Book Excerpt, Interview & $25 GC Giveaway: Grave Girl by Dan Padavona

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Dan Padavona will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Description of Grave Girl


Every mind holds a secret. Some are more deadly than others.


Nightshade County Sheriff Thomas Shepherd is a successful model for every law enforcement officer with autism. He leads an idyllic life in his uncle’s old home along Wolf Lake and is planning to marry private investigator Chelsey Byrd.


But when a star athlete’s girlfriend disappears while camping, everyone blames the boyfriend. He’s volatile and dangerous. Did he murder the girl and bury her in the woods?


The sheriff’s gut tells him there’s more to the story than the boyfriend is willing to admit. The more he digs into the case, the more he worries someone is hiding a dark secret.


Is the boy a killer? Or is he the next victim?


Read an Excerpt of Grave Girl


Grave Girl book coverMcKenzie Ossman twirled a length of blond hair around her finger and took in the stars. Here, five miles beyond Kane Grove’s city lights, the sky was a frozen portrait of fireworks. She shivered against the chill and puffed out a condensation cloud, the cold already deep enough to penetrate her bones. By morning, frost would cover the landscape.


She accepted the bottle of Jack Daniels from Marshall and sipped. This was a terrible idea. As much as she wanted to get him away from the pressures of Kane Grove University and the constant attention he received from being a future NFL draft selection, she didn’t like it when he drank. Hazel-skinned, strong, body painted with tattoos, he was a Greek god when he was sober. But lately he’d taken to drinking too often. He changed after the alcohol hit his bloodstream, turning angry and short-fused, a bomb ready to blow.


Then there was the problem of getting back to campus on his motorcycle. She couldn’t trust him to drive buzzed. Sometimes he pushed the motorcycle past eighty in the dark, her arms wrapped around his waist, Marshall one wrong move from disaster.


Marshall Prisco was the proverbial diamond in the rough. Few small college football players attracted professional scouts, yet dozens attended Kane Grove football games for the chance to see him play. A senior wide receiver, he was unstoppable on the field, too fast and strong for the poor fools tasked with covering him.


McKenzie sipped from the bottle and winced when the alcohol burned her throat. Marshall held out his hand, and she wasn’t sure she should give the bottle back to him.


Interview with Author Dan Padavona


Is there a character you’d trade places with? If so, why?

I’d like to trade places with LeVar Hopkins. Despite the challenges he’s faced over his lifetime, he’s incredibly positive, entertaining, and loyal.


How would you describe a perfect hero/heroine?

Besides demonstrating bravery, the perfect hero/heroine overcomes adversity. A heroic figure isn’t perfect; missteps are learning experiences and opportunities for growth.


When you’re not writing, what are you up to?

I very much enjoy bicycling, hiking, and listening/reading about self-development.


What do you love most about writing?

I love creating characters who I want to cheer for, then watching them grow and succeed in unexpected ways. Most of the time, I start with a brief outline of how I want a character to evolve, but unanticipated actions take them in new directions and force me to change the story.


Do you have a favorite genre you like to read (other than the ones you write in)?

Absolutely. I love epic fantasy, especially Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I’m also a huge fan of JK Rowling and Tolkien.


Do you have a favorite book (out of the ones you’ve written)?

Although it was a challenge to write something so tense, “Darkwater Cove” is probably my favorite writing accomplishment to date. I feel the story is the ultimate page-turner. “Darkwater Cove” never lets up and gets readers’ hearts pounding.


Print or e-books–do you have a preference?

I love my Kindle and far prefer it to paperbacks and hardcovers. It’s amazing to have so many books at my disposal, no matter where I am.


What’s your favorite song on your playlist?

Well, that’s always changing, but right now it has to be “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z


About Author Dan Padavona


author of Grave GirlDan Padavona is the author of The Wolf Lake series, The Logan and Scarlett series, Darkwater Cove, The Scarlett Bell thriller series, and The Thomas Shepherd Mysteries. Many of his novels rank in the top-10 in Amazon’s thriller and mystery categories. He is a husband, a parent, and proud member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.


When he’s not writing, Dan enjoys photography, biking, weightlifting, and storm chasing. Dan has videotaped tornadoes from New York to Oklahoma and Texas and was nearly swept up by a strong twister outside Sweetwater, Texas. A self-proclaimed ice cream and gelato lover, Dan admits to spending too much time in the gym, compensating for his questionable nutritional decisions.





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  • Goddess Fish Promotions
    January 4, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Sherry
    January 4, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Great excerpt the book sounds very intriguing.