Tuesday, July 24, 2012

T.M. Goeglein Author Interview

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T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein's stories on the Huffington Post.

His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy; he’s currently working on the second book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.


Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 - 9
Series: A Cold Fury Novel (Book 1)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (June 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142426318
ISBN-13: 978-0142426319

Praise for COLD FURY

"Readers will no doubt enjoy the action-packed scenes and quick getaways . . . an engaging thriller." VOYA

"Engaging, including action sequences that are forthright and expeditious." SLJ

"For readers who have had to look to adult suspense like James Bond for a rush, this one has a heroine worth cheering." Booklist

“...several fun hooks...” Publishers Weekly

"Goeglein’s book has a lot going for it—Sara Jane's school friendships, her warm relationship with her family, cool Mob stuff, boxing action, some humor . . . " Kirkus Reviews

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Determined, patient, and suspicious (so much so that even now, I’m wondering why you asked that question.)

Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Indiana but have been a Chicagoan for a long time. There’s nowhere else I’d want to call home, except in the winter, when I want to live anywhere else.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Honestly, that I didn’t belong there. I struggled with the structure and strictures of school from day one. For me, graduating from college was like being paroled.

For those who are unfamiliar with your novel, Cold Fury, how would you introduce it?
Sixteen-year-old Sara Jane Rispoli believes that she has an ideal life until her family suddenly and brutally disappears, and then realizes that her entire existence up until that moment has been a lie.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Cold Fury is book one of a trilogy. Sara Jane will appear twice more as her story goes deeper into the violent world of organized crime.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about Sara Jane?
She doesn’t like violence. Really. I mean, until she’s forced to fight. Hey…you don’t have to like something to be good at it.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
"Did you win the fight?”

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Two pieces of advice. First, write a lot. All of the time. Write until your fingertips squeal, and eventually you’ll develop a style all your own. Second, never, ever plagiarize. The moment you steal from another writer, you sacrifice every shred of legitimacy, forever.

Favorite places to travel?
Any place hot with a good beach and ocean nearby, and of course, Italy. Venice is crawling with tourists until late October or so, and then the joint is all yours. Bring boots.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Telling my kids I love them, a kiss from my daughter, money to buy coffee – and boots, if I’m going to Venice.

What do you normally eat for breakfast?
One of those cereals that taste like tiny rocks made out of cardboard. It’s an old habit.

Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance—until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies—a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense—hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

T.M. Goeglein’s addictive novel, Cold Fury, follows 16 year-old Sara Jane Rispoli after coming to an upside-down ransacked home. Blood is everywhere and her family is nowhere to be found. When she digs into their whereabouts, she find herself being sucked into a world of danger, mobs, and violence. With this cold flame of fury within her, she is determined to bring down the people responsible for her family’s disappearance.

I really enjoy a total badass heroine. Sara Jane is crafted with thoughtful consideration to maintain a sense of realness with might and susceptibility. Although she carries a gun and a suitcase full of cash, she is still your typical teenage girl who worries about finding a date for prom. But she realizes when action is required to find the location of her family, even if they are dead or alive.

Goeglein’s writing style is precise and highly detailed. You can almost smell the gunpowder each time the gun pops and taste blood when fist and flesh meet. The descriptions of Sara Jane’s dangerous journey are so real it will keep readers on their edge. Goeglein puts the reader straight into Sara Jane’s mind as reader and heroine try to solve each presented clue.

The writing approach puts the reader in the middle of all the action with great visualization. Cold Fury brings breathtaking mystery and fiery action to every page. With a well-structured dialogue that compliments a very intriguing plot, finely tuned unforgettable characters, and action that screams, it is the perfect formula for an action-packed roller-coaster of a ride.
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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you T.M. GOEGLEIN for making this giveaway possible
1 Winner will receive an ARC of Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein.
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  1. My favourite heroine has to be Yelena from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Her story is so intriguing and her romance with Valek. It's a brilliant book. c:

  2. Oh God there are so many. When I was younger I LOVE Jo from Little Women, and Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Then I loved all of Jane Austen's protagonists.

    Now I love so many, like Bella Swan, Julia Quinn and Lisa Klepas's women, Clary Fray... And so on...

  3. i liked katniss everdeen from the hunger games
    she was awesome!! XD

  4. I think it would have to be Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth, but there are a few others too!

  5. hmmm i would have to say riley from demon trappers series by jana oliver, love her :)
    thanks for the giveaway :)

  6. ummm this is a hard one...since I'm reading it now...I'll say Kaylee from the Soul Screamers books...she's too selfless to be true!!

  7. Riley, Demon Trapper's series by Jana Oliver!

    Thanks for all the new giveaways, your fantastic as usual Jean!!

  8. My favorite is Katniss at the moment.

  9. AHH Anothherr awesome guest Q&A and giveaway thank you!!!!

    ohhh this one is TOUGH! I have to say Clary from the Mortal Instruments :)

  10. Rose from the Vampire Accadmey series for sure !

    thanks for the great giveaway !



  11. Katniss from The Hunger Games and Tris from Divergent. Great giveaway.

  12. My favourite protagonist is Rose from the Vampire Academy series!

  13. I don't really have one... I haven't found the best one yet :D

  14. My favorite female protagonist is definitely Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series! She is so tough, protective, and witty. I love strong female characters!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Mikayle from Watched by Sharde Richardson would be the number one memorable character! And then also Mara Dyer! And Kate from Born Wicked :)
    Thanks for the contest!

  16. Mac from the Fever series, is definitely up there, plus i love Dru from Strange Angels & definitely Moira from Allison Brennan's Deadly Sins books :)
    Awesome giveaway, thank you, Kel xx


  17. It would have to be Faythe from Rachel Vincents Shifter series.

  18. Kate Daniels. Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. Tatiana Metanova from The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons!
    Thanks for the giveaway! (ileana - Rafflecopter)

  20. it would have to be Sabine from Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark series). she is amazing

  21. I have to say Rachel Morgan, she is always at the top of my list. She is feisty and strong and tender and gets the job done :) Thank you for sharing with us today, I am really wanting to read Cold Fury it sounds great.

  22. Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia (aka Mia)

    from the Princess Diaries