Fan favorite Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 85 novels with more than 1 million books sold, including the Global Search and Rescue Series and the Montana Rescue Series. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards.
Now Susan is back with another exhilarating tale set in the Alaskan wilderness. Filled with her signature blend of action, danger, and romance, Sunrise takes readers on a search and rescue mission where a blizzard, a grizzly, and the biting cold are only some of the perils one encounters in this inhospitable backcountry. Let’s see what she has to share about her new novel, Sunrise, the first book in her new Sky King Ranch Series.
FF: Can you please provide a brief description of Sunrise?
Sunrise is the epic first book in a trilogy set in beautiful Alaska. This series is about three brothers who return home after serving their country. Our male hero, Dodge, sets about healing a terrible rift that has driven the brothers apart—starting with forgiving the woman who betrayed him. In the mix, he discovers the ignition of a plot that spans the globe and will bring his brothers home to help save the world.
FF: Can you please provide more information on your new Sky King Ranch Series?
Small-town Alaska. Bush pilots. Three ex-military heroes. The Kingston triplets have come home defeated, broken from war, and feeling anything but heroic. But the sons of Sky King Ranch have returned just in time because the world is in danger, and these flyboys, rescuers, and soldiers just might be the only ones who can save it. It’s a fight to save the people—and country—they love, and along the way, they’ll discover healing and become the heroes they are meant to be.
FF: What was the inspiration for your new novel?
We first met the Kingston brothers and Sky King Ranch via their sister, Larke, in the Summer of the Burning Sky Series. This series was also set in Alaska and revolved around a team of smokejumpers. I had so many requests for the brothers’ stories that I put together an idea that had been floating around in my head for years. It was about a woman on the run in Alaska who carries a secret that can save—or destroy—the world. I also wanted to create another epic community like Deep Haven, only set in the foothills of Alaska. Thus, Copper Mountain was born.
FF: Sunrise is the first book in your Sky King Ranch Series. What is the common element that ties each of the books in this series together?
This is a rich family series wrapped around one central event—a massive family fight that drove everyone into a different branch of the military. Now, after their father is injured in a plane crash, the sons return home one by one to save the ranch—and then, of course, the world.
FF: Can you provide readers with some background on the male protagonist, Dodge Kingston?
Dodge, the firstborn son of the Kingston family, is capable, serious, and driven, and has always loved the heroine, Echo Yazzie, even after she broke his heart. He doesn’t plan on sticking around his hometown, but when he discovers his father needs him, he’s the first to sign up to help. Dodge is dependable and loyal, but he also struggles to forgive the people who have betrayed him. I’d pick Dodge as the leader of any SAR team.
FF: Echo Yazzie is referred to as a “true Alaskan.” What does this classification mean?
Echo knows how to survive. She and her father are homesteaders, meaning they live off the grid and they’ve eked out a nice home in the wilderness. Echo hunts, fishes, gardens, chops wood, and runs dogs (as in a dogsled). She works as a wilderness guide for the Fish and Game service, helping researchers, and if there is anyone you want to get lost with in the woods, it’s Echo.
FF: You have set your new series in the heart of Alaska. Why did you choose this location?
I love Alaska. My son Peter was born there, and something about the rugged wilderness calls to me. I love the personal challenge that living in Alaska brings and the epic beauty of it. For an epic-adventure author, it’s the perfect location to get into trouble!
FF: What do you hope readers will experience when reading Sunrise?
As always, I bring the thrill of adventure, the hope of second chances, and a true romance with epic heroes and brave heroines into the story. But I also hope readers like the theme of what it means to love unconditionally, to forgive yourself as well as others, and to heal after betrayal. In the end, I hope readers love joining the Kingston family.
FF: Your books are full of action, danger, and romance. Do you find it difficult to include all of these components in a novel?
It’s a challenging balance, for sure, but I love these kinds of books, so writing these stories is super fun. They certainly keep me on my toes (and up at night, as I imagine the trouble the characters will get into)!
FF: What are you working on next?
Having finished book 2, I’m working on book 3—the epic conclusion to the Sky King Ranch Series!
Sky King Ranch Series #1
Susan May Warren
Genres: Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Coming home was never the plan.
After a terrible family fight, pilot Dodge Kingston left home to join the Air Force. A decade later, he’s headed back to the destiny that awaits him as heir to Sky King Ranch. But that’s not all that’s waiting for him at home.
Echo Yazzie is a true Alaskan woman–a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. After her childhood best friend and former flame, Dodge, fled Denali, she settled into life on the Alaskan range. She’s made her peace with being left behind–by her mother and by Dodge. And she’s strong enough to live without them.
When one of Echo’s fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. What she doesn’t know is that there are more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .
As Dodge sets out to find Echo, he can’t ignore the feelings he still has for her. But will he be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?
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