Today I have the first of four (yes, you read that right... FOUR) new covers to reveal over the coming weeks. We're going to start off with a bang and the book that many of you have asked for—the upcoming FBI K-9s #3, STORM RISING, coming November 27, 2018.
STORM RISING takes place a few months after BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, giving Meg time to heal after that final struggle, and for Meg and Hawk to get back in the game. Along with the other FBI K-9 teams, they set out to rescue the lost and the missing after a terrible hurricane hits the east coast, but, in the end, it isn't Mother Nature that will put them all at risk...
The heart-pounding thriller of a series continues as FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue K-9 companion confront the fury of nature—and the more dangerous nature of man . . .
In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Special Agent Meg Jennings and her Labrador, Hawk—invaluable members of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team—have been deployed to Virginia Beach. They have their work cut out for them. Amid graveyards of debris, and the buried cries for help, the search and rescue operation begins. The most alarming discovery is yet to come—a teenage girl hiding in the Great Dismal Swamp. Shaken by the storm, she has reason to be scared. But this young survivor is terrified of so much more.
Her name is Emma—a disheveled runaway lost to the sordid underbelly of a Virginia sex-trafficking ring. Its leader has disappeared in the chaos—along with other victims. With so much evidence, and so many witnesses, seemingly washed away, Meg joins forces with Special Agent Walter Van Cleave to ensure no further harm comes to their vulnerable charge. They soon discover that this is no small-time localized syndicate. Its branches are rooted in some of the most influential powers in Virginia. Now as Meg’s investigation digs deeper, she’s making some very dangerous enemies. And one by one, they’re coming out of the storm to stop her.
The one thing I really wanted to see in this cover was a little more action. The covers for LONE WOLF and BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE are wonderful, but static, and I felt it was time for something a little different. So Kensington picked up the ball and ran with that request, giving us a scene from early in the book when the teams are out in the boats in a devastated Virginia Beach. When the boat doesn't go fast enough, Hawk takes matters into his own hands to launch himself out of the boat. He is a water dog, after all! And, for him, the live find is everything. In my head, Meg is in the prow of the boat, just off scene as Hawk leads the way to a rescue:
I love this cover and think they did a fantastic job!
And for those who asked about advanced buy links, the book is now available for pre-order at these fine retailers, with more to come: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes and Noble, and Indigo.
More new covers to come soon as we launch the new look of the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries!