I keep trying to get my pal Jane Peyton to come on here and push her book, but she hasn’t done it yet, so I’ll just go ahead and do it my own self. Ha!
The book is WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, book 1 of a projected series called Callie London’s Vampire Adventures. It takes place all over Louisville, my home town, which added a layer of enjoyment to the humor and action. This is the kind of book I love to read with a map in hand (except that, in this case, I already have one in my head), so I can soak up the local color (not to mention the local liquor) along with the characters.
Here’s the blurb:
In Vampire parlance, Pushing is what Folk do when they need to get a drink and don’t want to leave behind any incriminating evidence. They just make their new friend forget they were ever there. What? ME a vampire? No way!
But what if every human one runs across seems to have been Pushed in some way? And not a soul of them is up to any good? Which of the Folk is responsible, and what can this possibly be leading to?
Callie London is certain there’s Something Bad Going On! If only she can figure it out fast enough to keep herself and her vampire girlfriends from getting themselves killed. Callie never dreams she is about to become privy to an ancient Vampire Secret. Shhh! No one can ever know! Soon she and her friends are fang deep in bewildering vampire politics.
It’s the Kentucky Derby, and everyone knows that in Louisville, Kentucky, anything can happen at Derby time. Even though it’s spring, events begin to snowball. Callie’s adventures start with fireworks and tumble into exciting horse races at Churchill Downs, several assassination attempts, and a hair-raising cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville steamboat.
And When Push Comes to Shove, where will it all end? Take the adventure with Callie and find out!
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What do the reviews say? “Lovely stuff: funny, chilling, adventurous, complex, and thoroughly satisfying.” (I said that.)
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Make a list of iconic places or landmarks where you live and think of adventures that would be appropriate there. Or inappropriate, if that’s the kind of thing you like.