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Friday, 12 March, 2010 1:12 AM

Paula Tutman to release new book 'Deadline: Second Block' on March 25

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Paula Tutman reads an excerpt from her new book "Deadline: Second Block" at the Detroit Public Library Skillman Branch on March 10, 2010.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

DETROIT -- Paula Tutman is best known as a general assignment reporter on WDIV-TV Local 4 News in Detroit. She has recently added a new line to her resume -- published author. Her first book in the "Deadline!" series was published in May 2008. The second book which is being called "Deadline: Second Block" will hit store shelves on March 25. Tutman is not stopping there. She said another book is already in the pipeline.

Tutman admits that she never wanted to be a television reporter. Her first love is writing. She has been promoting the new book at airports, libraries, various bookstores, conferences and book conventions. Tutman held a book signing and discussion yesterday at the Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library.

"I think just because of the kinds of things I report on, the kinds of stories that I do," Tutman said about the inspiration to write these books. "There's just so many interesting stories out there that can be told. It's just fun to sit down, write them, and be able to change them the way you want to want to change them. I just love write. I love the art of writing. I love the craft of writing. I've had a really good time doing this."

The first book of the "Deadline!" series won the Hollywood Book Festival's 2009 Best General Fiction Award.

"The story of the first book is a reporter shows up on the scene of a double murder," Tutman said. "Doesn't realize the killer is stil there. When he sees her, he goes 'that's my favorite reporter. I love her.' He makes a decision right there that if he keeps killing, she's going to keep showing up to cover those murders and he'll get a chance to meet her. The second book picks up with the killer plotting a way to get back to Detroit to actually meet P.S. Garrett. I'll tell you this, he does get a chance to meet her and that meeting will kill one of them."

This is not a book for kids. It includes rough and explicit language and some sexual situations. Adults only!

"The second book is a sequel to the first book," the author said. "You don't have to read the first book in order to catch up with the second book. It's just going to make you want to go back to read the first book. It is a true sequel. It picks the story up. You actually get a chance to meet this killer. You get into his head. I promise you by the end of the book, you may feel differently about why he did what he did. It's going to change the way you feel about the news. One of my author buddies said this was fiction was a conscience. It really does ask questions of ourselves and others that you answer by the end of the book."

She has many upcoming book signings and events scheduled in the metro Detroit area. On April 10, Tutman will appear at the Barnes and Noble store at 500 Main Street in Royal Oak. On April 16 at 7 p.m, she will be at the Barnes and Noble store at 3120 Fairlane Drive in Allen Park. On May 8 at 12:30 p.m., Tutman will be at the Barnes and Noble store at 17111 Haggerty Road in Northville. Then, on June 29 at 7 p.m., look for her at the Waterford Library at 5168 Civic Center Drive in Waterford.

"The next book to come out has nothing to do with this," Tutman said. "P.S. Garrett is going to be a recurring character. She is a reporter who always finds herself in the middle of something. There's always going to be a twist and a turn. She's always in the middle of it. So the next book to come out is not going to be a P.S. Garrett book. The book I'm working on right now is a P.S. Garrett book. I can't talk a lot about it because it hasn't been copyrighted yet. Needless to say, there's a lot going on in the news right now and a lot of that will be in the book."

For more information on the "Deadline!" book series, visit www.deadlinethebook.com. Click here to join her Facebook fan page.

Related Story: Paula Tutman embarks on book signing tour with 'Deadline!'

 

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Paula Tutman speaks to a few dozen people at the Detroit Public Library.

 

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Paula Tutman is also a reporter at WDIV-TV Local 4 in Detroit.

 

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Attendees are listening closely as Tutman reads from her new book.

 

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Tutman addresses the audience on the top floor of the Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library.

 

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Tutman is also offering her book in this new gift set.

 

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