Thursday, May 27, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Not My Ruckus by Chad Musick

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Not My Ruckus by Chad Musick. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Not My Ruckus
Author: Chad Musick
Publication Date: February 16th 2021
Print Length: 315 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Folks know 14-year-old Clare isn't normal, even for a tomboy. She runs too much, talks too little, carries a gun too often, and holds a grudge forever. Only her papa's job at the bank keeps gossip quiet. It's unwise to risk the cold anger of the man who knows everyone's secrets.

Clare feels prepared for everything from fire, to flood, to what her momma calls demon attacks. When her neighbor Esther kisses her, though, Clare has no ready script. Maybe she could write one, given time she doesn't have. At the moment of that first kiss, Esther's mom is bleeding out from a gunshot wound.

Clare can read the signs everyone else is determined to ignore. A murder was only the beginning. Esther needs protection, whether she wants it or not, and Clare won't abandon her friend just because things are hard.

Maybe one day she'll be forgiven for doing what's needed.

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EXCERPT:
Instead of the library, I went to the local graveyard. There were older graveyards outside the city. I liked to run to them sometimes, when things were too noisy, but the one out back of the library was my favorite. There seemed like worse places to wait for the call to serve in the army of the Lord.

I went first to where Esther’s mom was buried. It wasn’t marked yet, but she was the only one who’d been buried in the last couple weeks so unless folks were digging up the graveyard for giggles, the spot where the grass was fresh laid and you could still see the turf lines must be hers. Esther didn’t seem to be hanging around, though. Probably it would have been suspicious if she had been haunting her mom’s grave.

That had been my only idea, but momma wasn’t expecting me back for a couple of hours, so I wandered around the graveyard reading the graves.

A few times, we’d gone to one of the worker graveyards, momma and me, and done some rubbings of the few gravestones there. Mostly those were just old stone bricks set on the ground. You couldn’t avoid stepping on people in that yard, so I wasn’t shy now about tramping on graves or anything, but I was trying to show some respect. Here, at least, there was a pretty good chance you could avoid stepping on a body’s grave if you followed the neat rows of stones and metal vases.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chad Musick grew up in Utah, California, Washington, Texas, and (most of all) Alaska. He fell in love in California and then moved with his family to Japan, where he's found happiness. He earned a PhD in Mathematical Science but loves art and science equally.

Despite a tendency for electronic devices to burst into flame after Chad handles them, he persists in working in various technical and technology-related roles.

Chad makes no secret of being epileptic, autistic, and arthritic, facts that inform how he approaches both science and the arts.

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GUEST POST:
- What was your work schedule like while writing Not My Ruckus?

First, let me say that I’m a morning person. It’s rare that I’m not up before 7 a.m., without an alarm, even on weekends. I’m not an afternoon person, and when possible I love a 4 p.m. nap.

My writing and work schedule for Not My Ruckus was that I got up at by 6 a.m. daily and wrote until I started work at 9:30. In terms of “plotting” vs. “pantsing”, I fall squarely into the “agonizing over words” camp. Not My Ruckus has a three-act structure, and I knew what the major points were, and I knew how it ended, and the rest was working out how to get there.

During the initial writing of it, I tried to write 800 words a day. Some days, I wrote 200. Others, I wrote 2000. And still others, I wrote 0. Writing every day will get a book done more quickly if you do it, but not if you let failure to write on one day keep you from writing on another.

At the time of writing Not My Ruckus, I was a professional editor, working from home. So from 9:30 I would edit other people’s writing. I think if it had been fiction, this would have been really distracting, but my work at the time was only non-fiction, and mostly by people who English as an additional language. (And every once in a while, by someone who managed to slip a machine translation past the scheduler.) The intense focus on language during the day helped me to consider carefully how to write the voice of Clare, the main character of Not My Ruckus. She’s only 14, and her education has been decent but not stellar, so her vocabulary is sparse, despite her thoughts being rich.

Being a morning person dictated the timing, but I think the important scheduling part was to break up my own writing sessions with other people’s words.
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GIVEAWAY:
Chad Musick will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

38 comments:

  1. Love the cover. so pretty. draws me in....

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  2. I think that the cover of your book has an interesting design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  4. Loved everything, the blurb, the excerpt and especially the author bio. Love that he has a sense of humor about his abilities with electronics lol.

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  5. sounds like a fun one

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  6. love the cover, congrats on the release

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  7. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  8. I love the title subject & cover for this book!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  9. I'm excited to read this book. It sounds interesting.

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  10. this looks like a great book!

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  11. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  12. Great post and awesome giveaway, thanks for sharing!

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  13. I enjoyed your guest post. I really want to know more about what's happening with the book.

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  14. This sounds like a great read.

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  15. the cover really draws me in!

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  16. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  17. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  18. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. It's great to see your book tour.

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  20. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  22. Chad Musick is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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  23. This has a unique story line and cover. Intrigued!

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  24. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1398312888637575168

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  25. The book sound very interesting

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  26. I enjoyed your guest post. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Clare sounds like a great heroine.

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  28. I'm glad you are brave enough to deal with autism my youngest son also has autism

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  29. David HollingsworthMay 28, 2021 at 9:56 PM

    Nice excerpt and the cover is great too.

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  30. The book sounds like it has alot of twists. I think it will be good.

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  31. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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