Thursday, August 8, 2019

120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz

Book Details:

Book Title:  120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz

Category:  Adult Fiction, 318 pages

Genre:  Legal thriller, crime fiction, literary fiction

Publisher:  Amika Press

Release date:   May 22, 2019

Format available for review:  print, ebook  (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)

Tour dates: Aug 5 to 23, 2019

Content Rating: R (There are two explicit scenes and some bad language)

Book Description:

BARBARA BLAKE is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives. Together, they spiral ever more deeply into the dark heart of a quintessentially American story of sex and love, truth and lies, justice and prejudice, crime and punishment, and, ultimately, life and death.

Praise for 120 Days:

"​There is a human element here that is only found in top-tiered crime fiction, and this book is filled with it. I adore all of the major bestselling authors of this genre and have finally found a new favorite that, in my opinion, belongs in the same league. A truly brilliant novel. An exceptional writer. Highly recommended."
- Readers' Favorite Reviews

Meet the author:   ​

Ronald L. Ruiz is a retired attorney whose entire career was spent in criminal law as a deputy District Attorney, a District Attorney, a Defense Attorney and a Public Defender.

Connect with the author:    Website  ~  Facebook

Interview with Ronald L. Ruiz 

  1. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Inspiration for my stories comes from my life experiences, before, during and after being a criminal defense
lawyer and prosecutor for 37 years.

  1. What advice would you give budding writers?
For anyone who wants to write, I encourage you to read, read, and read. 
Read the great and good writers and get some idea of what made them successful as writers.
Then, write, write and write. Write about what you know. Write about what you think is important. 
Understand that few of us are born geniuses or natural writers, and that looking back at your first efforts may be
But keep writing and reading and with time, you will develop a skill that you can be satisfied with.

  1. How long have you been writing?
I began writing, or trying to write, 66 years ago after reading Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment when I was
17 years old. I published my first novel, Happy Birthday Jesus, 41 years later.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
I am not sure I would say I have faced “writer’s block”, but I have experienced plenty of fear and discouragement
as a writer. But I have continued to write, at least five times every week I sit down to write. And in time, returning
to these difficult spaces, I have been able to get past them.

  1. What is the last great book you’ve read?
Light in August by William Falukner

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  1. Intriguing author interview. 120 Days sounds like a thrilling read. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks for your comment. The cover is a painting done by my daughter Phe Ruiz. She is an artist in San Francisco and we have used her art on a couple of my books: Life Long and A Lawyer. You can see these covers on Amazon as well as the Amika Press website.

  3. I've read this, the characters are heartbreakingly real! Sympathized big-time with both Barbara and Alejandro, even when I was thinking, "No, guys, don't do that!"

  4. Your book sounds very interesting. I can't wait to read it!

  5. Cool book cover and the story looks interesting. Good interview.