Thursday, June 13, 2013

Welcome Andrew Q. Gordon and a Contest!


 
 
Ten Facts About Purpose: 

1)              All of the places mentioned in the book are real.  Neighborhoods, towns, street locations, even the buildings that were named.

2)              The first line of the book is the first words I wrote. Through all the revisions and edits, the first line: "[S]omeone died tonight. An innocent. Someone who should have lived" has never changed.

3)               I originally envisioned this as a series of short stories. My thought had been that each book would have a different love interest who would either die or leave by the end of the book. In the end that seemed too depressing.

4)              I took pictures for most of the places in and around the D.C. so I could have a better mental picture of the scenes. Toward the end of the book there is a scene at a building site. At the time I wrote the book that was how the building looked.

5)              The writing of Purpose was halted around chapter 20 due to the birth of my daughter. Once I get into a better routine I finished it before my paternity leave ran out.

6)              The D.C. Metro system has some of the longest escalators in the world. In fact the Wheaton station escalator is the longest in the western hemisphere at 230 feet. The Metro escalator mentioned in the beginning of the book–Dupont Circle–is almost 189 and is the sixth longest in the system

7)              I originally meant to write the entire book in first person present tense. After the first 'chapter' was written, I decided to try something different. There were times I had problem's switching from first to third and back.  Thank god for good editors.

8)              The legal/police lingo was kept as true to how it would be in D.C. as I could make it. The command structure of MPD is what it would have been in 2010. The exception being the FBI – I have no idea if that is accurate or not – my guess is not.

9)              Purpose is the shortest book I've written alone. Anyta Sunday is a great influence and has been pushing me to say more in fewer pages. I hope this is the start of a good trend.

10)           There are no sequels, spin offs or plans to turn this into a series in the works. This was Will's story about reclaiming his humanity and how it took someone like Ryan to bring Will back. I don't see anything worthy of another book at this point.

 

Blurb: 

Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can't understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn't done in decades: care.


 

Excerpt: 

“Ryan!” The scream was blocked by the doors. The entire car turned, stared, then went back to what they were doing. Another raving idiot on the Metro.

Last time he felt this, felt it this intense, someone was about to die. Now, after decades, he understood. It was not a call for vengeance. It was a warning.

When the train lurched forward, panic gripped him. He needed to get off the train. Now! Pressed against the window, he saw four thugs walking behind an oblivious Ryan.

What the hell was wrong with him? He was such an idiot! Ryan had let his guard down because Gar gave him that money.

The train started to pick up speed, forcing him to focus. By now, most everyone was ignoring him. Some watched, but he “suggested” they look away, and they did. Using the moment of pseudo-invisibility, Gar ran to the door between cars. Two from the end. Damn!

Forming a mental image of a Metro Transit cop, he touched the small box on his belt. When he emerged into the next car, he could tell from the reaction on people’s faces, they saw an officer, not him.

Thankfully, this car was nearly empty, so no one stood in the aisles. Running as fast as he could, weaving around the poles, he quickly covered the seventy-five feet to the back door. Watching the platform disappear, he tried the door. Locked!

Of course it was locked. What had he expected? Too bad. His need was too great. Gar bunched his muscles, yanked with all his strength, and tore the door from its hinges.

Tossing the twisted metal aside, he ignored the screams of shock from those watching. The clarion ring of the alarm sounded throughout the car as the smell of brake pads filled the air. Not waiting for the train to stop, he leapt down, rolling once to break his momentum.

Behind him, he heard the car grind to a halt. Had he stuck around, he would have heard the angry shouts of people who realized their trip home had just gotten complicated. He didn’t care. Something bad was about to happen to an innocent kid. A little discomfort on their part was acceptable.

Sprinting, he covered the distance to the platform in less time than the train took to leave. Still too long. Ryan and the others were gone. He startled the few people milling about when he ran the length of the tracks, back to the escalator Ryan had used. The press of bodies was too thick. Too many would get hurt if he forced his way past them.

He leaped up from the tracks and ran faster toward the moving stairs. Bypassing the crowd, he used his momentum to leap toward the railing, fifteen feet above. Clutching the black metal tube, he swung himself over, nearly knocking over a half dozen people.

“Police, move aside!” His shout took a moment to register, but people quickly moved from his path. After vaulting the fare gates, he made for the escalators leading out. Hopefully, he wouldn’t be too late. These were among the longest in the system, and if Ryan hadn’t walked up, he just might catch up.

Two escalators went up, one down. Both were packed.

“Fuck!” Moving toward the center stairs, he decided on his plan. “Police! Out of the way!”

As people answered his command, he spared a second to scan the two up escalators. If Ryan was on one of them, he couldn’t see him.

People quickly moved to the right. Most were already there, preferring not to make the overly long walk. Running up the stairs, the muted voices commenting on his burst of speed washed away against the only thought he gave attention to: find Ryan before they do.

Twice more, he shouted for people to move right before he made it to the top. Dozens, even hundreds of people milled about the entrance. He cursed himself for not trying to read Ryan’s thoughts. He didn’t know what his mind felt like and couldn’t use them to locate the kid.

Drawing a deep breath to settle himself, he extended his senses. Maybe he could find his scent, hear his voice, something. Another new emotion struck him: fear. He found nothing. Not possible. How could he lose that ability now?

Nothing made sense. A night that had started out so simple was now turning his world inside out.
 
Contest: 

For a chance to win a free eBook copy of Purpose leave a comment answering the following question:

Do you prefer stand alone books, a series or related story lines?


Please include your email address so we can notify you if you win. A winner will be chosen from the valid entries on June 16th, 2013 using Randomizer.org.

In addition, all comments from all guest blog posts between June 10, 2013 and June 21, 2013 release date will also be entered to win a $15.00 Dreamspinner Press credit. The winner will be chosen using Randomizer.org and each person who comments on any of the Purpose guest blog posts during the book giveaway time will be entered. The drawing for the pre-release gift card will be on June 25, 2013. One entry per blog but you can enter on each participating blog for more chances to win a copy of the eBook or the Dreamspiner Press credit.  For a complete list of eligible blogs, please see the Purpose book page on my blog:

 

About the Author: 

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. 'insiders', Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and not get the shakes. 

 

Follow Andrew on his website: www.andrewqgordon.com,


On Twitter:  @andrewqgordon,

Or just email him: andrewqgordon@gmail.com
 
 

40 comments:

  1. I like a series b/c it is always nice to follow other characters you get to know or to continue the journey with the characters in the book before. But, I like it when the author puts enough details to remind you of what you read in the books before and which makes it possible to read it as a stand-alone that would be enhanced by reading the previous books.
    cannd
    cden23@aol.com

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    1. Cannd, Gotcha, I like a series too, but I've been told they don't sit well with readers as well - let's see if I get the same results here. :)

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  2. I like a series better because when I read a stand-alone I'm always left with unanswered questions that do get answered in a series. Though I will read almost any m/m romance most of my books are series.
    Sara
    svblix@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Sara,

      My thing with stand alones - and I confess, Purpose is probably a stand alone story - is if I really love the book, I'm left wanting more. Which is probably the same as what you said. :)

      -AQG

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  3. For me, it really depends on the story and characters. Some things are just perfect as a standalone, while other times I wish a side character had his own book! I do tend to prefer related stories to an actual series, though.

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Trix,

      SOmeone much wiser than I told me that there is no plot I can write that is as compelling as that of two MC's finding their way to each other for their first kiss, date, sex etc. That ties into your comment about related over straight up sequel/series.

      Thanks for coming by

      -AQG

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  4. If its a book chances are ill read it! ;) That being said the worst words ever in a book (for me) is "The End".. I hate getting to the last page... I like related story lines because its like a really long epilogue for the previous books. I like series books but they make me mad when they have cliff hangers and I have to wait months or even years to find out what happens next.. So stand alones with connected story lines really do it for me!.. Thanks for the contest.. Congrats on the new release!
    Maycee
    majorsqueenbee at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks Maycee -

      I agree - waiting too long and people lose interest. But the related series are indeed nice because there is a sense familiarity yet newest.

      Thanks again

      -AQG

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  5. I like all three types so it's hard for me to have a favorite. What I don't like is when an author has an extremely long never-ending series, unless it's a mystery series. If the book is a stand-alone, I really like it when the author has an epilogue.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. Jbst -

      By epilogue, I presume you mean maybe some time in the future? Like a snippet of a few years later?

      Thanks for coming by.

      -AQG

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  6. I don't have a preference, it depends on the story. Some stories I don't want to end, but with others the ending is so satisfactory I'm content to let go. I think the worst thing an author can do is rush an ending, when it needs more time or, conversely, drag it out so they can get more sales. Writers aren't paid by the word any more, those tactics aren't necessary lol

    Purpose looks awesome! But then, that's not surprising, considering the source :)

    shelley_runyon@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Julie - I agree, it's sort of like the know when to hold em, know when to fold em mantra I suppose.

      Thanks again.

      -AQG

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  7. I prefer series--the longer, the better. But lately I've encountered a harsh reality. I am off work for an extended sick leave, and I can't afford series right now. It's frustrating! So temporarily, I am sticking to stand alone books. Thanks for the backstory and excerpt!
    Urb
    brendurbanist@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by - I have three prequel 'excerpts' coming that will also be on my site after they post. Be sure to check those out, especially if you win the contest. Check out my site for more places/sites to enter, some have fewer entries than others so have a go. :)

      _AQG

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  8. I like a series better especially if they are connected.

    gisu29(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Seems to be a prevailing theme - related series are a runaway fav. Thanks Gigi for coming by an reading.

      -AQG

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  9. Related series.
    Danielle
    dandatins at yahoo (dot)com

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    1. Danielle

      Thanks - like I said above - the clear winning choice. :)

      -AQG

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  10. That is a really tough question. I find they all can be good depending on the author. I really enjoy series, but not when it's repeated angst in every single story. That is why mysteries or action adventure work with series, because it is focussed on each new mystery not just the MC's relationship. Related storyline are good too because you can revisit the each couple without a direct focus on their relationship. I think B.G. Thomas had it dead on this past weekend on the dreamspinner blog.

    Cheers
    Karl
    slats5663(at)shaw(dot)ca

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    1. Karl,

      Thanks for swinging by. Yes, a repeat formula in each book in a series would be annoying [probably worse] but the related ones that are different, really do give the reader a bit more vibrant world to 'dream' in I think. But what do I know, I've yet to write a series of related stories lol

      Thanks again.

      -AQG

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  11. I prefer stand alone books. If I read series I want each one to be about a different couple but set in the same town/world.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  12. Sherry,

    I think the different couple, same world is the one most seem to prefer. So far, I've only done stand alones, but if did use the same world twice or more, it would be with a different MC pairing for sure.

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  13. I like stand alone books better. I like each story to have a definite ending. If the MCs reappears in another book in the same series, I'd get confused and try to figure out how the books relate...

    schan26.wisc@gmail.com

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    1. Stand alones do have the advantage that once you're done you know how it ends and can feel good - or not - about the characters and their future. SO i get that. The MC reappearances I understand - especially if there are a lot of spinoffs.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting.

      Andy

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  14. Enjoyed the post!! I truly did! haha...
    Hmm, and I like all of them equally. But if it's a stand alone, I especially expect it to end in a HEA or Bittersweet, knowing THAT's the end whether tragic or happy, but an end.
    I actually really hate HFN. I like that in a series because... well... a series means it's going to continue. Might not be the same characters all the time but the basic world/story, perhaps even the same issue will be the same.

    Thanks again for the contest!! <3

    Judi P
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Judi,

      That's an good point you raise, the HFN probably IS the worst of the three, though I hadn't thought of that before. At least - as you say - in a bittersweet ending, you know how it ends and it gives closure.

      Thanks for coming by and for the comment. :)

      -Andy

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  15. You know, it really depends. I like series and stand alones both, for different reasons. Stand alones are great because they have a solid conclusion, and you know you don't have to invest a huge chunk of time in it. On the other hand, series are great, because sometimes you really like the characters or world (or both) and want to see what happens going forward. But I feel like I shouldn't talk about this at all. :D

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  16. Andy

    Took me a second to realize this is you. :P Well with your Infected series, you know a bit about what you speak. :-)

    Thanks for coming by and for commenting.

    -AQG

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  17. Great facts about the book. Thank you for sharing them, esp. the facts about the location. Sometimes I like to know whether or not a place is real or made up so this saves me the time in looking it up.

    As for me, I prefer standalone most of the time because I'm afraid a author may take it too far and ruin a story for me. In addition I feel that standalone are funnier reads and have a less complicated storyline than a series.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Several things about stand alones that seem to weigh in their favor - and to a point a 'related series' is just a bunch of stand alones in a similar world - 1) the don't push the story line too far - the "jumping the shark" for the character so to speak [google that for the reference] the other is time - someties with a series there is too long a time lag - I fear I'm getting there with the last grand master - I've had a creative block that I'm working on. I don't want to submit it until I can say I've got the next one at least almost ready to go.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      -AQG

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  18. I love series or related books, where every book can be read on it's own. I enjoy meeting characters again. But I really have trouble with books without an end, I don't like the feeling to have to wait for another book to be written to get an satisfaying end.
    But I read all kinds of books, if the story is good, the format doesn't matter so much.

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    1. Stories with out an end at least need to tell people that the rest are coming -- sort of like if you read the Fellowship of the Ring, you know the Two Tower and Return of the King are there for you to read when you're done.

      Thanks for commenting

      -AQG

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  19. I like related story lines (e.g., Tucker Springs by Marie Sexton et al.). Familiar characters reappear, but no loss of continuity if read out of sequence, or one is not read at all.

    skadlec1@yahoo.com

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    1. As I've said in other comment's that seems to be the consensus opinion of favorite types. They are in effect stand alones that share a common universe. and wherever you happen to join the world, you're going to be fine.

      Thanks for hopping alone with us.

      -AQG

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  21. I honestly don't have a preference - each has a place in my library! I just love a good story!

    Best of luck with your new release - Purpose sounds like one hell of a story. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Fari enough, but I know you better than that - you have a preference, you're just being diplomatic. :P

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  22. I love series because they allow the author to really develop characters to their fullest. However, I have all kinds of books in my library.

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  23. Thanks JoAnn - You also get to be the last entry for the day. :)

    -AQG

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  24. Thanks to all who entered. And an especially big thank you to Michele for hosting me. A winner has been selected and is being notified. Once they confirm they are still interested in the eBook, I'll announce the winner. Good luck to all who entered in the drawing for the Dreamspinner Gift Credit. And thanks for coming by and participating.

    -AQG

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