Thanks so much to Vivian for having me today!
In the last decade, my techie husband has turned me into a geek. I love my gadgets, can’t be away from my phone, have an iPad and an e-reader, and I’m fascinated by the seemingly overnight evolutions concerning all things technology. And for a someone like me, who is lazy at heart–being able to buy a book with a few clicks is heaven.
But I’ll tell you a secret. I still love print books, and going into a bookstore still gives me the same fluttery stomach and gooseflesh it always has.
So many books! So many stories–all the history I need to read about, all the suspense novels I want to read, the beautiful romances and the still amazing classics–all there together, calling out to me. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be on those shelves. I wanted to be part of the exclusive club that creates a common thread between people of all races and culture.
Now, the big stores dying. The Nook is (supposedly) the only thing that will save Barnes and Noble. Indie stories are closing right and left, and although INTO THE DARK is available for print, I’ve had to restructure my dream of reaching readers to the e-reader.
And that’s okay. But I still love those bookstores, and see my book on the shelves of our local indie bookstore was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had. It doesn't matter if that store is just one tiny blip on the radar–it’s still a store that supports books, authors, and most importantly, readers. It’s a local treasure trying to survive in the new world, and I intend to support my local bookstores as much as I can.
Don’t stop buying books for your e-readers. Love and cherish them and the convenience and low-prices they bring. But don’t forget about the little bookstores that can.
An Excerpt from INTO THE DARK:
Emilie risked another glance at him. Narrowed in either anger or grief, his eyes glistened with moisture. “She was wrong. All of those exist in the daylight as well. Poor Jo didn't need to fear the dark. Her bad luck came on a hot, sunny afternoon.” His voice faltered.
“What happened to her?”
“That’s none of your business.” Her captor jumped as though jolted with electricity.
“Josephine belongs to me and to me alone,” he snarled.
Emilie scooted as far away from the man as the small space would allow.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was contrite. “Forgive my rudeness. That was extremely ungentlemanly.”
Intimacy had crept back into his tone. Emilie cringed.
“Don’t be afraid, Miss Emilie,” Creepy Guy pleaded. “I would never hurt you.”
“You already have.”
He edged closer until his covered arm brushed her bare one. The material was soft and lightweight. Breathable. Expensive. Not cheap rags like Joe wore.
“Only because you’re scared. But I knew we were connected the first moment I saw you. Once you allow me to explain my actions, you will understand everything. You carry our connection with you every day.”
“We have no connection.”
“Oh but we do. I’ve watched you for so long, my dear Miss Emilie.” He spoke softly now, like a lover would. “So many times, I was close enough to reach out and touch you, to make you mine. But the time and place weren't right. Waiting for you has been torture.”
Enter the INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle!
The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.
About the author:
Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page.
After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. Her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK is available on all digital formats and paperback November 30th.
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