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Ball & Chain blog tour: Interview with Abi Roux + CONTEST

Welcome to the Ball & Chain virtual tour! If you’re following along, you’ll be able to win yourself some goodies that might just save your life! I’ve got five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can, perfect for traveling and hiking or taking with you to remote island weddings where people might be dying. And I’ve got five sets of trading cards with original artwork and character work-ups for the less adventurous readers!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can or one of five sets of trading cards with original artwork. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 1 , and winners will be announced on April 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.

1.    As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?

I wanted to be an archaeologist. Writing never really crossed my path, not until I started doing it in college. I loved history and the methodical study and revealing that comes with archaeology. In high school all my energy went into volleyball, so I sort of suspected I might become a coach eventually. But in college, there were too many injuries. I had to go with another plan, something where I could still have those adventures but not destroy my knee in the process.

2. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?

Oh . . . it’s so sad how hard I had to think to answer this question. I drove out into the Texas Hill Country and intentionally confused my GPS so I’d get lost. I traveled 1200 miles to a big cat sanctuary in the middle of nowhere. I dragged two friends to an isolated island in Scotland and we got rained on for 4 hours because we got stuck there.

3. Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

I typically do one thing at a time. There have been rare occasions where I’ve written two at once, or worked on several stories all at the same time, but for the most part I try to stick to one book and finish it. Even when I’m writing one book and editing another it’s hard for me.

4. What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?

Probably nothing! Let’s see. I was extensively trained in kidnapping evasion and prevention when I was a child because my grandfather was at odds with the Teamsters and paranoid as hell. My other grandfather was the leader of the Teamsters Union. I’m an excellent shot with a handgun, but I’m better with a crossbow. I’m ambidextrous, but if I try to throw with my left hand I look like I’m trying to get away from a bee. I really love decorating and remodeling, but I like it more if it’s someone else’s money paying for it.

5. If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Beware of Sarcasm.

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 Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 15, 2014)

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Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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4 Responses to Ball & Chain blog tour: Interview with Abi Roux + CONTEST

  • bn100 says:

    Sounds like a long way to travel for research

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • yesjayme says:

    The dueling grandfathers had to have been interesting.

    Loved B&C

  • Kirsty says:

    Love the cut & run series!

  • TheDreamSeller says:

    As of now, this is one of my favourite tour stops!
    Some should make a “Beware of Sarcasm” bumper. I’d get it.
    What always gets to me is how fast Abi writes. She’s so, so, so fast; I still remember starting to follow the Abi travels for research blog this summer, and now B&C is out.

    The grandfathers sound epic.

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