September 16, 2016

If I were a Mobster Blogfest SIGN UP + 30 Seconds Before COVER REVEAL

Officer Blake Herro infiltrates the Mob and puts his life on the line.

Title: 30 Seconds Before (Prequel to 30 Seconds)
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Genre: Mainstream Thriller
Page Count: 60 (novella)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover Artist: Kim Mendoza

Pre-Order Links:
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Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.

On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.

Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?


            Blake’s gaze continued to scan the area. Too many officers needed help. Blake strained his eyes to see if the nearest officer was still breathing, but the darkness and flashing lights obscured his vision.
            Dread was ripe in his veins, twining his intestines into knots. The assailants who attacked the officers could be lurking nearby, watching and putting him in their sights. Being out in the open with nothing but his Kevlar vest as protection was not where he wanted to be, but the officer he was helping would bleed out if he moved.
            Blake studied the officer. His lips were an unnatural shade of blue. He was shivering from the frigid December night as well as blood loss.
            “Did you see them?” Blake asked. “Do you know who did this?”
            The officer’s lips moved.
            Blake leaned forward, bringing his ear to the officer’s mouth. “What was that?”
            The officer took a shuddering breath. “Red.”


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I am hosting my first ever blogfest! 

Instead of a traditional blog tour for 30 Seconds Before, I want to have fun and do a blogfest with all of my blogging/author friends. 

NOTE: Every post will include the blurb, cover art, and links for 30 Seconds Before, which I'll send to all the participants. Where you put this info in the post (at the beginning or end) is up to you.

Prompt: If I were a Mobster…
When? October 21st, 2016 
*If you need to, you can post the day after.
Where? On your blog!

Post Ideas: I’m giving you creative freedom to create anything that comes to mind for the prompt: If I were a Mobster. You can share a poem or flash fiction piece about what you imagine yourself doing if you were a mobster.

Or share a detailed profile of your mobster self. This is what I’ll be doing.

Here’s an example of a mobster profile you can fill out:

My Mobster Name:
My Rank: (leader or minion)
Crime Zone: (city/state)
My Look/Disguise:
Weapon of Choice:
Mobster Vehicle:
What I’m Known For:
My Catch Phrase:
The Name of my Mob Leader:

You have complete freedom with the profile. Take out or add in. You can even turn the profile into a descriptive paragraph. Get creative with it. For mine, I used what I'm known for to create a clever profile.

I really just want everyone to have fun with this. Become someone new for one day in the blogosphere. Get in touch with your bad side. ;) 

Won't you sign up...please?

If I were a Mobster Blogfest

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  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm in. :-) Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Oh, thank you so much! I was really insecure that no one would want to or be able to do it.

  2. This does sound like fun--I will have to put my thinking cap on as I don't find mobsters very intriguing (can my bad-side fantasy be a train robber?)

    1. Personally, I don't like Mobsters either, but I actually had fun turning myself into a "bad guy." If you really can't pretend on the Mobster front, you can turn yourself into any bad guy.

  3. Count me in. Congratulations on the novella.

  4. Hi Chrys - sounds great fun ... but I'll read as you all go - enjoy ... Mobster, or Bad Guy .. both pretty horrid! Enjoy - cheers Hilary

    1. It will be a lot of fun reading what everyone comes up with for themselves. :)

  5. I'm so in! This is great!
    Best of luck!

  6. What a fun idea! Let me think about it, I will most likely sign up. Best of luck!!

  7. Congrats on the upcoming release indeed. Mobster hmmm the cat will have to see what he can make come to be

    1. Oh, if the Cat joins, I would love to read what the Cat comes up with for this. That would be epic.

  8. I'm totally in. I'd love to do a Truth or Lie game around it too, but I'm booked into November.

    1. Thank you! A Truth or Lie game would've been fun. Darn!

  9. I'm so there in October! Damn that excerpt was both chilling and heart breaking. I don't think that poor cop's going to make it. I'm watching Quantico on Netflix right now and getting all sorts of vibes. You should try scripting some of your work!

    1. Yes!! And I'm glad you liked the excerpt. I've always thought about writing scripts. :)

  10. What a fun idea, chrys. I have to pass on it because it isn't in my audience interest but if I had a fiction writing site I would be all over it. It's a fun exercise too. Looking forward to the prequel release!

    1. Of course. I totally understand. I think your readers would be quite puzzled by this. :P

  11. Enjoyed the excerpt. I'm interested to see how Blake got himself into this position.

  12. This sounds like fun! I like the idea of a prequel, especially when Blake is involved ;-)

  13. Sounds like fun, will look forward to it.

  14. What a great idea! Kudos, Chrys. I signed up....

  15. What a great idea for a blogfest.

  16. This sounds so fun! Totally just signed up :)

  17. Sounds awesome! I'm excited to see how this turns out--I'm sure it will be great.

  18. This sounds like fun, count me in :) Kudos on the excellent promotional idea!

  19. What a terrific idea! Do you think a Medieval Mobster would fly? (or sneak? or lurk? or...:)

    1. A Medieval mobster would be awesome! Do whatever you want with it. :)

  20. Love this idea. I'm going to be a paranormal mobster. lol

    1. I was hoping someone would be a paranormal mobster. ;)


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