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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Virtual Book Tour, Interview, & Review: Misdirection- Austin Williams

Have we got a great Book Tour Stop for you!  We are so happy to be a stop for the Misdirection Blog Tour!!  This fabulous book is showcased on our little blog!  We have an author interview AND a review!  We hope you enjoy the tour stop and if you pick up the book, hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as we did! Enjoy!


Publication Date: June 22, 2014
Diversion Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction
Series: The Rusty Diamond Trilogy (Book One)

A street magician needs more than sleight-of-hand to survive getting embroiled in a murder case in this blistering novel of suspense, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and George Pelecanos.

After years of chasing fame and hedonistic excess in the bright lights of Las Vegas, Rusty ìThe Ravenî Diamond has returned home to Ocean City to piece his life back together. When he finds himself an innocent suspect in his landlordís brutal murder, Rusty abandons all hope of maintaining a tranquil existence. Acting on impulse, he digs into the investigation just enough to anger both the police and a local drug cartel.
As the unsolved case grows more complex, claiming new victims and inciting widespread panic, Rusty feels galvanized by the adrenaline heís been missing for too long. But his newfound excitement threatens to become an addiction, leading him headfirst into an underworld heís been desperately trying to escape.
Austin Williams creates an unforgettable protagonist in Rusty, a flawed but relatable master of illusion in very real danger. As the suspense builds to an explosively orchestrated climax, Williams paints a riveting portrait of both a cityóand a manóon the edge.

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Misdirection Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 22
Review at The Bookworm

Tuesday, September 23
Review at Sitting in the Stacks

Wednesday, September 24
Spotlight at Tales of a Book Addict

Thursday, September 25
Review at Reading Room Book Reviews

Monday, September 29
Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, September 30
Review at The Librarian Fatale

Wednesday, October 1
Review at Any Good Book
Review & Giveaway at The Crime Scene

Tuesday, October 2
Review at The Discerning Reader

Friday, October 3
Interview at Any Good Book

Monday, October 6
Review at Me and My Books
Review & Interview at Back Porchervations

Tuesday, October 7
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Wednesday, October 8
Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, October 9
Review at Boom Baby Reviews
Review & Interview at A Cup Of Tea & A Big Book

Monday, October 13
Review & Giveaway at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

Tuesday, October 14
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, October 15
Review at Book Nerd

Friday, October 17
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Review at Beth's Book Reviews

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I actually don’t own an e-reader, and have never read a book in digital form. I’m a fan of printed matter, however anachronistic that may be. I enjoy holding a book -- turning the pages, the smell of the ink, the overall tactile experience. I’ll probably transition to digital without too much of a ruckus if books ever cease to be printed on paper, but I’ll be one of the last holdouts to make that switch.
What is your favorite quote?
“The menu is not the meal.” -- Alan Watts. I think if Watts was still alive he’d say this holds true whether the menu is on paper or on an e-reader.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Nothing too original, unfortunately. The most obvious pieces of advice tend to be the most useful. Try to write every day, or at least five days a week. Set a requirement for a full day’s work that seems manageable (a thousand words isn’t a bad place to start) and make it a point to reach that benchmark every time you sit down to write. Even if you don’t think the material you’re producing on a given day is usable, there may be some germ of a good idea that emerges simply from hammering words onto the page. You might often be surprised to revisit material you didn’t think would ever survive the first round of editing, only to find it’s better than you remembered. The chance of being pleasantly surprised alone is sufficient reason to keep writing even when you’re not feeling enthusiastic about that day’s work.
Which writers inspire you?
Anyone who can make a living by writing the kind of material they truly enjoy is an inspiration. My own reading tastes lean heavily toward fiction, but I’m not too choosy about genre. I admire pretty much any writer capable of creating a compelling narrative with characters whose company I’m grateful to share while reading.
Do you have a favorite snack/drink while you write?
My day doesn’t really start without coffee, so whenever I’m writing in the morning I’ll have a mug handy. The book I’m currently working on takes place in New Orleans, so I’ve been drinking chicory coffee from Cafe de Monde (a NOLA institution) to help conjure some local flavor.
Do you write in silence or do you have background noise?
It varies. Sometimes music can help trigger ideas, especially if it shares some connection to what is being written (like being from the same era or location of the story). Other times silence feels like the best accompaniment.
If you met the characters from MISDIRECTION do you think you would be friends or foes?
Well, it would depend of which character. There are definitely some people in MISDIRECTION I would never want to meet in real life. As for my protagonist, Rusty Diamond, I’m not sure how well we would hit it off. He’s pretty rough around the edges, not the easiest guy to get along with. But he almost always does the right thing, even if not always for the right reasons. Plus he’s a master magician, so he brings a lot of entertainment value to the table. I think it would be interesting to meet him, but I doubt we would become close friends. Maintaining a purely literary relationship seems like a better way to go.

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The new thriller by Austin Williams, Misdirection, is now available from Diversion Books. It is the first novel of The Rusty Diamond Trilogy. Williams is the author of the acclaimed suspense novels Crimson Orgy and The Platinum Loop. He is the co-author (with Erik Quisling) of Straight Whisky: A Living History of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll on the Sunset Strip. He lives in Los Angeles.

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