Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Steel Deal by James Blakley | Interview |Featured Author

At 55, big city sleuth Sonny Busco is sinking deep into debt and distrust when suddenly he's thrown a lifeline. The chief assistant to a prominent university professor offers $2500 for safe delivery of a confidential briefcase to Santa Fe, NM. Sonny accepts, thinking it's easy money. That is until he learns of the case's contents: an amazing alloy called sentient steel. Soon, Sonny risks life, liberty, and property to keep the revolutionary invention from falling into a wicked whirlwind of men and women in black, whose mission is to secure sentient steel for what appears to be the other side. But in a city full of smog and cynicism, things are rarely what they appear to be.




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Giveaway ends March 3rd 11:59PM CDT.


MY REVIEW

My review has been published on Night Owl Reviews,
 and just posted on my blog HERE.


INTERVIEW

What do you think makes a good story?
Entertainment AND enlightenment. By enlightenment, I don't mean necessarily introducing some high-brow subject. Maybe it can be showing the reader a different point of view, a different locale, or even a new twist on an old idea. And entertainment values I like include character development, great dialog, and well-placed action, instead of action-driven plots (where characterization tends to take a backseat).  
Tell us about your current release.
It's called "The Steel Deal" and focuses on an older big city, small fry P.I. named Sonny Busco and his struggles to save his client's briefcase. A beautiful, but deadly, woman-in-black called 'Delilah' wants the briefcase's contents "sentient steel" out of the way and isn't above resorting to rough or foul play. So, can Sonny Busco save the day?
"The Steel Deal" is mostly an updated film noir type story, with lots of character development and subtext. Despite some added 60's spy flourishes, it's reminiscent of a Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler mystery. And visually, "The Steel Deal's" main characters better-fit hard-boiled stars like Humphrey Bogart or Lauren Bacall--albeit a black or brown-skinned Bogie and Bacall, as one of the modernizations in my noir novel is racial and multicultural sensibility.
  
Who are your books published with?
Inkwater Press. They're a Portland, Oregon-based small press that packs the punch of a big Madison Avenue firm, with first-rate editing, advertising opportunities, art design, and administrative support. I am forever grateful to them for accepting "The Steel Deal" and helping to promote it and make it available on an amazingly wide scale.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
Certainly. First, I thank God for giving me writing talent; next, for giving me a wonderful family that includes two wonderful, hard-working parents who raised me and supported me when I was nothing; and for a talented brother and sister and now, an energetic nephew. Both of my parents realized our gifts early in life. As for mine (creative writing and art) they encouraged me to develop them by taking me to libraries, art galleries, etc... I am also lucky to have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who helped guide me down the right paths. 
My many public grade school, junior high, and high school teachers were extremely helpful--especially those in the gifted and honors programs. They provided a valuable creative and critical thinking environment that helped give my writing meaning and depth. I also appreciate my college professor-advisor giving me the opportunity to write and edit journalism, which introduced me to a broader audience and won me my first significant writing awards.
And there are any numbers of friends and colleagues whom I've bounced story ideas off over the years, and learned from their responses.
What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?
Playing and watching sports. I religiously played baseball into my early 20's--even lettered in varsity baseball. Since then, I've switched to amateur fast-pitch softball. It's more stable, in terms of finding regular competition; and more challenging, as almost everything is shortened compared to baseball (from the dimensions of the field, innings, etc.).
Unlike movies, where you can pretty much predict how things will unfold, sports are less predictable. Like life, there are unforeseen situations that defy the odds and give underdogs the upper hand or award the unworthy, while shafting the superior player or deserving squad. Take football: Who could've predicted the perennial playoff pick Colts' fall from first to last without Peyton Manning; or the hapless Broncos' rise from worst to first with Tim Tebow (who won an NFL game though completing only 2 passes)? Or in boxing: Who thought Buster Douglas would knock out Mike Tyson?
Pro and amateur sports are thrilling to play, and often as nerve-racking to watch!

What was the scariest moment of your life?
Six years ago, I was driving alone from Kansas to Missouri for Christmas. It started out cold and cloudy, but bottomed out into a blizzard with "thundersnow." That's a rare event where thunder and lightning accompany a snow storm.
The main interstate was shutdown (due to a horrific, quarter-mile pileup caused by the weather). So, I took a back highway. And for about 70 miles, I crawled along mostly isolated, rolling prairie at 20 mph because the road wasn't cleared. I couldn't stop for fear that my car (which had over 140,000 miles) wouldn't restart. I mostly "felt" my way through, remembering how to navigate the terrain from clear conditions.  So what was normally an hour and a half trip took nearly 4 intense hours. But I survived. And arriving home safely early that night was my greatest Christmas gift!
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
I recently turned 40. Raised as a fire-and-brimstone Baptist, I was taught that the end is always near. "Here today, gone today," was a popular saying of several local pastors.  And coupled with having grown up in the climax of the Cold War--where we still did "duck-and-cover" drills and learned where to "relocate" if a nuclear strike hit nearby missile sites-- I expected to die young.  A small part of me still does, with Jesus dying at 40- something as well as MLK, JFK, and RFK. But after several end-of-the world predictions fell through, I quit worrying about it. Instead, I just remembered a Bible verse that says something similar to: "A day to the Lord is 1,000 years...”  That's about 41 years an hour to make the most of!

What is the next big thing?
Finishing, and then shopping, a screenplay version of "The Steel Deal." The novel is quite cinematic, with its Bogart meets Bond blend of hard-boiled humor, intricate mystery, and vivid adventure. I also have several short stories that will take time to develop into novels. 
As for the bigger picture…life? The next big thing is just taking each day as it comes. Remembering all the while that I have at least 1,000 years every day I'm alive to make the most of.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and co-editor of "The Griffon-News".

Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka, KS where he worked for The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library before spending several years in clerical and customer support capacities for international computer companies such as EDS and HP. 
 
Find James Blakely online:

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39 comments:

Debbie G. said...

Great interview! Your book sounds really good also. Thanks so much for offering such an awesome giveaway! I also have experienced "thundersnow", I never knew such a thing could happen, my kids and I bundled up and sat outside on the front porch to watch it. When I called my family, who lived in another state, they didn't believe me at first so I had to send them the video I had taken with my phone to prove it!

debbie(underscore)griffith(at)hotmail(dot)com

James B. said...

Thanks, Debbie, for the compliments and for your interest in my novel.

In all my Midwestern life, I've experienced thundersnow only three times. Two were in cities (where it was relatively safe); the third, in open country. And all three have been when it's a near whiteout blizzard, not normal snowfall.

The scary highway thundersnow-- the thunder and lightning part, anyway-- was off and on for only about a half hour of the four hour drive. But when visibility is less than a mile (and with more snow coming down) the thunder and lightning only intensifies an already nerve wracking situation!

elin said...

Very interesting interview! Thank you for the giveaway. The Steel Deal sounds like a good book to read.
emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

James B said...

Thanks, Elin.

THE STEEL DEAL is a good read because while it is first and foremost a mystery, it also has action; adventure; some romance; drama; laughs; and sci-fi. Something for everyone! It may have a fluffy plot--a P.I. and spies vie for a revolutionary invention--but the characters take things fairly seriously throughout. Speaking of characters, THE STEEL DEAL has an empathetic cast that readers can relate to on some level--different races, genders, ideologies, and ethnicities who are thinking and get the reader to think.

My kind of entertainment...and hopefully yours,too.

Anne said...

Are you a big noir book or movie fan? What influenced you to write such a book?

Unknown said...

enjoyed the interview and learning more about this author. thanks for the great giveaway!

catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

James B said...

Actually, Anne, I started out a bigger fan of the noir movie adaptations than the original hardboiled novels themselves. Now older, I understand better the complexities of the novels and enjoy both equally.

I am a fan of the great Raymond Chandler. Though Chandler's literary use of unique metaphors and double edged dialogue is captivating--and his primary private eye Philip Marlowe dynamic and memorable--his plot structure and pace almost always rambles and can be difficult to finish reading. I stopped and restarted THE BIG SLEEP several times!

The movie versions of THE BIG SLEEP and FAREWELL MY LOVELY are far better at creating a coehesive plot and brisk pace that attract audiences (who haven't done so) to revisit Chandler's original writings. Ironically, Chandler's best piece of consistently thrilling noir writing is his co-adaptation of fellow hardboiled writer James M. Cain's DOUBLE INDEMNITY! The movie version is my favorite noir work, edging out Dashiell Hammet's THE MALTESE FALCON (which doesn't quite have the daring freshness of INDEMNITY'S film and screenplay style).

As for what influenced me to write THE STEEL DEAL? I obviously enjoy mystery and suspense. So, I originally wrote a short story with my own P.I. (Sonny Busco) and saddled him with problems and a captivating case. The case could solve not only the mystery surrounding it, but Sonny's problems too. The case needed to be exciting to attract readers--like the Maltese Falcon was. So I went to the world of science and researched cutting edge technology to come up with the novel's irresistible force that moves the most immovable of men and women to desperate action, "sentient steel".

As for character influences, Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels helped. I enjoy the wider variety of cases Spenser undertakes and his attempts to secure a semblance of normal relationships. Chandler's Marlowe often found comfort in alcohol; while Spenser had Susan Silverman, a dog, and poetry. Similarly, THE STEEL DEAL has a wide supporting cast whose colors aren't the typical shades of noir black and white. And like Spenser novels, not every character in THE STEEL DEAL wears a hardboiled shell of cynicism.

And while the detailed structure and dialogue of THE STEEL DEAL is more in line with Chandler and Hammett, the pace is faster and modern, relying on approximate and up to date slang and technology (as Spenser novels often do). I also added touches of Ian Fleming spy schtick to play up the importance of sentient steel and to engage and embrace a wider audience.

James B said...

Thanks, Unknown...Catherine. (lol)

It isn't often I get the opportunity to reveal and uplift the sources for my writing talent and discuss what motivates me beyond just reading and writing. Blog mistress Laurie is largely to thank for drawing the responses from me with a colorful array of though-provoking questions.

Jennifer Haile said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

James B said...

Thanks for your enthusiastic response and interest in THE STEEL DEAL, Jennifer. If you get the chance to read it, I hope the novel meets your expectations--especially where a good quality of entertainment and enlightenment are concerned.

THE STEEL DEAL is my first published novel. So sometimes I look at it with great pride; other times, I wince, knowing it could have been so much better in spots. But at some point, you have to let it go and let your novel take on its own life, whether it's the one you intended or not. It's kind of like a kid leaving home, I guess: the parents worry and wonder what he/she will become in the craziness of the world.

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview. The book sounds very interesting.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

James B said...

Thanks, bn100.

One of the things that makes THE STEEL DEAL "very interesting" is that it isn't wall-to-wall action, in terms of wholesale violence. The dialogue is just as dynamic, deadly, and deceptive as a weapon in my story.

I worked hard to try and keep the general pace exciting by having not just typical action, but active dialogue that is filled with old sayings as well as the latest slang; double entendres; and foreign phrases and words. And my vivid metaphors, allusions, and hyperbole help keep the reader engaged just as much as a barrage of bullets would. Because the reader's mind is hopefully racing to make sense of what's being said above and below the surface--how will it help or hurt the characters; how will it solve the case?

Not that there aren't fisticuffs, chases, explosions, and gunplay in THE STEEL DEAL; there are. But they are what I call 'well placed': when those scenes of traditional "action" occur, they are usually memorable and meaningful in the reader's mind because they don't occur on every page and in every chapter of the book.

It was a gamble that admittedly alienated some readers (who thought they were getting an ultra modern Hollywood style mystery/ thriller). Mine is definitely a thinking person's read: it's structured in such a way that if you skip a chapter (or even a sentence or two) you may miss a lot because there's a lot being said and done that doesn't involve always firing a gun. (lol)

So far though, my effort to blend key elements of both literary and genre styles seems to be more of a reward than waste for those who "wanna take THE STEEL DEAL ride" (as one of my Amazon.com promotional posts advertises from time to time).

amy2011 said...

great contest and interview

James B said...

Thanks, Amy. I think we covered almost every conversation people normally find themselves having: books (of course); movies; sports; the weather; religion; politics; friends and family; aging; and what's ahead before you're dead.

I even brought up sex appeal, in mentioning Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Granted it's almost 70 years old sex appeal, as one of Bogie and Bacall's bests, THE BIG SLEEP, came out before most of us were born (1946)! I still think both actors' appeal is timeless and will also be as infinitely influential.

With such great feature interviews going, Laurie better be careful: she could become the Barbara Walters of book blogs! ; )

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for new authors to read and your book sounds really good.
Joye
JWIsley@aol.com

Lexie@BookBug said...

My husband would absolutely love this book! And I'm already looking forward to the movie!
Thanks for the giveaway!
lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

James B said...

Thanks for your compliment.

Another thing that makes THE STEEL DEAL great is it is also a thrilling, witty read that embraces a variety of races, genders, ages, and ethnic groups. I tried to give each character--black, brown, red, white, or yellow--a share of the 'good lines' (if not a direct stake in the case itself).

America has grown more tolerant and embracing of minorities than when I was growing up. As a child, other than SHAFT, I can't recall having seen a mainstream black private eye--at least not one that didn't sometimes reinforce some negative racial stereotypes.

The SHAFT movies were largely based on the novels of Jewish novelist Ernest Tidyman. The cinematic characterization helped and hurt the image of blacks. On the one hand, it helped to further topple much of the servant, "field mentality" image that blacks were largely relegated to in movies and literature. On the other hand, SHAFT ironically reinforced "the jungle mentality" of aggression and violence that some Americans still feared existed in all blacks.

Sonny Busco, my P.I., is black. But he's not a militant nor is he what some might call a sell out. There are references--and recognition--of the black community through Sonny's 55 years old perspective. But it does't impede the plot or alienate readers who aren't black.

Sonny's more along the lines of Sidney Poitier's Virgil Tibbs from IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT: intelligent and perceptive, but also tough and resourceful. Dipped into the dirty, do-or-die desperation of modern times however, Sonny doesn't have Tibbs's noble bearing; he is more of an opportunist than an idealist--a survivor. Sonny literally can't always fight blindly for truth and justice. He always sneaks a glance--sometimes a full stare--at his bottom line before engaging in a case. And admittedly, that lends Sonny a kind of humanity that all races can sympathize with at some time.

A flawed hero makes for a good read because you're always wondering if HE could be the perpetrator of the crime he's seemingly trying to solve. And with the stakes being a revolutionary alloy worth easily tens of thousands, no one is above suspicion--black or white, red or yellow.

All the makings for a great mystery: unraveling not only the secret of what's being sought, but of those who are seeking it.!

James B said...

Thank you, Lexie.

John Kennedy had a great quote about his nature: "I'm an idealist without illusions," he said. That wonderfully describes my approach to writing THE STEEL DEAL for the big screen/TV screen. (lol)

If and when it "comes to a theater near you", THE STEEL DEAL will undoubtedly be more action-driven than thought-provoking. It's the obvious mood and desire of the audience dynamic that drives the entertainment industry.

My current "treatment" screenplay keeps much of the great dialogue of the novel. But as a trade-off, much of the sidebar social commentary and the lead character's intimate views are replaced by a more straight forward narrative that keeps things moving. And I've added more boom and bang action sequences for the CGI crowd.

But hey, if the movie's a hit, maybe both the movie and book will be reviewed critically by audiences. Which is better, which is worse? Does Denzel or Samuel L. capture the true Sonny Busco?

sparklejewelsp59@yahoo.com said...

a nother great give away..

James B said...

Thanks.

I am curious as to which you consider to be the greater giveaway, sparklekewls: the free novel or the free Amazon gift card? ; )

Krystle said...

Thanks for the giveaway sounds like my kind of book!

James B said...

You're welcome, Krystle. I hope you get the opportunity to read it...maybe even review it, too!

Like sushi and Scotch--now there's a combination!-- THE STEEL DEAL is an acquired taste. It's told in first person; so the strongest, most dynamic force in the novel is often Sonny Busco, as the thrust of the story is told to the reader by him.

Sonny's supporting characters are fairly well drawn, too. Sentient steel's charm and revolutionary potential often provoke random actions and responses in everyone involved with THE STEEL DEAL. This almost sacred object helps give the other characters the depth and color that can be hard to share fully with secondary characters in first person told stories. Because first person is often so personally derivative (with the dependence on the use of "I") that the story becomes totally subjective. How can you tell if the other characters are really good or evil, when it's told from one character's opinion? I hope sentient steel suceeds at being a sort of neutral object that helps give some individual clarity and character to everyone's motivations.

It's kind of like a ball in sports: it is neither good or evil, until it is picked up and manipulated by one team or the other. The team's actions become good or evil, depending on one's allegiance. Until then, the ball sits idly; the teams take on varying degrees of personality--in clothing, strategy, etc.-- in their attempts to control possession of it.

I worked hard on the novel's dialogue and overall imagery so as to temper the seemingly all powerfful might of first person. In the final product, I think THE STEEL DEAL is not only Sonny's greatest case, but becomes the greatest adventure of those around him as well.

lilsnobelle said...

I really think this is going to be a big hit. He has really great quotes on his Goodreads page, and he used the word senient, which I love.

James B said...

Thanks 'lilsnobelle' for visiting my GOODREADS author page!

Interestingly, all those "great quotes" on the page describe some thematic nature of THE STEEL DEAL--though that wasn't my intention when I picked them. They are just favorite famous quotes from obscure or obscure quotes from famous people--all timeless. I wasn't thinking at the time, but I should have put one of the quotes as a thematic summation of THE STEEL DEAL on a single page after the book's prolog and before the first chapter.

As for The "sentient" in sentient steel, I can't elaborate too much on the true inspiration without giving away the story. ; ) Suffice it to say, it was originally "satin steel". But while doing research for the book, I found there was a real household metal on the market with that name. So I changed my metal's name to another 's' word: sentient.

I was able to keep the original alliteration (the sound of a phrase that starts with the same letter) while finding the perfect description of the novel's main motivator.

Patricia Simpkin said...

This sounds like a fabulous book; I'd love to win a copy!

James B said...

Thanks, Patricia.

With so many female posters, I need to comment on the role of women in THE STEEL DEAL.

THE STEEL DEAL features several "fabulous" female characters that were fun to create. Chief among them, the woman in black whom Sonny calls 'Delilah'. Delilah is the model woman: one who knows what she wants and will do whatever it takes to get it. Whether it's hitting men below the belt with her beauty; besting them with her brain power; or using both brains and beauty to get the drop on the bad guys and draw down on them with .45 caliber force, Delilah is a driving force that constantly threatens to derail "The Steel Deal".

She's kind of all 3 CHARLIE'S ANGELS (Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett--sorry fans of Cameron, Drew, and Lucy) wrapped into one woman, with Ayn Rand's sharp insight and actress Lena Olin's enigmatic enchantment.

Olin was my physical model for "Delilah" because the character demanded a secretive, yet seductive, personality and presence. And, depending on what movie she is in, Lena Olin can look Latin American, Native American, mulatto, Swedish, or Spanish. She can be domineering or demure with equal believablity. Perfect chameleon-like cover!

The other females in THE STEEL DEAL aren't to be dismissed to eye candy status though. Each figures heavily in the plot, too. They range anywhere from 20 to 50 years in age and are white, black, and of mixed ethnicity. Some are shapely, sexy; some homely and out of shape. Some are in-your-face tough; others, just plain tough to resist. Some are smart; others deranged.

But ALL the females use their complexity and modernity to make the moves that they hope will put them in perfect position to seize and secure sentient steel for themselves.

rpratt said...

Great interview. I plan to read this book.

James Blakley said...

"I love it when a plan comes together!"

--George Peppard ("Hannibal" THE A-TEAM)


Sounds like a plan...a good one at that, rpratt.

Hotscorpiogirl said...

Sounds like a great book and can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great opportunity to win fantastic prizes.

James B said...

First, Hotscorpiogirl, thank Laurie: for so graciously giving me the platform and the opportunity to be able to offer you a chance at winning my book and the gift card. ; ) Hers is an incredibly well-organized and maintained blog that benefits a lot of small or struggling authors whose writings might otherwise not receive a chance to be read.

Auntdebbie said...

can't wait to readh

Amy Green said...

I love itriguing stories that make you think. Amycrocker76@aol.com

James B said...

Thanks, Auntdebbie (no relation to me..except as one who likes to read).

I can barely wait myself: to read a review of what you--and everyone else--thought of THE STEEL DEAL (good, bad, or indifferent) and be able to apply it to my future novels!

It's hard to grow unless you know!

James B said...

Me too, Amy Green!

Only sometimes, stories that make you think can lead you to drink...if you dwell on them too much! ; )

I did a lot of criminology research for this novel. Looking at different weapons' calibers and their gruesome killing capabilities and at deviant behavior by GOOD and bad guys, for starters. I read a lot of dark crime novels and watched a lot of great, but cynical, cop shows and films noir during the many years of developing THE STEEL DEAL. After a while, that negative world view began to show itself in my novel. Everyone was a smart ass, distrustful, or harbored deadly intent.

While in reality something as valuable as sentient steel would likely warrant rampant ends-justify-the-means mentality in people, I didn't want a TOTAL mirror image of life reflected. I wanted a slightly higher degree of entertainment and escapism than most noir-type novels and movies portray.

So, I lightened up the proceedings with a wider variety of quirky characters and uncommon settings--a college club and a pawn shop play key roles in THE STEEL DEAL doings, for example. I made Sonny understandably skeptical, but not in the typical modern action hero's cold and calculating style of cynicism: one that sees everyone as a moving target to be drawn down on.

In the end, I think I achieved a better balance between light and dark humor and between cynicism and cautious optimism in THE STEEL DEAL than some books that deal with similar subject matter. Which is another plus in the book's uniqueness column, I guess.

Julie W said...

Thanks so much for the great interview! This is the first I'm hearing of this book, but now that I know about it, it's going on my TBR list! I absolutely love film noir, and Bogie and Bacall are my favorites, and I can totally picture this book as noir from the description! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, and for the chance to get to know James a little bit better :)
jwitt33 at live dot com

James B said...

TBR selection is an honor! Thank you, Julie W!

Humphrey Bogart was more of my spiritual model for Sonny Busco, than a pure physical inspiration. Male sex appeal in the 30s and 40s cinema was still based more on rugged machismo than the suave, suburban appeal that it has morphed into. Though born fairly well-to-do in real life, Bogie brought a blue collar confidence and palipable grit to the characters in his later career--except maybe for Captain Queeg in THE CAINE MUTINY. That flinty fortitude seemed to make up for his relatively short stature, balding head, and signature lisp.

At 55, Sonny Busco is a man born about the time Bogie died. Sonny is blue collar by circumstance and marred more mentally, than physically, by middle age's wear and tear. Making for a rather unremarkable physical specimen, I endowed Sonny with Bogie's struggling determination and still sharp insight.

While Lena Olin was my physical model for the female lead "Delilah" (because of her chameleon qualities) much of the character's inner strength--and especially vocality-- is derived from Lauren Bacall. Bacall's legendary contralto voice teetered on a purr or a growl and perfectly complimented her other cat-like qualities: the deliberately deceiving softness that belied a quiet, but cunning, intelligence, and pouring wit that was as lethal as a lioness when it hit.

Because of the character's vocation, it was necessary to make "Delilah" several years younger than Sonny (like Lauren Bacall was to Humphrey Bogart). But neither is as smart nor as vulnerable as they seem. Both get the upperhand but also take a bruising backhand. Through it all, they bring out the best in each other, like Bogie and Bacall.

Sonny Busco and his female foil "Delilah" were a pleasure to create, and they make THE STEEL DEAL as memorable for their presence as the sought after title metal does. Sort of like how people remember THE BIG SLEEP more for Bogie and Bacall than for the movie itself!

A Roach said...

COOL CONTEST

cheers!

-Alex

James B said...

It certainly was, Alex!

And my thanks again for everyone's interest in my novel THE STEEL DEAL and for your taking time to post responses and/or questions.

Most importantly, thank you Laurie for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed and reviewed. This is a fabulous forum for writers to showcase their fiction and nonfiction, and my sincerest hopes that it continue to grow, glow, and go!

Best regards,

James Blakley

Laurie said...

Thanks everybody! The giveaway has ended and the winner is Krystle Smith.