November 3, 2013

The Prodigal Blog Tour: Author This or That + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for The Prodigal by Michael Hurley! Today I have a This or That guest post by the author and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the tour wide giveaway!

The Prodigal
Author: Michael Hurley

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2013


Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.
“This or That” by Michael Hurley, author of The Prodigal

1. Fiction or nonfiction? I prefer to lose myself in a good novel.
2. Ebook or print? Only recently, I would have said print—hands down. But I received a Kindle as a gift about a year ago, I now I don’t read books any other way. I love it.
3. Pen or pencil? I’m an attorney, so everything has to be in ink. I use a 1960’s era Parker 51 fountain pen. I love the feel of the pen and the texture of the ink. A ballpoint seems soul-less by comparison.

4. Morning bird or night owl? I go back and forth between the two, although given my druthers I’d sleep all morning and work all night.
5. Movies or TV? I much prefer movies, but like everyone else over 50 I am getting mighty bored with the comic book remakes and rom-com drivel Hollywood is putting out now. Every once in a while—a great while—a movie will come out that at least aspires to the heights reached by films like The Godfather or The Exorcist or Casablanca or Gone With The Wind—but they are increasingly rare. If you look at most lists of the 100 greatest movies of all time, too many of them are 30, 40, 50 years old or older. There have been some great films in the last 15 years or so, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gladiator, Titanic, and Forrest Gump, but not as many in the last five or ten years. There was a time when two or three films of that caliber came out every year. Now, instead of elevating our cultural awareness with great films, Hollywood is dumbing down the culture and contributing to the coarsening of American artistic life.

6. Dogs or cats? I’m a dog person, but kittens are fun.
7. Coffee or tea? Both in great quantities.
8. Reality or fantasy? I really don’t find books about vampires, werewolves, zombie invasions, or dystopian sci fi adventures at all interesting, but I think J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius, and I love his books. So, given what’s out there I suppose I’ll take reality until the next Tolkien comes along.
9. Summer or Winter? Summer.
10. City or Country? City
11. Comedy or Horror? Comedy
12. Noise or Silence? Silence. Is this a trick question?
13. Mountains or Beach? Beach
14. Inside or outside? Outside

Thanks for stopping by the blog today Michael!

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.


The Prodigal is available at these retailers:

One Winner will get their choice of:
*A 2 night stay at  Bluff Shoals Motel, Ocracoke, North Carolina + $25.00 towards your dinner 
a $100 Amazon Gift Card

*Please review the Terms and Conditions in the Raffelcopter form/at the bottom of this post before entering.

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Terms and Conditions for Motel Getaway Prize:

1. Motel prize is based on two person double occupancy at Bluff Shoals Motel, Ocracoke, North Carolina, at maximum rate of $75 per room per night for a two-night stay between November 1, 2013 and March 15, 2014.

2. Motel prize applies to the standard room rate and tax for two nights, including tax.  All other charges are the sole responsibility of winner.

3. Winner is responsible for contacting the motel to reserve accommodations.  Prize subject to room availability.

4. Cash prize of $25 in spending money for the trip.

5. Motel prize not redeemable for cash.

6. Airfare and travel expenses are not provided.

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