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The Wrong Kind by Austin S. Camacho - Book Tour + Giveaway


The Wrong Kind
by Austin S. Camacho


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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

A distraught woman hires private investigator Hannibal Jones to track down her daughter
who has run away, trying to escape the homeless shelter life her mother has come to accept.
When Hannibal finds Connie Blanco she is entwined in a gang war and somehow connected
to a murder. The corpse is barely cold before a second murder follows and Hannibal finds himself
entangled in a complex plot revolving around stolen drugs…but who is the mastermind of this twisted
scheme?

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EXCERPT

As Chico’s foot hit the first step he noticed Sophia for the first time.
Just as his eyes met hers, Hannibal’s right foot thumped into Chico’s chest,
slamming him back into the man whose jacket said he was Dave.
Then Hannibal leaped from the porch, smashing his right fist across Billy’s jaw.
A side stamp dislocated Jimmy’s right knee. Dave swung past Chico and clipped Hannibal’s cheek.
Sophia gasped at the flesh-on-flesh sound of the blow.

Hannibal blocked the follow-up punch and snapped two crisp jabs into Dave’s face,
staggering him into the tree growing up out of the sidewalk. Chico tried to slip past Hannibal,
still driving for the door.

“Not tonight,” Hannibal said through clenched teeth.
Sophia didn’t think Chico ever even saw the three punches, left-left-right that put him on his back,
barely conscious. 

With no standing attackers, Hannibal stepped back up onto the porch.
“That was fun, but now I’m running out of patience with you boys.”
Hannibal reached inside his suit coat, under his right arm, and pulled out a pistol.
He pointed its muzzle down at Chico’s face.

“There is nothing lower than a man who beats his woman,
although anybody helping him is mighty close. I’d beat your asses some more,
just for fun, but I don’t feel like answering questions at a hospital.
Now, all of y’all, drag your sorry asses out of here. And if I ever hear you came back here,
or if you tell anybody where this shelter is, I will hunt you down and end you.

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Author Interview
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t generally read tear jerking books, however the first -and only – book to bring me to tears was Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.

2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
For me it’s just about a year-long process, from outline to draft through three rewrites.

3. How do you select the names of your characters?
Minor character names might come from a newspaper or the spines of books in my office (first name from one source, last from another.) The names of major characters from the character’s history. I try to imagine what the character’s parents might have named them. For example, my private detective, Hannibal Jones, has a very common last name, because I wanted him to be an “everyman. his father was an African American soldier, so he named his son after the only African military conqueror he was aware of, the man who led elephants in his army and almost defeated the Roman legions.

4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
Judging by the art around my house, it must be the wolf.

5. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
In no particular order:
Con Air
The Usual Suspects
Silverado
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Die Hard

6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
First I’d move a lot closer to the equator, Then I’d gather music and books, find a gym and, well do what I do now – read, write, workout, listen to music – except I’d do a lot more of it.

7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
If I only get to pull one friend from fiction it would have to be Travis McGee. But it would also be great to know Tarzan, James Bond and Doc Savage.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write every day. Accept that critique is not the same as criticism. And read… a lot!

9. What book do you wish you had written?
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler. But my name on From Russia With Love would  be okay too.


10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
I’ve had novels in print for 20 years.
I make glasses out of bottles for a hobby.
I love target shooting.
I don’t have a good memory in general, but my mind is a steel trap for song lyrics.
I’m obsessive about getting 10,000 steps every day.
In the Army I was a maintenance soldier before I became a broadcast journalist.
I send an email of jokes every day to a list of friends.
I was an actor in a summer stock production of Godspell
My collection of tee shirts fills all but one drawer of my dresser.
I’ve read every one of the 24 Tarzan books that Burroughs wrote.


11. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I’ll stick with today. The further back you go, the more tech you lose and I’m not well suited for not having a cell phone, let alone losing indoor plumbing  or the internet.


12. What is your favorite genre to read?
  
I write what I love to read: mysteries, preferably hard boiled detective stories.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Austin S. Camacho is the author of seven novels about Washington DC-based private eye
Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series,
and the detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies
including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association
Top Ten Bestseller for 2008. He is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers:
A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey. Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue
Publishing, a Maryland small press.



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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Austin S. Camacho will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner
via rafflecopter during the tour.



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11 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

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  2. Your book sounds like alot of fun. I hope that it is a success.

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  3. Good morning! First, thank you Jazzy for hosting me today and for some interesting interview questions. Readers, I sure hope you will give The Wrong Kind a try, and send me a comment at ascamacho@hotmail.com.

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    1. You're very welcome! :) Thank you for answering the interview questions.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your author interview and book details. I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

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  5. Real happy you folks are enjoying the post. It was fun writing, and I think if you like this excerpt you'll really enjoy the book itself.

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