Friday, October 28, 2016

Book Tour Spotlight & #Giveaway ~ Scooter Nation (Unapologetic Lives, Book Two) by A.B. Funkhauser

Scooter Nation

Unapologetic Lives, Book Two

A.B. Funkhauser

Genre: Gonzo Mortuary Revenge Fiction

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Date of Publication: March 11, 2016

ISBN: 1625263473, 978-1625263476

Number of pages: 194
Word Count: 48,854

Cover Artist: Michelle Crocker

About the Book:

Aging managing director Charlie Forsythe begins his work day with a phone call to Jocasta Binns, the unacknowledged illegitimate daughter of Weibigand Funeral Home founder Karl Heinz Sr. Alma Wurtz, a scooter bound sextenarian, community activist, and neighborhood pain in the ass is emptying her urine into the flower beds, killing the petunias. Jocasta cuts him off, reminding him that a staff meeting has been called. Charlie, silenced, is taken aback: he has had no prior input into the meeting and that, on its own, makes it sinister.

The second novel in the Unapologetic Lives series, Scooter Nation takes place two years after Heuer Lost and Found. This time, funeral directors Scooter Creighton and Carla Moretto Salinger Blue take center stage as they battle conflicting values, draconian city by-laws, a mendacious neighborhood gang bent on havoc, and a self-absorbed fitness guru whose presence shines an unwanted light on their quiet Michigan neighborhood.

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Read an Excerpt:

Flipping on the lower foyer lights, Scooter peered around the corner into the long, dark hall. The back door was ajar, its frosted center window glowing eerily against the garage lamps that came on with a timer. “You have tripped the motion sensor,” Scooter lied, gripping the bat. “And there is no money or formaldehyde on the premises.” It was no secret among the types who made it their business to know that a formaldehyde-soaked cigarette would send the one who smoked it off the edge of the flat earth, and so therefore had a street value above the usual wholesale price of embalming fluid.

“We use non formaldehyde based embalming fluid.”

A scratching noise came out of the newly refurbished selection room just off the hall to his right. Darker after the renovation, the selection room no longer contained full caskets, only cutaways featured beautifully in a softly lit wall display that conveyed just enough ambient light to guide a stranger’s way.

A figure emerged from the shadows.

Scooter, fearing ghosts of funeral directors past, growled his fiercest growl, raising the bat high above his head: “Get the hell out of here. I don’t have time for your shit.”

A pffft from a single match lit a cigarette in the din.

“Easy, cowboy. I’m just an old lady looking for a plug in.” She stepped into the foyer light.

Scooter Creighton, startled, lowered the bat. “You can walk?”

“Of course I can walk,” Alma Wurtz puffed, her red-coned hair redolent under an ancient light fixture. “It’s just better if I don’t.” She tossed the match carelessly on the floor. “You got a wall plug I can use? My scooter’s crapped out on me…”

Meet the Author:

Toronto born author A.B. Funkhauser is a funeral director, classic car nut and wildlife enthusiast living in Ontario, Canada. Like most funeral directors, she is governed by a strong sense of altruism fueled by the belief that life chooses us and we not it.

Her debut novel Heuer Lost and Found, released in April 2015, examines the day to day workings of a funeral home and the people who staff it. Winner of the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll for Best Horror 2015, and the New Apple EBook Award 2016 for Horror, Heuer Lost and Found is the first installment in Funkhauser’s Unapologetic Lives series. Her sophomore effort, Scooter Nation, released March 11, 2016 through Solstice Publishing. Winner of the New Apple Ebook Award 2016 for Humor, Scooter has also been nominated for Best Humor Summer Indie Book Awards 2016.

A devotee of the gonzo style pioneered by the late Hunter S. Thompson, Funkhauser attempts to shine a light on difficult subjects by aid of humorous storytelling. “In gonzo, characters operate without filters which means they say and do the kinds of things we cannot in an ordered society. Results are often comic but, hopefully, instructive.”

Funkhauser is currently working on Shell Game, a subversive feline “whodunit” begun during NaNoWriMo 2015.

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A. B. Funkhauser said...

Thanks so much for featuring me today Sapphyria. Every link, every post HELPS! --ABF

Sapphyria said...

You're very welcome. It was my pleasure hosting you and your book!