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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for MURDER IN ROCK & ROLL HEAVEN by Robin Ray, a mystery/sci-fi available now.

The book is on sale for only $0.99.

Robin Ray will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble 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 at the bottom of the post.


Murder In Rock & Roll Heaven

by Robin Ray

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GENRE:   Mystery/Sci-Fi

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BLURB:

No one ever "re-dies" in Heaven; unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to singer Amy Winehouse. Her death, an unprecedented event in Heaven's history, has thrown a once docile world into unfortunate chaos. Because of the new uneasy alliance between angels and citizens, a freshly-arrived detective in the rock & roll town has been tasked with investigating the prime suspects, the members of the 27 Club - Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. To make matters worse, a powerful angel from one of the upper levels of Heaven will soon arrive to make her ten-year inspection, a task that fills the other angels with dread since she has the power to banish anyone of them to the underworld. So, with time running out, the PI and his newly acquired sidekick, both aided by rock legends such as Eddie Cochran, Mama Cass, Kurt Cobain, Karen Carpenter and others, must quickly uncover the mystery that threatens not only to close Heaven’s doors forever, but promises to send a ripple effect through the entire universe that can rip it apart.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I wasn’t necessarily thinking about any particular age group when I wrote this book. Who I hoped to reach are those who have an interest in mysteries as well as rock and roll, especially the legends who’d already died, like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, etc. Those past rock stars do show up in the book as living, speaking characters, so it was fun bringing them back to life.


How did you come up with the title of your book?

For this book, I wanted as straightforward a title as possible. The idea that, should anyone run across it, they’d know right away that it involves mystery (“Murder”), sci-fi, fantasy or reality, depending on your religious outlook (“Heaven”), and music (“Rock & Roll”). For a long time, I’d wanted to write a book of interviews of past geniuses and rock legends. When I found out it had been done (by another Seattleite, no less!) I combined my current idea of writing a mystery with someone encountering rock legends.


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?

The cover art is called “Guitar Graveyard” and was created by an artist from Norway named Gordon Heaney. I’d scoured the internet looking for an image that would fit my title, and this one popped up. I consider it quite fitting because there’s the lightning and graveyard motifs which represent heaven and/or the afterlife, and the guitars which, of course, represents rock & roll.


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book.
What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?

My approach to the concept of heaven was based on Jain cosmology. Instead of heaven, the soul, karma, the afterlife, angels, etc being theistic ideas, in Jain cosmology, they actually have dimensions like, say, a marble or air. Because the concepts were so scientific in nature and employed elements of quantum physics, I’ve had to do a lot of research regarding extremely high frequencies that are difficult to measure or quantify even by the most sophisticated of electronic devices. I haven’t come across any other book that has an approach to heaven and the afterlife like this one, so I think that makes it unique. Also, I haven’t run across any other books where heaven has been partitioned into different sections of like-minded individuals or books where past legends are still running around experiencing new adventures.


Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?

I’m from Trinidad & Tobago. Like other countries, T&T is rich with folklore and legends. As children, we learned about the soucouyant, jumbies, Papa Bois, douens, La Diablesse, and other colorful entities, so those ethereal concepts were always swimming around in my mind. Being introverted by nature, instead of playing with kids my age, I used to read anything I could get my hands on. Reading often leads to writing so it was only a matter of time before I started writing myself. Also, I hate admitting it, but I didn’t have a happy childhood to begin with. There was a lot of abuse. Books, especially fairy tales, somehow transported me to far away lands that, in my young developing mind, seemed 1000 times happier than where I lived.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

As a musician, I play guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. As a music producer and engineer I have an affinity with recording hardware and software. I’m also a songwriter, my primary genres being pop, rock, ska and reggae. I’ve recorded a few albums and played in bands, the last one being a rock/ska/reggae outfit called MOON. There are several live videos of us performing on YouTube.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My blog is called “The Writings Of An American Author.” I can be easily contacted there. Simply leave a message in the comments column of any blog entry and I’ll respond to it if required. Links to all of my books are also posted at my site.


What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?

I like writing both fiction and non-fiction. When it comes to fiction, I’ve written horror, sci-fi, historical fiction, action adventure, fantasy and other genres. What I’d like to do in the future, if given the chance, is branch out and write in a different genre, something I’ve never done before, like children’s books. Right now I’m putting the finishing touches on “Obey The Darkness: Horror Stories.” Also, since my first novel is available as an audiobook (“Commoner The Vagabond”), I’d like to create more audiobooks.


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EXCERPT:

5:15 PM and still no Jim Douglas Morrison. The bearded singer of ‘Five to One’ was keeping his company of three waiting: Gregory pacing back and forth in front of the window, Tony spinning around on a padded, reclining office chair pretending to understand what he was reading from the law book opened in his hands, and the polygraph monitor, Eric Witherspoon, himself a past bassist in a bar band from Nebraska and former student of the angel D’Ariel. Eric, the recent consumer of four slices of 6-cheese pizzas, three stuffed cheesy breads, one piece of chocolate cake and a giant-sized cup of organic, craft brewed root beer, was comfortably sleeping with folded arms in his reclined chair. Completely forgetting he was with company, he twisted to one side, eased off his butt, and made a fart sound so loud and wet he’d better check his drawers, like, immediately. Gregory opened the window to spare himself the pleasure of the cheese-inspired wind. Just then, Jim came staggering into the office, his pants wet from who knows what, his shirt disheveled, and a road sign in his hand. Instinctively, the PI and Tony helped him sit in a chair before he collapsed on the floor.

“Before you fellas start lecturing me,” Jim managed to spit out, albeit slurred, “just know I have a history of being fashionably late.”

“What is this?” Gregory asked, pointing to the road sign as the examiner woke up.

“What?” the confused singer asked then look down and noticed the wooden item.

“Who gave this to me?” he asked, stunned. Nevertheless, he read the sign:

Jupiter Barbers – Luxury Styles

“Anybody want a haircut?” he laughed. Not amused, Gregory wrestled the sign from the singer and placed in on the desk. “Come here and give me some love,” Jim beckoned the small gathering, outstretching his arms for an embrace; when no one accepted his offer, crestfallen, he folded them across his chest. “You guys are chumps,” he groaned. “I want my money back.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robin Ray emigrated to the U.S. from Trinidad & Tobago at the ripe old age of 12. Already steeped in the rich culture and mysteries of his native land, it would only be a matter of time before he, too, became a musician and storyteller. After a short stint at Iowa State University, he became a nurse for practical purposes but never abandoned his musical and literary aspirations. Eventually, he did play guitar in several bands, committing himself to localized tours and album releases. Leaving the music world behind, he delved headfirst back into his second love - writing. To date, he has authored six screenplays, two novels, seven novellas, around fifty short stories and many poems. Thus far, he’s published six books - five fiction and one non-fiction, all available in paperback and e-book formats.

His latest novel, Murder In Rock & Roll Heaven, can be purchased from the following Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Rock-Roll-Heaven-Robin/dp/1520167296/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500853047&sr=8-1&keywords=murder+in+rock+%26+roll+heaven.



The book is on sale for only $0.99.

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GIVEAWAY  

Robin Ray will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


TOUR PARTICIPANTS
September 4: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
September 5: Danita Minnis
September 6: Readeropolis
September 7: Long and Short Reviews
September 8: Welcome to My World of Dreams
September 11: Mixed Book Bag
September 12: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin' - review only
September 13: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews

September 14: Jane Reads
September 15: Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story
September 18: Christine Young
September 19: Author C.A.Milson
September 20: CBY Book Club
September 21: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
September 22: T's Stuff
September 25: Independent Authors
September 26: Jazzy Book Reviews
September 27: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
September 28: The Avid Reader
September 29: It's Raining Books

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23 comments:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. WIth your music and writing abilities, have you thought about Songwriting?

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  3. Thank you for the chance to win and good luck with the tour!

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  4. Thanks for sharing! great interview ;-)

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  5. Hi all. Thanks for visiting. I've been a songwriter for years. The last band I was in, MOON, played gigs all over the Seattle metro area and released two albums and one EP. I also released a solo album called Quartermoon where I not only wrote all the songs, but played all the instruments myself.

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  6. If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading this one, thanks for sharing :)

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  8. If I'm struggling with a scene, I "block" it. For instance, in my novella "Stranded In Paradise," there was a scene atop a cliff on an island which was taking place in a heavy rain storm while a yacht of explorers was approaching the island. Since the sequence of timing had to be right, I physically acted out everyone's parts. If you just happened to be looking in my window that day, you probably would've thought, "What an odd fellow!" Seriously, though, I pretended I was all the characters, mentally narrating to myself things like, "Character A does this, then Character B does that. When Character C sees what Character B has just done then they do this, and so on." Moving my arms, handling an imaginary weapon, kicking and slicing thin air, climbing an imaginary rope, etc are all part of the charade; necessary, but I think it adds a real element to the scenes.

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  9. You write so many genres of books, what's your favorite to write and why?

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  10. Do you have a career goal in mind for your writing or music? If so what is it?

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  11. Hope you have a fun Saturday and anyone in the path of Irma, please be safe. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  12. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

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  13. Where do you get your writing and song ideas from usually?

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  14. You said you a musician, do you play an instrument, if so what? or you sing?

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  15. What are some of your favorite books, authors, movies, shows?

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  16. Congratulation on the book and tour. Thanks for the contest.

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  17. Did you always want to write or were you more focused on your music?

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  18. do you feel like any of these characters (or all of these characters) are YOU?

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  19. Is there anything in the book- an event, conversation, person that is real/your life?

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  20. Who in the music business do you look up to? Who in the publishing business do you look up to?

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