Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Excerpt & Interview: The Devil’s Standoff by V. S. McGrath

The Devil’s Standoff
V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver #2)
Publication date: April 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where untold danger lurks for Hettie Alabama and her companions…
The second book in the epic, magic-clad Devil’s Revolver series follows Hettie and her sister south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake Hettie’s infernal mage gun while confronting a magic- and land-hungry army and a monster from hell drawn to the powers of the weapon. Hettie wants nothing more than to break her bond to the cursed Devil’s Revolver and find a way to keep her sister safe — but Abby’s indigo powers are growing stronger, and in the gated, walled village where they take refuge, nothing is exactly as it seems. Pursued by the Pinkertons, left without allies or guardians, Hettie has to rely on her own grit and determination to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
This second installment of V. S. McGrath’s sweeping and high-stakes saga draws its truly unforgettable gunslinger heroine to her limits and ends with a satisfying bang.

1. If she didn't have a curse to break, what would Hettie be doing in her free time?
Probably trying to figure out how to help her sister control her powers while dodging the law.

2. If Hettie were teenager in this day and age, would she use social media?
Probably not. She’d be one of those people who has a Twitter account with only two Tweets. The first would be “testing” and the second would be “I don’t get why people do this.” She’d have 13 followers, all of them bots.

3. If you lived in Hettie's world, what would you do?
I’d probably be a librarian, or own a general store. Of course, there weren’t many professions for women to choose from at that time.

4. What is your pump-up song?
“Are We All We Are” by P!nk or “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers.

5. What would be Hettie's pump-up song?
“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on a good day. Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails on a bad day.

6. What kind of advice would you give Hettie right now if you could talk to her?
Have patience. Also, never fight a land war in Asia.

7. What kind of advice do you think Hettie would give you?
I’m not sure she’d give me the time of day.

8. Do you listen to music while you write?
Sometimes. On my commute I’m mostly listening to the sound of ocean waves crashing on a beach on a white noise app. If I listen to music while working, it’s mostly classical or soundtrack music with no lyrics.

9. What motivates you to write novels?
Seeing my book on a bookstore shelf, always available for people to discover, has always been my dream. That dream can only be sustained for as long as I keep writing, keep up a frontlist, and keep my name out there. Discoverability is dependent on making sure new books are always on the shelves so people who like something go to my backlist for more.

Author Bio:
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.



  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. Enjoyed the fun interview and that snarly looking cover makes me want to know more about Hettie Alabama. Great name too. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental