Thursday, March 18, 2010

MOONLIGHT FALLS: AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
MOONLIGHT FALLS

BY VINCENT ZANDRI

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Moonlight Falls is the Albany, New York-based paranoid tale (in the Hitchcock tradition) of former APD Detective turned Private Investigator/Massage Therapist, Richard “Dick” Moonlight, who believes he might be responsible for the brutal slaying by knife of his illicit lover, the beautiful Scarlet Montana. The situation is made all the worse since Scarlet is the wife of Moonlight’s boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana.

Why does Moonlight believe he might be responsible?

He’s got a small fragment of a .22 hollow point round buried inside his brain, lodge directly up against his cerebral cortex. The result of a botched suicide attempt four years prior to the novel’s start, an operation to remove the bullet frag would be too dangerous.

But the bullet causes Moonlight lots of problems, the least of which are the occasional memory loss and his rational ability to tell right from wrong. The bullet frag also might shift at any moment, making coma and/or sudden death, a very real possibility.

Still, Moonlight has been trying to get his life together as of late.
But when Scarlet begs him to make the trip over to her house late one rainy Sunday night to issue one of his “massages,” he makes a big mistake by sleeping with her. Later, having passed out in her bed, he will be rudely awakened by a garage door opening and Jake’s unexpected and very drunken homecoming. Making his impromptu escape out a top floor window, Moonlight will seek the safety of his home.

Two hours later however, he will receive another unexpected visit from Jake Montana. This time the big Captain has sobering news to report. He’s discovered his wife’s mutilated body in her own bed. She’s been murdered and now he needs the P.I. to investigate it in association with Albany ’s “overtaxed” Special Independent Unit before I.A. pokes their nose into the affair. Moonlight takes a big step back. Is it possible he made a second trip to the Montana home-sweet-home and just has no recollection of it? Once there, did he perform a heinous crime on his part-time lover? Or is this some kind of set up by his former boss? Is it really Jake who is responsible for Scarlet’s death? Does he wish for Moonlight to cover up his involvement, seal the case before Internal Affairs starts poking their nose into the situation?

There’s another problem too. Covering Moonlight’s palms and the pads of his fingers are numerous scratches and cuts. Are these defensive wounds? Wounds he received when Scarlet put up a struggle? Or are they offensive wounds? Wounds he couldn’t avoid when making his attack on Scarlet with a blade? The answer is not so simple since Moonlight has no idea where he acquired the wounds. Having no choice but to take on the mission (if only to cover his own ass), Moonlight can only hope the answers to his many questions point to his former boss and not himself

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

1. Welcome Vincent Zandri to BOOKIN' WITH BINGO! Vincent has kindly agreed to a few questions for an interview. First, however, here is a little background on Vincent Zandri.

Moonlight Falls author, Vincent Zandri, is an award-winning novelist, essayist and freelance photojournalist. His novel As Catch Can (Delacorte) was touted in two pre-publication articles by Publishers Weekly and was called "Brilliant" upon its publication by The New York Post. The Boston Herald attributed it as “The most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.” Other novels include Godchild (Bantam/Dell) and Permanence (NPI). Translated into several languages including Japanese and the Dutch, Zandri’s novels have also been sought out by numerous major movie producers, including Heyday Productions and DreamWorks. Presently he is the author of the blogs, Dangerous Dispatches and Embedded in Africa for Russia Today TV (RT). He also writes for other global publications, including Culture 11, Globalia and Globalspec. Zandri’s nonfiction has appeared in New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, Game and Fish Magazine and others, while his essays and short fiction have been featured in many journals including Fugue, Maryland Review and Orange Coast Magazine. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College and is a 2010 International Thriller Writer’s Awards panel judge. Zandri currently divides his time between New York and Europe. He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.

www.vincentzandri.com

http://vincentzandri.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/VincentZandri

http://www.facebook.com/vincent.zandri?ref=profile

http://www.myspace.com/vincentzandri

2. What is the next or current book/project you are working on?

I’ve just completed a novel called The Remains, about a woman who receives strange text messages from a man who abducted she and her twin sister back when they were kids. For decades she’s believed he died in prison. But now, 30 years later, she realizes her past has not only come back to haunt her, it’s come back to kill her.

I’ve also completed the first in a new detective series about a woman named Spike, who’s inherited a commercial construction business and who wields a framing hammer like some detectives carry a pistol. When one of her still-occupied elementary school renovation jobs becomes contaminated with a major asbestos leak, and the man responsible for the asbestos removal goes missing, Spike goes searching for him. But what she uncovers is a plot of greed, deception, lust and murder. Spike is a cool, sexy, tough, character. She also knows how to drive a bulldozer! You can’t say that about every woman you come across!

3. What have you just finished reading?

The Bottoms by Joe Landsdale

4. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway. It made me believe that writing as a career was possible for me, but that it would also be very hard work.

5. What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?

If the story sticks in my head for a few months or a year, in every bit of that haunting sense, I write it.

6. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?

I’m still in love with my ex.

7. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?

Write like crazy, then write some more. Read all the classics before you sit down to read what you want. Eat your peas!

8. What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?

I love the noir genre because I love stories that pit one person against the world. I’m always rooting for the man or woman dragged down to the lowest point possible, so that he or she has no choice but to die or climb back out. I also love the violence and sexiness of the genre. It’s the true original American Literature.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO DOROTHY AND THE FOLKS
AT PUMP UP YOUR BOOK PROMOTION
VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS
, I HAVE ONE
AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THIS
THRILLING BOOK TO GIVE AWAY. HERE
IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN!


RULES:
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING WHEN YOU READ THE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR VINCENT ZANDRI ABOVE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING AT VINCENT ZANDRI'S WEBSITE WHEN YOU CLICK HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: TELL ME IF YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG AND IF SO, HOW OR WHERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

BONUS ENTRIES: WATCH FOR MY REVIEW OF MOONLIGHTS FALLS TOMORROW AND MORE WAYS TO ENTER TO WIN THIS THRILLING BOOK!

DEADLINE FOR ENTERING
IS 6 PM, EST, MARCH 28


GOOD LUCK!

52 comments:

Mash1195 said...

I have this book for review too. Funny thing..through goodreads met the author and while in college, we were in the same neighborhood. I can't wait to read Moonlight Falls.
CMash
Please stop by..have something for you.

StephTheBookworm said...

I follow on Google friend connect.

StephTheBookworm said...

This book looks so good! The thing I found interesting was that he is still in love with his ex! We all know what that feels like sometimes.

stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

traveler said...

I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

He is a drummer. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

He stresses to read the classics. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Bethie said...

I follow on GFC

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bethie said...

I find it interesting that he is a drummer in a punk rock band.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Margie said...

Interesting that he is a photojournalist and a member of a punk rock band. Very versatile!
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Margie said...

I liked his advise to new writers...write and then write some more, read the classics, and eat your vegetables!
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Margie said...

I follow your blog via GFC and email subscription.
mtakala1 T yahoo DOT com

Pamela Keener said...

I follow your blog via google and via e-mail so I don't miss a thing.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290@comcast.net

Pamela Keener said...

His advice to aspiring writers eat your peas.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290@comcast.net

Pamela Keener said...

On his website he says he likes being a freelance journalist because he gets to pick any story he choses to chase.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290@comcast.net

Lisa R said...

+1 GFC
Lisa Richards

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+1 email subscriber

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+1 Got my attention in the first sentence (in the Hitchcock tradition).
I'm a sucker for Hitchcock movies. Psycho and The Birds being the best for making the hair stand up on your arm.

I love the sound of his next book "The Remains"
alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+1 blogged
RECENT GIVEAWAYS THROUGHOUT THE LAND

http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/p/contests-and-giveaways-memes.html

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+1 twitter
@alterlisa

http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/2010/03/moonlight-falls-author-interview-and.html

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+1
He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.
Boy, now he's got his fingers in a lot of pies!

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R said...

+1 Facebook

Lisa Ann Richards http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/2010/03/moonlight-falls-author-interview-and.html

Linda Kish said...

He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Glenn said...

He's also a working musician. Thanks for the giveaway.

glenn_pessano AT yahoo DOT com

Colleen Turner said...

Found out from his website he is in a punk band!
Thanks,
Colleen
candc320@gmail.com

Colleen Turner said...

I found it interesting he is still in love with his ex.
Thanks,
Colleen
candc320@gmail.com

Colleen Turner said...

I follow via facebook, email and google connect!
Thanks,
Colleen
candc320@gmail.com

Irene said...

Have this book on my TBR list! Interesting thing about the interview is that the novel is set in Albany NY, where I grew up.

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Irene said...

I am an email subscriber/Google follower.


cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Irene said...

The interesting insight about Vince is that he is a drummer with Blisterz in Albany NY!

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

bison61 said...

I read that he is always rooting for the man or woman dragged down to the lowest point possible. He also loves the violence and sexiness of that genre.

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

enyl said...

I find it intresting that he's still in love with his ex-wife.
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

enyl said...

I found it intresting that he chickened out of asking Monica Lewinsky for an interview.
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

enyl said...

e-mail subscriber
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

enyl said...

Tweeted.
twitter.com@enylstil#moonlight.
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

enyl said...

GFC follower.
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

donnas said...

I like the use of text messages in his next book.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

donnas said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10808173414

bacchus76 at myself dot com

donnas said...

He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

nfmgirl said...

I find it interesting that when asked about what we should know he says that he's still in love with his ex.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

Blogged:
http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2010/03/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-03-20-10.html

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Cindy said...

I too thought it was interesting that he said he is still in love with his ex. It made me hope that things work out for them.

I also liked his advice to new writers, write like crazy and write more, and read the classics.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I think it is interesting to read on his website how versatile he is - writing fiction and non fiction as well as being a photo journalist and also a drummer.

I am an Alfred Hitchcock fan so I think this author's book will be a great read.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I think it is interesting to read on his website how versatile he is - writing fiction and non fiction as well as being a photo journalist and also a drummer.

I am an Alfred Hitchcock fan so I think this author's book will be a great read.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow your blog on Google.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I also follow you on Twitter.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I also subscribe by email.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love that Vincent writes about the underdog! I've always rooted for the underdog myself!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

misskallie2000 said...

I follow via GFC


misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Great interview. I find it unsual that he said he still loved his x as most men don't.
I would love to read this book.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I follow via twitter(@misskallie2000)

RT 3-28-10
Latest: BookinBingo Iron Man Super Hero Super Giveaway: http://bit.ly/9dsqEu via @addthis Retweeted by you 1 minutes ago


misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

The most unusual thing about the author is that he is a drummer in a punk band. I guess that should not be unsual as he is an artist, author, so he is also a musician.


misskalllie2000 at yahoo dot com

CLICK HERE TO
SEE MY POLICY