Monday, September 26, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Locksmith's War (The Locksmith Trilogy #3) by Paul Briggs

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Locksmith's War by Paul Briggs. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post about where the author gets his ideas. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 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: Locksmith's War
Series: The Locksmith Trilogy #3
Author: Paul Briggs
Publication Date: July 4th 2022
Print Length: 287 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
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For Lachlan Smith, learning the secret of the apocalypse was the easy part.

Ever since Locksmith found the portal to the future, he has been wondering who or what was responsible for the empty, uninhabited world he found.

Now he knows—and now he has to fight them.

He thought he had fifteen years in which to prevent the extinction of the human species.

Now, he has only hours.

When the portal is stolen by a cabal of dangerous fanatics, his mother and many of his friends are trapped on the other side. Now the enemy is after him, and the only way to thwart their genocidal plan is to retake the portal and hold it—at both ends.

With very little time left, a handful of allies who don't trust each other, almost no chance of success and the survival of humanity itself at stake… Locksmith is going to war.

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EXCERPT:
Rikki’s first plan of escape was simple — wait for somebody to open the door, then pounce on them, beat them up and start running. She couldn’t act on this plan until the drug wore off.

She was still feeling jittery from the drug when the lights went out, leaving her in something very close to pitch darkness. The tags on her ears glowed in the dark. The lights stayed off for a fair stretch of time — it might have been an hour. Before long, even with the drug out of her system her pupils had dilated to the point where the light that leaked in under the doorway looked like a line of yellow-white fire, dimly illuminating the room.

Then she heard the footsteps out the in the hall. Someone was headed this way. Rikki pointed herself at the doorway and got herself into a sprinter’s crouch like she’d seen Lock do.

The footsteps stopped in front of the door to her cell. She could see the shadows of somebody’s feet. Just one person. Good. Heavier than average, from the sound of the footsteps, but still better than trying to tackle two or more people at once. Her leg muscles were ready to launch her at the enemy. She got her fists into position. A few good blows to the solar plexus and kidneys…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In addition to writing books, Paul Briggs has worked as a newspaper editor, court reporter's assistant, and audio transcriber. In his spare time (when he has any) he sometimes performs in community theater, most recently taking on the roles of Bottom, Petruchio, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Richard III in a Shakespeare compilation. An Eastern Shore native who grew up in Chestertown, Maryland, Paul earned a BA in English from Washington College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland – College Park.

He is the author of several short plays, including the award-winning The Worst Super Power Ever and The Picture of Health. He is also writing the sequel to his 2018 science fiction novel Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, which vividly imagines the dislocations that follow when the Arctic Sea ice finally melts and the Chesapeake Bay is drowned by the effects of climate change.

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GUEST POST:
- Where do you get your ideas?

All sorts of places.

The Locksmith Trilogy grew out of the image of a boy exploring an abandoned world. “The Day the Ice Cap Died,” the story that gave rise to Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, grew out of the speculations on the future climate of the world that I did while writing the Locksmith Trilogy.

But there’s lots of other sources: weird news articles, intriguing photographs and so on. I find that pictures of streets and alleyways work better than pictures of the wilderness, but that’s just me.

Even if you don’t write historical fiction, almost every history book has a story idea in it somewhere. Look for the ones that were written not just to describe the events, but to capture the feel of the time and place.

If you haven’t started using the writing prompts from Twitter’s writing community, such as #musemon, #BookishTues, #scififri, #satsplat or #scifansat, I recommend them. Not only do they give you a chance to show snippets from your WIP (although only a few of them, like #Thurds, allow you to post links to your books), combining the prompt from one of these with the word of the day from, say, #vss365 will probably inspire some ideas for flash fiction, and you may come up with something you can flesh out into a short story or novel.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig, is the absolute motherlode of writing prompts. Look at almost any word and try to come up with a situation that might give rise to it. The Locksmith Trilogy is practically “Kenopsia: The Series,” as the protagonists journey through one abandoned place after another.

Of course, whatever ideas you come up with, the hard part is still committing them to words.
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GIVEAWAY:
Paul Briggs will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecoper. 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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54 comments:

  1. How did you decide on the cover? I really love it!

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    1. I knew from the beginning which scene I wanted on the cover. Secant Publishing found a great cover designer, MiblArt. (They're Ukrainian, and they kept working at it even after the invasion.)

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  2. i WANT TO ENTER THE PORTAL OF THE FUTURE. WOWOWOW

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  3. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about your work and I am looking forward to reading your stories. Which aspect of these stories required the most research on your part?

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  4. Sounds like a fascinating book. Adding to my TBR list.

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  5. This looks like a great read. The plot is intriguing.

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt and the guest post, Locksmith's War sounds like a brilliant and exciting read to entertain the kids!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fabulous week!

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

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

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  9. What beverage do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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  10. The book sounds interesting,thanks. email< r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  11. This sounds like a really intriguing story.

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  12. Do you ever read your own books?

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

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  14. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

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  15. I have some nieces who would love this book!
    Would make a great gift.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  16. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  17. Great giveaway!

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  18. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  19. was it hard choosing the title for the book

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  20. This sounds like an excellent read!

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

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  22. I can't wait to read it!

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  23. What is your favorite book genre?

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  24. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  25. sounds like a fun one

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  26. What inspires you?

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  27. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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  28. Who is your favorite author?

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  29. Do you find it hard to write on sunny days?

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  30. Sounds like a good read

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  31. thanks again for the giveaway and best wishes on your book

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  32. Great cover, thanks for hosting the giveaway!!!

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  33. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover.

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  34. Science fiction books are always so interesting to read. Thanks for introducing this one.

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  35. Happy friday!

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  36. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

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  37. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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