Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Grim by Joseph Spencer

In a gritty town rife with organized crime, dirty cops and corrupt politicians, Detective Adam White stands alone as the people’s symbol of justice and hope for a brighter future. He’s cracked the biggest cases, and stood up to the crime families who’ve torn apart Prairieville with their power struggles. He’s gorgeous, humble and incorruptible; a crime fighter so pure that the locals nicknamed him the White Knight.

What the people don’t know is their reluctant hero is cracking before their eyes. Ten years have passed since a pack of bank robbers gunned down his wife in the street. He’s relentlessly worked every case he could get his hands on since that night with the hopes of finding some link to her killer, but every lead always winds up a dead end. He made a vow on her death bed that he wouldn’t stop looking or move on with his life, personal or otherwise, until her killer was either dead or behind bars.

His obsession is starting to affect his work, including a new set of murders which are eerily similar to cold cases in which a gangland legend called The Reaper is the main suspect. A routine canvas of the area in which the bodies were found led Detective White to Heath Grim, a reclusive millionaire with grisly facial scars and a past which doesn’t quite add up. There’s something about his story which makes Detective White curious to dig deeper into his background.

Just as Detective White closes in on his killer, the mob hatches an elaborate scheme which could cost him everything. In his moment of need, an unlikely ally presents a way out of the plot against him and information on his wife’s killer. However, it leaves Prairieville’s paragon of justice with a moral dilemma. Can he abandon all of the heroic ideals upon which he’s based his life and become the type of man he’s hunted for so long to settle a score with his wife’s killer?


As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from “The Princess Bride”, “Rain Man”, “Bridesmaids”, and “Office Space”.

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Pump Up Your Book and Joseph Spencer are teaming up to give you a chance to win one of TWO $25 Starbucks Gift Cards!

Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour.
This promotion will run from May 6 – June 28. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on June 29, 2013.
Each blogger who participates in the Grim virtual book tour is eligible to enter and win.
Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour.

Grim Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6 - Interview at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, May 7 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, May 8 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Thursday, May 9 – Book Spotlight at Dr. Pepper Diva
Friday, May 10 – Interview at My Book Addiction and More
Monday, May 13 – Interview at Blogcritics
Tuesday, May 14 – Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, May 15 – Interview at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Thursday, May 16 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Friday, May 17 – Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Monday, May 20 – Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, May 21 – Book Featured at Inside BJ’s Head
Tuesday, May 21 – Interview at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Wednesday, May 22 – Book Review at The Paperback Pursuer
Thursday, May 23 – Interview at Examiner
Thursday, May 23 – Interview LIVE on Blog Talk Radio’s A Book and a Chat 6:30 p.m. eastern CALL INS WELCOME
Friday, May 24 – Book Trailer Reveal at Working for the Mandroid
Monday, May 27 – First Chapter Reveal at Offbeat Vagabond
Tuesday, May 28 – Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
Friday, May 31 – Guest Blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown
Monday, June 3 – Interview at Book Marketing Buzz
Tuesday, June 4 – Dreamcast Guest Post at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, June 5 – Interview at The Book Connection
Thursday, June 6 – Interview at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Friday, June 7 – Book Review at Hezzie-D’s Books and Cooks
Monday, June 10 – Book Trailer Reveal at If Books Could Talk
Tuesday, June 11 – Book Review at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Wednesday, June 12 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Socrate’s Book Reviews
Thursday, June 13 – Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life
Thursday, June 13 – First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
Friday, June 14 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, June 17 – Book Trailer Reveal at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, June 18 - Book Review at The Top Shelf
Wednesday, June 19 – Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Thursday, June 20 – Interview at The Dark Phantom
Friday, June 21 – Guest Blogging at Parenting 2.0
Monday, June 24 Book Review at Jody’s Book Reviews
Thursday, June 27 – Interview at The Top Shelf
Friday, June 28 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

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