OS: Welcome to Amy Spector here to talk about That Rat, Carter Janson!
Hello, everyone! This is Amy Spector, and I’m excited to be stopping by Open Skye Book Review to tell you a little about myself, my new release from Dreamspinner Press, and to give someone a chance to win a copy of That Rat, Carter Janson.
So, my new book is about a lot of the things I love—Chicago, art museums and galleries, history and crime. I’ve lived most of my life around artists. I married one. All of our closest friends are too—painters, illustrators, and potters. And growing up I was taken to museums all across the country, and I try to do the same with my own children.
But today I thought I’d talk about one of my other loves! Wax museums! Yeah I don’t know why either. I’ve just been thinking about them today. LOL
I had never been to a wax museum until I married my husband. But I remember once, when I was a kid, we were vacationing in Virginia Beach, and across the street from our hotel was a wax museum. It was in an old-style movie theater, the ones that only ever showed one film and had a little outside ticket booth right up front on the sidewalk.
Outside this wax museum was a life-size Frankenstein’s monster! Or at least, it looked life-size from the hotel room window. And after having caught the 1953 House of Wax movie with Vincent Price on TV, I was obsessed with going there.
I wanted to go so badly, but I kept that desire secret—I don’t know what my child’s logic was—and we never went.
It wasn’t until I was married, and my husband and I went on a disastrous trip to Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, that my dream came true! Yeah, yeah, Niagara Falls is gorgeous… but let me tell you about the wax museums! LOL
Now, Chicago is amazing. I could spend years there, wandering its street, and never get bored, but I have yet to find a wax museum! What a shame!
I like to think if I had made it across the street in Virginia and into that museum—online snooping tells me it was called the Royal London Wax Museum—I would be a wax artist today! But, alas, my path brought me to writing instead, where I write about the secret desires of other people.
Maybe my next story will be about a wax museum artist! The seed has been planted!
Every man has secrets, but some are bigger than others….
Felix Peake escaped a shady past to carve out a successful career as an expert in Mesopotamian art and gain the respect of the Chicago art community. But when an assistant curator—a man Felix could easily see himself falling for—asks him to reauthenticate a cuneiform tablet to avoid a looming scandal, Felix’s carefully constructed life could crumble.
The tablet is a fake, and Felix is intimately familiar with the artist. Master forger Carter Janson—Felix’s ex and first love—disappeared from his life six years before without a word of explanation. Now, to hold his world together, Felix must find the original tablet, steal it back, and replace the forgery—all before the museum exhibit debuts. It’ll mean slipping back into a role Felix wanted to leave behind and risking his promising future. But even then, he can’t do it alone. He’ll have to confront that rat, Carter Janson.
Release date: 19th January 2018
About Amy Spector
Amy Spector grew up in the United States surviving on a steady diet of old horror movies, television reruns, and mystery novels.
After years of blogging about comic books, vintage Gothic romance book cover illustrations, and a shameful amount about herself, she decided to try her hand at writing stories. She found it more than a little like talking about herself in third person, and that suited her just fine.
She blames Universal for her love of horror, Edward Gorey for her love of British Drama and writing for awakening the romantic that was probably there all along.
Amy lives in the Midwest with her husband, children, and her cats Bowie and Poe.
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