Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Shadows in the Night (Officer Jack Ballinger Mystery #2) by Thomas Grant Bruso

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Shadows in the Night by Thomas Grant Bruso. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as 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!
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Title: Shadows in the Night
Series: Officer Jack Ballinger Mystery #2
Author: Thomas Grant Bruso
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Publication Date: August 6th 2022
Print Length: 381 pages
Genre: LGBTQ+ Paranormal Mystery
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Sequel to Past Sins

Jack Ballinger has seen a lot of horrible things in the six years he’s been a police officer, disturbing images he wishes he could erase from his memory forever. Crime scenes, dead bodies, and the death of his parents dredge up an unsettling time from his past, a tortured childhood he does not want to revisit. But Jack must confront a new waking nightmare that sends him spiraling out of control, down a rabbit hole of indescribable terrors, questioning his existence as a human being, cop, and partner.

Struggling with budget cuts and constantly changing policies within the police department, a cantankerous new police chief, eccentric colleagues, and his on-again/off-again relationship with his boyfriend Steve, Jack must confront an evil entity from a previous life. Grappling with old demons is just the beginning. How long will Jack keep running from the horrors of his past and finally face his fears?

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EXCERPT:
When I step out into the bedroom, dripping water from the shower, I freeze, my heartbeat pulses at the sight of the bedroom door cracked open. “Hello?”

Silence.

Between the balcony doors and the east-side windows, the far corner of the room is empty.

No ghosts or visitors. There is nowhere to hide in this wide-open space.

I walk over to the nightstand where I keep my pistol. I look over my shoulder at the clamoring noise of the construction crew setting up their monstrous machines out on the street. Large yellow Cat loaders and pavers growl to life.

I leave a puddle of water behind me when I reach the dresser and pull out my gun. A noise out in the hallway draws my attention to the open door. I unlock the safety and aim the pistol at my side. I amble to the apartment door, my pulse quickening. I must have forgotten to lock it after Steve left last night, I think.

I stare around the small kitchen: nothing, nobody, but a scattering of spilled coffee beans on the floor. Lifting the gun out in front of me, I walk to the door. A stale, warm, musty smell wafts into the room. I stare out into the dark hallway.

Empty.

My grip tightens on the gun.

My skin bristles in the cool, clammy air.

I raise my gun and step out into the hall, pointing the pistol left, then right, down the long corridor. Vacant. I take a deep breath and lean against the doorframe.

The stairwell door creaks open at the end of the hall. I straighten my shoulders, pointing the pistol into the dark.

I wait.

“Hello?”

No answer.

The door opens again, its hinges groaning.

I turn to glance behind me in the dark at the two other apartments.

Doors closed.

I stay on the left side of the hall in case somebody is in the stairwell.

I meander down the corridor, moving slowly and turning once to check over my shoulder. I hear noises in the dark, but I don’t see anything. The building settles and shifts in the wind. Forcing myself to keep moving, I slink against the length of the wall to the last door on the floor.

I stop. Wait. Listen.

Alarming stillness.

Machinery clangs outside, and the construction workers’ voices echo like trapped spirits in the apartment walls. I clench the gun’s handle and my index finger grazes the trigger.

Creak.

The exit door swings open, and clangs shut. I jump back a few inches. Stare at the door. Shuffle forward, yell out, “Hello?” and wedge my foot between the doorjamb. I fling the door open with my hand.

The stairwell is empty. I walk onto the top landing and point the gun behind the door. Clear.

I stare over the edge of the staircase, three stories down. Sunlight streams into the open space below from one of the stairwell doors. I hear muffled voices, people talking, the noise of machinery reverberating off the walls and drifting up the stairwells.

I am overreacting, I tell myself, and letting out a deep sigh. I yell down the stairs for somebody to close the door. No response.

I head back into the hallway, muttering obscenities at myself for acting foolish. When I am back inside my apartment, I lock the door. Before I pour coffee, I retrace my steps across the entire 400-square inch area, checking locks and windows, looking behind doors.

I lock the balcony doors, drawing curtains and drowning out the jackhammering sounds coming from outside. As I close the left-sided drapes, something on the balcony catches my eye and sends me into another dizzying tailspin.

Fear settles in my chest like angry bees buzzing. My heart races. My nightmares return at the sight of partial muddy footprints leading over the edge of the balcony.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas Grant Bruso knew at an early age he wanted to be a writer. He has been a voracious reader of genre fiction since he was a kid.

His literary inspirations are Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Ellen Hart, Jim Grimsley, Karin Fossum, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Connolly.

Bruso loves animals, book-reading, writing fiction, prefers Sudoku to crossword puzzles.

In another life, he was a freelance writer and wrote for magazines and newspapers. In college, he was a winner for the Hermon H. Doh Sonnet Competition. Now, he writes and publishes fiction, and reviews books for his hometown newspaper, The Press Republican.

He lives in upstate New York.

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GIVEAWAY:
Thomas Grant Bruso 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 over this giveaway.)

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65 comments:

  1. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    1. Hello, Slehan. Thanks so much for dropping in. I hope your brother gets a chance to read Shadows in the Night. Although "Shadows" can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the previous book, Past Sins, too. That will help familiarize him with the characters and plot. -- Thomas Grant Bruso

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  2. Thanks for hosting "Shadows in the Night." -- Thomas Grant Bruso

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  3. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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    1. Hello! Thanks for stopping by. If you get to read it, I'd like to hear from you. -- Thomas Grant Bruso

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    1. Thanks, Rita! -- Thomas Grant Bruso

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  5. Spooky cover. Intrigued. I love police involved stories and am looking forward to learning about his nightmares and how this works out

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  6. Hi, Katie! Thanks for your comment. If you read it, let me know what you think. If you're interested in the books, I'd recommend reading the previous book, Past Sins, to familiarize yourself with characters and plot and catch up with Officer Jack Ballinger. Happy reading!

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  7. Seyma Bennett ShabbirAugust 10, 2022 at 3:48 PM

    Sounds like a super exciting and thrilling read. I love stories that keep you on the edge of your seat.

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    1. Thanks, Seyma. I hope you get a chance to read Shadows in the Night and Past Sins. Happy reading!

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  8. An intriguing cover, synopsis and excerpt, Shadows in the Night sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

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  9. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sherry! --Thomas Grant Bruso

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    1. Hi Deb! Thanks for stopping in. I hope you get a chance to read Shadows in the Night. If you're interested and want to familiar yourself with the characters and plot, I recommend reading book one, Past Sins.

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

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    1. Hi, Abfantom! I appreciate it. -- Thomas Grant Bruso

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    1. Hi Dale! Thanks. I hope you get a chance to read it. -- Thomas Grant Bruso

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  13. Thanks for sharing, this sounds like an interesting book to read

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    1. Hi Marisela. If you read it, let me know what you thunk.

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  14. I love everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  15. This book truly sounds awesome. I would really like to read that sometime soon!

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  16. Do you still do crosswords, hubby and I really enjoy the quiet time with our book and PENCIL.

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  17. Which author do you most admire?

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  18. The sheer number of comments on here indicate he's a good author worth reading!

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  19. I have not yet read any of the Officer Jack Ballinger mysteries.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. have a wonderful weekend, thanks for the great giveaway

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  21. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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  22. hope you are enjoying your sunday

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  23. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  24. hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather

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  25. Shadows in the Night has an eye catching read and black front cover!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. Sounds like a good read. Love the cover, very intriguing.

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  27. thanks this sounds like an awesome story

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  28. Do you write more or read more?

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  29. is there a certain time of day you like to write

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  30. What's the strangest food you've ever tried?

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  31. Thank you for the giveaway! I really enjoy books.

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  32. sounds like a fun one

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  33. Is the book set in Upstate New York?

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  34. Tell me about your favorite birthday gift.

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  35. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  36. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  37. Have a great Friday and thanks for the giveaway

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