Saturday, July 30, 2022

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Paper Targets by Patricia Watts

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Paper Targets by Patricia Watts. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I am spotlighting the book. I also have the playlist for the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic books! Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Paper Targets
Author: Patricia Watts
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022
Print Length: 324 pages
Genre: Contemporary Suspense
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Everyone knew that Roanne never got angry—until the night she killed her ex-husband and herself.

Roanne, a nice, suburban lady in her sixties who works at a Hallmark shop and volunteers at the Food Bank in Round Rock, Texas, calls her lifelong friend, Connie, confesses to murder, then puts the gun to her own head. Connie, spurred by Roanne’s last words about a lifetime of unspoken rage, sets aside her work as a cozy mystery writer and cupcake shop owner to confront the men who have stolen her dignity while she remained silent, including a bully brother, a rapist, and an ex-spouse. On a journey to reclaim her inner power and to make peace with the loss of her treasured friend, Connie’s mission is to avoid the same tragic path as Roanne, but she takes along a gun, just in case.

With pathos and humor, Paper Targets, by Patricia Watts, calls us to speak our own narratives, even when it is uncomfortable or risky, and shows us the magnificence of a friendship that transcends time.

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PLAYLIST:
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1. Sugar, Sugar — The Archies.
1969: Roanne pairs up with an uncool dude at a high school dance, but at least she’s not stuck on the sidelines like Connie.

2. That Would Be Something — Paul McCartney.
1970: Connie has issues with her mom and brother, but she and Roanne find some sanctuary with M&Ms, Oreos, and a new LP.

3. Unforgettable — Nat King Cole.
1976: Roanne discovers her mother’s vivacious past in the midst of her family’s grief.

4. Whiskey River — Willie Nelson.
1975: Connie and Scott danced to the same tune when they met on a blind date at a concert in an Austin park.

5. We Will Rock You — Queen.
1977: Connie and Roanne rock out in more ways than one on their last girls’ night out before Roanne marries Johnny.

6. Purple Haze — Jimi Hendrix.
1978: Connie adjusts to married life: a new last name, Scott’s rock and blues records, and motorcycle parts in the spare bedroom.

7. Boot Scootin’ Boogie — Brooks & Dunn.
1995: Over the years, marriage and relocations separate Connie and Roanne, but in an hour of need, they reunite at a country-western dive.

8. God’s Plan — Drake.
2019: Roanne’s daughter, Zoe, and Connie’s son, Daniel, embark on a journey of recovery with traveling music and Uno cards.

9. Love Shack — B52s.
2008: The dating scene in later life is a minefield or a wasteland with a karaoke soundtrack as Connie plays wingman for Roanne.

10. Formation — BeyoncĂ©.
2019: Connie, the cozy mystery writer, stretches outside her genre when she invents a character who is part of the Beyhive.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patricia Watts worked as a journalist for more than 20 years for newspapers in Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska. Following her news career, she tried her skill as a paralegal and then spent ten years investigating discrimination cases for the Alaska Human Rights Commission. Her novels include: Ghost Light and The Big Empty, crime mysteries co-written with Alaska author Stan Jones; The Frayer, suspense noir; and Watchdogs, a steamy thriller. Her home base is San Diego. She earned her B.A. in journalism at Humboldt State in California. She is the mother of a son and daughter and has eight grandchildren.

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GIVEAWAY:
One Winner: Autographed copies of Paper Targets by Patricia Watts, The Frayer by Patricia Watts, and The Big Empty by Stan Jones and Patricia Watts
One Winner: Print copy of Paper Targets by Patricia Watts
(US only)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. The author, Patricia Watts, assumes all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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1 comment:

  1. What a great playlist, but what a contrast to the seriousness of the book. Now I am REALLY intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

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