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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Guest Blog + Giveaway: James R. Tuck

Today I'd like to welcome James R. Tuck, author of the upcoming release Blood and Bullets, first in the Deacon Chalk Bounty Hunter series from Kensington. I recently finished the novel and will be giving it 4.5 Stars when I write up the review. James is here today to talk about confidence. And don't forget to enter the giveaway (details at the bottom of the post).

James R. Tuck

Hello Loyals and True Believers. Today we are going to talk about confidence.

Confidence is king.

I have found in my life that confidence will carry you through just about any situation. Do you feel like you are over your head? Feel like you don't deserve to be noticed? Do you feel like you should just take what life gives you?

You know what I say?

Tell your feelings to kiss your ass.

Seriously, what do your feelings matter? They aren't concrete reasons why you can't handle a situation. They aren't laws that say you shouldn't be noticed. They aren't zombie spider-monkeys armed with Ebola-coated machetes who are going to keep you from getting what you want out of life. (For the zombie spider-monkeys you'll need a fully loaded 9mm to go with your confidence.)

Look at me. Two years ago I finished reading an unsatisfactory book, put it down and said out loud to myself: “I can write better crap than that.” So I set out to do just that. I had not written before. I had no idea what I was doing. I had a concept sitting around for a character and about 9% of a story idea. But I had confidence that I could indeed write a novel. So I sat down and wrote it. (Now there is a lot more to this story, this is the quickie notes version.) Once it was finished I pulled my list of the top agents who handle Urban Fantasy. I sent queries, waiting on my big break.

I got rejected.

By everybody.

Yes it was disappointing. I'm not going to lie to you my friend. Every rejection letter was a tiny voice saying: “Oh you suck. Your book is stupid. Give it up. Go back to tattooing inkmonkey, nobody wants what you are selling.” It gets hard to carry on when you have all of that going on.

But guess what? I held firm to my confidence. I did just what I am telling you to do. I told those voices in my head to shut up cause I had work to do.

I kept going until I found my editor. He read the manuscript that was BLOOD AND BULLETS and he loved it. Loved it so much that I got a multi-book contract without an agent.

So let me be clear, the point is not how awesome I am. The point is that you have to hold fast to your belief in yourself. You have to have confidence in your goals and dreams. Don't let them go just because someone doesn't see it. Be the Great White. Keep swimming. Stick and move. You will get there.

Thanks to James, I have one (1) copy of Blood and Bullets to giveaway to a lucky commenter. Just answer the following question: Are you confident enough to take on a blood-sucking vampire?

Giveaway Rules:
1. Must include a valid e-mail address.
2. Open to US and Canada only.
3. Giveaway ends Tuesday February 14th.
4. Winners will be chosen via

Title: Blood and Bullets
Author: James R. Tuck
Series: Deacon Chalk Bounty Hunter #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 02/07/12
He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights...

Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl "hires" him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him -- and barely escapes a vampire ambush. Now he's got a way-inexperienced newbie hunter to protect and everything from bloodsuckers to cursed immortals on his trail. There's also a malevolent force controlling the living and the undead, hellbent on turning Deacon's greatest loss into the one weapon that could destroy him...


  1. I have a lot of confidence... enough to take on most people in the "real" world. However if I were ever confronted by a vampire... I know I'd turn into a ball of mush, drop into the fetal position, and cover my head!

  2. I'd like to think that I would be!

  3. I'm totally not confident enough to take on a blood sucking vampire. I leave that to the kick ass heroes and heroines of my favorite authors.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  4. Nope, no taking on vampires for me. They've got too many tricks for me.
    Thanks for hosting.

  5. Only with lots of help (lots and lots)!

    imnverted at gmail dot com

  6. Confident enough to take on vampires? Er...not at the moment. But given enough combat training and assertiveness counseling? Er...still no.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  7. I'd be confident if I had the proper weapons :)


  8. I'm confident enough in my abilities to be able to admit when I'm overmatched and a bloodsucking vampire would definitely be too much for me. There's no shame in living to fight another day.


  9. I believe that I could take one on if he didn't have the ability to mesmerize me.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  10. Depends what kind of vampire... like an Edward one, definitely. Something from Blade, maybe not.

    amberpmrf (at) gmail dot com

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  12. Are you confident enough to take on a blood-sucking vampire! Uhm, maybe, at least I think in my mind I am LOL

  13. sometimes I get a strangely numb during bad situations...but Hell No. If I were confronted with a vampire, I would probably not survive - not by fighting anyway. It would be by some other time honored technique, like hiding, playing dead, or making myself seem like a bad snack. :)

    BTW - this book is looking more and more attractive as the weeks go by. Buying it for sure - must have it one way or another. :)


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