IndieWritersReview Welcomes Gaijin Cowgirl by James DiBiasio (Virtual Author Book Tours!)


vabt-highresolution (1)Hello Everyone! Today I am thrilled to be a host stop for Gaijin Cowgirl by James DiBiasio(Virtual Author Book Tours). I have posted deets below of this great book, there’s also a wonderful Guest Post from Author James DiBiasio and a brief review of Gaijin Cowgirl, so take a look and enjoy!:O)

Gaijin Cowgirl by James DiBiasio

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Gaijin Cowgirl

  • Publisher: Crime Wave Press (March 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRHUA00

Summary:Working Tokyo nightclubs is easy money for beautiful and troubled American Val Benson – until a wealthy client with a dark past and sinister hobbies reluctantly gives up a map to one of the greatest treasures lost in World War II. With yakuza, motorcycle gangs, rogue CIA, treasure hunters, pimps, Thai boxers and her Congressman father snapping at her high heels, Val burns a trail of destruction across Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Burmese borderlands to get the loot before someone less deserving does.

From comfort women and tomb-raiding in Japanese-occupied Burma to the murderous echoes of the Vietnam War, long forgotten crimes come roaring back to life. Val, a new anti-hero of Asian Noir, ambiguous and unreliable, takes her dark, epic journey with her friends: a Japanese nightclub hostess with broken dreams, a British kickboxer, and a washed up Australian treasure hunter. The superficial party girl, confronted by mounting horrors, must dig deep to discover an inner courage to survive and win the prize – and maybe redemption. Gaijin Cowgirl by American writer Jame DiBiasio is a breathless, violent page-turner with a surprising, dangerous heroine to match.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Definitely fast-paced, with action happening at every intersection, this book is full of memorable characters and interesting historical tidbits.”
–Dab of Darkness”DiBiasio has broken the mold with this fast paced thriller. I found it unique and refreshing. His writing is clear and poetic.”
–So Many Precious Books, So Little Time”And here’s where the adventure begins and chaos ensues. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it hits the fan.”
–Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews”One heck of an amazing main character.”
–In This World of Books

“I could have done without the particular depravity of the Painter.”
–Books, Books and More Books

Jame DiBiasioAbout The Author

Biography

Jame DiBiasio moved to Hong Kong from New York in 1997. He is an award-winning financial journalist and editor. “Gaijin Cowgirl” is his first novel. His non-fiction book, “The Story of Angkor”, is a history for tourists to the Cambodian monuments. He blogs at http://asiahacks.com.

Gaijin Cowgirl Web Friendly Tour Schedule

So Many Precious Books May 29 Review & Giveaway

Books, Books & More Books May 30 Review

Books, Books & More Books May 31 Interview

In This World of Books           May 31            Review & Giveaway

Dab of Darkness June 3               Review

Dab of Darkness June 4 Guest  Post

Ordinary Girls June 4 Review &                Giveaway

Book Dilettante  June 5           Review

DWED Blog June 7 Review

DWED BlogJune 7 Interview

From L.A. to LA June 10 Review

Alive on the Shelves June 10 Guest Post

Ohana Day Academy June 11 Review

VVb32 Reads June 12 Review & Giveaway

Books & Tales June 13 Interview
Live to Read June 14 Review

 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell & Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings June 17

I Feel So Unnecessary  June 18 Review & Giveaway

My Cozy Corner June 19 Guest Post  & Giveaway

Indie Writer’s Review June 20 Review

Indie Writer’s Review June 20 Guest Post

Romance & Inspirations          June 21 Review
Romance & Inspirations          June 25 Interview

Book Lover’s Library June 24 Review
Book Lover’s Library June 24 Interview

GUEST POST

Foreign inspiration

The folks at IndieWritersReview suggested a few themes for me to put out there. Thank you for the invitation. Music and reading are passions we share. But enjoying a good book or a great track is one thing. Putting in the labor to create one…well, that’s something else.

Although a lot goes into writing a book (and more into the commercial side – it’s a business), the initial kernel is the most interesting aspect.

I’m American but I have lived in Asia for, uh, a long time now. I came here for work and just got stuck in. My home is Hong Kong, which is on the southern coast of China. It was created in the 1840s as a British colony (the British Empire defeated China in a series of wars in order to force China to buy British opium) and was returned to the Chinese in 1997. It’s a major financial center and a great East Meets West, cosmopolitan city – like New York, but more intense.

From my base here I travel around Asia a lot, meeting people, interacting, learning about their countries, their cultures, their histories. Uncle Sam has been involved in most of these places too, in war and peace. Asia’s rise from poverty to leading world economies makes the region vibrant and exciting. But it has its dark sides.

Japan is a country I like very much, and I spent quite a bit of time there. Its business culture is different from America’s. The corporate bonds are very straight-laced and autocratic, kind of the way our big companies were in the 50s and 60s – “Mad Men” kind of stuff. The guys (it’s almost always men) all go out, often to entertain clients or just with the team, and party in private clubs full of hostesses, with karaoke, drinking games, and sometimes…more.

Although I haven’t actually been to these clubs (you need to be invited, and your guest needs to be willing to drop a lot of dough on his credit card), they are a staple of urban life in Japan (and elsewhere in Asia). A lot of foreign women – and the Japanese call all foreigners gaijin – work in these clubs too because the money used to be pretty good. Japan had a massive bubble economy in the 1980s, and during the 1990s and early 2000s there was still ridiculous cash getting thrown around these clubs. Today the scene remains but it’s a little muted: the economy’s been lousy and, frankly, a lot of these office guys have gotten too old.

But in the heyday it was pretty wild and I happened to be around during the tail end of it. There was a famous case that occurred around this time as well: a foreign hostess went missing. It would take years to prove she had been murdered but we all knew that something violent and terrible had happened.

That was real life but it sparked an idea in my head, and “Gaijin Cowgirl” was born. About a gorgeous but troubled American woman, working the Tokyo clubs. About a client with a sinister hobby and links to an ugly past…and a map to stolen treasure. I started linking the story of my American hostess, Val, to other stuff going on in my head. Other countries like Thailand and Vietnam and Burma, traumatized by war, rolled over by the American military.

And I was learning about the ties among these places created by American and Japanese armies, and later industrial groups, and the way that honest business could be twisted into something terrifying.

So one sweaty evening in my pokey little apartment in Hong Kong, I started writing about these Japanese salarymen headed to a club, where they were met by Val Benson…but she’s distracted because her number-one tipper, an old but powerful man nicknamed the Painter, hasn’t been in touch. They call him the Painter because he takes his favorite hostesses back to his country mansion to paint portraits of them…but his hobby is worse than people can imagine.

OK, that’s enough from “Gaijin Cowgirl”. I wanted to give you a sense of what it means when people say, “Write what you know.”

What I know in daily life is pretty normal. I work in an office, I go watch the movies, I hang out. Same as everybody else. You aren’t going to read a novel about me.

But over time, through travel, reading, and keeping an open mind and a curious nature, I’ve gotten to learn a lot about Asian societies, including a lot about the underbellies. That provides the color, the dialogue, the stuff in the background you don’t need to make explicit, the understanding of what could or could not happen. And from there, over a lot of long, dark hours, I moulded that life experience into a thriller, led by a complex heroine, a superficial party girl who is forced by terrible events to find an inner courage she never knew existed.

Check it out. It’s cool.

REVIEW

Gaijin Cowgirl

I knew from the blurb that GAIJIN COWGIRL would different from what I moslyt read, but I was not disappointed! Compelling and gripping right from the start, it takes the reader on a  very cinematic experience. A thrill ride from the launch! I will not re-summarize the plot, I will simply say that the writing was very well written, the action was kept at a steady pace, I loved the historical background,(I’m a huge history buff). I loved the transformation of the main character Val Benson, from Society girl to a woman who knows her own strengths. weaknesses  and abilities and through courage, and fortitude handles the challenges placed before her.
Thrilling, energetic, a powerful good read!
Recommended for all who loves Action, Adventure and Intrigue ( Adults Only due to subject matter)
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