Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Love, Lies, and Bad Guys: The Waldorf Astoria Connection by Bill Blodgett

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Love, Lies, and Bad Guys by Bill Blodgett. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you and a guest post as well as the tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out all the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Love, Lies, and Bad Guys: The Waldorf Astoria Connection
Author: Bill Blodgett
Publication Date: February 5th 2020
Print Length: 217 pages
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
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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:
“I was surprised to see you had body art.”

“It isn’t body art. It is my belief. I guess that’s why I don’t show them. It’s personal. They are of my Goddess, Mother Earth and the symbol of our tribe, the mighty eagle. The Mother Earth Tree Goddess demonstrates the circle of life. Where all things on land, air and water are connected. They are all one. If one element is removed, the tree will wither and die. We believe that it is the same for people. We must be as one or we will all eventually suffer. The Eagle is our symbol for bravery, something that is essential to take on such a derêp.” He saw her puzzled look and continued before she could speak. “Derêp is our word for job or chore. The Eagle is dedicated to protecting our tribe, which is a very difficult job. I use his image to remind myself each day that my task is difficult and not to falter. If you were just another chick, maybe I’d say they were body art, but I want to share that part of me with you.”

“So…” she teased. “How many other chicks have admired your body art?”

He laughed lightly with maybe a hint of a gallows laugh, “Not as many as you might guess.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

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GUEST POST:
- Where did the idea for Love, Lies, and Bad Guys come from?

Thank you for having me here today. Where did the idea come from? That’s a long story, but I’ll try to be brief – kinda!

It was the summer after the September 11th attacks and we were visiting my daughter and her family in Waldorf, Maryland. With her living in Virginia and then Maryland for over ten years and us in upstate New York it was necessary to make the trip as often as possible to keep up with her growing family. At the same time my other daughter lived in Astoria, New York. With that being said, the original title was, The Waldorf Astoria Connection, as a shout out to both of them. That title is now the sub-title to make room for a sequel which is now in progress.

Okay, back to your question. During that trip to my daughter’s house after September 11th we were all on a train/subway going into D.C. to visit the sites including the Smithsonian Museum. The country was on high alert at the time and there were signs everywhere with the phrases, “See Something Suspicious- Call 911” or “See Something- Say Something.” Since the facility I managed at that time was designated as a level one target I was required to undergo training with the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Police.

So when a kid around twenty years old jumped on the subway at a stop I noticed he was sweating profusely, more than normal, I thought. He grabbed a handhold and the train started to move again. Then I noticed that he was looking around as if surveying the train passengers. He would then reach back and touch his backpack. Strange, I thought again. The more he checked his backpack the more suspicious I became and began to think, I’m on this train with my whole family with a crazy bomber. I looked around to see if there were any transit police or a conductor on our car and I didn’t see any. I figured there would be plain clothes police on board, but were there any on this car? I continued to watch as the kid checked his back pack several more times. My heart began to race every time he checked it and look to survey the train. Finally, he took the pack from his shoulders and began to open it. Before I could even think about being a hero he pulled a large text book from the pack, leaned against one of the poles that people often hold to steady themselves while riding the train and opened the book.

A sigh of relief escaped from me as my heart began to slow. Well, he wasn’t a mad bomber after all, but that experience stuck with me and I thought about it for a long long time as I wrote other stories that were first in line waiting to be told, but finally the time came for me to make that experience into this novel, Love, Lies and Bad Guys.

Thank you for having me here to tell my story!
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GIVEAWAY:
Bill Blodgett will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment on a different stop on the book blast each day. Good luck!
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43 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Good morning, Heather. Thank you for hosting today!

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  3. Do you plan on doing more writing while locked up due to caronavirus?

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  4. Great question, Bernie. A lot of my friends who are writers are saying they will be able to do more writing. I've been thinking the sequel to Love, Lies, and Bad Guys may be finished before I thought it would, but I don't want to sequester myself away from my wife when support and togetherness is necessary more now than ever. We'll see, but priorities, priorities, priorities is the way I've lived my life and family has always been #1.

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  5. This sound so good Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Awesome excerpt, thanks for sharing!

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  8. What do you want readers to take away from you books?

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  9. Sounds exciting, definitely one that I'd enjoy reading.

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  10. Thanks for sharing the tension in the excerpt and I had an occasion where I was breathlessly looking for a cop. A rumble was about to happen and only I had overheard the plans. That person was one of 3 arrested when he reached the midway spot.

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  11. I struggle when it comes to writing, where do you find inspiration to come up with your ideas?

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  12. It sounds exciting, thanks for sharing it.

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  13. The cover is interesting! It really sets the tone for the book.

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  14. A question for the author: When you were a child and adolescent, what authors, book series, and genres did you enjoy reading?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. I liked the synopsis and excerpt. The book sounds very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. I'm so glad you shared your book with us! Thank you for the opportunity to win. And thanks for sharin

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  17. I like the cover. Its graphics are very eyecatching.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  18. how long were you working on this book?

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  19. Sounds like a great read, will check it out.

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  20. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and love a good suspense read

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  21. Romance and suspense - I enjoy both.
    This is a must read soon book!
    Thank you for the review.

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  22. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  23. I enjoy reading suspenseful stories. This sounds like one I would like.

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  24. Intriguing cover, thanks for the chance.

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  25. My grandson would enjoy this book

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  26. sounds like a fun one

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  27. This looks like a great read! I've added it to my wish list!

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  28. The cover art is unique and interesting as is storyline which sounds great. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

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  29. I loved the uniqueness of it all!!

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