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Janet Begay is a Stormwalker, capable of wielding the raw elemental power of nature, a power that threatens to overwhelm her. Only her lover, Mick, is able to calm the storm within her–even as their passion reaches unimaginable heights of ecstasy.

Janet and Mick have come to the desert town of Magellan to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the police chief’s daughter. The barren land around it is full of vortexes, the gatewars that connect the human world with the mystical realm of Beneath, and after encountering skinwalkers and receiving hints from a shape-shifting coyote and a smmart-ass magic mirror, Janet fears that her own powerful, scary-as-hell mother is involved.

She’s also uncertain about Mick. He can wield fire and never get burned, and Janet can’t seem to touch him with her storm powers. But Janet must trust him, since she and Mick find themselves venturing where no human can survive alone — and only together can they overcome the greatest danger they’ve ever faced.

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I’m thrilled this week to launch another new series, STORMWALKER, which is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series that follows the adventures of Janet Begay, a Stormwalker.

(If you didn’t already know this, I also write as Jennifer Ashley. I’ve launched two new series under that name in the last 12 months: PRIDE MATES and the MACKENZIE series–Book 2 of that one, LADY ISABELLA’S SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE is out in July.)

What is a Stormwalker? In my world, she’s a woman who can harness the power of storms to create powerful magic. In Janet’s own words:

“I’m a Stormwalker, which is my father’s people’s way of saying I can harness the power of storms for my own use. On a calm day, I can’t work much more than simple spells, but put a storm near me, and I can make the wind, lightning, and rain dance to my bidding. I’m good at it. Deadly.”

Janet, a Navajo, lives near Navajo country, where there are plenty of storms—turbulent rain and thunderstorms in the summer, crazy blizzards in the winter. Janet comes to Magellan, a small town in this high desert, to hunt for the missing daughter of the police chief.

Janet’s good at finding clues to crimes (supernatural and otherwise), because she can sense lingering auras of people, places, and events. But she soon finds more than she bargains for, when the vortexes east of town start calling to her.

Another thing she didn’t bargain for was the return of Mick, her on-again, off-again boyfriend who never quite tells her who he is or what he’s up to. When she’s caught in the wildness of the storm magic, he’s able to drain off the excess energy—I’ll leave it to your imagination to guess how (wink).

A little more about the setting and the kinds of critters you’ll find there:

Magellan: A town in which the paranormal is normal.

Changers: Shape shifters descended from shamans who twined with animal spirits and learned to take their shapes. (The good shape shifters.)

Skinwalkers: Evil beings who can take the shape of animals or humans they’ve killed. (The bad shape shifters.)

Unbelievers: Those who live in and around Magellan and still don’t believe in the paranormal.

Vortexes: Swirls of mystical energy that collect in certain places in the desert. Some are gateways to Beneath.

Beneath: The previous shell world from which mankind and certain gods emerged. Those gods who got trapped below are pretty pissed off.

Nightwalkers: Bloodsuckers who can act civilized, but don’t always like to.

 

Dragons: Born of this earth in volcanoes, storms, and deep oceans, their number dwindled after the emergence of mankind. They consider themselves the guardians of the earth.

 

A few of the characters you’ll meet:

Janet Begay: Raised on the Navajo Nation, Janet can draw the power of storms to feed her formidable latent magic. Storm power makes her crazy, and only Mick can ease her down.

Mick: A biker who rescued Janet from the clutches of her own power. She fell in love with him, but she has no idea who he really is or where he comes from. She knows only that Mick wields powerful fire magic and can draw off her storm powers with his sensual touch.

Nash Jones: The Sheriff of Hopi County. He’s an Unbeliever, not fond of people who claim they use magic. He’s ex-Army special forces, a stickler for rules and regs, and might possess the most potent magic of all.

Maya Medina: A beautiful electrician with many secrets.

Fremont Hansen: A plumber who calls himself a minor mage. He has secrets too.

Coyote: A shape-shifting trickster god with an eye for the ladies. Despite his jovial exterior, Janet knows he’s dangerous.

The Mirror: A very powerful magical talisman comfortable with his sexual orientation.

More about the series plus a link to an excerpt is here: http://www.allysonjames.com/stormwalker.html

The Covers: I struck lucky with the covers for this series. The artist and designer got it exactly right, and the model is soooo beautiful! I am thrilled. Check out the cover for Firewalker (which is out in November). Wow.

 When Mick goes missing, it’s up to Janet to find him and figure out how to keep him safe from persecution by his own people. She’ll need a little help from her friends, old and new: Nash and Coyote; Cassandra, a wicked Wicca; and a few strange beings who are stirring things up in Magellan.
Book Two of the Stormwalker series.

All right, now for the question of the day:

It seems to me there’s two kinds of paranormal romance: 1) action/adventure and dire danger among the romance, and 2) stories where the focus is much more on the romance with any action/adventure/danger in the background (these tend to be lighter). Which do you prefer? Or do you have a preference at all? (And if you disagree about the two kinds of paranormals, what types do you see out there?)

Comment on this (or just say hi) to win a copy of EITHER something from my backlist OR an ARC of Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (historical romance by Jennifer Ashley forthcoming in July).

Six years ago, eighteen-year-old Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized all of London by eloping the night of her come-out ball with the notorious rake, Lord Mac Mackenzie. After three turbulent years of marriage, she scandalized London once again–this time by leaving him.

Now the reformed Mac has returned, and he wants one thing: Isabella back in his life, his house, his bed. He’ll do anything he has to, play any game, as long as he gets her back. Isabella resists, but when she agrees to pose for erotic paintings he’s been working on, she realizes her body has never stopped craving her husband’s very skilled touch. Mac is determined to show Isabella that he’s a changed man, but three years without her has only increased his hunger for her.

When an ingenious forger with designs on Mac’s paintings, and Isabella herself, comes dangerously near, Mac sets himself up as Isabella’s protector and vows to never leave her side, whether his independent and proud lady likes it or not.

I have a list of all books in my backlist here: http://www.allysonjames.com/seriesorder.html  

Thanks so much for hosting me at Novel Thoughts, and I hope you enjoy STORMWALKER!

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Many thanks to Allyson for being our guest today! For more information on her and the books she has coming out in the next few months, visit her Jennifer Ashley website and her Allyson James website. Do not forget to leave a comment to be in the running to win a book by her! Good Luck!

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