in print, digital, and audio.
ISBN: 978-1477807576
ASIN: B00BI0M8OM
Word Count: approx. 90,000

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BookDescription:
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?

Release Schedule

Storm Force is being released as a serial, so the entire book will not be available until after July 9. The first episode is being released on Amazon March 19.

For $1.99 people can buy the book and get new episodes every two weeks between March 19 and July 9 at no extra cost. The price will go up on July 9 when it’s released as a full length novel in digital, print, and audio formats.

**new schedule**

New Episode Release Schedule for Storm Force

March 19–episode 1

March 26–episode 2

April 2–episode 3

April 9–episode 4

April 16–episode 5

April 23–episode 6

April 30–episode 7

May 7–episode 8

May 14–episode 9

The release date for the complete book remains July 9.

My Review:

I am going to start with this… Ms Susannah, how the hell do you come up with your bad guys!! I mean seriously! This one pretty much tops the scariest one you’ve written so far- and you know I stalk you and all your books!! Ok, back to the review. This one is quite the interesting story. I think my favorite part is the fact that there is a lonely human surrounded by all kinds of shifters. This is really competing for one of my favorites written by this author! I also think I have a new book boyfriend… which I will now have to explain to Jake and Will 🙂 HA!

The two main characters are Kell and Mori. I’ll go with Kell first. Jack Kellison is an elite Ranger veteran. He’s been on tours to the “Sand Box” and lead teams on special missions. So, when he gets the chance to lead a “special” elite team, along with his best friends from his former team, and not be put on desk duty after a serious injury, he jumps at the chance. Except… he so did not bargain for everything that came with this mission, especially Mori!

Mori is a head of an environmental activist group. All of a sudden her life is turned upside down when someone implicates her as a terrorist and bomber and kidnapper. It’s crazy the things this poor girl has to go through. She has the absolute WORST family in the world. I would love a chance of some alone time with them 🙂 Plus, she’s got some serious secrets, and even though Kell knows she isn’t guilty of the bombing, he certainly knows she’s guilty of something- he just has NO idea what. That was my favorite part. Kell is quite the over protective caveman, Mori is a slight martyr… It made for a whirl wind ride of fantastic.

My entire favorite part of the book was the side characters. Nik is going to be MINE!! Since I somehow can’t have Jake or Will… *SIGH*…. I will try really hard for Nik…. I really don’t think I stand a chance with Archer after that ending as well 🙂 Robin is my all time favorite character! She has me crying I was laughing so hard. She has my favorite attitude, with a kick ass heroine confindence, and an all time sense of humor. Plus, her “other” is just cool 😉 I REALLLLLLY hope that this is not going to be the end, as I want a WHOLE lot more from this series!!

Ms Sandlin is a FANTASTIC author. She puts the perfect amount of action, romance, mystery and paranormal in all of her books to allow it to be in each category. It’s also well planned. The bad guys are stunningly scary!! I mean seriously, you made your bad guy DO THAT!!!! I am still shivering from that moment. Wow. I was open jawed, shocked! You are a serious mastermind of bad guys! HA! I am not sure how else to tell you that she is a wonderful writer, other than to tell you to get her books! This one especially! 🙂 A MAGNIFICENT WOLFISH SCARY 5 PAWS!!!

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About the Author:

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Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King
probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.

Website: http://www.susannahsandlin.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/susannahsandlin

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/susannahsandlin

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828129.Susannah_Sandlin

Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781612183541

Giveaways: I’ve Picked my winner from all of the posts so far… SO… CONGRATS CATHERINE T!! You should have received my email. If you haven’t you should email me ASAP or I’ll have to pick a new winner 🙂 And to be fair, I literally put every name every time you commented into a big bowl and picked one. HAHAHA since I wanted to be fun this time 🙂

I hope you guys are as pumped up as me! GOOD LUCK everyone! And of course, thanks to Ms Susannah who is just made of awesome 🙂 and Ms Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours who let me beg for a ton of stops for this tour! 😉 Happy Reading everyone! Later Gators!!

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Lucid Release Day Preview w Giveaway

Happy ALMOST release day! HA! I got’cha 🙂 I wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow this book will be live and I wanted you guys to see it and check it out. The author is so sweet, and when she emailed me, I just had to say yes 🙂 So let me show you!

Lucid

Title: Lucid
Author: Natalie Roers
Author web site: http://jointhelucid.com/
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
url: http://twilighttimesbooks.com/
Genre: paranormal fantasy
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-027-2
Format: 5.5×8.5 trade paperback; 168 pages; $15.95 USD
*eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-026-5; $6.50 USD
Format: ebook in pdf, ePub, Kindle, Mobi, PRC, etc.
Distributors: Amazon Kindle; Apple iBookstore; BN.com Nook; Kobo Books; OmniLit; Sony eBookstore, etc
Release date: May 15, 2013 ebook; July 15, 2013 print
Price: $15.95
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 168

Chapter excerpt:
http://twilighttimesbooks.com/Lucid_ch1.html

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lucid-ebook/dp/B00CQ8C6GK/

*Note* I am putting the amazon link because right now, with the release day tomorrow, it’s on sale for $4.99 AND ALSO, the author is donating some of the proceeds to anti-bullying charities. 🙂

Promo blurb:
Disfigured at birth and ostracized at school, Travis Hunter dreams of acceptance and secretly yearns for the affection of a beautiful young woman named Corrine. When a mysterious doctor promises to help Travis through something called lucid dreaming, Travis gets more than he ever bargained for and soon finds himself learning the secrets of love and life in a fantastic unconscious world.

My Review:

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Author Interview:

First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….
I’m a perpetual daydreamer. This idea popped up while I was driving home from the grocery store about five years ago. It was in the back of my head for a few years until one day I just said, “Stop thinking about this thing and write it!”

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

That’s a funny question. I did know subconsciously, but it took someone telling me I could. I’ve always loved reading. As a child I remember being assigned to write a book in my first grade class. They meant a children’s book, but I didn’t read those so I wrote the first chapter of a murder mystery novel instead. The teachers loved it, but the kids made fun of me and I was embarrassed about what I had written. It’s sad how you can let reaction from peers stifle you.
In college I studied Mass Communications and ended up as a television journalist. Although I wrote every day, I never considered myself a writer. It’s more about telling a story through video and pictures when you’re in television. I told stories, but not in the classic way I considered a writer would do. When I came up with the idea for Lucid, I told a friend of mine who was a screenwriter. I tried to give the idea to HIM. He looked at me like I had two heads and said, “I love it, but why on earth would I write it? You’re the writer. You write every day for a living!” That’s when it clicked. That’s when I realized I could really do this.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

This is the first piece of fiction I have ever written…well not counting that first grade assignment;) I’m hooked now and am about halfway through my second novel. That one will be very dark and definitely only for adults.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Every character in Lucid, except the cruel ones, are me at different points in my life. I’ve been bullied. I’ve been put on a pedestal for no good reason. I’ve wanted to be seen. I’ve wanted to disappear. Yeah, the situations might be different, but the book is absolutely based on real feelings.
As for the lucid dreaming? Yes, I have had some experience with that. Can I do it on command? No. Would I love to? Yes. That’s where the idea came from.

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?

I write a rough outline for where I want a story to go, but once I start writing it can change. I don’t fight the story and let it go where it wants to go. The outline can change as you go along. The story itself kind of dictates that. It becomes a living breathing thing that can make decisions for you.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

They’re new to me! lol. Every time I think I’ve found someone new, I find out they already have like five books out.

Who do you look up to as a writer?
Born entertainers. I like people who think about their audience and are writing for them. I’m a huge Stephen King fan. My first love was Steinbeck. I do gravitate towards dark stories with a moral. Anyone who writes a story that makes me feel while entertaining me is good in my book.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

I wanted it to be a bit darker, but it’s hard to be published as a first time writer and I had to do what publishers wanted in order to get my foot in the door. The first draft of this book was much more sinister. I love how it turned out though, so I’m happy. Honestly, I guess I’ll just have to wait to see the reviews to answer that question.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I find the banter between characters very simple, but agonize over everything else.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!

I’m totally digging self-help books for the first time in my life. Any topic. It’s good to look at yourself in the mirror or get help with personal goals now and then. We’re all works in progress.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

I came up with the concept, but the cover art was/is being done by an artist named Ural Akyuz through my publisher. The font and design were done by my best friend, Heather Bragg, who is a very talented graphic designer with Bragg Media.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

It’s so hard! Finishing a book makes you feel like the work is over, but everything after is even more work! I must have sent out thousands of queries. The editing process blew me away too. I assumed someone would edit for you. I had no idea that every word and every punctuation mark in that book would be my own. I had edit notes such as, “I hate the first chapter. Change it to show me and not tell me.” You have to have thick skin and be ready to almost write the whole thing over again once you get to editing.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?

It’s a tight race between the three main characters. Most people wouldn’t assume that I most closely identify with Travis, but I do. I was a very awkward youth and always felt out of place because I didn’t like the same things that most girls my age did. I was one of those girls that blossomed overnight at an older age and then felt completely out of place in my body in a whole new way.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

Books are so personal. Read what speaks to you. Read what makes you happy.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

The idea I have readers is exciting enough! I love you! Please know that I plan to donate a portion of every dollar I make to my favorite anti-bullying organizations. Could you please help me spread the word?

About the Author:

Natalie Roers

Natalie Roers is a veteran writer, voice artist, and on-air personality. A journalist by trade, Lucid is her first work of fiction. She is busy at work on her second novel and hopes to raise money and social awareness for worthy causes with each book she writes. Natalie plans to donate a portion of every sale of LUCID to her favorite anti-bullying organizations. She lives with her husband Cory, and son Austin, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Website: http://www.jointhelucid.com/

Giveaway:

I am offering-via the lovely Ms Roers- an ebook copy! YAY! So leave a nice comment below and we’ll pick a winner!! GOOD LUCK!!

I hope you guys enjoyed today! I want to send an extra good luck and BIG THANK YOU to Ms Roers for tomorrow’s release day! 🙂 It’s going to be fantastic! Happy reading and later gators!!