Hey everyone, let’s welcome Karin Slaughter, author of Fallen, which released June 21/11, to Peeking Between the Pages today. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to read this thriller but can’t wait to. I’ve heard really good things about Karin’s books. We’ve had a mail strike in Canada up until last week so I haven’t been getting any mail! Not good for a book blogger! Thankfully it’s over now and it’s just a matter of the post office catching up. Anyhow, let’s sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and see what Karin likes to do in her free time…
I wish I could tell y’all that I do interesting things in my free time. Unfortunately, my life as an author at home is pretty boring. I stare at my computer screen for hours on end. I play feather toys with my cats. I go to the grocery store. I go to the gym. The fact that I do most of this in my pajamas is probably the only thing that sets me apart from a non-author.
It’s when I’m touring that I get to do the really fun things. I decided six years ago that I wasn’t going to do my usual hermit-like existence that I’d taken on during tours, where I spent all my free time in my hotel room reading, napping, or crying softly into my pillow. Maybe I was channeling my high school years, but I decided that every time someone asked me to do something, I’d say yes.
So, this is how I found myself swimming with sharks in Melbourne and trudging through a swamp in Singapore. It’s also how I found myself jumping naked into the Baltic after sweating myself nearly to death in a Finnish sauna. I have never thought of myself as an adventurous person, but I think doing these things has made my home life a tad more interesting.
I’ve had the great pleasure of spending time with agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. I suppose this is called research, but standing on the GBI firing range and shooting off a rifle is pretty freaking amazing. Same with a shotgun (which has as much kick as you’d think) and a Glock (which feels kind of dangerous just sitting in your hand.) I’ve also toured the labs, the offices and the morgue. I’ve talked to people whose job it is to not only find the bad guys, but build a solid court case against them. I think that’s the most shocking part of all. When you watch CSI and all the other shows, it seems fairly easy to nab a bad guy. In real life, it’s hardly ever straight-forward. I guess that’s why I love reading—and writing—crime fiction so much. The bad guys always get caught. The good guys get to do their jobs. And the authors get to write about them, all the while comfortably attired in their pajamas.
Karin, thank you so much for that great guest post! Wow, your free time is much, much more exciting than mine! I’m not sure about the sharks and the swamp, but I’d love to tour the GBI! Again, thanks so much and I can’t wait to read your book!
About the Book (from Karin’s website)
There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother. . . .
“You know what we’re here for. Hand it over, and we’ll let her go.”
When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions, not enough answers. To find her mother, she’ll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they’ll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn’t just a cop anymore — she’s a witness. She’s also a suspect.
The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light — or bury it forever.
Karin Slaughter’s most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul, where the personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives.
About the Author (from Karin’s website)
Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of several novels, including the Grant County series. A long-time resident of Atlanta, she splits her time between the kitchen and the living room.
I have 2 copies of Fallen by Karin Slaughter to share with my readers. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Saturday, July 30/11. Good luck everyone!
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