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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Guest Post with Sara M Schaller - The Genesis of Seven


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SARA M SCHALLER is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. For five years, Sara worked as a graphic designer, and her creativity in design carries over into other areas of her life like writing. You can visit her online at www.saramschaller.com.

           


ASIN : B08CNGMGB2
Publisher : Designs by Seraphim (July 7, 2020)
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Print Length : 348 pages
Publication Date : July 7, 2020
Language: : English

Praise for THE GENESIS OF SEVEN

"The first book in a new fantasy series that features an engaging battle of good versus evil." Kirkus Reviews

"Schaller's imaginative take on Christian myth makes for a thrilling adventure." BookLife Reviews



THE COVER DEISGN AND PROCESS BY SARA M SCHALLER

When I started on my publishing journey back in 2018, I commissioned an artist to design the cover for my book. The work was gorgeous and phenomenal, but I knew in my gut it wasn’t the cover.

I worked as a graphic designer for five years, and I had an idea in my head of what my cover looked like, but for some reason it was impossible for me to execute it myself. I thought getting another artist to do it would be the best scenario, but the artwork just didn’t match the image in my head and it was too hard to verbalize what I was visualizing.

For a year, I took a break from worrying about the cover, but suddenly I was deep in the self-publishing process and it was clear I was going to need a cover soon. I didn’t know what to do because I know a lot of people advise self-publishers to get someone else to design their cover. But I had so much experience and knowledge in graphic design, it was bothering me that I could not get past my mental roadblock and just do it myself.

Back in February, I began brainstorming the interior design of my book. I found a beautiful picture of bird feathers and I put a color overlay on it with some text. It turned out to be so stunning that I would start out each day by looking at it. Finally, I found the courage to show it to my family, and they all knew I was on track to designing my cover.

This new design was my foundation and I used it to mock up tons of different designs. In each one, I changed around the fonts, colors, and layouts. The process took about two months, but I eventually decided on the cover that you all see today.

The feathers were my foundation because they were the best way to hint at the angels, and the fact that they are white and black portrays both sides depicted in the story. The fleur-de-lis symbolism is significant on many levels, some that might not even be completely apparent in Book One, which is why it is figured so prominently on the cover. For me, I had to include the wings because it was the final way to connect the cover to the story. As for the choice of color, I originally was planning on using more blue accents since to me it would represent Heaven best, but in all the mock-ups where I used gold, my eye was being drawn to those more. So, I changed direction and it paid off because the color is truly what makes it so eye catching.

Looking to the future, I don’t think I’ll design every cover of my books, but as far as The Empyrean Trilogy goes, I will definitely be my own cover designer.


Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 348 Pages
July 7, 2020 by Designs by Seraphim

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind…

When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.

Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.
 

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Thank you SARA M SCHALLER for making this giveaway possible.
One winner will receive the following: a backpack to match the main character's, 
a necklace to match the main character's, a signed hardcover, a bookmark, 
a set of pins with a pen, and a passport with a sticker sheet featuring locations in the book. 
Open internationally
Ends September 29, 2020

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Katherine Snow Smith Interview - Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker


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Katherine Snow Smith has lived throughout the south as a newspaper reporter, editor, public relations executive, daughter, sister, mother, wife, divorcee and friend.

She grew up in Raleigh, N.C. with her older sister Melinda. Her father was a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. After writing a column for 70 years he recently retired at age 95. Her mother taught English and public speaking at North Carolina State University. Her father is one of 15 and her mother is one of three, so she grew up with a large family reaching from North Carolina’s piedmont to the mountains.

Katherine attended Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh and then went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating with a degree in journalism in 1990, she covered three small towns in South Carolina for the Greenville News. She also lived in Charlotte and covered textiles, manufacturing and economic development for the Charlotte Business Journal.

Along the way she met a reporter from New York City, they got married and moved to Florida where they both worked for the Tampa Bay Times.

She covered business and he became the paper’s political editor. After her first daughter was born, Katherine started a parenting column titled “Rookie Mom.” (When that daughter was a pre-schooler she thought her mom was Pokemon.)

Katherine stopped the column after a decade when her three kids were old enough to be embarrassed when their trials and tribulations were shared with strangers. This was about ten years before thousands of “influencers” were sharing hourly videos of their kids.

Katherine returned to covering business for the Tampa Bay Times for several years and then became editor of Bay, the newspaper’s arts, culture, travel and style magazine. During this stint she and her husband of 24 years got divorced, though they continued to work about ten feet apart in the newsroom and remained friends.

A public relations agency came calling at the right time and Katherine made the jump to the “dark side” as it’s known in journalism circles. She worked as an account executive and senior content strategist for a year then went out on her own to start SnowWrites, a small public relations and writing business.

Katherine lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has three children. Olivia works for a non-profit organization in Washington D.C., Charlotte attends the University of Vermont and Wade is a senior in high school in St. Petersburg.

        
  


What inspired you to pen your first book? 
A pair of four-inch heels with a black organza ruffle inspired me to finally write my book, Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker: Missteps and Lessons. Actually, falling off of those borrowed four-inch heels onto then President Barack Obama inspired me.Mishaps like this happened throughout my life and when I recounted them to friends, co-workers and family, they often said I was a good storyteller.The day after falling during a photo opp at a White House media Christmas party, I called the friend who loaned me the shoes to tell her that Barack Obama had said the heels were “great” and worth the fall.“Katherine, you have got to write a book,” she said. 

Tell us your latest news. 
I’m having my first “live” book signing at the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, N.C. on September 16. Twenty five guests are buying individual bags in advance that contain my book, personal appetizers and a mini bottle of wine, then sitting six feet apart around a pool. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain! 

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? 
David Sedaris has influenced me with the way he weaves observations of everyday life and average people into his personal essays to add humor and poignancy. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
My 96-year-old father, who was a newspaper columnist for 70 years, did a remote video introduction of me for a Zoom book talk in my hometown, Raleigh, N.C. He had already told me how much he liked my book, but he had to say that right? Hearing my dad, an amazing writer himself, describe my book to other readers-- friends and strangers-- was so rewarding and emotional. 

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
That they must buy 25 more copies to give to all their friends and family! 

(Also..they shouldn’t be so hard on themselves when they mess up. Life is messy, but beautiful.) 

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
My frickin’ day job that pays the bills. 

Can you tell us when you started RULES FOR THE SOUTHERN RULEBREAKER. 
After I fell on Barack Obama and decided to finally start writing, I took a semester-long memoir writing class at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg starting in January 2016. I had been a newspaper reporter for 25 years and written a first-person parenting column for a decade but never tried memoir. 

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why? 
My sister died 20 years before I started writing my book. Back then, I had watched my mom iron the dress she was buried in. My mom did it so slowly and perfectly and I realized she was doing the last physical task she’d ever be able to do for her daughter. It was so sad but so beautiful as well. This was very hard for me to tell without being maudlin and paying the right respect to my sister and my mom. 

Why do you feel you had to tell this story? 
That is one of just two heartbreaking chapters in the book, but I wanted to pay a tribute to my sister and my mom and all moms. 

TEN QUOTES FROM RULES FOR THE SOUTHERN RULEBREAKER: MISSTEPS AND  LESSONS LEARNED 
  • “Friends, other writers, and bartenders (mostly bartenders) have told me I have an innate ability to see both the humor and the poignancy in many of life’s experiences.” 
  • “If I wanted to push myself, I wouldn’t have begged for an epidural when I was 37 weeks pregnant and my doctor said the baby might come within a week or two.” 
  • “I couldn’t carry a drink, much less a conversation because I needed complete focus and free hands for balance to stand upright.” 
  • “It’s common these days to see Ford Fiestas with magnetic signs reading ‘Life Fairy’ or ‘Lice B Gone’ parked in long driveways shaded by tall Oaks in all the best neighborhoods.” 
  • “She wanted to keep ironing, caring, teaching, defending, celebrating, helping, consoling, praising, but this was the last thing she would ever do for her daughter.” 
  • “Honking horns from speeding pickups were customary as I took morning walks strangled with kudzu.” 
  • “Yet again, my son Wade had been lost in the shuffle of raising three kids under eight, working part-time, trying to make sure everyone had diapers and clean underwear, and low-sugar jelly without aspartame and a not-too-scary costume for the Halloween parade, and that we were home from the dentist in time to meet the exterminator who promised to kill the rat living behind the kitchen wall before Delbert the basset hound bit it and caught rabies.” 
  • “Waffles, Anne Marie? Waffles? Is that what you people in Yadkin County call your uppers or your downers or whatever the drug du jour is these days?” 
  • “I want to go out with somebody who prefers wits over fake tits.” 
  • “I choose to expose my scars, because that’s how you end up with bed jackets, one-liners, and support from friends through all the lows and highs.”
What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? 
William Shakespeare left his wife, Anne Hathaway, his “second-best bed” in his will. 

Best date you’ve ever had? 
We donated blood to get a free COVID antibody test, then went to Ikea and searched through the overwhelming maze for the perfect glass bookshelves then had dinner at a nearby 150-year-old Spanish restaurant then stopped in a funky store and bought stocking stuffers and ice cream. It rained on the way to the car. And yes, sorry to admit, we kissed in the rain. SO corny. 

If you wrote a journal entry today, what would it say? 
No time to write much today. Having a ball answering Jean the Book Nerd interview questions. 

What event in your life would make a good movie? 
Starting another chapter at age 51 when I got divorced after 24 years of marriage, left the newspaper where I’d worked for 20 years, beat colon cancer and found out my book was getting published. 

What are 4 things you never leave home without? 
Mask, phone (for camera), reading glasses (for reading anything besides a billboard), credit card. 

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? 
The framed blueprints for building the set for the Beverly Hillbillies’ mansion for the old TV show. 

Southern women are inundated with rules starting early—from always wearing sensible shoes to never talking about death to the dying, and certainly not relying on song lyrics for marriage therapy.

Nevertheless, Katherine Snow Smith keeps doing things like falling off her high heels onto President Barack Obama, gaining dubious status as the middle school “lice mom,” and finding confirmation in the lyrics of Miranda Lambert after her twenty-four-year marriage ends. Somehow, despite never meaning to defy Southern expectations for parenting, marriage, work, and friendship, Smith has found herself doing just that for over four decades. Luckily for everyone, the outcome of these “broken rules” is this collection of refreshing stories, filled with vulnerability, humor, and insight, sharing how she received lifelong advice from a sixth-grade correspondence with an Oscar-winning actress, convinced a terminally ill friend to write good-bye letters, and won the mother of all “don’t give up” lectures by finishing a road race last (as the pizza boxes were thrown away).

Rules for the Southern Rule Breaker will resonate with every woman, southern or not, who has a tendency to wander down the hazy side roads and realizes the rewards that come from listening to the pull in one’s heart over the voice in one’s head.
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Thank you KATHERINE SNOW SMITH for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker by Katherine Snow Smith.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brett Riley Interview - Comanche


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Brett Riley is professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada. He grew up in southeastern Arkansas and earned his Ph.D. in contemporary American fiction and film at Louisiana State University. The published author of a body of short fiction, Riley has also won numerous awards for screenwriting. Riley lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Comanche is his debut novel.
        
  


Tell us your latest news. 
My novel Comanche was published on Sept. 1, 2020, and CrimeReads recently published my article about different kinds of hauntings (https://crimereads.com/searching-for-haunted-fiction-in-american-literature/). I’ve got a dystopian novel, Lord of Order, coming out on March 2nd, 2021. I’m currently going through the second round of edits for my young-adult novel Freaks, which is under contract. And, of course, I’m still tinkering with short-form projects. 

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? 
My family influences me to work at my craft every day. I want them to be proud of me, and I hope I can leave a positive legacy for them. My love of animals also gets me started and keeps me going. They remind me there’s good in the world—unconditional love, grace, strength—even when humans make me think otherwise. 

In terms of style, I’ve always been drawn to writers who streamline their prose while still including rich detail, which, to me, suggests they’ve made good decisions about what to cut. That can refer to anyone from writers like William Faulkner (whose density of detail always staggers me); like Cormac McCarthy, who combines a spare style with the sensibility of a poet; like Toni Morrison, who packs incredibly deep emotion and meaning in her sentences; like Louise Erdrich, one of my very favorites, who writes entertaining and deeply enlightening stories that are also master classes in prose styling; and a thousand more excellent writers. I also greatly admire the masters of the short form—Tobias Wolff, Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, and so many others. And all this doesn’t even get into nonfiction. 

I look for the good in what I read; there are already plenty of people ready to tear down whatever art they come across. But if I had to pick a kind of writing I’m most drawn to, it would probably be (at least in terms of fiction) the kind that straddles the alleged divide between literary fiction and genre work. This can refer to anyone from the magical realists to writers like Kelly Link, Karen Russell, China Mieville, and more. It might be controversial, but I’d put at least some of the work of George Saunders and Marlon James in that category. 

I could go on with this forever, but I probably shouldn’t. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
If you mean “since Comanche was published,” it’s only been a few days as of this writing, but I’d say it happened today. I opened my social media accounts and saw a bunch of pictures of people with the book. Some of them congratulated me, and some talked about the book, and some mentioned how they hadn’t read it yet but couldn’t wait. Regardless of the specific content, each one of those pictures represented someone who had done me the great honor of making my work a part of their lives. What could be more rewarding? 

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
You always hope they’ll like the book, of course, and in this specific novel, I hope they’ll be thinking about the different ways people can be haunted. That’s part of what I wanted to explore—what “haunted” can mean and how a given person in a specific situation might react. 

Beyond that, I hope they’ll consider supporting independent authors, independent presses, and independent bookstores. Plus, I’ve got a body of short-form work out there, which is only one reason I also hope readers think about throwing some support to literary journals. 

In your new book; COMANCHE, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
On the cover, the incomparable Tod Goldberg calls it “the best western-horror-thriller-ghost story-PI novel ever written.” In terms of the reader, I hope that means you’ll find your own way into the story, given that the book kinda-sorta fits into a lot of genres without really living full-time in any of them. 

As for the story itself: An alcoholic, grieving private eye is summoned to the small, central-Texas town of Comanche to help solve a series of murders. The local authorities don’t want him butting into their business. As the book progresses, he realizes that his adversary isn’t human. How do you fight a ghost? How do you kill something that’s already dead? And how does all that relate to his own struggles? 

I guess what I’d like readers to know is that this novel is, at heart, a story about people fighting to live their lives even when it seems easy to give up. I hope that resonates. 

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
People kept expecting me to work another job for a living and do stuff like pay my mortgage and buy food. What’s up with that? 

Seriously, I love my job as a college professor. I think my biggest distraction was my addiction to story. I love good movies. I love good TV. I love good books. There are so many interesting stories in various media that I sometimes had to remind myself to stop engaging with other people’s work and go produce some of my own. 

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I’d introduce Raymond Turner to Stephen King’s Roland Deschain. I imagine Roland could give Ray some useful advice on how to run a ka-tet—what to do, and what you absolutely shouldn’t do. Plus, Roland’s used to dealing with all kinds of supernatural and/or sci-fi stuff, so I doubt the Piney Woods Kid would hold much terror for him. He could just look at Ray with those “blue bombardier’s eyes” and lay out a plan. 

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Raymond and Darrell? 
I was pretty surprised when, around draft three, I learned that Raymond Turner and Rennie Roark were siblings. In earlier drafts, they weren’t related and didn’t even know each other until, for rather labyrinthine reasons, she sought him out over the Internet. In streamlining the plot and getting rid of clutter, I found those initial scenes between them changing. It’s always pretty cool when the people living in your imagination begin to act on their own. 

I had initially conceived of Darrell LeBlanc as a Gary Cooper-style cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow tough guy. Some of that initial characterization remains, but he’s much more approachable and grounded in the everyday than I first imagined him. 

I wasn’t surprised that things changed significantly during revision; that’s just how the process works. But I was often surprised at the direction some of those changes took. 

TEN FAVORITE BOOKS READ THIS YEAR – IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
These books weren’t necessarily published this year, but I read or re-read them in 2020. 
  • 1. There There by Tommy Orange—The book traces the history of and connections between a group of Native American characters navigating life in Oakland. Structured like As I Lay Dying and A Gathering of Old Men, Orange’s often lyrical yet always grounded prose is a joy to read.
  • 2. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado—An experimental memoir about surviving an abusive lesbian relationship, the book highlights Machado’s rich imagination and suggests new and exciting forms that personal writing might take.
  • 3. Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit—One of American nonfiction’s most interesting thinkers, Solnit has written an essay collection for our turbulent times. She takes on subjects such as Donald Trump, gentrification, climate change, police violence, and the American prison system. Whether you ultimately agree with her or not, Solnit’s work is absolutely essential to our historical moment.
  • 4. The Hunger by Alma Katsu—An excellent entry in the speculative historical fiction genre, this book imagines the journey, crisis, and destruction of the Donner Party. Supernatural predators! Cannibalism! Power struggles! Shady pasts! Sexual politics! What’s not to love?
  • 5. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez—A short and heartbreaking novel about grief, recovery, and the relationship between humans and dogs, this novel won the 2018 National Book Award. Read it with a box of tissues close by.
  • 6. The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom—This memoir focuses on an African American family’s life in New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. Enlightening, gripping, and heartbreaking, the book should be on everyone’s must-read list.
  • 7. The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu—This memoir chronicles the Latinx author’s complex relationship with the Mexican-American border. As a young man, Cantu joins the Border Patrol against his mother’s wishes. During and after his time on the job, Cantu learns much about the nature of borderlands, of policing, of how border policy affects human lives on both sides, and more. And his prose rocks.
  • 8. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King—Though I devoured King’s Dark Tower series as they appeared on the market, I was late to the party with this one. The delay was partially due to my busy life, but I was also apprehensive about a book King wrote later and wedged into the middle of the series. I was pleasantly surprised. King has constructed a nesting-doll novel with three different but intertwined stories—not the easiest feat to pull off, but he does it well.
  • 9. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong—I re-read this poetry collection this year, and as always, I was stunned by Vuong’s voice and imagery. I love his frank and honest portrayal of his subject matter. If you’re in the market for some good poems, and especially if you are interested in LGBTQ literature, I recommend this book.
  • 10. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons—I wanted to include the book I’m currently (and slowly) reading in what I laughingly call my spare time. If you don’t know Simmons, he’s a prolific writer with a cool imagination (The Terror is one of my favorite books ever). This book has a lot of cosmetic similarities to Stephen King’s IT: a sometimes idyllic, sometimes chilling setting in a smallish town (this time in 1960 Illinois); supernatural violence that the kids discover and that at least some adults know about; a core group of childhood friends, and so forth. In the book so far, Simmons seems less nostalgic for the past than King does, though he also evokes the wonder and sheer thrill of summertime, along with a dawning sense of horror at how the world can go awry. This book is the first in Simmons’s Seasons of Horror series; again, I’m late to the party here. I’m really interested to see where he goes next.
What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? 
Man, there are a lot of possibilities, but here’s one I read about recently. I have not investigated this in depth, so if it isn’t true, don’t @ me: 

The can opener was invented decades after canned food. 

Doesn’t the mind swirl with comedic possibilities? See this guy try to open his can of soup by beating it with a rock! Watch this person hurl their can of tuna fish off an eight-story building! 

What was the most frightening moment of your life? 
There are two candidates: 
1. A few years back, I awoke to find my wife sitting in bed beside me. She started talking, but she was speaking word salad and didn’t seem aware of it. I shot out of bed and got dressed and took her to the ER, where an incompetent jackass tried to tell me she had overmedicated, which I knew was nonsense. We found out she had suffered a mini-stroke due to a genetic blood-clotting disorder she never knew she had. I was terrified until I knew the doctors (not the incompetent jackass, whom I had to avoid, lest I end up in jail) had it under control. 

2. I was eighteen when my oldest daughter was born. Everything went well, so the hospital released us after one night. As I was buckling her carrier into the back seat of our car, I realized that I had no idea how to take care of a completely helpless human being. I was eighteen! I was a smart kid, but when it came to babies, I knew nothing! How could they just let us leave? Didn’t they know we were totally unprepared? Was it legal, moral, or ethical just to send us home and hope for the best? Luckily, the fear passed quickly, and I came to realize that nobody knows what they’re doing the first time. 

Best date you've ever had? 
Every date with my wife would qualify. We do cool stuff together as much as possible. Here’s one example: she’s a huge Monkees fan, and Mike Nesmith was playing the Troubadour in Los Angeles, so we popped over there, stayed in a nice hotel, heard some music at an iconic venue, ate some good west coast food, and came home, all in 36 hours. When you love the person you’re with, the adventure never ends. 

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go? 
I’d always love to revisit my south Louisiana years. As much as I love living in Las Vegas, I miss the food from home, which I believe is the best in the world. And I miss my grad-school buddies from LSU. I do not, however, miss hurricanes and tornadoes and floods and ice storms. 

I’d also like to go back to perhaps 1982 or 1983 and tell my younger self, “I know you’re in great pain. I know you’re furious. I know you often can’t see the point in going on. But you will survive this, and find love, and be happy. And though it will take longer than you ever thought it would, you’ll eventually reach your goals.” 

What is one unique thing are you afraid of? 
I don’t mean this to sound braggadocious, but I’m not afraid of much. For whatever reason, I never have been. But there are two things that terrify me: heights, and the possibility I’ll leave this world without having made my wife and kids proud of me. I know neither of those fears is unique, but that’s me. 

Favorite things to do alone? 
Read. Watch movies. Watch sports, mainly football and MMA. Nap. 


Something is killing the people of Comanche.

In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapter in the town’s history is over.

The year is now 2016. Comanche police are stymied by a double murder at the train depot. Witnesses swear the killer was dressed like an old-time gunslinger. Rumors fly that it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid, back to wreak revenge on the descendants of the vigilantes who killed him.

Help arrives in the form of a team of investigators from New Orleans. Shunned by the local community and haunted by their own pasts, they’re nonetheless determined to unravel the mystery. They follow the evidence and soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer.

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Thank you BRETT RILEY for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a Copy of Comanche by Brett Riley.

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The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout




Hardcover : 512 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250175771
ISBN-13 : 978-1250175779
Publisher : Tor Teen (October 20, 2020)
Reading level : 13 - 18 years
Language: : English

Praise for THE BRIGHTEST NIGHT

"Highly Anticipated" —Entertainment Weekly

"Thrilling" —Hypable

“A Must" —Booklist

"Enthralling" —SLJ

"Engaging" —VOYA


The thrills, drama, and intrigue continue in the third installment of the Origin series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.


Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she's on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She's been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she's learned truths about herself that she never saw coming--things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She's caught in the eye of the storm.

She is the eye of the storm

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JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, iBooks, and international bestselling author of the Lux series and other books for teens and adults. She is a #1 bestseller in Germany and Italy, and a top seller in markets around the world. Her young adult novels have sold over a million copies since 2011 in the US alone, and have been finalists for the Goodreads Choice Awards and many others. Jennifer lives in West Virginia with her husband and dogs.
        

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