Thursday, August 4, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: The Litter by Kevin R. Doyle

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for The Litter by Kevin R. Doyle. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops participating on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: The Litter
Author: Kevin R. Doyle
Publication Date: February 13th 2015
Print Length: 294 pages
Genre: Horror
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They kept to the shadows so no one would know they existed, and preyed on the nameless who no one would miss. Where did they come from, and who was protecting them? In a city that had seen every kind of savagery, they were something new, something more than murderous. And one woman, who had thought she had lost everything there was to lose in life, would soon find that nothing could possibly prepare her for what would come when she entered their world.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
Sighing, Captain Bannister pulled out his chair and sat down behind his desk.

“Never could fool you, could I? But if you learned so much from all those years hearing me gripe about work, then you should know that I can’t show complete files to a civilian.”

“I’m your daughter,” Karen replied, leaving unspoken the second half of her thought.

Even if I haven’t acted much like one lately.

For a moment the captain’s arm twitched, as if he wanted to reach out and pat his little girl on the knee.

But he restrained the impulse, as both of them had restrained so many impulses in the last year.

“You are,” he finally said, “and it’s because of that that I’m asking you, just this once, to trust me and do as I ask.”

“The Shelter isn’t that dangerous. Everyone in or out is screened, and most of the time we have volunteer guards around. So how . . .”

“You’re talking about the Shelter,” Bannister said.

“Yes?”

“I’m speaking about your outside activity.”

Karen breathed deeply, willing herself calm. Her chest seemed to be splitting in two.

“When you go out on the streets. I want you to stop that for a while.”

Karen glanced over at the photo folder, which somehow had ended up on the coffee table in front of the couch.

“You’re saying these are connected,” she said.

Her father didn’t say anything.

“And if they’re connected that means that it probably wasn’t an animal of some kind that attacked those two people.”

The captain continued to stay silent.

Karen tapped her knee a couple of times, giving herself time to marshal her thoughts.

“Are you talking a serial killer? Or is there actually some new, high-powered street gang out there, like the rumors say?” she asked.

“Please, baby,” her dad said, and for a minute she thought he might actually weep. “Just curtail your time down in the Zone. At least for a while?”

Once, she would have trusted him. Once, she would have listened and heeded his warning. But as she sat there, a veil seemed to come over her vision, and instead of her father she could only see a policeman.

The type of person she could never again trust, for as long as she lived.

Sorry, dad, she thought. But I just can’t believe anything you say.

She stood up, smoothed her jacket, which she hadn’t yet taken off and looked down at the man who had raised her. Who, especially after her mother’s death, had devoted his life to her.

When he wasn’t too busy being a cop.

“I have to go now,” she said. “I’ve got a stray kid to find.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A high-school teacher, former college instructor and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written three crime thrillers, The Group, When You Have to Go There, and And the Devil Walks Away and one horror novel, The Litter. In the last few years, he’s begun working on the Sam Quinton private eye series, published by Camel Press. The first Quinton book, Squatter’s Rights, was nominated for the 2021 Shamus award for Best First PI Novel. The second book, Heel Turn, was released in March of 2021, while the third in the series, Double Frame, came out March of 2022.

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GIVEAWAY:
Kevin R. Doyle will be awarding a $15 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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33 comments:

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

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  2. Good morning and thanks for taking part in my tour.

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    1. Good morning to you as well! And you are very welcome. Thanks for visiting my blog =)

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  3. great cover, this sounds like a wonderful book

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  4. What inspires your book plots?

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    1. Tracie, there's no one or two things that inspire my plots. They usually come from some minor, random little detail I notice that takes a while to blossom. The interesting thing about The Litter is that, cliched as it sounds, I got the idea from a dream/nightmare. I woke up one morning with one particular scene floating in my head. I won't say which, but it's a scene from somewhere in the middle of the book. From that isolated scrap of a scene, I eventually managed to bring together an entire plot.

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  5. I love the horror genre and this one sounds great. I want to know where they came from.

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    1. Katie, without giving anything away, there are actually two "ah hah" reveals in the book. One probably kind of obvious, the other not so much.

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  6. looks like a fun one

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  7. I'm usually too chickensh*t to read a horror book lol.

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  8. The book sounds very interesting, thanks.

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  9. The Litter sounds like a thrilling horror story and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

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  10. Ooh, this sounds like a thrilling book. Best of luck with the success of it.

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  11. I love a good horror story.
    This book is for me!
    Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Barbara, you're welcome. Hope it doesn't disappoint.

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  12. Christina Gail PearceAugust 4, 2022 at 9:08 PM

    I can't wait to read it!

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  13. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  14. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Do you have a favorite travel destination?

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  16. have a great weekend and thanks for the giveaway

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  17. Sounds great! Who’s your favorite author?

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    1. If I had to choose, at the moment I'd probably say Lawrence Block.

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  18. The father-daughter dynamic really added to the suspense. Completely unpredictable! Couldn’t put it down.

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    1. Amy, thanks for the comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

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