Giveaway + Blog Tour: Bone to Pick by T.A. Moore

TA Moore is here today to talk about her latest novel, Bone to Pick, and she brought a mood board and a $20 DSP Gift Card giveaway to sweeten the deal!

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Thank you for having me over today to talk about my new novel Bone to Pick by TA Moore, which will be available from Dreamspinner Press on August 14.

This blog tour is a bit of a departure for me. Usually I do a short story split between the blogs. However, that didn’t really work with Bone to Pick (the characters had met, briefly, before the start of this story but it didn’t go well. Someone might have got punched; someone might have deserved it!). So instead I thought I would give you a spoiler-free introduction to the cast of characters you’ll be meeting in Bone to Pick and tell you a little bit about how I came up with them -- and maybe a bit about what I have planned for the future. I hope you enjoy meeting them! I love them all, even the terrible ones.

First of all, though, you’ll want to know what Bone to Pick is about.
About the Book:

Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County’s Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of the day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks more and more unlikely that Drew will be found alive.

Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 14/08/2016

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J.J Diggs, the Lawyer

J.J. Diggs is not the worst person in the world, but he’d be that person’s lawyer. We only meet him briefly in Bone to Pick, but he’s going to be a recurring character if I have my way. He’s a defense lawyer, he’s Javi’s...ex is dignifying it a bit, and he’s not really hampered by morals regarding who he associates with.

In fact, he’s so useful there’s a chance that J.J. might actually ‘cross the streams’ between the Bone to Pick world and another series that I plan to set in the same world. No promises though. That series is still in the planning stages!

Unlike Sean Stokes, who is a secondary character of similar status, J.J. plays life on hard mode. He works hard, he plays hard, and he isn’t particularly interested in hearing any complaints about that from other people. Nothing he does is illegal, not that anyone can prove anyhow, so people should mind their own business.

I think there’s an appeal to J.J despite his callousness. He doesn’t really question his choices, he chases his pleasure without apology.  He’s not a good guy, but he’s not a villain either. That means he exists in a useful interstitial space where he can navigate between our protagonists and antagonists at need.

He’s also a lot of fun, off the clock. Although we don’t get to see that yet!

Five Facts:

1: His full name is Jack J. Diggs. That’s right, his mom gave him an initial for a middle name as a joke. When J.J. was starting out he didn’t think ‘Jack’ sounded like the sort of lawyer he wanted to be, so he started calling himself J.J. and now only a few people call him Jack.
2: He doesn’t have a gambling problem. He has a problem with large, hard-knuckled men with a pointed way of encouraging debt payment.
3: Sexually, J.J. has tried most things. There’s nothing he would commit to as a fetish, but he does like bondage. Not pain.
4: He was adopted at age five by his aunt and uncle after his mother died.
5: The cat is a timeshare. It belongs to a client he didn’t keep out of jail -- to be fair, that wasn’t on the table going in, the aim was the minimum amount of jail time -- and who expects to see it when he gets out.

TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing). She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.

She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.

Twitter: @tammy_moore

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  1. I love anti-heroes - they make stories interesting. And JJ sounds like a good (and useful) one. Thanks for the post.

  2. I love anti-heroes because sometimes it takes someone willing to do the hard thing, someone willing to walk in the shadows.

  3. Anti-heroes when done right are great, they really make a book more interesting; realistic & spicy!

  4. It depends on how they are written into the story. I've read some that I've loved and others that I didn't care for.

  5. Anti-heroes make excellent secondary characters, especially if they bring depth and complexity to what would typically be a single dimensional villian type role.

  6. I have this on my Kindle TBR!! Thanks for the giveaway chance and look forward to reading this...

  7. Congratulations on the release, Tammy. I loved the book. As for your question, I must recognise I have a soft spot for anti-heroes...

  8. Antiheroes often make the book more interesting especially because you are never quite sure how they will move the story along.

  9. They often represent the little, imperfect pieces in each of us, so it can be easy to love, fall and root for them. Then there are those we just quite love to hate!

  10. Congrats and thanks for the post. I love antiheroes. It makes them seem more human, more realistic, yet able to also have a good quality about them. - Purple Reader,
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  11. Anti heroes seem to be the most fun to redeem...

  12. Antiheroes can be really interesting. violet817(at)aol(dot)com