Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Belle Stalker Book Tour: Author guest post & giveaway

THE BELLE STALKER
An Urban Fantasy Thriller
by Minnette Meador

Book blurb: The police have done all they can, but it isn’t enough. When Belle finds the mutilated body of her lover strewn across the furniture she knows only her ex-husband, Homicide Detective Mike Cranston can stop the maniac who has been dogging her steps for over a year. The only problem is the man who stalks her...is not a man at all. Belle plays a dangerous game and only hopes that Cranston can stop the monster before it’s too late.

Guest Post: GENRE BENDING
When they opened the double swinging doors, the victim’s body lay there in all its sterile glory, opened like a grisly butterfly on a cold stainless steel table. Doc Thurman, immaculate as ever in a pristine white coat, spared them one quick eye then went back to her recorder to dictate in a few more words.

“Detectives,” she said coolly.

The body appeared pretty much as it did in the apartment, with two notable exceptions: His chest lay open to expose a stark white ribcage and brightly colored yellow, white, red and brown organs, and the victim’s eyes were an unusual shade of pale blue Cranston had never seen on another human being. He frowned at Tami.

“His eyes were brown on the scene.”

Tami nodded. “Contacts. I removed them.”

“This guy isn’t right, is he?”

Tami raised one narrow brow and put on the glasses hanging around her neck. With a delighted glint in her eye that only a coroner could get from a dead body, her lips squirmed maniacally. “You have no idea.”

THE BELLE STALKER – CHAPTER EIGHT

TODAY’S PRIZE: RECIPE BOX WITH MY FAVORITE RECIPES
(Don’t forget: If you send your name and address to Minnette, she will send you a stack of signed swag. Just drop a note at mmeador@minnettemeador.com)

I get asked a lot about why I like to mix genres and bend, if not break some of the traditional rules about writing genre romance. The simple answer is this: it’s like gourmet cooking. It’s not the ingredients it’s the combination of ingredients that makes the difference. I took a clue from a couple of guys who are very good a mixing genres; George Lucas and Josh Whedan. George’s Star Wars was a mix of western, space opera, the hero’s journey, sci-fi, romance, swashbuckler and fantasy. If you doubt that, watch it again; it has every one of those genres in it and then some. Whedan’s Firefly is a beautiful example of sci-fi, western, pioneer, suspense, pirate, and psychological thriller. There’s even sex, deception, and herding cows! Again, they both hit that perfect balance of ingredients with just the right spice, like a gourmet cook.

The Belle Stalker is no different, though whether I hit the right ingredients with the right balance would be for you to decide. It is murder mystery, thriller, paranormal, romance, police drama, urban fantasy, and even a little travelogue! You will meet homicide detectives, dwarves, the homeless, professors, huntsmen, Napoleon, city workers, soldiers, pilots, Romans, and the Irish, not necessarily in that order. I’ve always loved books and stories that have wonderful twists and turns you never see coming; some of my favorites are Sixth Sense, Momento, Identity and Source Code. If you haven’t seen these wonderful movies, I highly recommend them. I love a good twist and I try to do that in my own stories. There is nothing so thrilling as reading a story you are certain you already figured out and didn’t see coming!

So what are some of your favorite mixed genre books? What genres do you like to read together? Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance at today’s prize and the grand prizes at the end of the tour. Minnette :o)

Audio Excerpt / Written Excerpt

Purchase links: 
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About the author: Somewhere between thirty and dust...red hair, blue eyes...six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time... wanttabe hippy... wanttheirmoney yuppie... pro musician and actress for 20 years...native Oregonian... lover of music, beauty and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse.  

Give Away: Minnette Meador will be giving away a small Kindle ($79) plus a Portland Tote filled with goodies to one randomly drawn commenter, along with daily prizes. She will do the drawing herself for the daily winners. The Kindle and tote bag are limited to US and Canada only; if an international winner, an Amazon GC will be substituted. 

Remember: Any reader who sends their name and address to Minnette will be sent a stack of signed swag. Just drop her a note at :mmeador@minnettemeador.com.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. 

Tour dates can be found here

25 comments:

  1. I love reading these little snippets from the book. I have visited a few stops on the tour and it has convinced me to add the Belle Stalker to my wish list.

    As to favorite mixed genres, I am actually a Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cowboys and Aliens, Brico County Jr kind of gal. You can smash together historical and fantasy, space and romance, or whatever you'd like and I'd read it.

    Thanks for the tour posting!
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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  2. I actually find that most books are a mix of genres, some perhaps more subtle than others. I happen to love Historical, so throw that into the mix & I am always happy.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. I really like Romance, Fiction, Nonfiction, Fantasy,just about anything that is interesting to me.

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  4. Sounds really exciting. Good luck with the book.

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  5. Sounds like a great book. (I haven't started reading my copy yet.)

    I once heard someone say "MAKE me believe it. I'll read anything as long as it's well-written." I agree with this statement.

    I like a mix of genres, too, though I'd have to say mysteries and especially cozy mystreries are my all-time faves.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  6. That little tidbit today is really a WOW moment! Gotta get this book....repeat...gotta get this book.

    In reality, I don't necessarily read mixed genre books. I'm pretty set in my historical romances (regency & victorian) or a mystery or suspense or thriller or any combination thereof.

    That said, I loved the Star Wars films...all of them and Indiana Jones and other films that fall into the mixed genre catagory. I think I watch the film better than I read the book.

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  7. blended genres/like a recipe: great Idea! and nifty description -

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  8. Thanks, Sophia! I hope you like it... I LOVED Cowboys & Aliens! We saw it twice, which I never do.

    I think you're right, Marybelle... Kind of like life, huh?

    Hi, Royal! Me too...

    Thanks, MomJane!

    I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries myself, Laura. One of my favorite genres.

    Thanks, Karen... it's part of one of my favorite scenes in The Belle Stalker. I'm a huge history buff myself and I try to build some history in all my books. This one hits on some ancient history of Wales and was really fund to research.

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  9. Thanks, Nancy! I think I was hungry when I wrote this... :o)

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  10. Another awesome excerpt. I hope I get book money for Christmas, so I don't have to wait for my book budget to build up enough to buy all the books I want, which could take years. lol

    Recipes are good too!!

    I love sci-fi, time travel & shifters by themselves, or mixed all up together. Actually, I'll read just about any combination a writer can think up.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

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  11. I love the book, as you well know Minnette. You do an excellent job of mixing everything together.

    I think my taste sorta twist sometimes. I like scifi and fantasy stuff, mystery fantasy, scifi/fantasy/mystery/romance, paranormal/fantasy/romance, thriller/romance, even urban thriller, i guess you could mix them all together if they are written well. Oh! And humor, though I don't know a catagory for that one lol. My range of books very but the majority of it I think is either paranormal,scifi,fantasy, mystery, and romance according to the 'major' players out there.

    yamikokoro(@)gmail.com

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  12. Hi Minnette!

    I mentioned in a previous post that I, too, am a huge Joss Whedon fan and I love Firefly. Love Nathan Fillion. I also love Inara, the Companion character. She would make for a great central character in an erotic fiction series.

    If you get a chance to see Dr. Horrible's Sing Along (written by Whedon), I highly recommend it. You can see it online. We had a local theater production of it here and it's riotous fun!

    Cheers,
    catherinelee100[@]gmail[.]com

    PS...Recipes would be a lost cause for me. I don't spend much tome in the kitchen...We eat out a lot! LOL!

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  13. yay! Another shot at winning your recipes! :)

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  14. I love reading books that bend genres a bit -- might be why I've recently become a steampunk fan: historical meets science fiction meets paranormal and how cool is that?

    Following your tour and reading the little tastes you've given us have really whet my appetite for the book!

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  15. The more I read these posts, the greater The Belle Stalker sounds. I can't wait to read it.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  16. Hi, Kathryn... I hope you get book money too, darlin'! :o)

    You TBR sound like mine, Yami! Gotta love all those mixed genres... :o)

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE DR. HORRIBLE! We have seen it like 100 times, I think. I even bought the Dr. Horrible sideline book to go with it... very funny. What a blast to put it on as a play! I would love to do that... hmmm... maybe I need to get back into theater again! :o)

    Yep, recipes abound... BTW, you may not get them immediately; I'm waiting until after Christmas to put them together. Just ran out of time, but fear not... they will be delivered!

    Thanks so much for following, Mysti... I have a couple of steam punk novels on my Kindle and can't wait to read them... so much reading... so little time...

    Thanks, Tracey... You HAVE to read it... it's imperative! :o)

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  17. Yeah its like so many things all meshed into one. But its so much fun at the same time! xD

    yamikokoro(@)gmail.com

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  18. Hi Minnette,
    i think my favorite genre bending book/movie is the Lord of the Rings. it has pretty much everything in it. romance,action,suspence,horror,good vs, evil ,etc.etc.etc.
    then there is fantasy,erotic romance and more.

    yep a little bit of just about everything.
    thank you Minnette for all of the great posts and fun contests these passts weeks. it has brought a smile to my face no matter what my day was like. Please don't enter me for the recipe box as i already won one earlier and i wouldn't want to cheat someone else out of it.

    i hope that you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year and may all of your dreams /wishes come true.

    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  19. Food ,my addiction.Happy Holidays.

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  20. I love things meshed together, Yami! LOL :o)

    Thanks so much, Tammie. It's been a pleasure getting to know you on the tour. I'm going to miss it so much. But we can still get together over on FB... You have been a joy! You have a fabulous Christmas your own self! :o)

    Aw, yes, three of my favorite things, Renald! :o)

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  21. I'm going to head off to bed a little early tonight... I simply exhausted and I want to be fresh for my last day of the tour tomorrow. Please keep on posting if you want and I'll answer them in the morning...

    Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day! And I have a very, very special prize for some lucky commenter. We'll see you then! Minnette :o)

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  22. Love the way that excerpt ends--and bends the genre.

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  23. Just stopping by to show my support and love for your work Minnette! So sorry for missing the last few days *pouts* Been super busy with the holidays coming up! But at least this time I've made a handful of them instead of missing them all LOL! ;) Btw I don't know if I've told this to you before but I LOVE your bio ;) the slightly used husband part cracks me up every single time I read it, no matter how many times ;)

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  24. Thanks, Sheila!

    You are so sweet, Chelsea... He really is only slightly used; I haven't quite used him up altogether, though sometimes he thinks he is! LOL

    And the winner of the recipe box is...

    Marybelle! Congrats, girl! Send an email with your name and address to mmeador@minnettemeador.com and I'll get it over to you as soon as I put one together...

    Now onto the last day! :o)

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