Book Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Int): Meet the not-quite-human soldiers of Susannah Sandlin’s Storm Force!
Please help me welcome author Susannah Sandlin!
Today, I’m telling a few secrets on the characters of Storm Force, which features a joint human-shapeshifter “last option” special ops team called the Omega Force that investigates domestic terrorism cases in Louisiana and Texas. But shhhh…Don’t let them know how much you know. Otherwise, they might have to hunt you down.
Jack Kellison, aka Kell. U.S. Army Rangers, sergeant. Omega team leader.
Kell’s full name is John Kennedy Kellison Jr. His cousin, Trey, who makes an appearance in Storm Force, is actually Dwight Eisenhower Kellison III. Granddad Dwight saw fit to name all his sons after dead presidents, which got passed on to their sons, much to their embarrassment. So back home around Jeanerette, Louisiana, Kell also has uncles Franklin Roosevelt Kellison and Harry Truman Kellison and an aunt, Dolly Madison Kellison, who insisted on being called “Maddie” and would box anyone’s ears who called her “Dolly.” She makes a mean pot of gumbo, though.
Nikolas Demetriou, aka Nik. U.S. Army Rangers, corporal. Team second-in-command.
Nik was born and raised in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood, the only child of a Greek immigrant restauranteur and an American mother. A true psychic, Nik inherited the trait from his father, as well as his brooding nature and tendency to drink away the voices in his head. Although he is a talented artist, Nik’s true artistry is in the kitchen, where he can produce restaurant-quality, traditional Greek dishes. He makes a Tzatziki that will bring happy tears to your eyes.
Robin Ashton, aka Razorblade Robin (although no one has the nerve to call her this to her face). Golden Eagle shapeshifter. Omega team tracker.
Although Robin freely (and vividly) shares her opinions about anything and everything, she tells very little about herself. Such as the fact she grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, for example, and might have left a few problems behind when she ran away to lose herself in New Orleans’ gutterpunk street culture. Let’s just say that when she joined the Omega Force team, the ironically named Robin the eagle-shifter wasn’t just looking for a way to be patriotic.
Garrett Foley, aka Gadget. U.S. Army Rangers, specialist. Omega team intelligence guru.
Gadget is brilliant, funny, quirkily handsome…and a social flat-foot—as in, his foot usually stays in the vicinity of his mouth when women are nearby. He’s forever living vicariously through the romantic exploits of his team members and while they know he’s in serious need of companionship, they have no idea the depth and breadth of his “dry spell.” He’s still a virgin. Shhh……He’d be humiliated if that secret got out. His biggest fear is that he’ll die in that state.
Adam Logan and Archer Logan, aka the Kittycats or the Kitties. Brothers and jaguar-shifters. Omega team surveillance and enforcement.
Adam and Archer Logan are melanistic jaguar shifters (aka black jaguars or black panthers) from Tennessee, although they were born in southern Arizona below Tucson, where the only natural population of jaguars still exists in the United States. Adam is three years older, and Archer (at six-four) is two inches taller, both with long black hair and green eyes. But one would, upon meeting them, assume Archer was the oldest. He’s gregarious and charming where Adam is quiet and shy and seemingly content to drift in his younger brother’s shadow. But Adam has a steady, calming influence on Archer that both of them acknowledge but don’t ever express. If anything ever happened to Adam, Archer could easily self-destruct.
And there you have it—the Omega Force team that investigates cases in Texas and Louisiana. To the mix in Storm Force, add a heroine and villain of undetermined paranormal heritage, a kidnapped Texas governor, a bombing, and a hurricane, and shake well!
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?
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Read an excerpt
Kell spotted the bird as soon as its wingtips cleared the edge of the cypress stand at the eastern rim of Bayou Cote Blanche. For a moment, he indulged a hope it might be a hawk in search of fish, or a pelican, or a cormorant, or a fucking giant mutant hummingbird.
Anything but an eagle.
“It’s her.” At the sound of his voice, Gator raised his spotted head and focused sharp, mismatched eyes on the horizon, barking furiously in his Catahoula big-dog voice, usually reserved for alligators and swamp rats.
Kell had been sitting on the porch of his cabin at Cote Blanche since Nik’s phone call from New Orleans two hours ago, waiting to see who’d arrive first—the man or the bird.
Should’ve known it would be the freakazoid eagle with the deceptively sweet name of Robin. He’d come to think of her as Razorblade Robin. Nik would have to rent a boat in Jeanerette and navigate the serpentine waterways of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp to get here. Razorblade Robin could just sprout feathers and soar.
The midday sun glinted off the glossy reddish-brown wings of the golden eagle as it swooped over the smooth, murky water of the bayou and landed with a harsh caw at the end of his dock. Gator rose to his feet and looked up at Kell, asking permission to chase.
“Sorry, buddy. You don’t want to mess with that one. She can take you.” Hell, she could take both of them.
Kell took a final look at the pile of papers he’d been reading—notes about his team’s new assignment. Mostly, he’d been studying the photo on top of the stack. The woman, Emory Chastaine, an environmental activist well known in tree-hugger circles, had been photographed from a distance with a telephoto lens that gave the image a grainy feel, made worse by his generator-powered printer. But he could tell she was tall, athletic-looking in a t-shirt and jeans, shoulder-length blond hair, pretty in an all-American kind of way.
Not his image of a terrorist. Which made her even more dangerous.
Gator sprang off the porch as the eagle strutted down the dock toward them. He approached the bird in a crouch, his growls echoing off the still water. Damn dog never did listen worth a flip. Kell leaned back in his chair to watch the show. With a screech and a blur of feathers seconds before Gator reached her, the eagle morphed into a petite, waifish brunette.
Make that a naked, waifish brunette with a snark-tastic attitude who arched an eyebrow when Kell’s vicious watchdog turn into a slobbering, tail-wagging fool, jumping up and down so vigorously his black and white spots seemed to blur. You’d think the hound saw birds turn into people every day.
If Gator went the crotch-sniffing route, Kell might have to die of pure humiliation.
Not like the naked bird-woman came as any big surprise. He reached for the t-shirt he’d thrown across the other porch chair and tossed it to her as she approached, Gator dancing around her legs. “Put this on.”
Robin Ashton, five-foot-nothing of shapeshifter and the tracker for Kell’s new Omega Force team, caught the shirt and used it to wipe the sweat off her face. “It’s like a sauna out here. Pretty, though, if you’re into the primordial.”
She turned to study the bayou, a minor niche in the massive Atchafalaya basin, and Kell made it a point to keep his eyes away from her ass. It wasn’t that he wanted to look at it, exactly, but he was a guy, and it was right in front of him.
About the author
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.
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Read our review of Susannah’s Redemption, a GT September 2012 Reviewer Top Pick, here!
Which Storm Force character do you find most intriguing? Leave a comment then fill out the Rafflecopter to be entered for a $10 gift card to your online retailer of choice (or equivalent book from Book Depository if outside the U.S.). Good luck!
thanks for the giveaway
I love PNR and would really like to read Storm Force 🙂
Thanks, Lee! Hope you get a chance to check it out 🙂
Really enjoyed Storm Force as a serial read. Have the paper back now for the keeper shelf. Looking forward to Robin’s story soon.
Thanks, Roger! Yes, Robin NEEDS to tell her story. You know she loves to talk.
This is the first I’ve read about the series, but it sounds like something I’d enjoy. I like romantic suspense and paranormal of any type.
Hi Anne–I’m with you. I like a high dose of suspense in with my paranormal romance.
The book as well as the characters look intriguing. I love PNR and cat wait to read this one. Ms. Sandlin is a new author to me.
Hope you get a chance to check it out, Lori!
I have Storm Force on my Kindle patiently waiting for me to hurry up and get to it. Darn life for interfering with my reading time! LOL!
LOL, I know what you mean, Susan. Hope you enjoy it when you have a chance to read!
Love stories about the elite ops/SEALs etc. Sounds like a great series.
Thanks, Sandy. I loved having my Army Rangers trying to come to terms with the stronger shapeshifters!
A new series for me that looks good. The jaguar shifter brothers interest me the most from the general description of characters. Definitely a series I will follow.
Thanks, Irene! One of my favorite scenes is when Archer shifts into his big cat and starts rolling in the grass outside the villain’s window–all his staff comes to watch what they think is a zoo escapee and the rest of the team is able to slip inside 🙂
Special Ops counter-terrorism and paranormal together – you got me hooked! Looking forward to reading it!
Thanks, Yelena–hope you get a chance to check it out! It was a fun combo to write.
Storm Force looks really good 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by, Jahnvi!
I think Mori sounds more interesting to me. Her personal situation sounds so complicated there are more possibilities for depth to her character, at least I think so. Thanks for the giveaway.
Thanks, Carl! Yes, Mori has a really interesting story, and she grows a lot from the beginning of the book to the end. She goes through some serious stuff, though!
Storm Force sounds like it is going to be very good beginning to a series (?), I hope. Love to read series.
Thanks, Deb! I’m hoping to continue this as a series…fingers crossed!
Storm force is on my TBR list.
Thanks for stopping by, Sandy–I hope you enjoy it!
Sounds fantastic! This book is on the top of my desperately want list 🙂
Hope you get a chance to check it out, Erin!
i loved this thriller paranormal romance it was different from other with humour and action and it was simply a fabulous read. i want more!
Thanks, Miki 🙂 I try to put some humor in my characters even if their situations aren’t funny. Although Kell being handcuffed to the hotel nightstand was pretty funny!
It sounds as if Storm Force is a great book. I love paranormal stories, and these paranormal heroes are great. I am from the South, living in the West, so the author is vastly appealing, as well. email@example.com
Thanks, Michelle! I hope you have a chance to check it out. We definitely have the South covered 🙂
I love that description “Storm Force” – emotes such power!
Thanks, Diane. It’s a good play on words for the story…the Omega Force team and, boy, is there a storm. Had to work a hurricane in there 🙂
This has def caught my attention and I have to read it. Looks like a great book
Thanks, Melissa–I hope you have a chance to check it out!
This book sounds awesome. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. I have added this book to my TBR and I am looking forward to reading it.
Thanks, Eva! I hope you enjoy Storm Force 🙂
I love how the team is made up of all the different types of shapeshifters – sounds like a fun and action-filled mix, so definitely on my TBR list!
Thanks, Leanne. Hope you get a chance to try it out!
Just purchased Storm Force, can’t wait to read, sounds fantastic.
Thank you Avonelle–I hope you enjoy it!
More about Robin please!
Ha! I’m with you, Liz. We need Robin’s story!
I love finding and reading new series online that I wouldn’t of heard about prior to this!! yay!!
I don’t mind being “hunted down” by these yummy guys! Pls tell me more about them 🙂
They’re a fun bunch, Linda! Nik and Kell are the most serious, but Archer’s in for some dark days ahead as well.
I love the sounds of Storm Force. I love that the heroes are shape shifters and military.
Looks like a book I will be adding to my TBR pile. Thanks for the giveaway.
Looks like it’s going to be a very interesting new series. Looking forward to reading this book!
I love military type romance! Storm Force sounds amazing, thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
He sounds like the perfect lead male, I look forward to checking it out further
STORM FORCE sounds great! I am definitely putting it on my TBR list (and may just have to go ahead and buy it now, even though I am trying to make a dent in my TBR piles before buying more books, lol). I love PNR and this book sounds like it will be great, shifters, supense and romance all together!
Oh, I forgot to say that I am really intriqued by Gadget….especially considering that he is still a virgin. Not often you read about a male character that is still a virgin.
STORM FORCE looks amazing & I loved the excerpt thank you.
Intriguing book! Interesting combination of paranormal and spec ops. Thanks for sharing the character profiles and excerpt.
What was it like originally releasing Storm Force as a serial (before releasing the entire book)? Would you do it again?
I like reading shape shifting para books. Plus like the fact that includes the military or men in ops. How did you come up with your idea to write these books verse other romance books?
I think it sounds awesome!
Thanks for the chance to win!
I love your writing, I loved your Penton Legacy series and I’m sure I’ll love this one as well 🙂 Plus it has a very sexy cover!
Thank you for the giveaway.
I really liked the description of this book and am definitely adding it to my to-read list! Oh and about the cover, holy HOTness! Love his baby blues 😉
Thanks for the giveaway and introducing me to a new series and author!
Congrats to June M on winning the giveaway! Thank you to everyone who came out to support Storm Force and to Susannah Sandlin for being our special guest! <3