Why did you start this series?
I had a crazy idea for a sci-fi romance for teens, involving twenty-somethings with superhuman abilities. I love writing sci-fi. It feeds my imagination more than any other genre and is, in many respects, very freeing. I can bend the rules with time and characters in fascinating ways. However, I also wanted, in these books, to include Christian faith. I’ve seen the worst books promoted for teens that, frankly, adults don’t need to read. But that said, I understand why there’s such a fascination with them.
People, and especially kids, love the idea that boys and girls their age could do things the average human cannot. But, absent of Christianity, that thought gets warped into subjects that do more harm than good. There’s no reason why we, as Christian authors, can’t write books that explore the edges of fantasy and sci-fi and include in them what young people need to guide their footsteps. The stories can be fun and edgy and fast-paced, include romance and attraction, and yet stay within the rules.
How many books are there?
There will be five and a HUGE surprise in the last book. I’ve written four so far and released three: THE UNDERGROUND, THE LEAGUE, and THE COALITION. Book 3, THE COALTION, is now available for preorder, to be released on April 9th.
What are the characters’ superhuman abilities?
In Book 1, we meet Crowne. He can catch bullets. You can shoot him, but he won’t die. Book 2 is Anchor’s story. Anchor is NOT a merman, as he continually insists, but he can swim underwater in the strongest currents for days at a time. Book 3 is Kaos’s story. Kaos soaks up electricity in any form and can release it at will.
The other two superhumans are Dagger and Stryke. As the books are not released yet, I’m going to hold off on speaking of their abilities. But each book will reveal more and more of the family structure, how they were formed, their weaknesses, and their strengths.
Can we read an excerpt?
Yes, this is from Chapter 1, Book 3:
The presence of a second man whirled her to the left. The pistol raised, she aimed it at a figure climbing over the barbed wire fence lining the field. Her fingers slipped, the gun bobbling in her grasp, and she reversed, hastily raising it higher. “Don’t come any closer.”
He halted, his hands held in midair on either side.
Lightning flashed once, twice, three times, the third time seeming to target his head. It licked his scalp, shooting sparks from his fingertips, and spread resplendent along his arms, over his shoulders, and up his neck. He glowed as if his skin was dusted with gold, and his eyes lit, shining an unusual color, turquoise like the Caribbean Sea.
Her heart skipped, and she reversed. “Not going to die tonight,” she said. “Not like this and not in Humboldt, Texas.”
His gaze changed, flicking to the figure on the ground. Lowering his arms, apparently not worried about her or the gun, he angled himself across the road, kneeling at the dead man’s side. He turned the man’s head left to right, then traced the tattoo with his fingers, before feeling in the man’s pockets for any ID.
The glow from his skin provided enough light for him to see, and extracting a wallet, he flipped it open and removed out several items, tossing the wallet itself on the man’s chest. “Stand back,” he said.
She obeyed, the pistol still extended in front of her.
Touching his fingers to the dead man’s clothes, flames flickered on the surface, soon taking hold and consuming everything. Orange and white, not doused by the rain, they spread across the dead man’s body, forming a globular fireball that lit the surrounding landscape.
She lowered the pistol and raised one hand over her face, backing further until her heels jabbed her truck’s front tire. The man stood then, giving the fire he’d created only the barest glance, and without any sign of fear, approached. He reached down and took her gun, checking the chamber for bullets, emptied it and poked it in his waistband. He leaned his weight on one hip as if in debate. The light on his skin lowered to a glimmer.
“Who are you?” she asked, hesitant.
She would wake up any minute and find this night a dream. She hadn’t gotten stuck on the side of the road in the midst of a downpour. She hadn’t been attacked by an unknown assailant, and she wasn’t staring at a second man, thinking if he didn’t kiss her, she’d lose her mind.
Stranded on the side of the road in a thunderstorm, Delilah Pesche prepared to wait the bad weather out. Until a man with a gun tried to kill her.
Her rescue by superhuman, Kaos Dawkins, although welcome, is strange. Sparks flying from his fingertips, him seemingly at one with the heavens, he draws her into a fiery embrace.
But one kiss in the dead of night proves to have dangerous consequences and a tie to their pasts that affects the future. A future, dangerous criminals want to snuff out forever.
Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.
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