Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tracking Shadows Blog Tour with Regan Black & Giveaway

I'm excited to invite author Regan black on my blog today to share a little about her latest book Tracking Shadows and a guest post. So enjoy and make sure you say hi in the comments!

 Welcome Regan!

I'm happy to be a guest here today, thank you for hosting this stop for the Tracking Shadows blog tour.

As a fiction author, there's a responsibility to be true to the story and yet entertain the reader. We can share so much about ourselves and our values, but we do it in the guise of the adventure.
Family is important to me and so family often shows up as important to my characters. Tracking Shadows is no exception. Slick Micky had a good home life despite the illegal nature of the family businesses. Trina, the woman in town to kill him, had a horrible home life, in part because of her strange ability to induce hallucinations.

Through the adventure of Tracking Shadows, both characters must reconcile their past to move forward with their lives and reach their ultimate goals.
For Micky, he's created a new family, using his business acumen to protect and provide for those who might otherwise be lost to the rough streets of Chicago. Trina, has become a loner. Not unexpected for a professional assassin. She believes the rumors of Slick Micky's ruthlessness, especially in the context of her belief that the notorious smuggler killed her best friend years ago. She uses those reasons to justify fulfilling the contract ordered.
When members of his team are threatened, Micky reacts by taking steps to protect and secure
those people counting on him. And in turn, his loyal 'family of choice' take steps to protect him, making it tougher for Trina to fulfill her assignment.

So while an urban fantasy set in 2096 doesn't seem to be about family on the surface, it might be considered an undercurrent illustrating how the people we meet, the way we treat them, and our expectations form family-strong ties within a community.

No, Tracking Shadows isn't really a family saga, but it's inevitable that certain aspects of my own values get reflected on the page. Author Cheryl Anne Porter used to say "Write the truth you know. Explore the truth you don't know." I take that advice to heart. While I might know the ups and downs of families, I have to rely on imagination to fill in the 'truth I don't know' about Trina's skills.

Sure I create characters for the purpose of entertainment, but it seems that what those characters believe in and how those beliefs motivate them to interact with their world makes the story more engaging for readers.

What character traits or plot lines keep you engaged a reader?

Live the adventure!


In 2096, the American government has gone above and beyond to 'protect its citizens', even regulating sugar and coffee. Every new legislative measure opens up a black market for an enterprising person willing to seize the opportunity. In Chicago, Slick Micky is the king of smuggling. Known to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, he specializes in caffeine and sugar and works in the anonymity of shadows. But recently an old enemy is tired of waiting for Micky's empire to crumble and has called in the best assassin in the business to take him out. Trina Durham is an assassin with a sterling reputation, thanks to her unique ability to induce deadly hallucinations. When Slick Micky killed her best friend, she left Chicago - forever. She's back now, unable to resist the perfect opportunity for vengeance. But no one warned her Slick Micky might as well be a shadow. Or that shedding light on the man and his secrets would put both her heart and reputation at risk.

Book Buying Links

Now for the giveaway -

For your chance to win an ecopy of Tracking Shadows:

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Be over 18+
3. Leave your name and email in comments
4. Answer Regan's question:

What character traits or plot lines keep you engaged a reader?

Giveaway ends June 28th

Next stop on the tour: Mysterious Rose

Regan Black writes action packed paranormal and urban fantasy novels so readers can savor a fantastic escape from the daily grind. Raised in the Midwest and California, she now lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the abundance of history and legend fuels her imagination. Experience a Regan Black adventure at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords. You can keep up with Regan at ReganBlack.com, twitter @ReganBlack and Facebook.



Regan Black said...

Thanks for having me here today!

Ren said...

Hi Regan,
I'm enjoying your posts.
Congratulations on your blog tour :)

Regan Black said...

Thanks so much, Ren! I appreciate the feedback and it's nice to see you here today.

Lori @ Romancing the Darkside said...

Great post! This book sounds really interesting!

Character traits and plot lines that keep me engaged as a reader are: inner strength, determination, loyalty and humor; I also love a plot with a lot of mystery and suspense that keeps you guessing but doesn't end in a huge cliffhanger!

Thanks for the giveaway!


Belinda said...

I love my heroines sassy and my heroes cocky. Nothing beats that sexy swagger. I love protectiveness, characters who don't whimper but throw themselves into the thick of things because that's what you do.

I am SOOOO not a fan of cliffhangers but some of my fave reads are notorious for them :)I love storylines that pull me in and have me experiencing everything with the characters. Even if there isn't an immediate HEA, I love being part of the book. Some of my most memorable reads have left me me sobbing LOL

I love to swoon!

Hmm... did I answer the question? LOL

C.G. Powell said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I love an unpredictable plot and lots of humor...


Regan Black said...

Thanks for your comments Lori, Belinda, and C.J.

Lori, I'm right there with you on the loyalty and humor and suspense especially.

I do believe you did answer the question, Belinda! ;)

C.J. I had a lot of laughs while writing Tracking Shadows. Hope that translates to the finished book.

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Character traits i like are strength compassion, loyalty and love. I love mysteries that keep you in the book until the end. But I dont like cliffhangers. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

krysykat said...

Character traits hm.. *taps chin* well someone has to be a badass but with a slightly mushy side, lots of loyalty and bravery not to mention flaws :) There's more I know but I'll keep those to myself :P
GFC follower- Krysta Banco


DANIELA said...

Hi Regan
I think that what keeps me engaged is the development of the relationship between the main characters, specially if they are romantically involved.
I Also like unexpected twists


Deborah~TheBookishDame said...

I'm your Bookish Dame/Deborah for your June Book Tour. :] I have your book, of course, but let's talk here. What do I need to do to get a little spot in your next 2096 book? I'm not adverse to groveling... Just don't make me crawl because I have herniated discs! :P
Thanks for the great signage, Bels!

Laurie said...

Sorry, I'm a day late...Regan tried to hide from me but I tracked her through the shadows....evil laugh. Just kidding really. I'm a new GFC follower. :=) I like characters who try to do the right thing, who are loyal to their friends, and who don't argue every little point all the time. I love the characters to be funny and to have a great sense of humor. Personally, I'm a little tired of characters who are perfectly beautiful physically. I know...I know....heresy.
Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

acm05 said...

Strong female characters, I think that's why I read a lot of Urban Fantasy now. I also like some suspense and action.

GFC Anne38

Regan Black said...

Hey, Tore! Thanks for chiming in. Loyalty seems to be a big thing - and I'm glad!

Great answer, Krysta!

I'll keep dreaming up new twists for you, Daniela!

Deborah, so you want a spot in the next book...hmmm...We'll have to talk. (evil laugh) I promise no crawling, my back's not so great either. LOL

Laurie, I'm a day late with your reply, so it's all good! ;) It's so awesome having you on every stop! And that's not heresy on the less than perfect physical traits. We're always told internally perfect characters are boring, I think the same goes for external perfection.

Anne38, I'm right there with you on the strong female characters. Just writing them makes me feel empowered! =)

Good luck to all of you in the giveaway!

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