#BookSeriesBlitz #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #PromoPost : Altered Helix Series – Stephanie Hansen @hansenwriter

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Today I’m on the ‘Altered Helix Series’ book blitz tour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author Pic(2)Stephanie Hansen’s short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Synopsis :

Altered Helix (Altered Helix #1)

AlteredHelix coverI didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?
The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.
Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

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Stranded Coil (Altered Helix #2)

StrandedCoil_coverFor Austria, travelling to the Stranded Coil means she gets to see someone she believed was lost. She’s able to do this because she’s an Altered Helix. But doing so takes her away from her first true love, Josh. Josh is working hard to keep their Haunted House family safe on Earth, but seems to fall in love with Austria more with every second they spend together.
Austria and Josh face a devastating challenge, the mysterious appearance of Mutant Altered Helixes, and an enticingly dangerous answer to their questions.
Impulsive, caring, and full of surprises, this teenage love against the odds is well on its way to breaking even…maybe.

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Paralleled Bond (Altered Helix #3)

ParalleledBond_coverWhen the only option left means losing someone you love, you have no options. How could you, how could you save one person you care about, when doing so would harm another? What if they weren’t even letting you choose but choosing for you? You’d have to intervene without letting them know, right?
To be an Altered Helix and put others in danger is the new reality for Austria. Luckily someone’s there to catch her when she falls, Josh, and fall she does, in love that is. While witnessing her family being put in danger, Austria’s haunted house family grows. Now that Austria has found a way to defeat Mutant Altered Helixes after her, a dangerous stream of events occur to those around her. Just when the family has finally come together, could they be ruined?
The amazing conclusion to the Altered Helix series, Paralleled Bond displays the results when polar opposites come together for the greater good.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #QandAs : The End of the Road – Anna Legat @LegatWriter @darkstrokedark @crookedcatbooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The End of the Road’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

P1040507 (3)Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from satire to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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Synopsis :

EafPfDYXsAAOrWbThe fight for survival has begun.
All-out war spins out of control, and it doesn’t discriminate. Governments fall, continents are obliterated, deadly viruses consume everything in their path, and what’s left of humanity is on the run. Caught in this global refugee crisis are a few unlikely survivors.
Tony, a philandering London lawyer, escapes the doomed city and his own murky past as he evacuates to the continent.
A hapless flock of Belgian nuns prays for a miracle as they watch their city turn to rubble.
Bella, a naïve teenager, thinks she is going on holiday when her father drags her across the globe to New Zealand.
Reggie, a loyal employee of a mining corporation, guards a hoard of diamonds in the African plains, fending off desperate looters.
Alyosha, a nuclear scientist, has been looking for the God-particle in Siberia, but now the world is at an end, he wishes to return home to Chernobyl.
A pair of orphaned children are cowering in the Tatra Mountains, fearing the sky will fall in on them.
Will they find an escape route before it is too late? Or are they doomed to fail?

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Q&A :

Hi

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

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I have been many different things in my long and illustrious “real-life” career. I read law at university and qualified as an attorney in South Africa, working in the legal field for more than fifteen years. I then had a change of heart and took a postgraduate course in primary education in New Zealand. I spent twelve happy years teaching youngsters how to write stories, and sometimes how to count and play cricket. But ever since I was a little girl in the depths of the Polish countryside, I would do little other than make up stories in my head. I travelled extensively and lived in many exotic locations, but the greatest amount of action would always happen on the pages of my books.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I adored Jules Verne. His sci-fi adventure stories inspired me to come up with my own. I read all of his books. When I got older, in my teenage years, I absolutely fell in love with the dark, moody writing of Dostoyevsky. I suppose it reflected the state of my own mind.
Later in life I went through various stages and genres. I discovered Stephen King and Anne Rice in my mid-twenties. I had a long heroic fantasy stage, reading David Gemmell like he was going out of fashion.
Ruth Rendell has been my writing idol for many years. In her heyday, she was the pioneer of the modern psychological thriller, incisive and brilliant at getting into the psychopathic mind. It is thanks to her literary influence that I choose to write crime fiction over other genres.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
The aforesaid Ruth Rendell. I would ask her what she did to achieve such authenticity in portraying the criminal/psychopathic mind. Did she allow herself to go into the darkest corners of her own soul or did she research in other ways?

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would love to invite Georgie, the heroine of my debut novel, Life Without Me. She helped me break onto the publishing scene. I owe her quite a bit and would like to thank her. Also, we are quite similar so we would have a lot to talk and laugh about. It would be a very laid-back tête-à-tête.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I always light a candle when I start writing. I have no idea where this ritual originated, but now I struggle to get down to writing when I run out of candles. They are the top of my shopping list.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Oh yes! Life, the people I meet, the experiences I go through provide endless sources of inspiration. I watch, observe, dream and collect personalities and events to develop them into plots and characters. However, I do not caricaturise people. My characters are composites of all sorts of individuals I have come across in my colourful life and travels.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter who often gets carried away and strays into uncharted territories. I let the characters and events take over and have been known to change the direction of travel as well as the final destination of some of my books. They do tend to come to life and force my hand.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Do read. Read, read, read.
Don’t become a clone of other writers no matter how much you admire them. Develop your own style. Be unique.

What are your future plans as an author?
I will continue writing and experimenting more widely with new and diverse genres. A Conspiracy of Silence, book 5 in my DI Marsh detective series is to be published in October this year. This will be followed by new cozy crime mysteries next year.
The End of the Road is a dystopian novel and I would like to develop this genre further, possibly into a time-travel or alternative history series.
I love black comedy and satire. At the moment I am working on a humorous magic realism novel, Paula Goes to Heaven. I have been working on it for quite some time, rewriting and repositioning it, but I hope I am nearly there. Some novels take for ever. Others just write themselves.

Last, but not least: Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
This extract belongs to Bella’s story. Bella is a young woman who has travelled with her family to New Zealand to escape The End of the Road:

They have been sailing for weeks, heading north-west and following the stars. Their waka is alone, all others having gone their separate ways, either by accident or by design. Kauri says that Africa is the safest place to head for. Small Pacific islands will sooner or later all be under water. They must head for the African continent with its high mountains, vast plains and rich vegetation. The chances are that people there have no reason to fight any wars and that there is peace and quiet in Africa. Bella has heard it all before, but she doesn’t correct him – she lets him live in hope.
The meteorite shower takes them by surprise. Flaming missiles plunge into the waves and stir the ocean all the way to its unreachable, unexplored depths. Geysers of steam, ten times the size and pressure of Rotorua’s hot pools, rise and syphon their white fury into the sky. The whanau huddle up together, but they are torn asunder and hurled into the raging waves. Mother Pomare flies out like a white albatross, her arms outstretched, her white hair splayed. Kauri is no match for the missiles from outer space – he tries to hold on to his children, but they are snatched from his arms and flung into the waves; he follows them, dives in and disappears.
Nothing remains of their waka, nothing but splints of ancient redwood. They are tossed in the sea and animated by the assault from the heavens above. Smoke blots out the sun; it erodes the screams for help in Bella’s throat and burns her eyes. She is pulled into a whirlpool of water and fire, and then spat out onto the oily surface dotted with the debris of their boat. Very quickly the sky quietens, and in its image, the sea settles to a steady, rocking motion. Beneath the flapping waves, sharks begin to circle.

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

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#Review : Dead in Venice (The Bella Tyson Mysteries Book 1) – Fiona Leitch @fkleitch

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About the Author :

x3C3jwjoFiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. After living in London and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters. Her debut novel and first in the Bella Tyson series, ‘Dead in Venice’, was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant finalists. Fiona is represented by Lina Langlee at the North Literary Agency.

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41sljXYV41LAward-winning crime novelist Bella Tyson has it all: a successful career, devoted fans – and a bad case of writer’s block. So when a fan sends her a book of Venetian ghost stories and offers her the use of an apartment near Piazza San Marco, Bella jumps at the chance to get her Eat Pray Love on, consume her bodyweight in gelato and explore the atmospheric canals of Venice.
She meets Will, a mild-mannered, middle class Interpol agent working in the city, and is swept away by him. And when a series of gruesome murders occur he’s on the case – with Bella in tow.
Her writer’s block is well and truly cured, her new novel is under way, and she’s madly in love. But Bella realises that not everything in Venice is as it seems…

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It’s been a while since I’ve read a cozy mystery so when I had the opportunity to read ‘Dead in Venice’ by Fiona Leitch, the first in a series about sleuth Bella Tyson, I couldn’t resist.
From the start I knew that I couldn’t have found a better book to re-start my love for this genre as it was funny from the get-go and I met a great character in the form of a writer, with writer’s block, who was lured to Venice where all the ‘magic’ would happen.
Reading further I also had the feeling I was wandering in Venice myself, getting to know the city and the (ghostly) stories / history about it and than there were of course also a few gruesome murders, a weird neighbor and a man worth swooning over.
Everything to get the plot going at a great and interesting pace so to say and that made it in my opinion one splendid start of a new series, so what could go wrong?!
Well, quite a bit, I’m afraid to say, as toward the end it didn’t feel really cozy mystery to me, but more regular thriller stuff which made it too ‘heavy’, in my humble opinion, for the genre I was reading.
Then there was also a splash of paranormal, which I didn’t found necessary somehow as it didn’t add anything more to the plot for me personally.
On the contrary, I thought it made the author rush to get all the different threads together at the end, which, for me, was a real pity as I definitely liked the idea of how everything was linked to each other.
Really a shame as I did enjoy the book overall and I loved the chemistry between Bella and Will, the lead characters, which makes me, after a fashion, compelled to read another installment, because I want to see where their story goes and if the author can grow more within this genre!

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#CoverReveal #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources : Mindworm – David Pollard @dpollardauthor

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, to reveal the cover of

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But first some information

About the Author :

book jacket photoAfter more than forty years of paid employment David Pollard retired to glorious Hereford and immersed himself in the theatrical activities of the county. He is currently Chair of Hereford County Drama Festival.
David sees himself as a teller of tales – he is a playwright, author of short stories and novels. He has a preference for dark and dystopian material. He is also an actor and theatrical director. Among the many authors admired by David is Robert Louis Stevenson – for his website David adopted the appellation Tuistala – Samoan for ‘Teller of Tales’ which the Samoan people called RLS.
Several of David’s plays have been published by Lazybee Scripts – one of which ‘Aspects of a Betrayal’ was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh prize at the Windsor Fringe Festival.
David has two works published on KDP/Amazon:
‘His Cat and Other Strange Tales’ – a collection of macabre short stories
‘The Alienation of Ludovic Weiss’ – a psychological thriller
A third book ‘Mindworm ‘ is scheduled for publication in September 2020
When not writing, directing or acting David runs a podcast platform for the streaming of radio plays and short story readings – Hand to Mouth Sound Theatre.
For relaxation David reads voraciously with a liking for history and thriller fiction. He also enjoys country walks of the strolling variety.

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The placid life of a college librarian is plunged into a desperate fight for survival  when he witnesses the death of his only friend. Suddenly he is forced to confront disturbing changes in his nature and appetites and their consequences. Suspected of murder and pursued by an implacable police detective he runs – but is he running from the law or from himself?

After this great teaser I hope you are still excited for the

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Mindworm front cover

Did this all pique your interest in reading the book? It will be available on September 1st, 2020, but you can already pre-order on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Resurrection Men – David Craig @SootyFeathers @elsewhenpress

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Today I’m on the ‘Resurrection Men’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

aqPzD9lIAside from three months living on an oil tanker sailing back and forth between America and Africa, and two years living in a pub, David Craig grew up on the west coast of Scotland. He studied Software Engineering at university, but lost interest in the subject after (and admittedly prior to) graduation. He currently works as a strategic workforce planning analyst for a public service contact centre, and lives near Glasgow with his wife, daughter and two rabbits.
Being a published writer had been a life-long dream, and one that he was delighted to finally realise with his debut novel, Resurrection Men, the first in the Sooty Feathers series, published by Elsewhen Press in 2018. Thorns of a Black Rose was David’s second novel, also published by Elsewhen Press. He returns to the Sooty Feathers series with Lord of the Hunt.

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1c4R8cLQGlasgow 1893.
Wilton Hunt, a student, and Tam Foley, a laudanum-addicted pharmacist, are pursuing extra-curricular careers as body snatchers, or ‘resurrection men’, under cover of darkness. They exhume a girl’s corpse, only for it to disappear while their backs are turned. Confused and in need of the money the body would have earnt them, they investigate the corpse’s disappearance. They discover that bodies have started to turn up in the area with ripped-out throats and severe loss of blood, although not the one they lost. The police are being encouraged by powerful people to look the other way, and the deaths are going unreported by the press. As Hunt and Foley delve beneath the veneer of respectable society, they find themselves entangled in a dangerous underworld that is protected from scrutiny by the rich and powerful members of the elite but secretive Sooty Feathers Club.
Meanwhile, a mysterious circus arrives in the middle of the night, summoned to help avenge a betrayal two centuries old…

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One of the challenges in writing fantasy is to show the readers a different ‘world’ (or different aspect of our world) with different rules, but still make it relatable to them.
Resurrection Men is a story with a lot of supernatural elements, and I wanted to balance it by grounding it heavily in reality. To do this, and to make it relatable to readers who don’t normally read fantasy, there were two elements I looked to; the world and the characters.
The story is mostly set in in Glasgow, 1893, a city where the rich live in large townhouses and country manors, and the poor live in squalid, overcrowded tenement flats crammed tightly together. My goal was to recreate Victorian Glasgow in all its splendour and squalor, using real places, many of which are still around today.
Among these places are the Southern Necropolis, a cemetery on the southern edge of Glasgow, and the northern Necropolis next to the Cathedral, a hill covered in gothic mausoleums. Several of the pubs are real, such as the Old Toll Bar, which has many of the fittings installed in the year this novel is set. I found it helped me create the world, to sit at the same spot in the bar where the protagonists sat, and imagine the bustle of pedestrians and horse-drawn trams outside. The stench of a city with a polluted river and dung-covered streets.
The Cathedral is about all that remains of medieval Glasgow, and the city council oversaw the demolition of much of Glasgow’s Victorian heritage during the 20th century, but some notable buildings remain. It’s worth recognising that many streets are named after people or places involved in the slave trade (Jamaica Street, Plantation, Kingston, Glassford Street among others), and that many of its notable citizens made their fortunes from that trade and the trades associated with it (tobacco, sugar and cotton).
Making the city as ‘authentic’ as I could was one half of grounding the story in realism; the second was to try and write the characters as three-dimensional, and to have them react realistically in dangerous situations, with their own motivations.
The main protagonists, Hunt and Foley, are men of questionable virtue. They make extra money on the side digging up freshly buried corpses and selling them to an anatomy professor. Both drink too much, and Foley’s depression and general dissatisfaction with his life is impacting his pharmacy shop.
I particularly wanted the characters to react appropriately in dangerous situations, to show them under the influence of fear and adrenalin. If you’ve ever been in a dangerous situation (i.e a fight or potential fight), you may recall the confusion and clumsiness if such a situation was new to you. Hunt is inexperienced in fighting and so he’s unsure how to act as fight or flight instincts war with one another. Foley is an ex-soldier with combat experience and responds more decisively.
I also wanted to show the impact fighting the undead has on the characters. The danger is new to Hunt and Foley, and over the course of the books they must decide whether to continue facing it. And learn, perhaps too late, whether or not that choice remains to them.
What would your choice be? To face going out night after night, to hunt and face the undead or their mortal servants, knowing death is a possibility each time – or turning a blind eye? In contrast to the young Hunt and Foley, the story also features Wolfgang Steiner and Lady Delaney, two veterans in the war against the undead.
Both have lost much and spent two decades fighting the undead. What toll would such a struggle take on them? When the rain falls and the wind howls at night, what drives Lady Delaney to go out in search of danger rather than sit next to a roaring fire with a book and a glass of wine in the relative safety of her home? After twenty years of such a life, I suspect she would not be entirely sane. Certainly, such misadventures in his youth took a heavy toll on Professor Sirk, another who years before learned of supernatural creatures and thought to fight them.
In Delaney, Steiner and Sirk, all of whom have suffered loss, do Hunt and Foley see their future if they stay involved in the supernatural world? This possibility will occur to them, more than once across the series.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : Fire on the Island – Timothy Jay Smith @TimothyJaySmith

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Today I’m on the ‘Fire on the Island’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Timothy Jay Smith (S#1) (1)Tim has traveled the world collecting stories and characters for his novels and screenplays which have received high praise. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his first book, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, “Stolen Memories.” His recent novel, The Fourth Courier received tremendous reviews. His screenplays have won numerous international competitions. Tim is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater. He lives in France.

Synopsis :

Fire on the Island - Arcade book cover (1)For lovers of crime fiction and the allure of the Greek islands, Fire on the Island is the perfect summer read.
FIRE ON THE ISLAND is a playful, romantic thriller set in contemporary Greece, with a gay Greek-American FBI agent, who is undercover on the island to investigate a series of mysterious fires. Set against the very real refugee crisis on the beautiful, sun-drenched Greek islands, this novel paints a loving portrait of a community in crisis. As the island residents grapple with declining tourism, poverty, refugees, family feuds, and a perilously damaged church, an arsonist invades their midst.
Nick Damigos, the FBI agent, arrives on the island just in time to witness the latest fire and save a beloved truffle-sniffing dog. Hailed as a hero and embraced by the community, Nick finds himself drawn to Takis, a young bartender who becomes his primary suspect, which is a problem because they’re having an affair. Theirs is not the only complicated romance in the community and Takis isn’t the only suspicious character on the island. The priest is an art forger, a young Albanian waiter harbors a secret, the captain of the coast guard station seems to have his own agenda, and the village itself hides a violent history. Nick has to unravel the truth in time to prevent catastrophe, as he comes to terms with his own past trauma. In saving the village, he will go a long way toward saving himself.
A long time devotee of the Greek islands, Smith paints the setting with gorgeous color and empathy, ushering in a new romantic thriller with the charm of Zorba the Greek while shedding bright light on the very real challenges of life in contemporary Greece.

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The old man removed a suit coat from a hook and slipped it on. “Welcome,” he said, extending his hand to Nick.
“You are the mayor?”
“We have no budget for a gardener, but the roses do not stop growing. So why have you come to Vourvoulos at this time of year? Most tourists have already left.”
Nick reached into his daypack and passed him an envelope. “Did you write this letter?”
The mayor, fingering it, smiled conspiratorially. “I wasn’t sure if I sent it to the right place.”
“You did,” he assured him, and flashed his badge. “Nick Damigos, FBI.”
“You came all the way from the FBI to help us?”
“Actually, I’m posted to Athens. We have agents in every country that plays a strategic role in terrorism, human trafficking, or refugees, and Greece has a problem with all three.”
“That’s not a very honorable distinction.”
“It’s a function of your geography, and it’s America’s policy to help Greece however we can.”
“America helped our island in the past,” the mayor told him. “After the second world war, during Greece’s civil war we were a communist island, and still Americans gave us food. It saved many lives, including my father’s, and I was not conceived yet so I have always been especially grateful.”
“Saving lives is why America wants to help again. Unfortunately Turkey is threatening to open the refugee floodgates. There could be a thousand refugees arriving here every day. Your Coast Guard station is too strategically located to be put out of commission for even one day.”
“Greece would be a happier country if it were in a less strategic place.”
“Then you wouldn’t have had Homer. Or the Trojan War, which brings up the other reason why the ambassador wants the FBI to help. Do you know what ISIS is?”
“Yes. Islamic State.”
“It’s threatened to mix jihadists in with the refugees. Maybe not in a Trojan horse but on a Trojan raft. If there’s any evidence that’s happened, the Coast Guard is going to play a much bigger role in intercepting and processing refugees before they’re allowed into the country. If the station is destroyed, it’s almost guaranteed that ISIS will flood this route with jihadists.”
“So let me understand correctly,” the mayor said. “You want to keep the Coast Guard in operation, so you oppose moving the fuel tank?”
“I want to stop the arsonist.”

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#PublicationDayBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #PromoPost : The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance – Lali A. Love @Laliaristo

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Today I’m on the ‘The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance’ bookblitz, organised by Love Books Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

GaPyKxPf_400x400Award-winning Author, Lali A. Love provides a supernatural thriller of metaphysical and visionary fantasy with her own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative skills to produce this heart-wrenching and gripping tale.
Lali A. Love lives in the capital city of Canada with her husband and two beautiful children who are her greatest source of pride, joy, and inspiration. As a debut author, Lali loves to write stimulating, character-based novels that invoke an emotional response in her readers. She has done extensive research into epistemology and metaphysics to further her understanding of the Universal Laws of Energy.
In her spare time, Lali is committed to writing her visionary fiction trilogy about spiritual transformation. These mystical novels are based on the journeys of three incarnated Angels that have been brought together in the third-dimensional existence, to realize their Divine Feminine soul purpose. Each of them must experience unique self-realization to overcome the dark demonic entities that are determined to destroy their inner light to derail their Soul mission.

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AAA Book 1 Front Cover (1)When a demonic parasite turns her classmates into an army of sleepwalkers, sixteen-year-old Jo must confront her celestial identity and reveal the mystery of existence. Guided by the Galactic Council, a Galactic Compass and with the help of her best friends, Jo unleashes the cosmic powers of creation to prevent the Lord of Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity.
Will she be able to decode the artificial system in time to save her friends and the sacred Light?

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#BookBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #PromoPost : The End of the Road – Anna Legat @LegatWriter @darkstrokedark @crookedcatbooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The End of the Road’ bookblitz, organised by Love Books Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

P1040507 (3)Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from satire to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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Synopsis :

EafPfDYXsAAOrWbThe fight for survival has begun.
All-out war spins out of control, and it doesn’t discriminate. Governments fall, continents are obliterated, deadly viruses consume everything in their path, and what’s left of humanity is on the run. Caught in this global refugee crisis are a few unlikely survivors.
Tony, a philandering London lawyer, escapes the doomed city and his own murky past as he evacuates to the continent.
A hapless flock of Belgian nuns prays for a miracle as they watch their city turn to rubble.
Bella, a naïve teenager, thinks she is going on holiday when her father drags her across the globe to New Zealand.
Reggie, a loyal employee of a mining corporation, guards a hoard of diamonds in the African plains, fending off desperate looters.
Alyosha, a nuclear scientist, has been looking for the God-particle in Siberia, but now the world is at an end, he wishes to return home to Chernobyl.
A pair of orphaned children are cowering in the Tatra Mountains, fearing the sky will fall in on them.
Will they find an escape route before it is too late? Or are they doomed to fail?

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#BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @RandomTTours / #Excerpt : Family Business #FamilyBusiness – Mark Eklid @MarkEklid

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Today I’m on the ‘Family Business’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Mark Eklid Author picIt took until I was 57 to finally fulfil my dream to become a published author but seeing my work in print was far from a new experience.
Sunbeam, my debut novel, was self-published in November 2019 and was followed by Family Business on June 3 this year. Both are fast-moving, plot-twisting contemporary thrillers which use the city of my birth, Sheffield, as their backdrop, though Family Business is also part-set in my current home city, Derby.
My writing background is a career as a newspaper journalist, starting out as a trainee reporter with the South Yorkshire Times in 1984 before, three years later, joining the sports desk of the Derby Telegraph, where I have been ever since.
Most of that time in Derby has been as the newspaper’s cricket writer, a role that brought national recognition in the 2012 and 2013 England and Wales Cricket Board awards. I have also been a contributor for the last nine years to the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and have had many articles published in national magazines, annuals and newspapers.
The hefty workload of writing as a profession meant writing for pleasure was largely left on the back burner but changed priorities at work made it possible – essential, even – to pick up the threads of one of the many half-formed novels in my computer files and, this time, see it through to publication.
Sunbeam was the result but it was never the intention to stop there. Family Business was well on the way by the time Sunbeam was published and a third novel, possibly the start of a series, is already well into the planning stage.
I was born in Sheffield and have lived in Derby since 1988 with my partner, Sue. We have two sons.

Synopsis :

Family Business CoverFamily historian Graham Hasselhoff thought there were no skeletons in his cupboard. That is, until the day he met the son he never knew he had.Getting to know Andreas, who is now the boss of a road haulage firm, soon leads him to a trail of arson, beatings, mysterious warnings – and murder. Can his son really be behind this deadly business? Graham has to quickly work out if Andreas is an impetuous eccentric – or a dangerously ruthless criminal.

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Excerpt :

The noise jolted him out of his deep sleep with the violence of an explosion. Five mini-explosions. He sat upright with a shocked gasp and attempted to calibrate his addled senses in the unrevealing darkness of an unfamiliar bedroom but could not even be certain if he was suddenly awake or remained locked in the false reality of a panicked dream.
There were the noises again. Five loud bangs. They came from below and this time there was a voice, shouting, demanding.
‘Open the door!’
Graham fumbled on the bedside cabinet for his glasses and tried to focus on the digital figures of the alarm clock. 3:58.
‘Graham! What is it? What’s that noise?’ Janet was sitting up now and had grabbed his arm.
‘I don’t know. It’s the middle of the night.’
What the hell could it be? It sounded like the noise was coming from the front door.
Five more bangs.
‘Open the door! Last chance, open the door!’
‘God, Gray – who is it?’ She was almost hysterical, frantic, frightened.
‘I don’t …Christ, what the …Jeez.’
He shot to his feet and stumbled towards the bedroom light, switching it on and instinctively looking around for anything he could grab as a weapon to defend himself against whoever was announcing themselves with such undisguised threat. He stood blinking, in his baggy t-shirt and loose cotton shorts, moving only in sharp, jerky twitches and feeling like his heart was about to burst out of his throat, struggling to make any sense of this nightmarish awakening.
There was another noise, heavier and louder than the others, a thud against the door which shook the whole house. Two seconds later and there was another.
‘Gray! They’re breaking in! They’re trying to break the door down! They’re coming in for us!’

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#BookBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #PromoPost : Reliance – Paul McMurrough @pmcmurrough

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Today I’m on the ‘Reliance’ bookblitz, organised by Love Books Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

IMG_6464Paul was born and raised in Belfast. Until the age of 15 he couldn’t read. Then, when introduced to Computing at school, he forced himself to make sense of the letter spaghetti on the pages of the text books.
He went on to get a First Class honours degree in Computer Science followed by a career in Software and later IT and Business Consulting.
You may know him from Game of Thrones, where he played “Back of Head from 100 yards” or in The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson where he played “Elbow at the bar” – His acting career ended soon after.

Synopsis :

9781838066017An eruption on the Sun leaves the Earth powerless, but is it a temporary inconvenience or the start of a spiral into anarchy?
Belfast Professor Martin Monroe knows the answers, but once branded a conspiracy nut, he struggles to get anyone to listen to his warnings of the impending disaster. His only friend, Simon Wilson, still coming to terms with the loss of his wife, is the only person who will listen.
Fighting against bureaucracy and her own lack of confidence, Government Communications officer Lisa Keenan struggles to get the word out. Despite the protests of her colleagues, she enlists the help of the professor.
With a wife and new-born child to think of, Prison supervisor, Derek Henderson, must weigh duty against family and live with the consequences of an impossible decision.
Will the world’s total reliance on technology, and the electricity that powers it, lead to the irreversible disintegration of society on a global scale?

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