Hello Delighted Readers!
Today we have a Christmas treat for you. In honor of her latest release, Part & Parcel, third book in the Sidewinder series, I had the opportunity to pose a question to one of my favorite authors, Abigail Roux. Abigail wrote the exciting Cut & Run series and then created the fantastic spin-off Sidewinder Series. Her Sidewinder characters are a bunch of lethal Marine Force Recon guys who became tighter than family after all they have survived together.
It is Christmas so I was curious about the guys of Sidewinder. They are so quirky that I was dying to know what gifts they would give each other. Thank you, Abigail, for satisfying my curiosity.
Here’s what she had to say:
Digger: Each and every Christmas Digger would definitely get munitions. He’d get ammo from people, guns, knives, brass knuckles, weird home defense systems that employ a combination of motion detectors and bouncing betty mines and spray a fine mist of pepper spray when they’re set off.
Owen: Owen strikes me as the type to get tie and handkerchief combo sets from everyone he knows, simply because if wants something, he buys it for himself and no one ever knows what else to get him. No one but Nick O’Flaherty, who sends him odd, foreign, and highly specialized kitchen gadgets every year and Owen adores them and actually winds up using every single one of them, including the bright blue soup ladle that is made to look like the Loch Ness Monster.
Nick: Nick is the guy who gets survival gear. Stuff for his bug-out bag, the bag he has packed full of supplies that he can simply grab on the way out the door and survive for two weeks in the wilderness. Gadgets that are solar powered. Zombie-themed ammo and utility gear like shovels, machetes, and knives with bright green Zombie handles. His favorite thing to get is when someone sends him their leftover medications so he can stash them on his boat for when the apocalypse hits and he has to sale off into the sunset to survive.
Kelly: Flannel. Kelly loves flannel. Flannel shirts, flannel sleep pants, flannel blankets, flannel-lined moccasins. Digger once sent him flannel sheets with ice-skating polar bears on them as a joke and Kelly loved them so much that Digger then had to go back to the same store to buy a separate set of pillowcases because Kelly was so distraught he couldn’t find any for his extra pillows. If it’s got flannel in it, Kelly is going to love it.
Ty: Since Ty retired, the best bet for him has become car stuff. If it’s an authentic piece for his Mustang, it’s perfect, but he also likes the new high-tech gear that’s made to look original, and it’s not easy to find so anyone who does manage to get him something he’s been looking for will get quite an exuberant thank you in the form of being allowed to drive the Mustang . . . around the block. Ty’s most favorite gift, though, is spy gear. The more ridiculous the better so he can stash it all over the bookstore. Owen finds the best stuff, and although they try every year, no one else has been able to edge him out for the top spot.
Zane: The honorary member of the team is still surprised when he gets a present from each of the Sidewinders. They stick with generic stuff because they still don’t know him well, all of them but Nick, who manages to send Zane the most off-the-wall, outrageous, ridiculous zombie crap he can find . . . and Zane loves it. His favorite item is the Zombie Outbreak Survival Kit Nick put together, complete with a hand-crank radio, a bright green handled knife, a deck of cards, and two toe tags with Ty and Zane’s names already on them. Just in case.
Too fun! Thanks again, Abigail!
Now readers, what do you think of buying for this crew? Whose gifts here can you most relate to? Ever received a gift that was actually something really cool and proved that the other person ‘gets’ you? Do tell!
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
About Abigail Roux
Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year.
Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.
Connect with Abi:
- Website: com
- Twitter: @abigailroux
- Facebook: com/Abigail-Roux
- Tumblr: tumblr.com
- Goodreads: com/AbigailRoux
To celebrate the release of Part & Parcel, we are selecting TWO giveaway winners! One will receive the last four Cut & Run books in audio, and the other will receive the full Sidewinder series in audio. Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 26, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!