Thursday, September 15, 2022

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Locksmith's War by Paul Briggs @paulproofreader @GoddessFish

Locksmith's War

The Locksmith Trilogy Book Three

by Paul Briggs

GENRE: YA Sci-fi, Young Adult, Science Fiction


For Lachlan Smith, learning the secret of the apocalypse was the easy part.

Ever since Locksmith found the portal to the future, he has been wondering who or what was responsible for the empty, uninhabited world he found.

Now he knows—and now he has to fight them.

He thought he had fifteen years in which to prevent the extinction of the human species.

Now, he has only hours.

When the portal is stolen by a cabal of dangerous fanatics, his mother and many of his friends are trapped on the other side. Now the enemy is after him, and the only way to thwart their genocidal plan is to retake the portal and hold it—at both ends.

With very little time left, a handful of allies who don't trust each other, almost no chance of success and the survival of humanity itself at stake… Locksmith is going to war.

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Then a shot rang out

Then a shot rang out. Chips of wood fell around her.

Crouching lower, Erin could see where the bullet had gone through the door and the opposite wall. A few seconds ago it would have done the same thing, in spite of her torso being in the way.

And it was too late to pretend she was already dead or wounded, so it was time to get out of the way. She fired back through the door — scary how much easier it was to do that when you couldn’t see who you were shooting at — and then ran for the hall.

Erin turned… and froze in place, one foot poised a few inches above the first stair. The stairs were pieces of wood, neither soundproof nor (as she’d just seen) bulletproof. The moment she set foot on them, the guys directly underneath would know exactly where to shoot, and she would have only the vaguest idea of where to shoot back. There was no way she could make it to the top of the stairs alive.

Oh… and Luther was going to run into the same problem coming down the stairs. Or maybe not. If the portal was indestructible, he could use it as a shield — put it facedown on the stairs and sort of surf on it. On second thought, no. If they fired through the stairs and the bullet went through the portal, it might hit Lock. Luther would have to put it on the stairs face up and stand on the edges.

Either way, Erin had no idea how she was supposed to explain to Luther that his survival now depended on his ability to replicate a stunt from a Lord of the Rings movie.

Interview with Paul Briggs

What are four things you can’t live without?

Books, Internet access, going for a walk, and board game night.

What is your favorite television show?

There were whole years when I sort of stopped watching TV. I’ve watched Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra all the way through twice now, so I suppose that counts.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Apart from the fact that his name is “Moist von Lipwig,” Moist von Lipwig from the Discworld novels. I love the idea of being able to say whatever I need to say, whenever I need to say it, without freezing up.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

Well, Locksmith’s War is coming out July 4. Beyond that, I’m going to start working on the sequel to Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, called Altered Seasons: Age of Consequences. That one will take longer than expected—I have to rewrite the sections involving a pandemic to reflect the fact that those aren’t new to us anymore.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I think I’d have to say Terry Pratchett, just because I included footnotes in Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise. More writers should use them—they’re a great way to include useful bits of context without breaking up the flow of the story. (Unfortunately, they’re also a great way to perplex your book layout professional, who has probably never had to do this before.)

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In addition to writing books, Paul Briggs has worked as a newspaper editor, court reporter's assistant, and audio transcriber. In his spare time (when he has any) he sometimes performs in community theater, most recently taking on the roles of Bottom, Petruchio, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Richard III in a Shakespeare compilation. An Eastern Shore native who grew up in Chestertown, Maryland, Paul earned a BA in English from Washington College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland – College Park.

He is the author of several short plays, including the award-winning The Worst Super Power Ever and The Picture of Health. He is also writing the sequel to his 2018 science fiction novel Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, which vividly imagines the dislocations that follow when the Arctic Sea ice finally melts and the Chesapeake Bay is drowned by the effects of climate change.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Paul Briggs said...

Thank you! (Another author I should've mentioned as an influence was Stephen King. No matter how serious the plot, I can barely a chapter without some turn of phrase intended to elicit a chuckle.)

marisela zuniga said...

This would be a great trilogy to read with my sister

Sherry said...

Looks like this will be a great read.

Stormy Vixen said...

Great interview and excerpt, Locksmith's War sounds like a fantastic read and I am looking forward to reading it!

Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing day!

K said...

This sounds like a really neat sci-fi read-- I can't wait! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds really interesting.

Jolanda said...

Sounds like a good read!