Book Spotlight: The Finger Trap

Today, we get a treat from author Johnny Worthen! He’s going to tell us about his personal connections to his latest release, The Finger Trap. Read on for entertaining details from a talented writer! ~A


FingerTrapI have a problem according many modern marketers, I write in multiple genres. My best selling series is YA paranormal something. My debut was a horror and within the last year I’ve had two mysteries be published. I wear tie-dye as a metaphor for being multiple genre author, a symbol to combine the multiple tiles and genres into a kaleidoscope I wear on my body because ultimately, I am the connecting tissue all the book.

Though I say that I have yet to write a book that couldn’t be taught successfully in an English Class thus suggesting that my books are all literary and thus connected, the truth is that they’re all about me. Whether it’s a group of people struggling with love and it’s horrors as in BEATRYSEL or my fear of change and acceptance ELEANOR or testing the limits of my own beliefs as in THE BRAND DEMAND, each is ultimately an investigation into my own psyche. They’re all about me. None more so than THE FINGER TRAP.

Tony Flaner is a malingering part-time detective, full time sarcastic who’s never had it hard and never really finished a thing in his life. Many readers have commented on the resemblance between my fictional detective and me, hopefully for the good parts, but I will tell you that I am not Tony. Tony is not me. Tony is the man I want to be. I wrote him to explore what it felt like to be comfortable in your own skin, to have the confidence and perspective to realize how truly ludicrous the world is. He’s full of flaws and is better for them. He struggles with his own personal limitations as I do daily and finally finishes something. THE FINGER TRAP was that very experience for me. THE FINGER TRAP was the book that convinced me that I wanted to be a writer.

The true theme of the book can only be understood and appreciated when the reader holds it in their hands, feeling its weight, ruffling its pages and reading the tale beginning, middle and end. It is the embodiment of completion for Tony and for me, his creator. The book’s existence completes the parallel tale of author and protagonist.

THE FINGER TRAP is by far my most autobiographical and personal book. Far and away the most fun and funniest of my titles in print. It is a call to Carpe Diem, an ode toe the Flaneur and the success of a completion. It is a modern noir, mid-life crisis, coming of age, social satire, comedy – with quiche.

Readers don’t need to understand or care about the personal journey it represents for me. It has been recognized and praised on its own merits even by people who don’t know me. I’m eternally grateful to them and and all of the readers. It’s public validation for a personal quest.

Gotta’ love Tony Flaner.

Some reviews:

“I love a smart-aleck hero, and Johnny Worthen has a real winner in Tony Flaner. The Finger Trap is a rollicking good time.” —Steve Brewer, author, the Bubba Mabry mysteries
“I love a smart-aleck hero, and Johnny Worthen has a real winner in Tony Flaner. The Finger Trap is a rollicking good time.” —Steve Brewer, author, the Bubba Mabry mysteries

“Johnny Worthen trapped more than just my finger in this fun mystery. His writing is captivating, as are his characters. Highly recommended!” —Becky Clark

“A voice driven, modern noir, social satire, coming of age mid-life crisis comedy detective story. With quiche. So good, I’d write it again. :-)” —Johnny Worthen

“Don’t read this book lying down. You could choke to death laughing. This book was more than just funny. It’s a great the bad guy gets it in the end story. I hope there will be more Tony Flaner Mysteries.”


If you’d like to see more about Johnny Worthen, his other books, or The Finger Trap, click on any of the links below:

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Guest Blog: Sleeping girls (and how to wake them up)

My guest blogger today is Jenniffer Wardell! She’s the fabulous author of fairy tales with a twist (and a zing). Her titles are Fairy Godmothers, Inc., Beast Charming, and her newest release (May 17!) Dreamless. To celebrate the launch of her latest work of art, she’s visiting today and treating us to the amazing cover reveal. Enjoy!

Dreamless comes out May 17. Preorder your copy today!

Dreamless comes out May 17. Preorder your copy today!

When you’re trying to adapt “Sleeping Beauty,” the first thing you have to do is figure out what you’re going to do with the big stumbling block right at the heart of the story.

See, the problem with “Sleeping Beauty” is that the heroine is asleep for the most exciting parts. In fact, her falling asleep is the big dramatic event in the third act, normally after supporting characters have run around frantically trying to stop it from happening. Then someone else – the prince, Maleficent, what have you – comes along and breaks the curse. The same curse, mind you, that was dropped on her head as a baby through no fault (or even decision-making) of her own.

Noticing a pattern here? More than in most fairy tales, our poor Sleeping Beauty is mostly a pawn of the plot – things happen to her, but she never seems to get the chance to actually make things happen for herself. Even in Perrault’s version, which goes into considerable detail about what happens after Sleeping Beauty wakes up, doesn’t give the poor girl much more to do. Yes, her ogre of a mother-in-law threatens to eat her children, but it’s a compassionate steward who saves them. The princess herself barely rates an inconveniently-timed mention in her own future. (We won’t talk about the version where the babies are what wake her up.)

For many women, writers and readers alike, this powerlessness is like an itch just under the skin that can never be quite scratched. So we tweak the story, time and time again – never let her fall asleep, have her save the day after she wakes up, let her help in defeating the villain, let her meet her hero before the curse hits and she falls asleep. Something, anything, to give her a piece of her agency back. To let her be the hero of her own story, instead of merely the prize.

With “Dreamless,” I wanted to take it even further. First, I made sure she knew about the curse. Many versions of the story leave her clueless, and while that may make for a more pleasant childhood it leaves her completely unable to fight back when the worst danger comes. Second, I made her a sorceress, putting her on equal footing with the woman who dropped the curse on her in the first place. It doesn’t magically let her fix the problem (when you’re writing about sorceresses, it’s hard not to pun), but it at least gives her the firepower to fight back.

Third, and most importantly, I make Elena realize that she needs to fight back. At the start of “Dreamless,” Elena has accepted her fate – she and other magic-users have spent years trying to undo the curse, but no one has been able to manage it. She’s lost hope, and because of that she sits back and prepares to let the story happen to her. To, basically, become the version of Sleeping Beauty from the original stories.

But sometimes, you’ll fight for the people you love even when you won’t fight for yourself. Elena realizes over the course of the book that she has too much to live for, and that she has to hope even though it’s the scariest thing in the world. It’s a different kind of wake-up call, but in some ways it’s a lot more effective.

Deliverance Cover Reveal!

Deliverance is going to release on May 31st! And I finally have the cover here for you to see.

But before I do the big reveal, I’m also doing a giveaway. Three winners will receive a copy of Defiance, book two in the Blood Inheritance Trilogy. Contest runs until May 22. Click on the link below to enter:

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Don’t forget, I love reviews. If you post an honest review of any of my books, just send me the link to your review. I’ll get your mailing address and send you some author swag as a big THANK YOU!

Without further ado, here’s the cover to the conclusion of the Blood Inheritance Trilogy…..


Deliverance comes out May 31st, available everywhere books are sold.

Deliverance comes out May 31st, available everywhere books are sold.

Epic Giveaway!

battlelinesWe’re celebrating the release of Jen Gresyon’s third book in the Lightning Rider series, Storm Front! And you guys get to join us.
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Click the Rafflecopter link for a chance to win the grand prize: A membership to Kindle Unlimited for a FULL YEAR! Do you know how many books you could through in a year with KU? Way too many to count!
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And there’s more! Have you read Lightning Rider yet? Jen Greyson is giving away the ebook for free this week! It’s fabulously gritty with a strong female character and a super hot male lead. It’s a must read! Click here to get it.


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Ebook combo of Lightning Rider, Shadow Boxer, and Storm Front, by Jen Greyson ~ R fantasy

Goodreads Giveaway!

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Dissension by Adrienne Monson


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Giveaway ends April 07, 2016.

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Deliverance, the final book the the Blood Inheritance Trilogy, comes out May 10! To gear up for the big release, I’m hosting a Goodreads Giveaway! It ends April 7, so click above to enter for your chance to win a signed paperback copy of Dissension (book one). There will be ten winners, so chances are great for you! Share with your friends so they can have a chance to win as well.