Saturday, October 22, 2011

My interview on Griffin Hayes Blog

Griffin Hayes was nice enough to interview me for his blog, Publishing after the Apocalypse. Check it out here:

Another Stellar Review for Storm Rising!!!!

4.0 out of 5 stars A good cop book, October 21, 2011
This review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
I'd like to say up front that I'm not a big fan of books with female protagonists. I've enjoyed a few over the years, and Kelli Storm is one I enjoyed reading about. She's depicted with what I feel is a realistic mix of feminine and cop-macho characteristics: she cries, swears, gets a lump in her throat, empties her clip at a bunch of bad guys...

Hoss's writing style is easy to read and the story follows Storm straight through, meaning it's easy to follow the action.

Give a serious look if you like cop books.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Review for Storm Rising on Amazon

4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Rising, October 20, 2011
This review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
Kenneth Hoss's main character, Kelli Storm, is a great protagonist. I found myself loving her at times and despising her at others. Surprisingly, this made the book more enjoyable. A lot of thrillers/mysteries that I've read, I can't stand the main character (Lincoln & Child's Pendergast comes to mind). But with Kelli, she is so human and so driven that it is tough not to like her. This is a great debut novel and I really look forward to book #2.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Coming Attractions

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will no longer be posting excerpts from my current novel, Storm Rising. I believe it has run the course, and any further postings would possibly give away the ending. But don't despair, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In coming weeks I intend to begin posting small portions of my current work in progress, Storm Warning.

I am also looking for new features to post, possibly branching out into other areas of writing and publishing. Time will tell, and when I find what I feel would be right for this blog, I will begin posting. In the meantime, I will still be featuring other authors in both the Spotlight and Interview pages.

Blog visitors for Sept. 19 thru Oct. 18

A fellow blogger and friend recently did this on his blog, and I found it interesting. Blogger tracks your stats for you, even down to the originating country. The stats below are from a one month period.

United States - 522
Ireland - 195
Canada -  52
United Kingdom - 34 
Germany -  15 
Brazil - 13 
Italy - 10 
Russia - 10 
United Arab Emirates -  7 
India - 6

Not really exotic, yet interesting still the same.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Latest Goodreads review of Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel

Matthew Young rated it 4 of 5 stars
Great character development in Kelli Storm. She is a very real character, complete with faults. I found it hard to like her at times, but I think this was intended in order to make her more believable. Anyway, a good book.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Thirty Four of Storm Rising

   After sunset, they headed back toward the Villa. Renato pulled the car off the main road and parked. The sun was now well below the horizon, and the moon was beginning to rise in the east.
   Kevin leaned forward. “What about guards? Does he have anyone patrolling that road?”
   Renato turned and shook his head. “I have never seen anyone on the road after dark, but it is possible. I have something that may prove useful in the trunk.”
   The three climbed out of the car, and moved to the rear of the car. Renato opened the trunk and pulled out a pair of night vision goggles. He handed the goggles to Kevin. “Give them a try.”
   Kevin took the goggles and put them on. “I don’t see anything. You sure these work?”
   Renato laughed. “You have to power them on. Here, let me,” he said, and flipped a switch on the side.       
   “There, now what do you see?”
   Startled by the sudden illumination, Kevin took a step back. “Wow! This is incredible. It’s like daylight out here. Does this thing have thermal?”
   “I am afraid they are not that sophisticated. However, they will show us anyone hiding in the shadows. Why don’t you take a look at the hill, see if there is anyone up there?”
   Kevin turned and scanned the hillside leading up to the Villa. After several minutes, he turned back and shook his head. “I didn’t see anyone, but that doesn’t mean anything. There could be a patrol, and they just weren’t in visual range.”
   “That is possible. May I see them?”
   Kevin removed the goggles and handed them to Renato. Renato set them back in the trunk, reached toward the back, pulled out a large metal case and set it on the ground. “We must be very careful with this,” he said, as he gently opened the case.
   Kelli and Kevin moved closer to get a look at the contents. When the contents were in view, Kelli gasped and took several steps back. “Is that what I think it is?”
   Renato turned his head and looked up at Kevin and Kelli. “Yes, it is C4, and there is enough here to blow Miguel Garcia and his bodyguards straight to hell.”
   Kelli looked at Renato, his jaw clenched tight. “No, Renato, even hell is too good for this son of a bitch.”
   Kevin knelt down next to the case, eyeing the contents. “So, what’s the plan?”
   “We will set the charges at three places along the road coming down from the Villa, five to six meters apart. Garcia is a creature of habit, and leaves the Villa at precisely nine o’clock in the morning.”
   Kelli stepped closer, eyeing the case. “And how do you know he’ll do that tomorrow morning?”

I am sorry to say that this will be the last "Sample" posted for Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel. All of the previous post will remain in the archives so you can go back and read them if you like. As soon as I am further into the second book I do intend to post teasers. If you would like to know how Kelli gets out of this, you can download a copy today for only .99 cents from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes(iBook Store), or