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Love, Lies, and Bad Guys by Bill Blodgett - Book Tour + Giveaway


Love, Lies, and Bad Guys
by Bill Blodgett


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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

When US Marshal Jay Stonewalker sees a possible terrorist comment in a chatroom frequented
by anti-government radicals suggesting a nuclear threat to New York City, specifically the Waldorf
Astoria Hotel, he can’t get it out of his mind. Against his boss’s orders he heads off to NYC to
investigate on his own time. While there he follows a suspicious character into a secluded recess
of the New York Subway system and foils what he believes is the terrorist event. 
In a shoot-out with his suspect he’s wounded and calls the NYC PD for backup.  
When he sees NYPD Detective KC Daviau and other uniformed officers slipping into the darkness
from the subway platform he’s relieved, but to his surprise he’s met with resistance and disrespect
by Detective Daviau. Against his objections, KC takes custody of the evidence and leaves the scene.
When Jay asks an officer if she is always that way he’s told that, “Since her parents died,
she’s been… let’s say… a little cold.”   When they are assigned to work the case together,  
KC’s icy exterior soon begins to melt away as they begin to fall for each other, but KC has to hold
back. She has a dark secret and knows he can’t ever know her truths because if he did he would
hate her just as she hates herself for what she’s about to do.

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EXCERPT

Because the Waldorf Astoria in New York is their flagship and it’s the symbol of everything that is
America. They tried to bring the towers and the World Trade Center down in an unsuccessful
attempt in nineteen ninety-three, but managed on September eleventh, two thousand one.
What makes you think they won’t try something again? Their hate runs deep.”

 “Jay, let it go. Maybe it’s just a disgruntled guest that had a bad experience after spending oodles
of money there. Please let it go for your own sanity.” She pleaded and hated herself at the same time.
How can I make such beautiful love with this man yet still lie to him?
There must be something drastically wrong with me, but it’s too late to turn back now.
She knew it wasn’t a terrorist’s threat. It was just her and her merry band of anti-nuclear activists
making the world safe. She began to lather up his chest with a loofa body puff and watched as he
closed his eyes. 

“Just let it go, Jay,” she repeated.  

He opened his eyes slowly. “I can’t just let it go. Maybe Gary wasn’t involved with the original chatter
I found, but maybe he was. Maybe it’s a whole other source of crazies wanting to take a shot at the
Big Apple. Maybe it’s the Russians….” Her heart skipped a beat while she tried to rationalize that
Sergei and what Jay was alluding to was just a coincidence. Sergei was fighting the good fight.
She was sure of that.

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Author Interview
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
My family! I know that might sound harsh, but I will gladly ditch my writing anytime one of them needs me or if there’s a family event like a birthday party, grandkids visiting, going kayaking with my wife, having a picnic weekend, camping or... well just about anything that brings me in touch with my real life.

2. If you could tell your younger writing self, anything, what would it be?

If I could tell my younger self anything about wanting to become an author it would be that it’s okay and that you can do it. Go ahead tell the world or maybe at least your FAMILY that your dream is to be an author!! Don’t doubt yourself just because it seems like a daunting task. Seek out help. Join a writers group. Join a critique group. There, you’ll find the support you desperately need and you’ll be with like-minded people who will all understand the trials of becoming an author. Family will be sympathetic  and supportive, but there is something special about sharing your story with people who have experienced and have maybe gone through the self-doubt you might be experiencing.


3. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?

That would be, without a doubt, Star trek. Not Star Wars. Not 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not any of the new outer space movies or series’ because, even though I like them, they don’t bring what Star Trek, the original series, brought to the audience. Star Trek the original series, brought social commentary into the series as sub-text. I do this in my books too so I appreciate their good work. Gene Rodenberry brought the  social issues of the1960’s to the year 2265. Issues like racial prejudice, peace, love and equality. It wasn’t in every episode, but there was enough that it was a honest attempt to awaken it’s young viewers. Okay. It’s out there. I’m a Trekkie!
4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?

 No, I was clueless to the fact that there was an author pent up inside me. Even though I started a book in high school, wrote poems, and sang silly songs that I made up on the spot to the kids while they were growing up I didn’t realize it until around 1980 when a near accident in 1972 kept haunting me. A scenario kept rolling around in my head about that moment until I knew I needed to write a book to release it. I felt it was a story that needed to be told. That book ended up being my third published book, Unrequited.
5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

If I had to use three words to describe myself they would be: Loyal, Dedicated, and Gentle. I feel loyalty is the best part of me. If you’re my friend, you will be for life.  I don’t enter into relationships casually.  Oh sure, there will be plenty of people I’ll meet, recognize and say hello to over the years, but if it builds to a true friendship I will be there for that friend for life. Through good times, bad times, sickness, health, rich or poor. I will do whatever I can for a friend in need. I also feel the dedication I build toward a cause is important. If I say I am going to do something, believe me it will get done. Lastly, I’m a gentle person. I don’t believe violence ever really changes anything. At one time I worked on a domestic violence hot line and I, with my wife, transported abused women and children to a safe house. It broke my heart to see such harm put upon them. I am a true believer in the values of the 1960’s – peace and love to all.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice.
Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years
when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and
that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up. 
We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren
and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful
children: Kailyn and Evan. 
 I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique
European sports car, a 1972 MGB.
They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships.
In addition to the romantic plot we all expect from a Romance novel all of my books deal with a
real-world issue as a sub-plot  that we all have had to deal in some manner in life, but not in a
preachy way. I find that including this sort of theme helps me identify with my characters on a
personal level. My hope is that the reader will also feel that connection with my characters.
I have four other published novels. Dead Or A Lie and Saint’s Sword are vampire Romances.
Unrequited is a contemporary novel with romantic elements and received 4 stars from Romantic
Times Book Review magazine. The Last Prejudice is a family saga that deals with the issues a family
must address when a family member comes out. 
I have been a member of the RWA and the Central New York Romance Writers since 2004 and have
held various posts in my local group. By day I am a construction inspector for an engineering
company.
Please visit my website: www.billblodgett.com   or email me at  bill@billblodgett.com
You can also find me on Facebook at @authorbillblodgett and Twitter @bill_blodgett 
Buy link:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Bill Blodgett will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




14 comments:

  1. Good morning, Jasmine. Thank you for having me here today. I'll be stopping by throughout the day and will be more than happy to answer any questions your readers might have.

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  2. Where do you do most of your writing? I hope your book is a success.

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    1. I have a smallish writing space that's away from the hustle and bustle of the household. I really need a spot where I'm not distracted. Thanks for asking and for wishing me success with the book.

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  4. What authors inspired your own journey?

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  5. Would you ever like to see your book turned into a movie or tv show?

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