Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 26 of 31 books in 31 days- Jeff Strand book giveaway & qualify to win a kindle

Welcome to the 26th day of 31 books in 31 days, where you win prizes for reading.

Recap of Rules

Everyday that you participate in the giveaway of the day, you are eligible to win a brand new kindle.

How to participate
  a) Subscribe via email, so you can get the author & prize of the day sent directly to your email.
  b) Like the author of the day on facebook
  c) Follow the author on Twitter
  d) Read any of the author's books
  e) Answer the occasional quiz on author's interview
  f) Scroll to the bottom of each interview and enter the raffle (you'll have to unlock the raffle with your email first)

That's it- then enter the kindle giveaway!

All giveaways will be sent out by the 7th day in April. Good Luck.

Today's featured author is Jeff Strand. He is the author of way to many books to mention, but if you are looking for a funny author with innovative plot lines, you have found him. His stories will keep you laughing well into the night. Check out his featured book, Wolf Hunt today.

Featured Book
Meet George and Lou, thugs for hire. The kind of intimidating-yet-friendly guys who will break your thumbs, but be nice about it. Their latest assignment is to drive across Florida to deliver some precious cargo to a crime lord. The cargo: a man in a cage. Though Ivan seems perfectly human, they're warned that he is, in fact, a bloodthirsty werewolf. George and Lou don't believe in the supernatural, but even if they did, it's daytime and tonight isn't the full moon. It's just a simple transport job, albeit one that carries severe consequences if they screw it up. Their instructions are straightforward: Do not open the cage. Do not reach into the cage. Do not throw anything into the cage. And they don't. Unfortunately, Ivan doesn't play by the usual werewolf rules, and the thugs find themselves suddenly responsible for a vicious escaped beast. One who can transform at will. One who enjoys killing in human form as much as he enjoys killing as a monster. If George and Lou want to save their careers, dozens of people, and their own lives, they need to recapture him. Because Ivan the werewolf is in the mood for a murder spree...

                                                     Interview with Jeff Strand

Hello Jeff, 

What was your favorite book to read as a child?

My favorite book changed constantly, and was often just the last one I'd read. I probably re-read Beverly 

Cleary's Ramona series more than anything else...but your question asked about a book, not a series. If 

I'm going to truly narrow it down to one book, I'll go with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy 

Blume. I read that book literally (using the new, not-improved definition of "literally") eight million 


What do you enjoy about reading?

These days, I've moved away a bit from the "Just tell me a story!" attitude and I spend more time 

appreciating the craft of other writers. So it's mostly the small things; a clever turn of phrase, or a 

perfect character detail. I don't really read for escape. That's what cute animal videos are for.

You write a genre I like to call humor-horror. What motivated you to write in this genre? What authors inspired you?

The humor/horror combination that I became known for was really more of an accident, so I don't think 

anybody really inspired it. I was a guy who wanted to write humor but liked to read horror. My writing 

inspirations were very much on the humor side, people like Douglas Adams and Dave Barry. I think you 

can still see both of their influences in my work. Also R.L. Stine, but not because of his horror stuff (I pre-

date Goosebumps and Fear Street) but because of a humor magazine he did called Bananas.

If you could be any YA hero or heroine who would it be?

I'd be the hero in one of my own books, after all of the bad stuff has happened. Because then I could 

write a sequel where they get to hang out on a private island sipping delicious carbonated beverages 

with an unlimited library and a full Netflix queue. It would be a terrible book, but I wouldn't care.

What is the best thing to happen to you as an author?

Jeez, that's a tough one. There really haven't been any "Hooray! This changes everything!" moments in 

my career. It has been a long, slow, steady stream of baby steps that, over fifteen years, built into 

something pretty cool. So I'm going to have to give the obvious answer and go with my very first short 

story acceptance, "The Private Diary of Leonard Parr," by Twisted Magazine. I think the e-mail was 

basically just, "Thanks, we want to publish this," but it was probably the most concentrated burst of joy 

I've felt in my writing life.

Tell us about Wolf Hunt. What inspired this series and how does it differ from other books in its 


The inspiration was really as simple as, "Okay, Leisure wants another horror novel from me. Do I want to 

do vampires? Mummies? Werewolves? Werewolves sound good. What can I do with werewolves? 

Maybe combine it with a crime novel? That works. Now, what's my story...?" There have been other 

werewolf novels, obviously, and there have been other werewolf novels combined with crime novels, 

but have there been other werewolf novels combined with crime novels combined with comedies? 

Maybe. I'm not sure. If so, Wolf Hunt is still different from them, somehow.

Thank you so much for participating.

Thank you! Should I admit to your readers that it took me until the very last minute to send you these 

answers? Probably not. Forget I said anything.

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