Welcome to the Ball & Chain virtual tour! If you’re following along, you’ll be able to win yourself some goodies that might just save your life! I’ve got five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can, perfect for traveling and hiking or taking with you to remote island weddings where people might be dying. And I’ve got five sets of trading cards with original artwork and character work-ups for the less adventurous readers!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can or one of five sets of trading cards with original artwork. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 1, and winners will be announced on April 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Abigail: Ball & Chain is the 8th book in the Cut & Run series, following Ty and Zane and their evolving relationship and the outward issues they’re facing. I wanted to break the mold on this one a little bit, so I modeled it after the classic cozy mysteries, where the characters are thrown into an intimate setting to solve a mystery and none of them are safe.
Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.
With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Abigail: I really love historicals and westerns. They come naturally to me. I’d love to write more of them. A genre I’d probably stay away from would be sci-fi, simply because I know it’s not something I’m good at. I enjoy it, but I don’t have the right kind of imagination to create it.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Abigail: Read with alcohol.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Abigail: I traveled to Scotland for this one. I spent 3 weeks with two friends, driving through the UK and Ireland. We took a ferry out into the Inner Hebrides. It was beautiful and amazing, but I still get cold thinking about it. The setting for this book wound up being sort of an amalgam of the things we saw.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Abigail: I travel! If I can find an excuse to go somewhere, I’ll go. My daughter and I spend a lot of time learning the intricacies of baseball, the Marvel Universe, and the names of the Lalaloopsy dolls. She’s traveled with me a few times, but she’s still young. In a few years I hope to indoctrinate her into it, leave the Lalaloopsy kids at home for a while.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Abigail: Cross & Crown will be coming out in June, and that’s the 2nd book in the Sidewinder Series. In August I have a story in a collection of paranormal comedies, which is so much fun, and it’s another western so I got to go back to my roots on that one. It’s different, and I hope people give it a try. I’ve also got some re-releases coming back that we’re going to spiff up for readers.