Wednesday, November 2, 2022

NBTM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Grave Girl (Thomas Shepard Mystery #1) by Dan Padavona

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual book tour for Grave Girl by Dan Padavona. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author regarding Jack the Ripper. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
--
Title: Grave Girl
Series: Thomas Shepard Mystery #1
Author: Dan Padavona
Publication Date: December 27th 2022
Genre: Mystery Thriller
~
Every mind holds a secret. Some are more deadly than others.

Nightshade County Sheriff Thomas Shepherd is a successful model for every law enforcement officer with autism. He leads an idyllic life in his uncle’s old home along Wolf Lake and is planning to marry private investigator Chelsey Byrd.

But when a star athlete’s girlfriend disappears while camping, everyone blames the boyfriend. He’s volatile and dangerous. Did he murder the girl and bury her in the woods?

The sheriff’s gut tells him there’s more to the story than the boyfriend is willing to admit. The more he digs into the case, the more he worries someone is hiding a dark secret.

Is the boy a killer? Or is he the next victim?

---
EXCERPT:
McKenzie Ossman twirled a length of blond hair around her finger and took in the stars. Here, five miles beyond Kane Grove’s city lights, the sky was a frozen portrait of fireworks. She shivered against the chill and puffed out a condensation cloud, the cold already deep enough to penetrate her bones. By morning, frost would cover the landscape.

She accepted the bottle of Jack Daniels from Marshall and sipped. This was a terrible idea. As much as she wanted to get him away from the pressures of Kane Grove University and the constant attention he received from being a future NFL draft selection, she didn’t like it when he drank. Hazel-skinned, strong, body painted with tattoos, he was a Greek god when he was sober. But lately he’d taken to drinking too often. He changed after the alcohol hit his bloodstream, turning angry and short-fused, a bomb ready to blow.

Then there was the problem of getting back to campus on his motorcycle. She couldn’t trust him to drive buzzed. Sometimes he pushed the motorcycle past eighty in the dark, her arms wrapped around his waist, Marshall one wrong move from disaster.

Marshall Prisco was the proverbial diamond in the rough. Few small college football players attracted professional scouts, yet dozens attended Kane Grove football games for the chance to see him play. A senior wide receiver, he was unstoppable on the field, too fast and strong for the poor fools tasked with covering him.

McKenzie sipped from the bottle and winced when the alcohol burned her throat. Marshall held out his hand, and she wasn’t sure she should give the bottle back to him.
---
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dan Padavona is the author of The Wolf Lake series, The Logan and Scarlett series, Darkwater Cove, The Scarlett Bell thriller series, and The Thomas Shepherd Mysteries. Many of his novels rank in the top-10 in Amazon’s thriller and mystery categories. He is a husband, a parent, and proud member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.

When he’s not writing, Dan enjoys photography, biking, weightlifting, and storm chasing. Dan has videotaped tornadoes from New York to Oklahoma and Texas and was nearly swept up by a strong twister outside Sweetwater, Texas. A self-proclaimed ice cream and gelato lover, Dan admits to spending too much time in the gym, compensating for his questionable nutritional decisions.

---
GUEST POST:
Without question, the most intriguing murder/mystery cases involved Jack the Ripper from the nineteenth century. Before anyone coined the term serial killer, Jack the Ripper terrorized Englanders. And the police never caught him.

Strange as it seems, the name Jack the Ripper came into being when a person claiming to be the killer sent a letter to the newspaper. He signed the letter as the infamous serial killer, but police believed the letter was a hoax. To this day, the name exists only because of a potentially fraudulent letter.

One such letter arrived with half a human kidney, leading the authorities to believe the killer was a surgeon or possessed a medical background.

The legend holds strong because the cases remain unsolved mysteries. For this reason, Hollywood has long depicted the killer on film, and the mysterious figure has inspired countless more silver screen murderers, such as Hannibal Lecter.

Today, forensics and DNA evidence would lead the police to the killer, but that technology didn’t exist in the late-nineteenth century. That’s why some of the most realistic murder mystery novels take place before modern criminal investigation evolved.
---
GIVEAWAY:
Dan Padavona will be awarding a $25 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.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

369 comments:

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

    ReplyDelete
  2. jack the ripper was what got me into murder mysteries! my dad had a book called something like "the encyclopedia of the strange and terrible" and he was one of the stories in it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like one creepy encyclopedia! My father introduced me to The Amityville Horror novel. I never looked back.

      Delete
  3. I enjoyed your post on Jack the Ripper and I enjoyed your excerpt, Grave Girl sounds like an edge of my seat mystery that I will won't be able to put down!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a splendid day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Stormy. I love writing page-turners that keep readers glued to the story!

      Delete
  4. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, Grave Girl sounds like an excellent mystery read and I am glad that this is the first book of a series, I love a good series.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Bea. I really think you'll like this series!

      Delete
  5. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Story sounds exciting! Congrats on your tour.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    ReplyDelete
  8. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This mystery thriller sounds fun to read. I also think the book cover is very eye catching.

    ReplyDelete
  11. What do you think of the world today?

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  13. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's snowing at my house. Do you like snow?

    ReplyDelete
  15. Mystery Thriller - I love this genre, along with the cover and title!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Happy Friday!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hope you have a nice weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What's your favorite part of fall?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Happy Saturday!

    ReplyDelete
  21. what are your thoughts on daylight savings time, I hate it

    ReplyDelete
  22. Do you plan to only write in this genre?

    ReplyDelete
  23. What is your dream vacation?

    ReplyDelete
  24. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

    ReplyDelete
  25. If you weren't a writer, what kind of career do you think you'd have?

    ReplyDelete
  26. Do you like being an author?

    ReplyDelete
  27. Will you watch the lunar eclipse?

    ReplyDelete
  28. -29 here this morning am thinking I need to live in a warmer climate

    ReplyDelete
  29. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

    ReplyDelete
  30. What do you think of the world?

    ReplyDelete
  31. What type of pen or computer do you use?

    ReplyDelete
  32. What are your plans for the holiday?

    ReplyDelete
  33. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

    ReplyDelete
  34. Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving?

    ReplyDelete
  35. do you have a main job or is it writing

    ReplyDelete
  36. Happy Thursday!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Happy Friday!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Very intriguing guest post!! Can't wait to check out this book!!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Happy Saturday!

    ReplyDelete
  41. What do you drink while writing?

    ReplyDelete
  42. do you live in the country or a city?

    ReplyDelete
  43. What is your favorite part of fall?

    ReplyDelete
  44. Happy Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Do you have a pet? Tell me about them.

    ReplyDelete
  46. thanks this sounds like a very interesting read

    ReplyDelete
  47. Have a decent Monday!

    ReplyDelete
  48. How long does it take to write a book?

    ReplyDelete
  49. What author do you most admire?

    ReplyDelete
  50. how long does it take you to write a book

    ReplyDelete
  51. Do you like the weather today?

    ReplyDelete
  52. What did you want to be when you grew up?

    ReplyDelete
  53. What is your favorite book of all time?

    ReplyDelete
  54. What was your favourite subject in school?

    ReplyDelete
  55. What was your favorite book growing up?

    ReplyDelete
  56. Have you started another book yet?

    ReplyDelete
  57. I can not wait to check this book out.

    ReplyDelete
  58. What do you do when you're not writing?

    ReplyDelete
  59. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

    ReplyDelete
  60. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Happy Friday!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Have you gotten snow yet where you live?

    ReplyDelete
  63. Where did you go on your favourite vacation?

    ReplyDelete
  64. Do you worry about things?

    ReplyDelete
  65. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    ReplyDelete
  66. do you have a favorite childhood memory

    ReplyDelete
  67. Happy Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
  68. What sort of events do you like to attend?

    ReplyDelete
  69. Will you be traveling for Thanksgiving?

    ReplyDelete
  70. What was the first book you wrote?

    ReplyDelete
  71. What are your aspirations in life?

    ReplyDelete
  72. Do you have a good friend? Tell me about your adventures.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Do you plan to release another book this year?

    ReplyDelete
  74. Happy Tuesday!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Are you glad when a book is finished?

    ReplyDelete
  76. favorite food?

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  77. Happy Wednesday!

    ReplyDelete
  78. Do you have a favorite author and/or genre?

    ReplyDelete
  79. What do you do for the holidays?

    ReplyDelete
  80. do you have a celebration after you finish writing a book

    ReplyDelete
  81. What is your favorite genre to read when you're not writing?

    ReplyDelete
  82. Happy Friday!

    ReplyDelete
  83. What was your favorite book that you've read this year?

    ReplyDelete
  84. Do you like the cooler weather?

    ReplyDelete
  85. Do you listen to music when you write?

    ReplyDelete
  86. Happy Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
  87. Do you have any promtions on your books for Cyber Week?

    ReplyDelete
  88. do you have any other writers in the family

    ReplyDelete
  89. Do you ever work with new writers?

    ReplyDelete
  90. Do you ever have splitting headaches?

    ReplyDelete
  91. do you have a huge christmas or a quiet one

    ReplyDelete
  92. What was your favorite subject in school?

    ReplyDelete
  93. strange weather lately, cold snowy, yesterday felt an earthquake

    ReplyDelete
  94. Happy Wednesday!

    ReplyDelete
  95. have you started your christmas shopping

    ReplyDelete
  96. Happy Thursday!

    ReplyDelete
  97. have you started your holiday decorating

    ReplyDelete
  98. Do you like Christmas?

    ReplyDelete
  99. are you a morning person or a night owl

    ReplyDelete
  100. Happy Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
  101. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

    ReplyDelete
  102. Will you be hosting a holiday party?

    ReplyDelete
  103. do you go to many christmas parities

    ReplyDelete
  104. Do you like Christmas?

    ReplyDelete
  105. Where do you get your ideas from?

    ReplyDelete
  106. What is your favorite book?

    ReplyDelete
  107. Does writer's block ever hit you?

    ReplyDelete
  108. What is your favorite book to re-read?

    ReplyDelete
  109. do you have any other books started

    ReplyDelete
  110. Do you enjoy being a writer?

    ReplyDelete
  111. do you have any big plans for the holiday

    ReplyDelete
  112. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

    ReplyDelete
  113. Do you listen to music when you write?

    ReplyDelete