Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: The Collector (Big Picture #1) by Lane Stone

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for The Collector by Lane Stone. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Collector
Series: Big Picture #1
Author: Lane Stone
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: May 10th 2022
Print Length: 285 pages
Genre: Mystery Thriller
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Art expert Emma Kelly arrives at the Metropolitan Museum to meet with disgraced philanthropist Boyle York only to learn he has been murdered. His body and a nearby masterpiece are splattered with blue paint. In the following days, works of art around the world are attacked with the same paint, which Emma believes has something to do with the Virgin Mary. Emma’s husband, Elliott Baldwin, the Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s New York City field office, isn’t convinced but appreciates her expertise.

Following a lead, Emma travels to her other home in Bath, England, and continues her search for one of the most famous Nazi-looted paintings. When a diver hired to explore a sunken Nazi submarine is murdered with the same weapon used to kill Boyle York, Emma wonders if the art crimes on three different continents are actually an attempt to trip her up.

Emma races against the clock to countries with Virgin Mary apparition sites in an attempt to save the world’s most beloved artwork. Can she convince the Vatican to disavow the perpetrators and stop the attacks and bring justice to the mastermind behind them before it’s too late?

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EXCERPT:
I would hate him forever for making me afraid. My hands trembled and I was as white as the sink I leaned against. I looked how you would expect someone who had just made a deal with the devil to look. How was I going to sit with Ali and Victoria? He’s a killer. The phrase repeated over and over in my head.

I splashed water on my face and returned to the table, knowing that not a single one of the brilliant comebacks I now thought of, guaranteed to reduce Ali to a sobbing lump, could be used in front of Valerie. As I turned the corner a waiter poured a martini from a shaker into a fresh glass and took away her empty. Ali wasn’t there. Valerie was lubed up and looked past caring about anything.

I sat and the waiter shook out my re-folded napkin and held it out to me. “Your friend isn’t staying for lunch?”

She shook her head.

“Would you care to order, Madame?”

Valerie looked at the drink. “I’m not hungry.” A text came in and she picked up her phone.

“I’ll have my salad now, please.” That ‘please’ was a signal that I intended to over tip to make up for our party of three table ordering only one meal, that wasn’t liquid. His nod was as understated as the vermouth in the Tavern on the Green’s martinis. If only interactions like what had taken place between us, and between Tabitha and her chauffer, counted as a second language I would be bi-lingual.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lane Stone lives in Alexandria, Virginia and Lewes, Delaware with her husband, Larry Korb, and their Standard Schnauzer, Cordy. She’s the author of THE COLLECTOR, an art thriller, which is the first book in The Big Picture trilogy. The first book in the Old Town Antiques Mystery series, DEAD MEN DON’T DECORATE, will be published in November 2022, and will be written as Cordy Abbott. She is the author of the Pet Palace Mysteries and the Tiara Investigation Mystery series.

When not writing she enjoys characteristic baby boomer pursuits: being a dog Mom, traveling and volunteering for good causes, like AAUW and the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation. She serves on several boards.

She has a post-graduate certificate in Antiquities Theft and Art Crime.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

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GIVEAWAY:
Lane Stone will be awarding a $10 Starbucks 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 over this giveaway.)

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17 comments:

  1. Looks like a interesting book.

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  2. The Collector in the series Big Picture #1 by author Lane Stone sounds like it would be an informative and entertaining book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. This books sounds good. I'm definitely intrigued.

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  4. When was your latest celebration?

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  5. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  6. How long was the writing process?

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. Will you take a vacation this summer?

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  9. I do love a good mystery and that it takes place at an art museum is even more intriguing.

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  10. I think it is interesting that the author and her husband have a Standard Schnauzer. We had Miniature Schnauzers - Hans and Heidi.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. Do you have any advice for getting some sleep?

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