Wealth & Privilege and Brains & Beauty by Jeanette Watts – Virtual Book Tour

Historic Fiction
2013 / 2015
 
 
 
Book One (Wealth & Privilege)

Boy meets girl, falls in love at first sight. Oops, she’s already married. Bad planning. She becomes a friend and a muse, helps him find his voice. He knows that no one gets to capture their own muse, but he can dream, can’t he…?

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Book Two (Brains & Beauty)

Girl meets boy, falls in love at first sight. Kind of unfortunate for a married woman. He becomes her best friend, the only man in her life that she can really count on. She wishes there could be more to it. There can’t be, but she can dream, can’t she…?

Excerpt

Was it really less than a year since she had witnessed the conflagration at the railroad yard? Once again, she faced smoking ruins that had once been a thriving industry. This time, it wasn’t human made. Or at least, it wasn’t deliberate.

The Washburn “A” had been a seven-and-a-half story building, and the explosion had been so large it shattered glass windows in the neighboring city of St. Paul. It left a crater in the middle of the mill district. The circle of destruction was ringed with the charred skeletons of mills that existed on the edge of the blast zone.

Regina was far from alone as she picked her way through the piles of rock and an occasional gear. People were already salvaging those things that weren’t still on fire, or too burnt to be of any value. Insurance men were there. She could tell who they were when she overheard two of them muttering together about whether the damage should be considered fire or explosion. Others came merely to gawk at the carnage. Still others, no doubt, were there to mourn.

She was amazed that there were only eighteen other people killed in the explosion. Considering the scope of the wreckage, it seemed to her it could have been so much worse. Regina felt a certain gratitude that there were so few new widows. The bereaved would fit on a single trolley car.

She circumnavigated the debris field, fascinated by the extent of the damage and wondering how to prevent anything like this from happening in Sewickley. If the new Hungarian rollers were going to create more dust, she was going to need to do something to improve ventilation.

Her eyes scanned for places where Henry might have been found. There were fallen walls everywhere – and nothing looked like a place where a man could be pinned down, and survive, even briefly.

When she returned to the hotel, the concierge was able to help her make the arrangements with the train station over the transportation of a coffin.

Finally, Mr. George Christian, Senior, and George Christian, Junior, collected her at the hotel to take her back to the train station.

“I am so sorry for your loss, Mrs. Waring,” the elder Christian said.

“Thank you,” Regina answered, realizing she was going to be hearing that sentence over and over in the next several months.

“I don’t know why God spared me, and not your husband,” Mr. Christian continued. “I almost came with him to the mill that afternoon, but my business detained me longer than I thought.”

“Well,” Regina reasoned, “it’s a good thing that your business did detain you. Otherwise your son would also be suffering a loss in his family today.”

“Still, I feel responsible.” Mr. Christian frowned.

“If there’s anything we can do to help, please, let us know,” the younger Mr. Christian said.

There is nothing so awful in the world as uncertainty. The train ride home alone, with Henry’s coffin somewhere in the back of the train, was sad, but much less difficult than the trip to Minnesota had been.

Now, at least, Regina’s brain had something concrete to work on. There were problems to solve, or, at least, she knew what the problems were going to be.

wattsbrainsbeautyJeanette Watts is a dance instructor and performer of many different kinds of dance, a costumer, a former television producer, and a big softie who can’t learn to say no when people need help with their festivals. It makes it really difficult for her to get time to write.

Website: www.JeanetteWatts.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.watts.94

Twitter: @JeanetteAWatts    

 

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Bravo: Apocalypse Mission by Summer Lane — Book Blitz

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Bravo: Apocalypse Mission by Summer Lane
(Bravo Saga, #1)
Publication date: April 22nd 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Civilization, collapsed. Society, gone.
The apocalypse rules all, and mankind struggles for survival.
But there was a dog, and his name was Bravo.

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First, there was the training.

Bravo, a strong and loyal German Shepherd, is born and raised to be a bomb detection dog in the Marines by his handler, Nathan Ingalls. Together, they prepare to become fighters.

After the training, there was the desert.
Deployed to Afghanistan, the brutality of desert warfare shows no mercy to neither man nor dog.

And then, there was the Collapse.
When the apocalypse strikes, Bravo is cruelly torn from his handler in the dying days of society. Bravo fights for survival in the city, longing to be reunited with his handler, his friend.
His journey will take him into the most dangerous parts of the city and country, into the heart of the apocalypse. He will meet new friends, and he will fight for them.
Bravo will not stop until he finds his partner.

This is the story of a dog. This is the story of a hero.
This is the story of Bravo, the bomb dog, and his apocalypse mission.

 

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Military Working Dogs Rock

When I was ten years-old, I watched a demonstration of a law enforcement K-9 German Shepherd subdue a “suspect” with a bite sleeve. I remember being struck with the pure agility, speed and flat-out beauty of the canine himself, and thinking, “I want a dog like that!” Ever since then, I have been positively obsessed with working dogs, especially military working dogs – tracking dogs and explosive detection dogs.

It was this love that really made writing Bravo: Apocalypse Mission a joy. I did so much research to make sure that the training methods used in this book for Bravo were accurate and factual. I interviewed K-9 handlers and studied training procedures. I read countless interviews with handlers and marveled at the incredibly deep and intense bond between man/woman and dog.

Long story short, working dogs rock, whether they’re sniffing out bombs or helping the disabled navigate through a busy crowd. They’re selfless, loyal and loving. Because of this, I’ll be donating 20% of all my sales of Bravo plush toys and wristbands to a charity called Save-A-Vet, an organization who helps retired military working dogs find a home after they have served their country. If you’re interested, visit my website (summerlaneauthor.com) and look under the Bravo tab to purchase a wristband (they’re only $3!) or Bravo plush.

AUTHOR BIO:
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Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 12 thrilling books, including the phenomenal bestselling Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy and Collapse: The Illustrated Guide. Her newest series, The Bravo Saga, is releasing April 22nd, 2016, and is hotly anticipated in the reading community.

Bravo: Apocalypse Mission is the first installment of the Bravo Saga. It follows the story of a military working dog named Bravo who is separated from his beloved handler when the apocalypse strikes. It is a poignant and thrilling tale of love, loyalty and survival.

Summer also owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine where she has interviewed and worked with countless authors from around the globe.

Author links:
http://SummerLaneAuthor.Com
http://WritingBelle.Com
http://WritingBellePublishing.Com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-Lane-International-Bestselling-Author/178664608947815?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/SummerEllenLane
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5823376.Summer_Lane

Harry Starke by Blair Howard — author interview

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Mystery
Date Published: September 7, 2015
 
 

Harry Starke is the first novel in the Harry Starke series of murder mysteries.

Why Did Tabitha Willard Throw Herself off the Walnut Street Bridge?

It’s almost midnight, bitterly cold, snowing, when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge into the icy waters of the Tennessee. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries, but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, corruption, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally…. Well, as always, there’s a twist in the tale, several in fact….

Harry Starke is a hard-boiled private detective, an ex-cop, a tough guy from right side of the tracks with finely tuned senses, good instincts, and friends in high places. He’s single, successful, well educated, and yes, he will hurt you if he needs to.

INTERVIEW

– What was the inspiration for your latest book (i.e. the one you are currently promoting)?

A: The inspiration for Harry Starke when I visited the Walnut Street bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. “A great place for a suicide,” I thought, and, in my mind’s eye, I could see it happening. The idea in itself was not enough. I had to expand on it and add a couple of murders, some nefarious characters, and several dangerous situations (for Harry), and from there it kind of grew, which is the way it usually happens with all of my books.

– How much of yourself is reflected in this book (for example, professional expertise, personality, or other), and how?

A: There has to be some of the author in every book, even if it’s only fantasy. Harry Starke is everything I wish I was.

– The first thing that draws me to a book is its cover.  Can you tell us about your cover – why you chose that concept and who the artist is.

A: The cover for Harry Starke came from a stock photo. The character in the image is exactly how I would want him to look.

– Can you tell us something quirky about this book , its story and characters? (for example, were the characters named after something or someone in particular)

A: All of my books have some quirky characters Harry Starke, has Benny Hinkle, a rather strange bar owner. The same book also has Shady Tree and Stimpy and Ren. Books two and three in the series, Two for the Money and Hill House, introduce a very nasty Mafia don in the form of Sal De Luca. Quirky characters add character to the book.

– If you could / wished to turn this book/series into a movie, who would be your dream team? (e.g. director, actors, locations, etc. – dead, alive or mythical!)

A: One can only wish, and if wishes came true Harry would be played by Titus Welliver who plays Harry Bosch in the TV series. Amanda? I guess Sara Paxton best looks the part.

– What is your writing process?

A: It’s very simple. When I am involved in a project, I write seven days a week from 8am until I get tired, usually around 2pm or 3pm. Once the project is complete, I do an edit and then send it to my editor. She will do a full copy and content edit then send it back to me. I will do another edit, then it’s back to her for the final edit.

– What is in store next?

A: These days my writing is all about Harry Starke. The fifth book in the series, Family Matters, is due to be released in a couple of weeks, and I am already at work on book six. I don’t have a title for that one yet, and there are more to come. He is garnering quite a following, I’m happy to say, so as long as I can keep him fresh, and the plots interesting, that’s what I will be doing.

Author Bio:

Blair Howard is from a small town in England, near Stratford-upon-Avon, on the edge of the English Cotswolds. He is Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed upon him in 2008 by the then Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Steven L. Beshear. Until 2015, he wrote sweeping historical epics, and is the author of five historical novels. In July of 2015 he decided to try his hand at writing mystery novels, thus we have Harry Starke. The first in the series, Harry Starke, was released in mid-September 2015. The second novel, Two for the Money, was released October 19 the same year, Hill House, in mid-December 2015, and Checkmate in February 2016, and there are more to come.

Blair is the author of more than 40 books, including the Harry Starke series and five novels of the American Civil War. More than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta’s Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blair.howard.77

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Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus: Book Blitz

Thriller
Date Published: January 18, 2016

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When a secret webcam is found in the Georgetown bedroom of a murdered high-society call girl, everyone in Washington, DC wants the recording…especially the killer. 
After a high-society call girl is brutally murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is a webcam with an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end. Whoever has the recordings has embarrassing leverage against some of the most powerful men in DC, not to mention a video of the murder showing the identity of the killer.
FBI Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but rumors that the victim’s client list may include some of Washington’s most powerful men makes her doubt the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the recording…but that the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.
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About the Author

Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
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Checkmate by Blair Howard — book excerpt

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Mystery
Date Published: February 16, 2016
 
 
 

Checkmate is the fourth standalone novel in the Harry Starke series of mysteries.

Angela Hartwell lay dead in the shallow waters beside the golf course. There was not a mark on her, yet she had been strangled. How could that be?

Once again, it’s up to Harry Starke to find out. The investigation takes him into a world he’s very familiar with, a world of affluence, privilege, and corruption.

To solve the mystery, he must deal with three murders, a beautiful used car dealer, her lovely twin sisters, and a crooked banker.  Not to mention Burke and Hare, two crazy repo men who will stop at nothing to protect their employer’s interests. There’s also the matter of an ingenious, sadistic killer. But nothing is ever quite what it seems….

Harry Starke is a hard-boiled private detective, an ex-cop, a tough guy from the right side of the tracks with finely tuned senses, good instincts, and friends in high places. He’s single, successful, well educated, and yes, he will hurt you if he needs to.

Checkmate

By Blair Howard

Short Excerpt:

Judge Strange was teeing his ball when we heard a shout.

“Hey Harry! Over here!” It was Greg Holloway. He was standing by his cart on the right side of the seventh green, in the rough close to the river’s edge, waving both arms over his head. I figured he must have put his ball in the water. I waved back, then turned to watch the judge make his shot.

“Harry! Harry Starke!”

What the hell? I turned again. He was still waving his arms.

“C’mere, Harry. Now. We’ve got a body in the water!”

I turned to the others. “Did he say ‘body?’”

“I think he did, “August said. “Better go take a look.”

We ran to the carts, threw our clubs into the bags, and raced off down the fairway toward the still-waving Greg Holloway.

“Over there.” He pointed as he ran toward the water’s edge.

“Hey. Whoa,” I yelled. “Don’t go down there, Greg. Stay away. Don’t disturb anything.”

The woman was just a few feet from the riverbank, lying on her back in six inches of water. She looked peaceful, but there was no doubt about it: she was dead.

At first glance she appeared to be in her mid-twenties. She was wearing dark blue shorts and a white, long-sleeve shirt over a black bra, and a wrist watch—no shoes. From where I was standing, there didn’t look to be a mark on her. No cuts or bruises. Her skin, a dirty gray color, told a story all its own. Oh hell, what a way to go…. Hang on. I think I know her.



Blair Howard is from a small town in England, near Stratford-upon-Avon, on the edge of the English Cotswolds. He is Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed upon him in 2008 by the then Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Steven L. Beshear. Until 2015, he wrote sweeping historical epics, and is the author of five historical novels. In July of 2015 he decided to try his hand at writing mystery novels, thus we have Harry Starke. The first in the series, Harry Starke, was released in mid-September 2015. The second novel, Two for the Money, was released October 19 the same year, Hill House, in mid-December 2015, and Checkmate in February 2016, and there are more to come.

Blair is the author of more than 40 books and more than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta’s Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.

Website: http://www.blairhoward.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blair.howard.77

Twitter: @bcwhoward

Blog: www.blairhoward.com/blog

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHQS30

 

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