Today, USA Bestselling Author Jean Rabe's blog tour stops HERE! (Post is also at my GirlZombieAuthors blog.) See all blog stop links HERE. Next: 8/25: Chill and Read blog
8/27: Ken Schrader blog
Check out more about the upcoming release of her book, The Dead of Night, A Piper Blackwell Mystery Book 2, the sequel to The Dead of Winter. (Get it now on pre-order. Releases Sept. 15.)
About The Dead of Night:
In Spencer County’s history, mysteries are numerous—and lethal…
As Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Pounding rain drums against the bluff, washing away the earth and revealing a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago.
Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone. Uncovering fragments of Spencer County’s history could prove more dangerous—and deadlier—than she ever expected.
Same Characters, a very Different Day - by Jean Rabe
Piper Blackwell, four months into her term as Spencer County Sheriff, is hot to solve a cold case. Rain, late at night, bones on the bluff…wonderfully eerie, and something to vex my favorite sheriff with. The book is The Dead of Night, the second in her series, and it is set for a September 15 release by Imajin. Her previous outing, The Dead of Winter, started with her first day on the job.
Piper is twenty-three, and won the sheriff’s race by campaigning on her last name. Her father, Paul Blackwell, had been with the department thirty years and had several turns at sheriff. Some in the county think folks didn’t realize they were voting for a different Blackwell. There’s still some friction in her department—over her age and lack of experience, but there’s also growing respect for the Army veteran. She has many of her supporting characters from the previous book—Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg; Coroner Dr. Annie Neufeld; Teegan, a quirky Goth dispatcher; and Nang, Vietnamese caterer and quick stop owner…and potential love-interest. But there are some new ones thrown into the mix.
Series feel good because you can share the action with old friends. They’re like comfortable shoes that you’ve broken in just right. Though while there’s a sameness, Piper and Spencer County keep the story fresh. There are a lot of differences from the first book.
What makes this book dissimilar? Piper’s had a few months to grow into her role of sheriff, has become more familiar with her deputies and local politics, and has started to hear the county’s heartbeat. Oren’s had a few months to adjust to the young sheriff; he claims he still doesn’t like her, but he tolerates her…and that’s a big step from the first book. In this tale she’s involved with some of the little things that are a big deal to the rural residents, such as drunk drivers and an unbalanced octogenarian that is hell-bent on destroying mailboxes. She also nabs that cold case—and who doesn’t love a mysterious death from decades past?
There are few characters that readers should both love and hate…the drunk on a tractor that annoys the young sheriff. Drunk driving is the number one ticked offense in Spencer County; I figured I needed to address that in the book, putting a little spin on it. The Mailbox Mauler is another such soul. She was inspired by someone I know who has a vicious streak involving mis-delivered mail—downright NASTY; I had to vent by putting it in a Piper book. If the Mailbox Mauler feels real…it’s ‘cause she sort of is.
The Dead of Night was inspired by lots of things…among them three Navy veterans who live in a senior apartment complex; I rolled them into one character called Mark the Shark. He opens the book, and I hope the readers love him as much as I do. It was also inspired by the woman in my neighborhood who goes postal, by the drunk on the tractor who needed to be there so I could correctly write an airbag scene, and by an old skeleton because I’d read a forensic book about bones and wanted to put some of that knowledge to fictional use.
Is there someone to root for in Piper’s second outing? Absolutely…Piper, of course; she’s determined and feisty, and maybe she’s falling in love. Oren because he’s driven and proves that age in an asset, not a hindrance. Mark the Shark…because he’s Mark the Shark. There are also some folks to root against, but I don’t want to spoil the plot.
** Excerpt of The Dead of Night, A Piper Blackwell Mystery Book 2:
It was a big red Case tractor, double wheels on the back, hitch, with a raised disc harrow attachment used for cultivating the ground prior to planting—all of it caked with dried mud and in need of washing. Piper was stuck behind it on 66, on her way to Hatfield, an unincorporated dinkburg where Mark the Shark lived.
Piper figured this ten-mile endeavor would take her an hour away from her cold case…fourteen minutes to Mark’s, fourteen minutes b ack, and a half hour at the bank or looking through his records to show him the bookkeeping error and ease his conspiracy fears.
But the tractor was fouling her time-frame.
It belched fumes; her windows rolled down, the stink wafted inside and made her eyes water. It was noisy; overwhelming the oldies station she’d had on and just now clicked off. It was slow, riding in the center of the road, impossible for her to pass on either side without risking the ditch. And it wasn’t traveling straight, sometimes in the proper lane, sometimes veering into the left lane. Usually it held to roughly the middle.
The driver raised his left hand and flipped his middle finger.
“Really?” Piper stuck her head out the window and hollered: “Pick a lane!” Then thinking he might not be able to hear over the racket the tractor was making, she used the PA in her car.
“Pull over. Spencer County Sheriff. Pull over.”
The tractor wobbled farther right, then left, shuddered, and went faster still. Thirty miles an hour.
“What the hell?”
Then the driver tossed an empty whiskey bottle off to the side of the road.
See Giveaways below!
*****Jean Rabe’s The Dead of Night Blog Tour runs August 21st thru September 15th. Follow tour stops below to check out the reviews, excerpts, Q&As, and to enter the giveaway! Get all the blog stop links HERE.
Next: 8/25: Chill and Read blog
8/27: Ken Schrader blog
Imagination Captured 8/28/2017
Lori’s Reading Corner 8/29/2017
Brooke Blogs 9/1/2017
The Million Words 9/3/2017
Drey’s Library 9/12/2017
Faith Hunter 9/15/2017
Praise for The Dead of Night:
Jean Rabe always manages to surprise and never fails to deliver the goods! The Dead of Night…Highly recommended! —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Dogs of War and Mars One
Jean Rabe writes the perfect mystery! I was kept guessing about everything to the very last word. The girl can write! --New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter, writing as Gwen Hunter
In The Dead of Night …a thoroughly satisfying and complex novel with deeply realized characters and beautifully vivid writing. --Jaden Terrell, Shamus Award nominee and internationally published author of the Jared McKean Mysteries
There’s a tour-wide giveaway for Cracker Barrel and Starbucks gift cards or a little password book. In addition, two lucky bloggers will be chosen at random to win a Starbucks or Cracker Barrel Gift card. Open to US residents only. Also see direct link to giveaway.
*** Plus see the exclusive bonus giveaway below!!! ***
The book release blog tour for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter begins Monday, 9/5 to Wednesday, 9/14.
See introductory post (links below) at my GirlZombieAuthors blog. The links will be copied there each day. There also is a rafflecopter giveaway so be sure to stop by and enter!
*** Please order on Sept. 13 - release day - to give the book a boost!!!! ***
About the Book:
Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?
Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.
** Don't forget to review the book on Goodreads and Amazon. **
Think you know Lizzie Borden? Read on! Come back here and stop at the daily blog stops. The blog tour schedule is:
Mon. Sept 5 - GirlZombieAuthors – Introduction – A Little About Lizzie
Tues. Sept. 6 - Jaime Johnesee blog – 12 Questions for Lizzie Borden
Weds. Sept. 7 - Jean Rabe’s blog – Lizzie Borden… Dog Lover?
Thurs. Sept. 8 - AF Stewart blog interview
Fri. Sept. 9 - Haunt Jaunts blog – More Lizzie
Sat. Sept. 10 – Stephen D. Sullivan blog - Lizzie Films
Sun. Sept. 11 - GirlZombieAuthors recap
Camille Minichino blog - Why oh why zombies?
Mon. Sept. 12 - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews
Tues. Sept. 13 - RELEASE DAY!!!
Zombies and Toys Review!
Join the FB Release Party - prizes, guest authors, zombie fun!! (See info posted on my Facebook page and website.)
Weds. Sept. 14 - Lizzie as a Zombie Hunter - Chapter Break Book Blog
This isn't the end! Get your copy. Share a review. Another book tour will begin Sept. 26 with Bewitching Book Tours.
Today, I'm sharing info here on my latest project as part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.
Google the title and lots of cool authors and books will come up.
* I was tagged by author Stephen D. Sullivan who talks about his FROST HARROW horror series (cool title!) Be sure to check out his work.
Next: See Gail Farrelly's post about her story in THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY, A SECOND HELPING - and Peg Herring talks about her new mystery, KILLER SILENCE....
*** Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) *** Tag five other writers/bloggers if you can and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. It’s that simple.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
I'm focusing on my latest work, a YA novel which will come out next year from Intrigue Publishing.
What is the working title of your book?
GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie (follow link for short synopsis)
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Besides the weird recesses of my brain? Ha! Well... I’ve been working on this so long, over the past year, that I actually have forgotten the initial inspiration. But I love horror and wanted to write something I enjoyed reading as well. So my zombie girl was born – with a touch of humor, of course.
What genre does your book fall under?
YA- zombie – paranormal – with a touch of romance and humor
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ooh, hadn’t thought of that.... My main character, Rebecca Herrera Hayes, is part Hispanic. I think Miranda Cosgrove (Despicable Me) has the perfect look... Zac Efron (High School Musical) could be a good choice for her love interest, Gabe. Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) could fit the role of Becca’s cousin, Carm.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
How about two short ones? Life can suck when you’re sixteen. It can suck even worse when you’re not-quite-dead.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
To be published by a traditional publisher, Intrigue Publishing
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Forever? Well, it felt like it sometimes. I was working on it the previous year and was sending it out to publishers during the last eight-plus months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I didn’t read any zombie books until I was done writing so I wouldn’t be influenced. I think it has a little love interest like in Rusty Fischer’s ZOMBIES DON’T CRY, a strong family relationship as in Jonathan Maberry’s ROT AND RUIN, and some of the classic zombie action and battles as in Amanda Hocking’s HOLLOWLAND. At least these were all books I enjoyed reading.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a longtime fan of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and find the whole recent literary and social fascination with zombies fascinating. So I had to give it a try. The topic also lends itself to discussion of many areas beyond just the zombies and horror angle.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Let’s say I give the term raw foods a whole new meaning. And no, it I don't mean the traditional zombie diet.
I gave my character a different diet and way of approaching her new 'life' as she adjusts to being infected.... I also added humor when I could. I wanted it to be a fun story and not all 'yuckiness.'
Today at THE CORNER CAFE: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, there's a special new guest... a dog? And good thing!
I'm sharing an excerpt of my story. In "Perfect Timing," a rescued pup helps cafe owner Gina Mason find love and thrwart a would-be robber. See excerpt at my Candid Canine blog.
** BUY: for Kindle --- #2 in Short Stories!
Blog Tour: The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories by the BBT Cafe writers including Christine Verstraete
Most towns, big or small, have that special place, the restaurant, diner,
The Corner Cafe, where friends and neighbors gather
for coffee, pie and some chit-chat.
The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories follows that concept, offering stories by 15 authors set in or around the Corner Cafe.
(See story descriptions.)
*** BUY: for Kindle ***
Find out more about the stories, and authors,
via the stops below during the month-long blog tour.
The Corner Cafe Blog Tour
June 4 Blog Book Tours Kick-off Blog Book Tours Kick-Off
June 5 Bob Sanchez
June 6 Red Tash
June 7 Bodie Parkhurst, Magic Dog Press
June 8 Heidi Thomas
June 11 Marian Allen
June 12 W.S. Gager
June 13 Candid Canine - Chris Verstraete
June 14 Helen Ginger
June 15 Kathy Wheeler hosts Christine Verstraete
And read an excerpt of my story "Perfect Timing" at my blog
June 18 Morgan Mandel's Double M
June 19 Pat Bean
June 20 Shonell Bacon
June 21 Alberta Ross
June 22 Karen Casey Fitzjerrell
June 25 Pat Stoltey
June 26 S.B. Lerner
June 27 Maryann Miller
June 28 Mary Montague Sikes
June 29 Stephen Tremp
The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, stories by 15 authors including Christine Verstraete
New fiction collection! Assorted stories set in or involving The Corner Cafe.
The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories by 15 authors including Marian Allen, Shonell Bacon, Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, W.S. Gager, Helen Ginger, Dani Greer, S.B. Lerner, Audrey Lintner, Morgan Mandel, Maryann Miller, Bodie Parkhurst, Bob Sanchez, Mary Montague Sikes, Red Tash, and Christine Verstraete.
In my story, "Perfect Timing," a rescued pup helps cafe owner Gina Mason find love and thwart a would-be robber.
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Blog by Chris Verstraete - author, award-winning journalist, miniaturist. I love dogs, too. It's all good.