Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Into the Dark by /a PICT VBTour (Review, Guest Post & Give Away)

Today, please help me welcome Stacy Green who is guest posting for us.   Welcome Stacy.   Please tell us "What are your writing quirks and must haves, when you get down to business?"

Thanks so much to Beth for having me today! I’m excited to get to know your readers.

Writers. We’re a quirky bunch, aren’t we? Most of us spend a lot of times in our heads and fielding off our character’s voices, and we are all people watchers. I can’t tell you the amount of character detail I’ve gleaned just from observing shoppers at the mall.

And when I sit down to write, I’m just as eccentric. I love natural light, and part of the reason I don’t have a real office is because the only room is in the basement. It’s finished and nice, but not a walk out. No matter how many lamps I put down there, the effect isn’t the same. I like the big open window and the sunshine.

I’ve also got to have my various notebooks–all of which need organizational assistance. Of course I’ve got my favorite pencils and pens, and I also have a special notepad for whatever I’m working on. If something trips me up or needs more research, I can jot that down and move on with writing the bones of the story.

Coffee. A must have, unless it’s after lunch, and then it’s all about water. Cell phone in case I need to contact my critique partner. I’ve got my reference books nearby–The Emotion Thesaurus is a constant, and as I’m working on my second book set in the deep South, I’ve got an amazing hardcover called Lost Plantations. If you like Civil War or Southern history, I highly recommend this book–it’s full of personal stories and anecdotes about life on the plantations.

Most important is comfy clothes–I tend to spend my days in sweats or yoga pants and t-shirts.  As for music, I can take it or leave it, but the television is a killer. I can’t have it on or I will get totally distracted.

What about you? If you’re a writer, what are your must haves? And readers, do you have a favorite reading quirk? 

Thank you for joining us today Stacy!   This has been most enjoyable!


A two-hundred-mile labyrinth of dark storm drains serves as a refuge for the delusional stalker who will go to any lengths to possess fragile, emotionally isolated Emilie Davis. To survive, Emilie will have to confront the secrets of her past she has kept locked away from everyone, including herself.
Emilie is a master escape artist—she’s fled a manipulative mother and a controlling ex-husband. But it’s impossible to evade a stalker who uses a bank robbery as a ruse to kidnap her. He’s still out there, hiding in the Las Vegas tunnels and dodging police. Emilie’s life careens out of control as her assailant continues his pursuit. She has nowhere to turn but to Nathan Madigan, the hostage negotiator who worked the robbery.
Nathan is haunted by his failure to protect a loved one fourteen years ago and dedicates his life to saving others. Determined to catch the lunatic hunting Emilie, he finds himself losing his professional detachment. He fears history is about to repeat itself if he cannot protect Emilie from the Taker’s obsession.

The police close in on the Taker’s identity as Nathan and Emilie grow closer to each other and to resolving the misery of their own pasts. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.

My Review:

I can not stress enough how I enjoy a good mystery!    Into the Dark was just that!   Excellent, superb and it grabbed me by the heart!  I found myself often breathless with the suspense!   The synopsis will give you the key elements of the story.   Character development was strong and realistic.   The plot and storyline suspenseful and mysterious.  And I reveled in the fact that Stacy Green was raised in Iowa!  There is hope for me yet to be a writer!

I absolutely loved Into the Dark , it had all the elements I love, mystery, suspense, action, compassion and romance and a detective you just loved to hate!   It also had one you wanted to love too!   It was a compelling read and the sections involving the tunnels and the folks that lived there, well it certainly spoke to your heart.     Thanks Stacy for providing such a thoughtful and rewarding mystery to us!

Author info:

Raised in southeastern Iowa, Stacy Green grew up watching crime shows with her parents, so her love of suspense and psychological thrillers is no surprise. She’s fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page.
After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a
stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for a city magazine before penning her first novel. She shelved the long drama and began working on a suspense book set in Las Vegas, featuring a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless.
Into The Dark is suspense with a dash of romance, and Stacy is hard at work on her next book, a darker, grittier thriller set in the Deep South.
When she’s not writing, she spends all her time with her precocious daughter, supportive husband, and their three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
Follow Stacy online at her BlogTwitterFacebook, and  Web site.

The author is donating proceeds from the sale of her book to the homeless.  Not only is she sponsoring a big giveaway on her site, but has also generously offered, to have those hosts who post a review, to host a give away of one (1) EBook of Into The Dark on your blog.

Regarding the charity, here is how she described it:

The charity is for the homeless. I'm going to run a rafflecopter contest, and one of the options will be to donate to HELP of Southern Nevada, which is the organization that assists the homeless living in the Las Vegas storm drains. The grand prize of my charity contest is a $100 donation from me to the winner's homeless charity of choice, in the winner's name.

Give Away:   Sign up for a free e-copy of Into the Dark through the rafflecopter below:

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CMash said...

I have this book in my TBR pile and after reading your review, can't wait to read it. Fantastic review and post. Thank you!

Gina @ Hott Books said...

Wow!! You really loved this one - I'll have to pick it up!!

Stacy Green said...

Hi Beth! Thanks so much for the review. I'm so glad to hear you liked the book. Thanks for having me!

Amanda said...

My favorite genre is murder/mystery and romance. My favorite author is Dean Koontz with a close second being Debbie Macomber.