Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Please welcome Harlow Coban with her first release, Life in Death.

* Dream vacation

 A summer in Italy.  I've always been inexplicably drawn to Italy, even though I've never been there.  The history, art, and culture has always been a strong draw for me.  I've often felt like I was meant to live abroad.  Maybe I did in a past life if you believe in reincarnation. 

When I was 12, my favorite Aunt moved to Basil, Switzerland.  She wanted me to visit, but my parents never sent me.  She had died by the time I reached adulthood.  I truly believe had I gone, I wouldn't have returned to the US.  I often wonder how different my life would have been then.

* What made you self-publish and has it been easier or harder than you expected?
The primary reason I self-published was because it was a much speedier, easier process and I maintained control over the final product, which was extremely important to me.  The marketing aspect of self-publishing has been a little more difficult than I envisioned.  I'm employing ever tactic successful indie authors have employed and am still having difficulty getting my book out to the masses.

* If you had the opportunity to cast anyone in a movie based on Life in Death, who would it be?

Julianne Margulies as Kari Marchant
Gabriel Macht as Detective Rance Nicolet
Danny Aiello as Detective Cobb

Blurb:  When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. She’s been targeted for death and she doesn’t even know it. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?

When homicide detective Rance Nicolet meets Kari, his attraction to her is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning. Rance’s personal and professional lives collide. Does he blindly believe the woman he’s falling in love with or follow the evidence no matter where it leads?

“Frost. Call on line one.” The voice boomed overhead and interrupted Scott Frost mid-climb. He jumped off his truck, pushed up the sleeves on his dingy green work shirt and walked to the phone mounted on the wall, his face a scowl of irritation.

He grabbed the receiver. “Hello.”

“They found Patience,” his wife, Andrea, whispered.

Mammoth garbage trucks rumbled and shook the walls as they rolled out into the street for the day’s work, their giant bellies hungry for trash. Scott strained to hear his wife over the noise.

“I told you never to call me here.”

“Do you know what they did to her?” Her voice rose an octave.

"Hold it together.” He clenched his fist and resisted the impulse to smash it through the wall. “She’s the one who ran off.”

“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody deserves that.”

The phone slipped a bit in his sweaty hand. Tolerance had never been one of Scott's virtues, and what little he did have waned with each whiny word his wife uttered. “It’ll all be over soon, you know that.”

“They won’t let us out.”

He gnashed his teeth together until the noise in his head drowned out the roar of garbage trucks. The pumping of his heart escalated and Scott imagined he could feel his blood pressure rising.

“Damn it, Andrea, take a valium. These people are dangerous. They’ll kill us if we flake out.” 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Harlow Coban was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.

She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow’s positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certain.

She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving.

Her debut novel, LIFE IN DEATH (February 2012), is a murder mystery which pulls from real-life situations from her own family history. She felt compelled to share her story with the world while offering a thrilling, entertaining, and amusing escape for readers.

In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.

She loves to connect with her readers and can be found on Twitter (@HarlowCoban), Facebook (!/pages/Harlow-Coban/174596219285270), Goodreads ( and her website (



The authors will be giving away one prize at every stop which may include (but isn’t limited to):

Amazon Gift Cards
Book Lover Note Cards
Kindle Cover
Book Tote
Hunger Games Trilogy

Additionally, she’ll be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to the host whose stop has the most comments (excluding the author’s and the host’s).


marybelle said...

Your thoughts on self-publishing are very interesting. I often wonder at the why's & wherefores.


Isabel Roman said...

Thanks for stopping by, Harlow! I thought it was great who you picked to cast in your story!

Catherine Lee said...

OMG...A summer in Italy, perhaps Tuscany, sounds heavenly. If only...


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Harlow today.

Renald said...

Wonderful interview, good luck with the book. Deb P

Harlow Coban said...

Isabel, thank you so much for hosting me!

Marybelle, I wrote a children's book a few years back and received a bucket full of rejection letters. So, self-publishing was a no brainer for me.

Catherine, I had planned to go overseas this year. My stepdaughter is stationed in England, so I was hoping my husband would jump on the bandwagon -- he still hasn't. Aargh! I'll keep pushing him, though. :)

Deb, thank you for you comment and for following me on my blog tour.

Have a good Easter everyone.

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