Out now! Ride Out the Storm is Book 6.5 in the Security Specialists International series.
Question: Why write a novella and not another long book?
Answer: This book does several important things to segue from SSI in Idaho to SSI-East in Osprey’s Point in Upper Peninsula Michigan:
- Show what happened to Dr. Anton Vasilov and Lucia Aznar after they escaped Mexico (An Ill Wind);
- Show the event which Tara and DJ discussed In Chapter 17 in Firestorm;
- Reintroduce the main characters at SSI-East – Earl Blackhawk and his wife Tessa, Risto and Callie Smith, and the four Walsh brothers, Loren, Paul, Devin, and Andy, who are stationed there;
- Introduce, in general, some of the year-round Osprey’s Point residents who will make appearances in the next four novels (yes, the remaining Walsh boys are going to get their HEAs); and,
- Take care of one of the hanging plot threads from An Ill Wind — what happened to El Hacha (Jaime Aznar, Lucia’s uncle) and to El Halcon (Raimundo Chavez)?
For an approximately 34,000-word novella, it manages to cover a lot of territory. And most importantly, it will prepare my readers for the next four books.
So, what’s this book’s action? Here’s the blurb:
They escaped the cartel in Mexico.
Three months after a dangerous and chaotic flight to freedom, Dr. Anton Vasilov and his new wife Lucia have settled into the small-town life of Osprey’s Point. Courtesy of SSI, Anton now runs the town’s sole medical practice. Trained chef Lucia is cooking part-time at Earl’s Diner.
They believe they’ve finally found a safe haven from Lucia’s vicious uncle and his cartel henchmen.
Gaining the town’s trust might take longer.
Although the isolated lakefront community welcomes the new chef, Anton isn’t as lucky. The year-round residents, mostly hardened military vets, have a harder time accepting him. Anton is determined to gain their trust and be part of the town, because he and Lucia have a baby on the way.
However, their safe haven may not be safe, after all.
Worry creeps into their newfound happiness when a stranger comes to town. Has the cartel found them? As the SSI operatives and vets consider tactics, Anton formulates his own plan. Because the ex-Russian special forces soldier will do whatever it takes to protect his wife and unborn child.
Fighting for their lives and their home, Anton and Lucia must ride out the storm one more time.
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