Friday, April 26, 2013
Racing for the Sun
After watching The Grifters and Out of Sight and Lone Star (I know, not all Elmore Leonard, but still) I began to have an appreciation for characters that blurred boundaries, but whom you still rooted for.
When I started writing, those people were fresh in my mind.
Ace Atchison is that kind of character, and so is Sonny.
Ace is blunt, direct, and very aware of his rank as bottom-middle of the pecking order. He doesn't particularly care. But when Sonny shows up on the scene, Ace uses whatever resources he can to shelter Sonny from what they both know can be a very cruel world.
Sonny doesn't make it easy on him.
I loved writing Ace and Sonny. This book is told from Ace's POV, and while I was perfectly aware of what was going through Sonny's head, watching Ace flounder through it, try to come to terms with who he thought Sonny was, and with all the places he got that wrong-- that was a fascinating puzzle, and I loved it.
At the same time, there were scenes that left me shaking as I wrote them. The scarring on their arms is one of the places. The first sex scene is another. Those weren't the only ones.
These guys got deep under my skin, and they did it quickly, and they did it without mercy. This won't be the only time we see them-- they are a hard couple to shake. But I warn you, just like this time, the next time we see them they'll be doing things we're not ready for, things we might not like, and the rawness of what they feel, what they think--that's not going to change. Oh yeah-- and next time? It's going to be from Sonny's point of view. Because reality in 3-D is overrated, I want to go for the fourth dimension of crazy!
That being said, here's the blurb-- and enjoy. If I've done my job, this one will seize you by the throat and shake you around a little. I understand some of us like that!
Available at Dreamspinner Press
Available at ARe
Available at Amazon.com (You may have to wait a little for the Kindle link!)
"I'll do anything."
Staff Sergeant Jasper "Ace" Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn't going to take him up on his offer of "anything," that doesn't mean he isn't tempted.
Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they're in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they're going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they're going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace's heart to rest.
But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny's ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he's made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won't do to keep Sonny safe from harm.