Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone



Title: Moonlight City Drive
Author: Brian Paone
Genre: Crime/Thriller Romantic Paranormal


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.



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.



Author Bio:

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 www.BrianPaone.com



Guest Post by Brian Paone:

How to handle negative criticism.

Remember, reviews are for potential readers, not for authors. It is not our responsibility to defend our works to a bad reviewer. In fact, doing so could be the death warrant on your career. Never interact and get into a pissing contest with someone who didn’t like your book. You will appear unprofessional and confrontational, and this will deter more people from buying or reviewing your book.

Remember, reviews are opinions. If you have twenty 1-star reviews and nothing over 3 stars, maybe you should reevaluate yourself and see where you can improve, but that doesn’t give you the green light to interact defensively with the reviewers.

If I ever see a bad review or receive negative criticism, I look to see if there is any consistent points in multiple reviews and keep that in mind for my next work. The reviews or criticism where they just blatantly didn’t like the work and want to trash it for the sake of being the center of attention, I just move on by.







19 comments :

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thank you for dropping in, Lisa.
      Good luck in the giveaway :)

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  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Just Books, James.
      Good luck in the giveaway :)

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  3. Thank you for having me today!!

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    1. You're welcome, Brian.
      The book sounds great :)

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  4. I can't wait to read this book.

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    1. It'd be great if you checked it out!

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  6. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  7. Sensible advice all around!

    --Trix

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  8. I just love your excerpt and I would love to read your book.

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  9. Thanks for hosting. Who is your favorite author of all time? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  10. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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  11. Thanks for the post on this interesting book!

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