Interview with Ronie Kendig + Grand Prize Giveaway!

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This is a big day for me. If you follow my blog, you know that I am a big fan of Ronie Kendig. I never miss one of her books and pretty much spend months looking forward to them before their release date. FALCON was no exception. This book was made even more exciting for me when I found out that I was going to get the chance to interview Ronie!! Seriously, this is so awesome for me. I’m am honored to call Ronie friend as we’ve had many conversations about writing, editing and life. God blessed me with one of the coolest gifts when He brought Ronie into my world. I am still a bit starstruck each time I chat with her. Even thought she is one of the most humble, most down to earth ladies I know! FALCON released this month and I got to ask Ronie some questions about this amazing book. Here’s what she had to say!

Ronie, thanks for chatting about FALCON with me! I thought it was one of your best books to date. I seem to say that a lot about your books, but this one was so far exceeding my expectations… and I have high expectations when it comes to your fantastic writing!

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First of all, what do you hope readers get out of FALCON?

As with any of my novels, I pray that readers come away with a sense of hope, that no matter how dire things are in life, they know there is hope in Christ. I’d also like to see readers recognize the important of self-forgiveness, because, sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.

What was the hardest thing about writing FALCON?

In all honesty, simply writing. I was so terribly burned out when it came time to get FALCON done, that I literally cried *every* time I sat down to write. I truly leaned on God, and I give Him all credit for the story that lives between the pages of that amazing cover.

What do you love most about Sal and FALCON?

To me, I loved writing Sal because, to many of his teammates, he had it all together. He was an excellent soldier, and he had unwavering dedication to the team. Inside, however, Sal was crumbling. I really like writing raw characters, because I think most of us in the real world are raw in one respect or another. And this book was one I loved because it brought closure to the team, to the series–and that’s always satisfying, in a very bittersweet way.​

Since FALCON is the last in the series (I’m still secretly hoping for Titanis to get his own book), what was your favorite thing about writing this series?

You’re not the only one holding out for Titanis. *grins* I really liked this team of soldiers. They were different from the Nightshade team because they each felt (at least to me) like their own person, with distinct idiosyncrasies that often caused some friction among the team, but also a cohesive unit. They had their beefs with each other, but when it came down to it, nobody mess with their team. 

My last question to you is, HOW COULD YOU?

One line from Aladdin comes to mind: Phenomenal Cosmic Power!!! Itty bitty living space.” Haha. As the author of the series, I saw what was coming, but I was confined to the story arc. But I also wanted readers to know…I’m listening. I hear ya. I’m right there with ya. What I write doesn’t always make me happy. There are things I’d rather not write. But then…the story wouldn’t be real. And Raptor would probably come after me. :-P​

Well, I sure wouldn’t want you to go against Raptor! Thanks for the chat, Ronie!

If the last question grabbed your interest and you want to see what made my jaw drop, you’ll want to enter my giveaway below! You have a chance of winning your very own copy of FALCON! Trust me, you want to get your hands on this amazing book! Enter today if you live in Canada or the US!
(Draw goes until May.25th, 2015!)

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If you don’t win, get yourself a copy of FALCON (and all his Raptor brothers) at:

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Connect with Ronie on her (AMAZING new) website, Facebook, Goodreads and twitter!

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~Sarah

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‘HAWK’ by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review

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Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.

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I made this graphic not long ago, but I’ve felt this way since I first delved into Ronie’s military-suspense world! Hawk is possibly the most rapid-fire ever. I could not catch my breath and, once I started reading, did not want to put it down until I finally hit the last page.

Brian ‘Hawk’ Bledsoe has, in the past, been my least favourite of Ronie’s heroes. Though he only played a supporting role, I didn’t like his attitude. Numerous times I felt he deserved a good punch in the face. I wondered at Ronie’s choice to make Hawk front and center in this book. Well, as usual, I should not have doubted her. This was not only a fantastic thrill ride, I really enjoyed learning more about Hawk. This was another good reminder that I can’t judge a character by his cover. I need to learn where the character comes from to make a judgement. I came out of this book with a deep respect, and possibly a kinship, with Hawk. He is all passion and heart. While he doesn’t always direct that passion well, he learns a lot in this book and is a much richer character at the end.

Fekiria is a fabulous character. I love the depth of her right from the beginning. The struggles she faces and the danger she lives each day make you root for her from the beginning. Her chemistry with Hawk is amusing. I won’t say much more since I don’t want to wreck it for you. Fekiria is brave, bold and confident in herself. She doesn’t think that she needs help until her world starts crashing down around her.

HAWK is a one-two punch of adrenalin. Each chapter will leave you guessing and dying to dig into the next. Raptor is facing a huge threat so it’s AHOD (all hands on deck). Strap on your combat boots, grab your ruck and join the team as they track down the threat!

Well done, Ronie! Can’t wait for FALCON! (Due out in May 2015)

P.S. Only downside: I miss Candyman on the team.

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Find RONIE on Facebook, on her website, on Twitter and on Goodreads!

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Get your copy of HAWK here:

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~Sarah

 

 

Meet Trace Weston: Team Leader and Hero from Operation Zulu by Ronie Kendig

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Today I have the honour of introducing you to LTC Trace Weston.  Trace is one of the heroes in Ronie Kendig’s brand new serial book Operation Zulu: Redemption.  What’s a serial book?  Well, this is an awesome way to read a book.  Like your favourite TV show, this book has new episodes every week!  Intriguing, right?  Here’s a brief glimpse on this amazing series:

They never should’ve existed. Now they don’t.

In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take a devastating fall.

Fearing for their lives, the Zulu team vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they live in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.

Five years after that horrific night, they begin to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten.

Until two of them are murdered …

In the aftermath of this betrayal, Trace hid them.  He’s never forgotten – never stopped being their team leader.  Now his team is being targeted and he won’t stop until he figures out who had it out for his team then and who is eliminating them now!

Whoo boy!!  I knew I’d like Trace from the minute he walked on the scene.  All business, in command and intense.  I love Ronie’s military heroes!  I admit that I have yet to meet a hero of Ronie’s that I didn’t develop a bit of a book crush on.  She writes an awesome hero!  *cough* I will not mention a certain man named Canyon, and  I certainly won’t mention a book called ‘Wolfsbane’.  *cough*  Wait, where was I?

Trace has surrounded himself with some of the best and you can learn more about them here: (I’ll add the links as they go live)

Annie

Teya

Nuala

Boone

Sam

Now, not only can you go on a mission with this awesome team… you can get the first episode TOTALLY FREE!!  Grab your gear, put on your boots and grab it HERE!  Then, you can pre-order the next 4 episodes.  Trust me.  You want to be on this mission.  It’s going to be a heart-pounding, breath stealing thrill-ride!

Learn more about Ronie Kendig and her awesome books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads and check out her other books on Pinterest!

~Sarah

Zulu Is Here

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Today is the day I, and I hope you, have been waiting for!!  Overkill is here!

Operation Zulu arrives today and the first episode is absolutely FREE!!  YES!  FREE!!

Get your copy today at www.teamzulu.com!

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Here’s a few places you can find the amazing Ronie Kendig!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.

~Sarah

Final Stop Before Zulu

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Today is the last day!!  The last day where we don’t have Zulu in our hands!  The last day where we go to bed without an adrenalin-packed read!  Who needs sleep, anyhow??  😉

Tomorrow heralds the arrival of Operation Zulu!

“They never should’ve existed.  Now they don’t.  In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take the devastating fall.  Fearing for their lives, the Zulu team vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they live in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.   Five years after that horrific night, they’ve begun to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten.  Until two of them are murdered.”

I can’t wait!

With Ronie Kendig at the helm, you can be assured that there will be moments of held breath, rapid heart-beats and a gasp or two!

So, how about it?  Are you ready for this mission?

Sign up today at www.teamzulu.com for this action-packed journey!

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Here’s a few places you can find Ronie!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.

~Sarah

Not So Covert Ops for Team Zulu

Zulu 33 days, folks!!  3 days left until Team Zulu hits the ground running!  Wait until you meet these ladies!

I hope that you’ve checked out the heart-pounding teaser on day 4!

Sign up today to keep tabs on Team Zulu and enter for a chance to win an iPad mini!

(giveaway only open to those of you who are blessed with US addresses)

Those of us without US mailing addresses, we can still sign up and get this amazing book!

I can’t wait to take this thrill-ride with you!

~Sarah

Team Zulu

Here’s a few places you can find Ronie!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.

 

 

Zulu is coming!

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HAHA, I bet you were expecting some crazy alien abduction post, right?  😉  Sorry, no aliens here.

Instead, it’s something WAY better than aliens!

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The fantastic Ronie Kendig is releasing a brand new book in 4 DAYS!  Actually, it’s even more fun than that.

‘More fun than a book?” you ask.

This, my friends, is a serial book!

‘What’s a serial book?’ you ask.  Boy, you’re full of questions! 😉

Just like your favourite TV show, this book comes out in episodes.  Each week a new ‘episode’ will come out for your adrenalin fix!

If you know Ronie Kendig and her Rapid-Fire Fiction, then you know that this will be a military masterpiece!

If you don’t know Ronie Kendig and have never read one of her books…. you don’t know what you’ve been missing!

“They never should’ve existed.  Now they don’t.  In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take the devastating fall.  Fearing for their lives, the Zulu team vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they live in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.   Five years after that horrific night, they’ve begun to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten.  Until two of them are murdered.”

Awesome, right?!  Ready for an action-packed, cliffhanging, thrill-ride?

Sign up today at www.teamzulu.com!

You can also read the sneak peek HERE!

STAY TUNED AS I CONTINUE THE COUNTDOWN!

Team Zulu

Here’s a few places you can find Ronie!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.