March 15, 2016

Giveaway - Baggage by S.G. Redling

Book Giveaway - Baggage

by S. G. Redling

"Her secrets were buried. Then murder exhumed them."

I'm excited to host a book giveaway for a copy of S.G. Redling's new suspense novel Baggage (just out February 9th by Thomas & Mercer). Publisher's Weekly wrote of Baggage "Redling does a superior job of sharing Anna's fear that someone is out to get her and that she's living in a nightmare." The giveaway is restricted to U.S. participants only (sorry!) and runs from 3/15 - 3/18. Below are five different ways to enter to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!

Book Summary:

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.

A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep…

When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.

Darkly riveting and remarkably detailed, Baggage introduces readers to the secretive and violent world Anna has tried so hard to leave--but is never far behind.

Exclusive Excerpt:

          It’s February 18 and the world is completely new.

          I laugh when I realize I’ve stepped off the path and the snow is almost up to my knees. I turn the corner at the student center and the wind gusts up from the valley below, momentarily blinding me with blown snow. I blink it away and stop.

           The light is different here. The blue-gray fog is broken, not by brink and spruce but by a sharp, pulsing blue and red. Blue and red. Bright, blinding.

           Police lights.

           I know what the cop’s radio will sound like before I get close enough to hear it. People are talking, gathered in a cluster around the maintenance door at the basement. Sirens sound from over the hill. More cops are showing up. They never come one at a time. They’re like starlings, they move in thick, black flocks with lots and lots of noise.

           My hangover reemerges with a sour taste in my mouth as I keep trudging closer. Probably a break-in, I tell myself over a voice deep within me whispering something much different. An accident. Someone fell down the stairs or sledded into the building. Someone vandalized the Jenkins Building or someone’s car slid off the road and down the embankment. There are plenty of reasons cops would have their lights on. Fewer that they would use their sires, but I can think of some.


           They don’t move like that for vandalism. They don’t tape off accident scenes that quickly or into that big of a space. Nope, I know this drill. I know what I’m seeing.

           Someone has been murdered.

           I’ve seen it before. 

Photo Credit: Toril Lavender

Author Bio:

S.G. Redling hosted a morning radio program for fifteen years before turning to writing. A graduate of Georgetown University, she was a finalist in the 2011 Esquire Short Fiction Contest.

Redling is the author of several novels including Ourselves, Flowertown, Damocles, Redemption Key, The Widow File, and Braid.

Redling is an avid traveler, so-so gardener, and West Virginia resident.

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