Thursday, October 15, 2020

Blog Tour: Crackle and Fire by Russ Colchamiro #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #scifi #mystery #rabtbooktours @authorduderuss @RABTBookTours

 

Sci-Fi, Mystery

Date Published: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Crazy 8 Press


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Angela Hardwicke isn’t just any private eye. She’s a PI from Eternity, the cosmic realm responsible for the design, creation, and maintenance of the Universe.

When accountant Gil Haberseau hires her to find an intern with stolen corporate files, Hardwicke soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly case of lies, intrigue, and murder, clashing with vengeful gangsters, MinderNot rallies, and a madman who’s come a long way to get what he wants.

In Russ Colchamiro’s thrilling Sci-Fi mystery Crackle and Fire, Angela Hardwicke learns once and for all that when it comes to being an intergalactic private eye, there’s no telling what threats she may face on-realm and off… including the demons that lurk deep within her soul.

Bonus story included! The AI-themed Angela Hardwicke murder mystery, “The Case of Jarlo’s Buried Treasure”

 



Interview

Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Russ: Writing mysteries is a complex process necessitating a chain of events that ultimately link together. If even one step or detail is broken or missing or contradicts another, it’s like a house of cards—the entire mystery collapses on itself. It requires that I think each step through, and re-think and re-re-think. I spend quite a bit of time talking out the narrative and listening for gaps in logic or character and worldbuilding inconsistencies—and then patching them up or making changes accordingly. It’s fun in its own way and for me, absolutely critical, but it can be a tedious process.  

 

Q: How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Russ: Between novels, novellas and anthologies my work has appeared in more than 20 books, with another half dozen on the way. My new favorite is the scifi noir CRACKLE AND FIRE, which just came out this month. I’m incredibly happy with it. The main character is hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke. She like a cross between Doctor Who, Blade Runner, and Veronica Mars. She might be the most complex character I’ve ever written.

 

Q: If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Russ: Hayley Atwell, who played Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Universe, but only if she can keep her British accent. She’s a great actress, looks the part, and has proven she’s a natural in this type of role.

 

Q: When did you begin writing?

Russ: I started as a kid, and while I took long gaps across many years, never looked back. 

 

Q: How long did it take to complete your first book?

Russ: Start to finish it took me almost six years to write and then publish Finders Keepers. Now, on average, it takes me about a year all in to write, edit, and publish a novel.

 

Q: Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Russ: I can’t say any one author inspired me to be a writer, but some of my favorite authors include Christopher Moore, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Coben, Sara Gran, Stephen King, and Elmore Leonard.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Russ: I happen to love the editing process. Writing a first draft is exciting and filled with its own magic, but the editing process allows me to refine the details and nuance, and elevate my work. I typically aim for a C+ or B- quality first draft—word vomit, to get my ideas on paper in a reasonable fashion. For me, the editing phase is where the surgical changes come in, both in terms of overall narrative and then down to the finest points. I’ve found that dozens or even hundreds of smaller, but precision edits can improve my work in ways that one or two ‘bigger’ changes simply can’t accomplish.

 

Q: Describe your latest book in 4 words

Russ: Intergalactic PI Hunts Madman

  

Q: Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 

Russ: Straight from the back cover, here’s my new book CRACKLE AND FIRE, published by Crazy 8 Press:

 

Angela Hardwicke isn't just any private eye.


She's a PI from Eternity, the cosmic realm responsible for the design, creation, and maintenance of the Universe.


When accountant Gil Haberseau hires her to find an intern with stolen corporate files, Hardwicke soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly case of lies, intrigue, and murder, clashing with vengeful gangsters, MinderNot rallies, and a madman who's come a long way to get what he wants.

In Russ Colchamiro's thrilling Sci-Fi mystery Crackle and Fire, Angela Hardwicke learns once and for all that when it comes to being an intergalactic private eye, there's no telling what threats she may face on-realm and off... including the demons that lurk deep within her soul.”

 

I’m now working on the second book in the series, which will be available Fall 2021 from Crazy 8 Press.

 

 

 

About the Author

Russ Colchamiro is also the author of the rollicking sci-fi adventure, Crossline, the zany sci-fi/fantasy backpacking series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the sci-fi-themed mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author and co-editor of Murder in Montague Falls, a noir-inspired collection of novellas.

Russ is also the creator and host of Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast, where he has interviewed several NY Times and USA Today best-selling sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery authors. Russ has also contributed short stories to more than a dozen sci-fi and fantasy anthologies.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

For more on Russ and Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster, visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AuthorDudeRuss, ‘like’ his Facebook author page www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor, and watch his podcast on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUb7MDUNQxyVRBDOTVEqOaw

 

Contact Links

Website

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Twitter: @authorduderuss

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Instagram: @authorduderuss

 

Purchase Link

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