Saturday, February 9, 2013

Black Lion Tours: "No Greater Illusion" by K. Baskett Book Tour/Giveaway (Ends 2/14) WW

A number of unacquainted adults, from various walks of life, routinely enjoy the benefits of residing in a nation where liberty and justice are among its chief luxuries. Having different statuses of education, income, and ethnicity, all are suddenly forced to cope firsthand with the "domino effect" of America's vitriolic reaction to the assassination of an auspicious female presidential nominee, Gov. Ceinwen Jarvis. In a day and time where the advancement of technology allows one's voting status, banking information, and even medical history to be accessed by microchip scan, they quickly realize that America - as well as their own lives - will never be the same.

Quick Facts
Release Date: November 30, 2012.
Genre: Dystopian Fiction (Science Fiction / Techno-Thriller / Suspense / African-American Fiction)
Formats: Paperback, Kindle.

My Writing Process (Guest Post by K. Baskett)

I am a very structured person, and it shows. While I do not have a talisman or ritual associated with my writing process, I do follow a series of steps to help me get through penning an entire novel. Ruth has asked me to share those with you, and I am humbled to accept the invitation.

It feels like a nearly impossible task at first. Think about it - 100,000 words? All about the same thing?! Possible for me only if I break it down into the smallest components. The first thing I do is figure out who my book is about and give birth to all of my characters. I name them carefully, ensuring that whatever moniker I choose for them has real meaning. Next, I create a profile for both major and minor characters alike. This includes such information as their demographics, occupation, physical description, personality traits, and likes/dislikes.

Once the characters are starting to feel like my good pals, I start in on the basic outline. This is just an overall idea of the major events that should take place in the book, including the milestones and climax. After the high-level outline is complete, I take it one step further and break out each major event into the circumstances surrounding them. The end result is my detailed outline which I refer to diligently throughout the rest of the process.

The last thing I do is transfer the events from the outline into a fully functional timeline, complete with seasons and dates. I don’t ever want to get mixed up on when things happen to the characters or contradict myself within the story.

Finally, I’m ready to write. To be sure that nothing gets in the way of my progress, when I am heads down on a novel I set my alarm for 5AM every morning and work on the book before doing anything else that day. I usually have a goal of 1000 words per writing session - but as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. I don’t let a slow day stop me though. I just get up the next morning and try again.

Hm, I just read over this post and I think I may sound a bit neurotic.....  ;-)

Nevertheless, this is the only thing that works for me. Without all these things, the process of writing a novel simply stalls, and I can’t get past the first few chapters. I am envious of other authors who say things like: “The words just flowed from me and I had the first draft done in 3 weeks.” Three weeks? For me, it is more like three years.

But those 3 years would have gone by no matter what, right? I now have accomplished something amazing during that time - my first completed novel, No Greater Illusion, which I now offer to you with a humble spirit. And now I must go and finish the character profiles for my next big thing....


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The Author

Jack of all trades, master of none - save for the art of procrastination - K. Baskett lives by the motto, "Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow." K. firmly believes that you aren't really interested in the author's hometown, spouse, children or pets, and has therefore decided to spare you the details. No Greater Illusion is the author's debut novel.
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An Excerpt

THAT NIGHT, I BECAME an eye witness to murder. The cop who pulled the trigger might have claimed it was “self-defense” or “protection from an imminent threat,” but all I saw was a 90-pound woman brandishing a lug wrench that was almost too heavy for her to lift.
“Conspiracy!” she yelled at the top of her lungs and used all of her might to swing the weapon at a nearby car, shattering the driver’s side window.
“Stand down,” ordered the nearest police officer in a booming voice, as he and countless others surveyed the entire riot scene unfolding before us.
“Never. We want justice,” the lady screamed, successfully breaking out the rear passenger’s side window this time. The officer made a move toward the woman and she turned to him, struggling for purchase as she raised the lug wrench over her head. A crazed expression morphed her face into a vacant wasteland, so that she appeared to be gazing at and through the officer at the same time, eyes and mouth sloping downward, gaping. She looked to be coming straight from the office, dressed conservatively in a pencil skirt and high heels, which I noticed because they were so inappropriate. Skinny as the tool in her hands, she posed little to no physical threat and could have easily been subdued by some other method, so I was surprised when the police officer drew his gun.
“I’m warning you. Stand down,” the officer growled, his eyes two hard pebbles of flint, sparking as he aimed the gun squarely at the woman’s heart.
She moved with no forewarning and surprising quickness. Like a lioness, she pounced, and got close enough to the officer to be able to see the color of his eyes before he fired his weapon. It was nothing like in the movies. His gun made more of a popping sound rather than a loud bang. In all the noise it could have been mistaken for something else, like a car backfiring or a tire exploding. She collapsed instantly, freefalling, slamming to the pavement with so much force her body seemed to bounce once before landing in a final thud, facedown, her fist still clutching a tool used for changing flat tires. Her entire back was a mass of gore from the exit wound, blood so dark it looked black in the low light, soaking her smart silk blouse and pooling around her body in an ever expanding puddle.
Even in the midst of the mayhem, there seemed to be an almost pure silence that descended over the immediate circle of people surrounding the woman’s corpse. Their stillness attracted even more attention than the gunshot and the crowd around the fallen woman grew. The officer began to slowly back up, a look of dread on his face. He spoke into his shoulder radio, “Two-forty-eight requesting backup at Sixth and Watson. Code thirty. I repeat: I need units at Sixth and Watson, immediately.”
The officer’s call for backup shifted the crowd’s focus from the dead woman to him.
“He did it,” someone spoke clearly from the group. “The cop.”
The officer continued to step backward, gingerly almost.
Another yell came from my right. “Ol’ racist ass cop!”
The crowd closed in and began to slowly advance toward the officer. I stood on the perimeter, not sure if I wanted to get involved.
“Fall back,” the officer ordered, pointing his gun into the crowd now, aiming in the general direction from where the slur came.
Various shouts rang out in response, more people getting agitated now and too many of them yelling at once to clearly decipher any one phrase.
“I will not hesitate to discharge my weapon,” he warned.
We see that, I thought. Obviously he was ready to pull the trigger yet again.
The closer the crowd got, the more the officer seemed to be losing his aura of authority, his confidence getting smothered by fear, his eyes now showing uncertainty where before there was boldness. Not a soul had responded to his call for backup. The city’s police force was sorely understaffed and everyone knew that in this chaos there weren’t nearly enough officers to go around. The gun trembled slightly in his hand as he pointed it at the closest target, a young black man in his early twenties advancing to the front of the crowd. He was shirtless, wearing nothing above the waist but several large black tattoos, his athletic body coiled with intent.
“Crooked cops,” the young man stated passionately, as a matter of fact. “I fucking hate the police.” He glanced back at the others and raised his voice with that last statement.
They thundered their hearty agreement.
“So what we gonna do about this racist motha fucka?” the young man snarled, having assumed leadership of the crowd by their earlier assent.
“Don’t try me,” the officer shrieked. He made another useless call for backup, panicked and on edge. The crowd had backed him into a wall and like any cornered animal he was ready to attack.
“Grab him!” The suggestion came in the form of a growl.
The young man sprang forward, all that tension uncoiling from his chiseled muscles in a single smooth leap. With a wild look in his eye, the officer pulled the trigger. In his agitation, he actually missed the young leader and instead his bullet found someone else who screamed out in agony as their flesh was torn. This indiscriminate shooting incited the crowd even more, and in the time it took the cop to fire another shot into the group, he was completely buried under a pile of angry bodies, swarming around him like bees to the hive.

Follow the Tour!

Feb 1st: Black Lion Tour Blog: Introduction.
Feb 2nd: 
Oh Chrys!: Guest Post
Feb 3rd: Coffe Bean Bookshelf: Review.
Feb 4th: Books, Books the Magical Fruit: Interview and Guest Post.
Feb 5th: 
Bookshelves of Dreams: Review and Guest Post.
Feb 6th: Love in a Book: Top Ten List.
Feb 7th: BK Walker Books: Interview.
Feb 8th: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews: Interview.
Feb 10th: 
My Devotional Thoughts: Review and Guest Post.
A Novel Idea Live: Interview.
Feb 11th: A Book Lover's Library: Guest Post.
                 A Novel Idea Live Blog: Guest Post.
Feb 12th: 
2nd Book to the Right: Review.
Feb 13thBookworm Lisa: Guest Post
Feb 14th: Black Lion Tour Blog: Wrap- up.



  1. Interesting guest post and great giveaway!

  2. This looks like a very interesting book. I am adding it to my "to be read" list. Thanks

  3. Ruth, thank you for hosting me on your blog and letting me write a guest post. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on No Greater Illusion after you've finished it. Feel better!

  4. @Athena Nagel - awesome! I am so glad to hear that you plan to read the book, I hope you enjoy it.


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