On Tour 05/05/23-06/29/23 “The Paper Pirate” by Dawn McIntyre

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Running Wild Press 

Release Date:  November 8, 2022 

About The Book:

As if the looming deadline to pay off a balloon mortgage isn’t enough to worry about, the five partners who own the small town book store The Paper Pirate find themselves menaced by a stealthy crook who systematically searches first the shop, then each of their homes. Because he takes nothing and barely leaves traces of his presence, the police can’t be of much help, and simply promise to keep an eye on Charlie Santorelli, Lavinia “Vinnie” Holcomb, Al Rockleigh, Felicia Cocolo and Lenora Stern. It’s a mystery to them but the reader knows that Rick Foster, a shady rare-books dealer and his sidekick Nina Bartov are on the hunt for a particular old volume that sits unnoticed on a shelf in The Paper Pirate’s used book section. It’s an obscure early work of the not-terribly-successful author Benjamin Conway, and it’s badly defaced—but a very wealthy man is willing to pay Rick a half a million dollars for it. Seems an ancestor of his eluded the henchmen of a nineteenth-century dictator by escaping to New York, and eventually took refuge in the northeastern Pennsylvania countryside. Before he was captured and killed, he’d scribbled as much evidence of the tyrant’s sins as he could fit into the blank spaces of a copy of The Stargazer at Dawn and hid it where he hoped his comrades would find it. They never did.

The five friends also are members of a writers’ group, and each of them has a secret. One is penning an erotic novel on the sly, another hides a painful estrangement with an only child, and a deadly teenaged mistake causes a third to sabotage her every chance at happiness in the present. A partner who claims to be unpublished actually is a one-hit-wonder with a thirty-year-old best-selling novel followed by a crippling literary failure, and the last has a family with criminal connections—he’s spent half a 

lifetime avoiding them.

About The Author:

Dawn McIntyre is a New Jersey native and long-time resident of rural Pennsylvania. After years of remodeling houses and working in corporate America, she began devoting more time to her true passion–building with words. The result, so far, has been a portfolio of short stories and novels.

Among them are stories about a young girl struggling to emerging from the shadow of an abusive mother to discover the rest of the world and her place in it, a teen who escapes her stifling extended family to start fresh in the home of her estranged father–a man who realizes too late how much he wants the daughter he left behind, and a thirty-something journalist who discovers the illicit secrets of a historic figure he’s researching and must face a decision to reveal and profit from them, or to conceal and protect the reputations of long-dead people he’s come to admire and respect.

The story of a middle-aged woman who impulsively reaches out to offer comfort to a guilt-ridden stranger and finds that her good deed has only dredged up misery from her own past followed a quirky tale of a young couple threatened by a hex visited upon them by a jealous ex-lover. The twice-told yarn about a literary grave robber planning to plagiarize a story entrusted to her by an adoring fan was written in response to a prompt suggested by a friend, as was the all-dialogue historical heart-to-heart between a young gay man and his mischievous aunt.

Her first book brought to life an ornery, twentysomething woman, viewed during the summer that changed her life, and her second, self-published novel addressed the prevalence, stupidity and tenacity of prejudice. The cozy mystery, The Paper Pirate, published by Running Wild Press, will make its debut on November 8, 2022.

McIntyre founded, along with two fellow authors, a writers’ workshop in 2013 that met at the Hawley Library until the Covid pandemic necessitated a switch to virtual gatherings. She continues to write fiction populated by richly nuanced characters in deceptively simple, familiar settings. https://www.dawnmcintyreauthor.com/

 Social Media:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/dawnmcwrites

Book Blurbs: 

Next time you owe yourself a treat, reach for The Paper Pirate by fresh new writer Dawn McIntyre. A light-hearted, inventive, savvy tale of fast-paced shenanigans in the book-selling trade, every character with a story, it will have you rooting for the good guys through the many twists and turns from intriguing start to satisfying end.—Christine San Jose, Senior Editor of Highlights magazine (retired), author, retired professor of literature and language.

“McIntyre’s graceful command of writing brings a whole town and to life right off the page.” NY Times bestselling author, Bob Eckstein

In this clever, tender-hearted mystery, the hunt for a rare book upends the cozy world of five joint owners of a small-town bookstore. McIntyre portrays a rich cast of characters with empathy and humor. The Paper Pirate is a book for book lovers, rare or otherwise.—Robert Rorke, author of Car Trouble

Everyone has a secret at The Paper Pirate. But the bookstore itself holds the greatest secret of all. This cozy mystery from author Dawn McIntyre is charming, entertaining and has a twist you won’t see coming. So get in your pajamas, grab a cup of cocoa, and start reading. You won’t be disappointed. —Consuela Golden, (past) editor at Esquire, Lear’s, Glamour and TV Guide

A thoroughly entertaining read, The Paper Pirate is for book lovers, for would-be writers, for anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a bookstore (there are more of us than you might think) and indeed, for anyone attracted to the romance of a small business in a small town. –Jan Poppendieck, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Hunter College, City University of New York, author, Free For All: Fixing School Food in America

Bloggers On Tour: 

May 5th- A Court Of spines n pages https://instagram.com/acourtofspinesnpages

May 8th- Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

May 13th- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

May 20th- Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

May 24th- Sarahs Bookish Reviews https://instagram.com/sarahs.bookish.reviews

May 31st- Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

June 15th- Reading Is My Remedy https://instagram.com/reading_is_my_remedy

June 15th- Reading Late Into The Night https://instagram.com/reading.late.into.the.night

June 23rd- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

June 23rd- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

June 25th- Rajivs Reviews https://instagram.com/rajivsreviews

June 28th- Always Reading https://instagram.com/always_reading1

June 29th- Christina Luvs 2 Read https://instagram.com/christinaluvs2read

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