Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Maine Nemesis (A Skyler Moore Thriller Book 1) by R. Scott Wallis

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Maine Nemesis by R. Scott Wallis. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a delicious guest post for you to devour. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: The Maine Nemesis
Series: A Skyler Moore Thriller Book 1
Author: R. Scott Wallis
Publisher: Bethwick Books
Publication Date: January 20th 2019
Genre: Thriller
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Fiercely independent, insatiably curious, and always up for an adventure, public relations hotshot Skyler Moore is a hero for our time. She's decidedly not a sleuth by trade, but mayhem often comes knocking as she and her friends visit the small towns and big cities of America.

In "The Maine Nemesis," Skyler decides to spend the summer at her seaside cottage in Wabanaki, Maine, with her best friend—celebrity chef Brenda Braxton—and they have no idea that murder will be on the menu. But women are turning up dead in the once sleepy village where nothing ever happens. With the residents up in arms and the rinky-dink police force overwhelmed, Skyler and her friends feel compelled to lend a hand to save the town they love so much. The backdrop is classic New England Americana: lobster rolls, the whole town out for the Fourth of July, and summer evenings cooled by the ocean breeze. That...and an occasional murder, a kidnapping, and a few dangerous liaisons.

Skyler's mile-a-minute adventure will keep you turning the pages to see what comes next for her and her Down East 'friends.'

**The eBook is on sale for only $0.99!**

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EXCERPT:
During one typically mild Maine summer, slightly more than a few decades ago, while the United States of America was celebrating the anniversary of its independence from England, fifth-grader Skyler Elizabeth Moore was celebrating her freedom from being the only little girl on her street. While she got along fine with most of the kids in her class, she’d not yet made a best friend—besides her beloved Raggedy Ann doll—so when Brenda Braxton, along with her brother and aunt, moved into the white clapboard house diagonally across the street, Skyler made it her mission to show the new girl around their tiny New England town in order to win her friendship.

There were only a handful of houses on the street and most of them were only used in the summer, making for a very sleepy, almost ghost town-like existence for a pre-teen girl during the school year. Skyler would stare into the houses’ dark windows as she walked to school, trying to catch a glimpse of something moving inside. A forgotten cat. A caretaker. Even a ghost. She believed in them and was certain that big old empty houses were where they lived.

When the biting winter winds that came off the ocean turned soothingly cool and the town sprung back to life after Memorial Day, Skyler would get her hopes up that a new family—with kids her age—would magically appear on the block. Specifically, a girl. So, when she finally spotted one that early July day, she wasted no time.

The moving truck was still in front of the house on the corner, and even though her mother told her to wait until the family settled in, Skyler marched herself to the open door and stepped into the front hall. She scooted to the left to avoid getting hit by a couch that two large men lifted through the doorway and then she followed them into the living room.

There she was. A girl her own age, sitting on a moving box, eating a banana.

“My mom would be very proud,” she said when she noticed Skyler. “She was always pushing fruit on me.”

“I love bananas,” Skyler lied as she moved closer. “I’m Skyler. I live across the street.”

“I’m Brenda. And I guess I live here now.”

“Welcome to Wabanaki.”

“Such a weird name for a town.”

“It’s named after an Indian tribe. American Indian, not India Indian.”

“I’ll never be able to spell it.”

“I’m good at spelling. It’s easy. W.A.B.A.N.A.K.I. Wabanaki. Almost like banana with all the A’s after the letters.”

“I guess. Did you just let yourself in?”

“I did. Is that okay with your mother?”

“I’m sure she doesn’t care. I’m glad you came in.”

“Me, too.” Skyler couldn’t stop smiling. “Me, too.”

Skyler noticed that Brenda was a little on the heavy side with a roll of fat around her middle that peeked out between her shirt and shorts, but it didn’t faze her. Brenda had a hearty, infectious laugh and positive attitude despite what Skyler would come to understand was an arduous childhood. Her homework could have been eaten by the dog, or the vacation she was looking forward to could have been cancelled at the last minute, and she’d always manage to find the silver lining. Brenda’s attitude would balance well with Skyler’s sometimes dark outlook on life.

Skyler didn’t know it at the time, but Brenda’s father went missing in action during some U.S. military action somewhere on the other side of the world and her distraught mother had been committed to a mental asylum. Her father’s sister took charge of the children and moved them from a bustling, unkempt New York City (at the time) to the more idyllic world that was sleepy Wabanaki, Maine.

For Skyler, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The girls had the rest of the summer to play outside, have sleepovers, and get to know each other before the school year would begin. And they did just that. Sometime between building a girls-only tree house and starting a weekly lemonade stand, they’d become blood-sisters, cutting their index fingers and pressing them together to form a lifetime bond. It had been Brenda’s idea. She’d seen her brother do it with his best friend, so it wasn’t totally insane.

“It seems insane to me,” Skyler said. “But I’ll do it. If you want me to.”

“I don’t want you to do anything that would make you feel bad. And I know blood makes you scream and cry.”

“That was just that one time, Brenda, and it was only because that stupid treehouse nail went right through my leg. I’m not afraid of blood. I’m going to be a veterinarian. I’m going to have to get used to it.”

“I’m going to be a cook, I think,” Brenda said. “So, if any of your animals die, you let me know.”

“You are not cooking dead animals, Brenda!”

“What do you think steak and pork chops and hamburgers are? Dead animals.”

“But they aren’t dogs and cats. I’m going to care for puppies and kitties.”

“Veterinarians also take care of cows and pigs and horses and stuff, you know.”

“Well, maybe. But if they die—which they won’t, because I am going to go to a very good veterinarian school—I’m not letting you cook them. There will be a pet cemetery in the back behind my pet hospital.”

“That seems wrong.”

“It does, you’re right,” Skyler said thoughtfully. “Well, we’ll get your stupid brother to take the dead animals away somewhere. But, I’m serious, Brenda, the animals are not going to die. That’s why I’m going to be a veterinarian, to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

“Everything dies. My dad died. My hamster died. And our first dog died when he got run over by the trash truck.”

“That’s horrible. If I was older and if I had been there, I would have saved him.”

“She was a she and her head was smooshed into the road and they had to use a bunch of shovels to clean it up.”

“That’s so gross.”

“It was.”

“And sad,” Skyler said. “I’m super sorry.”

“It’s okay. I didn’t really see that happen. Actually, I don’t think that’s what happened to her. I made it up. I think she ran away.”

“That’s sad, too.”

“Not as sad as my dad dying,” Brenda said. “At least, we think he’s dead. He never came back.”

“Maybe he’s with your dog somewhere.”

“Maybe.”

“With your mom, maybe?”

“Well, that would just make me mad.” Brenda dug her fingernail into the bottom of her sneaker.

“Why?” Skyler asked.

“Because if they’re all together somewhere else, why are my brother and me here in Wabanaki without them?”

“Oh,” Skyler said softly.

“That would mean that they don’t love us.”

“I didn’t say that.”

“But that’s what it would mean. And I don’t want to believe that.”

“Don’t. It’s not true.”

Brenda became uncharacteristically quiet for a few moments making Skyler a little uncomfortable.

“Maybe we should do it now.”

Brenda brightened when she remembered the task at hand. She pulled out her brother’s Swiss Army pocketknife. “Ready?”

“I am,” Skyler said confidently, even though she was trembling. “Because we’re going to be sisters forever.”

“That’s the idea. I don’t want to have to play with just my brother for the rest of my life.”

Brenda took Skyler’s hand in hers, turned it over so that her palm was facing up, and pressed the knife into her finger without hesitation. Skyler’s eyes widened as she watched a small bubble of scarlet red blood form. She looked into Brenda’s eyes. She smiled, cut her own finger, and they pressed them together while they screamed and laughed at the same time.

“There,” Brenda said when she was able to calm herself, “blood sisters.”

“Blood sisters,” Skyler echoed. “Can we go clean these cuts now? I don’t want to get tetanus.”

“What is tetanus?”

“I don’t know, but it’s something awful and if you get it inside you, you die.”

“I don’t want to die.”

“Me either. I have a lot of animals to save.”

“And I have a lot to cook!”

The girls took off to find water, soap, and Band-Aids, and to call it a night. The sun was setting and it was getting dark, the sign that another summer adventure must come to an end. But they’d have lots more. They ensured that with blood.

And an infection.

Brenda’s cut got infected, but it wasn’t tetanus…and she didn’t die.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

R. Scott Wallis is endlessly inspired by his surroundings and adventures. And he thrives on new chapters and creating unique projects to keep himself out of trouble. Scott started his working life as an advance person and assistant to a sitting United States Vice President. Later, he served as the creative director for a leading Washington think tank. That led to working directly for one of the richest men on Earth, conceiving and executing exclusive events for his billionaire friends. Tired of working for the man, Scott became a top-rated pop-culture podcaster and celebrity interviewer, while also dabbling in both the worlds of clothing manufacturing (creating his own baby clothes brand that was sold in over 300 stores nationwide) and retail sales, with his own well-received men's clothing store.

Always willing to lend a hand or donate what he can, he's an enthusiastic philanthropist, championing causes such as childhood bullying, animal adoption, and feeding the less fortunate. A wide-eyed world traveler, Scott has been to four continents, mostly by sea. While he loves exploring Europe and the Caribbean islands, it's the vast United States that he likes best. He's been to Alaska four times, Hawaii twice, and can't wait to explore the eight states he hasn't been to yet. Technically a Connecticut Yankee, Scott grew up in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, and lived for 25 years in the Washington, D.C. area, before recently discovering that the American West is where he is most at home. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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GUEST POST:
If you could only eat one full meal a day, what would it be and why?
Oh, my goodness, why would you do something so horrible to me? I love to eat, there is virtually nothing (except sushi) that I don’t enjoy, and food plays a very big role in my books. So, I thought a lot about this before I ultimately came up with TWO answers. I know that’s not fair, but hear me out; there’s the appropriate answer for the matter at hand—trying to get more people to read my new thriller, THE MAINE NEMESIS—and then there is the real, honest to goodness answer.

First up, the it-ties-into-the-book answer, that isn’t altogether untrue: Lobster Rolls! I actually do love them, especially the original Maine version with just a touch of mayonnaise to bind the large chunks of meat together, a buttered toasted split-top hot dog bun, and that’s it. Lobster Rolls do not need anything else, like celery or lettuce or spices. And if we’re completing the meal properly, there’s a handful of Ruffles Original Potato Chips and a big dill pickle spear on the side. I grew up on this meal when I spent so many summers in Kennebunkport and I actually serve them to guests at my house in the summertime and it’s a winner every time. It’s not always easy to get the cooked lobster meat here in the desert that is Las Vegas—and I can’t bring myself to kill and boil lobsters on my own—but I’ve found that the frozen meat that Luke’s Lobster sells at Whole Foods works surprisingly well and thaws beautifully and quickly. I believe I’d be quite content with this classic Maine meal if that’s all I could ever have.

And my real-world answer would be: Spaghetti with Sausage, freshly baked French Bread, and a big Greek Salad. Who wouldn’t love a hearty mix of Italian, French, and Greek for dinner tonight? It’s one of the staples in my rapporteur at home and it’s one of those comfort food dinners that just makes me feel good…albeit very full. I prefer to cut hot sausage links into one-inch sections instead of crumbling the meat up into the sauce. I also love selecting spaghetti rigati noodles for their ridges, or thick spaghetti noodles, over the regular or thin variety. And because I’m a nut for olives and feta, the Greek salad completes the meal for me. I’d be one happy camper if this is what I had to eat every day for the rest of my life. I’d be bigger, but happier. (And that reminds me; I need to work this meal into one of my books. Yum!)
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GIVEAWAY:
R. Scott Wallis will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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33 comments:

  1. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

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  2. Interesting cover and sounds like a page turner.

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    1. Thank you! I did the cover myself (that might not have been the best idea) and recently found out that that is NOT a lobster on the cover. LOL It's okay though; people still like it...and it's going away this fall. When book three comes out, all the books are getting new professionally designed covers so that they all have a cohesive look. I'm excited.

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

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    1. Well absolutely! How exciting would that be? I actually think each book could make a great limited series--maybe six to eight episodes per state. Did you hear that, Netflix??? LOL

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  4. Hey everyone! Thank you for having me on the site today. It's so fun to have the opportunity to introduce Skyler, Brenda, and friends to new people. I hope y'all have a great Tuesday!

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  5. The cover caught my attention but the synopsis grabbed my attention. I definitely need to read this book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  6. What a cool cover. What made you decide you want to be a writer? How did you know what your wanted to write about? Thanks for this amazingly generous giveaway.

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    1. I don't think I decided to be a writer, it was decided for me. :) I've been writing since I was a kid and it comes naturally. Because I spent so many summers in Maine, I knew I wanted the first book in this series to take place there. And because I love the U.S.A. so much, I thought it would be fun to have each book take place in a different state. I guess I have some traveling to do for inspiration, huh?

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  7. Good excerpt! Interesting answer to the guest post - you made me hungry.

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    1. That was the goal! And what's better than a lobster roll in the summertime? I might have to go get one this week; we have a few pretty decent options here in Las Vegas. Imagine that--lobster in the desert. ;)

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  8. Interesting cover! Congrats on the release!

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  9. I like the cover. It makes me think the lobster did it. xD

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  10. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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    1. Stuart Woods is one of my favorites and a big inspiration to me. I also love Carl Hiaasen, Sue Grafton, Tim Dorsey, Christopher Buckley, Christopher Moore, and Elmore Leonard.

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  11. Sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading, thanks for sharing!

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  12. I like the menacing lobster on the cover.

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  13. Thank you for this chance to win.

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  14. I'm intrigued!

    --Trix

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  15. This book sounds like a very intriguing and a fantastic read.

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  16. This is now on my TBR! I like the laaahbstah on the cover!

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  17. scary book cover, the book sounds interesting.

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  18. I usually don't read much science fiction...however this sounds good. Sounds good and love the cover. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Wait, what? It's not science fiction at all--just a fun suspense novel. I'm curious what gave you the idea that it's science fiction though. ;) Maybe I'm marketing it wrong. LOL

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  19. That is a huge crustacean on the cover!

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  20. What an unique cover. Thank you for the fantastic giveaway.

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  21. What inspired you to write this book? I love the summary.

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  22. sounds like a fun one

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  23. I enjoyed the excerpt. Best wishes on your new book.

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