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Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Joshua Graham, author of Darkroom

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in Joshua Graham's Darkroom Virtual Book Publicity Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

About Joshua:

WINNER OF 2011 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, and Barnes & Noble #1 bestselling author Joshua Graham’s novel BEYOND JUSTICE is taking the world by storm, one reader at a time. Many of his readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

His short story THE DOOR’S OPEN won the HarperCollins Authonomy Competition (Christmas 2010.)

Publishers Weekly described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Joshua Graham grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern California. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press.

Writing under the pen name Ian Alexander, Graham debuted with his first Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories and Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, as well as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, and an Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category. ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in ebook and hardcover editions.

Look for his next Suspense/Thriller DARKROOM (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books) to be released May 1, 2012!

For Film Rights Josh is represented by UNITED TALENT AGENCY. Please use the CONTACT button on this website for all inquiries.

Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Joshua!

Joshua has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to him.

The Call
by Joshua Graham

I didn’t set out with any particular calling when I first began writing fiction professionally. But as I began to write Beyond Justice, certain themes such as forgiveness, redemption, the true meaning of faith and grace, just came to me as the story unfolded. At first, my protagonist Sam Hudson was supposed to be a pastor of a church. But then, I didn’t want the book to get labeled as a Christian Market book. Nothing wrong with the latter, I love those kinds of books and enjoy reading them. But I felt the message of ultimate hope, the glimpse of eternity relative to our mortal existence in my book would be especially helpful to non-religious people. However, they probably wouldn’t pick up a book in the “religious fiction” section of Borders. (BTW, I ultimately made Same Hudson an attorney.)

I also realized that Beyond Justice might not fit completely in the Christian Fiction Market because some might not find it “religious” enough. While people of faith might find it inspiring, my book really is for all people, Christian or not.

For that reason, I’m pleased that Author Magazine made the following remarks in their review of my book:

…What sets this thriller apart is the deft handling of religion.

…This could have been a clunky, preachy aspect that would have sunk the thriller elements, but it does not…

…This is not “Christian fiction” a la Left Behind.

Because of the response from my readers, who (aside from accusing me of robbing them of sleep) tell me that my book has caused them to think about life, death, and faith in a way they hadn’t previously, I have felt it my calling to write books that not only entertain, but cause people to think outside of their respective thought boxes.

So my calling is thus two-fold.

First: Entertain and deprive readers of sleep. :)

Second: Challenge them to consider matters of life and faith in a way they might not have otherwise.

Will I accomplish this with every book I write? I certainly hope so.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Joshua!

One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of suspense novel, Darkroom.

After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil.

Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize Laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept–one that has devastated their family.

Her investigations lead her to her departed mother’s journal, which tell of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.

Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States.

Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the covers off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned by lies.

To enter the giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

This giveaway is open to Canada/US addresses only until 12:01 AM EST on June 29, 2012.
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Tour Participants

Tuesday, May 1
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Acting Balanced

Wednesday, May 2
Interview at Between the Covers

Thursday, May 3
Interview & Book Giveaway at SOS Aloha

Tuesday, May 8
Interview at Cafe of Dreams

Wednesday, May 9
Book Review & Book Giveaway at My Book Retreat

Friday, May 11
Guest Blogging at My Reading Table

Monday, May 14
Book Review & Book Giveaway at Rainy Day Reviews

Tuesday, May 15
Book Review & Book Giveaway at WV Stitcher

Wednesday, May 16
Book Review at The Bookish Dame

Thursday, May 17

Friday, May 18
Interview at Between the Covers

Monday, May 21
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Cocktails and Books

Wednesday, May 23
Book Review at Minding Spot

Thursday, May 24
Interview at Literarily Speaking

Friday, May 25
Interview at Examiner

Monday, June 4
Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, June 5
Interview at Blogcritics

Wednesday, June 6
Book Review & Giveaway at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Thursday, June 7
Interview & Book Giveaway at My Book Addiction and More

Friday, June 8
Book Review & Giveaway at Popcorn Reads

Monday, June 11
Book Review at My Reading Table

Wednesday, June 13
Book Review at From the TBR Pile

Thursday, June 14
Guest Blogging at Sweet Southern Home

Friday, June 15
Book Review at Sweet Southern Home
Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Monday, June 18
Book Review & Book Giveaway at Twisting the Lens

Tuesday, June 19
Guest Blogging at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem

Wednesday, June 20
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Book Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Thursday, June 21
Guest  Blogging & Book Giveaway at Always a Book Lover

Friday, June 22
Book Review at Let’s Book It
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook


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  2. Thank you so much for this opportunity to guest blog and for the offering of DARKROOM, which is available in paperback and also for for Kindle
    and Barnes & Noble/Nook

    You might be interested in a short blog post I recently did regarding some inspiration for this book: Here

    If you'd like free sample chapters, please come to my facebook page:

    I'd love to hear from everyone, so please feel free to reach out to me on facebook, my blog, or twitter: @j0shuaGraham


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