Tag Archives: Thunder City Series

What’s Up with Blood Hunter?

3D renderIf you’re reading this blog, it’s probably not a surprise that I’m in the middle of writing a series about a superhero who can heal people. Break a bone? Hannah can fix it. Have a head cold? Not with Hannah around. Want a facelift, but don’t have the cash? Yeah, Hannah can handle that too. These questions formed the backbone of Blood Surfer. I call Blood Surfer a superhero romance, but it has thriller elements. Hannah is on the run throughout the entire book. There’s no time for her to stop and contemplate what her powers mean to the non-superhero community. She has to stay alive, first, and remain free, second.

I’m halfway through writing the sequel, Blood Hunter. Hannah is confronted by bigger questions. She’s not on the run this time, but the citizens of Thunder City want answers to questions Hannah has never had to think about before. Questions about when she can or should use her powers. Who should have access to her? Should she ever not heal someone?

I’m thinking about these questions, though. That’s the exciting part about writing superheroes. You can tackle all sorts of topics. In Blood Surfer, you have the tale of two cities: one that welcomes superheroes, and one that’s been manipulated through politics and demagoguery into hating superheroes. You also have a coming of age story of a young woman who’s stretching the boundaries of her abilities and not necessarily liking what she finds on the other side. She also discovers love, but soon realizes sacrifices have to be made to keep her love alive.

Blood Hunter takes these topics and goes deeper. I can’t say too much because I’m not at the end of the story yet. I know how I want this story to end, but I’m a panster not a plotter. The story unfolds as I write. I’ve tried outlines, but inevitably my story deviates so far off the outline track, that I feel making an outline wastes my time.

What I can say is that the elements you all love in Blood Surfer, A Secret Rose, and the short stories are still there. There’s lots of action, lots of love, and a love scene that will make you weep. Scott, Nik, and all the Blackwoods are present, standing with Hannah, but there’s lots of danger and new villains.

We’ll all celebrate when I write The End.

#1LineWed roundup

I’ve been posting pretty regularly for RWA’s Kiss of Death chapter’s #1LineWed round up. I decided to pull out a few of my favorite lines, you know – the ones that make stop, scratch my head and say “I really wrote that?” (but in a good way).

  • His answer stoked the fire burning her last nerve, but she had enough control now to keep her mouth shut.

  • Just her luck, the Left Fists had decided to drop their latest kill right on her hideout. Now she was going to have to run for it.

  • Sky blue eyes looked up as if he had heard her just fine the first time, but hadn’t wanted his train of thought interrupted.

  • She’d just started painting the sleek lines of the ferry when the first angel appeared fluttering down from the clouds to the hull.

  • Her body faded into a vague outline of a disheveled goddess with bright eyes looking at him like the Cheshire cat spying its prey.

  • “Oh, honey, I’m just getting warmed up. Don’t tell me you’re done for the night.”

If you’re keeping up with the Thunder City series, can you identify which stories these lines come from?

State of the Writer Report

It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these, so here’s an update.

  • A Secret Rose will be available in print by the end of September.
  • I’m knee deep in Blood Hunter, the direct sequel to Blood Surfer.
  • I’m sketching out thoughts for Alek Blackwood’s romance. I’m hoping to publish Alek’s and Evan’s stories together, but Evan is being difficult (which is odd, because Alek is supposed to be the difficult twin).
  • I’ve decided the third title of the Blood Surfer trilogy will be Blood Avenger.
  • Will I keep publishing Thunder City stories after Blood Avenger? Um, maybe. There’s an idea percolating for a trilogy of short stories about Catherine Blackwood – I mean the woman has had three very different husbands. So much romance, so much adventure there. Sigh.
  • I have two other manuscripts I’m cleaning up for publication not related to Thunder City. One is an space opera romance, the other is an urban fantasy with romantic elements.

That’s it for now – back to writing.

2016 Maggie Awards

Finalist PNR pubI’d been so busy prepping for the release of A Secret Rose that this
is first opportunity I’ve had to write up a blog post about the Maggie
Awards. As I said previously on social media, Blood Surfer has finaled in the Maggies in the Paranormal/Fantasy category. I’m beside myself with incredulity. When I first started submitting Blood Surfer to all of these contests, I figured I was a long shot no matter which contest it was. Yet, here I am with 3 contest finals under my belt. No wins – not yet. I won’t know if I win until later this year, but finaling is just as good.

Release Day! A Secret Rose

A Secret Rose is my first novella in the Thunder City Series. Like Blood Surfer, it’s a romance. This time, however, I’m telling the story of Scott’s oldest brother, Nik. Nik reunites with Daniella Rose after ten years, but Dani has a secret:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00027]Secrets, like roses, have thorns.

Nikolaos Blackwood swore he would bring to justice the drug dealer known as Dodger. As Ghost, one of Thunder City’s alternative human defenders, it was Nik’s responsibility to keep his high school classmates safe. That included notorious bad girl Daniella Rose. Ten years later, he needs to locate Daniella to deliver an urgent request from her estranged family.

Dr. Daniella Rose finally believes she can lead a normal, happy life and focus on her relationship with Nik Blackwood — the one man she’s always wanted but could never have. Now that she’s back in Thunder City, she’ll do anything to keep him —  except reveal her hidden Alt ability to shapeshift into Dodger, a secret identity she killed before graduation.

When a drug lord from Dani’s past threatens Nik’s life, Dani knows she’ll have to resurrect Dodger to rescue her man, even if exposing her secret could cost her Nik’s love —  and her life.

You can find A Secret Rose at your favorite online bookstore:

Amazon | BN | Kobo | iBooks

Hot Damn Summer Reads Giveaway!

Here’s your chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire and 17 ebooks! Enter the HotDamn! Summer Reads Giveaway. This contest is hosted by The Killion Group.. You can win a free copy of the first book in my Thunder City Series: BLOOD SURFER! http://bit.ly/1Xsqs3c

 

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Participating Authors:

  • Jackson D’Lynne

  • Gina Danna

  • Juliette Cosway

  • Magda Alexander

  • Lyn Horner

  • Chloe Flowers

  • Sharon Hamilton

  • Susan Grant

  • Mary Karlik

  • Allie Harrison

  • Debra Jess

  • Bonnie Vanak

  • Kenzie Macallan

  • Julieann Dove

  • Suzie T. Roos

  • DB Michaels

  • Tess Rider

New Interview at Whiskey with My Books

I have a guest blog post over at Whiskey with My Books. I talk about writing Blood Surfer and my new novella, A Secret Rose. 
WWMB is also hosting all of the other Prism Award Finalists so you can read their interviews as well.
If you’re looking for even more science fiction romances to read this summer, try Portals volume 1 and Portals volume 2. Portals is a project published for FREE by the Science Fiction Romance Brigade featuring the first chapers of SFRB members’  books. If you like what you read, please consider buying the book (and don’t forget to leave a review).

Cover Reveal – A Secret Rose

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00027]Are you ready for another cover reveal? This one is for A Secret Rose, a Thunder City Novella. For those of you who have read Blood Surfer,this is Nik’s story, Scott’s oldest brother,  the superhero called “Ghost” because his superpowers allow him to travel through anything solid. Who wouldn’t want to love a guy who can disarm a bomb with one hand while romancing a lady with the other? Daniella loves Nik, but will he love her once he discovers her secret?
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Secrets, like roses, have thorns.

Nikolaos Blackwood swore he would bring to justice the drug dealer known as Dodger. As Ghost, one of Thunder City’s alternative human defenders, it was Nik’s responsibility to keep his high school classmates safe. That included notorious bad girl Daniella Rose. Ten years later, he needs to locate Daniella to deliver an urgent request from her estranged family.

Dr. Daniella Rose finally believes she can lead a normal, happy life and focus on her relationship with Nik Blackwood — the one man she’s always wanted but could never have. Now that she’s back in Thunder City, she’ll do anything to keep him —  except reveal her hidden Alt ability to shapeshift into Dodger, a secret identity she killed before graduation.

When a drug lord from Dani’s past threatens Nik’s life, Dani knows she’ll have to resurrect Dodger to rescue her man, even if exposing her secret could cost her Nik’s love —  and her life.