Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chris Beakey's FATAL OPTION Release Blitz & #Giveaway

Fatal Option
by Chris Beakey

Publisher: Post Hill Press (February 21, 2017)
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Genre: Suspense | Thriller
Print Length: 274 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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On the coldest night of the year, Stephen Porter is pulled from a restless sleep by a midnight phone call. His 17-year-old daughter Sara is stranded in a blizzard near the top of a mountain beyond their suburban home. She's terrified and unable to stop crying as she begs him to come to her rescue.

Unfortunately Stephen went to bed just an hour before after a night of binge drinking. With his blurred vision and unsteady balance he knows it’s dangerously irresponsible to get behind the wheel. But he heads out into the snowstorm to bring Sara home.

High school teacher Kieran O’Shea is also behind the wheel, searching for his autistic younger brother Aidan, who is wandering aimlessly through the storm on that same mountain. Kieran is also terrified—of the voices in his mind, of the possibility that Aidan will be taken from him, and of the certainty that he will soon be arrested for murdering three women.

In a matter of minutes Stephen will encounter Kieran and drive headlong into a collision that will force him to unlock the secret of his wife’s death, avoid prosecution, and protect his children from violence that hits all too close to home. 

Fatal Option by Chris Beakey

Fatal OptionIf you think you can dissect a thriller and beat the author to the finish, you need to pick up FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey! If you have never read a dark thriller, you need to pick up FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey! Dark, chaotic and rich with web-like plot twists, this is truly edge of your seat reading that will have your guts churning and your knuckles clenched.

Color me impressed. On one of the worst winter nights of the year, Stephen is awakened form his drunken sleep by the terrified voice of his teenage daughter, stranded on a back road, far from where she said she would be. Not fit to drive, but determined to help his daughter, the dangerous roads are deadly to drive on and even deadlier to walk on. What happens next will send one man into the hell of fear, regret and shame as he becomes a murderer and his daughter becomes the puppet to a twisted man she thinks she’s in love with when she could actually become his next victim. A child is dead, and his brother loses his tentative hold on reality and someone has to pay.
Chris Beakey’s tale is taut, dark and sinister from the first page to the last. Magnetic, dynamic and extremely well-written, Suspense has a new artist on the block and a bold style to mesmerize readers


The Foreword for my new thriller, Fatal Option, describes one of the most frightening moments of my life. It happened in 2006 as I drove down a winding road through a dense forest on a cold winter night. The darkness had come unexpectedly early, and with it a sudden drop in air temperature and a patch of black ice that sent me into a skid when I took a curve just a bit too fast. For an instant – as the back end of my Jeep went into a terrifying sideways slide – I was certain that my life was going to end in a violent smashup of glass and metal and old-growth trees.

Thanks to the absence of oncoming traffic and just enough roadway I spun around and stopped without hitting anything. Yet it only took a moment to imagine something worse than my own death, coupled with circumstances that would have turned me into a pariah for the rest of my life.
That’s where the idea for Fatal Option came from - a certain moment that scared the heck out of me. Of course it took years to complete the novel, which ultimately became a story about redemption, with a serial killer in the mix. As with all of my work, however, its narrative is driven by a deep and very personal fear.
I also see fear as a common theme in the works of many of my favorite thriller writers. I’ve read essays by Stephen King that describe how much he loves his family, and have found some of the most terrifying - and sad - moments in his stories are about the loss of loved ones.  Yes he throws in all kinds of frightening monsters, but the most fearful moments (in my opinion) are when something is happening – or may happen – to a character who readers, and obviously Stephen King, cares about.
I see the theme reflected in many different genres. Mary Higgins Clark was a young widowed mother when she wrote Where Are the Children, which captured the terror a young mom felt when her two children were abducted. Reading it, you know that every chapter sprang from her nightmares.
Ditto with my all time favorite thriller, Silence of the Lambs, when Clarice Starling races down that stairway into the dragon’s lair to rescue the young woman. It’s a pivotal moment in a life haunted by childhood memories of the night she couldn’t save the lambs from being slaughtered. A moment when she confronts her worst fear in her quest to save a life and right a certain psychic imbalance in her mind.
Novels featuring rogue avengers like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Greg Hurwitz’ “Orphan X” also reflect an everyman’s desire to overcome fear under astronomically uneven odds (how else would you describe the way you feel when Reacher - seemingly outmatched - manages to take down six bad guys at once).
Writers of our best thrillers about terrorism likewise tap what they know – and obviously what they fear – in crafting their bestsellers. Washington Post writer David Ignatius has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for decades. You can feel the fearful realism in everything he writes. And Jeffrey S. Stephens, who’s crafted four masterful thrillers featuring rogue CIA operative Jordan Sandor, also writes primarily about things that scare him as a result of the countless hours he’s spent interviewing sources he won’t reveal (believe me, I’ve begged him, to no avail).
If you ask me to tell you what this means to readers here at the Tome Tender blog, I’m thinking it’s because we’re all entranced to some degree by fear. That’s why we all remember the Greek myth about Pandora’s Box – we understand why that goddess couldn’t stop herself from opening it up even though she had good reason to believe the contents were going to spell trouble.
That’s also why just about every story featured here – and every story readers love – draws life from something that at least one character fears. In a romance it might be the fear of never reuniting with a lost love. In a literary work it might be the fear of a life of unfulfilled potential. But in a thriller it’s almost always something that makes our hearts race and our breath come up short. A fear of life-and-death consequences, and the hope that good people will ultimately prevail.


I spend my days managing communications for Council for a Strong America, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that's creating a more secure nation by promoting smart investments in youth. I spend my early mornings and evenings listening to the voices in my head and shaping them into stories that are usually about good people in bad situations.

I've been at it for years.

Owing more to the power of belief and motivation than talent or intelligence, I began writing as soon as I was able to hold a pencil. Success came in snippets years later - with English compositions singled out by a certain high school teacher who held me after class and told me to keep at it; followed, eventually, by a novella published in serial form in my college newspaper, and a short story that won first prize in a literary competition.

The hard years came next - about 20 to be exact. They're a bit of a blur now - thanks to the 4 a.m. mornings, which gave me a good three hours to write before heading off to my day job, and the emotionally challenging ups and downs and hairpin turns that eventually led me to an agent and my first book. DOUBLE ABDUCTION was published in hardcover in 2007 by a small publisher that rescued it from an only slightly-larger publisher that declared bankruptcy right after the galleys were printed. It earned good reviews and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Now, nearly 10 years later, FATAL OPTION is on its way to publication by Post Hill Press and distribution by Simon & Schuster, thanks to tremendous support from editors and friends and the assurance that it's a story that has to be told. 

Mystery/Thriller Lovers!
Here's your chance to win a copy of Chris Beakey's 
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Ends February 28, 2017 11:59PM

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