Sunday, April 15, 2018

Three Facts About Intrepid with Keri Lake + #Giveaway

Three Facts About Intrepid

On average, it usually takes me about six to eight weeks to write a full-sized novel, of which, about half the time is spent researching elements of the story. Because many of my books are set in Detroit, where I was born, I try to incorporate some real landmarks for the locals who read them.  I also like to ask myself a single question that sort of helps drive the plot.

Here are three quick facts about Intrepid:

1. Jack Kerouac really did stay at the Hotel Savarine. 

The first scene in Intrepid takes place in the abandoned building located just off Jefferson.  Back in the mid-1920’s, the Hotel Savarine (Hotel Winston as it’s sometimes called) opened as a stag or bachelor hotel that catered to single men.  Kerouac stayed there sometime in the mid-1940’s, when it also served as a popular hangout for the Detroit Tigers.  It’s since fallen into disrepair over the years, vandalized and left abandoned.

2. The Heidelberg Project mentioned in the book is a real place.  

Heidelberg Street is an actual outdoor art exhibit on Detroit’s east side.  In fact, you can sign up for tours with the artist on the website.  Here’s more information if you’d like to check out how painter and sculptor, Tyree Guyton, transformed his neighborhood through art. 👉

3. Elements of the book are inspired by scenes from Pinocchio.   

I watched Pinocchio several times as a kid, but it wasn’t until I’d watched it again with my youngest, that I realized the darkness hidden in some of those scenes—particularly the ones that take place on Pleasure Island. And unlike many of Disney’s films, where everyone is saved in the end, I found myself wondering what happened to the boys who’d been left behind when Pinocchio flees?  This is the question that sort of helps guide the plot and is weaved into the Intrepid’s storyline.

(A Vigilantes Spinoff)
by Keri Lake
ebook, 1st Edition

Expected publication: April 10th 2018
In the corner house of an empty street, there is a boy inside a box. In that boy, there lives a secret, one so dark, it’s sealed with locks.

Nearly ten years have passed since the night I was captured. Tricked and betrayed, I suffered the hours of brutal torment with death’s cold whisper across my skin. And when the nameless faces that haunted my nightmares took everything and everyone I loved, I feared I’d never be free of the darkness.
But that's the thing about fear. Over time, it breeds anger, and when anger fills the box, vengeance bleeds out.
It's been almost a decade since I escaped their hell, staying in the shadows, hiding my demons, and God help them now that I've tasted retribution and crave more of it.
Blood is the price for pain, and I vow to take everything and everyone they love. I’m no longer a frightened boy, but the intrepid vigilante, a ruthless executioner, who will stop at nothing to punish the depraved few that stole my life and walked free.
The plan is perfect, except for her. The one woman I'm forbidden to have, whose soothing touch settles my fractured mind. My angel of mercy sent to silence the voices. Yet, not even she can save me from the black void wherein my skeletons lie buried beneath the truth. Because in order to feed my thirst for revenge, I have to destroy the very thing that gives me purpose.
Tooth for a tooth, heart for a heart. 


Vigilantes Series 

About the Author:
Keri Lake
Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.  When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing).  She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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