Friday, September 6, 2013

Joseph Spencer's WRAGE Blog Tour

Ten reasons why Wrage is all the rage

Wrage is my second novel in the Sons of Darkness Series and picks up where my debut novel Grim left off. Though readers of Grim will easily recognize everything going on in Wrage, I think they will find that Wrage is quite different. I took feedback from what people liked and disliked in Grim and tried to give my readers what they want. Without further ado, here are some inside spoilers on what to expect when you pick up your copy of Wrage. 

1.         Names have been changed

I don’t want to give Grim away, but without saying too much Wrage follows a different set of viewpoint characters. Role players in Grim – Anna Duke, Jeff Wrage, Christopher Sinks – take center stage. Anna becomes the main detective after what happened to Adam White. Jeff Wrage doesn’t heed Heath Grim’s warning about seeking vengeance and strikes out to avenge his wife. Christopher Sinks finds his whole world is in jeopardy because journalist Chelsea Campbell survived Grim.

2.         It’s a Woman’s World

Though women played a vital part of Grim, men carried out most of the action. Wrage features several strong women at the heart of the action. Readers are introduced to Anna Duke’s tragic story which will be a continuing storyline. The Black crime family enlists a gypsy witch Johanna Chrebunskaya to do their bidding.

3.         New dog leads the old guard

In Grim, the Marino family holds no power and no hope of reclaiming their reign of terror because of Cyrus Black’s stranglehold on organized crime. In Wrage, the Marino heir begins his climb to bring his family back to the top of the criminal underworld.

4.         Answers from On High

Grim spotlighted Abaddon and a cast of ghostly murder victims in Heath Grim’s dealings with the supernatural realm. Jeff Wrage fights with himself about the morality of his vengeful plot, and he’ll be visited by Archangel Michael to try to get him back on the right path.

5.         Don’t fear the Reaper

Anna Duke finds out there is more to a new flame than meets than eye.  When she discovers his secret, she’ll learn more about her own mysterious past.

6.         Shades of Gray

During the course of her investigation, Anna receives counsel from an enigmatic advisor from the supernatural realm. She wonders whether this entity, a loose collection of wandering souls called a Shade, used to be someone she once knew. She’s also left wondering whether to trust this mystical creature.

7.         Deal or no deal?

Jeff Wrage isn’t the only one who makes a deal he may regret. Eager to crush his enemies, the new leader of the Black crime family strikes a deal with a demon to root out a traitor in his regime. Christopher Sinks also reaches his breaking point when the mob threatens his son, and he seeks help from the supernatural world.

8.         Street War Z

Desperate to strengthen his numbers in the coming mob turf war, Orlando Marino unleashes a drug on Prairieville which forces his unsuspecting victims to do his bidding.

9.         Undying love

When he’s contacted by his wife from beyond the grave, Jeff Wrage wonders whether he could find love again and whether his conscience would allow him to find happiness with a new love he’s trying to protect from an old enemy.

10.       Malice rising

Prairieville’s controversial prodigal son finds himself thrust in the middle of a coming war in both the human and supernatural realms. A rock legend everyone loves to hate, Malice Madsen must make a terrible choice which could result in deadly repercussions

About the Author:

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married to Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph is hard at work on the rest of the series. Book 2 – Wrage – was released June 1, 2013.  The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from “The Princess Bride”, “Rain Man”, “Bridesmaids”, and “Office Space.”

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Author: Joseph Spencer
Publisher: Damnation Books LLC (June 1, 2013)
Genre: Occult Crime Thriller
Pages: 214
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161572978X
ISBN-13: 978-1615729784

About the book:

Sometimes the toughest fight lies within yourself.

As more dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls pushes Prairieville to the brink of war in the living and supernatural realms.

Jeff Wrage swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, to hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife. Jeff wonders whether he can be the executioner Abaddon requires. Their pact throws the supernatural realm in chaos and threatens to trigger an apocalyptic fight for control of the afterlife between the Sons of Darkness and Sons of Light foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Orlando Marino sees the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino family's stronghold in Prairieville’s organized crime scene and become a mob kingpin. He unleashes a plague, turning its victims into mindless followers. Cyrus' heir is busy rooting out a traitor and is unable to stop the coming turf war in the realm of man.

The fate of all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the fallen hero's name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing. Her new partner is reported dead. She learns the truth about her true identity and uncovers a trail of secrets questioning her tragic past. She journeys to avert the destruction of all creation.

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Book Excerpt:

“What do I have to do? I didn’t know rules before I did the ritual,” Jeff cowered into a ball, pulling his knees up to his chest and wrapping his arms around them. It was definitely the weirdest conversation he’d ever had, considering he was talking to himself or whatever was inside of him now.

“My terms are simple,” Abaddon rumbled, once again speaking to Jeff through his own lips. “You must avenge the lives of the wrongful dead by killing those who robbed them of their rightful place in the afterlife. After I’ve collected the souls you’ve punished, I’ll help you avenge your wife. I’ll help you kill Christopher Sinks.”

Jeff’s eyes searched his suddenly glowing skin looking for answers. “What if I can’t kill for you? I’ve never hurt anyone. I don’t know how I’d do something like that.”

The beastly laugh once again rattled his chest so hard his ribs hurt. “Don’t worry, boy. I’ll show you. Let me see if I can convince you. Hear the plea of the souls stuck in limbo, waiting for judgment against their murderers.” Jeff’s hands were forced toward each other. A thunderous clap echoed when they met together. The wound on his right palm reopened and drops of blood littered the ground.

Immediately, loud rustling noises surrounded Jeff on all sides. Clumps of dirt in front of graves everywhere shook and collapsed. Pale, glowing hands clawed out of their disturbed burial plots. The bony hands reached out toward the sky, fighting to be free of their earthly bonds. Gradually, heads, torsos and full bodies climbed out of the overturned soil. Some were only skeletons, while other corpses growled as they inched closer, sagging, rotting flesh dripped blood, dirt and worms to the ground with every step. Some were dismembered. Some were riddled with bullet holes. Others bled from gashes in their sides, stomachs and necks. All of them had a blinding light poking out of the cracks and crags of their rotting flesh. They reached out toward him. None of their mouths moved. Yet, an otherworldly buzz of whispers filled the air. The uncovered corpses seemed to be chanting.

“We’re the wrongful dead,” they whispered. “We’re robbed of our eternal bed. Our souls mark the evil deeds. Punish those with bloodthirsty needs. Kill the ones who took our eternity. Kill them and set us free.”


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