Thursday, May 12, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Next Witness by Kirstyn Petras

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Next Witness by Kirstyn Petras. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a top 5 list about the author's favorite thriller films. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: The Next Witness
Author: Kirstyn Petras
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022
Print Length: 297 pages
Genre: Thriller
Alexander Covington is hunting a traitor: Melody Karsh, a missing girl accused of treason, a Party member who has forsaken her country. But, letters are appearing in mailboxes, being slipped beneath doors, and in the pockets of passersby. “Free Melody” is being spray painted on walls. Her image – cold, shivering, pathetic – has captured the public’s attention and sympathy.

Melody has no idea that her name is being used to start a movement, not until the executions of those demanding her freedom start airing on television.

Derek Lin would feel sympathy, if he didn’t blame Melody for the deaths of those who have disappeared without a trace, caught up in the investigation to find her.

Melody must choose to join the fight or stand aside. Derek will become a leader or break under the pressure. Alexander will decide how many bodies must fall to save his own life.

“Why wouldn’t you be able to fight more?” Melody pressed him.

Logan shook his head; she could see it out of the corner of her eye.

“You may think Derek’s not afraid to die, but he is. I’ve known him for a long time. The guy’s scared. And you know what? I am too. You’re the one walking through this with nothing to lose anymore. The rest of us? We’re terrified. I don’t want to die alone in a cramped little cell with the sh*t kicked out of me, so numb I can’t feel what finally kills me. I want to live, even if it means living with Covington screaming at me every day for the next 30 years. I don’t care. It’s better than the alternative.”

“So, this brings me back to my original point. Why did you leak it?”

“Why did you come back?” He challenged her. “What are you actually doing here? What are you gaining from helping in this?”

Melody looked out into the gray sky.

“Well, they feed me, don’t they?”

“If that’s all you care about, why do you even leave the house?”

“If you’re so terrified of dying, why do you?”

“For no other reason than sheer necessity.”

She had no response to this, and he stood up and left a few minutes later, leaving her alone in the freezing, sunlit afternoon.
Kirstyn Petras is a fiction writer and commodities reporter but primarily identifies as caffeine in a human suit held together by hair spray and sheer force of will. She currently resides in Texas, though claims home as a combination of New York and Edinburgh. When not writing, she trains contortion and aerial hoop. She has been published in Punk Noir, and is the co-host of Dark Waters, a literary podcast exploring all that is dark, ready, and wonderfully twisted.

- What are your top 5 favorite thriller films? Why?

I don’t know how many of these actually count as “thriller,” so I’m going with a lose interpretation of the word.

1. Star Wars IV, V, VI
a. I grew up with these movies, I remember being a kid watching it for the first time, and I would say it was between the Star Wars movies and the Harry Potter books that began my obsessions with magic, science fiction, and fantasy

2. Pulp Fiction
a. But in 2022, the $5 milkshake is enviable

3. Die Hard
a. It’s a Christmas movie.

4. Fight Club
a. I find it really interesting that Palahniuk likes the ending of the movie more than the book - I love them both, and all the hidden flashes in the movie you find if you watch it enough times

5. V for Vendetta
a. Hugo Weaving is brilliant, and Stephen Fry can do no wrong.
Kirstyn Petras will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(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. this sounds like an exciting book to read, thanks

  2. Have you ever started a book that you decided not to finish?

  3. Most positive thing about writing and most negative thing about writing -- what are they?

  4. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  5. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, the Next Witness sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it

  6. How do you flesh out your characters?

  7. The book sounds like a page turner, and the cover is spooky !

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

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  9. What inspires your book plot ideas?

  10. Sounds like an awesome book!