Monday, August 19, 2013

The Shadow of Mudflap

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 The Shadow of Mudflap (Foxtrot Team, #1)
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To us, first responders are heroes. But for them, risking their lives is a normal, everyday thing.

Born the baby of the family, Mudflap has always had something to prove to emerge out of the shadows of his older siblings. He spent eight years as a Special Ops elite sniper and is now a firefighter. But at his heart, he’s just a normal West Texas good old boy who loves his beer, women and football, until the Department of Defense calls him up to say they need his skills again.


Shanae is a first responder of a different sort. She’s a trauma nurse who works on a medical evacuation helicopter team. But while she lives a life full of adrenaline every day, it’s just a cover for her real life, where she hides in the shadows and is secret agent, Shadowfox for the Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT). She’s living the kind of life that most people think exists only in movies and books.

Working for two different branches of the government, Mudflap and Shanae are in a race against time and the terrorists who threaten the very heart of West Texas life, football. They’re working toward the same goal, but find themselves in a confrontation against each other and the lies they’ve each had to hide behind. Can love win out in the end or will the cost be each other and their very lives?

First responders are heroes every day, but this story tells the tale of when they become even more and find love along the way. The key is for them to stay alive so that they can complete their mission and just maybe live happily ever after.

On an ordinary day, they save lives. On an extraordinary day, they save the country.


****This book was part of a blog tour I was given a copy for my honest review****
Mudflap Davidson wakes up thinking today is just like any day as a fire fighter. That is until he gets the call that lands his partner in ICU, meets the woman that can knock him on his ass, and finds out he just got involved in something that he never saw coming. Mudflap's about to get tossed into a world of secret forces with hidden agendas, government agencies that technically don't exist, and people all around him leading double lives.
The Shadow of Mudflap was a blast to read, very fast paced and detailed without bombarding you. Mudflap and Shanae were great characters, well developed, and very relatable. It was nice to read characters who were comfortable in who they are. While neither was perfect we didn't spend chapters reading about their issues and past transgressions, they showed their flaws and did the best with them. That's not to say we didn't get a history on both characters, it just wasn't embellished to the point of outrageousness.
The story was edgy and gave you a look into first responders that made you feel like you were really along for the ride. I never guessed the ending, which was a nice treat for an active reader. All in all a very promising start for this suspense series!

How Our Partnership Evolved by Christi Snow

I’ll admit. I NEVER thought I would ever be a person to write a book with someone else. Honestly, I just don’t play well with others. That is a huge part of the reason I’m a writer where the only thing I have to interact with all day is my computer. But that was before Mudflap, aka M.F. Smith, entered my world.
When this whole thing began, I didn’t even know Mudflap. In this modern world, he was one of my Facebook friends. The only thing I truly knew about him was that somehow he was family on my mom’s side because all our common friends were family (I’m obviously VERY discriminating about who I “friend” on FB…lol).
But one day, he sent me a message on Facebook because he knew I was a romance writer. Mudflap is a radio personality in Lubbock, TX. Every year, he creates a product through his radio show to sell for charity. With the surge of the romance novel with the popularity of Fifty Shades, he decided that he needed to write a romance novel this year, but had no idea where to even begin. His message to me was a call for help.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I answered it.
The project was an evolution during development. When we first began, I was simply going to guide M.F. as he wrote, but that quickly moved to me writing the story as a ghostwriter. Then eventually we became co-authors. Overall, I wrote the book, but M.F. was very involved from the very beginning. The core of the characters are from him. He sent me a list of twelve characters with their names, ages, and occupations. I built the story from there. And every day he would read the story and give me feedback as well as ideas about how to make it better. He has an incredible intuition about what works and truly made every day of the writing process fun. I never knew what he was going to come up with from one day to the next and over the course of the process have exchanged thousands of texts and emails.
We knew going into it that this book would be romantic suspense because that’s what I enjoy writing and I thought it would be fun to go completely over the top with super-spies/agents. When he sent me that original character list, Mudflap (the hero) was listed as a fireman and Shanae (the heroine) was a nurse and that developed our first-responders theme.
The premise of the story is that there is a covert part of the federal government, Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT), who hide in plain sight under the cover of Lift EMS Contracting. They provide emergency medical services, both ambulance and air, to the Lubbock area. All the agents are highly-trained medical personnel. But they are also highly trained secret agents for the federal government fighting terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security in the Southwest. Their motto is: On an ordinary day, they save lives; On an extraordinary day, they save the country.
It’s been an incredible journey for both of us. We are both really excited about where the final book ended up and hope to write 2-3 more in the series over the next three years. We hope to make this an ongoing charity project for the Lubbock Red Cross. And the best news, I finally got to meet M.F. in person at the beginning of June. He’s even nicer in person.

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes. When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since. She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it. Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!

  Mudflap is a morning show personality for 96.3 KLLL in Lubbock, TX. He’s been on the morning show for seven years and in radio for over ten years. He’s entertained people all over the world, and has helped raise money for many non-profit agencies and charities. Mudflap loves to see people smile and believes everyone deserves a hug.

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  1. Yay, I'm so happy you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review.
    Christi Snow