Thursday, July 19, 2018

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: You Only Live Once by Haris Orkin @HarisOrkin @RABTBookTours

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Humorous Thriller
Date Published: March 21, 2018
Publisher: Imajin Books

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Synopsis: James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.

When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.

This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.

Interview with Haris Orkin

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in “You Only Live Once.”

“You Only Live Once” is about James Flynn, a patient in a Pasadena mental hospital who believes he is James Bond. He thinks his psychiatrist is M and fellow mental patient is Q. When his hospital is taken over by a new HMO and his psychiatrist is let go, Flynn escapes to save the day. He carjacks a twenty-something orderly Sancho and leads him on a very real adventure to save fellow patient Dulcie Delgadillo, a recovering meth addict with an abusive biker boyfriend.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

“You Only Live Once” is my debut novel.  Previously I was a playwright, a screenwriter, and a writer and designer of video games. I’m currently working on a sequel to YOLO and a new virtual reality video game.  I also have an audio choose your own adventure game coming out in two weeks for all Alexa enabled devices.  It’s a sci-fi comedy called “They Came in Outer Space.”

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

If I could work nonstop, I believe it would take me about three months to write a first draft.  Though as I’m always working on other projects, I’m thinking it’ll take me a year to write a sequel.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Harold and The Purple Crayon is the first book I remember.  I loved how he could change the world and create anything with his magic purple crayon.  It’s great a metaphor for being a writer or any kind of artist.  I actually created a video game where the player character can change the world simply be changing the story.  The game’s called Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from “You Only Live Once” who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

I think I would pick James Flynn, my deluded hero as he is witty, entertaining, and totally without fear.  I would want to go scuba diving with him in the Bahamas and then spend the evening playing baccarat at the Atlantis Paradise Resort Casino, drinking vodka martinis and helping him handle all the beautiful exotic women he would attract with his good looks, charm and raw animal magnetism. (Don’t tell my wife.)

What was the hardest scene from “You Only Live Once” to write?

The hardest thing for me was finding a suitable antagonist for Flynn.  The Bond villains were all bigger than life.  I wanted a bigger than life villain that would still be very believable and very relatable.  I also wanted a villain as deluded as Flynn.

What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to be a writer for as far back as I can remember.  I loved reading and movies and disappearing into other worlds.  To be able to create my own characters and worlds was endlessly interesting and satisfying and it still is.  Unlike a lot of writers, I actually enjoy the process. 

Just for fun

(a Favorite song: “House of the Rising Sun” The Animals

(b Favorite book: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

(c Favorite movie: The Magnificent 7 (The original)

(d Favorite tv show: Deadwood

(e Favorite Food: Seafood risotto

(f Favorite drink: Bourbon

(g Favorite website:

Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

About the Author

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Haris Orkin is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and game writer. His play, Dada was produced at The American Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse. Sex, Impotence, and International Terrorism was chosen as a critic’s choice by the L.A. Weekly and sold as a film script to MGM/UA. His original screenplay, A Saintly Switch, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred David Alan Grier and Vivica Fox. He is a WGA Award and BAFTA Award nominated game writer and narrative designer known for Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Mafia 3, and Dying Light, which to date has sold over 7.5 million copies.

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