sexta-feira, 9 de dezembro de 2016

Book Blitz: "Unbreakable Seal" - Summer Lane

Title: Unbreakable Seal
Author: Summer Lane
Publication date: December 9th 2016
Genres: Adult, Thriller

Chris Young has it all.
Elite training, undercover missions, and a life of adventure. As one of the best Navy SEALs in the world, he finds himself in the thick of some of the most violent situations on planet earth.
He’s a warrior.
But when his wife is murdered by terrorist assassins, everything he thinks he knows changes. For Chris Young, everything is about revenge, and finding the people who killed his wife.
He will assemble a team. He will come up with a plan.
He will make them pay.

From the #1 bestselling author of the Collapse Series, Bravo Saga and Zero Trilogy, comes this thrilling adventure novel about one man’s quest to avenge the person he loves most.

Excerpt 1
Chris leaned on the counter. He looked down at his hands, calloused and dirty. They were strong hands. Killing hands. The tools of his trade, and he was feeling strangely detached from life in Afghanistan today. His head still echoed with the sound of bullets and the screams of horses. He could still smell the blood and the death.
It was inside him—part of him. Like a physical thing, the blood and carnage of this place had wrapped itself inside his chest and hardened there, making it impossible to sleep at night or to walk from the barracks to the chow hall without resting his hand on his gun, waiting for the attack to come.

Excerpt 2
“Looks a lot bigger in person,” Devin whispered.
“Like the freakin’ Wall of Jericho,” Chuck replied.
“Three Tangos on the east wall,” Chris stated, looking through his optics, scoping out the perimeter. “Devin, give me a thermal reading.”
“You got it.” Devin activated the thermal reader. He scanned with it for a few moments, studying the readout on the screen. “Thermal readout is detecting a minimum of twenty heat signatures in the main building.”
“Give me some more info,” Chris answered.
“There are over twenty heat sigs in the family building, too,” Devin continued. “That would be the women and children. Inyo was right; there’s nobody in the guest house.”
“If that massive thing is a guest house,” Jonah muttered, “what’s their idea of a real house?”
“The whole enchilada, my friend,” Devin said. “All of the buildings together make one big, happy terrorist family.” He shoved the thermal reader back into his belt. “See, if you’re a good little boy, Santa will bring you an RPG for Christmas, no questions asked.”
Jonah rolled his eyes.
“Okay, what else are we looking at here?” Chris muttered.
The unit studied the compound for a long time, assessing the risks and the weak point. In all, there were probably fifty or so bodies in the compound—over twenty of which were simply women and children. They shouldn’t be a problem.
It was the rest of the people they had to worry about.

Author Bio
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 15 novels, including the books of The Collapse Series, The Zero Trilogy, The Bravo Saga, Collapse: The Illustrated Guide and the newly released Unbreakable SEAL. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle, and is an experienced creative writing teacher and journalist. 

Giveaway (US/CAN - ends December 15th)

Interview with #1 bestselling author Summer Lane

Unbreakable SEAL is your first book that is not necessarily set in the apocalypse. How do you feel about that?
It’s amazing! This is my fifteenth novel, and up until now, every book I’ve written has been right in the midst of an apocalyptic setting. I found a way to incorporate certain story elements that branch nicely into the Collapse Series, however. Chris Young is a massive part of that series, after all. I’m excited to show this side of him, and to tell a story that is set in the present.

What inspired you to write SEAL?
Commander Chris Young. He’s one of my favorite characters from my original series, and he has such an incredible backstory. I’ve always wanted to give him his own novel, and now I finally have! It will explain some things about him – why he is who he is, and why he makes such a great leader. Plus, I love writing about SEALs. I watched SEALs train once on Coronado Island, California, and I’ve had a bit of a love-fest with the whole organization ever since.

How did you research for a book like this?
I am obviously not in the military, but I know and have grown up with a lot of people who are. I did extensive research over the years for my apocalyptic books – I’m always writing action novels, tactical scenes, shootouts, gunfights, battles, skirmishes…That research has aided me in the creation of SEAL. This novel is meant to be a fun adventure and thriller, but I also wanted to highlight the valor and honor of that branch of the military. SEALs are badass, and they were always a perfect fit for the character of Chris Young.

Will there be any more books about Chris Young?
No. Chris’s story neatly ties into the world of Collapse – so if you want to know what happens to Chris after SEAL, check out the books of the Collapse Series.

What is your next project/release?
Currently, I am finishing up State of Allegiance, the 9th novel in the Collapse Series. I will be working on tying up that series in 2017, as well as creating some new and exciting stories for readers.

Fun Interview with #1 bestselling author Summer Lane

What was it like writing SEAL – and what writing methods helped you get it done?
Writing SEAL was crazy! I had a really tight writing schedule – impossible, almost – and I had only a few weeks to write the manuscript’s rough draft. I powered through it with lots of coffee (channeling my inner Lorelai Gilmore), tons of tea, and countless hours of hard work. One of the most helpful writing methods for me is to take a small break every 2-3 hours and to make sure office music is playing at all times.

What kind of music do you listen to while you’re writing?
Anything that provides stimulation. I love classical music, but when I’m trying to write a certain type of book and/or scene, I will sometimes switch the playlist up to something more upbeat for action, morose for sad scenes, sweeping and profound for drama, etc.

How do you stay focused?
Here’s the thing: a lot of people think that writing is basically just somebody sitting down at a computer and pounding on the keyboard, magically popping a bestseller out and working in fuzzy slippers. While I can’t deny the fuzzy slippers (oops), there’s a lot more to it than that, thank you very much. Just as you would be fired for continually failing to show up at any job, if I decided not to work, I pay for it, too. I stay focused by keeping myself in check, reminding myself how far I’ve come, and how far I’d like to continue to go. I break my massive goals up into smaller goals – you can accomplish ANYTHING if you do that. Don’t believe me? Try it! It’s possible, I promise! J

Favorite adventure movie of the moment, favorite song of the moment, favorite book of 2016 and favorite TV show?
Okay, here we go. Favorite movie of the moment would have to be Rogue One, even though I haven’t seen it yet. I just know it’s going to be great! My favorite song of the moment is still It Was Always You, by Maroon 5. It’s been my favorite song for over a year, so I think technically the “moment” has passed. My favorite book of 2016 was probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I honestly LOVED it, because it was fun and clever and it pulled me into its world. Either that or Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers by Gary Paulsen (don’t even get me started on Woodsong). My favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls – the original series, not to be confused with the revival. I also really enjoyed Stranger Things. What great writing and originality! Daredevil was pretty incredible, too. I loved John Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher. And I’ll stop now, haha.

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