Storming: A Dieselpunk Adventure Novel

Storming: A Dieselpunk Adventure Novel

by K.M. Weiland

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Overview

--Lyra Grand Prize Winner--
--NIEA Winner--
--IPPY Silver Medal Winner--
--Grace Award Winner--
--BRAG Medallion Winner--
--IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist--
--Realm Award Semi-Finalist--

Acclaim for Storming:

"Dropping (literally) dieselpunk fantasy elements smack into the middle of an action adventure story revolving around a biplane pilot set in 1920s historical fiction was a brilliant idea. This novel is a joy to read!"--Suzan Robertson

"Memorably colorful and deeply knit-together characters captain this addictively charming page-turner with dialogue that sounds like an ash bat cracking a home run centerfield and proto-European dieselpunk undertones gild an aesthetic of pure Americana, exotically nostalgic and yet somehow effortlessly resonant, making us feel every punch of action down to the last gasp of a superb climax."--Luke Taylor

"It's just one of those stories that's plain fun to sit down with. Rich, meaningful, well-crafted, heartwarming. I can't remember the last book where I enjoyed myself so thoroughly in the reading process."--Schuyler McConkey

Book Description:

In the high-flying, heady world of 1920s aviation, brash pilot Robert "Hitch" Hitchcock's life does a barrel roll when a young woman in an old-fashioned ball gown falls from the clouds smack in front of his biplane. As fearless as she is peculiar, Jael immediately proves she's game for just about anything, including wing-walking in his struggling airshow. In return for her help, she demands a ride back home . . . to the sky.

Hitch thinks she's nuts--until he steers his plane into the midst of a bizarre storm and nearly crashes into a strange airship like none he's ever run afoul of, an airship with the power to control the weather. Caught between a corrupt sheriff and dangerous new enemies from above, Hitch must take his last chance to gain forgiveness from his estranged family, deliver Jael safely home before she flies off with his freewheeling heart, and save his Nebraska hometown from storm-wielding sky pirates.

Cocky, funny, and full of heart, Storming is a jaunty historical adventure / dieselpunk mash-up that combines rip-roaring steampunk adventure and small-town charm with the thrill of futuristic possibilities.

More Acclaim for Storming:

"Read it for its colorful small-town sky circus setting, peppered with the accurate historical small-town America airshow and aviation fiction details, shot through with the fantastic otherwordly dieselpunk threads. But read it even more for the wonderful, damaged, flawed, funny, three-dimensional characters who pull you into their world where the storm is building around them and keep you guessing until the very end."--Nina Clark

"Who doesn't love action books that open with a feisty woman in an old-fashioned dress plopping out of the sky and onto an airplane? Right from the beginning, Weiland constructs a story that forces readers to ask questions--and to keep reading."--Bo Burnette

"Storming is a unique adventure novel that is sure to interest flying buffs, adventure lovers, women's fiction fans, character aficionados, and people who simply enjoy a well-written and thoughtful story."--Garrett Amerson

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157521554
Publisher: PenForASword Publishing
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 454
Sales rank: 1,062,964
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the portal fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska.

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Storming: A Dieselpunk Adventure Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that STORMING by K.M. Weiland is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Is there anything more glamorous than a story about a flying ace trying to save his hometown? Set in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Storming is a high flying adventure with a dash of dieselpunk. We follow the adventures of Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock and the mysterious Jael. Everyone has secrets, including my favorite character, Walter, who I wanted to hug and cuddle to make him feel better. Now, I’ve been to Scottsbluff, granted it was just an overnight stop, but Nebraska is big state and I’ve driven nearly the length of it so it wasn’t hard to imagine the dry, vast prairie where the story is set. However, much of this story takes place in the air in open cockpit planes. Weiland deftly manages the scenes on the ground and in the sky. I was constantly amazed at Hitch’s skill and Jael’s bravery. It was easy to imagine what all the flyers were doing when they were up in the air. I could feel the wind in my face, my heart pounding, chewing my nails hoping they would land safely. Walter, by far, was my favorite character. I figured that everything with Hitch and Jael would end up okay, but I was concerned about Walter from the point he was introduced in the story. I could see his potential even if he couldn’t and I was rooting for him the entire novel. In the end, I wanted more time in Jael’s world. There was so much left unexplained and it wasn’t the language barrier holding things back. We were just never introduced to a character that could explain the technology which was disappointing as the technology holds a lot of potential. I did enjoy reading Storming. The characters were ones you rooted for from the start. The mysterious Jael added a bit of intrigue even if her world was not fully explained. High flying adventures in small towns with a handsome Douglas Fairbanks-esque hero reminds me of home and old Hollywood. Two things I find hard to resist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite the romp! Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storming is about more than just mysterious turbulence in the atmosphere…there are also storms brewing in its characters. A young pilot with problems, a girl in a ballgown falling out of the sky, family grudges, a traveling air circus, and a little boy who finds solace in silence—just a few of my favorite elements that kept me reading Storming too late at night. The characters, relationships, and plot were interesting from the beginning, but really grew on me more and more as the story unfolded. Halfway through, I suddenly discovered I’d really grown to care about these people. I loved the plot twists and the way they were fueled by the characters’ lives and choices but still managed to surprise me. The romantic element was sweet and well-written, but didn’t dominate the story. Exciting enough (and clean enough!) to give to my two boys (ages 12 and 9), who’ve been begging to read it themselves. The strong themes of forgiveness, loyalty, commitment, and trust are meaningful for adults and kids alike. Unique story concept and believable, interesting characters make Storming an unforgettable adventure!
billpolm More than 1 year ago
Weiland's novels and stories tend to start a little on the slow side, but none of them prove to be disappointing. This lady is a gifted story-teller.  Read a few pages of this one and you'll find your interest picking up, and that interest will grow with just about every page.  Keep going and you'll find that the suspense grows too--until in the last quarter of the book it really starts climbing to a fevered pitch. I had trouble not peeking ahead (but I didn't). In short, a really good story. Heart-warming and Satisfying in every way. There's an intriguing mystery throughout most of the book, some fantasy aspects, and one heck of a romance. Beyond that is Weiland's just plain good writing, which adds to your reading pleasure. This is a historical novel set in Nebraska's farm country in the early 1900s and revolves around a professional barnstormer pilot who returns to his hometown for an airshow contest he hopes to win. And Weiland's prose neatly and accurately reflects the thinking and talking and colorful figures of speech of the time and place. Not an easy accomplishment for any novelist. Several of those figures of speech had me laughing. Another thing I like about this novel is the characters and how the author has them interact with each other--so true to life. The difficulty of forgiving, the prejudices, the misunderstandings, the hurts we all suffer in this life--it's all there and more. By the way, the female lead in this story is one of the more unusual ones I have encountered. Also, there's wisdom in this novel for anyone who will read it thoughtfully. Highly recommended.
Narnian1950 More than 1 year ago
In the 1920s world of daredevil barnstorming, intrepid pilot “Hitch” Hitchcock zooms back into the Nebraska hometown he left nine years ago, hoping simply to win an airshow and gun it back out of Scottsbluff. Instead, he finds the troubles of his past—unforgiving family members and a corrupt sheriff—resurrected in a whole new way. But that’s only the beginning of Hitch’s troubles. On a test flight one night, a woman in an old-fashioned ball gown literally falls from the sky and nearly collides with Hitch’s plane. Suddenly he finds his story intertwined with hers as she—a strange-speaking young woman named Jael—demands he help her return home. Home to the sky. Home to a secret she calls “Schturming.” Who doesn’t love a book that opens with a feisty woman in an old-fashioned dress plopping out of the sky and onto an airplane? Right from the beginning, Weiland constructs a story that forces readers to ask questions—and to keep reading. Who is this Jael? Who is she running from? And, most importantly, where did she come from? The entire novel is crafted in such a way to keep the reader guessing. When one question is answered, another is raised. (Also, some of these questions and answers lead to one humdinger of a plot twist. It’s a twist I suspected early in the book, but that only made it all the more thrilling when it came to pass.) Story structure remains—of course—Katie’s strong point. (Any writers among us ought to read her book Structuring Your Novel. It’s pure gold.) Storming’s structure is practically flawless, so I won’t discuss it much. What really stands out, though, are her characters. Somehow, with every book, Katie manages to make protagonists that are 1) Deeply flawed yet still lovable and relatable and 2) Incredibly different from the others she has written. Hitch struggles with his family, his flying troupe, his feelings for Jael, and his felt duty to return her to her mysterious home-in-the-clouds. Speaking of Jael…she might just be my favorite character from any of Weiland’s novels. And that’s saying a lot. Jael’s adventurous, loyal spirit makes you admire her, and her sharp wittiness will incite more than a few laughs. She’s more than worth the price of admission. Another character of note is the practically mute young boy, Walter. I could go on, of course. Storming is full of thrill, mystery, and drama. I laughed out loud more than once while reading it. Even better, I cried more than once. The novel’s themes—the true meaning of bravery, the importance of family and roots, and the ultimate will of God in our lives—shine remarkably in this truly remarkable story. Once again, bravo to you, Katie. Storming truly soars.
Reese More than 1 year ago
Flying Into Trouble K.M. Weiland is set to take the Dieselpunk world by storm with her captivating new book “Storming”. An exciting, page-turning read the story pulls you into her unique, yet somehow nostalgically ‘Americana’, world with a plot that moves with the speed and strength of the equally unique and memorable cast of characters. Hitch Hitchcock may be down on his luck, but he is endearing and likeable for all his edges, and his world spins out of control from the moment the mysterious, very odd, but spunky and witty Jael falls from the sky into his life. Beautifully written and engaging, this novel is good old-fashioned fun dieselpunk style. Action, adventure, just the right amount of humor and a dash of romance soften the edges and entice you to read on to a thrilling and rewarding conclusion. “Storming” will enchant and leave indelible memories of place and people. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TAOS: or THE AWESOMENESS OF STORMING With expertly plotted dominos falling from the very first word, K.M. Weiland instantly captures the uniqueness of the world she's about to throw us into at the speed of a biplane charging through the cold wind of the night with a souped up engine and a plucky pilot as bold as black coffee in the outstanding throwback action/adventure novel Storming. Memorably colorful and deeply knit-together characters captain this addictively charming page-turner with dialogue that sounds like an ash bat cracking a home run centerfield and proto-eurpoean diselpunk undertones gild an aesthetic of pure Americana, exotically nostalgic and yet somehow effortlessly resonant, making us feel every punch of action down to the last gasp of a superb climax. K.M. Weiland offers the seamless construction of a flawless thrill ride, cinematic and poignant and in the end just plain old fashioned fun. Grab an orange phosphate, kick back, and watch the pages (and the hours) fly by.
Noel More than 1 year ago
"A young girl falling from the night sky was the last thing Hitch Hitchcock expected during his aviation routine, let alone someone who, in all appearances came from "nowhere". The apparent explanation for Jael's appearance turns awry when Hitch realizes the truth behind the parachuting girl, while he struggles to come to grips with his own family past!" K.M. Weiland's new book "Storming" comes to life in an epic and exciting way as she combines dieselpunk and WWII aviation, along with the real struggles of one man's life. I would totally recommend this book as an exciting, yet deep read, with interesting characters and light humor. K.M. Weiland never ceases to amaze me and "Storming" is yet another hit. I find myself looking back on this book as sentimental and endearing and a definite "must read"!