The boys are having a birthday!

   Thank you for stopping by my blog on the 1 year anniversary of the Kindle release of Shadow of the Drill.

   Shadow started with a name that was intended for a character in a book that was never finished. So instead of going where it was intended, the name sparked an idea, and that idea became one heck of a story. 

   It tells of 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.

    Shadow was never intended for young or easily offended readers. It was written for those who enjoy an “edge of your seat” thriller, and is set in a world that most people will never know. However, there’s more to the story than a muscle-for-hire enforcer who tears up the town and shoots everyone in sight, so I thought I’d share some of that with you.

   Strange as it may sound, given his occupation, Decker is a good man. He is honest, fiercely loyal, and will sacrifice himself without hesitation to protect someone that he loves. He also has a strict code of honor, and a firm idea of what constitutes right and wrong. Granted, he has a slightly different definition of that concept than most people, but such a perspective is a requirement in his world. The self-appointed protector of the streets that he calls home, he seeks out those who target the weak and the vulnerable, condemning them to the brand of justice that has made him a legend.

   Not to say that Decker doesn’t have his faults. 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.

 

   Thanks so much for stopping by to help me celebrate the one year birthday of my boys. Pease fon’t leave without sharing a comment, as all who do will be entered into a random drawing for an autographed copy of Shadow of the Drill (Limited to US residents only) and another winner will be selected to win a $5 Amazon gift card! (This event is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com)

 

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34 comments

  1. Loren Weaver · October 30, 2014

    Rhani,
    What an awesome post about an awesome story! I love hearing your opinion of ‘the boys’ and I loved their story. You’re right, there is more to Decker and Rudy than they want the world to see. And you did a great job of showing that!
    Loren

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  2. harmonykentonline · October 30, 2014

    Congratulations on the One Year Birthday of “Your Boys”! I’m loving your posts so far :)) Hugs and Love, Harmony ❤

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    • rhanidchae · October 30, 2014

      Harmony, thank you. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this blogging thing but, (speaking from my 2 post experience) it’s actually a lot of fun! 🙂

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  3. Nicholas C. Rossis · October 30, 2014

    Congratulations on your bookaversary! 😀 So exciting – and amazing how much has changed in just a year…

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  4. Kerry O'Dea · October 30, 2014

    Happy 1 year anniversary! ❤

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  5. Marlena H. · October 30, 2014

    Rhani, congratulations on Shadow’s one year anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful day full of awesome support! 🙂

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  6. bruceaborders · October 30, 2014

    Congratulations on the first year anniversary of your book!

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    • rhanidchae · October 30, 2014

      Thank you, Bruce. I cant believe its been a whole year.

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  7. beemweeks · October 30, 2014

    Congratulations on your book’s one year anniversary, Rhani! What a fantastic web site!

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    • rhanidchae · October 30, 2014

      Thank you for stopping by, Beem. Yes, Nonnie/4Wills did a fantastic job, & I absolutely love it!

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  8. danicacornell · October 30, 2014

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! I really enjoyed this post, what an awesome story!!! xoxo 🙂

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    • rhanidchae · October 30, 2014

      Thank you, Danica. I’m so glad you liked the post. 🙂

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  9. Michelle Abbott · October 30, 2014

    Congrats on Shadow’s first anniversay, Rhani. I have followed your blog.

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    • rhanidchae · October 30, 2014

      Thank you, Michelle. I hope I can come up with stuff that will be fun to read.

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  10. Kathryn Chastain Treat · October 31, 2014

    Congratulations on your one-year anniversary. Shadow of the Drill was a great book and I will be following your blog.

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    • rhanidchae · October 31, 2014

      Thank you, Kathryn, & thanks for folliwing. I hope I can post stuff worth reading. Lol

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      • Kathryn Chastain Treat · November 1, 2014

        I enjoy your writing so much I am sure I will enjoy your blog posts.

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      • rhanidchae · November 1, 2014

        Oh, that’s so nice of you to say. Tomorrow is my 3rd post, & I’m thinking about going film. Lol

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  11. Kathryn Chastain Treat · October 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on Be My Guest and commented:
    My own book, Allergic to Life, just celebrated it one-year anniversary. Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D’Chae is definitely an edge-of-your-seat type of book. I highly recommend it.

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  12. John W. Howell · November 1, 2014

    Great post. You know I loved #shadow. Congratulations. Tell us a little about the header picture.

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  13. jinlobify · November 1, 2014

    Congrats to the boys on their first anniversary. I can see that they had a blast of a day. I hope they will ignore my lateness. I’m not usually a late comer.

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    • rhanidchae · November 1, 2014

      They will happily forgive you, Joy. We’re just glad you made it. 🙂

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  14. 4willspublishing · November 5, 2014

    Rhani, it was an extremely enjoyable post. I hope that in the sequel to ÿour boys” we get more insight into who each character is “really” based on, how things turned out for them, etc. That would be loads of fun for me! Thanks!

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    • rhanidchae · November 5, 2014

      #Winter focuses more on Rudy, & his fight with the man trying to strong-arm his club from him. It brings back Hunter Grae, who becomes a fairly significant character on Decker’s team. I hope it’s as much fun to read as it was to write.

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