Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blog Tour: Anyone Can Die by James LePore

I have been asked to host a blog tour date by Tracee at Pump Up Your Book for James LePore's book, Anyone Can Die.  So ... who is James LePore?  Glad you asked! =)  Here's what the author says about himself on his website, James Lepore Fiction:

"I practiced law for twenty-five years before retiring in 1999 to write and take pictures. My photography can be seen here."

"I have written a number of works of short fiction that have evolved from my novels. After each novel was completed, its characters continued to live in my head, telling me, it seemed, that they wanted to go on living on the page. The stories that grew out of A World I Never Made will be published in February 2011 in a volume entitled, Anyone Can Die. My second novel, Blood of My Brother, is available now at Amazon and all other online booksellers."

"I have heard it said that genre novels are plot driven, while novels in the literature category are character driven. I believe that my novels offer something of both: compelling, fast moving plots in exotic venues, and characters that are complex in that they are flawed, and, finding themselves caught up in situations of extraordinary stress and danger, are forced to face their own demons in order to prevail. It has been gratifying to find that many readers and reviewers have enjoyed this blend in my work."

"My first three novels all feature people from the area where I have lived all of my life, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The characters in these novels are not the same and there are no connections between them. But the novels' themes are the same—the struggle of flawed men and women to change and grow in the face of great danger. In this sense the three novels can be categorized as a trilogy, the Tristate Trilogy is the name I am giving them."

"The hardcover version of A World I Never Made, published in April, 2009, attracted a passionate audience of readers. The paperback version, along with the releases of my next two novels, are an opportunity for a broad, mass-market readership to experience my work. I do not think that anyone who reads my novels and stories will be disappointed. I am currently working on my fourth novel—the story of a high profile Manhattan prosecutor whose son is wrongly accused of murder—which will be published in 2011. I live in South Salem, NY with my wife, Karen Chandler, an artist whose work can be seen here."

"P.S. As you may have guessed, I am an avid reader and have been all my life. I have compiled a list of my fifty favorite novels (the "LePore Top Fifty"). The list changes from time to time (since I have sole control over it), and I am working on a second Top Fifty list, but if anyone is interested in receiving a copy of the first list, just go to the "Contact The Author" page and ask for it in an email to me and I will send it along."

Okay, cool - What about his book, Anyone Can Die?

"The three stories in Anyone Can Die are stand-alone pieces. They can be read and enjoyed without reference to any of my other work. They were written, however, specifically to deepen the experience of the readers of my first novel, A World I Never Made. Each story can be looked at as a flashback—or flash-forward, if such a word exists—that could not, for reasons having to do primarily with pace, be included in the novel." - As stated by the author in his interview with

You can check out my review of Anyone Can Die here.  Below are quick summaries of the three short stories within Anyone Can Die:

Till Death Do Us Part

A young couple on their honeymoon in New Mexico find a bond they did not know they had when they are forced to confront trouble in the form of a surly trio of locals.

God's Warriors

A cynical American woman on her own in Europe makes a decision that both reveals and belies her true character.


The childhood roots of Max French, a quirky, deadly and, in his own eyes, oddly lovable F.B.I. Agent.

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