Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop - 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy by Leslie Langtry






'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy (Bombay Assassins, #1)

Blurb (from Goodreads):

YOU CAN'T PICK YOUR FAMILY...

Death by Chocolate is her favorite dessert. And those knitting needles aren't just for craft projects. To most people, Gin Bombay is an ordinary single mom. Then again, they don't know she's from a family of top secret assassins. Somewhere between leading a Girl Scout troop for her kindergartner--would nooses count for a knot badge?--and keeping their puppy from destroying the furniture, Gin now has to take out a new target.

BUT YOU CAN PICK THEM OFF

Except this target has an incredibly hot Australian bodyguard who knows just how to make her weak in the knees. But with a mole threatening to expose everything, Gin doesn't have much time to let her hormones do the happy dance. She's got to find the leak and clear her assignment...or she'll end up next on the Bombay family hit list.



'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy by Leslie Langtry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy (Bombay Assassins, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.)
Ginny Bombay is a widower, a single mother to 5-year-old Romi, and oh yes, an assassin.
As a member of the Bombay family she’s been trained to kill from the age of five, and has been a working assassin since the age of 15. Now she lives comfortably on the family’s trust fund, and only does a couple of jobs a year.

An unscheduled family reunion is coming up though, and this only happens if someone is in trouble! Ginny can only wait to find out what is going on, and exactly what the consequences will be for her and her family, and life isn’t going to stop until she finds out. She’s got an assassination to take care of, a new puppy to look after, 4 dozen cookies to bake for school, and a daisy scout club to run. Not to mention telling her daughter that she will grow up to be an assassin, and the gorgeous Australian Diego to keep entertained. All in the life of an experienced assassin…


This book was a really enjoyable read, with fun, humour, romance, mystery, and of course; murder. Ginny is a fantastic character, she was so vibrant and full of life, and her romance with Diego was smoking! I loved all the little assassin touches and hints and tips, and the way that the author managed to make being an assassin seem like a normal, everyday sort of job!

Diego was a totally steamy love interest, and I was so glad that he wasn’t the one that Ginny was sent to kill! I loved the mystery that went along with Ginny’s assignment, and how devoted she was to both her job and family, and I also liked the quirk that the Bombay’s used with regard to names.

I’d probably describe this book as chick-lit meets crime novel, but there’s a little bit of everything in there. Well worth a read.
7.5 out of 10,


Author Interview -

Leslie Langtry

 

When did you start writing? 
As soon as I could hold a pencil. Of course – it was all nonsense, with the liberal use of the word ‘poop.’ I’ve always written, I just waited until I was 38 to try writing a novel. I wrote 3 before I sold the fourth one – ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy. Selling that was an awesome 40th birthday present.
What was your inspiration for the ‘Bombay Assassins’ series? 
I had a dream about Gin Bombay. When I woke up, she wouldn’t stop talking to me – which seems a bit schizophrenic, until I sat down one day and wrote the first chapter. It was downhill from there. My husband is in executive protection – a bodyguard – and has hundreds of books on assassination – which helps. I’ve always liked strong women characters (Wonder Woman is my muse – but we MUST do something about her costume) and I like the idea of a normal (seeming) woman doing what no one thinks she’s capable of. 
What three words would you use to best describe the series? 
 Can I use compound words? I’d say ‘dark humor,’ ‘dysfunctional family,’ and ‘sad lack of Muppets.’
What are your favourite things about Ginny? 
The way she looks at family. She is part of this crazy family that really, is a lot like mine, except that we don’t kill people for money. Gin keeps her sense of humor where they are concerned – and I think that’s saved me from killing people at family reunions. No one can do anything about their family…not even Gin Bombay.
How do you think you would react if you found out that your other half was actually an assassin? 
  I’m not sure that I would be surprised, really. He’s in Special Forces, served in two foreign wars, worked for the State Police and has been a bodyguard. I’d just want to make sure he’s killing the right kind of bad guys. 
Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else right now? 
 I’m working on a collection of short stories based on the Bombay Family’s ‘hits’ throughout history. It’s called SNUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON & OTHER BOMBAY BEDTIME STORIES. I’m a total history geek, so I’m having WAY too much fun with it – especially with the Rasputin story.
Other than your own, what are your favourite books? 
Two books got me started writing a novel; Allison Pearson’s I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, and Hugh Laurie’s THE GUN SELLER. I’m a bit of an anglophile, so I highly recommend Jerome K. Jerome’s THREE MEN IN A BOAT: TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG. You can see the books that have made me laugh recently on my Goodreads page – they are too numerous to list. As for American authors – my favorites right now are Libba Bray and John Scalzi – of theirs I loved BEAUTY QUEENS, & OLD MAN’S WAR.
 
Random Questions:
- what’s your favourite treat? 
 Cake and ice cream. Hands down – best thing ever.
- What’s your Favourite place to read/write? 
 I read in bed every night. I write with my laptop on the sofa in my living room. There’s a huge window there and the animals come sit with me, which is nice – because I like them.
- If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on? 
 A new office built off the living room with a guinea pig run and an aviary for the zebra finches. There would be floor-to-ceiling windows and a big, overstuffed chair and ottoman for me to write in. And while the contractors were building that – I’d be at Disney World.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
 I love living in the Quad Cities – right on the Mississippi River. My family is all there. Every winter I say that we’re moving to New Mexico or Costa Rica. My husband and I tell the kids we’re retiring to Cuenca, Ecuador. I LOVE San Francisco. I guess the answer is – I don’t know.


Find Leslie here:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/562364.Leslie_Langtry
Blog: http://www.leslielangtry.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/leslielangtry
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeslieLangtryAuthor
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Leslie+Langtry


Thanks so much to Leslie for stopping by the blog and offering this generous giveaway!


Giveaway!:


Part 1 -
Everybody who stops here today gets a FREE copy of ''Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy'!

Download it now on kindle or from smashwords!
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Don't forget that this book is the first book in the 'Bombay Assassins' series! There are 4 other great books after this one :)


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66 comments:

  1. A fabulous giveaway! Thanks Leslie! :)

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  2. Awesome giveaway.

    OMG, this book sounds great. I am obsessed with assassin books. This one sounds fun and romantic at the same time. Perfection.

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  3. Very generous! Thanks! - and thanks for the free download of book 1 too!

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  4. Great prize! Thanks for making this international.

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  5. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book - I really had fun writing it. Let me know what you think!

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  6. Thank you for the giveaway!! :)

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  7. Thanks, Leslie, for the giveaway. I love that title, 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy. Had me laughing.

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  8. Thanks Leslie! I'm excited to read the book and for the giveaway!

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  9. Thank you Leslie! Your book sounds great:)

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  10. Thank you! Can't wait to read this!!

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  11. Thank you Leslie! So generous~ just put it 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy on my Kindle! :)

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  12. Thanks Leslie for this giveaway and for making it international! :)

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  13. The book sounds enormously fun, sad I do not have a kindle. Thanks for the giveaway Leslie.

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  14. Thanks for the Great giveaway Leslie :)

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  15. A fabulous giveaway!
    Thanks Leslie! :)

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  16. Hi Leslie,
    Thanks for sharing your book for free with us. It's very generous of you :)

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  17. Sounds great!Thanks for this awesome giveaway,Leslie! :)

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  18. It is a wonderful prize thank you.

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  19. Hi Leslie,
    thanks for this wonderful prize :D and made this international^^

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  20. I love freebies and the book sounds very interesting! Thank you.

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  21. Thank you for this awesome prize ^^

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  22. Thanks Leslie! I have downloaded the book on my Kindle and definitely will write a review on Goodreads and Amazon!

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  23. Hello Sarah and Leslie. Thank you soooo much :D Downloading the free eBook 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy :D Thanks for this and the giveaway :D

    Ara

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  24. Thank you Sarah and Leslie for this giveaway, and the free download can't wait to read this book.

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  25. Thanks Leslie! I just downloaded the ebook.

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  26. Thank you Sarah and Leslie for this giveaway!!
    This was awesome prize ^^

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  27. Thank you both Sarah and Leslie for this awesome giveaway ! Good luck everybody ! :D

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  28. You are all welcome! I love freebies too! I find a lot of great new authors that way!

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  29. Just snagged this free sweet swag book for my Kindle.
    Looks like a good book.
    thanks for the extra swag hop too.

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  31. Hi Leslie
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  32. Thank you Leslie. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds really good. Thank for the giveaway..Always love your blog.

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  33. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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  34. Yes, a huge thanks to Sarah Elizabeth for the kind review and for hosting me!

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  35. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  36. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  37. Thank you Leslie! :) You're awesome!

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  38. Thank you for the awesome giveaway Leslie!!!

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  39. You are so welcome! Hope you like the book!

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  40. Hello Leslie :) Thanks so much for the giveaway. I enjoyed the interview and your sense of humor.

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  41. Hi Leslie! Thanks so much for the giveaway and the book! It looks great!

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  42. Thanks Leslie for the prize!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  43. Hi Leslie ^^

    thanks for the amazing prize and making it international :)

    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Thank you Leslie for this wonderful prize!

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  45. Thanks Leslie for this giveaway!

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  46. Thanks Leslie! It's always great to be able to enter a book giveaway with a chance to win!

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  47. thanks leslie for the giveaway,,
    i love the cover and very beautiful..

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  48. Thanks for the great prize Leslie!!

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  49. Wonderful giveaway - Thank you Leslie!!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  50. Thanks for the free eBook, and the chance to win another book.

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  51. Thanks for the free ebook and awesome giveaway

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  52. Thank you Leslie!! And this giveaway is awesome!!

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  53. thanks Leslie for this great book!!!!
    =)

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  54. Awesome giveaway! Thanks Leslie! :D

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  55. Thanks to you both for the giveaways!

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  56. Thank you so much for sponsoring the giveaway Leslie! And thank you Sarah for hosting it! :)

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  57. Thank you! Looking forward to reading your books ^.^

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