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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for K.I.A. by Alexander Charalambides, a thriller available now.

Alexander Charalambides will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.




K.I.A.


by Alexander Charalambides

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GENRE: Thriller/NA

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BLURB:

Hildegard lives in a real-life dollhouse, surrounded by prop houses and actors who play friends, teachers and foster parents. Only one man ever seemed real, and after his disappearance, she’s had enough playing along. As Hildegard makes her final preparations to run away from home, a swarm of black clad soldiers appear, controlling the police and swarming across her home town. She can evade them for now, but after learning their mission, she decides to play along one last time, following them to Truman Academy, a lonely building on a freezing aleutian island. Hildegard knows it for what it is: just another prop, but not everyone feels the same way. Through the hell of endless drills and marching, Hildegard befriends the stealthy Grace and bloodthirsty David, and enlists them in an effort to unravel the plan of the man called G and his monstrous menagerie of inhuman soldiers.

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EXCERPT:

“Doctor!” A student rushes in, holding a smoking walkie-talkie, and supporting a friend, limping on a bleeding leg. Islet jumps to his feet again, setting the injured student on the ground, elevating the leg, and shining a small flashlight across it.

“What happened?” I ask them.

“It’s G,” he says, never taking his eyes from Islet’s treatment. “We overheard the baggers, they formed up around him, somewhere near their comm room, and called in a chopper.” I scan the ground and snatch up a weapon.

“That’s where they had all the phones, right?” Grace says. “The one outgoing line.”
“Trashed.” The student groans. “By the time we got in it was just broken glass and charcoal.”

“If G escapes, we’re all as good as dead,” I tell the room. “And he has a lot to answer for.” They all look up. “So who’s coming with me to bring him in?” Some stand. Others raise their hands. “Grace.” I tap her on the shoulder. “Take two minutes to organize them, make sure they’re all healthy and armed.”

“Got it,” she nods. “He’s going to get what’s coming to him.”

“Islet.” I drag him aside. “We need to talk.”

“Uh, okay,” he nods. “What is it?” I listen to the murmur of voices and the clatter of equipment.

“I saw the medical staff.” He nods, making a show of listening. “Radiation suits.” His eyes roll down to his feet.

“You saw the bomb?” he asks.

“I saw enough to guess,” I say. “We all did.”

“I didn’t want to,” he gasps. “We were forced, we installed it at gunpoint, I hate-”
“I don’t care how you feel about it,” I say and shove him against the wall, “I need to know how big it is, what kind of detonator it has, and if it can be disarmed.”

“Well,” he gulps, “it’s tactical grade, I remember they said that, just enough to-”

“Get rid of the evidence,” I say.

“That was the idea.” He nods. “Even if we take the academy, they might-”

“They won’t,” I tell him. “G wouldn’t trust anyone else with the detonator, so we won’t give him the chance to get far enough away. Don’t get the wrong idea, Islet, I need to know if it can be moved.”

“Moved?” He flinches again. “You want to use it?”


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
A: I wanted to make it short, to the point and militaristic, like the plot, but also something completely impossible to search for without getting a Korean automotive brand. After I took these two criteria into consideration, the choice was obvious.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?
A: The cover was designed by the resourceful and hardworking Mina Kara to evoke the empty landscapes of the book.  

Q: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
A: Fish Bowl man, no question. I say this all the time, but I can’t help but tear up at page three of his dying monologue.

Q: How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
A: I have to say, I had a lot of trouble with Roslin the rockin’ rodent.
K.I.A. is a serious minded exploration of the systematic infliction of emotional trauma that is the military industrial complex and the justifications we use that cause us to take it for granted and the eventual repercussions of the combination of solider worship, neglect of veterans and growing disregard for the privacy of the average citizen, and Roslin’s musical interludes were really spoiling it, so in the end I had to write him out completely.
Maybe next time, Roslin.

Q: If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?  Why?
A: I’d make it more successful.

Q: What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
A: That’s a tough one, if it was for all time, I’d have to say Bigger Luke (we don’t have time to go into that here) but since that was for someone else’s book, I’ll say the biological foundation of sharks’ sensory ability to detect electromagnetic fields.
We humans have this ability too, but we lack the necessary neurology to make sense of the information.

Q: What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
A: My next book, Formula Q (working title) centers around high-tech racing drivers being scapegoated in a political conflict.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: I wish the weather would even out. It’s almost the end of April for goodness sake.  

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alexander Charalambides was born in London and grew up in Berkshire in the UK.

He studied Creative Writing, and graduated from the Open University.

As a freelance writer Alexander enjoys storytelling just as much as editing and analysis, but often takes time off to enjoy wind surfing, do the sickest of motorcycle flips, wrestle with deadly animals and lie about his hobbies.

In 2008 he moved to the USA and now lives in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains with his family and two dogs, Gwynne and Gimli.


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6 comments:

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Great post - sounds like an awesome book!

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  3. Do you think that there will be a sequel to this book? Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  4. This book sounds like an amazing read.

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