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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

THE GLAMOUR THIEVES by Don Allmon Blog Tour

Howdy y'all. I'm Don Allmon and I got a debut book name of The Glamour Thieves. It’s the first of a three book series called The Blue Unicorn. It's a grim kind of fantasy, a cybernetic near-dystopia, a rough-edged romance with few promises except for the ones that matter. Ain't nothin' worth earnin' that wasn't hard won. Join in on the comments and win yourself some loot.

About The Glamour Thieves

JT is an orc on the way up. He’s got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He’s even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.

Then Austin shows up, and the elf’s got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He’s also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.

Soon JT’s up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain’t just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with JT—this time as more than just a friend—and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.

Available now from Riptide Publishing.


“They argued over music because JT refused to play anything written this century. They argued what direction to take into town because Austin thought it was more dramatic to come to the rescue via the Golden Gate rather than the Bay Bridge. Comfortable arguments, an easy rhythm to fall into. They came in by the Bay Bridge listening to nothing.”

I don’t listen to music much. And I can’t listen to anything while I’m writing. It’s way too distracting.

But music still had a lot to do with The Glamour Thieves even if JT wouldn’t let Austin run the truck stereo. The TV show Supernatural was a big influence on my story and this is one of the things I mined from that show.

Dean is a classic rock fan (as am I) while Sam’s taste is more contemporary. Not only does Dean’s music become the soundtrack for the show (Kansas’s “Carry on Wayward Son”), but their difference of opinion becomes a running joke. I wanted something like that.

Austin’s taste in music was easy to figure. He was my stereotypical hot elf. Dance clubs, sex clubs. Something raw, something dreamy. So:

Nine Inch Nails “Closer”
Donna Summer “I Feel Love”  
(Yeah, I know I’m dating myself with those songs. I’m way past dancing age.)

JT’s a classic rock fan, but he’s also a big old cuddly softy with a secret penchant: When he gets all drunk and thinks no one is watching, the power ballads come out:

Heart “Alone”
Adele “Hello”
Nazareth “Love Hurts”
Journey “Open Arms”

He sets the player on random and just listens to those four songs over and over again until Austin comes in, wordlessly pulls the plug, then walks out.

Throw the lyrics of these songs into a blender and you pretty much know everything you need to know about JT and Austin and their relationship.

About Don Allmon

In his night job, Don Allmon writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. In his day job, he’s an IT drone. He holds a master of arts in English literature from the University of Kansas and wrote his thesis on the influence of royal hunting culture on medieval werewolf stories. He’s a fan of role-playing games, both video and tabletop. He has lived all over from New York to San Francisco, but currently lives on the prairies of Kansas with many animals.

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To celebrate the release of The Glamour Thieves, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 2, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents


  1. This sounds like a very interesting book.
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  2. Looks lovely, looking forward to giving this a read.
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  3. Congrats on the release!
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  4. Congrats on the new release!

  5. Congrats, Don, and thanks for the playlist. I like how this is different with its worldbuilding, a mix of dystopia, cyberpunk and fantastical creatures. - Purple Reader,
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