Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone – Spotlight and Giveaway

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11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female.

Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me …

… Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …

What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers?

I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.

… I was always easily influenced.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Smith twisted the key as hard as he could and heard a popping noise as the locking mechanism finally gave way. He pushed open his office door and entered the dark room. He tossed his keys onto his desk; they slid a short distance before a stack of time-faded papers and case-file folders abruptly stopped them.

Flicking the light switch, the room illuminated with an anemic-brown glow from the single dusty bulb. He took a step toward the coffee percolator on the windowsill, and his toe caught the corner of a tied-up pile of newspapers dating back at least ten years.

Smith exhaled loudly with a frustrated grunt and kneeled beside the newspaper bundle; the air escaping from his lungs carried the stench of day-old consumed alcohol, topped off with more last night that led to closing time this morning. He really hadn’t slept. He napped for a couple hours, then came here. He removed the Swiss Army knife from his pants and cut the twine, freeing the newspapers, watching as they avalanched to the floor.

He used his palm to shuffle and smear the newspapers around his office floor. His gaze quickly scanned his name plastered on all the headlines, praising the ex-deputy-now-turned-private-eye for all the scum he had gotten off the street, as well as locating abducted kids, reuniting long-lost biological parents of orphans, and exposing spouses who may have forgotten their vows. Smith had seen more than he cared to remember while he had been a sheriff’s deputy and could now safely check the box marked Seen It All since becoming a private eye.

About the Author:Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star, Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts; a macabre cerebral-horror novel, Welcome to Parkview; a time-travel romance novel, Yours Truly, 2095, (which was nominated for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and a supernatural, crime-noir detective novel, Moonlight City Drive. Along with his four novels, Brian has published three short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology, A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology, A Journey of Words; and “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology, A Haunting of Words. Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose. He is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. Brian is also a police officer and has been working in law enforcement since 2002. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. For more information on all his books and music, visit his website.


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  1. James Robert says:

    Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Sounds like a great read!

  4. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour! 🦋

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you 🙂

  6. kim hansen says:

    enjoyed the excerpt.

  7. Erin Vermont says:

    Great excerpt! Well done, Brian.

  8. Alisha Hemken says:

    This book is excellent in its entirety. I know this is an excerpt but having read it I can say it is now one of my favorite books. Mr Paone is a truly gifted wordsmith and i would love to see him on the new york Times bestseller list. He is that good. If you haven’t read this absolutely do you won’t be disappointed. It keeps you turning pages.

  9. Enjoyed the excerpt. Best wishes to you in your future journeys.

  10. As a rock fiction author, obviously your stories are adaptations of songs or full albums. But, how do you go about translating a song from the lyrics to prose? Be as lengthy and sexy as you can.

    • Ha! I like being lengthy AND sexy! I’ll tell you, the hardest part (sexy?) is deciding what lyrics are ambiguous and what lyrics are literal. For example: ARE everyone’s heads on fire?

  11. Sounds intense and cool!

  12. Ah, the variation of verbs in the English language. Adverbs impede. Brian’s prose prances.

  13. I enjoyed reading the excerpt!

  14. Bernie Wallace says:

    I know someone who would really like this book. Thanks for sharing. I hope that I win.

  15. Kris Meldgaard says:

    Thank you for the tour!!💋

  16. Thanks for sharing this. Much success to you. Are the free author spotlights and interviews that aren’t hosted by Goddess Fish also sent out in the emails?

  17. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  18. Bernie Wallace says:

    Which book have you read the most? Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  19. Lacey Waters says:

    Looks like a good book 🙂 thanks

  20. James Robert says:

    Happy Hump Day! Thanks for all the hard work you put into bringing us such great giveaways. They are fun to enter and I appreciate it.

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