Thursday, July 29, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Dragon(e) Baby Gone (Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets #1) by Robert Gainey

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Dragon(e) Baby Gone by Robert Gainey. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 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: Dragon(e) Baby Gone
Series: Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets #1
Author: Robert Gainey
Publication Date: June 28th 2021
Print Length: 189 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy Mystery
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Diane Morris is part of the thin line separating a happy, mundane world from all of the horrors of the anomalous. Her federal agency is underfunded, understaffed, and misunderstood, and she’d rather transfer to the boring safety of Logistics than remain a field agent. When a troupe of international thieves make off with a pair of dragon eggs, Diane has no choice but to ally with a demon against the forces looking to leave her city a smoldering crater. Facing down rogue wizards, fiery elementals, and crazed gunmen, it’s a race against time to get the precious cargo back before the dragon wakes up and unleashes hell.

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EXCERPT:
“I have arrived!” Rubin intoned, loud and solemn as he strode into my office. He was every inch a wizard, so long as those inches were from the neck up. A long white beard met with long white hair, both flowing down over his chest and shoulders. White eyebrows heavy enough to act as speed bumps shaded his gray eyes, and the entire magnificently magical appearance was thrown off by the fact that he wore a tweed jacket, khakis, and loafers. He looked like a homeless man applying for a job in a suit donated by another homeless man.

“Rubin, thanks for coming so quickly,” I said, rising and offering a hand. He walked right past me and stood to look out the window.

“Why, woman, have you summoned me to your presence? Do you wish to consult with the power of earth and sky? Do I, and I alone, have the knowledge you require?” I’d almost forgotten what it was like to be this close to him. He smelled very strongly of horseradish and cloves. There was a large patch of fresh char on the elbow of his jacket.

“I certainly hope so,” I said, sitting back down and glaring at his back. This was why he wasn’t on my Christmas card list. That, and I didn’t know where he actually lived. Maybe he slept in the basement, where his little magical laboratory was housed.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Gainey is a born and raised Floridian, despite his best efforts. While enrolled at Florida State University and studying English (a language spoken on a small island near Europe), Robert began volunteering for the campus medical response team, opening up a great new passion in his life. Following graduation, he pursued further training through paramedic and firefighting programs, going on to become a full time professional firefighter in the State of Florida. He currently lives and works in Northeast Florida with his wife and dogs, who make sure he gets walked regularly. Robert writes near-fetched fantasy novels inspired by the madness and courage found in everyday events.

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GUEST POST:
Dragon(e) Baby Gone started as a conversation between a friend and me about FWC. For those not in the know, FWC is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a three letter agency who seems to have forgotten a few of its letters at home. FWC, according to the conversation, has extremely broad authority and jurisdiction. In addition to hunting and fishing licenses, they also police poachers and track trespassers. You know, Wildlife Conservation stuff. In order to accomplish this, they can search and seize without warrants pretty much anywhere, and they can supersede the authority of any other agency to take over investigations. This wide net of power is necessary because, according to my friend, FWC is responsible for hiding Bigfoot from the public. They manage to do this on a shoestring budget, with low pay and bad hours.

Any part of this may or may not be true, but it did spark an idea somewhere in the moist recesses of my little brain. What if the only thing that was keeping goblins and ghouls from coming up out of the sewers and snatching children was a badly funded, overworked federal agency with unlimited authority and a few anomalous resources? The kinds of people who would work for such an agency would need to be dedicated, a little crazy, and would probably be about as jaded as your friendly neighborhood DMV.

Well, having that agency actually be FWC would be a little limiting. After all, other states have to have monsters too, right? Besides, I didn’t want to blow the whistle on Bigfoot, so best keep that under wraps. It would make sense that such an agency would be under the umbrella of the FBI, right? As the idea took firm shape and I began to write, the overall description of the Department of Intangible Assets coalesced. Rather than work out of the regional FBI building, the agents at the DIA find their offices in a building shared by some accountants and a belligerent wizard. What I wanted, what I thought was interesting, was to have Special Agent Diane Morris rely on her own wits and resources while being a part of something much bigger and more important than just a one woman crusade.
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GIVEAWAY:
Robert Gainey will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
 
(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway or its prize. Goddess Fish Promotions is in charge of the giveaway and the prize.)
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67 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to be here today! Thanks for having me on your blog today.

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  2. How long was the writing process?

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    1. This one was kind of a fun back burner for me for a while, but once I actually sat down to do serious work it was about two months of writing for the first draft. I revised it for almost eight months, off and on while working on building my house, so all in I guess about a year.
      Great question! Thanks for asking.

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  3. Sounds like a great book. Congratulations on it's release.

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    1. Thank you. It's been probably the oddest month of my life, trying to manage these feelings.

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  4. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  5. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. I hope you have fun with it! Let me know how it turns out.

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  6. Really nice fantasy mystery, good share. best wishes to your book tour.

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  7. sounds like a awesome book!!

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  9. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. I'm glad you think so, thanks for the nice words!

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  10. This sounds interesting, also ty for the chance!

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    1. You're very welcome. I hope you enjoy it if you choose to pick it up

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  11. This looks a real good fantasy mystery -thanks

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  12. David HollingsworthJuly 30, 2021 at 1:51 AM

    The story sounds intriguing.

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

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    1. I'm happy to hear you think so. It's my pleasure.

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  14. What inspired you to write this book?
    By the way, I am unable to pin the cover of your book. Something isn't working right there.
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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    1. I figured there's a lot of stories about elite, well-funded covert organizations. Why not have one about something more realistic? A poorly-managed, cheaply-run bureaucracy that barely manages to get the job done.

      I don't know what to do about the pinning of the book cover. Sorry.

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  15. What was your favorite part of this story to write?

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    1. I had a lot of fun with the end, as all the threads come together and things get real desperate.

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  16. Can you see yourself writing for the rest of your life?

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    1. Maybe? I think I've got a lot to put into this series, but if the time ever comes to wrap it up and give it the end it deserves, I wouldn't drag it along just for the sake of beating a dead horse. Of course, if I drop dead mid-manuscript, then I'll have written it for the rest of my life. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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  17. who had the most influence on you to make you start writing books.

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    1. Starting out, I really loved Stephen King's macabre style, but my greatest influence from the beginning has been authors like Diane Duane and Anne McCaffrey

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  18. I think that the cover of your book is interesting and highly detailed.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. What do you like to do for fun outdoors?

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    1. I'm a big fan of hiking, canoeing, snorkeling, that sort of thing. I love being in the mountains, which makes living in Florida all the more tragic.

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  20. Where is your favorite place to be while publishing a book?

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    1. Someplace in the mountains, with turbulent running water nearby, where it's cold and sunny and not a lot of people around.

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  21. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing.

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  22. What a super book!
    And an amazing cover.
    Thank you for sharing it.

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  23. Sounds suspenseful! How did you develop the theme for the book?

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    1. I've had a lot of experience working for underfunded and overworked assignments, so I thought it'd be interesting to approach urban fantasy from that angle

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  24. The book sounds very intriguing! I can't wait to read it.

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  25. Sounds awesome! I really enjoyed the excerpt.

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  26. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  27. David HollingsworthAugust 5, 2021 at 1:40 AM

    How do you cancel out the noise, in order to write?

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  28. sounds like a fun one

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  29. What's your all time favorite book?

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  30. I think this book looks fun.

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  31. I like the interesting cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Can’t wait to try this one out! Looks like it’s gonna be a good book. Ty for the chance too!

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  33. I am really excited to read this based on the excerpt.

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