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Friday, June 10, 2011

Tracking Shadows Blog Tour: Review and Guest Post

I wanted to thank Regan for letting me review her book. I really enjoyed it and I'm excited to have her on the blog today!

Hi Aimee! Thanks for hosting me on this first stop of the Tracking Shadows book launch blog tour. Being a bit nervous about the whole blog tour thing and so very excited about the book, I struggled with just what to share with your readers. Then it dawned on me...share the coffee!

Coffee and I have a long history. I first fell in love with coffee as a high school junior. But only because I was crushing on my math teacher...tall, dark, handsome, smart, and a drummer (like me!)... He'd bring a steaming cup of coffee with him to class every afternoon. I asked more questions and inadvertently learned more math than any other school year.

Later, my husband drank coffee, but only at work. When he worked from home for a year, he brewed a pot every day. That rich scent captured me and soon I was hooked. For life.

I'm a walking commercial since I love a hot cup (or two or three) of black coffee first thing in the morning. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that coffee often factors into my books.

When I started writing novels set in 2096, it seemed the whole world was against carbs. So I figured eventually, the government would have strict sugar content regulations. So I outlawed sugar. Taking it further, the government of 2096 has put limits on caffeine too, but knowing how seriously I take my morning coffee, I knew people would find a way around such a ridiculous law.

Thus, Slick Micky, the best smuggler in Chicago, was born.

He played a supporting role in the previous 2096 novels, but I'd been flirting with his story in the back of my mind. It just took awhile (and several detours through other projects) before my imagination lit on Trina, a heroine I thought could match this cool, shadowy character.

Slick Micky's got a reputation for delivering anything, anywhere, anytime, though he really only 'pushes' coffee and sugar, and some nicotine. He and his smuggling network are very popular people in the local area and he's gone above and beyond, using decaying areas of 2096 Chicago to hide a state of the art facility to protect his interests.

In Tracking Shadows, with his assistant dead and an assassin on his tail, Slick Micky hardly has time for coffee, but I can assure you I enjoyed plenty on his behalf while crafting his novel.

Live the adventure!

Regan

P.S. What beverage do you enjoy most with a good book?


Obviously, my answer is coffee. Doesn't matter what time of day, I love a good cup of coffee to indulge in while reading a good book. Let us know what your favorite in the comments!

Here is a little blurb about the book:

In 2096, the American government has gone above and beyond to 'protect its citizens', even regulating sugar and coffee. Every new legislative measure opens up a black market for an enterprising person willing to seize the opportunity.

In Chicago, Slick Micky is the king of smuggling. Known to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, he specializes in caffeine and sugar and works in the anonymity of shadows. But recently an old enemy is tired of waiting for Micky's empire to crumble and has called in the best assassin in the business to take him out.

Trina Durham is an assassin with a sterling reputation, thanks to her unique ability to induce deadly hallucinations. When Slick Micky killed her best friend, she left Chicago - forever. She's back now, unable to resist the perfect opportunity for vengeance. But no one warned her Slick Micky might as well be a shadow. Or that shedding light on the man and his secrets would put both her heart and reputation at risk.

And here is my review of the book:

I would not survive in this world. It was intriguing, everything is regulated. Everything. Even coffee (I would die without my coffee fix). But it had such a great mystery to it. Trina out for revenge, instead of just a paycheck offered up a great story. And Slick Micky gaining loyalty from his mules by kindness, but still being firm, was different that what I would have imagined for a crime lord.

Trina wants to avenge her best friend by taking out Slick Micky, who is responsible for his death. Trina's power was interesting. She can create illusions, change her appearance, torment, to slip through the cracks. It definitely made for an interesting dynamic to the assassin bit.

Tracking Shadows was definitely a good read. I highly enjoyed the mystery. It wasn't too immersed into the dystopia genre to turn me away from the novel. If you haven't looked into this book, you should. It was very enjoyable.


My Rating:

Here is a little more about Regan:

Regan Black writes action packed paranormal and urban fantasy novels so readers can savor a fantastic escape from the daily grind. Raised in the Midwest and California, she now lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the abundance of history and legend fuels her imagination. Experience a Regan Black adventure at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords. You can keep up with Regan at www.ReganBlack.com.

Be sure to check out the next stop: June 11 – The Wyld Hollow http://thewyld-hollow.blogspot.com/  There will be plenty of chances to win this book, so don't forget to follow the blog tour!


Time for the Giveaway!
The Rules:
The rules are simple. One entry per person, leave your email in the comment along with your answer for your favorite beverage.  The contest will end June 21st at midnight. 

46 comments:

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I'm completely unoriginal here but my answer would be Coffee too! Especially that first morning cup of coffee...mmm (I'm just having mines now :))

Great post and great review.

I'd love to be in with a chance for winning - jules.ablaw[at]gmail[dot]com

Are you all wedding ready? x

Regan Black said...

Good morning! Thanks again for hosting me, Aimee.

Jules, I'm just finishing my first cup of coffee this morning...nearly ready to go back for more!

;)

Good luck in the giveaway!

Penny said...

I used to love a cup of strong black coffee but alas acid reflux has made me switch to tea. Now I've become one of those obnoxious tea snobs. I only use whole leaf black tea and carry it and a tea ball with me everywhere in case someone actually thinks they are going to give me a nasty tea bag.
I'm bound and determined to win a copy of this book.
lvs2dv@gmail.com

Regan Black said...

Hi Penny! I admire your dedication and tea snobbery! There have been times when I've had to cut back on the coffee, but I pray I don't ever have to give it up completely!

It's good to see you here and good luck in the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I love drinking either ice cold water or Coke Zero. As long as it's cold, I'm a happy camper. Great post today :)

Bels @ The Bookish Snob

dpbussie said...

I would have a hard time picking a FAV! Coffee 1st thing in the AM. Then on to unsweetened Tea with a slice of lemon and LOts of ice! And anytime I can make it to Starbucks for a "Venti Iced Skinny Cinnamon Dolce latte" is just the greatest day ever! I sometimes have a glass of tea AND a cup of coffee with my book. I know. Weird huh?? The book sounds very interesting. I will Def check it out. Thanks. Dpbussie@yahoo.com. Twitter @okmom43.

Victoria Zumbrum said...

I love Starbucks Mocha Frapp. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Regan Black said...

Thanks, Bels!

Dpbussie, if I could say "Venti Iced Skinny Cinnamon Dolce latte" around 3 in the afternoon it would be a miracle. But it sounds delicious.

I love Starbucks in the afternoons, when I can get it.

Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you've all found the post intriguing.

Good luck to you all in the giveaway!

krysykat said...

My favorite beverage is Frozen Hot Chocolate, it's just hot chocolate mix blended with water and ice, topped off with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Regan,
the premise of the book sounds fascinating. we are definitely in an age when the gov't is already overregulating, so it's easy to picture the scenario. i always enjoy hot coffee when reading, especially with chocolate or mocha creamer in it...
hugs and spanks,
Donald
p.s. - great job, Aimee!

Julie said...

I, too, have to go with coffee! I drink it all day long (caffeinated) and all night long (decaf)! Flavored, regular, iced, it doesn't matter!
jwitt33 at live dot

Regan Black said...

That frozen hot chocolate sounds great - especially on hot nights like we've been having lately.

Donald, thanks for being here! I like to stir powdered hot chocolate mix into my coffee sometimes.

Julie, a woman after my own heart!

Redd said...

Kewl review and interview! I'd be in trouble with this universe as to the fact that I can't do without my coffee as well!

Redd

Regan Black said...

Redd, so nice to know I'm in such good company with coffee lovers (or former coffee lovers in Penny's case)

It was just a small thing when these over-regulations showed up in my first 2096 novel, now it's a fun subplot that readers are rallying around.

=)

Laurie said...

Hi Regan and Aimee. My drink of choice is ice cold diet coke....I do love the smell of coffee but just never have developed a taste for it, I guess because I prefer cold to hot. Loved your post Regan. Super review Aimee. Great start to what I am sure will be a great tour.I am now a new follower.
Laurie
Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

Heather Jensen said...

A White Knight from Perks. Can't be beat!

Regan Black said...

Thanks for being here, Laurie! Ice cold diet coke is my favorite when I have pop. Or is it soda?

Okay, Heather, you've piqued my curiosity...what's in a White Knight?

DANIELA said...

Hi Regan
What beverage? COFFEE, of course!

Daniela. :)

Regan Black said...

Ah, Daniela! Another girl after my own heart! ;)

And one more reason Slick Micky became the hero of his own novel. If caffeine gets regulated, we're gonna need him!

Aimee said...

Thanks everyone! I know I'm posting a bit late (got married yesterday, YAY!) So I'll be picking a winner when I get back from the UK!

Regan Black said...

Congrats to Aimee! Hope the wedding was fabulous!
<3

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Congrats to Aimee!

Thanks for the contest!
I have 2 favorite drinks and one has become a hassle to acquire since moving to Alaska interior in 2007.
First, and the one I have to search for is A.M. Mango Gatorade. I have to hydrate a lot throughout the day because I get severe charlie horses in my legs at night while I sleep. I can't stand any other flavor anymore cause I contracted a neuro virus in 2006 and was sick on my knees for 5 days.
Second is my iced green tea with citrus. Go through about a gallon a day.
Thanks for the contest!

Darcy

pommawolf @hotmailcom

Christy Gibbon said...

Tea and Cranbery-Raspberry juice in the morning. Coffee in the afternoon to keep me awake. And water the rest of the day. But my favorite is that cup of cinnamon coffee in the afternoon while I read.
christygibbon at juno dot com

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