6 October 2014

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Book Tour: 'Bound By Blood' by Scott Springer [Guest Post By The Author + Book Trailer Included]

Bound by blood banner.png"Julia has accepted the Lord and is busy returning her life to order. She is not ready for love, especially when the new site foreman at work stirs up forgotten feelings. She knows a playboy when she sees one, but to Rick Mercado the attraction between them is surprisingly real. Other girls no longer interest him, and if she wants to play hard to get that's fine with him. Let the games begin! 
What he doesn't realize is that her dangerous secret is not a game. 
Julia's brother has returned from the street, strung out and in trouble with rival gangs. Loyalty to her brother draws Julia deeper into a world of drug deals and thugs. Rick doesn't understand why Julia won't simply go to the cops, especially once the bullets start flying. As Julia slips further into a world of violence, Rick realizes how easily his heart can be broken. His brain says to run, but his heart isn't listening. It may already be too late. 
BOUND BY BLOOD. Love and suspense, heartfelt moments and guns a blazing. 
What a killer combination!"

More about this novel and its author in today's post...


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The Guest Post:
'Why I Became A Writer Of Suspense' 
By Scott Springer

I am a writer, so for me moments of introspection happen a lot. For instance, right now I am wondering why I became a writer, and more specifically, a writer of suspense. What twisted turns in my life sent me down this path? Wouldn’t I rather be a salesman with an expense account, spending my time schmoozing clients on the golf course or at the ballgame or over dinner at a fine restaurant? Sounds more fun than facing a white word-processing screen, doesn’t it? Well, yes, but the grass is always greener on the other side, or is it? My true answer to this why I became a writer isn’t pretty, but I must confess it here. I became a writer solely for selfish reasons. I have a narcissistic love of my own words. The romance stage of my creativity doesn’t last long, but the short-lived exuberance keeps me coming back for more. 

In my defense, I’m not the only one. Lots of people write. Telling stories is as old as time because it speaks to a basic human need. During National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo for short) nearly 400,000 participated in 2013 (nanowrimo.org). That number means there is a lot of solidarity out there, and it is a number large enough to bless the act of fiction writing with credibility. It’s like saying, hello, I’m Scott, and I write novels. To that 400,000 people reply in unison: Hi, Scott. Welcome. 

I write because I have the tools, meaning I’ve always been imaginative. As a kid I spent hours setting up my toy soldiers and waging war between the olive drab and gray-blue. Often times I would stage a scene and then do it over again and again until I got it right. I had no idea then I was building the toolset of a fiction, but I was. I love a good scene. 

To me, writing always felt like an honorable thing to do. My hero as a boy was the guy who wrote Winnie the Pooh. I heard that he wrote the stories for his child, and that the characters were the child’s own stuffed toys. That’s so cool. With that in mind I tried to write about my own toys, but let’s just say I didn’t come up with Toy Story. Writing is hard, at least for me. It still is, but the desire to succeed is real. 

My favorite stories have often been suspenseful. As a kid I remember staying up late reading Hardy Boy Mysteries. With those cliff-hanger chapter breaks I always had to read just one more. Then as an adult I discovered John Grisham, and for a period he was all I read. I like suspense, but I am not comfortable with too much violence or torture. I’m not a fan of serial killer stories, but when the suspense came at the expense of some crooked and greedy lawyers, I was in. Taking an average guy and throwing him into a situation with high stakes and danger: I love it.

I became a writer because I thought it was a good thing to do, I have an active imagination, and I love suspense stories; but like I said, it’s hard. What keeps me at it are those magic moments where the words flow from the muse through my fingers and onto the computer screen. Like I mentioned, when it is good I review what I wrote and get a wonderful sense of satisfaction from it. Of course, as most writers will agree, the romance with the words is short lived. In the morning light they never glow as bright as they did before I nodded off to sleep. In fact, for years, my words actually stunk the morning after like such an embarrassment. But to me, the perfect story told well is like a romance, one that I am compelled to court.

My first published novel, BOUND BY BLOOD, was the usual story of creation: love at first sight but then the baggage of life beginning to drag it down. After the first draft I knew I really had something going on, but there were problems. Fortunately I felt confident of the story enough to eventually submit to Anaiah Press, and fortunately the editors there saw the promise. Working with the press has been a great learning experience, and the result of multiple edits is a story that continues to hold up to my fickle love of words. I think it’s special, and I believe my readers will to. It represents well where I am in my journey toward achieving that elusive perfection. I still don’t know exactly why I strive for it, but I do know I will continue to do so because writing can be awesome, at least enough of the time.

Author Bio:
Scott Springer spent his youth playing pretend and dreaming of being a writer. As an adult he worked as a carpenter before becoming a software developer. Having produced much, his two children remain his proudest accomplishment. His wife led him to the Lord, and he’s glad that she did.

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