Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Things Mysterious by Matthew Chabin blog tour with excerpt and #giveaway #RoaneBooks

Welcome. On Monday we were part of the Book Blitz celebrating the release of this book. Today we are a stop on the official blog tour. Enjoy the excerpt and be sure to enter the giveaway.

Things Mysterious
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Genre: Romance (Mystery)
Release Date: June 22, 2015 

Dasan Garret is a disappointed man. Recently divorced and just returned from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, he moves back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon only to find himself unexpectedly alone. His old friends are all gone, moved away, locked up, or dead. Women seem to occupy a parallel universe. With no community and few prospects, he takes a job as a night watchman and withdraws ever deeper into the shadows of his mind. Until one day when he meets Edenia, and she lights up his world like a bolt of pure energy. She seems perfect: vibrant, gifted, kind, sexy, a sudden and unlooked-for reprieve from the sad ruin of his life. And yet there remains a nagging sense that something isn’t right. Could it be that he is merely slow to trust the happiness she offers him? Or is there something behind that waver in her laugh, that fleeting look of sadness in her eyes?

The mystery deepens when one day Edenia disappears. Dasan believes he must find her in order to go on living. But to find her again, he will have to confront a devastating truth about her life, and his.


She appeared as a splash of color through the shuffling increase of forms. There, then gone, there, and gone again. He noticed black cherry blossoms on a field of rich magenta, a whorled knot of dark, (dyed?) burgundy hair, and a delicate jaw line that curved into a long, flawless neck.

A strange sensation of vertigo overwhelmed him, and he dropped his lunch bag. He jumped at the sound of his silverware clattering loose. As the train started forward, he ducked down, misplacing his balance, and fell sideways into a woman’s faux fur coat, which brought forth a yelp, and an angry burst of what sounded like Russian. He found the fork at his feet, next to the bag, but the spoon he’d brought for his pudding cup had traveled deep into the forest of legs. He murmured apologies as he groped for it, his view blocked by the woman’s long coat.

“Hey, buddy, what is problem?” The voice from above was male, thickly accented, tired, and surly.

“Nothing. Sorry, sorry.” He gave up on the spoon and righted himself. “Sorry,” he said to the stocky, square-jawed kid in black leather. “Sorry.”

He looked again for the woman he’d glimpsed, but couldn’t find her. Then the movement of the train swayed the crowd and she was there again. She had been seated, but now was up, casting a searching, slightly bewildered look about her.

He experienced the vertigo again and reached for the handrail; the movement drew her attention and their eyes met.

She looked quickly away.

About the author

Matthew Chabin was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He served four years in the US Navy as a ship crewman, journalist and public affairs liaison. He studied literature and philosophy at Southern Oregon University. After graduating in 2010, he started teaching English abroad, working in the Czech Republic and volunteering with the Dalai Lama’s affiliate organization, Tibet Charity, in Dharamsala/Mcleod Ganj, India. He currently lives in Nagano Prefecture of Japan with his wife, Marie, and cat, Futa.

His work has appeared in Gravel: A Literary Journal, Southern Pacific Review, Piker Press, and Black Denim. He is the author of a memoir, Equaling Heaven, which he hopes to see published in the near future.

Matthew’s Links: Facebook

An ecopy of Things Mysterious and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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1 comment:

  1. Hey guys, thanks so much for hosting. This is my first time to the dance, and I really appreciate the support. If any of your readers have questions or comments, I'll be happy to reply. Thanks again!
    Matt Chabin