Thursday, December 16, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Falls by Colleen McMillan

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Falls by Colleen McMillan. 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 $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: The Falls
Author: Colleen McMillan
Publication Date: December 7th 2021
Print Length: 570 pages
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Every small town has secrets...

...most won't get you killed. Maddie Decker escaped Sterling Falls just after high school and never looked back. She was sure nothing could convince her to return. Until an urgent message from her high school best friend arrives begging Maddie to come back before he dies changes everything.

Maddie can't refuse.

Once there, tattered relationships and long forgotten memories are pushed aside when a mysterious presence appears, Maddie uses her professional training to help discover who is killing the residents of Sterling Falls, even if no one wants her there.

Can Maddie survive the homecoming she never wanted?

Something crunched in the brush to her left and she stopped again. The sun disappeared behind a cloud, throwing shade onto the road.

The small hairs on her neck stood up as she called, “Hello?” She waited, but no one answered. She expected to see a bright orange vest appear, a hunter with an apologetic face. She wouldn't even report him for hunting out of season.


There was more movement in the bushes, and Cathy backed away. “This isn't funny! I've got a weapon!” She pulled her small trail knife from her pocket and opened it, the blade only a few inches long, but it was something. “Come out!”

Cathy didn't see what came hurtling out at her, just noted a black blur and felt a sharp, searing pain in her arm before she blacked out.

Half an hour later, a single car passed her abandoned backpack beside the road, but the driver and his passenger didn't notice. They had places to go, and the forest made them nervous.
Born and raised in Minnesota, my writing focuses on the Midwestern United States. I've been a writer since I could pick up a crayon, pencil, or pen; there are more than a few stories about my macabre grade school writing interests, to which I just shrug. You can't blame a second grader for wanting to set a scary scene!

I attended the University of WI, River Falls for my undergraduate degree and completed my Master's degree in creative writing at the University of Kent, Canterbury, in the UK. For my dissertation research and inspiration, I lived in Canterbury, Paris, and Edinburgh. Paris is my second home and favorite city, so don't be surprised if it turns up in my work.

My two most influential authors are Stephen King and Flannery O'Connor, and my dream is to establish a Midwest Gothic tradition.

I currently live in Minnesota with my jerk of a cat, Duncan. I love living in the most beautiful state in the country, but I always feel Europe's pull...

- Do you follow any unsolved murder cases? If so, which one has really held your interest?

When I first entered university, I wanted to be an FBI agent. I was fascinated with Scully from The X-Files, and I wanted to help people. I was intrigued by true crime stories and fictional criminal/serial killer villains, so I often wrote about those kinds of topics as well. Though my FBI aspirations didn't pan out, I did keep writing.

The unsolved murder cases that have held my interest the most are the Zodiac Killer, the Golden State Killer, and the Smiley Face Killer. I don't know exactly what that says about me, that I enjoy writing and studying these kinds of characters/people, but I'm definitely not the only one!
Colleen McMillan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting! I can't wait to see what people think of Sterling Falls.

  2. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. What a cool book. Supernatural and thriller. yay

  4. sounds like a fun one

  5. Congrats on the book!

  6. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I follow unsolved cases from my home state in South Carolina. I'm more than a little obsessed with true crime! Thanks for the chance!

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

  9. I love true crime stories (past and present). I wanted to become a detective when I was in high school, but as I say, life changes everything! Maybe later on in life I can get that degree! Congrats on your book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. I hope you have a happy holiday season, angood luck on your boo!

  11. Congratulations on your release of The Falls, Colleen, I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt! I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a spine tingling, thrilling read for me to enjoy and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular holiday season!

  12. Sounds like a great thriller/suspense. Is it paranormal too. These are all my kinds of reads.

  13. I love you have a great time over the holidays and you are such a great amazing writer!!

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

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

  16. This sounds like a very intricate read.

  17. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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

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