Recruiting Beta Reading Team – FAST: A Joe Boxer Thriller Series

FAST Beta Cover

Former United States Army Green Beret, Joe Boxer, is part of a little known specialized tactical unit in the DEA. This American hero not only lost his leg in Middle Eastern combat, but also his partner at the hands of a corrupt puppet regime placed in power by soiled American interests. Boxer is now forced to lead the fight against domestic terrorism in a war he never imagined he’d fight on US soil.

This blue-collar American veteran wants vindication for his friend’s murder. Joe Boxer struggles with an amputee’s challenge, but doesn’t succumb to it as he battles his way onto DEA’s elite FAST Team 5 in hopes of returning to the Middle East for exacting revenge. Boxer is challenged to overcome PTSD’s horror of combat, the addiction of pain management medications post-op, and learning that he’s still very much the man he was prior to the roadside bomb that claimed his leg.

Recruiting Beta Reading Team – FAST: A Joe Boxer Thriller Series

I’ve completed the first in what is at the least a three book thriller series. This is straight up adrenaline-fueled counter narco-terrorism enforcement at it’s best.

Looking for an honest, no-holds barred team of avid thriller genre readers to give this beta version a scrub. Many of you have volunteered on other projects, and are welcome to join this one as well.

Pay stinks, hours are long and the conditions are grueling, but isn’t that what our hero endures to keep America safe!!

Serious readers only – This isn’t a book giveaway gimmick – I’m going to pester you until I get results. But painlessly of course. Click the link to join and you’ll get get an email giving access to your thriller adventure.

Playing The Name Game

So how do authors come up with the names of characters in their books, or the actual title of the book itself?

Title Names

Titles usually lend themselves to genre research, or what titles are selling best on the big distributors. Titles in a series usually follow a theme such as my wife, Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Series – Need, Crave, Scorch, etc. to name but a few.



Character Names

There is no one formula for the character names though. Some writers use combinations of family and friend names. Others use pets names, or maybe the name they would’ve given to a child.

Names are important for a character. They can plant an everlasting image in your mind without one descriptive word written. Think of Dudley DoRight for example. Any more character description needed?

When I began developing concepts for my new series, I wanted a main character to run the entire series. They’d have a dynamic supporting cast, but make no mistake, this guy was Da Man.

Liliana and I were cleaning out old stuff at my dad’s house one day. I found a pair of Joe Boxer briefs in a drawer of college era clothes and basically other junk I thought was worthy of saving some 30 years ago.

It hit me

Joseph. No, just Joe. Joe who? Joe Boxer, that’s who. Yeah, Sergeant Joe Boxer.

I didn’t even have the concept focus in mind much less plot, arcs, and action. That name carried a clear image of who he was and what he did.

Immediately, Sergeant Joe Boxer wrote the story for me. The first novel (not yet released) exploded in my mind. Within about a month and a half, I’d completed over 90,000 words of what only the Sarge could’ve accomplished.

He’s still in charge of book two in the series, and I can assure you that he remains the kick-ass action / adventure star who first popped into my head while sharing old college adventure stories with my wife.

You just never know, but you do learn to allow space. You might just be surprised who shows up in there.

Your Turn

What are some of your favorite character names?