Blitz: The Four-Night Run by William Lashner + Giveaway!

The Four-Night Run by William Lashner Blitz Tour

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The Four-Night Run description:

“J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man.

Alone and on the run, Scrbacek flees into the city’s forgotten underbelly, a ruined corridor called Crapstown, where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, his present, and his future. Somewhere in the sordid stream of his own existence lie the answers he needs. But in order to emerge from the depths of Crapstown, Scrbacek must argue for his life before a jury of the forgotten and the damned. Is he lawyer enough to save his own skin?

From the bestselling author of The Barkeep comes a raucous tale of reckoning, racketeering, and revenge.”

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Lashner’s bio:

William Lashner is the New York Times Bestselling creator of Victor Carl, who has been called by Booklist one of the mystery novel’s “most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.” The Victor Carl novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages and have been sold all across the globe, include BAGMEN, KILLER’S KISS, FALLS THE SHADOW, FATAL FLAW, and HOSTILE WITNESS. He is also the author of BLOOD AND BONE, THE ACCOUNTING, and, most recently, THE BARKEEP, which was a Digital Book World Number One Bestselling Ebook.

Lashner was a criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. before quitting the law to write fulltime. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives with his wife and three children outside Philadelphia.

 
Giveaway: 1 $10 US Amazon GC (open INT) & a copy of THE FOUR NIGHT RUN (US Only)
 
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Book Launch for Mia Siegert

Saturday I went to my first book launch ever! It was for the very talented and extremely nice Mia Siegert and her recently released book, JERKBAIT! I drove from Wilmington, DE to Princeton, NJ (about 1.5hrs) and I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. When I arrived, I was a little early, so I grabbed my reserved copy from B&N and found a seat. I sat there for a bit just taking it all in. While waiting I also met Mia’s neighbor Elizabeth. She was so sweet. Mia also had a lot of family and friends there for support.

Mia started the event by first introducing Anna Aagenes from You Can Play. You Can Play is a wonderful organization that supports LGBTQ athletes of any age. Anna spoke about the organization and how it was formed and an overview of what they offer & how they support athletes. I went to a HS that was accepting of all kinds of people, but I know friends that struggled as LGBTQ athlete’s and would have really benefited from You Can Play. Go check them out!

After Anna, Mia told us a little about the book and how You Can Play ties in to Jerkbait. She then read part of the first chapter and left us all on a cliffhanger. I loved the “voices” she used for the different characters. She was so passionate while reading.

Next she answered about 7 questions. Through the questions I learned that she wrote the book in about 2.5 weeks and then in a 10 month period, she wrote it from scratch another 6 times! The book also started as an autobiographical novel. She used to have a friend that is the Heather character and she was Tristan. As the book progressed, she said she had a bit of Tristan and Robbie in her and that it was no longer autobiographical. Another fun fact about Mia that I learned is that she was a professional equestrian. She didn’t plan on going to college, but after an she lost her horse, she applied, was accepted, and eventually went on to grad school. I decided I had to ask a question, so I asked why she chose hockey as the sport in the book, since almost every professional sport has LGBTQ athletes that aren’t out. Of course her answer was that she loves hockey (She was wearing a Devils shirt at the event. lol).

After the Q&A, Mia was gracious enough to sign books and take pictures. I forgot to get a picture with her. 😦  On a positive note, she remembered me from talking to her all the time on twitter. She was so sweet. I gave her a card and some goodies. The event ended with Mia raffling off some gift/swag baskets, Jerkbait jerseys, and a Jerkbait mini hockey stick! Sadly I didn’t win, I was really hoping for that hockey stick. lol. It was such a fun day and I have a fabulous time meeting Mia and getting to talk to her.

I hope everyone gives Jerkbait a try and connects with Mia. She’s the nicest and is so easy to talk to.

Edge of Wild by Danika Stone (Interview + Giveaway)

Hi again everyone! Today I have a fun little interview I did with Danika. She really is the sweetest person! I hope you like it and don’t forget about the giveaway at the end! 

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1) What inspired you to write Edge of Wild?

I love well-written mysteries, especially those that include unexpected twists and turns along the way. (Tana French has a special place on my bookshelf!) Having spent much of my childhood in Waterton, I know the landscape inside and out. It’s gorgeous, but eerily remote. When I started thinking about writing a mystery, it became the obvious location. Once I had that, the rest just came together.

2) What is your favorite childhood book?

I can’t narrow it down to one book since I loved the entire The Power Of… series. (The books tell the stories of real people.) I recall being fascinated by Harriet Tubman and Marie Curie’s lives!

3) If you could spend the day with anyone alive, dead, or fictional, who would it be and why?

It sounds sappy, but I’d happily spend one more day with my father who passed away almost a decade ago. I miss him a lot. Edge of Wild, in fact, is dedicated to him as he never got to see my writing published.

4) Do you enjoy writing YA or thriller/adult novels more?

Like a true parent I’m going to answer that I love them both for different reasons, but equally. And that’s the truth! I really do.

5) Did you have to do a lot of research for EOW?

I know practically nothing about cars, so there was a bit of research into realistic engine repairs. I also spent a bit of time researching the Canadian legal and penitentiary system. Having said that, I’m certain there are probably still errors, and that’s because I’m not a lawyer, nor a police officer… and definitely NOT a car mechanic.

6) What book are you looking forward to in 2016?

I’m THRILLED about the nearly back-to-back releases of Edge of Wild (Stonehouse, May 1, 2016) and All the Feels (Macmillan, June 7, 2016)! It feels a little bit surreal to have come this far in a single year.

Beyond my own book, I’m really stoked to read Jesse Andrews’ The Haters (April 2016, Amulet). I’ve heard amazing things about it!

7) Is the town of Waterton Park, Alberta in the book anything like the real town?

There are obvious differences (ie: no serial killers that I know of!) but I tried to be as true as I could be to the actual community. I’ve changed the names of businesses and heightened the insular quality of the town, but the beauty of the area is all real. It’s one of the most picturesque, untouched places I’ve ever been.

8) There is a diverse array of characters in Waterton, Which one do you relate to the most?

I’ve had friends tell me I’m like Lou, who always has a story for everything, but I’m definitely not as patient with people as she is! Luckily for me, the whole story-writing gig seems to be working out alright.

9) From talking to you, I know you’ve been to Waterton Park. What is your favorite thing about it. (book or real life)

My favorite spot in the entire park is a little patch of forest along the trail to Bertha Bay. The trees are so tall that the light is filtered, and everything is lit with a hazy half-light. There are ferns on the ground. Very few bushes. It’s quiet, with only the faint hiss of the distant waves. Even your footsteps are muffled by the pine needles on the trail.

As a kid, I used to imagine that fairies lived there. (As an adult, I imagined a murderer.)

10) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

My dream house is a little cabin in the foothills just outside Waterton. I haven’t bought the land yet or started building, but I’ve got all sorts of plans in mind!

Speed Round:

Favorite color?

Blue

Favorite book?

Whatever I’m currently writing.

Favorite number?

523 (a prime)

Favorite Author?

Ack! There are just WAY too many to list one. (Margaret Atwood, Lois Lowry, Jesse Andrews, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Harper Lee… I CAN’T CHOOSE!)

Okay. Since I obviously can’t select just one, I’ll cheat and say Stephen King since he’s the only author I can think of off-hand who has written one of my top ten favorite fiction novels (The Stand) AND one of my top ten favorite non-fiction books (On Writing).

Cheating still works, right?

Left or right handed?

Right, but I can print fairly well with my left, too.

Anything else you’d like readers to know?

You can find me over on TwitterTumblrInstagram and Facebook (plus a few other online places.) Don’t be shy. I’m ALWAYS happy to connect!


Goodreads/Amazon/Apple iBooks/Danika’s site

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! So Danika was kind enough to send me some Edge of Wild goodies and I’ve decided to pass on some to you, as well as a few other things! Just enter the rafflecopter below. (US only. Sorry!) Below is a picture of what you’ll get (that’s an Edge of Wild tote from Danika!) plus, I’ll make something special.

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EOW tote, Canadian postcards, luggage tage, passport holder, notebook and pencil, candy, and a skull water bottle.

Edge of Wild by Danika Stone (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Hey y’all, welcome to the blog today! Today and again on May 11th, I’ll be supporting the crap out of the wonderful Danika Stone and her book Edge of Wild! This book dropped on May 1st and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! It’s full of mystery, murder, and suspense! Below is a book excerpt and the book trailer. Also I’ll be having a giveaway for some Edge of Wild things and a few goodies added by me.

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BOOK TRAILER!!!!


Prologue

Jeff was packing to leave when he heard the noise outside the window. It was a low keening sound, the sort of moan that would have sent a city slicker like him running a year ago. But not now. No, tonight, he picked up the wooden bat next to the door and walked out onto the porch.

Jeff’s time in the mountains had changed him. He was far more confident in who he was nowadays; the solitude of Waterton had done that. Other changes were less certain. He was preparing to throw away a career at Coldcreek Enterprises, for one thing. And last spring, he would have had misgivings about walking out into the darkness after hearing… something.

Tonight he did it without a second thought.

He stood, staring out into the sooty black. Waiting. The sound didn’t return, but his mind was abuzz with it. Jeff replayed it over and over, subtly adding to it, filtering it, until he was certain Tucker’s whine was somewhere in the remembered sound. Jeff had bought the cougar hound pup from a local rancher last spring, when the problems had begun. “Cougars can be trouble ’round these parts,” a Park warden had warned when the bloody kill had appeared on this very porch. A dog seemed like the best way to deal with it. Jeff hadn’t expected to love the long-eared mutt so much.

The dog had disappeared a week ago.

In the darkness, far beyond the porch’s golden light, a branch broke.

“Tucker?” Jeff called, his hand tightening on the bat. “That you, boy?”

He whistled, but there was no response. Jeff turned in a slow circle, taking in the protective perimeter of porch light and the door to the house, still ajar, and the warm light of the kitchen. Uncurtained windows framed the room beyond. Jeff frowned. A year in the mountains had made him indifferent to privacy.

Another branch broke, this time a little further out, nearer to the garage.

“Tuck…?”

Jeff stepped down to the yard, heart pounding. Coming here had been a lifetime opportunity: project manager for the building of the Whitewater Lodge, the biggest hotel complex the hamlet had ever seen. Jeff wished he’d known how difficult that goal would be to accomplish.

The issues had started immediately, weather putting the project weeks behind schedule. The construction crew had been outsourced from Calgary, but the men hadn’t been prepared for building in extreme mountain conditions. “No one builds in the winter,” the townsfolk smirked. Pipes burst. Workers quit. Still Jeff pushed forward.

And then the other things began.

In the darkness, something moved. Whatever it was had circled round the far side of the garage, keeping to the shadows. The presence was uneasy and so was he. Rolling sweaty fingers over the bat’s grip, Jeff moved in.

This time he would know.

Jeff’s lifetime opportunity had turned into a nightmare. Even after the snowy weather had cleared, the troubles continued. Everything that could go wrong with the unfinished hotel, had. He had opened one wing of the lodge despite misgivings.

It was a disaster.

Balancing that small section of rooms while finishing the remaining two wings was impossible. He’d borrowed money to finish, but the loan wasn’t nearly enough. The rest of the town ran as if it was still 1950. The townsfolk didn’t like him. Didn’t want him here. Warden Grant McNealy had blamed a cougar for the dead animal on his porch. But there’d been the trouble with broken cabin windows. “The wind.” And then the break-ins at the Whitewater Lodge. “Seasonal workers.” All of it conveniently discredited, but Jeff didn’t believe that anymore. Not after Tucker had disappeared off the chain in the yard last week. He knew the reason now.

Someone wanted him out.

Jeff made almost a complete circuit of the yard, pushing further into the darkness, but the bushes were silent. He whistled once more, knowing there’d be no answer, and then stopped, taut with frustration. With a sigh, he turned back around and froze.

A shadowy figure stood on the porch.

Jeff took a shaky breath, lifting the end of the bat and widening his stance. With the light behind, he couldn’t see who it was.

“What do you want?” he called.

The figure on the porch smiled, teeth white against the shadows.

“Just to talk…”


Did you enjoy that? If so, go get Edge of Wild stat! It really is a wonderful read. I was on the edge of my seat and did not suspect the book to end the way it did.

Goodreads/Amazon/Apple iBooks/Danika’s Twitter/Danika’s site

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! So Danika was kind enough to send me some Edge of Wild goodies and I’ve decided to pass on some to you, as well as a few other things! Just enter the rafflecopter below. (US only. Sorry!) Below is a picture of what you’ll get (that’s an Edge of Wild tote from Danika!) plus, I’ll make something special.

Rafflecopter Giveaway

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EOW tote, Canadian postcards, luggage tage, passport holder, notebook and pencil, candy, and a skull water bottle.