Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Kelley Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford from Wild Justice.
Since Kelley Armstrong wrapped up book two of the Nadia Stafford series, fans have been eager to know what happens to the tough-as-nails contract killer. At last, Wild Justice brings Nadia back for the series’ thrilling conclusion—an action-packed tale that will dazzle fans of the series as well as those who are only familiar with Armstrong’s bestselling paranormal books.
In Wild Justice, Nadia is confronted with her most difficult task to date: going after the man who killed her cousin Amy twenty years prior. But when it turns out that someone else has gotten to him first, she is drawn into a complex situation where everything she knows and loves is thrown into the path of danger. Nadia is forced to take matters into her own hands, ultimately requiring her to confront her darkest secrets—and her deepest desires—in a way that she never thought possible.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Wild Justice.
Canada celebrates Thanksgiving the 2nd Monday in October, meaning we don’t have Black Friday. Instead, we have Boxing Day (like the Brits) and that’s when we have our big sales—the day after Christmas. The heroine of my latest release—Wild Justice—is Canadian, so her take on Black Friday might be…a little different.
Nadia Stafford’s Black Friday
It’s Thanksgiving. Well, it is south of the border, which means up here, I have a lodge filled with guests trying to escape their families and the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. I don’t blame them either. The last time I spent Thanksgiving with my family was 1999, and by the end of it, I was kind of hoping the world really would end before the new millennium, so I wouldn’t have to suffer through the 2000 holiday season. As it turned out, that wasn’t an issue. Before next October rolled around, my mother had moved to Arizona with her new boyfriend and my brother Brad was in New York, where he said he had a starring role in an avant guarde holiday production, which I interpreted as “playing store Santa in Soho.”
Still, given the choice between Thanksgiving with my family and braving the crowds for holiday shopping, I’ll take the dinner from hell. I ventured out on Boxing Day last year. It was Emma’s fault. My lodge caretaker decided she really needed those half-priced cards and wrapping paper for next year, and guess who had to accompany her? I promised I’d buy her cards and paper—at full price—next year. Hell, I even dug in my heels and refused to go along, which made her pull the “I’m an old lady with a bad hip” routine, and guilt tripped me into going.
The problem? Emma didn’t just want to shop in Peterborough. Apparently, whatever cards and paper she wanted were only to be found in Toronto. So we set out. At five AM. I usually rise early to jog—I don’t rise that early. For Emma, I did it. By seven, we reached the mall. By seven-thirty, I was contemplating how many people I’d have to kill to get near the goddamned wrapping paper. Hey, I’m a professional hitman. It’s an option.
Nine AM, I have the cards and paper, and Emma reveals her master plan. She’s actually brought me out so I can buy belated gifts for my friends. I tell her I don’t have any. She provides a list. Yeah, for a killer, I’m an extrovert. Just not the gift-buying variety.
Seven hours of shopping. That’s how long it took to fill the list. After that, we drove home and I logged online to ask Quinn if he had anyone he needed me to kill, as a present to me—stress relief. He thought I was kidding.
That was my one experience with holiday-sale shopping. It will not be repeated. This year, I’m staying at the lodge, with a houseful of like-minded folks, who intend to spend the day rock-climbing and skeet-shooting and ice-fishing, then sitting around a snow-banked bonfire with beer and s’mores. That’s my idea of a happy holiday.
Meet Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She’s the author of the “Otherworld” urban fantasy series, “Darkest Powers” & “Darkness Rising” teen paranormal trilogies as well as the “Cainsville” modern gothic series and “Blackwell Pages” middle-grade fantasy adventure trilogy (co-written as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr). She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
Want to purchase Kelley’s novels?
Omens and Shadows / Cainsville
Age of Legends
- Sea of Shadows (Apr 8, 2014)
Blackwell Pages (writing as K.L. Armstrong with M. A. Marr)
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Kelley is giving away Wild Justice. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What’s your idea of a happpy holiday? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
All Black Friday contests will remain open until December 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other Black Friday contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the Black Friday giveaways
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.