I’d like to welcome Rhani D’Chae to my blog today. I met Rhani through Twitter and the Rave Reviews Book Club and I’m delighted to host her on this blog tour. Without further ado, “Heeeeeere’s Rhani!”
Hello, and welcome to the ‘SPOTLIGHTING THE SHADOW’ Blog Tour. My name is Rhani D’Chae, and I am the author of Shadow of the Drill, a revenge thriller. Shadow is my first published novel and has been on Amazon for about nine months. During that time I connected with Rave Reviews Book Club, and have been overwhelmed by the support that I, as a fledgling author, have received from them. They’re an awesome group of people and I’m so glad that I connected with them.
Shadow of the Drill is the story of a man (Decker), whose life was drastically altered by a random act of violence that tore his world apart and changed him from an unproven young street tough into a man on a mission of revenge.
The reviews on Amazon definitely show that this is an action novel containing violence and profanity, but those two things often go hand in hand, especially on the downtown streets that Decker calls home. The book also contains sexual situations that I included because they were relevant to the story line, and I believe that they make the characters a little more three-dimensional.
Shadow was never intended for young or easily offended readers. It was written for those who enjoy an “edge of your seat” thriller, set in a world that most people will never know. However, there’s more to the story than a guy who tears up the town and shoots everyone in sight, so as long as I’m introducing the book, I thought I’d share a softer side of Decker.
He tends to act without concern for how those actions might affect others, and his constant womanizing has cost him his long-time lover, Charlene. Shadow’s events cause him to realize how integral she is to his life, and how much he truly does love her. Counting on her love for him, he attempts to win her back.
Because of the volatile and unpredictable life that he leads, Decker does not cultivate friendships. The odds are that anyone close to him will die, and he chooses to avoid the pain of loss by limiting emotional connections.
One exception to his rule is Rudy Valdez, his business partner and one of the only two people besides Charlene that he allows himself to love. He and Rudy have been friends since their teens, and the subsequent intertwining of their business and personal lives has given them a unique connection that both would be lost without.
Rudy and Charlene give Decker much needed stability, and together they form a strong family unit.
The third person in Decker’s heart is Maria, a young woman who was viciously attacked fifteen years prior to Shadow, and who was left in an unresponsive state. Decker bears the guilt of his inability to protect her, and it was her assault that put him on the path to becoming the Drill.
Shadow is a tale of vengeance, and therefore contains violence, but it’s also the story of triumph after tragedy, and of one man’s passage from darkness into…semi-light.
Above all, it’s a love story.
Thank you all so much for allowing me to share a bit of my journey with you today. To follow the rest of my tour, please visit 4WillsPublishing.
Lorraine, you were a great host and thank you so much for having me!
RHANI D. CHAE has always been an avid reader. She enjoys chatting with readers and fellow writers via social networking sites and loves getting comments and other input from those who have read her work. So, please don’t leave without sharing your comments.
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