This is part of the series, “Try before you buy”, offering self-pubbed authors an instant opportunity to hook you with a very short extract of their new book, one sentence from their best review and to divulge the most interesting writing titbit they have (share and share alike…). Today’s feature is a YA contemporary novel called Grift by Jason Mosberg.
Blurb: Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas. She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician. Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino. They work hard and play harder. But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom. With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her.
One sentence from the best review: “Ocean’s Eleven for the Reddit set, with a twist of Oliver Twist floating in a dirty martini none of the characters are old enough to drink.” – Sean Beaudoin, author of Wise Young Fool
- Tell us a little bit about you as a writer: Brainstorming (the beginning of the process) and editing (the end of the process) fit into my normal routine, but I love getting out of town and cranking out the first draft of a project in an unusual location. I think it’s a fun and efficient way to shock the imagination and get a first draft in a relatively short period of time.
- Why do you write/enjoy writing? Writing is my way of walking through the world. Writing allows me to embrace the stuff that make me happy and face the things that scare me.
- What’s the more important thing you’ve learned as a writer? When it comes to writing rules, there are no absolutes.
- Tell us a quirk about you/why you are different (one thing): I’m obsessed with claw machines. They’re my only vice.
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