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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My Darkest Prayer by S. A. Cosby



My Darkest Prayer
by S. A. Cosby


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GENRE:   mystery/suspense


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BLURB:

Whether it's working at his cousin's funeral home or tossing around the local riff raff at his favorite bar, Nathan Waymaker is a man who knows how to handle the bodies. A former Marine and Sheriff's deputy, Nathan has built a reputation in his small Southern town as a man who can help when all other avenues have been exhausted. When a local minister with grandiose ambitions is found dead, Nathan is approached by his parishioners who feel the local police are dragging their feet with the investigation. What starts out as an easy payday soon descends into a maze of mayhem filled with wannabe gangsters, vicious crime lords, porn stars, crooked police officers and a particularly treacherous preacher and his mysterious wife. Nathan must use all his varied skills and some of his wit to navigate the murky waters of small town corruption even as dark secrets of his own threaten to come to the surface.

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Excerpt One:

I handle the bodies.

That's what I say when people ask me what I do for a living. I find that gets one of two responses. They drift away to the other side of the room and give me a sideways glance the rest of the night or they let out a nervous laugh and move the conversation in another, less macabre direction. I could always say I work at a funeral home, but where's the fun in that?

Every once in a while when I was in the Corps, someone would see me at Starbucks that modern mecca Wal-Mart in my utility uniform. Sometimes they’d catch me in my dress blues after a military ball just trying to grab something before heading back to the base. They would walk up to me and say, “Thank you for your service.” I'd mumble something like “No, thank you for your support” or some other pithy rejoinder, and they would wander away with a nice satisfied look on their faces. Sometimes what I wanted to say was, “I took care of the bodies. The bodies with the legs blown off or the hands shredded. The bodies full of ball bearings and nails and whatever some kid could find to build his IED. I loaded the bodies up and dragged them back to the base, then went back out on another patrol and prayed to a God that seemed to be only half-listening that today wasn't the day that someone would have to take care of my body.”

But I don't think that would have given them the same warm and fuzzy feeling.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S.A. Cosby is a writer whose work has been published in numerous magazine and anthologies. His story "Slant-Six" received an honorable mention in Best Mystery Stories of 2016. His life experiences include being a retail manager, a bouncer, a forklift driver, a landscaper, a roadie, a construction worker, a mortuary attendant, and he once wore a cow suit when he worked for Chik Fil-A. He majored in English at Christopher Newport University and now lives in Gloucester, Virginia.

Twitter: @blacklionking73
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1940758866/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

Interview with S. A. Cosby


1. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?
S.A.: For the most part I’m in control of the story. Once in a blue moon a character will grab the steering wheel and take the story down some unfamiliar roads. When that happens I just hold on and see where we end up.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
S.A. : You’ve never read a crime novel like MY DARKEST PRAYER. It’s a familiar tale told through wholly new and under represented eyes. it’s a violent yet poignant tale of honor and redemption in the rural south as glimpsed through the eyes of a character who is not the typical genre hero.

3. Have you written any other books that are not published? I am currently in the midsts of final edits for a southern heist novel tentatively titled BLACKTOP WASTELAND.

4. Pen or type writer or computer?  
S.A.: Computer. I have horrendous handwriting. It’s like shaky hieroglyphics.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?"

S.A. If you like action packed crime stories with heart and soul I think you will enjoy MY DARKEST PRAYER. It’s not your father’s crime novel.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

S. A. Cosby will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the excerpt and interview.

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  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

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