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MOONLIGHT CITY DRIVE by Brian Paone | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Supernatural, Crime-Noir, Semi-Romance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone. The supernatural, crime-noir, semi-rom...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone. The supernatural, crime-noir, semi-romance is available now from Scout Media.

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.

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.

Moonlight City Drive

by Brian Paone


GENRE: Crime/Thriller Romantic Paranormal



11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female.

Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me …
… Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …

What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers?

I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.

… I was always easily influenced.



Smith spit out another peanut shell onto his Chevy’s floorboard as his gaze stayed trained on the Desert Palms Motel’s front entrance. His fingers instinctively found the opened bag in the complete darkness and pinched another nut. He squeezed his eyes closed to ward off the simmering residual headache from the most recent blackout. The sound of the rain pelting the windshield was soothing.

“Come on. Where are you? You took the last two nights off. I can’t imagine you being on vacation.”

Headlights turning into the parking lot diverted his attention from the motel’s front door. He squinted to decipher the make and model of the vehicle through the downpour. A Bentley. He sighed and returned his focus to the motel as he fingered the brim of his newly purchased replacement fedora and then tossed it next to him in frustration.

Smith removed his revolver from his shoulder holster and checked that all six chambers were loaded for the umpteenth time. He secured the weapon and grabbed the small notebook from underneath his discarded fedora, lying on the passenger seat, where Wynn should be sitting. But she had maintained radio silence throughout the past two days since storming from Hank’s office. He shook his head in disgust for letting Wynn’s drama distract him from the job at hand.

He swiped the Chevy’s dashboard with his palm to clean off the thick layer of dust that had collected from months of neglect. He wiped his hands on his pants, leaving a graying smear across the fabric covering his thighs. He reached into his trench coat’s inner pocket and removed a silver flask. He opened the top and looked at the engraved insignia on the front. His index finger traced the shining eyeball hanging freely in the cut-out middle of a pyramid. Taking a swig from the decorated flask, he grimaced as the brown liquid hit the back of his throat.

Smith retrieved the Polaroid from the dashboard and cleared his throat. “Let’s see what tricks you’re playing on me now.” He flicked the corner of the photograph as he sighed deeply in expected disappointment.



Can you describe your dream home?

  • A writing office, tacos simmering on the stove, a DeLorean parked in the garage, a bedroom for each child, a workout room, a hot tub, Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra flipping through magazines in my living room, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd arguing politics with someone in the den, Stephen King playing racquetball with David Cronenberg, Puffy from Faith No More giving Everett a drum lesson in his bedroom, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails giving Analise a piano lesson in the loft, and I’m making out with my beautiful wife in the bedroom …. Wait, did you mean the architecture? Because I feel what happens INSIDE a house is far more important than the structure of a house.

If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

  • I would make you my world-famous tacos. When we lived in Japan, we hosted a Cinco de Mayo party and invited a lot of our local Japanese friends. Some of which had never even seen a taco. I made tacos. Their mind was blown. I take pride in my tacos. It takes me about an hour per 1 pound of meat to cook. I cook taco meat like some Italian chefs cook tomato sauce.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

  • I received an email from someone in Russia asking to Skype with me. He said what he had to tell me wouldn’t translate over printed word. I was skeptical. I am from the Rocky 4 way of thinking about Russia. After contemplating it, I decided to let him call me through Skype. We wound uop talking for an hour and at one point he broke down in tears when he was telling me how much my book helped him and his friends get through some really dark times in their lives. Just hearing my voice and being able to discuss the book, Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts, was too much for him and he just balled on the phone. Happy tears that he was talking to the author of the book that helped him through so much. I empathized with him because I realized that could be me if I ever had the chance to chat face-to-face with Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) or Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd).

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

  • Interesting you are asking this, because this EXACT thing is happening right now. My wife and I (minus the kids) are going to London for 9 days in March so I can do on-location research and interviews for an upcoming novel. It’s the largest undertaking of my writing career so far: a rock-fiction adaptation of Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut and Roger Waters’ solo effort The Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking. The novel will center around an officer who has returned from the Falklands War and the emotional weight of that return and how it has impacted every aspect of his life from his marriage to his job to his addictions and paranoia. We are flying to London to interview British Naval officers who fought in the war, journalists who reported on the war as it was happening, university professors who teach the war’s history, and possibly biographers who may have interviewed the band while they were writing the album. We’re gonna stay in places that my main character is going to be from so I can really get a sense of the ambiance and atmosphere of all the locations.

Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?

  • Kyle Lechner was the genius behind the front and back covers. And there is a unique story about him almost getting arrested because of it. The front cover gives the illusion that the viewer is sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle looking at the Desert Palms Motel parking lot. The book takes place in 1947 and Kyle, being the amazing artist that he is, wanted the cover to be as authentic as possible. He found someone who had an old vintage Chevy and allowed him to come on to the property to sit in the driver’s seat and take photos looking out the windshield. Kyle visited the property and took the photos. (You should see what this car really looks like. You’d never guess it from the image on the cover.) He thanked her and went on his way. Later, he received angry voice mails from someone who threatened to call the police and charge him with trespassing for going on the property and taking photos of the vehicle. Even though he got permission prior. Leads me to wonder how many dead hookers were rotting in the trunk of that car. Additionally, Amy Hunter designed all the individual chapter images, which are amazing in their own right.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star, Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts; a macabre cerebral-horror novel, Welcome to Parkview; a time-travel romance novel, Yours Truly, 2095, (which was nominated for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and a supernatural, crime-noir detective novel, Moonlight City Drive. Along with his four novels, Brian has published three short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology, A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology, A Journey of Words; and “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology, A Haunting of Words. Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose. He is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. Brian is also a police officer and has been working in law enforcement since 2002. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. For more information on all his books and music, visit



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  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 :)

  2. Enjoyed your interview. Thx for thee chance!!

  3. This book sounds like an awesome read.

  4. Great excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them :)

  5. Best interview yet! Thanks for the visual image of the rock stars in your house. I could smell the tacos even though I wouldn't eat the beef.

  6. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. I really enjoyed reading your amazing interview, thank you!

  8. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

  9. thank you for the interesting post and giveaway :)

  10. Sounds interesting, I like the cover.


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