Thursday, February 18, 2016

The JIHADI: A LOVE STORY blog tour


Every one of these events was a blast. The tour was coordinated by the amazing +Orenda Books.

Click here for a summary of early reviews of the novel, which have been beyond my wildest dreams. 

You know, from the gorgeous Mark Swan banner above, this looked like nothing so much as a big rock and roll tour ... without the groupies, drugs, alcohol, or, you know, physical proximity. But intellectually -- yes, exactly like a big rock and roll tour! I began it by asking, "Will all in favor please applaud?"


The motion carried. One abstention.

DAY ONE: For reviewedthebook.co.uk, my spirited defense of Stephen King's principle that "inspiration is for amateurs." The rest of us commit to a daily word count. You can find this post here.

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DAY TWO: Steve Wright of livemanylives.wordpress.com had this to say about the book when he reviewed it last month:



He then conducted a great, thoughtful interview. You can find it here.

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DAY THREE: Jackie Law of neverimitate.wordpress.com features my guest post, which answers these questions:

* Why did you call it that?
* What's the book about?
* What happens in this story?
* Why is the story told in two voices?
* What gave you the idea for this book?
* Is the book pro-terrorist?

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DAY FOUR: A very nice review from Bibliophile Book Club. "...breathtaking ... a piece of modern literature unlike anything I've read before ..." 




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DAY FIVE: Great Q&A with Shaz's Book Blog.

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DAY SIX: Wonderful review from Steph's Book Blog.

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DAY SEVEN: A cool giveaway and excerpt from the novel at Aggie's Books.

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DAY EIGHT: An innovative "travel guide" to the novel from The Book Trail.

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An impromptu, unscheduled stop at day Eight and A Half (cue the Fellini music) from Crime Fiction Lover, who called the book "a highly original, engaging, and thought-provoking literary thriller."

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DAY NINE: Guest post on Crime Thriller Girl's blog: Pantser or Plotter?

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Day Nine and a Half (cue the Revolution Nine excerpt) was notable another unscheduled detour, one that pretty much made my month, the Irish Times running my piece comparing ISIS to Grendel.

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DAY TEN: Liz Barnsley shares a review that leaves me speechless:



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DAY ELEVEN: Tony Hill gave the book a great review that made me wonder whether I was dreaming:


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DAY TWELVE: 4.5/5.0 review from Louise Hector: "Complex, compelling, and important ... captivating throughout ... the makings of a modern classic." 

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DAY THIRTEEN: SHOTS magazine runs my essay "Are Thrillers Literature?"

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DAY FOURTEEN: Victoria Goldman calls the book "intriguing, addictive, brutal, gripping, tragic and brilliant." And a snarky cat weighs in, too.)




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DAY FIFTEEN: Claire Thinking offers a brilliant review of the book, and deploys a memorable phrase in the lead paragraph, "love amongst the wreckage." Wish I'd thought of that.

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DAYS SIXTEEN AND SEVENTEEN: Some thoughts on postmodernism, postcolonialism, and Islam from yours truly.




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DAY SEVENTEEN: A wonderful post from Reading Room with a View called the novel "a brilliant read."

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DAY EIGHTEEN: A really nice writeup from Espresso Coco and an excerpt from the novel.

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DAY NINETEEN: Wonderful review from Raven Crime Reads: "T.S. Eliot, fused with Homeland, with a soundtrack of the Beatles ... a heightened socially- and culturally-aware literary thriller." That, my friends, I will take.




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DAY NINETEEN AND A HALF: Tripfiction delivers a sterling review "(a great and thought-provoking book") runs an in-depth interview, and posts a photo of a book-loving cat! Wins all around.




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DAY TWENTY: West Camel, one of the book's two front-to-back editors (the other was Safie Maken Finlay) writes movingly of the book's impact on him as a reader.




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And I closed out with a guest post on Safie Maken Finlay's site, the one piece of mine, I think, that came closest to capturing the point of the whole undertaking: The Fear Algorithm.



Thanks so much to all who took part, and all who followed along! 

Get the latest updates on JIHADI: A LOVE STORY here!