Title: The Bone Room
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Publication Date: September 18, 2013
Author: Shane Scollins
Roman Stone is a cop who has spent the last few years of his life trying to rebuild the career he nearly destroyed.
He gets called to Alexandria Bay, NY to help the small town police force find a popular missing teenager. While investigating the case, random human bones start washing up on the shores of the St. Lawrence River and two major cases collide.
Looking for help on the case, Roman asks local historian Becca Quinn to show him around one of the local castles in the area. Becca works for the Thousand Island Preservation Society and spends her days working to restore some of the old abandoned mansions in the area for a new tourism initiative.
But what they find is more than anyone expects…
Something strange is lurking under the surface of the murky waters of the river.
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bone-Room-ebook/dp/B00FAH52X8
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and Amazon best selling author. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has a degree in computer science and has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. In his spare time he enjoys playing ice hockey, riding his mountain bike, and strumming on his guitar. Primarily a SciFi and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book
Blog Tour Questionnaire
1. Do you see writing as a career? – I do see writing as a career. I’ve always been a creative person, and for some reason I’ve never quite fit into the regular 9-to-5 life. I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years, but I’ve never been able to put together a sustained career. I got a degree in computer and worked as a network engineer but for various reasons that didn’t work out either. I always end up coming back to writing. It’s always been there for me whether writing books or articles, writing has always been what I go back to when nothing else seems to work. I take it serious and it is my focus right now. I love getting into my stories and developing my characters. Sure, I could make more money doing something else, but at this stage in my life, money is not the most important thing. I’ve never had a lot of money growing up so I’m kind of used to it anyway. I learned the hard way that if you don’t have your health and mental wellness you don’t have anything. We are a very reward-driven society but sometimes we forget what the real rewards in life are. I’m grateful to be in the position to do what I love doing. The rewards come from my fans enjoying my stories. When I get a good review or a special message from a fan saying how much they enjoyed reading my work, that’s a payment that no amount of money can buy. That’s what a career should be about, it should be about doing what you love. I know it’s hard because people need to put a roof over their heads and sometimes that means holding a job or career you don’t necessarily like doing. My wish is for everyone to be able to do something they love doing. The world would be a much happier and healthier place. But if you asked people if they would give up a substantial amount of income in their careers to do what they loved doing, very few would give up the money even if they could. I saw a woman on television who burned out in her high octane corporate career. She threw it all away and started baking cupcakes. Her friends and family thought she was nuts but she was so happy to be doing what she loved she no longer needed to take her anxiety medication or high blood pressure medication. It made me wonder how many people would benefit from chasing their dreams even if they never caught them.
2. Who or what is your inspiration? – My inspiration comes from so many different places. I never really know where it’s going to originate. The people in my life inspire me daily. Friends in the flesh and on social media inspire me to create great characters and to be a better person. My fans inspire me to be a better writer. But I’m constantly inspired by the world around us. I watch the news and I’m inspired by the stories I see. Sometimes the roots of my story are taken straight from the headlines, sometimes they come from a story someone tells me from their life. Sometime the pure rawness of nature and the mysteries of the world around us all day long inspire me. The main thing that inspires me, if life. Life is a wonder. In simple terms, the human experience is so amazing and diverse that it can’t be ignored. The things we create and discover as we amble along through our lives can be infinitely inspiring if we choose to look at them in the right way. We’re all in need of inspiration and we find it where we can. The world is both awesome and awful at the same time, and that stark difference is what inspires me. There are people every day that overcome seemingly impossible odds and that’s inspiring.
3. Do you have any pets? - I’ve always had pets since I was a kid. Growing up I had a dog, a malamute/shepherd mix. We had him for 14 years. We also had ferrets over the years, many of them. My wife and I like to rescue animals when we can. We currently have 4 cats. We have Aikido, a gray and black tiger cat, we have Rascal and gray/black and white tiger. We have Phantom, an all black Bombay with orange eyes, and we have Smorca a black and white cat that someone dropped off at my mother’s house in the middle of winter a few years ago. We had a dog, Yukon, a 110-pound malamute we got in 2003 but he was older at the time, and we had to put him to sleep in 2010. It took us a while to get over the loss of him, but about a year ago, we started to get puppy fever. Then this summer was tough for our family. My mother spent time in the hospital and then my wife’s mother passed away after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, so we were both feeling down. We just felt like it was time to bring a little joy into our lives. So, in the first week of July we came across a local dog on Petfinder.com. We found him at the Cortland County SPCA as a surrender. His first owner apparently couldn’t afford to feed him, he was undernourished and needed a home. We went for a visit after seeing his picture and story on the internet. Almost right away, we knew he was the dog for us. The craziest part is that his name was (and still is) Buddy. Which as some of you may know was the name of the dog in my romantic/thriller LEGACY RISING. It was one of those odd life coincidences that was almost too perfect to believe. We took him home the weekend of July 4th, he’s one year old as of September and he’s almost 60 pounds. He’s a shepherd/husky mix and he’s very energetic and very smart. He’s pretty good with the cats, he wants to play with them but they do not want to play with him. They just think he’s a big, panting, unrefined nuisance who has invaded their space. But a couple of them are starting to warm up to him a bit more. I can see them all getting along in the not to distant future. As Bill Murray’s character said in Ghostbusters: “Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!”