Monday, October 27, 2014

Landslide by Robin Mahle | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Jane Reads is part of a virtual book tour, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. We encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.  Author Robin Mahle will award a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Blurb

Author Robin Mahle is pleased to bring you her latest novel, Landslide. A corporate suspense/thriller that will pull you in fast and keep you holding on tight until the very end!

In the sprawling suburbs of Seattle, Claire McKenna finds solace in her perfectly ordinary life. With the daily struggles of raising a family and climbing out of debt, she and her husband Colin, work hard to hang on to what they’ve got.

So when Claire is offered an incredible opportunity to rise in the ranks of her firm, she jumps at the chance. Her joy, however, is short lived at the discovery that her close friend and colleague, Beth Graves has just been accused of embezzlement. 

Compelled to see Beth’s name cleared, Claire soon stumbles on a larger, more dangerous conspiracy at the firm. One that involves people she once trusted.  One that threatens to destroy her ordinary life.

Landslide, by Robin Mahle
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Genre: Suspense / Thriller
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
 File Size: 2476 KB
ISBN-10: 1500636975
ISBN-13: 978-1500636975
Paperback: 304 pages

The Excerpt

An odor of car exhaust remained suspended in the parking garage and, when it mixed with the damp air, the smell was obnoxious. Claire reluctantly passed through the invisible cloud towards the elevators leading up to the lobby. Standing in the breezeway of the office entrance, she found that the doors were still locked. But when she looked through the tinted glass, she spotted Jim, the security guard on the night shift. No need for him to open it up for her. She held her magnetic keycard against the white box fixed to the wall. The green light at the top flashed and the doors clicked open. 

“Good morning, Mrs. McKenna. You’re in awful early,” Jim said, taking a sip of his coffee.

Her high-heeled steps echoed on the marble floor, the lofty ceilings further amplifying the sound. “Well, good morning, Jim. It’s not often I get to see you. How’s the family? Denise doing all right?”

“She is and thank you for asking. What have I done to deserve such a fine sight on this dreary Tuesday morning?” Jim was a charmer to all the women in the building, but he’d known Claire the longest and seemed to hold a special place in his heart just for her.

She leaned over the high granite counter where Jim sat below the sign that hung on the wall. “Information Desk.” A knowing grin lit up her entire face. “I just found a major problem with one of our reporting systems.”

“And this is a good thing?” A perplexed look began to mask Jim’s previous warm-hearted smile.

“It’s a good thing that I was the one who found it.” Claire slapped the cold black stone. “A girl’s gotta find a way to get ahead in this world, Jim, and I think I just found my golden ticket. It’s going to be a good day.”

The Guest Post

The How’s and Why’s of Choosing a Story Setting:

As a child who lived a fairly nomadic existence while growing up, I’ve had the opportunity to experience life in a variety of locations within the United States. As an adult, I’ve stayed put for the most part in the place where I was born, the desert southwest.

Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed to be married to a full-blooded Englishman and he has shown me life outside of America during our fifteen years together. I’ve lived in England and traveled throughout much of Western Europe. Given my humble beginnings in life, it was an adventure I never thought possible.

So when I began to pen my first novel, Redwood Violet, I knew right away where the story would take place. It was, of course, my favorite place, San Diego. There are other places I’ve visited that are probably more scenic, more secluded and have better food, but San Diego, for me, is like my second home. 

The people of San Diego and Phoenix, where I call home, have a love-hate relationship. We Phoenicians love them and they hate us! We go there to get out of the heat, swim in their warm ocean waters and spend our hard-earned cash on their seaside wares. They, in return, get to deal with our slow driving, meandering about and general annoyance that we consider it our home too. 

But I digress. I prefer to write about locations that I could see myself living in one day. My husband and I often kick around the idea of moving to California, but money and jobs and that sort of thing tends to hold us back. So for now, I choose to live there through my characters. 

And that brings me to my latest novel, Landslide. For those who have already read my other stories, you know that I don’t always write about San Diego. Beyond the Clearing was set in Sedona and Landslide takes place in Seattle.  But I think you’ll notice a prevalent theme and that is that my stories occur in and around the western part of the United States. I’m most familiar with these locals and I find it easier not only to write about places with which I am familiar, but also places that I could see myself calling home. 

So when readers take a look at my upcoming release, Law of Five, book three in the Redwood Violet series, they might be surprised to find that I have ventured into places where I have never been. It was exciting and nerve-wracking ensuring that what I was writing was true to form, but I think I’ll always return home to the cities that I know best. 

If there are any people reading this from San Diego, I apologize for the food remark. I really do love your food!

The Author

About Robin Mahle

Robin Mahle lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. She found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending 20 years in the construction industry. 

Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 15 years. Traveling throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author-idols in the suspense/thriller genre.

Robin published her debut mystery/suspense novel, Redwood Violet in March of 2013. And in September 2013, the much-anticipated sequel, All the Shiny Things (Redwood Violet II), was released. Both have become Amazon Bestsellers! Now, Beyond the Clearing has also joined the list!  Her latest novel, Landslide, was released in July, 2014. This exciting corporate thriller reveals Robin’s unique voice yet again.

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The Giveaway

Robin will award a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter!

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