Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gone Blog Tour: Giveaway & Guest Post with Author C.R. Hiatt

Author Bio:CR HIATT is a writer of screenplays and an author of YA action-mystery novels. The daughter of a military veteran, CR grew up in a small town where she became an All-American athlete. CR knew early on that she wasn't cut out for the nine to five type of job - her tendency to day dream about adventures often got in the way. But, being the daughter of a Navy Veteran she also knew one had to do what was necessary to be secure, so she disciplined herself to push those dreams aside and settled on working in the entertainment legal field. When those dreams invaded her world once again, CR finally gave in and set out to write her own adventures. What the heck, right. If you can't live 'em, you might as well write about them. The McSwain & Beck series are works of fiction, only based on real life events. Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 is the first in the series, and available now. Fireworks on the 4th will be released in late June, just before the 4th of July holiday season.
What does your office look like?
I am somewhat of an odd ball when it comes to having an office. Meaning; I don’t really have one (by choice) - at least not the kind of office that everyone would consider normal. I love the outdoors, and don’t like being confined to a room, with a desk and a computer, and four walls closing in on me. Instead, I bought myself a portable laptop desk that I can move around to wherever I decide to plant myself for the day. The portable desk has compartments for all my accessories, phones, Kindle and USB cords. The legs can be folded underneath, and placed on my lap, or I can put the legs down and sit in a comfortable chair.
If the weather outside is poor, I park myself in front of a large window in the summer cottage, where I can look out at the ocean while checking emails, Twitter, my blog, and my Facebook pages. Now that summer is creeping up on us, the temperatures have been warm, so I move the portable desk out on the screened-in deck, or sometimes, even down by the water. A lot of writers need quiet, or solitude, in order to write. I’m an odd ball there, too. I need noise. If I’m stuck inside, I have the TV going, or the top hits in music. 
If I find myself down by the water, I can people-watch and come up with some great ideas. There is a bike path right along the water that attracts walkers and die-hard bicyclists. For the most part, they are friendly, so I sometimes pick up some cool character traits. Once in a while, you’ll come across a strange individual that has you riveted to know more about him, or her. The view is the most appealing attraction, though. 
A large number of boats pass by during the day. They could be anywhere from a small 24-footer to a huge cruise ship. I’ve seen small fishing boats on up to the large fishing vessels with a full crew on board. Huge oil tankers being led by a Tug boat also travel back and forth throughout the day. And, the private Yachts and Sailboats that travel through these parts on their way to their vacaction destinations, or just out for a day of sun and fun on the water; are to die for.
Then, there are days when the Coast Guard and military - whose bases are nearby - are out on the water for several days of training exercises. Helicopters fly overhead on those days, making the newbies to the area wonder if something crazy is going to happen. Those of us who have been around a while just laugh.
When we hear a fog horn sounding in the distance, we know to get our cameras ready. We just might see a cruise liner with all its guests standing on the deck and waiving at us down below.
Do you know what it’s like to see a cruise ship motor right up next to you?
It’s a magnificent sight.
About the Book
"McSwain & Beck kick ass" says @Fyrinstructor04
"Their lives are in the hands of two 18 year-olds..."
Sydney Marie McSwain - a tomboy who yearned for a father.
Cody Beck - a wannabe filmmaker, wisenheimer and flirt.
Jaden White - the star who led the high school hockey team to two championships, and was now on the A-list for NHL scouts.
Sydney Marie McSwain loves her mom, Anna - a private investigator in the coastal city where they live - but they had a major issue between them. Anna refused to give Sydney the identity of her father. On the day of her high school graduation, they were battling it out, once again. An hour later, Sydney, Cody and Jaden were at the local caf├ę, and watched as Anna was gunned down.
Faced with immediate responsibility, Sydney and Cody agreed to take over the agency, only they changed the name to McSwain & Beck. At the same time, Sydney convinced Sutter Beach Detective, Ace Carter, to help her track down her father.
Then out of the blue, a model walked in and hired them to follow her step-brother. While Cody was busy editing a trailer to solicit new clients, Sydney settled into her lemon-yellow pickup to do surveillance, and wound up staking out a secret club called The Devil’s Door whose suspicious members wore the tattoo of a devil.
That same night, Sydney received a call from one of her mom’s former clients, but the client was gunned down at the location where they agreed to meet. The mysterious discovery of a DVD revealed the possibility that teenagers were being abducted, only nobody reported them missing.
On the hunt for the victims, McSwain & Beck were chased by men in ski masks, nearly gunned down by a members of a drug cartel called the outlaws, Sydney’s precious pickup was broken into; then the step-brother they were hired to follow, was found dead and Sydney was the number one suspect.
If things weren’t bad enough already, they had to figure out how to crash a red-carpet Mardi Gras bash being held on a private cruise ship, before it sailed off into the sunset, where they just might meet the devil, himself.
Now, the clock was ticking…
And time was running out…
How was she ever going to find her father, now?
Giveaway Time!!The Author is giving away two e-copies of her book, many thanks!


  1. i think i'd wish for financial freedom - never having to worry about money (not an excessive amount) just not having to worry about it. sorry...i went serious. :-)

  2. A house, nothing fancy but one where I wouldn't have to pay a fortune for rent.

  3. I'm with Drake and Claire. I guess i'm a little greedy. If i had the financial freedom I could afford the house so i'm going to go with that. In the mean time i'm going to continue reading and enjoying your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Thank you for being a host for my tour, and offering the giveaway. I am humbled by how supportive the book blogging community is, and appreciate all you do for authors.

    Thank you so much.


  5. Happiness for me and my loved ones. So no matter what we are happy and can draw strength from that.

  6. Every time I get caught up on the blog, I turn around and get behind again. If I could have anything I wanted, I guess it would be financial freedom as well. I dread paying back student loans. I feel bad that I missed the giveaway. Thanks, though!


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