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Today, find out more about THE AZRAEL INITIATIVE .
The Azrael Initiative (Kayla Falk Series #1)
by K. Hanson
Genre: Adult/New Adult Thriller
Release Date: March 2017
Best friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr. Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.
After several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.
Read the first three chapters: http://www.khansonbooks.com/first-thr…
Guest Post by the Author
A Typical Writing Day
Since I have a full-time job outside of writing, I have to make time to write whenever I can. Lately, when I’m drafting a novel, I’ve gotten in the habit of getting up early and hammering out my writing goal before going to work in the morning. I’ve found that this makes it easier to write on a consistent schedule since I don’t have to worry about something coming up in the evening or being too tired after work.
When I’m writing, I like to use sprints, where I set a timer for a certain amount of time and just focus on writing. No checking my phone, no Facebook, etc. As I’m starting a draft, I’ll start with doing several five-minute sprints, with short breaks between them. Over the next week or so, I’ll work my way up to doing a couple of thirty-minute sprints with one break in the middle. I’ve found that this helps me get in the zone and write a lot of words in a short time.
For other tasks, such as outlining or editing, I generally like to do those in the evening as they don’t require quite as much focus as drafting does. It’s definitely a challenge to hit my writing goals while working a full-time job, so it takes a deliberate effort to make time for it.
About the Author
About the Author
K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.
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