Friday, 8 June 2012

Guest post & Giveaway: Absolution by Louis Corsair

Original Title: Absolution
Series: The Elohim Trilogy
Author: Louis Corsair
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published Date: May 1st 2012
Genre: Fantasy

In 1947, a gangster murders private investigator Raymond Adams. In 2011, he's brought back to life for 24 hours to solve the supernatural murder of a Hollywood Adult film star.

When the son of a Pit Lord is murdered in Hollywood, the celestial beings in charge of the Four Realms ask Raymond Adams to figure who did it and find the victim's missing soul. Without memories of his life, he accepts the case to gain eternal peace. But the job is daunting:

24 hours to nab a killer...
24 hours to find a missing soul...
24 hours to unravel the victim's exotic private life...
24 hours to stop a plot to send the universe into chaos...

With only the help of a possessed cop and a medium, Adams must trek through a Hollywood underground filled with pornography, prostitutes, the homeless, and sadists, along with supernatural monsters. But can he solve the case when his own haunting memories keep surfacing, telling him exactly what kind of man he was in life?


I thank Vidya for inviting me to her blog. My name is Louis Corsair and I recently published my debut novel, Absolution. The story is about a dead detective brought back to life for one day to solve a grisly murder. The story is dark and it left me with a complex variety of issues.

So today, I’m going to talk about making soap. But this is a special soap that helps to cleanse your soul. But it’s not so different to make. Like regular soap, one of the most important ingredients is fat. And the best kind of fat for this special soap comes from the embarrassing moments in our lives. Oh, I have so many of those, but Vidya limited me to three.

I work at a library as a desk clerk. I interact with men and women of various ages and cultures throughout the day. Usually, their problems are simple, but every now and then you get a special patron. The most special always forget their library cards. Our policy is that if you don’t have your card, you must show some picture identification--something issued by a government, not made by your pal who is a master at using photoshop.

On one occasion, a patron came to my line without their library card. I quickly asked for identification, which the patron provided. Looking over the name I noticed that it was a woman’s name.

And so I said, “This is a woman’s ID, sir.”

“I am a woman,” said the patron.

I looked the patron over and thought it was some kind of joke. This person had short hair and wore a cream sweater with no curves and a pair of loose jeans that didn’t scream “woman.” And the voice... I thought maybe this was a transgendered person, which made me feel guilty, but no. This was a woman. She just wasn’t very feminine.

Stupefied, I couldn’t bring myself to apologize. I checked out her books and sent her on her way. And THAT was an embarrassing moment I won’t soon forget.

Whenever you apply for a job that requires physical effort, most companies will have you take a physical exam. They choose the doctor. If hired, you will go to their doctor and take a variety of tests. One of these is the hernia test. I don’t know how they check this on women, but for men it involves the doctor checking those unmentionables we men so protect. I applied for the job at the library and they asked me to submit to a physical exam.

This wasn’t the first time I had that performed on me. Right before they shipped us off for basic training, army doctors went through us, cataloging anything and everything that they saw out of place. Of course, back then I was young and didn’t know what was coming. It all happened so fast that I hardly noticed the wrinkly old Major cupping my life in his hands and asking me to cough.

And so it went on that morning long ago when I walked into a clinic expecting another wrinkly old bastard to go through me. It was not meant to be. The doctor was a woman. Not just any woman either, but a tough Asian mama-san with a no non-sense attitude. She asked without any emotion to “drop my pants.”

Oh, the humanity...I still remember the texture of her hands. And yes, that is one embarrassing moment I’m not going to forget any time soon. Maybe I should have dated her.

At movie theatres, one of the most bothersome things in the world is putting up with the audience’s soundtrack. This includes babies who obviously don’t want to be there and these days, people who think a dark movie theatre is a perfect place to send a text message or check their Facebook page.

Believe me, I’m with you there. I’m with you...

With all this in mind, a group of us army fellows decided to enjoy a movie. We were your average men from several different states, including one of my pals from Puerto Rico. Let’s call him Rico. He’s the kind of guy who chases after women consistently and always brags about his conquests and the size of his...well, you get the picture.

That night we discovered something else about Rico, his unusual laughter. The movie was a comedy. After every joke, Rico broke into what can best be described as hyena laughter, really loud. It was embarrassing...

It got to the point where the audience began to laugh at him laughing at the movie’s jokes. Oh, what I would have given for a crying baby that night. Needless to say I didn’t enjoy the movie. I don’t think any of us did.

And those are my top embarrassing moments. Well they’re the moments I wish to discuss here...

Thanks again, Vidya. I had a lot of fun writing this. J


The below giveaway is for an e-copy of Absolution.  Open INTERNATIONALLY!

Along with this, I have 2 other announcements to make!

1.  For those who wish to buy this book, Absolution is only $0.99/£0.77 for as long as the tour lasts.
2.  There is another giveaway common across tours.  Find the information here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thank you Vidya for letting me take up your blog's space!

  2. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I love the premise of this book! Very original. I'd love a chance to read it :)

    Congrats on the release!

    1. Thanks for the compliment, Erin! I'm crossing my fingers for you.

  3. I would like to win this book because I really like the synopsis. It's like mobster mixed with paranormal, something I've never come across.

  4. Good luck Diva! And thanks for saying that about the synopsis.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to win this book just because it sounds like a really good one. So fingers crossed! :D


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