The little silver box, an old snuff box that your grandmother used to use, sits on the table. You have no idea where it came from, but you know what is inside it. Cautiously you open it and inside is a single piece of paper folded three times. With trembling fingers you reach inside and take it. Unfolding it you see that written upon it in your grandmother’s cursive script is…..a blurb:
Be careful what you wish for…
Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t… Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined… Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it? What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything? A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…
Crouching down behind the upturned pool table, you cower as the bullets rain down all around you. This isn’t what you had expected when your friend called to say if you wanted to ‘shoot some pool’ after lunch. You remember to make a mental note to cross him off of your xmas card list. Suddenly the gunshots end as abruptly as they began, the sound of car tyres squealing as your assailants race away. Gradually you stand up and survey the carnage. As you slowly turn around you notice the wall behind you is riddled with bullet holes. Standing back you notice that they appear to be arranged into a pattern of some kind. Yes, if you squint, and tilt your head a little, bizarrely the holes all seem to spell out some words: it looks like…a blurb…
“RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different sub-genres. In the first story, “Easy-Peezy,” a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, “Riding Shotgun,” is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, “$crilla,” is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they’ve always dreamed of.”
Hey hey everybody and welcome to another cover reveal on my little beardy blog. Oooh, I. Am. EXCITED!
Why? Why are you so excited you bearded buffoon, I hear you ask? Well, this is book 3 in the Lori Anderson series. If you are not familiar with these books then I suggest that a) you slap yourself in the face with a damp haddock, and b) that you waddle off and read my reviews of Deep Down Deadand Deep Blue Trouble before dipping your hands into your pockets and ponying up for a copy of each one. Go on, you know it makes sense 😉
When I sat down to write this reveal I realised that, in fact, I am way too excited to do this cover reveal on my own. I need to call upon the skill and expertise of another. Someone, maybe, who actually has met Steph herself?
So, who did I call up to ask to present this cover reveal? Well, you may recall a conversation I once had with a young up and coming book blogger (if you cannot recall this epic encounter, or have no clue as to what I’m talking about, you can find that chat here), and I thought, why not ask him if he’s free?
Sadly, I was.
That’s right beardy book blog fans, I called up myself, The Beardy Book Blogger, once again. Me’ll know what to do….