Thanks for checking out the blog tour for Kill Game, the first book in the Seven of Spades series!
In poker, a “kill game” is a fixed-limit game in which the stakes are suddenly doubled when a player triggers certain conditions. As our heroes Levi and Dominic hunt for the vigilante serial killer Seven of Spades, the stakes have never been higher.
About Kill Game
Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo.
Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.
The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them.
This killer likes to play games, and the deck is not stacked in Levi and Dominic’s favor.
Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/kill-game
Viva Las Vegas
About a year and a half ago, I was searching for inspiration for a new story. I had a lot of amorphous ideas floating around, but nothing concrete to tie them to. So I found myself in the local Barnes & Noble, perusing the shelves of travel guides, which is a technique that’s worked well for me before. My eyes fell on a guidebook for Las Vegas.
Huh, I thought. Las Vegas would be a fun setting for romantic suspense.
I bought the guidebook that day, but it wasn’t until months later, when I was struck with a bolt of inspiration that became the final line of Kill Game, that the series began to fall together.
Full disclosure: I’ve never been to Las Vegas. And when you’re writing novels set in a real-life place you’ve never been, especially when that place is as famous as Sin City, that means research, research, research.
I’ve devoured every existing contemporary travel guide to Las Vegas. I’ve spent hours poring over satellite footage of the Las Vegas Valley in Google Earth and walking the streets of the city step-by-step via Google Street View. I’ve immersed myself in photographs and virtual tours; I’ve analyzed maps and demographic data of every neighborhood, suburb, and adjacent city in the area.
At this point, I’m confident that you could drop me in the middle of Las Vegas with no map or phone and I could find my way around, even though I’ve never been there physically – because I’ve spent every single day of the past year there in spirit.
For the most part, I try to use real locations for the Seven of Spades novels, but I do occasionally have to include settings of my own creation. For example, Levi’s boyfriend Stanton Barclay is the heir to a multibillion-dollar hotel empire, and he owns a glitzy hotel and casino on the North Strip that doesn’t really exist. And Stingray, the LGBT nightclub where Dominic bartends, is also made-up, though it’s based on a real club in the same neighborhood – and yes, the small LGBT neighborhood in Vegas really is called the Fruit Loop.
Seven of Spades couldn’t take place anywhere but Las Vegas. The wide-ranging diversity, the unique challenges and opportunities presented by a huge transient tourist population, the nonstop vibrant energy, the no-holds-barred air of debauchery and hedonism, the sense that a change in one’s luck is always waiting just around the corner… Every aspect not only creates the perfect hunting ground for a vigilante serial killer, but also provides plenty of ways for me to throw the characters into high-stakes drama.
In Vegas, it’s go big or go home. And nobody goes bigger than the Seven of Spades.
About the Seven of Spades Series
Las Vegas has never seen a serial killer like the Seven of Spades.
The self-styled vigilante is on a mission to cut down the wicked and treacherous, and Sin City has no shortage of targets for their bloody wrath. What happens in Vegas . . . ends with the Seven of Spades’s calling card on a grisly corpse.
Standing against the killer are Levi Abrams, a dedicated homicide detective locked in a constant struggle to restrain his own dark side, and bounty hunter Dominic Russo, a charming rogue with a heavy secret weighing on his shoulders.
The hunt for the Seven of Spades sends Levi and Dominic on a collision course, igniting a passionate relationship forged in conflict and sealed with blood. Together they’re stronger than the sum of their parts, but a wily, elusive serial killer isn’t the only threat that will strain their bond to the breaking point.
Ante up, because the Seven of Spades is all in. Are you?
Check out the Seven of Spades series! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/series/seven-spades
About Cordelia Kingsbridge
Cordelia Kingsbridge has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, but quickly discovered that direct practice in the field was not for her. Having written novels as a hobby throughout graduate school, she decided to turn her focus to writing as a full-time career. Now she explores her fascination with human behavior, motivation, and psychopathology through fiction. Her weaknesses include opposites-attract pairings and snarky banter.
Away from her desk, Cordelia is a fitness fanatic, and can be found strength training, cycling, and practicing Krav Maga. She lives in South Florida but spends most of her time indoors with the air conditioning on full blast!
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