Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lone Star Book Blog Tours Presents: Love Give Us One Death by Jeff P. Jones with Giveaway!

LOVE GIVE US  ONE DEATH
  Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days
by
Jeff P. Jones

**WINNER: 2016 Idaho Author Award**
**WINNER: 2015 George Garrett Fiction Prize** 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Date of Publication: October 25, 2016
Number of Pages: 232
Scroll down for Giveaway!
Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. Part prose, part verse, with historical artifacts interwoven, the well-researched novel tells the story of their deaths on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their bloody and short lives together. Its many voices invite the reader to become a ghost rider along with Bonnie and Clyde, while it also exposes the forces of injustice and greed that created them.

 PRAISE FOR LOVE GIVE US ONE DEATH:

"If you are a fan of historical fiction, you must secure a copy of his debut novel in which Jones 'added, subtracted and distorted facts' adroitly and creatively in his re-telling of Bonnie and Clyde's last days. There are very few writers who can write like Jones -- in many voices and in various forms -- but he choreographs his work like an award-winning producer, designating him as unique as the members of the Clyde Barrow Gang." -Idaho Statesman

"Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself." -Robert Wrigley, Poet

"This is the history of love and destruction you didn’t know you needed. In a time of Public Enemies, we see the last legs of a journey between the violent and manic Romeo and Juliet-like pair. The last public outlaws are riding away into their last sunrise, and this book serves as its journal.” -Atticus Books

“The language is absolutely stunning. Characterization, historical setting, ambience are all accurate and depicted with great clarity. A terrific achievement.” -Mary Clearman Blew, Author of All But the Waltz

“This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth.” -Tracy Daugherty, Author of The Last Love Song
  

Excerpt from Chapter 5 

Love Give Us One Death

By Jeff P. Jones

They kept driving, up through buttes and tilted highland valleys scorched with the sun’s heat. The car, like all their cars, wore a skin of dust. They entered one of those towns where buffalo hides had lain in stacks as big as railroad cars, one after another, not two generations back. They passed farms reclaimed by dust, the crooked and collapsed pickets of fence lines rising from golden grama their only guides.

        At twilight, they parked in flats beside scrub oak, where dust blasted the car and they could see nothing save the tablets of brown the windows became. They would wipe their faces and feet with wet rags made from flannel shirts, then lie beside each other in the backseat. Bonnie held a pencil above a notebook, and she couldn’t have seen what she wrote had she tried, but she wrote nothing. Instead, she listened to the wind and sensed in its movements the way the car shaped itself around her. She could feel its tires rooted to the ground, its parts rising from the axletrees. She thought of herself as a doll inside a shell, the air inside the doll gone stale, and the doll’s nostrils hardened with dust.

        She woke to a figure standing over her, but it was only Clyde’s suit coat draped from the window crack. The sky’s dark cast and the window edges worked on her mind. She could close her eyes and still see the colorless screen hemmed behind them. West of Lampasas scrolled black dwarf mesquite and, in the bottomlands, green sutures of timber into which they drove, and there, having stopped, they moved finally from the car and made beds of gathered grass and slick pine needles, Clyde’s arm enwrapping her and a too thin blanket failing to hold their heat.


JEFF P. JONES's ancestors were sharecroppers in east Texas. He was born in Denver, and was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his writing has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Hackney, Meridian Editors', A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Lamar York prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. This is his first book.
--------------------------------------
GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!
5 Winners! One winner  wins poster & signed copy; Four winners win signed copies!
(US ONLY)
December 13 - December 22, 2016
CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:

12/13
Guest Post 1
12/14
Review
12/15
Excerpt 1
12/16
Author Interview 1
12/17
Review
12/18
Excerpt 2
12/19
Illustration
12/20
Review
12/21
Author Interview 2
12/22
Review
blog tour services provided by: