Welcome to the Ever On Word stop of the blog tour for “Blondes, Books and Bourbon”, a collection of short stories about paranormal P.I. Jonathan Alvey. Before I go into my little reader’s review, enjoy these behind-the-scenes insights from author, R.M. Ridley!
‘Interview’ was actually written for a blog that was promoting the first White Dragon Black novel, ‘Tomorrow Wendell’. They asked for a character interview and that really gave me pause. I tried to wrap my head around what sort of circumstance would find Jonathan Alvey giving an interview and realized there was only one.
‘The Play’s the Thing’ is the second story written in the WDB world. It was a fun tale to write, and I did so quickly, but it opened up a deeper understanding of both Jonathan, and his world, for me. It was also the story that made me realize I would be seeing a lot more of that character in my future.
‘The Cost of Custody’ was written as a submission for Xchyler Publishing’s open call for their next anthology. It was the first time I had submitted anything involving Jonathan, and I was actually quite surprized when it was accepted into ‘Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology’. This was the first time the public was exposed to the character who had taken over all my writing time… clearly it was only the beginning.
‘Sins of the Father’ is the story that started it all. At the time, it was quite a digression from my usual style. I thought it a one off, a cute tale that stretched my writing ability and nothing more. However, once it had been written and edited, I found the writing department of my mind had been cleared of everything but a brooding figure with his feet up on a battered desk.
‘Legerdelivre’ was written long ago, and then about a year after, my Muse showed me a different possible ending to the story. I enjoyed it in my head but never put it into words. When we were editing that story for ‘Blondes, Books, & Bourbon’, I told my editor, McKenna, about the alternate ending and asked if she’d like me to write it up. She suggested I should write it and another, if I could. It wasn’t that the original ending was bad, but the idea of managing to get a better one was tempting. I went to work on it immediately, and not only wrote out the one I’d carried in my mind for quite some time, but a third ending as well. The version that is in this anthology is actually the best parts of all three ending fused into one. It wasn’t the easiest to pull off smoothly, but I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
‘Do As I Say, Not As I Did’ holds a special place in my heart because it a story that shows that Jonathan can intentionally be, when he really wants to, a bit of a jerk. That, to me, is simply entertaining. Hmm, maybe this says something about me I shouldn’t admit in an interview.
My stories come from my Muse, but sometimes I can say, ‘Hey, can we work with…’ and she’ll give me a story. There are two of those in this anthology. For the first, I wanted a story that was centered on Jonathan and his problems with keeping a secretary. That was it. That was what I asked for. After a day of musing (where do you think the term comes from?), what I got was the story, ‘What a Nightmare’. The second was ‘The Ties that Bind’ and it came about because I wanted a short story that tied into the next novel, ‘Bindings & Spines’. I wanted to create a tale that stood alone but, when read in conjuncture with the novel, enriched the understanding of the what, and why, of Jonathan trying to go ‘clean’ from magic.
I received an ARC of the collection in exchange for a read and review of one of the stories therein. Jonathan Alvey and I have crossed paths before, via his adventures in the “Shades and Shadows”and “Legends and Lore” anthologies. In BBB’s “Legerdelivre”, I hover by our magic-wielding detective’s shoulder, sharing his impatience for his latest client to spit out exactly what’s got him so spooked. Turns out, it’s a particularly evil book of spells, along with an aggressive antagonist who wants the book for himself. With some professional know-how, evocative turns of phrase, and the obligatory cigarettes and alcohol, Alvey just might be able to get his hapless client out of a bind – provided the grimoire’s sick power doesn’t take them both down.
And because I’m a compulsive overachiever, I couldn’t resist reading another of BBB’s offerings: “The Interview”. An anonymous reporter sits down with Alvey to get the scoop on his professional and private lives. It’s a super quick dialogue (with fluctuating levels of cooperation on the detective’s part), so there’s little I can tell you without giving it all away. Let’s just say that by the end, the line of questioning took quite a turn.
Fans of Ty Burdin (Beasts of Burdin), Laslo Kane (Fallen on Good Times), and other private investigators up to their necks in the paranormal, the White Dragon Black series is for you.
About the Author:
R.M. Ridley lives with his wife on a small homestead in Canada, raising chickens and sheep. He has been writing stories, both long and short, for three decades, the themes of which range from the gruesome to the fantastical.
As an individual who suffers from severe bipolar disorder, Ridley is a strong believer in being open about mental health issues and uses his writing to escape when his thoughts become too wild.
Ridley’s work has appeared in two Xchyler anthologies: “The Case for Custody” in Shades and Shadows: a Paranormal Anthology, and “Charon’s Obol” in Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions.
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Blog Tour Schedule:
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The Play’s the Thing
www.julkbearreads.wordpress.com – Promo, Excerpt
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554130711466153 – Review
Cost of Custody
http://silenceisread.blogspot.com.tr – Author Interview AND Author’s Top 10 Favorites List
http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk – Excerpt
Sins of the Father
http://thewritersrevolution13.blogspot.com – Review AND Excerpt AND Character Casting
http://lizjosette.blogspot.com – Excerpt AND Character Casting
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554130711466153 – Review
Do as I Say, Not as I Did
http://thenaughtlibrarianplayground.blogspot.com/ – Review AND Author’s Top 10 Favorites list AND Character Casting
http://kathyree.wordpress.com/ – Excerpt
What a Nightmare
http://authorsandralove.blogspot.com/ – Author’s Top 10 Favorites List AND Character Casting
http://authorcandyodonnell.blogspot.com/ – Excerpt
The Ties that Bind
http://www.bound4escape.com – Review
Bindings and Spines
http://fictionalrendezvousbookblog.blogspot.com/ – Excerpt
http://lynnromanceenthusiast.blogspot.com – Excerpt AND Character Casting