Andrew Q. Gordon on Purpose ~ Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Purpose
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Angsty G
Genre: Paranormal

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.

Locations

An old adage of sales is location matters. Where you site your shop or get your products placed can make or break sales. You wouldn’t open a beach umbrella stand a mile from the ocean, nor would you put toddler toys on the top shelf where only the parent could see them. How does this relate to Purpose? Glad you asked.

One of the most important parts of a book is for the reader to ‘see’ what the author sees. If my characters are in the middle of a crowded metro station and the reader thinks they’re in an open park, there is a disconnect that will pull the reader from the book. But to write it clearly the author needs to see it clearly. I’ve never been to Paris (sigh, I know, I really should go soon) so setting my story there might be harder than say Philadelphia where I went to college.

Having a familiarity with the locations in the book allows the author to devote more creative energy to things like characters, plot, tension, conflict and dare I saw, amore. That’s not to say authors should only write books set in places they’ve been, but there is a sense of authenticity that resonates from the pages if you know what you’re talking about.

When I set out to write a book, one of my first decisions is where is the book set? If I’m not going to use a place I know well, I make up the place. There are a lot of places that exist only in an author’s mind. Most fantasy and sci-fi stories fall into that mold. Same with contemporary stories. Many authors will invent towns, or places for their books to avoid being inaccurate. It’s hard to argue that I got the cityscape wrong when I’m the one who laid out the streets and sited the buildings and parks.

With Purpose I didn’t want the distraction of creating the world from scratch; so I didn’t. Every location mentioned, every setting, every building referred to, exists in the Washington, D.C. region.

The open scene in Clay Terrace? Been there. I think it’s cleaned up a bit but back in 2010 when the book is set, they sold a lot PCP there. Metro stations? All real. Adams Morgan? Yep, used to live there once upon a time. The building Gar/Will lives in? A friend used to live in that building.

Even some of the more obscure things are true and accurate. The Violent Crimes building of MPD? That was the old building that they used in 2010. There really was a DMV office in the same complex and one day when I was there a homicide detective walked in, showed them his badge, pointed to me and said, “I’m with Homicide and I need to speak to that man.” The guard looked a bit nervous, so he announced I was a prosecutor. Then I had to look around nervously, because who the hell knew who in the waiting area. Thankfully I made it out alive.

The cemetery Gar takes Griffin to, so they can speak in private? Congressional Cemetary. They have a program to allow people to walk their dogs there. You have to be a member the historical society and you have to pay per dog, but it helps raise money to preserve the cemetery. J Edgar Hoover, John Phillip Sousa and many other historical figures are resting inside those fences. There are also rows of monuments that mark the passing of any member of congress who died in office. (Hence the name.)

Even the building that Will is in front of when. . . . well toward the end, don’t want to give away a spoiler. That building was under construction in 2010, just like in the book.

To end with another old saying, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Some of these things I’m not sure I could have made up, so for that I’m grateful for reality.

Enjoy—

Excerpt

{Author’s note: This an excerpt from one of the main character’s journal. Only journal entries are in first person. the rest of the story is told in third.}

 

March 25, 2010—Journal Entry 39-25

Another innocent. She was young, too young. A child. They are the worst. Children don’t understand.

The Purpose has been dormant, but still I felt it, heard it. Why answer if I don’t have to? Force of habit? Duty? Do I like it that much? I’m not sure, other than it felt right. Not a good answer.

Watching me leave, I wonder if Ryan finally understood what I am. Will it change him? He said he needed to be here, but can he say he is prepared for this?

Tires spinning break the silence. I watch the cab leave as fast as it can. The driver doesn’t care that he’s left me. It’s not safe here, and we both know it. Hopefully, I don’t feel him next.

The killer is here, hiding. Another neighborhood where the good people are afraid in their own homes. Why do I suddenly care? They’re alive. That’s not my concern. I only avenge the murder of the innocent.

Barry Farms. Everyone knows everyone who lives here and those who don’t. Good thing I’m not trying to blend in. The brick buildings line the streets. Square, run-down, uncared for. Even at eleven thirty at night, people mill around. Maybe it’s the girl. She was only nine.

The pull is strong, but there is no compulsion to act. It’s unsettling. Everything is the same but different. Without the need to act, I question my motives but am afraid to delve too deep. I might not like what I find.

Am I hiding behind a rationalization? Do I really have to avenge the innocent? Insanity and the consequences if I let myself go down that road make for an easy moral decision. Better to punish the guilty than put the innocent at risk. What now?

My target is near, hiding. No one knows it’s him. Not yet, at least. If they find out, he won’t have long to live. No one likes a child rapist. She was only nine.

I feel the eyes of a neighborhood focus on me. Why do I intrude on their grief? They think I’m here to exploit her death. To put their pain into print. Of course, I don’t care about them. Her call directs me, but my focus is off.

Without the need to act, my detachment is imperfect. Or is it the return of emotions that has pushed the need into submission? More answers that elude me.

Walking down the middle of Steven’s Road, I attract attention. Two men drift from the shadows. They want me to leave. No, it’s too late. In their mind, I should never have come.

“Man, why you here?” one shouts. I smell the drugs poisoning him from the inside.

“Go away.” My hiss strikes them like a brick. As quickly as they appeared, they melt back into the inky black recesses of the building. Maybe I should have let them come. Tearing into them would attract a crowd. Then he would know I am coming.

The thought bothers me. Why not just kill him and be done? Let no one see me and just end it. I’ve done it hundreds of times; why not today? The desire for him to know fear is inexplicable but real.

An engine roars to life behind me, breaking my self-reflection. The driver revs it too fast to be coincidence. Hitched to a wave of fear, his enmity hits me, warning of what is coming. I reach for the asp but keep to my route.

Gears turn, tires move, and he launches a thousand-pound missile at me. Dimwitted fool. He is about to learn a hard lesson.

Another step and I snap the collapsible baton to full length. I pivot and face the accelerating attack. I wait a second and then leap. Nothing wrong with my focus now. Twisting, I bring the metal stick down hard. My feet dent the roof even as the windshield shatters, showering the driver in a spray of shards.

I hop off and land with my feet wide, staying upright as the vehicle careens out of control into a pair of parked cars. The driver is lucky. He swerved right, avoiding a direct impact on his side. Surrounded by the airbag, he doesn’t notice my approach.

The driver is bleeding from a hundred cuts, and I rip the door off the green Honda. For certain, he is guilty, but trying to kill me doesn’t warrant death. At least not today.

 

Links

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DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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About the Author

AQGAndrew 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 to the times, he now writes with a shiny new MacBook that he sets on the same desk as his manual typewriter and vintage adding machine.

Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew’s works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband, 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 occasionally sleeping.

THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE: http://andrewqgordon.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dominic.andrews.7568

Tour Schedule

6 Oct – Elin Gregory (https://elingregory.wordpress.com/)
6 Oct – Jessie G Books (http://jessiegbooks.com/)
7 Oct – Divine Magazine (http://divinemagazine.net/)
8 Oct – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words (http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/)
9 Oct – Hearts on Fire Reviews (http://heartsonfirereviews.com/)
9 Oct – MM Good Book Reviews (https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/)
10 Oct – Author Susan Mac Nicol (https://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com/)
10 Oct – Wake Up Your Wild Side (http://galestanley.blogspot.com/)
11 Oct – The Purple Rose Tea House (http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/)
12 Oct – Love Bytes Reviews (http://lovebytesreviews.com/)
12 Oct – Queer SciFi (https://queerscifi.com/)
13 Oct – World of Diversity Fiction (http://wodfreview.com/)
14 Oct – Prism Book Alliance (http://www.prismbookalliance.com)
15 Oct – Diverse Reader (http://diversereader.blogspot.com/)
16 Oct – Loving Without Limits (http://lexiander.blogspot.com/)
17 Oct – Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents (http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/)
18 Oct – BFD Book Blog (http://bfdbookblog.net/)
18 Oct – Wicked Faeries Tales and Reviews (http://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/)
19 Oct – Molly Lolly (https://mollylollyauthor.wordpress.com/)
20 Oct – Drops of Ink (https://annebarwell.wordpress.com/)

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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6 thoughts on “Andrew Q. Gordon on Purpose ~ Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. Paranormal books I have read…Well I have read numerous shifter books by Stormy Glenn, JL Langley, Lisa Oliver, Olivia Black, NR Walker, Stephani Hecht, Charlie Richards, Bailey Bradford and more I’m having trouble remembering. Also really like Mnevermind and Psycop, Ally Blue’s Bay City Paranormal Investigations and Mojo Mysteries series are good

  2. PNR is my fave genre
    some of my favourites are
    Cronin’s Key series by NR Walker
    Assassin/Shifters series, 12 Olympians series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
    SPECTR series, Whyborne & Griffin series by Jordan L Hawk
    everything by Shannon West
    and a lot of the ones Denise posted as well!

  3. Thanks tor the interesting post! I have occasionally read a book set in a location I know well and if the author gets it wrong it really sticks out. On the other hand, I enjoy reading about locations that are new to me…can be a bit of armchair travel as a side bonus to a great story. 🙂

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