Sunday Series Spotlight: Night Sky

Suzanne Brockmann is a best selling author, well-known for her military romances and romantic suspense, and now, she has branched into the young adult genre with her upcoming debut paranormal novel, Night Sky, co-authored with her daughter, Melanie Brockmann.  Night Sky isn’t set for release until October, but she has a FREE prequel to the series,  Dangerous Destiny, available now to whet your appetite.  I had a chance to download the prequel and have included my reaction below.

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Night Sky (Night Sky # 1) by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

Release Date: October 7, 2014/ Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann have written a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal suspense set in a near future both fantastic and frightening.

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers.  After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s.  With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.

With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Sky starts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.

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New Release and Review of Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann

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Purchase on Amazon: Headed for Trouble (Troubleshooters) (eBook)

Headed for Trouble (Troubleshooters) (Book)

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Headed for Trouble (Troubleshooters # 16.5) by Suzanne Brockmann

Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.
 
• Tough-as-nails Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett learns the agony of loving someone in danger—and the hell of waiting on the home front—as his wife, Alyssa, hurtles into a foreign hotspot that’s about to boil over.
 
• Navy SEAL Frank O’Leary’s ill-fated holiday reunion with his older brother takes a turn for the better—when a chance encounter on a rainy New Orleans street gives Frank a reason to be thankful after all.
 
• In a maze of tunnels deep beneath a military base in Germany, Jules Cassidy, Alyssa Locke, and their comrades in arms match wits with terrorists on a mission with explosive consequences.
 
Plus more never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16—along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters.
 
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Book Review

If you are a fan of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series, you will enjoy reading the variety of short works ranging from character sketches, descriptive scenes of characters in action, to lengthier short stories. Even if you haven’t read the series, you can appreciate the book and get an introduction to the author’s writing style and her amazing ability for character development. Reading this anthology may be all the motivation needed to start this series.

There are currently sixteen books that comprise the Troubleshooter’s series. Brockmann provides a timeline and brief description of each book to either introduce you or remind you of the ongoing plot sequence and numerous characters involved. At the start of each story, readers are given a time frame to help understand how these short pieces fit into the overall story line.

A sampling of my favorites from this collection:

“When Frank Met Rosie” –Readers get greater insight into Frank O’Leary’s character and background, learning more about his thoughts and feelings beyond his military role. His encounter with Rosie is a great reminder that we have to embrace the opportunity for love when it knocks on our door, no matter how inconvenient the timing may be.

“Waiting”-A heart-wrenching look at what families of those serving out of country emotionally endure on a regular basis, never knowing if their loved ones are safe. While taking care of his daughter at home while his wife Alyssa is away on a mission, Sam learns that her group has come under fire and the wait begins to find out whether she has been injured or worse. Brockmann shows the fear, worry, and absolute helplessness that Same feels for the woman he loves. It’s hard to be calm and patient under these almost unbearable circumstances.

“Interview with Tom and Kelly” –I loved these protagonists from the first book, Unsung Hero, in the series, and it was nice to learn more about how their relationship has progressed since the resolution of their story.

“Trapped”-Wow! This story will give readers a good idea of how Brockmann builds suspense in her writing.  The plot sequence of starting in the middle of the story and then using a flashback before moving forward toward the end kept me uncertain of what to expect and minimized the predictability of the work.

“Shane’s Last Stand”-a poignant novella showing Shane Laughlin’s willingness to do what’s right no matter what the personal cost. He is truly an admirable character.

In addition, Suzanne peppers the anthology with details about her thought process in character development and themes.

It is  a great anthology that allowed me to read short bits at a time and really savor my experience with these characters.

I received an ARC copy of this book from Random House Publishing- Ballantine Books via NetGalley for an honest review.

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About Suzanne Brockmann

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Suzanne Brockmann is the author of nearly 50 romance and romantic suspense novels, including her wildly popular 15-books-and-counting Troubleshooters series. She also wrote the popular Tall, Dark & Dangerous series for Silhouette Intimate Moments.

In her free time she likes to sing and do volunteer work. She is a proud member of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) as well as many other equality groups. (from Goodreads)

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Music to Complement the Book

A Special, heartfelt thank you to troops from all U.S. Military Branches and their families for the daily sacrifices they make for our protection!

Toby Keith: “American Soldier”

SHeDAISY : ” Come Home Soon” – Official Video

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Purchase on Amazon:The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooter) (ebook) or The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters, Book 1) (book)

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Review of Tall, Dark, and Fearless

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Purchase from Amazon:Tall, Dark and Fearless: Frisco’s Kid\Everyday, Average Jones (Hqn)

Tall, Dark, and Fearless by Suzanne Brockmann

Book Description

“Frisco’s Kid” Being a Navy SEAL is more than a career to Alan “Frisco” Francisco-it is his whole world. So when a bullet wound threatens his future in the Navy, he is determined to achieve a full recovery…all on his own. But his lovely neighbor Mia Summerton has other plans for him. She can’t mend his wounded body, but can she heal his heart?

 “Everyday Average Jones” All her life Melody Evans has wanted to marry a plain average man who doesn’t take risks. But when the foreign embassy is taken over by terrorists and she’s rescued by a daring Navy SEAL, Melody blames the extreme circumstances for their ensuing passion. When it comes to ordinary, Harlan “Cowboy” Jones is anything but, and their encounter leaves Melody with a little more than just memories…

 

Review

Tall, Dark, and Fearless by Suzanne Brockmann comprises two stories about Navy Seals who are part of the elite Alpha Ten squad.

The first part of this book: “Frisco’s Kid” centers on Lt. Alan “Frisco” Francisco who was injured in an operation five years ago and has been in intense physical therapy to recover from a knee injury that has left him disabled.  Readers follow him as he mourns the loss of being an active duty Navy Seal who has been dedicated to saving and protecting others.  The central conflict is whether Frisco can accept the fact that he can no longer serve in the field but still serve in other capacities.

Frisco is angry and bitter after he is released from the VA hospital and returns to his apartment to wallow in his despair. He is forced to walk with a cane and endures constant pain as he continually pushes himself to try to regain his former mobility.  He withdraws from his world feeling that he is just an “empty shell” of the man he used to be. However the unexpected entrance of his neighbor Mia and his five-year-old niece, Natasha, who is forced upon him while his sister is in drug rehab.  Mia initially wants nothing to do with Frisco because of his cynical attitude towards life in general. He feels frustrated that he is forced to ask for help and has to rely on others to assist in taking care of his niece. Frisco and Mia’s relationship starts out rocky but as they gradually get to know each other, Mia finds herself drawn to this man who carries so much emotional baggage:

 “He was everything she didn’t need. His wounds so deep and so catastrophic. She could handle his physical limitation… It was his emotional baggage-the bitterness and anger he carried with him-that had the bulk and the weight to engulf her and drag her down too.” (pg 209)

The plot is further complicated by a villain who kidnaps Mia and Natasha forcing Frisco to call upon his former teammates for help.  A powerful story that reinforces the concept that you are only helpless if you refuse to ask for help.

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The second story in this book is called “Everyday, Average Jones” and focuses on Lt. Harlan “Cowboy” Jones who is part of a rescue mission that brings home three hostages who have been help captive by terrorists in a foreign country. Cowboy takes responsibility for assisting one of the hostages, Melody Evans in returning to the U.S. As they work together to escape, Melody grows to trust and depend upon Cowboy to keep her safe.  The attraction between them intensifies, and once the rescue mission is complete, Cowboy and Melody spend six passion filled days together before Melody returns home, and Cowboy is sent on another mission. Melody enjoys their time together but considers this to be just a fling, and she has no plans to continue seeing Cowboy ever again. She tells her sister, Brittany, “What I felt for him wasn’t love. It was hero worship.”

Jump ahead seven months later and we find that Melody has become pregnant with Cowboy’s child. She plans to keep the child but does not tell Cowboy about the pregnancy. She’s up to being a single mother. However, over these past seven months Cowboy realizes he doesn’t want to let Melody go. When the team is sent to Virginia for a training assignment, Cowboy decides to look Melody up.  Eventually Cowboy discovers that he is going to become a dad and the central conflict resolves around whether he and Melody should marry for the sake of the child. Melody believes that passion and lust are not enough to make a marriage work, while Cowboy believes that a child needs a father in his or her life.  The story line isn’t original, but what makes the read enjoyable are the ways Cowboy tries to convince Melody to give him a chance.  He takes a rather unconventional approach to try to woo Melody.

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Music to Accompany the Stories

Here is a song that may help readers relate to what Frisco was going through during his darkest time:

Here’s a song for Cowboy and Melody  “Forever Don’t Seem that Long” by Tracy Allen

*Thanks to Soulmusik69 for musical selections that complement the book.

 

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