Thursday, February 15, 2018

Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT



It is my pleasure to share a guest post from author Brian Paone, who shares his...




Advice for writers 
by
Brian Paone



-        My two pieces of advice for new or aspiring writers: 

1) hire a professional editor. Do not think you can edit your own novel (you can’t … forest for the trees and all that). Also, do not think a friend of family member (unless they ARE a professional editor) will do your book any justice either. A poorly edited (or not edited at all) novel is a disservice to the entire literary community and will most likely guarantee that you won’t have any return readers on your next release. 

2) Writing an engaging book is only 50% of your job as being a successful writer. The other 50% comes afterward: marketing. I see so many novice writers think that just by putting their book on Amazon, they can sit back and watch the sales come flying in. Then, six month later, they are complaining in my writing group why they have only sold 3 copies, and 2 of them were to Uncle Bob and their parents. Marketing should start early and happen on a consistent basis. At a minimum, do one thing a week to get your book in front of potential reader’s eyes.


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by Brian Paone

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GENRE: Crime/Thriller Romantic Paranormal

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BLURB:

11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female.

Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me …

… Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …

What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers?

I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.

… I was always easily influenced.

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EXCERPT



Smith spit out another peanut shell onto his Chevy’s floorboard as his gaze stayed trained on the Desert Palms Motel’s front entrance. His fingers instinctively found the opened bag in the complete darkness and pinched another nut. He squeezed his eyes closed to ward off the simmering residual headache from the most recent blackout. The sound of the rain pelting the windshield was soothing.



“Come on. Where are you? You took the last two nights off. I can’t imagine you being on vacation.”



Headlights turning into the parking lot diverted his attention from the motel’s front door. He squinted to decipher the make and model of the vehicle through the downpour. A Bentley. He sighed and returned his focus to the motel as he fingered the brim of his newly purchased replacement fedora and then tossed it next to him in frustration.



Smith removed his revolver from his shoulder holster and checked that all six chambers were loaded for the umpteenth time. He secured the weapon and grabbed the small notebook from underneath his discarded fedora, lying on the passenger seat, where Wynn should be sitting. But she had maintained radio silence throughout the past two days since storming from Hank’s office. He shook his head in disgust for letting Wynn’s drama distract him from the job at hand.



He swiped the Chevy’s dashboard with his palm to clean off the thick layer of dust that had collected from months of neglect. He wiped his hands on his pants, leaving a graying smear across the fabric covering his thighs. He reached into his trench coat’s inner pocket and removed a silver flask. He opened the top and looked at the engraved insignia on the front. His index finger traced the shining eyeball hanging freely in the cut-out middle of a pyramid. Taking a swig from the decorated flask, he grimaced as the brown liquid hit the back of his throat.



Smith retrieved the Polaroid from the dashboard and cleared his throat. “Let’s see what tricks you’re playing on me now.” He flicked the corner of the photograph as he sighed deeply in expected disappointment.


  

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star, Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts; a macabre cerebral-horror novel, Welcome to Parkview; a time-travel romance novel, Yours Truly, 2095, (which was nominated for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and a supernatural, crime-noir detective novel, Moonlight City Drive. Along with his four novels, Brian has published three short stories: Outside of Heaven, which is featured in the anthology, A Matter of Words; The Whaler’s Dues, which is featured in the anthology, A Journey of Words; and Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys), which is featured in the anthology, A Haunting of Words


Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose. He is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. Brian is also a police officer and has been working in law enforcement since 2002. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. For more information on all his books and music, visit his website.








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44 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. I'm glad you gave it chance! Thanks for checking in!

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    2. Thanks for dropping by, Lisa!

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    1. It's advice I wish someone had given me 11 years ago.

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    2. Thank you for popping by, David! As an editor, it always warms my heart to have authors acknowledge what an important service we provide (0;

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  4. I’ve been finding your advice, and advice from within your group, to be completely invaluable now that I’m trying to write for more than just myself. Thanks for that.

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    1. You're welcome! I wish online writing groups were a thing when I made the decision to write professionally. I learned through trial and error.

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    2. Good luck on your journey, Kyle. Thank you for taking the time to visit!

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  5. Excellent advice for new and up and coming authors. Marketing is a really important endeavor that all authors need to pursue. I have both a blog and a Facebook page started. I think with marketing it is important to think outside of the box. For myself I think doing promotions is a really great way to advertise your novels. It is very important to hire an editor for your work. I can't wait to read Moonlight City Drive! Thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you for commenting. So see so many books or new authors fall short of their own expectations because of poor marketing. Glad to see you seem to be headed in the right direction!

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    2. Great points, GF. Thanks for coming by!

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  6. Any advice is good advice. Thanks for posting.

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  7. Thanks for the timely advice! I've been battling the frustration that comes with asking for advice on my memoir from family and friends: conflicting opinions abound.

    I will be looking for a professional editor to get input from. I need this book to be the best it can be, and correctly portray my message.

    Thanks again!

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  8. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

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    1. Good to see you, Victoria. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Great advice and you say it often. Much harder to apply. A work in process :)

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    1. I figure if I say it often enough, someone will take me seriously and apply it.

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    2. It's well worth the effort, Jennifer. Good luck in your journey!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully you'll check it out!

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    2. Glad you think so, Rita, I hope you get a chance to read it! Thanks for popping in!

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  11. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  12. That so wonderful of you to share your hard-earned knowledge, Brian. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, also.

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    1. You're very welcome! It's been great to read everyone's comments!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully you'll check it out.

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  14. Good excerpt, glad to have discovered this book

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  15. Excellent advice - I totally agree! Professional editing is very important, and so is constant marketing. And I love the excerpt you shared - that sounds exciting and intriguing and has already drawn me in. I would love to read that!

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad you agree. I learned this through trial and error, and I'm hoping to help just 1 new author make the same mistakes I made a decade ago when I started writing professionally. I hope you check out the book!

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  16. Great advice - I wish more writers would go the professional editor route.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Non-edited books are just muddying up the waters for the rest of us.

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  17. I belong to several book groups on Face book as well as local book group,I feel word of mouth one of the most important marketing tools,people will read the " you have to read this book".

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  18. What inspired you to follow a career in writing? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  19. Both pieces of advice are critical as a writer and I’m learning that. With my first novel written over 8 years ago I edited my self (what was I thinking) and I look at it now and shake my head. I had no idea you were supposed to find an editor to do that. I’ve learned a lot since joining FW

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  20. Thank you for introducing me to this book, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

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