#BlogTour #DamppebblesBlogTours @damppebbles / #QandAs : Subterfuge (A Tom Stone Detective Story #5) #Subterfuge – Don Simkovich & Lon Casler Bixby @DonSimkovich @LonBixby

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Today I’m on the ‘Subterfuge’ blogtour, organized by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Authors :

Don-SimkovichDon returned to his love for writing fiction after years of writing and narrating a radio spot series, marketing copy, and handling the pressures of a wild and crazy family life.
Frequent calls to the local Sheriff’s office, plus the intensity of handling teen alcoholism and teen pregnancy pressed stories from his mind like Earth’s weighty layers turn shale into harvestable fuel.
Well, you get the picture.
Don has fine-tuned his craft writing romance to crime fiction and the recent Tom Stone detective stories.
He lives at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains with his family, two dogs, and anyone else who happens to drop by and live for a spell.

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Lon-Casler-BixbyLon is a published author in various genres: Fiction, Poetry, Humor, Photography, and Comic Books. He is also a professional award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in a wide variety of magazines, art & coffee table books, and has also been displayed in Art Galleries throughout the world.
Lon lives out of his photography studio in Burbank, California where he shares his living space with his wonderful, albeit spoiled, Silver Lab named Silver.

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Synopsis :

Subterfuge CoverA wounded man, fiberglass wreckage, and mysterious blue barrels wash up on a secluded beach north of Los Angeles in Malibu, California.
Detective Tom Stone jumps into action in this gripping thriller novel and uncovers human trafficking as drug smugglers try a new trick.
The Ojos Negros cartel forms an uneasy alliance with LA mob boss Frank DeVito. Using hidden sea caves as drop-off points, the new syndicate maneuvers to expand their brutal drug empire, and guns down anyone who stands in their way.
Stone and his team trail the lone survivor, Luis Delgado, who longs to return home to Mexico but is trapped in a deadly game of subterfuge. He vows revenge on the evil men who have destroyed his life and countless others with their greed.
The Detectives race to find Delgado and bring down the cartel, before another innocent victim is killed.
Uncover narco-subs plying the seas with page-turning action—and hold on for an explosive ending.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Publishing Information:
Published in paperback and digital formats by Carved in Stone Media on 6th November 2020.

Q&A with Don Simkovich :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Writing appealed to me since grade school when I watched the news and wanted to be a journalist. During university, I studied both fiction and journalism and went into the radio journalism route. About ten years ago durig an especially traumatic time in my family I began writing fiction. My first interest was romance and I was published through a small press where I worked with skilled editors. Then my co-author, Lon Casler Bixby, asked me to turn a screenplay of his into a novel and the Detective Tom Stone series was launched.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory captivated me in second grade. During third grade, I devoured comic books, found the Alfred Hitchcock series for kids and enjoyed adventure stories as I grew up. The World War Two story about Norwegian kids sneaking gold past German soldiers, Snow Treasure, still sticks with me.
In high school and college, the James Herriot books brought me into the world of Yorkshire and now I’ve immersed myself in thriller, detective and mystery. I’ve been reading Raymond Chandler in addition to the current best sellers and a variety of indie authors.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
John Grisham would be great because I’m sure he wouldn’t hold back a critique—but I find him skilled in developing tense scenes using the smallest details like he did in The Firm. Lee Child seems generous with other authors and I’ve admired his use of dry humor mixed with suspense with Jack Reacher.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Detective Jake Sharpe from our Tom Stone series of books would be the most fun to have for tea because he’s so personable and has a good sense of humor even though he’s seen the harshest side of life as a detective in Los Angeles.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I often do a work-out before writing like a run or fast walk. And then I grab a hot cup of coffee. I’m in So Cal, so throughout the year I can write out on my patio if it’s not too hot. I love being outside during the lockdown I’ve used my makeshift desk and folding chair in the park since coffee shops are closed.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
For the Tom Stone series, we’ve focused a lot on cocaine smuggling since that was in Lon’s original screenplay. During our second novel, legal marijuana dispensaries were booming around Los Angeles and we brought that into the storyline. We figured Stone would be suspicious as to why the suspect from Book 1 was now building a legal pot empire—could it be a front for something else?

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Mostly a pantser in Books 1, 2 and 3 but we began outlining more of the plot points in Books 4 and 5. It got too complicated and we needed to see where the story was heading. We’re going to write Book 6 soon and are laying out some direction ahead of time. We don’t feel glued to an outline, but I’m using one more and more.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Read in the genre that’s of interest to you. Read through the bestsellers but also find lesser known authors you enjoy. They could be good crossmarketing partners in the future but you’ll learn from them, too.
If you’ve never written anything before then go ahead and write short stories or novellas in the 10K word to 25K range. That way you can develop characters and a storyline as you build your skills.
Use all the free resources available—and there are plenty—from Reedsy, to Self-Publishing School and many more.
Commit to writing on a regular basis, even if it’s only a few hundred words a day.
Plan a series of about 5 books to write. We could’t foresee this, and make each book standalone.
See, it’s easy! 😊

What are your futureplans as an author?
We’re starting Book 6 in the Tom Stone series—I can see 7 books in the current series. We’ve talked about writing a cozy mystery series using an older couple who are minor characters now.
I have some memoir ideas, too, that I may want to develop since my family was formed through adoption out of foster care. Friends have asked about that but it’s been so personal that it’s difficult to write.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

Stone settled near the head of the bed. He and Jake knew nothing about the man lying in it except for his name. Luis Delgado. They had to take his word since he had no identification. No money. Nothing. He had slept for hours after arriving at the room and hadn’t given an official account to anyone. Doctors sutured a gash along his ribs, made sure he was hydrated, and kept him stable.
The vulnerability of his situation touched Stone who was tempted to brand him as a drug runner since the contents of the containers tested positive—cocaine. But he wanted to let the man speak for himself to help bring all the pieces of the puzzle together.
“Mr. Delgado,” Stone began, “I’m Detective Tom Stone and I work with the Los Angeles Police Department. Looks like you had some trouble in the ocean. Can you tell me what happened?”
The translator relayed the message as Luis Delgado listened and then looked at Stone and nodded. His face showed worry.
“We’d like your help,” said Stone.
Delgado mumbled in Spanish, still very weak.
The interpreter relayed the question. “He wants to know where his son is.”
Stone shook his head. “His son? No, we don’t know anything. That’s why we’re here.”
Delgado understood Stone’s body language and sunk further into his bed. He mumbled again.
The interpreter told Stone and Jake, “He says he is nothing. Nobody.”
Jake addressed the man softly. “What do you mean that you’re nobody?”
Delgado looked at the ceiling and spoke in Spanish. “I’m cursed.”
Stone kept prodding for answers. “Were you on a boat? Was there an accident?”
“I didn’t want to be on it,” came the reply.
“Then why were you?”
The interpreter listened and told Stone the man’s response. “He says he didn’t have any choice. A gun was pointed in his face and he was forced to go. They said he would be paid well.”
Delgado muttered.
“He says they were lying about paying him.”
“Who said you had to go?” Jake perched near the window.
Delgado closed his eyes and took a breath. “I don’t know.” He squinted and put a hand against his head. “They forced me and my son.”
He looked to Stone and Jake with concern. “Do you know where he is?”

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Don Simkovich.

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