Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Purr M for Murder by T.C. Lotempio - Book Blast and Giveaway



About the Book

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat--along with Littleton's dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington--who just happens to be Sydney's old high school crush--is highly suspicious of the sisters' involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton's death--until the killer notices she's pawing a little too closely at the truth.




Excerpt

We were in the doorway now.  A large desk was at the far end of what appeared to be an office.  The light was coming from a small lamp perched on the edge of the desk, and as we crossed the threshold, it flickered and then went out.  Kat shone the pencil thin beam of the flashlight around the room, letting out a sharp cry as it hit the wall nearest us.  “Lightswitch,” she squealed, and a minute later the room was filled with a harsh fluorescent light.  

I glanced around.  Yes, this was definitely an office, and not a very tidy one at that.  There were several file cabinets pushed up against the far wall, and two of the drawers in the one on the left were half open. Papers were strewn across the desk, and some file folders had dropped onto the floor and were scattered across the Oriental rug.

“Good Lord,” my sister exclaimed.  “For someone always so fastidious about his appearance, he certainly likes to work in a mess.”

I frowned.  “It looks more to me like it’s been ransacked. Someone was searching for something. What do you think, Kat? Kat?”

My sister had moved over to the far corner of the room and was standing before a large wardrobe.  “Wow, this is beautiful,” she said, lifting a hand to run it over the smooth exterior. She balled her hand into a fist and rapped it against the wood. “Solid oak.  I saw a picture of one like this in a catalog.  French, dates back to the late 1800’s.  I wonder what it’s doing in his office?”

“Who knows? Maybe he keeps his suit jackets in it,” I said.  “Why do you care, anyway?”

“It’s such a beautiful piece,” my sister murmured. “Too good for that rotter. It seems out of place in this office.”

“Maybe it just came in and he’s got it here for pricing,” I ventured.

“Maybe.  I wouldn’t mind having something like this,” Kat said, running her hand once again across the smooth wood.  “It looks deep enough – I wonder if the doors swing out all the way? It would be great to put a TV in.” 

I eyed the piece. “That thing looks hand-carved. He probably wants an arm and a leg for it.”

“Probably.” She gave the handle a tug. “Hm.  The doors seem to be stuck.”

I waved  my hand impatiently.  “Oh for goodness sakes, leave it alone. Must you examine it now?”

Her lower lip thrust forward. “Yes.  Who knows, I might not get another chance.”

I shot her a sharp look.  “You’re not thinking of buying this, are you?”

She sighed deeply. “I suppose not.  Littleton will probably want some astronomical figure for it.  But I might never get another opportunity to see such a finely made one up close.” She shot me an appealing look.  “Give me a hand, won’t you? You’re strong. Maybe if we both pull on the handle at the same time it’ll open.”

I knew my sister. Once Kat made up her mind about something she was like a pitbull with a bone. I knew when it was futile to argue with her. “Okay, fine. But if we get this open, one quick look and then we’re out of here.”

She nodded and I placed my hand on top of hers. “On the count of three, give it all you’ve got. One, two—three.”

We both tugged at the same time and suddenly the door flew open.  We went staggering backwards at the same time the body of Trowbridge Littleton, his eyes bulging almost out of their sockets, tongue lolling to the side, hit the floor at our feet.


About the Author

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, is out this December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com.



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Monday, March 27, 2017

Stealing Magic by Alex C Vick - Book Tour and Giveaway



About the Book

Shannon thought there was no such thing as real magic. Until that day. The day that changed everything.

Put yourself in her shoes. Would you open your eyes, if you were the one that heard them? Two magic-takers from another world, arguing about whether they can collect what they came for before you wake up. It sounds like a crazy dream, or a practical joke.

But what if the air around you started to vibrate with an invisible force field? What if, all at once, it felt scary, yet familiar too? You would have no way of knowing that this discovery would set you on a path no-one from our world has taken for centuries. Towards a deadly enemy, and a fight you will almost certainly lose.

All you know is that your heart is beating so fast you're worried they will hear it, and your brain is starting to buzz as the force field reaches it. Would you open your eyes?

Join Jax and Shannon as they live through the most exciting and terrifying ten days of their lives!




Stealing Magic will be $0.99 during the tour.

Excerpt

“Why do you-?” started Shannon, at the same time that Jax said 

“How did you-?” 

They both laughed nervously.

“You go first,” said Jax. “I’ve got a feeling I need to answer a few of your questions first before you can be any help answering mine.” 

“OK,” replied Shannon. “Why do you travel to my world and steal its magic?” she began. 

“Steal?” replied Jax, shocked. “Stealing magic is not what we do. We harvest it.” 

“You steal it,” retorted Shannon. “If it’s not stealing, why do you only do it in secret? And why does no-one on my world seem to know that it’s happening?” 

“Exactly!” said Jax. “If you don’t know it’s happening, and you don’t even know the magic is there in the first place, and you don’t miss it when it’s gone, how can it be stealing?

Besides, it has always been this way. For hundreds of years magic-takers have travelled from Androva to Terra to harvest its magic.” 

“You still haven’t answered my question anyway,” said Shannon, crossing her arms. “Why do you do it?” 

Jax shifted in his seat, and looked out of the window.

“I don’t exactly know why,” he mumbled. 

“What?” said Shannon. 

“I don’t know why!” repeated Jax, more loudly. His cheeks went a little red, and he scuffed his shoe along the floor.

“I am not permitted to know until I am of age. I only know that it has something to do with a very old Treaty, and that it’s a really bad thing if Androva doesn’t harvest its full magic Quota each month.”

Interview

What was the hardest part to write in this book?

It’s probably a strange thing to say, but in terms of the actual writing, I enjoyed it all. This was my first book. There was no pressure on me, I had no readers, and no-one waiting for me to finish. I could have stopped and walked away at any time, and not a single person but me would have cared or even noticed. Whereas now, of course, things have moved on a little bit!

However, I did find parts of Stealing Magic difficult, just because I have a lot of empathy for my characters. Writing them into trouble is not something I enjoy, even though it’s necessary for the story. There is a rather unpleasant person called Marcus on the Androvan Council who gets the better of Jax, Shannon and Darius, and I felt pretty aggrieved on their behalf. I could never write a thriller, because I’d probably end up having sleepless nights!

What do you think makes a good story?

Great question! For me, a story is only as good as the characters who bring it to life. Great characters can turn even the mundane and predictable into a good story. However, all other things being equal, I like to discover something new when I’m reading.

It could be an event in history told from a different perspective, or a shocking future for the world we live in, or an imaginary world entirely. It could even be something contemporary set in a place or situation that I have no experience of. I also like it if I can’t predict the ending until I’ve nearly finished the book!

What’s next for you?

The fourth book in the Legacy of Androva series came out at the end of 2016, and I’m currently writing the fifth. It’s nearly finished, and I hope to release it as soon as the editing is complete, perhaps in April or early May.

I introduced the world of Imbera in the fourth book, and I wanted to explore it in more detail for the fifth book. Jax and Shannon’s adventure was resolved, (because I can’t seem to write a cliffhanger!), but they met a boy, Callax, who had a whole backstory and future that deserved to be written.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

If I could only choose one format for the rest of my life, it would be ebooks. I read a lot. The freedom to purchase spontaneously, and read on multiple devices whenever and wherever, is brilliant. However, there is a nostalgic part of me that loves picking up a real book. I still buy a handful each year, when the cover or illustrations are particularly appealing. The last books I bought were the illustrated editions of Harry Potter, and they are incredible!

What kind of music do you like?

A lot of different kinds. It depends on my mood, where I am and what I’m doing. When I’m writing, I always play music, and certain songs become linked with each book in my head. If I ever struggle to write part of the story, it usually helps me to return to that playlist.

I guess the best way to answer the question is to give some examples. Two of my favorite albums are Ten by Pearl Jam, and Foot of the Mountain by A-ha. I have the Jamiroquai album Automaton on pre-order. The last single I bought was the new song by Lorde.

What are your future ambitions?

If the day ever arrives when I can be a full-time writer, that would be my dream come true!  Right now, the pace of my writing is dictated by a lot of external factors. I work long hours in an office and family life is incredibly busy. The cast of characters inside my head don’t get as much space as they would like.

I’m definitely pursuing my ambition of being a full-time writer, but there is also a lot to be said for finding the joy in today. I haven’t quite found the right balance yet, so I’ll have to keep working on it!

Any last words?

Thank you so much for featuring my book on your blog today! I really enjoyed the interview. I’d also like to say a big thank you to each and every person who has read one of my books.

Thanks...


About the Author


Alex writes contemporary fantasy books for a middle grade audience and older. There are three (self-contained) stories in the Legacy of Androva series so far, with a fourth on the way. You can contact Alex, and find more information about Androva, including a character interview, at http://www.alexcvick.com

Alex lives in the South of England with her husband and two daughters. When she's not working, or writing about magic, she also loves reading and photography.



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Never Go Alone by Denison Hatch - Book Blitz and Giveaway



About the Book

THE FIRST RULE IS: NEVER GO ALONE.

"Never Go Alone is an explosive return for both Denison Hatch and his hero." - BestThrillers.com

A rash of elaborate cat burglaries of luxury buildings in Manhattan has the city panicked.

When a group of social media obsessed millennials--a loosely organized crew that call themselves "urban explorers"--are suspected in the heists, undercover NYPD detective Jake Rivett is assigned the case.

Rivett dives deep into the urban exploration scene in pursuit of the truth. But what, and who, he finds--deep in the sewers, up in the cranes above under-construction skyscrapers, and everywhere else in New York--will change not only Jake, but the city itself.




Excerpt

Jake paced along the familiar corridors of One Police Plaza. He padded across the detective bullpen and past his old office. A clean-shaven man, about his own age, stared back blankly at Jake. Rivett didn’t even recognize the guy who now occupied his former workspace. That wasn’t the nature of most police departments, but it certainly was in New York. The volume of crime was astronomical and the volume of new detective recruits equally high. In fact, many beat cops spent their entire careers trying to become detectives, only to burn out or transfer out within a handful of years. Jake had once been a boy in blue as well. He’d spent the minimum time required—two years—out in a patrol car. He’d gotten his gold shield ten months after that; primarily due to the sources he’d managed to scrounge up while on patrol in Chinatown. While Jake’s ability to measure people was strong, his ability to split them open was legendary. As was his chutzpah. He was like a pit bull when it came to everything, cases not excluded. That was why, during his first few years as a detective, not a single one of his cases went unsolved. But his discipline was another thing altogether. The department was half squares and half circles, but he was four-dimensional. It was a simple as that.


About the Author


Denison is a screenwriter and novelist. He has a number of feature and television projects in development, including his original screenplay, Vanish Man, which is set up at Lionsgate. A graduate of Cornell University, he lives with his wife and a big dog in a little house in Hollywood. He is presently working on the third Jake Rivett thriller.





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