Hello everyone! Welcome to the Day Six of the Shock & Awe blog tour!
Thank you to Under the Covers for hosting today.
If you go to the Riptide site and search around a little, you’ll find they have a page for Series and Universes. The Cut & Run series and the Sidewinder series are part of the same universe, that much is obvious. But what a lot of readers don’t know is that all of my books live in the same universe, a la Quentin Tarantino films or Disney/Pixar movies. If you haven’t read about either of those compendiums, you need to go do some Googling after you get done here, because both are pretty fascinating and wonderful.
Thought not connected quite as obviously as Tarantino’s characters, the characters in my books will sometimes brush up against characters from seemingly unrelated books. One obvious example is Julian and Cameron from Warrior’s Cross doing a lot more than bushing up against Ty and Zane in Armed & Dangerous. And if you read The Gravedigger’s Brawl this Halloween, you probably noticed that Ash, the flair bartender, was originally from New Orleans. In the end of Touch & Geaux, Ty mentions a bartender he used to work with when he was undercover trying to teach him to flair, and he says he saw him at the funeral of his former mentor.
That bartender was Ash.
The Sidewinder Series is the perfect medium to display that cross-pollination a little more. Could Nick and Kelly meet Jake and Brandon from Caught Running? Sure, if the Braves and Red Sox are playing each other! Could Digger meet Ash in a bar one night and set something on fire? That scenario is more than likely, especially the fire part. Does the presence of a character from Gravedigger’s in the Cut & Run series mean that Ty and Zane live in a world where ghosts are real? Yeah. Will Ty and Zane ever run into a ghost? Likely not, but Nick and Kelly might.
The possibilities are pretty endless, and they’re fun to ponder. Are you one of the few people who reads westerns and enjoyed According to Hoyle? Well in the sequel you’re going to meet Nick’s great great whatever uncle. Are you one of the even fewer who read the fairytale spoof A Tale From de Rode and realized that almost every name in the book was a pun? You just found Zane’s favorite fairytale.
My favorite part of the Sidewinder series is the fact that I can go back and write them before Elias Sanchez was killed in New York City, before they were out of the Marine Corps. The possibilities this series is going to open up for new stories and new characters that feel familiar are the most exciting things about Nick and Kelly. And I look forward to playing in their world some more.
After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He’s not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O’Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him get back on his feet—after all, years on the same Marine Force Recon team bonded the men in ways that only bleeding for a brother can. He’s very surprised, though, when Nick humors his moment of curiosity and kisses him.
Nick knows all of Kelly’s quirks and caprices, so the kiss was a low-risk move on his part . . . or so he thought. But what should’ve been a simple moment unleashes a flood of confusing emotions and urges that neither man is prepared to address.
Now, Kelly and Nick must figure out what they mean to each other—friends and brothers in arms, or something even deeper?—before the past can come back to ruin their tenuous future.
You can read an excerpt and purchase Shock & Awe today from Riptide!
If you’re following along, you might find this handy dandy schedule of use, and you might be interested in keeping up with me each day, because I’ve got a couple goodies to give away. In celebration of Nick and Kelly’s coming out, so to speak, I’ve got three of their Heart and Clover T-shirts for three lucky commenters. And I’ve got five sets of trading cards with original artwork and character work-ups, something I intend to add new cards to every year, which makes this first year’s cards pretty important if you’re an obsessive collector like I am.
The contest is open worldwide, one winner will be chosen tour-wide, and an email left w/comments is considered an entry to win.