I'll admit, when I sat down to write this post, I had to think long and hard on what to write about, for a variety of reasons. One--I'm dog tired. Working fifty plus hours a week will do that to you. Two--how do I close out this tour in a way that's true to Frankie and Jack?
Frankie and Jack are complex creatures. They have to be, because survival has dictated it. They've been forced to rely on their wits, their charm, and yes, their criminal skills, in order to stay one step ahead of the game. They're jaded, because you can't see the things they've seen, do the things they've done, and lived the lives they do without losing innocence.
But being jaded and complex and cynical doesn't make you hard.
Frankie and Jack still have goodness and decency in them. They made a point to go into careers where they help people, where they manage to do good. Some might say it also helped them keep an eye on the past they're running from, but those people are cynical--and I think I know Frankie and Jack better than that. They go out of their way to find the truth--not just solve a case, which can be easily accomplished--but the heart and soul of a case. And when someone they consider their own is hurt, in any way, shape or form, they go out of their way to put it right.
I've said repeatedly how much fun Frankie and Jack have been to write. Outside of one other character (who is still in the works), they've been my favorite to write. They're sure of who they are, sure of what they want, sure of how to accomplish their goals, because, at the end of the day, they're sure of each other. Moreso than either the Jude Magdalyn series or the Moon Rising series, Taken is a story built around a couple. It may be told in Frankie's voice, but it's not just Frankie's story--it belongs to Jack, too. Or it might be better to say that the story wouldn't exist without the two of them, together.
This isn't the end of their story. They have a long, bumpy row to hoe before they can have something close to a happy ever after. But at least they're in it together.
Again, thanks so much to every blogger who hosted me this tour, Belinda for her awesome organization and tour graphics, and as always, to you guys for reading/following along.
And now, as promised GIVEAWAY time!
Actually, it's DOUBLE GIVEAWAY TIME!
The first one is easy, but multiple steps. Simply:
A) Be a follower of the blog
B) "Like" L.M. Pruitt on Facebook
C) Leave a comment below
And you get a copy of Taken. That's right. As long as you do those three steps, you're guaranteed a copy of Frankie and Jack's story. But wait...there's more!
One random person, chosen through Random.org (and seriously, how cool is that site? Just sayin'), will get an advanced copy of the next Jude Magdalyn novel, Shades of Desire--four weeks early. That's right--four weeks early. Granted, it'll be rough and tumble, but it will still belong to you.
The contest--and this post--will run from today until Thursday at roughly 9 a.m. EST. Why the strange time? Because that's when I'll be near a computer again. I told you, I'm working a lot.
Ok, guys. May the best random number, i.e. commenter win--and as always, happy reading!