Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Deborah Coonts Lucky Bastard Blog Tour

Brief Description:

 Lucky’s life is already in precarious balance. Her
 mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, bored, and looking for ways to fill
 her days. Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, has hit the road on his quest to
 find international stardom. But, realizing he’s made a mistake, he writes a
 song for Lucky, then hits the talk shows, pleading his case. Lucky is less
 than amused with the national spotlight on her personal life. She’s having
 enough trouble as it is fending off the amorous attentions of Chef
 Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish. Lucky feels mixing
 business and pleasure with the chef is a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
  And the timing couldn’t be worse. The Smack-Down Poker tournament with all
 the media attention the second-largest poker tournament in the world
 attracts is holding it’s final table at the Babylon. Hookers, thieves,
 players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on all descend looking to win or to
 score. When one of the major players turns up dead, Lucky starts putting
re the pieces together with the help of Cole Weston, a hearing-impaired
 professional poker player. They chase clues and suspects through Vegas to
 the storm drains underneath the city—where the runoff from a summer
 monsoonal shower turns deadly.

My Review:

Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts
Wanted to read this book because of the locale: Las Vegas strip.
Lucky has a lot going on in her personal life (others in the family) and her business life-she runs a strip mall on the strip.
She is called when a dead body is found and wishes she had not answered the call.
Fascinating, love to learn about new things: red contact lenses! Love how they solve why things happened and the props used.
The book cover really fits the book content. Seems just when they get a handle on one aspect of the murder, there are 10 other questions and they
go clue to clue to find the answers. There are a lot of characters in the book but they do not swarm down all at once to overcome you. It's easy to keep them straight.
I loved hearing of the Spring Mountains as my visit to LV we walked around the area there.
This series sounds like it could go on forever because there are a lot of things that come up at casino/restaurant/hotels in LV.
I received this book from JKCommunications in exchange for my honest opinion.

 Author: Deborah Coonts

I am proof positive that sex sells…and persistence pays off. After fifteen years learning the craft of writing, I am now officially, an overnight success. And it’s been a long road to get here…
My mother tells me I was born in Texas a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I’ve lived in every time zone in the U.S.; the most memorable stint being the time spent in Las Vegas, where I currently reside and where family and friends tell me I can't get into too much trouble...silly people.
The only constant in my life (besides my family, who deserves hazardous duty pay for sticking with me) has been change (my mother is still waiting for me to grow up). Silly woman.
But all of this career ADD made me incredibly unemployable. Hence the whole writing thing.
Actually, I’ve known from a young age that somehow stories would be a large part of my life, but my path to telling lies for a living (okay, not lies per se, but variations of the truth, for sure) has been circuitous. If someone had just told me when I was a kid that I could actually be paid to daydream for a living, life would have been soooo much easier. But they didn’t. And I never saw a ‘daydreaming’ booth at all those Career Days I attended.
So, initially discouraged when unable to locate anyone willing to pay me to read books, go to the movies, or attend the theatre, and in need of providing for the best child in the world, my son Tyler, I spent years being someone else—an accountant (blech), a business owner (pretty fun), a lawyer (loved law school, hated practicing law), a pilot (giddy and terrifying at the same time). But through it all, I wrote. Along the way I wrote the world’s worst novel, a slightly more well-crafted but equally as poorly plotted novel, several non-fiction feature articles (my first sales!), multiple humor columns for a national magazine (more sales!), and, finally, the novel that sold, Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in a series to be published by Forge Books. The series is a Sex and the City meets Elmore Leonard in Vegas kind of thing, if you can imagine that. Okay, have several glasses of wine, then think about it…makes imagining easier. Anyway, the books are sexy, wry, romantic, and slightly naughty mixed with a little murder and mayhem—shaken, not stirred—then illuminated by the bright lights of Las Vegas—one of the truly magical cities in the world.
Many of my friends have asked me how in the world I came up with the Lucky series. The way they asked led me to believe they thought mind-altering substances might have been involved even though they knew the worst I do is a glass of fine Pinot-Noir. The answer to their question is actually very simple: let your fifteen-year-old male child pick where you live, follow his dream to Vegas, then keep your eyes open.
Hey, it worked for me!

Sample Chapter from Lucky Bastard online
In Lucky's world...things are always on the far side of interesting...enjoy the opening chapter of Lucky Bastard at this link.

Website: http://www.deborahcoonts.com/

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