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Author Q&A ft R. Scott Wallis | THE MAINE NEMESIS Book Tour and $50 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @Goddess Fish Promotions Presents #Suspense

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE MAINE NEMESIS by R. Scott Wallis. The suspense is available now from...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE MAINE NEMESIS by R. Scott Wallis. The suspense is available now from Bethwick Books.

R. Scott Wallis will be awarding a $50 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 by clicking the tour banner below.





The Maine Nemesis
by R. Scott Wallis


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GENRE:   Suspense


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BLURB:


Fiercely independent, insatiably curious, and always up for an adventure, public relations hotshot Skyler Moore is a hero for our time. She's decidedly not a sleuth by trade, but mayhem often comes knocking as she and her friends visit the small towns and big cities of America.

In "The Maine Nemesis," Skyler decides to spend the summer at her seaside cottage in Wabanaki, Maine, with her best friend—celebrity chef Brenda Braxton—and they have no idea that murder will be on the menu. But women are turning up dead in the once sleepy village where nothing ever happens. With the residents up in arms and the rinky-dink police force overwhelmed, Skyler and her friends feel compelled to lend a hand to save the town they love so much. The backdrop is classic New England Americana: lobster rolls, the whole town out for the Fourth of July, and summer evenings cooled by the ocean breeze. That...and an occasional murder, a kidnapping, and a few dangerous liaisons.

Skyler's mile-a-minute adventure will keep you turning the pages to see what comes next for her and her Down East 'friends.


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EXCERPT:

There were only a handful of orangeries in the United States and Lois Millhouse had one in her side yard. The tall metal and glass structure was an architectural marvel—fashioned after the original 17th century orangery on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France, albeit much smaller—and had been featured in several magazine and newspaper articles over the years. Most recently, House Beautiful did a cover shoot on the property.

Inside, orange trees flourished year-round at one end and flowering plants such as Tropical Anthurium, various varieties of roses, African Violets, and scores of orchids were extremely well maintained on the other. Lois employed three part-time employees to tend to ‘her babies’ and she toiled in the greenhouse herself most mornings after she ate breakfast and had carefully read every page of the Wall Street Journal. She had a thing for financial news and plants, in that order.

And, of course, for making Wabanaki everything it should have become decades earlier.

On Tuesday morning, she was on her hands and knees cleaning up a broken pot and spilled soil when she heard someone approaching. She turned her head to see Skyler holding a pie plate and smiling widely.

“I hope I didn’t startle you,” Skyler said. “I was knocking, but I don’t think anyone heard me.”

“I don’t startle too easily, Skyler,” Lois said, getting to her feet. “How are you, dear?”

“I’m fine. I brought you a pie. It’s apple. Not blueberry.” 


Lois chuckled. “You are very sweet. And, yes, I do not eat blueberries anymore. I appreciate them, mind you.” She waved her arms around like a flight attendant pointing out emergency exits. “I wouldn’t have all this without those little blue berries, now would I?”

“I have a feeling that you’d be successful no matter what.”

“You didn’t come over here just to give me a pie, now did you?”

“You’ve seen right through me.”

Lois pulled off her gloves and set them on the potting bench. “You’re working with my grandson to keep the Chowder House from sinking in bad press.”

“I am.”

“Thank you for that. And Wabanaki thanks you.”

“Well, Madam Mayor, I too have dedicated my life to this town.”

“I know that very well,” Lois said. “Let’s go get some coffee. There’s always a fresh pot in the kitchen.”

Skyler followed the old woman through a side door, down a covered breezeway, and up a few steps into the main house. They were in the cavernous kitchen and sitting at the built-in banquette sipping coffee out of enormous mugs when a young woman appeared out of nowhere and set a plate of muffins in the center of the table. She was gone as quickly as she appeared.

“Who was that?”

“Midge,” Lois said softly. “She’s new. And like a ghost. I hardly hear her moving about the house but she manages to clean and bake and sort the mail and she changes my bed sheets every day like at a first class hotel. I’m paying her next to nothing. It makes me feel bad. But I enjoy the help.”

“Maybe she deserves a raise,” Skyler said, biting into a muffin. “These are amazing. And still warm.”

“I will be sure to compensate her appropriately. So, what is on your mind?”

“Brenda and I were talking yesterday and she told me that she had a drink with an old mutual friend of ours, a man named Augie Alameda.” Skyler stopped and inspected the woman’s face for some kind of recognition.

“And?” Lois asked evenly.

“Well, to be very blunt, we wondered if perhaps you hired him.”

“Hired him to do what?”

“Seriously? Do you not know him?”

“It’s really none of your business, frankly.”

Skyler blushed. “It’s sort of my business. I mean, that’s my business. I’m a public relations professional. It’s what I do. And it’s what I’m doing for Tanner and the Chowder House. We all want to see Wabanaki overcome this slump, don’t we? Especially the mayor?”

“My dear,” Lois began sweetly, “I want nothing more than for this town to flourish. Just like my plants out there. But I did not hire this Mr. Alameda to do anything and I have no idea what he does anyway. How could he possibly help?”

“You said it was none of my business, like there was something there.”

“Because I meant that, not because I actually have something to hide from you. I don’t think I like you coming in here and interrogating me, that’s all. You’re a P.R. professional, not a detective on the Wabanaki police force.

“I see. And I am sorry if I upset you.”

“I’m not upset. But I will bite. Who is Augie Alameda?”

Skyler gave the woman a rundown of Augie’s credentials and history. “And he got Brenda her start.”

“But you don’t like him?” Lois asked.

“I don’t, but that’s because we worked together a few times and we’re both pretty much independent contractors. We’re both solo practitioners, if you will. We butted heads and it wasn’t pretty.”

“But he can get the job done?”

“Oh yes. He can. And he most certainly will. Which is why the Chowder House and the Lobster Shanty and the Sea Captain’s Inn and all the businesses in town need to be prepared. Combined with the Boston Globe piece that’s coming, we could get quite busy.”

“I’m thrilled, Skyler,” Lois said, standing, indicating that the visit was over, “I really am. But it wasn’t me.”

They exchanged pleasantries and Skyler was shown the door. It didn’t actually slam shut behind her, but it felt that way.

Skyler was more suspicious than ever and wondered if the Mayor was lying to her…or if someone else was behind Augie’s coming to town.



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AUTHOR Interview:


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

When I first decided to create my new Skyler Moore Thriller series, I didn’t know that each book would take place in a different U.S. state, but I knew that I wanted my heroine and her best friend to be from the great state of Maine. As a kid, I spent a great deal of time visiting my aunts and uncles in places like Kennebunkport and the Portland area, and fell in love with the rocky southern coastal towns with their endless lobster rolls, quaint old houses, and cool summer evenings. And because everywhere Skyler goes, mayhem tends to follow, I knew a had to get a bad-guy into the title, hence, THE MAINE NEMESIS. From there, we skip to book two, THE NEW MEXICO SCOUNDREL, also out now. And keeping with tradition, I just finished THE NEVADA SABOTEUR, that is coming out on September 27. We’ll visit Alaska, California, and Virginia in 2020. 

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

Covers are so important to me—yes, I do judge books by their covers, for better or worse. I did THE MAINE NEMESIS’ current cover myself in Photoshop with the help of the lobster photo from Adobe Stock. I think I spent $79 for the right to use the photo. I’m happy with it, but not over the moon. So, I recently reached out to a professional book cover designer and commissioned three new covers for the first three books in the series, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The new covers look like the books belong together, and they have a really cool 1960’s, James Bond kind of a feel to them. They’ll debut all at the same time when I release THE NEVADA SABOTEUR on September 27. I can’t wait!

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

I told you that I spent a great deal of time in Maine as a kid, and—fast forward a few decades—I was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico when I started writing book two in the series. So, it seemed natural to fly Skyler and friends to my new adopted home town so that I could share the quirky art town with my readers. And, as luck would have it, I soon found my way to my latest home in Las Vegas, Nevada (yeah, I get around!). Book three takes place here in Sin City. (And, no, I am not moving to Alaska to write book four…but I have been there four times on cruises and I’m going again in 2020. Man, I love Alaska and all its majestic beauty.)

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

I’ve been a big Stuart Woods fan for years now and I have every one of his 50+ books on my shelves—always hardbound books, because I’m not a fan of e-readers, although I understand their appeal for most folks. Woods loves dialogue and uses it to tell his stories, so I guess that’s where I got my love for it, too. Writing dialogue for my characters is my absolute favorite part of what I do. I also dig the crazy stories told by the likes of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, and Christopher Moore, so their influences are peppered through my novels. I love quirky, avoid the mainstream, and always include private jets in everything I do. (Who doesn’t love a private jet?)

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

You can head to my website at rscottwallis.com to see what I’m up to, sign up for my Very Important Reader list, follow me on Instagram (my favorite of all the social medias!), and drop me an email. I love hearing from people.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More books! This is my fulltime job, so I’m “crankin’ ‘em out,” as my friends like to say. Besides the three Skyler Moore Thriller books this year, I have SCOUT’S HONOR: LIFELINE coming out on August 23 (a thriller with a male lead instead of my female-centric Skyler series), and I’ve mapped out four or five new books for 2020. I’m having the time of my life do what I love to do—making stuff up.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


R. Scott Wallis is endlessly inspired by his surroundings and adventures. And he thrives on new chapters and creating unique projects to keep himself out of trouble. Scott started his working life as an advance person and assistant to a sitting United States Vice President. Later, he served as the creative director for a leading Washington think tank. That led to working directly for one of the richest men on Earth, conceiving and executing exclusive events for his billionaire friends. Tired of working for the man, Scott became a top-rated pop-culture podcaster and celebrity interviewer, while also dabbling in both the worlds of clothing manufacturing (creating his own baby clothes brand that was sold in over 300 stores nationwide) and retail sales, with his own well-received men's clothing store.
Always willing to lend a hand or donate what he can, he's an enthusiastic philanthropist, championing causes such as childhood bullying, animal adoption, and feeding the less fortunate. A wide-eyed world traveler, Scott has been to four continents, mostly by sea. While he loves exploring Europe and the Caribbean islands, it's the vast United States that he likes best. He's been to Alaska four times, Hawaii twice, and can't wait to explore the eight states he hasn't been to yet. Technically a Connecticut Yankee, Scott grew up in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, and lived for 25 years in the Washington, D.C. area, before recently discovering that the American West is where he is most at home. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Learn more at www.rscottwallis.com






Amazon Link
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1729813321/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_b7guCbE7B2WJN




The book is on sale for only $0.99.






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GIVEAWAY:

R. Scott Wallis will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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35 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

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  2. I love the excerpt, and the cover. Looking forward to reading this book.

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  3. Do you have any plans for your next book?

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    1. yes! The second book, THE NEW MEXICO SCOUNDREL, is also out now, and the third, THE NEVADA SABOTEUR, is coming out September 27. 😜

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  4. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Thursday, Aug. 01, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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  5. I love the excerpt. I like that the series takes place in different states.
    Flyergal82 (at /yahoo :dot !com

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    1. Thanks!! Here’s the line-up (so far) after Maine...New Mexico, Nevada, Alaska, California, Virginia...then I’m not sure yet. 🤗

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  6. Sounds like an interesting read!

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  7. Looks like a great read. Love the cover art.

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  8. I am looking forward to reading the book.

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  9. I love the angry looking lobster on the cover.

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  10. I love the cover. It is very unique!

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. That's some animal on the cover, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I like the unique font on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. "Fiercely independent, insatiably curious, and always up for an adventure, public relations hotshot Skyler Moore is a hero for our time."

    She sounds like a lot of fun, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. "She's decidedly not a sleuth by trade, but mayhem often comes knocking as she and her friends visit the small towns and big cities of America." I wonder why they're visiting all those small towns and big cities... Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. "Skyler decides to spend the summer at her seaside cottage in Wabanaki, Maine..." I'd love to spend the summer there too, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. "with her best friend—celebrity chef Brenda Braxton—" I wish my best friend was a celebrity chef, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. This book sounds like a interesting read

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  18. What was your favorite book as a child?

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  19. "But women are turning up dead in the once sleepy village where nothing ever happens."

    This is my kind of story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. love the cover and title. I love that the author is trying to incorporate every us state into a title.

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  21. "With the residents up in arms and the rinky-dink police force overwhelmed, Skyler and her friends feel compelled to lend a hand to save the town they love so much."

    I can relate, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I really like a great thriller and the excerpt and blurb are very interesting.

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  23. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  24. I love the excerpt and the cover

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