Saturday, December 26, 2020

Book Tour and Giveaway: Broken Toys by Glenda Thompson

Title: Broken Toys
Author: Glenda Thompson
Publication Date: December 16th 2020
Print Length: 314 pages
Genre: Thriller
Texas Ranger Noah Morgan has his life together—with a great job and the girl of his dreams. Too bad it's all based on a lie. A single phone call threatens to bring it all crashing down. After an irate citizen complains shoddy workmanship has left him with a booby-trapped driveway, and the local sheriff's office is too busy to respond, Noah takes the call. The investigation of local scam artists uncovers a human trafficking ring. Noah fights to avoid being swept back into the sights of his murderous family—people he escaped at the age of seventeen.

Can he keep his past a secret or will his carefully crafted life come to a violent end?

The shooter returned. Another barrage of bullets pounded into the door followed by a physical assault. The barricade could not hold against this kind of pressure. Bree grabbed her phone. It slipped from her bloody fingers. She wiped her hands on her jeans and grabbed it again to dial her dad. It went straight to voicemail. Damn it.

She switched to her text app and thumbed down to her Dad’s number. Her fingers flew across the screen. 

Active shooter. High School. At least one fatality, multiple injuries. I’m ok— Her throat tightened with tears. Her fingers trembled. —I love you, Daddy
A sixth-generation Texan with Scottish roots, Glenda Thompson can 'bless your heart' with the best of them. As a former emergency medical technician married to a south Texas Lawman, she's used insider information from both their careers as inspiration to build her Broken world of Texas Rangers with hidden pasts and dark secrets. When she's not busy embarrassing her children or grandchildren by dancing in the middle of a country road during a rainstorm, she can be found huddled in her writing cave with her law enforcement technical adviser/husband working on another story in her Broken universe.

- Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax… if you haven’t read these books by Dorothy Gilman, you have no idea how much fun you are missing. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired grandmother who raises flowers on the roof of her apartment building and takes karate classes. One day she decides she is bored and goes to the CIA building to volunteer her services. She is mistaken for an undercover agent and sent out on a mission—with zero experience and zero training. The chaos that ensues is fantastic. I strongly recommend reading at least one of these books. If you read one, you will be hooked.

- Advice you would give new authors?
Trust in yourself and just write the story. Don’t get too wrapped up in finding the perfect word in the first draft. As a matter of fact, I call my first draft the “vomit draft” because I just puke the words out on the page. The first draft is telling yourself the story. Don’t expect it to be perfect. Heck, don’t even expect it to be good. That’s what the next drafts are for. Just get it down on paper or on the screen. You can’t fix what you don’t write. And don't be afraid to ask for help. Find a mentor. Find a support/critique group. Writing is always portrayed as a lonely career, but it doesn't have to be. I've made some wonderful friends on my writing journey.

- What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
My writing process is a mish-mash of a lot of different processes I’ve read about or studied. I have an elaborate excel spreadsheet that is my novel “bible” with different sheets for each character, one for scenes and sequels, one for partial scenes, etc. I find myself starting with the spreadsheet, doing a crude preliminary outline, applying a mathematical formula to the number of scenes needed and the number of POV characters so I can determine how many scenes I need from each character. I follow this with index card scenes – color coded by POV character. I gather all of my notes, bits and pieces, and research things.

- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Chasing perfection. I had always heard perfection was the enemy of better.

- What is your writing Kryptonite?
Analysis paralysis. I can’t tell you how many hours, days, weeks, months, years, I have wasted searching for the perfect word or disappearing down the research rabbit hole. The internet contains tons and tons of information and if you’re not careful you can find yourself buried beneath it all.

- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to do both. I want to give the readers what they want but original is the only way I know how to be.

- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Quit jacking around talking about being a writer, sit down and write. Lock your inner editor in the closet. Duct tape her mouth and bury her under the quilts if you have to but shut her up. You are good enough. Not quite wasting time and write.

- What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
It’s actually harder for me to write characters of the same sex than it is the opposite sex. Darlin’ tells me all the time that I think like a man. He says it’s a compliment.

- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I started my first novel three last names ago… and Darlin’ and I have been married for eighteen years. I’m just teasing. I’ve only finished one novel, so I don’t know how long it takes. This one was an experiment. I tried numerous writing methods until I created one that worked for me. It’s a mish-mash of bits and pieces from others’ methods. I started Broken Toys at the end of August 2018 and sent out my first query in March 2019.

- Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes and no. I believe “real life” can interfere with your writing if you let it. I also believe you can choose to use real life to create or you can ignore it. I believe writer’s block is real but I also believe it’s a choice whether or not you let it interfere in your writing.
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  1. I always liked watching Walker Texas Ranger on Tv. I'm glad to see this has a Texas Ranger character in it.

  2. This looks like a really interesting read. I look forward to checking it out!

  3. Interesting summary. Looks like a good read.

  4. Love the cover- It makes it suspenseful.

  5. I like the cover. It looks really interesting.

  6. Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing the excerpt with all of us! :)

  7. It sounds like an interesting book, very intriguing. Thank you very sharing.

  8. Sounds like a book i would enjoy love the cover too.

  9. Sounds like an interseting story!

  10. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. The plot had better have a happy ending- I need cheering up after the Christmas I've had this time around.

  12. I love the stuffed animal on the cover and I love thrillers

  13. A sad teddy bear on the book cover, but that will make us want to read the book . Good idea. :|

  14. This sounds exciting. I'm looking for it at Amazon now.

  15. The cover makes the story sound suspenseful

  16. seems very intresting!


  17. This looks like a really interesting thriller.

  18. It reminds me of a good suspense movie. Definitely attention grabbing.

  19. The cover makes me sad already and I dont even know the story

  20. I like the cover and the story sounds really good. Thanks!

  21. The book cover looks interesting and I really like it.

  22. The cover makes me so sad :( But it does capture my interest.

  23. The cover grabs your interest and the book sounds interesting.

  24. This sounds like a thrilling mystery