05 April 2012

Goddess Fish Presents:

The Life In Death tour! The author, Harlow Coban, has generously dropped by with an interview, and an offer of an assortment of prizes! Comment with your email addy for a chance to win:

Amazon gift cards
Book Lover note cards
Journals
Kindle cover
Book tote or
The Hunger Games trilogy.

Without further ado:


Welcome aboard! Tell us a little about yourself, please.

I was born in Kansas City, MO, grew up in Denver, CO, and relocated to North Carolina five years ago with my husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.  I spend my free time writing, dancing, and defending mailboxes from my16-year-old twins’ driving.  I love quotes and Latin phrases.  One of my goals for this year is to learn Spanish.

What about your latest release?

When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die.  How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?
When homicide detective Rance Nicolet meets Kari, his attraction to her is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning. Rance’s personal and professional lives collide. Does he blindly believe the woman he’s falling in love with or follow the evidence no matter where it leads?

Ok, let’s get down to the fun stuff. If you were stranded on a lush tropical island, and all of your basic needs were met, what two items would you have with you? What person would be with you? Remember, you’re stuck there for an indefinite period with only each other to occupy the time.

I couldn’t live without music and books.  Shhhh!  Don’t tell the husband, but I’d have Michael Ealy.  Gor-ge-ous!

If you could play opposite any of your lead characters, which one would it be and why?

I’ve actually played opposite my male lead characters in real life because they’re a composite of men I’ve dated and, yes, some of them were sociopaths.

If you could lead any of your secondary characters, which one would it be and why?

Sonora, my protagonist’s mother, because it’s clear she has secrets and exposing those secrets would give us a better understanding into her psyche. 

You’re locked in a closet with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, three paperclips and a string. How do you get out?

I could get out pretty easily with two paperclips.  I’m not sure what to do with the string or Kate Beckinsale, but I’m clear on what to do with Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp.  Hahahaha!

Name five things you can do with a pencil.

Make a sculpture;
Use it as a knife;
Throw it at someone;
Pin my hair up;
Twirl it on my thumb.

Who’s your favorite character from your book(s)? Why? Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

Detective Cobb because he’s pretty much a caveman.  He said and did whatever he liked and that made him great, great fun to write.

Where can we find you around the vast interwebs?

Twitter: @HarlowCoban

What about your books? Where are they being sold at?


Thanks for dropping in! Any last words?

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Blurb:  When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. She’s been targeted for death and she doesn’t even know it. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?

When homicide detective Rance Nicolet meets Kari, his attraction to her is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning. Rance’s personal and professional lives collide. Does he blindly believe the woman he’s falling in love with or follow the evidence no matter where it leads?

Excerpt:

“Frost. Call on line one.” The voice boomed overhead and interrupted Scott Frost mid-climb. He jumped off his truck, pushed up the sleeves on his dingy green work shirt and walked to the phone mounted on the wall, his face a scowl of irritation.

He grabbed the receiver. “Hello.”

“They found Patience,” his wife, Andrea, whispered.

Mammoth garbage trucks rumbled and shook the walls as they rolled out into the street for the day’s work, their giant bellies hungry for trash. Scott strained to hear his wife over the noise.

“I told you never to call me here.”

“Do you know what they did to her?” Her voice rose an octave.

"Hold it together.” He clenched his fist and resisted the impulse to smash it through the wall. “She’s the one who ran off.”

“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody deserves that.”

The phone slipped a bit in his sweaty hand. Tolerance had never been one of Scott's virtues, and what little he did have waned with each whiny word his wife uttered. “It’ll all be over soon, you know that.”

“They won’t let us out.”

He gnashed his teeth together until the noise in his head drowned out the roar of garbage trucks. The pumping of his heart escalated and Scott imagined he could feel his blood pressure rising.

“Damn it, Andrea, take a valium. These people are dangerous. They’ll kill us if we flake out.”  

About The Author:

Author Harlow Coban was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.

She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow’s positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certain.

She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving.

Her debut novel, LIFE IN DEATH (February 2012), is a murder mystery which pulls from real-life situations from her own family history. She felt compelled to share her story with the world while offering a thrilling, entertaining, and amusing escape for readers.

In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.

She loves to connect with her readers and can be found on Twitter (@HarlowCoban), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Harlow-Coban/174596219285270), Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com) and her website (www.HarlowCoban.com).

Thanks for dropping by!



5 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Harlow today.

marybelle said...

FUN interview questions & answers. Most insightful thank you.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

MomJane said...

Your story is so serious, but your interview was great fun.

Harlow.Coban said...

Hi Lindsay, thank you for hosting me.

Marybelle/MomJane, thanks for following me on my blog tour.

Best regards,

Catherine Lee said...

Great interview, Lindsay!

NOW, frankly, who'd want to get out of the closet if you were trapped in there with Colin, Johnny, and Kate? I'm a little claustrophobic, but I'm sure I could find something to take my mind off of it.