Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Promo Post ~ Hacked Up by Ethan Stone ~ (Guest Post)

Promo Post ~ Hacked Up by Ethan Stone ~ (Guest Post)

Hacked Up
Ethan Stone
Stone Publishing
Feb 6, 2017

Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.

Thank you for visiting me today at Bayou Book Junkie and to the site for welcoming me.
Today I’m talking about what inspired me to write a crime thriller. Though I usually romantic mysteries Hacked Up is more of a thriller. It has less romance than I regularly write and the focus on the crimes is stronger.
I call myself an organic writer though most people call it being a panster. I don’t write with an outline but I do have an idea in my head about where I’m going and where I want to end up but I didn’t set out to write a thriller when I started this book. The idea started with the exposure of the adultery website Ashley Madison. I played What If? and went from there.
I struggled a bit in the beginning. My main character, Detective Peter Tao, changed a bit from my early drafts. At first I considered having him be a bit of a player and showing him having sex with a fuck buddy. But that seemed to take away from his seriousness as a cop and I wanted the focus to be on the murders rather than what was going on in Peter’s bed. So I did something I don’t normally do.
I plotted.
I didn’t plot out the story so much as I did the murders. I came up with the names of the victims and some information about them, including where they were killed. I already knew the why and how of the murders, which I won’t share here because those are important parts of the story. But once I knew the number of victims and all that it started to come together.
A good friend of mine, Marie Sexton, read my early draft and pointed out some problems. (Translated: She tore it apart. Which is what I needed.) After that, an important piece of the story came to me. I changed one of the victims. But, again, I can’t share exactly what I changed because that’s a surprise in the book and I’m not going to spoil anything. But once I made that one single change the thriller aspect of the book came together.
Forgive the cliché, but now it was personal for Detective Tao. He had a personal reason for wanting to solve the crimes other than it was his job. Writing this book was a lot of fun and I hope my readers have as much fun reading it. Though fun might not be the right word. It’s a bit on the dark side with some mutilated victims and the romance is just a sub plot. But I think it’s wild ride readers will like.

Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.
Twitter: @ethanjstone
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/ethanstone
His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books

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