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!
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.
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.
Time for the Giveaway!
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.