Blog Tour with Gus Kenney

Today I’m moving a little out of my regular genres to tell you about a book by Gus Kenney, author of The Complications of Being Lucy, a series described as “a fun-for-all-ages new series of modern day magic and adventure.”

Here’s a blurb about Book One in the series, The Changeling and the Cupboard:

NEVER GO INTO THE PARK.

Lucy was never afraid of the dark. She never questioned her family. She never thought that the world of logic and science could be a lie. But on her ninth birthday everything changed when a strange boy came into her life from the very lands she was forbidden from ever entering and she finds herself immersed in a conspiracy that was created before she was born. Her reality is shattered by the existence of magic and things of legend. The bonds of family are tested by a lifetime of deception and the truth of who she actually is becomes the least of Lucy’s torments. For someone has unleashed a nightmare, and Lucy, her family, and her new friends are soon on the run from a creature that even darkness fears.

If you’d like to read more, you can click here for a larger sample.

And here’s a blurb of Book Two in the series, The Changeling and the Borrowed Family:

A NIGHTMARE IS JUST A DREAM IN THE LIGHT OF DAY.

Lucy was used to everyone hiding things from her. Now she is the one forced to hide. The Changelings have been discovered and to save herself, Lucy must slip into the life of a creature who shares her nightmares. With her family scattered in search for answers and her only friend powerless to help, Lucy must guard her heart from the world she always longed for and from the people that want her dead. But how can you fight the agony of your dreams and the secrets buried in your own blood?

If you’d like to read more, click here for a larger sample.

Meet Gus Kenney

Gus lives in western New York with his amazing wife and five four legged children. He decided he wanted to be a writer when he realized that he could never be a spy as good as Timothy Dalton’s Bond and that Hired Sword was not part of any growth industry. When he is not semi-busy writing, he spends his time pretending he knows what he is doing at a nine-to-five job and the rest of it complaining that it is taking way too long for them to start showing new episodes of his favorite cartoons. If you’re bored, or just a creeper, you can check out the insanity that doesn’t make it into his books on his social media outlets.

Facebook

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Twitter

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Instagram

Linkedin

​Goodreads

Amazon (Both books are on sale now in the US and UK for 99c/p)

Website

As It Is Blog (Stop over and sneak a peek at Book Three)

Email: guskenney@yahoo.com

If you’d like to find out which scene is Gus’s favorite, click here.  Want to read an interview with him? Click here.

Gus has two offers to share with readers:

The first is a Rafflecopter giveawayclick here to read the rules and enter.

The second is a Name-the-Character contest. Here are the rules for a chance to name one of the characters in Book Three of The Complications of Being Lucy series, Traitor’s Niece 

Purchase The Changeling and the Cupboard, snap a photo of you with the book (if it’s an eBook open it on your ereader device), tag Gus Kenney here and Margaret Daly here and post your picture! That’s it! The winner will be announced here.

And don’t forget to leave reviews of the books you read!

Until next time,
Amy

Meet Kristina Stanley

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Today I welcome Kristina Stanley, author of The Stone Mountain mystery series and other books of both fiction and non-fiction. Glad you could stop by, Kristina!

Tell me about your new book.

Avalanche: On a cold winter morning, the safe at Stone Mountain Resort is robbed, and Kalin Thompson’s brother, Roy, suspiciously disappears. As Director of Security, Kalin would normally lead the investigation, but when her brother becomes the prime suspect, she is ordered to stay clear.

The police and the president of the resort turn their sights on Kalin, who risks everything to covertly attempt to clear Roy’s name. As threats against her escalate, she moves closer to uncovering the guilty party. Is Kalin’s faith in her brother justified? Or will the truth destroy her?

Who is the audience for the book?

Avalanche is for mystery readers who like a little it of adventure along with the story.

Tell me about the setting of your book—how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, why did you choose it?

Avalanche takes place in Stone Mountain. A mountain as deadly as it is majestic. I used to be the director of security at a ski resort in the Purcell Mountains. That job was my muse and inspired me to write about life in an isolated mountain resort.

What was the hardest thing about writing the book?

This was the first novel I wrote. After working with a literary agent, we decided together it belonged as the third novel in the Stone Mountain Series, so I rewrote the story to fit later in the series.

If your book were made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters?

This is hard. Kalin Thompson would have to be played thirty-something, fit actor. She’s tender yet tough, and I’d like an actor who can portray those characteristics.

Tell me about your other books.

Descent and Blaze are the first two novels in the Stone Mountain Series. I’ve also written Look The Other Way, a mystery novel that takes place in the Bahamas, and I have just finished receiving feedback from my beta readers. I’ve also written The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores, to be released May 28th, by Imajin Books. This is my first non-fiction title.

Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?

I have five beta readers. I live in a small community in the Purcell Mountains, and there are no writer groups here. My beta readers all have different skills. One is great on checking character motivations, another on inconsistencies in the story line, another is a fabulous proofreader. I ask all my beta reader to mark in the margin when they think they know who the killer is. I also ask them to tell me when they skim. These are very important areas for a fast paced murder mystery.

Do you write every day?

That depends if you include blogging in this question. If you do, then yes. But I don’t write stories every day.

When you read a book, what authors do you like best? What genres do you like best?

I love to read mysteries, hence that’s what I write. I don’t have favorite authors. I try and read as many as I can. I also try to read every author who posts on my series, Mystery Mondays. Amy’s very popular post can be found at https://kristinastanley.com/2016/04/25/mystery-mondays-the-best-time-to-start-promoting-your-novel/ (Thank you!)

Where would you like to go more than anywhere else on earth?

I’ve been to every province in Canada except for Newfoundland. I’d like to go there one day.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Once you’ve finished your first novel, start writing the second one. Publication takes a long time, and it’s great if you have a second book ready after your first one is out. It also keeps you writing instead of waiting to hear back from wherever you’ve submitted your novel to.

What is your favorite movie and why?

I loved watching World War Z. Very scary, but not real. I actually hid under my coffee table during the scary parts. Pretend villains are much more fun to watch than real ones. Alien was also one of my favorites.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell myself not to throw away anything I wrote. While in my thirties, I wrote the start of a fantasy novel. I also wrote a murder mystery that took place in Aruba. For some reason, I didn’t keep this work. I now wish I had. I’m sure it wasn’t great, but I’d be curious to see what I’d written then. Who knows? Maybe I could have rewritten the stories.

Describe yourself in three words.

Happy, adventurous, loyal.

Where can readers connect with you?

I’m on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KristinaStanley.Author/), and twitter (http://www.twitter.com/StanleyKMS), and my website is http://www.KristinaStanley.com). I love building my network and am good at following people back.

Where can readers find your books?

Thanks for asking. Descent and Blaze are for sale on Amazon world-wide. Avalanche will be published by Imajin Books in June. Descent will be published in Germany by Luzifer-Verlag later this year. The Author’s Guide To Selling Books To Non-Bookstores is available for pre-order on Kobo, Amazon, iBooks and Google Play. It will be up shortly and Smashwords.

Here are the links:

Descent: myBook.to/Descent

Blaze: http://myBook.to/BLAZEbyKristinaStanley

Avalanche will be released June 2016. https://kristinastanley.com/books/avalanche/

The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores

On Amazon: myBook.to/SellingBooks

On Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/the-author-s-guide-to-selling-books-to-non-bookstores

On Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kristina_Stanley_The_Author’s_Guide_to_Selling_Boo?id=S40JDAAAQBAJ

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Thank you for visiting Reade and Write to answer all these questions! I enjoyed the interview.

Until next week,

Amy