Saturday, February 13, 2016

Blog Tour (Guest Post): Sleight of Hand by Sue Duff @sueduff55 @samijolien

Happy Saturday! Thank you for visiting my stop on Sue Duff's blog tour for her third book in the Weir Chronicles, Sleight of Hand. Today, she's sharing her about her time at Denver ComiCon last year.

Title: Sleight of Hand (The Weir Chronicles #3)
Sue Duff
Publisher: Crosswinds Publishing
Tour Organizer: Roger Charlie
Release Date: December 14, 2015

As the epic Weir Chronicles continue in this third installment of the series, rebels poison Ian and it’s up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.

Guest Post

Last year I was a guest author at the 2015 Denver Comic Con in Colorado. I was thrilled to be a part of such an amazing venue, yet terrified at the same time! I’d never appeared in front of such a huge crowd, had never before participated on panels to discuss the craft of writing, or been seated alongside such distinguished authors!

The ultimate panic attack came when I ran late following my book signing, and arrived at the doors to my panel with NASA scientists. The three abreast row of waiting attendees disappeared around the far corner of the long conference hall. My blood ran cold. The woman guarding the door checked my name and pass. “You’re going to have a full house for this one,” she said as if that could possibly ease my nerves. She opened the door to admit me.

The group of waiting men near the platform were my fellow panelists. Two distinguished NASA astrophysicists, one of whom was anxiously waiting for the first ever pictures to arrive from his probe orbiting Pluto, a couple of science fiction writers with more than 120 novels between them—and me—were about to address die-hard science groupies and struggling science fiction writers.

I turned on my heel to escape, but then thought better of it. The guard at the door might prove an obstacle. I plastered a wide smile on my face and approached the group. Introductions were brief and pleasant, then we were asked to take our seats.

They put me in the center, like a thin female filling between thick slices of male Ph.D. bread.

The stream of bodies entering and locating empty seats went on forever. Standing room only prompted the guard to close the doors on those not lucky enough to have been there an hour early.

After introducing ourselves to the seated audience, we were asked questions about real science, writing in the genre, being true to science while still telling a great story, etc. As the questions were tossed our way, a revelation struck. I wasn’t there to be compared to these men with more experience and knowledge about writing, or the physical universe. I was there as one of the audience. Someone starting out, like many of the writers in the seats facing me.

I was merely one step ahead of the sea of bodies. Already published with a couple of books under my name, but so much more within reach when compared to the men flanking me. As the session winded down, I came to appreciate that I belonged alongside those distinguished scientists and prolific, successful writers. I was the bridge of hope for the dreamers and closet-writing souls in the audience. A living, breathing example that they, too, might someday be seated on a Comic Con panel, lucky enough to talk about their love of science and storytelling. Their dreams well within their reach.

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About Book One

Title: Fade to Black (The Weir Chronicles #1)
Sue Duff
Publisher: Crosswinds Publishing
Release Date: October 10, 2014

Illusionist Ian Black has a talent for keeping secrets. College student Rayne Bevan has a gift for uncovering them. She suspects that the popular performer's skills extend beyond the stage and that he's the area’s mysterious and elusive defender of the innocent. In her efforts to uncover the truth, Rayne is swept into the hidden world of the Weir, a magical race who struggle to prevent Earth from self-destructing. Her inquiries expose Ian to those who would kill for his connection to the planet, and as he fights to keep Rayne, and those closest to him safe, they discover a force behind the Weir’s raging civil war—a traitor bent on launching Earth’s Armageddon.

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About the Author

Sue has been writing since high school but never became serious about it until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, Fade to Black, was a finalist in the RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest. By day, she’s a dedicated speech-language therapist in an inner city school district to pay the bills but her life as a writer is her true passion and the creative outlet keeps her sane.

Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and The Pikes Peak Writers. Her creativity extends into her garden and the culinary arts. She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single drop of testosterone in a sea of estrogen. Fate thought it hilarious to give her a son but maternal instincts swing both ways and she didn’t break the little bugger. She lives in Colorado with her miniature dachshund, Snickers and hears from her son, Jonathan whenever he needs something.

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Follow the Tour

February 10
Interview Feature at Therian

February 11
Spotlight Feature at What is That Book About?
Review at Therian

February 12
Spotlight Feature at A Comfy Chair In the Corner

February 13
Guest Post Feature at Bibliophilia, Please!

February 15
Interview Feature at The Pen Muse

February 16
Spotlight and Giveaway at Much Loved Books

February 17
Guest Post at JBronder Reviews
Spotlight and Excerpt Feature at Storeybook Reviews

February 18
Review at JBronder Reviews

February 19
Interview Feature at Infinite House of Books

February 21
Review at Musings From an Addicted Reader
Guest Post at Unleashing Readers

February 22
Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Review at Every Free Chance

Also on the Tour
Review from Girls of Geek

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to contribute and to spotlight SLEIGHT OF HAND!


You are going to put words in my box?! *squeezes you* Now I shall stalk YOUR blog!