Friday, 16 March 2018

Sneaking Out by Chuck Vance

Title: Sneaking Out
Series: Chased, #1
Author: Chuck Vance
Published by: Dunemere Books
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

Could you sleep next to a murderer?

Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.

For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.

Guest Post by Chuck Vance:

A Day In The Life Of Chuck Vance

Coffee. It always starts with coffee. I make the worst coffee, which is a total bummer. I actually prefer cappuccino but I’m too lazy to buy an espresso maker and to be honest, I’m not sure I would do it justice.

Exercise. 45 minutes of training makes me a much better person.

Library. I work mostly at The New York Society Library on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. There is a quiet room on the top floor where people give you the eagle eye if you sneeze. There are other writers there but I also see people grading papers and doing research. It can be hard to get a spot so it’s best to get there early. God forbid you forget to turn your phone off, it’s not worth the public shaming. You never realize how hard some people tap at a computer, like a child banging on a piano. It can be jarring. But mostly I can zone out the noise and concentrate on what I am doing. The wi-fi can be sketchy, which often works in my favor because surfing the net can be a major distraction. Of course it is a drag when I’m trying to research something like poison and I can’t get on-line. For SNEAKING OUT I had to do a bit of research on wild life, flowers, birds, trees and the like because my main character Luke Chase is an outdoorsman and survivalist and knows all of that stuff. I love being outside, particularly on the beach, but I grew up in a city so I am not very familiar with different species etc. so there was a big learning curve. But I have now a genuine appreciation for people who can distinguish various plants and birds. It’s like learning another language.

Late Lunch. I wish I could eat at the library but no food or drink allowed so I have to leave and eat. A tuna fish sandwich with anchovy sauce, peppers, capers, and hardboiled egg is my favorite lunch but I can’t have it every day so sometimes salad or pizza. It’s getting harder and harder to find a good slice of pizza in New York City. It reminds me of when I lived in L.A. and had to travel across town for a decent piece.

Clerical work. Afternoon is spent with bills. I also walk my dogs, which takes an effort. One likes to be outside, but sitting and not walking and the other hates being outside, he is terrified of the city and barks at other dogs. So I am dragging and pulling. It was not how I imagined walking my dogs when I got them. I thought I would spend hours trudging through the park, not pulling at a yapping lap dog that thinks he’s a Pit Bull.

Night. Dinner with the family. In winter there is always a fire going. I love television and will seek out any good mystery or crime series, but I also like comedies.

Bed at ten. Read a book until I am asleep.

Author Bio:

Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.

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