J.T. Hall on Murder Once Seen ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Murder Once Seen
Author: J.T. Hall
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Genre: Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 12/12/2016


In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.

What is my ideal writing space?

When I look at writers describing their ideal writing space, I have to smile and shake my head. To have the luxury of a writing space!! If I can get a whole uninterrupted hour to myself in my home office with my 17 inch Sony Vaio computer and my Itunes playing, it’s a miracle. That’s my ideal writing space. My office has a nice big desk, a comfy chair that swivels, and on the wall I’ve got some posters that provide me with inspiration—a map of Middle Earth, and some headshots autographed by various actors that I’ve met over the years.

Most of the time when I’m writing, I don’t have such a space or quiet conditions.

Writers write—we have to, if we want to get books completed, submitted, and then edited. So even if there’s a day job or kids or anything else going on in our lives, we have to find a place and a time to add words to whatever project we’re working on. On top of my day job, I have a teenaged daughter and a partner who has health issues that often require my time and attention. Oh, and I can’t forget the dogs, one of which is elderly and requires a lot of care.

I have written in the following places while working on the Oddities series:

  • At work on my tablet during lunch or a break.
  • At Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Panera, either on my tablet or my laptop.
  • On my phone’s Notepad app while sitting in the ER for a friend.
  • On the back of some scratch paper during a boring training meeting.
  • In a notebook while sitting in the waiting room for a doctor’s appointment.

About the only thing I haven’t ever done is used any kind of verbal software like Dragon. I downloaded a trial version once, but I’m just not an oral (or even an aural) type of person. I have to write in order to write; I can’t tell a story out loud.

Again, the key thing is simply to write. Writers can dream about their ideal writing place but often life doesn’t offer this. Heck, if I got to choose my true idea writing place, I’d be living in a house on the beach with an office that had a window where I could look out on the ocean. That would be awesome.

In the meantime, there’s always Starbucks.


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Murder Once Seen, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

J.T. Hall has been writing for many years under this name and others, and has appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online books. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, her master’s in education from Argosy University, and works as an independent technical writer for state and federal programs. In her free time, she volunteers for the LGBT community and is active in the leather scene. She has a teenage daughter and a partner of over ten years. They live in sunny Arizona with three adorably cute dogs, three black cats, and a hamster who loves peanuts.

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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,

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8 thoughts on “J.T. Hall on Murder Once Seen ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thank you for sharing. I guess being a writer you’ll have to write it all down when the inspiration hit you or risk losing it.
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  2. There’s no Starbucks in my city, but I remember going to study/write my essays to a coffee while at college… There is something about being in a place surrounded by people having coffee that helped me concentrate.
    Congratulations on the release. It sounds good!

  3. Ah yes, Starbucks. Congrats and good luck with your new release. It sounds great. I like m/m romance, even more so if it’s not just about the romance. I think it adds extra substance to the story – whether it be gay SFF/mystery/historicals.
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