Ready to Roll is finally available as an e-book!
(And it’s got a new cover!)
Rabbit, rabbit! Happy October!
We have a title! We have a release date! We have more Navy SEAL Team Sixteen and Izzy Zanella!
Some Kind of Hero will be coming at you in hardcover and ebook from Ballantine Books, and in audio from Blackstone Audio, on (mrph-smrph). (Yeah, I intentionally mumbled that release date. But read on because…!!)
This new Troubleshooters novel is set (mostly) in San Diego and features Navy SEAL LT Peter “Grunge” Greene, who has recently gained custody of his estranged teenaged daughter, Maddie.
And although Pete (the lieutenant’s a little embarrassed by his SEAL nickname and thinks of himself as “Pete”) is an officer with the reputation for being both aloof and the most diabolically kickass instructor in the history of BUD/S training, his SEAL teammates—including Izzy Zanella—rally around him to assist when Maddie runs away.
But it’s Shayla Whitman, Pete’s slightly older, mother-of-two, across-the-street neighbor who provides both the smarts and the skills to help him find—and connect with—the missing girl.
(Shayla’s a romance author, so connection is her specialty. And yup. I went there!)
Some Kind of Hero is old-school Troubleshooters with a whisper of a WWII subplot, too. I worked hard to pack in the action, the emotion, the drama, and the funny—I think you’re gonna enjoy the end result! When Zanella’s involved, the funny comes easy! But Shay, as a writer, really brings it, too. I think my personal favorite scenes are when Pete and Shay discuss one of Shay’s romance novels, which Pete is now reading…
So okay. Here’s where I finally enunciate the not-so-good news:
Some Kind of Hero will be out in hardcover, ebook, and audio on July 11, 2017.
Next summer. After this mother-*#&%-ing election, and after Christmas, New Year’s, Inauguration Day, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, AND the Fourth of July. That July 11th—the one’s that’s nine months away. Someone reading this is not yet pregnant, but will give birth and have a baby before Some Kind of Hero is in her hands. (If it’s you, congratulations!! Izzy says “Please don’t name the baby Irving, but both Pete and Shayla are great names!”)
It’s all my fault that Some Kind of Hero is coming to you so late, and I’m so sorry.
It took me a really, really long time to figure out exactly what I wanted/needed to write after a rough coupla years, and I apologize for that. But I finally found this story—and this SEAL hero! Full disclosure: Some Kind of Hero has been written, revised, and handed in! In fact, I’m working on reviewing the copy edits RIGHT NOW! The July date isn’t going to change because of any delays on my end, I promise you that!
But okay. Because July 2017 is such a long, long, LONG way away, and because I’ve already made you wait years for a new Troubleshooters book, I’ve gotten Ballantine’s blessing to release Ready to Roll, a Troubleshooters novella, right here and right now. (The links are live! It’s available in ebook with POD coming soon, in both hardcover and paperback! The audio download will also be available soon!)
The super cool thing about Ready to Roll is that in it you’ll get to meet Pete (the SEAL hero of SKOH), along with getting a hefty serving of Izzy Zanella and the entire Gillman-Zanella family. (Izzy’s wife Eden! Eden’s little brother Ben! Eden’s other brother and Izzy’s SEAL-in-law, Danny Gillman! Dan’s wife Jenn! Dan and Jenn’s new baby, Colin!)
Also…? In Ready to Roll, you’ll get to meet an entire boat squad of young SEAL candidates who are enduring (surviving?) Phase One of BUD/S.
Here’s the book’s official blurb:
First, a reminder that Ready to Roll was originally intended to be a short story. But when I sat down to write it (it’s the third tale in a trilogy that includes Free Fall and Home Fire Inferno), there was way more story than I could possibly fit in 12K words (think 50ish book pages).
Ready to Roll is, instead, a 56K word/200-page novella. (It’s almost exactly the same length as my Jules & Robin book, All Through the Night!)
Here’s that blurb for Ready to Roll:
Suzanne Brockmann returns to the action-packed world of her bestselling Troubleshooters series with a new novella featuring U.S. Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella, his extended family, and his kickass teammates in SEAL Team Sixteen.
The only easy day is yesterday.
BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training is known for being the toughest, meanest, most physically punishing program in the entire U.S. Navy, and a new crop of tadpoles have arrived in Coronado eager to prove their worth—to make it through Hell Week and become U.S. Navy SEALs.
Although Izzy prefers assignments out in the “real world,” he’s glad to be an instructor for the current BUD/S class because it allows him to spend time at home with his wife, Eden, and her lively and lovable extended family.
Eden’s sixteen-year-old brother, Ben, is dealing with a new crush and a homophobic bully in his high school, but it soon appears that things are not as they seem.
As Ben deals with the type of too-serious high school drama that could involve a body count, Izzy is intrigued by “Boat Squad John,” a misfit team of young SEAL candidates all named John, including the intriguing young Seagull, his swim buddy Timebomb, and Seagull’s nemesis Hans.
Does Seagull have what it takes keep Boat Squad John still standing when the dust of BUD/S Hell Week settles or will they ring out?
Set in Coronado during BUD/S training Hell Week, in Ready to Roll Brockmann introduces the SEAL officer and instructor nicknamed Grunge—Lt. Peter Greene—as she delivers what she does best: a story celebrating the U.S. Navy SEALs—and the women (and sometimes men) who wholeheartedly love and support them. (About 56,000 words or 200 pages)
The ebook of Ready to Roll includes the very first excerpt from Some Kind of Hero!
Nearly all of SKOH’s Chapter One is nestled at the end of RtoR. So heads up if you are an excerpt avoider, and heads up, too, if you are an excerpt lover!
Mark your calendars for July 11, 2017 with a great big “More Izzy and Pete & Shayla” (or a “More Izzy and Pete; MEET SHAY!!” if you’re an excerpt avoider!).
And check out the awesome new cover for Ready to Roll, created by my art genius friend, Scott Fowler, who also did the cover for Free Fall. (I promise, after you read RtoR, you will love this cover even more, because that’s definitely the SEAL candidate nicknamed Seagull in the center, surrounded by the rest of Boat Squad John!)
Here are the links to Ready to Roll:
Print on Demand (coming soon!)
Audio download: (coming soon!)
Before I go, a coupla quick recommended reads:
Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone is out! It’s women’s fiction, and it’s amazing, and it’s currently in pre-release at Amazon as a $1.99 Kindle ebook. (Try it! It’s sooo good!) It’s not a romance, but it certainly has romantic elements, and I’ll say it again, it’s amazing! (The structure! The character development and growth! The story! The writing sings!) In fact, Evelyn, After is my favorite book of the year. I do not say that lightly! I loved this book.
Here’s the link to that Kindle edition: http://amzn.to/2dgvNgK
P.S. I think the book is currently free for those who have Amazon Prime!!
My new line of m/m category romances, Suzanne Brockmann Presents, is about to launch the next book in the California Comedy series, A Match for Mike.
Mike will be available within the next few weeks. (I’ll send out another quick email when it goes on sale.) Written by Jason T. Gaffney (aka my beloved son) with Ed Gaffney (aka Jason’s dad), A Match for Mike is extremely funny and sweet and spicy and…
(If you’re going, “Suzanne Brockmann Presents, wait, what…?” check out Creating Clark, California Comedy series #1, available in ebook and print-on-demand!)
NookPress Hardcover: http://bit.ly/29V6ZDj
NookPress PB: http://bit.ly/2aAntp5
CreateSpace PB: at createspace store: https://www.createspace.com/6434527
CreateSpace PB at Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/29TSWhN
Okay. That’s all for now.
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