I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book. When Katie sent her draft to me for her first round of edits, I knew I was in for something good–primarily because every time she sends me one of her fiction manuscripts, I’m in for something good. Granted, her collection of writing manuals are great too. Structuring Your Novel, Outlining Your Novel, Conquering Writer’s Block all gained her the attention of Writer’s Digest, who has contracted her a few times to do their University courses and to write the WD annotated version of Jane Eyre. All Katie’s books are solid gold.
But my favorites are her fiction works, and Storming is her best one yet. As I read the story, I could tell she had a blast with it, which means readers will have a blast with it too.
I don’t know what Katie’s full process is, but she seems to take forever before she’s ready to release a new book. She outlines it, writes it, sits on it for an unbearably long time, then rereads it and self-edits a few dozen times before sending it to me and whoever else for first round edits. Then she sits on it again.
After a while, she makes adjustments and sends it out another time–whether it’s to our mutual favorite editor or to proofreaders or to beta readers, I don’t know, but it’s another unbearably long time. Then, more corrections, and time to send it out again to whomever I just listed that she didn’t send it to before. More edits, more corrections.
Finally, two years later–a.k.a. two millennia, to those of us who love her fiction–she starts hinting that her newest masterpiece will be coming out soon, a.k.a. another millennium, (at least that’s how it feels).
But now, it’s here! And I’m as excited as I was the first time around, because I have no clue how she could possibly make an already excellent novel better.
First time I read it was for work, this time is for fun–and I can’t wait to get out on the playground of her imagination.
Here’s the back cover copy:
In the high-flying, heady world of 1920s aviation, brash pilot Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock’s life does a barrel roll when a young woman in an old-fashioned ball gown falls from the clouds smack in front of his biplane.
As fearless as she is peculiar, Jael immediately proves she’s game for just about anything, including wing-walking in his struggling airshow. In return for her help, she demands a ride back home . . . to the sky.
Hitch thinks she’s nuts—until he steers his plane into the midst of a bizarre storm and nearly crashes into a strange airship like none he’s ever run afoul of, an airship with the power to control the weather.
Caught between a corrupt sheriff and dangerous new enemies from above, Hitch must take his last chance to gain forgiveness from his estranged family, deliver Jael safely home before she flies off with his freewheeling heart, and save his Nebraska hometown from storm-wielding sky pirates.
Cocky, funny, and full of heart, Storming is a jaunty historical adventure / dieselpunk mash-up that combines rip-roaring steampunk adventure and small-town charm with the thrill of futuristic possibilities.
Who wouldn’t jump at a chance to read this one?
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