Monday, November 15, 2021

BLOG TOUR: A Time For Monsters by Gareth Worthington


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Award-winning Author Gareth Worthington's A Time For Monsters! Today, on our tour stop we have a short Q&A with the author AND a tour-wide giveaway to share. So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE.

A Time For Monsters, #1
Publish Date:
September 28, 2021

A Nordic thriller in the vein of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Death Wish, in which a female serial killer, who only feels emotion when listening to music, is hell-bent on revenge and must outwit a disgraced detective determined to redeem himself if she is to complete her carefully orchestrated plan and cover up the ultimate secret.


Do you remember the first tape or CD you ever bought? Perhaps you waited for the local station to play the top forty songs on a Sunday so you could record your favorite band. Maybe you downloaded a certain track that reminded you of your wedding day or a graduation.

Reyna Blackburn remembers.

Every single song for every horrific event in her life. She remembers what song was playing on the radio the first time he hurt her. And she remembers what was playing through her headphones the first time she killed.


We are absolutely excited today to have this Q&A with Gareth Worthington. Of course, today, we have a few burning questions to ask this brilliant author. So... Let us begin!

*Q&A with Gareth Worthington*
I noticed that your books are in varying genres, what genre do you prefer to write, if you had to pick one?
I have to say that I prefer to write science based thrillers. When most folks think of sci fi, they think Star Wars or Star Trek, but my writing I more in the vain of Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch and Andy Weir. A healthy dose of real science, with a a what if element thrown in!

I noticed that there's a Spotify playlist for A Time For Monsters, how did you come to pick these specific songs?
A Time for Monsters is heavily influenced by my life growing up, the first couple of decades. Rey’s life represents what happened to me, and during that time music played a huge part in my ability to escape or to be able to let out emotions I didn’t know how to process. So, every single song on the playlist actually represents memories for me. One of the reasons I created the playlist was because I simply couldn’t describe an emotion in the book, but when I listen to the song—the lyrics specifically—I could feel it. I have some of those song lyrics tattooed on me.

Where in the world have you not visited...yet?
Ha, that’s a hard one as I have been almost everywhere. But Latin America—Mexico and Peru—are on my list as I’m fascinated with ancient history. You’ll see that in my Children of the Fifth Sun series.

What was the hardest part in the process of writing this book?
So, given the close nature of the book’s content to my own life the hardest part was knowing my family may not be enthralled with the idea. They’ll see things in it and know—know things a general reader wouldn’t. And that’s not easy. I was careful to write the book from Rey’s perspective and only draw on my own memories, not what happened that I couldn’t see for myself back then. Everyone’s truth is theirs, and it’s not my place to tell or use anyone’s story.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on three books, on and off depending on my mood! I have a science-based book, exploring the idea of what it is to want to mean something. What is our place in a family unit and the universe as a whole. The lengths we’ll go to feel we meant something. It has some really deep themes and a lot of physics intertwined! I’m also kicking off a book with my co-author Stu Jones. This one is going to be cool, as are all our collaborations. Think Fight Club meets Eagle Eye. I also have a good chunk of the sequel to A Time for Monsters written. Not sure what I’ll do with it. This story is brutal and dark, as it should be, and it needs to gain the right audience of followers.

And, there you have it readers! We got to know author, Gareth Worthington, a little bit better now with this short Q&A!

Thank you, Gareth, making the time to answer these few questions!
We look forward to seeing and reading more of your books!



"Gareth Worthington delves into the mind of a female serial killer that is moved only by music as she tries to get away with murder. A tale of cat and mouse has the reader ask what she is trying to hide. An epic thriller and a fantastic read!" —Tanya Roberts @bookswihtanya, CER at Indigo Books, Québec Canada
"Engaging, stomach twisting, breathtaking, heart breaking, mind bending! Worthington pushes you relentlessly down a path of redemption and off the rough edges of unpaid dues--wherever they are hiding. All the way throwing society's complicity in your face. Not only craftily written but intelligently crafted, he ensnares all your senses while keeping you guessing. A must read for fans of Nordic crime and lovers of twisting storylines." —Dalilah Kőnig, bookseller at Orell Füssli, Switzerland
"A masterfully built story of abuse, pain, and possible redemption unfolds. Every twist and turn was unexpected and kept me wanting to know more. Can understanding the "Monsters" make you accept or condemn them? How Worthington made me actually love and understand a serial killer is beyond me." —Erin E. Forys, Barnes and Noble, Williamsburg, VA
"A hell-raising revenge tale for fans of Gillian Flynn, Stieg Larsson, and Karin Slaughter that forces readers down a dark road with an unexpected twist." —Bram Stoker Awards Nominee, Monique Snyman, South Africa


**About the Author**
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Gareth Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in Endocrinology, an executive MBA, is Board Certified in Medical Affairs, and currently works for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Gareth is an authority in ancient history, has hand-tagged sharks in California, and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and 2FIGHT in Switzerland. His work has won multiple awards, including Dragon Award Finalist and an IPPY award for Science Fiction.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the British Science Fiction Association.

Born in England, Gareth has lived around the world from Asia, to Europe to the USA. Wherever he goes, he endeavors to continue his philanthropic work with various charities.

Gareth is represented by Gandolfo Helin Fountain Literary Agency, NYC, USA.

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