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Book Tour ~ Bigfoot Blues


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Title: Bigfoot Blues
Author: Ricardo Sanchez
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 251
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle

She eloped with Bigfoot. Or maybe Bigfoot kidnapped her. Either way, I’ve been hired to uncover the truth behind Cindy Funk’s disappearance. Me? I’m Floyd, and I’m a PI living my life as Elvis would have wanted. Not just in sequined jumpsuits. With character.

Cindy’s trail leads me to River City, Oregon—aka the Mythical Creature Capital of the World—where I catch Case #2. This one from an eccentric billionaire who’s lost a priceless piece of “art.” Enter one dead body and I end up deputized to solve Case #3, tracking down a man-eating mountain lion. Or maybe it’s a chupacabra. Or just an ordinary murderer. Hard to say.

I’ve handled my fair share of crazy, but River City’s secrets have me spooked. With an influx of tourists arriving for the town’s annual Elvis tribute contest—what are the chances?—I’ve got to save the girl, solve the rich guy’s problem and leash that chupacabra before a second body is discovered. It might just be mine.

Read more about Floyd’s adventures in Elvis Sightings, available now!

Bigfoot Blues is available at Amazon. Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

Bigfoot Blues

About The Author


Ricardo Sanchez is a writer, toy buff, and lifelong comic book fan.

Elvis Sightings, the first novel in his Elvis Sightings Mysteries series, was released in September , 2014. Bigfoot Blues, the follow up, was released in May, 2015.

Ricardo has written several books for DC Comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Teen Titans Go! and Resident Evil among many others. His original project, A Hero’s Death, was a successful Kickstarter released in May, 2015. In addition to writing, Ricardo is an Emmy award winning video and animation producer. When he’s not writing, Ricardo maintains a vintage toy blog, drives 70′s muscle cars, and shops year round for Halloween decorations for his home in California.

Visit Ricardo Sanchez’s website.
Connect with Ricardo on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about Ricardo at Goodreads.

Book Excerpt

It was ten past two on a Wednesday and I was sitting behind my desk in the office I share with Franklin, a chiropractor. His wife had sent me looking for him almost four years ago, but she was such a harridan that once I’d found him, I couldn’t bring myself to turn over his location. He’d let me use his place as an office, rent-free, ever since.

I checked my watch again.

Wanda was flying back to Kresge today. I resented being dragged away from her, even for just an hour, but the man on the phone had insisted. It had been more than a month since my last case, so while Wanda packed, I came into the office to meet Peter Funk. And he was late.

The clock hit 2:15. I was about to leave when a very lost-looking man in his fifties opened the door.

“You must be Floyd,” he said, taking off his well-worn Caterpillar cap. His bald head had the baked look of someone who spent a lot of time under the hot Idaho sun. “Your Elvis outfit kinda gives it away,” he added.

“You’re Mr. Funk?”

He smiled weakly and bobbed his head up and down in the affirmative.

I pointed him to a seat and sat back down at my desk.

“So what can I do for you?” I asked.

Funk looked down at the cap in his hands and worried at a loose thread with his callused fingers.

“I need you to find my daughter,” he said and looked up at me. “You’ve got to help me. I don’t know who else to turn to.”

“I’d be happy to help, Mr. Funk, but with missing children you’re much better off going to the police.”

Funk stood up and slapped his hat against his thigh. A small cloud of dirt erupted from the dull blue denim of his pants.

“Oh, the cops won’t help me. Cindy’s eighteen. They said they can’t go looking for her if she’s just run off,” he said. “Besides…”

“Besides what, Mr. Funk?”

He took his seat again before finally blurting out, “She ran off to elope with Bigfoot.”

I would have laughed if Funk hadn’t looked so worried.

“Bigfoot?” I said. “That’s a nickname?”

“No, sir.”

Funk pulled a postcard out of his jeans pocket and handed it to me.

On one side was a teenage boy holding up a plaster casting of a giant footprint nearly three feet long. Across the bottom it read “River City—The Home of Bigfoot.” I turned it over. The postmark was three weeks ago in River City, Oregon. The note on the card read:

Dear Daddy,

I’ve fallen in love with Bigfoot and we’ve decided to elope. I won’t be coming back to Pocatello. I’ll write again soon.


She’d put a little heart in place of the dot above the is in both Bigfoot and Cindy.

River City… The name was familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it.

“My girl, she’s a willful one she is, but Cindy’s never lied to me. Not once,” Funk said. “If Cindy says she’s eloped with Bigfoot, that’s exactly what she’s done.”

Why did I get all the weirdos? Was it the suit? Or the Lifestyle Elvis thing? Or maybe this was some sort of elaborate practical joke. I let out a low sigh.

A case is a case, I told myself. And this one was just too absurd to be someone shining me on.

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Ricardo, thanks for being my guest today. Tell our readers about you.
I’m a Libra. I’m not big into astrology, but I kind of dig it that I’m the only sign that isn’t an animal. I’m a huge fan of Halloween and am always on the lookout for something new to add to the annual creepshow. I’ve worked at all kinds of things, from broadcast television to video game development, but I’ve always been a writer. Pretty much since I figured out how to type, I’ve been working on something. I started out with (terrible) short fiction, but then shifted to playwriting and screen-writing. Then, back in 1995, I discovered the Internet and starting blogging back when it was just called having a home page. In the last few years though, I’ve really started to focus on narrative writing again. I’m now an irregular writer for DC Comics and have somehow managed to get two novels published. I’m still in shock about that.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It’s mostly the alarm clock. I like to sleep in. But once I accept that I am going to get up, there’s quite literally no end of things I want to do. I still maintain the vintage toy blog I’ve had since 1996. I’m a big fan of video games, so I’ve been slowly working on building a home arcade system. Someday I’ll finish it. And then there’s the writing. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I feel compelled to do it, but it is so hard to get started.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
That one’s easy, Elvis. Early 70’s era. There are a lot of other much more worthy famous people, but I’m not really deep enough to enjoy spending a full day with someone like Abraham Lincoln or Socrates. Everything I’ve ever read about Elvis is that he was a really nice guy and he enjoyed having a good time. A day with Elvis would almost certainly involve some good food, probably BBQ, a lot of other interesting people, and some great music. I wouldn’t come away from it a better person, but it would be a hell of a fun day.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Bigfoot Blues is the sequel to my first novel, Elvis Sightings. It’s about Floyd, a private detective who is also a Lifestyle Elvis – he lives his life the way he thinks Elvis would want him to. In Elvis Sightings, Floyd goes to Kresge, a little town in the middle of nowhere Wyoming to find Elvis, who he believes is still alive. He meets a lot of dead celebrities and the members of an old Italian family circus who have retired to Kresge. In the process he meets a girl, gets beaten up a lot, and makes a few friends. One of them, a querulous acrobatic little person, becomes his sidekick in the latest book. Bigfoot Blues picks up a few months after the events in Elvis Sightings. Floyd takes a case that sends him to River City, Oregon, to search for a girl who may have eloped with Bigfoot. He also gets pulled into a search for some missing cryptotaxidermy (stuffed animals that never really existed, like jackalopes,) and is asked by the local PD to help deal with a wild animal that might be a cougar. Or a chupacabra. It’s hard to know for sure.

Tell us your writing process. 
It used to be very free form. With Elvis Sightings, I had an idea of what I wanted to write, and I just started on page 1. It ultimately ended up taking me about six years to get that novel finished. But now I’m a LOT more methodical. I actually use Microsoft Excel to build detailed plot sheets complete with multiple story tracks. I fully write out my ending before I go back to start on page 1. The ending almost always changes, but it gives me a beacon to aim for as I’m writing. I end up wasting a ton less time that way. But everything I write, whether it’s a novel or a comic book, starts with a question. What would happen if? Most of the time, the answer isn’t that interesting, but when I end up with something good, it becomes a story.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was seven or eight. Star Wars had come out and every toy I got for Christmas or my birthday was a space themed one. Micronauts, Rom the Space Knight, Metal Men, a whole bunch of others. I created detailed scenarios for my toys to act out. My first stories. I even wrote a ten page story about an underground empire of smart bugs that wanted to take over the planet. And I took every opportunity to make up elaborate tales (lies really) to tell adults when they would ask me pretty simple questions. Teacher: Where’s your homework? Me: Well, I was going to do my homework, but when I was watering the lawn, a queen bee flew by and begged me for help…You get the idea. Adults didn’t appreciate my stories, but it was pretty obvious I was going to be making things up as an adult too.

Tell us about your main character:
Floyd is an everyman. He has simple tastes. He’s smart, but no Sherlock Holmes. He has to work for a living. And he’s really just trying to figure out how to make it through life. What makes him different is the fact that he tries to live his life by a unique code. He’s a Lifestyle Elvis. If you know much about Elvis beyond the music, he had a pretty folksy wisdom. Things like don’t judge others if you haven’t walked in their shoes. Family is everything, but sometimes family isn’t someone you related to. And don’t do drugs. He didn’t always live up to his own standards, but they’re still good sentiments to live by and Floyd does exactly that. When in doubt, he just asks himself, What would Elvis do? But living by this code, and wearing sequined jumpsuits, present special challenges. It’s harder to find clients, for example. That’s why Floyd has to accept the case when a potato farmer comes to his office claiming his daughter eloped with Bigfoot and begs Flody to go find her.

What are you working on next?
Two things that are completely different than the Elvis Sightings Mysteries. The first is a book of illustrated zombie poetry. If you know Edward Gorey, it’s in that vein. I’m going to publish it through a Kickstarter later this year. The second is a zombie novel, but not the post-apocalyptic kind. It’s about a zombie who’s a lot like you and me. He has feelings. Hopes and dreams. He longs for someone to love. But none of that is easy to get when you’re a rotting corpse. The book is about his coming to grips with being a zombie and trying to figure out who he was before he woke up on a slab at a mortuary.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
You know, I don’t! I am extraordinarily unspecial. I always wanted to be double jointed or be a rock star with a yo-yo or something like that, but I’m pretty vanilla. I even prefer vanilla icecream. About the closest I can come to an extraordinary talent is that I have a perverse ability to remember pretty much every movie or TV show I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot!

Who are your favorite authors?
Philip K. Dick is probably my single favorite writer. His obsession with identity led him down some really fascinating paths. But it’s writers like Agatha Christie, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler and Edgar Allen Poe that have had the most impact on me over the years. But honestly, my bookshelf is packed with the works of a number of authors. I’ve got pretty much everything that Andre Norton wrote, as well as everything from Jack Vance, James Blish, and H.P. Lovecraft. I’m drawn to authors who create new worlds I could never otherwise see.

What do you like to do with your free time?
I love watching movies. Thanks to Netflix and Hulu, I’ve been working my way through all the Chinese, Korean and Japanese films I can find. Hulu has the Criterion film collection and I’m trying to watch every film in the library.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Aside from the zombie stuff, I do have a third book in mind for Floyd, although it would be a departure from the first two. I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie and I’ve always wanted to write a proper manor house mystery. I think I have murder worthy of the attempt that only Floyd could solve.


Any final thoughts?
Thanks so much for letting me spend some time with you and your readers! I really appreciate it.


Book Tour ~ Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5 Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being

Title: Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being
Author: Amber Khan
Publisher: Rethink Press
Genre: Nonfiction/Parenting/Motherhood
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Own your happiness. Reclaim your well-being. Make a guilt-free lifestyle, your choice of living!

  • Do you think being a ‘super mum’ is your only option?
  • Do you neglect your own health while caring for others?
  • Do you struggle to maintain a happy work/life balance?
  • Do you often feel stressed and burnt-out? Then you may be suffering from ‘Mummy Guilt’.

Guilt Free Motherhood will guide you to:

  • Ignite your passion to bring balance to your life;
  • Take practical steps towards self-care;
  • De-clutter your space, schedules and relationships;
  • Let go of the ‘super mum’ and the ‘control freak’ inside of you;
  • Practical ways of recharging your batteries.

A mother’s journey should not be, and need not be, a GUILT trip. Guilt Free Motherhood gives you the tools you need to start living a more contentedhealthy and energised lifestyle today – right in the midst of motherhood.”

For More Information

Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5 Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being is available at Amazon US & Amazon UK.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

About The Author


Amber Khan is a Lifestyle Mentor, Speaker, Author, sports enthusiast and a proud mum of three. She is the founder of Guilt Free Living which provides tools for the mothers to help them live a fulfilling, healthy & energised lifestyle. She has ran retreats, given talks and written articles on the importance of wellness and how to re-energise the tired minds and bodies of mothers.
Amber currently resides in London, UK with her husband and their three children.
Her latest book is the nonfiction/parenting/motherhood book, Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being.

For More Information

Visit Amber Khan’s website.
Connect with Amber on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about Amber at Goodreads.
Visit Amber’s blog.

Book Excerpt

I think you’ll agree that the most important emotional issue a majority of mothers face, especially twenty-first century mothers, is the feeling ofguilt. The spectrum of guilt is wide and varied, ranging from feeling guilty about not doing enough for your children, to feeling guilty about spending time or money on your own well-being, with hundreds more guilty feelings in between. I believe that a mother’s journey should not be, and need not be, a guilt trip.

The purpose of this book is to show how a mother can live a refreshing, blissful and blossoming lifestyle through a guided five-step process by letting go of the mummy guilt that makes us sacrifice our health, career and relationships.

Mummy guilt can be defined as the feeling of self-condemnation that we experience when thoughts of spending time and money on ourselves seem selfish. It can also be understood as the constant worry we feel for our kids which eventually turns into guilt. In fact, anyone caring for children is bound to experience similar guilty feelings.

Mummy guilt can start as early as when the pink stripes show up on your pregnancy test. I used to feel guilty about anything when I was expecting my first child. The first trimester was very tough. I could hardly keep food down, felt nauseous and weak, and worried constantly how it would affect the growth of my baby. Guilt sowed its seeds in me at the very start of my motherhood journey.

Later on, if I left kids at home with hubby for an hour or two, I felt guilty. When I went to work after dropping my baby at the nursery, I felt guilty. When I decided to be a stay-at-home mum, I felt guilt about abandoning my career. When I wanted to join the gym (to lose the extra 20kg I had gained during pregnancy) and regain my self-confidence, I felt guilty about spending that time and money on myself. Even going out (once in a blue moon) with friends, always turned into a guilt trip. Is a mother taking care of herself to keep her sanity and health, really a selfish act?

Well in my case the lack of self-care eventually turned into health problems. Back problems, weak joints, weak and injury-prone muscles, and I was only in my twenties! Problems that, you’d normally associate with old age, maybe. For almost a decade I neglected my health; it eventually took my left knee giving way to make me realise that if I didn’t take care of myself now, I would soon end up miserable, in pain and maybe even run out of recovery options. What good would I be to my family then? Will husband have to quit work simply to look after me and the kids?

I know most of us are constrained by financial or support issues. I should know! Aged twenty-three, new mum, in a new country with no friends or family — that was me over a decade ago. I tried to be a ‘supermum’ thinking I could manage it all. Even when my husband offered to help I’d often decline, thinking I could do it better because a job half done, or not finished to my standards, would only frustrate me more. I neglected my health, and felt stressed and exhausted most of the time. I was trapped by mummy guilt.


Amber, thanks for being my guest today. Please share with our readers about you. 
Well, I was born in Sydney, Australia, to parents of Pakistani origin. My parents moved back to Karachi, Pakistan when i was two, where i remained until the age of 16. I returned to Australia for higher education. Later on I married a Londoner and moved to London to live with him.

I worked in IT and Finance for a number of years until I decided to take a plunge into self-employment. My calling came after the birth of my second child. I knew then that i wanted to do something which brings positivity not only to my life but the lives of other mums too. So, Guilt-free Living was born.

I now offer lifestyle mentoring to mums & have recently started offering business mentoring to people in health, wellness, fitness, and coaching & food industries.

I currently reside in London, UK with my husband and three children.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I can help someone else succeed & be happy in life with the knowledge & experience that I possess.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
It would have to be Abdul Sattar Edhi who owns & operated the world’s biggest social welfare services & the world’s largest ambulance network in Pakistan.
Why? Very simply because there’s no other like him currently in this world who has done & continues to do so much for free for the poor, sick & the dead. Who stays humble, lives in a hut & never got greedy with the millions of dollars he receives in charity from people around the world. He truly spends every single penny of it in the right place. He is a true icon & an angel in human form.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
The inspiration for the book comes from my own experiences. I became a mum at the age of 23, in a country I had only been living for a year with no family around & no friends yet either. So, the only thing that seemed right at that point was to adorn the super-mum cape & ignore the overwhelm I was feeling.

I also thought, I’m young so I can take this pressure & stress, it won’t do me any harm. But the fact of the matter is that stress & burnout doesn’t care about how old you are. When they strike, your well-being can really spiral down a big hole & for some it might even get too late before they realise that they need to climb back up that spiral staircase of life. I was in that hole for quite some time and it took lots of health scares for me to realise that It is time to finally STOP being a super-mum. But then how can you be a good & effective mum without being a super mum, most mums would ask?

I took that thought as a challenge & started to bring about changes in my lifestyle which other mothers started to notice & became curious. My health started to get better; I became more jovial & social person. Life started to seem easier though responsibilities had only increased over time but it’s how you deal with them, dictates yours & your family’s well-being.

Every time I’d be a part of a group of mothers, they’d ask me about tips & strategies on how to be a guilt-free mum. So, we’d discuss & share & then one of the mother’s suggested that why don’t I write about it so I can reach many more busy mums who might also benefit from making similar tweaks in their lifestyle.

Initially i ignored that comment but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. Rather than me answering the same questions over & over again (in mummy groups), why not write about them in a methodical manner that will be easier to understand & implement. Mothers will be able to access that resource whenever they like & implement changes at their own pace. Finally I mustered up the courage to start writing about it couple of years ago & at one point I thought it will never happen as it has taken this long but here I am today with finally publishing the work that I hope would benefit the busy mums of the 21st century.


What are you working on next?
I’m working on another book but that it is not on parenting anymore actually. It is about business along the lines of “how to stop selling time for money”.

Who are your favorite authors?
Among non-fiction: Tim ferris
Among Fiction: Stieg Larsson & Khaled Hosseini

What do you like to do with your free time?
Mothers never have any free time hehe.. but I do take me time out to go out with girl friends or for a pamper treatment like a massage

Where can people find you on the web?
twitter: @thatamberkhan
Facebook: facebook.com/GuiltFreeLiving

Thanks for being my guest today Amber.

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