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Book Blitz: ‘The Venom Protocols’ by John Murray McKay

Title: The Venom Protocols

Author: John Murray McKay

Publisher: KCEditions

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Suspense

 

 

About the Book:

“You should have left me alone.”

Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it’s not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.

To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement… or out of the business permanently… and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.

Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.

They should have listened.

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Excerpt

They kept coming after us, whistling and shouting as they went. It was like time stopped and everything around me grew quiet. I could sense the brick as it left the man’s hand, feel the texture of the rough red grain as it flew through the air. In slow motion I pushed Peter to the side, feeling him fall away as I turned and felt the brick strike my chest. Chest thumping, blood dripping down my breasts, dress torn as I lay on the dirty pavement sucking in deep swathes of breath. I could not hear Richard’s terrified screams or the laughter of the men, just the torrent of blood in my veins racing faster and faster.

And then it stopped.

About the Author:

Well you’ve found my profile page, thus you’ve already qualified for an attaboy award (a pat on the head and a chuck on the shoulder).

Now comes the part where I tell you about myself (I’ll wait for you to get some popcorn and get comfy).

I am a 20 something writer out of South Africa (Howzit my lanies, ons klap dit stukkend hier!), I am a professional cat herder, with other words a teacher. My favourite authors are Clive Cussler and Terry Pratchett and I am a Marvel comics addict! My inspiration for writing starter with the Johnny Castaway screensaver which I took as inspiration for my first novel “Man on an island.”. I have moved onto the horror/ Sci fi fields now and I can proudly say I am a serial writer and I love doing it!

I love writing about people and strong female characters like Quentin does in his movies.

Something interesting about me? I am wanted for various unstated crimes by the Tunisian Sock Merchant Mafia

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/NDaysSeries

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7480193.John_Murray_McKay

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Book Blitz: ‘Manual for Murder’ by Gonçalo JN Dias

Title: Manual for Murder

Author: Gonçalo JN Dias

Genre: Murder & Mayhem / True Crime / Thriller / Suspense

 

About the Book:

Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.

 

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From 26th to 28th of July you will be able to download this book for free directly from the author’s official blog, in any digital format.

Direct link: www.gjnd-books.blogspot.com.es

 

Excerpt

From Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague (Andre):

“Looking back, I can identify several reasons why I fell in love with Andre, and they are largely related to defects that I projected onto Julio to justify my behaviour. His sense of humour was one reason. Andre was funny, with his dark humour, refined and clever, but he could also be melancholy, quiet and needy. He was comfortable talking about his faults, his defeats, failures and fears. Julio’s sense of humour was more conservative. He was also funny, but he couldn’t laugh at himself. He held himself in high regard, thought that he was intellectually superior to most people, and had an opinion about every topic. He loved to argue and never took the blame for anything. I would be lying if I said that physical factors had no bearing on my choice. During our thirteen years together, Julio had gained over three stone. When we met, he was a handsome young man, almost 5’9” tall and weighing 12 1/2 stone, and with lovely, curly light brown hair. Thirteen years later, he weighed nearly 16 stone. He was practically bald, but refused to accept it by preserving half a dozen hairs in an absurd attempt to hide the fact. He knew that he was becoming fat, but did nothing to get in shape; he constantly made plans but never put them into practice. Andre was no Greek god, but he was clearly more attractive. Every Sunday morning he played squash with friends from university. He had a small belly, but his body was firm, and he was happy to use creams and perfumes. Julio was a true gentleman when he made love; he always asked permission, and if I said that I wasn’t in the mood, he understood and never insisted. He liked to talk during the act, to ask me if everything was good, if I wanted to change position. At the end, he wanted me to approve of his performance. Andre never asked permission; he won the right to make love through his insistence, confidence and determination. He never spoke during the act, nor asked for an assessment. He knew that he satisfied me.

However, out of all the reasons I could find to justify my actions, what really made me want to be with Andre was hope: the fantasy of being with someone who understood me, who didn’t criticize me, who saw the world through the same eyes; it was the belief that Andre would banish all my ghosts, my doubts and anxieties, and that I would once again dream, fly, have projects and ambitions, wake up in the morning with a lust for life. What I saw in Andre was hope, so much hope.”

 

From Oscar, a homicide detective, who is assigned to the case (second chapter):

” The autopsy results came on Monday. There were no signs of violence or rape. The victim had been injected with bleach or a similar cleaner and then, already unconscious, had died in the fire with her hands cuffed to car’s armrest, so that she couldn’t flee and survive. Pretty macabre and sick. Neither on her body nor on the remains of her burnt clothes did we find any fibre from anyone we could use as evidence. Which led to another question: if she had been killed for money, why hadn’t the killer withdrawn any more? Or stolen her laptop or her wedding ring?

There were several questions to ask Sofia’s relatives, principally Andre, so we waited until the funeral that Wednesday, and then, on the followings days, we called in different relatives to give statements. The funeral was held at the Limiar Cemetery, fairly close to the deceased’s house. It was full of people, relatives, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and the curious. I watched Andre carefully, looking for some abnormal reaction or odd closeness, but I detected nothing.”

About the Author:

The life of this character is full of contradictory information and rumours. Both his date of birth and home town are uncertain. Some say he hails from a suburban ghetto in Lisbon (Portugal); while others claim that he was born in eastern Russia, in the city ofVladivostok, sometime in the ‘60s.

According to gossips, he worked for the Reagan Administration in the early ‘80s, and helped to weaken the Soviet economy, although others say that he worked for the KGB as a spy in the western world.

At the end of the ‘80s, he was spotted in Seattle, working as a grunge music producer under the pseudonym of Johnny Blanco.

His location was mystery for over a decade until, at the beginning of the century, he emerged as an executive in the burka trade between the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan with the name of Mustafa Blanco. Clashes between the Taliban and US troops forced him to vanish again for a while.

Nowadays, there are some rumours that he became a hermit and lives in the woods of a small town, No Name, Colorado, United States, spending his time reading and writing; others, however, claim that he resides in Tennessee as a country music singer, with the name Marcogekson Blanco.

What is certain is that he wrote two books. The first one, The Good Dictator, was a real failure; although it was translated into several languages, it only sold two copies.  The second one, Manual for a Murder, was said to incite violence and killing, and has been banned in several countries, including Tuvalu and Kyrgyzstan.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/goncalo.n.dias.7

Twitter: @GoncaloJNDias

Blog: www.gjnd-books.blogspot.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15193649.Gon_alo_J_Nunes_Dias

Amazon author: www.amazon.com/Gon%C3%A7alo-J.-Nunes-Dias/e/B01A77NFNO

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Author Interview: ‘Succubus’ by Regis P. Sheehan

About the Book:

2003: The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has taken place. The hunt for Saddam Hussein and the search for his weapons of mass destruction is underway.

Meanwhile in North Korea, a nuclear research scientist wants to defect.

The “Org” is tasked to bring her out.

…. If possible ….

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Following graduation from Duquesne University, I went into the Army as a 2LT and served for a few years in Germany as an Infantry Officer.

After several more intervening years in Florida (working in social service programs), I became a Special Agent with the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (or DSS). It was during those intervening years that the interest in writing – both fiction and non-fiction – took hold. Unfortunately, some 26 years passed between my initial interest and any serious action on my part.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Although now retired from the DSS, I am still working 40 hours per week as a contractor, so my writing has to come in the evenings and on weekends. I also carry around a notebook to jot down ideas regarding plots and characters as they come to me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The ideas primarily come from current events and from (unclassified) snippets of developments that I have witnessed during the course of my career. There seems to be no shortage of international conflict from which to draw.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

In general, I usually have an idea as to how the story begins and how it will end. I always try to provide authentic scenarios as to time frames, local events and history. Filling in the middle is the hard part!

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

All are in the Thriller/Espionage genre. It is my favorite fiction genre for reading.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

The character of “Bear” (Paul Medved) has always appeared to me as the middle-aged Nick Nolte. The other major characters are based upon true acquaintances of mine (largely unbeknownst to them).

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I am reading constantly. These vary from fiction to non-fiction (the latter mainly histories, both for personal enjoyment and for research).

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

“Rocket Men” (Kurson), “Rise and Kill First” (Bergman), “Secrets and Lies in Vietnam” (Dimiritikas), and “Shadow Warfare’ (Hancock).

9: What is your favourite book and why?

“Machiavelli – A Biography” (Miles). This brought the much-maligned Florentine to life in an engaging and relevant way.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

If you feel the urge to write, start now. There is no point in waiting for some ideal time to do so in the future. And if you do start to write, treat it as a project to be completed – not an idle hobby that you will “get to” every now and then.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6895316.Regis_P_Sheehan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/regis.sheehan

 

About the Author:

A native of Pittsburgh and a resident of Northern Virginia, the author is a former Special Agent of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), U.S. State Department.

His career included criminal investigations and dignitary protection in the Miami and Washington field offices, as well as a tour in MSD – or the DSS Mobile Security Division. With MSD he provided training, tactical support to protective details and emergency security enhancement to high threat embassies and consulates around the world.

Assigned overseas, he was a member of the Regional Security Offices in El Salvador, South Africa and China.

Prior to retirement, he served as the Chief of the DSS Counterintelligence Division.

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Book Blitz: ‘Just’ by Jenny Morton Potts

Title: Just

Secrets of the Mediterranean Have Never Been Deadlier

Author: Jenny Morton Potts

Genre: Thriller / Mystery

 

About the Book:

A heart stopping thriller, full of emotion and twists

On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls wrecklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.

‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.

An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.

 

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About the Author:

Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realised she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.

Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family.

She tries not to take herself too seriously.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.jennymortonpotts.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennymortonpotts

Twitter: @jmortonpotts

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Author Interview: ‘Cold Flood’ by R.J. Corgan

About the Book:

For geologist Kea Wright, when a volcano erupts under and ice cap, it isn’t just a good time, it’s a living.Camped at the base of an icecap in southeast Iceland, Kea and her team are investigating landforms created by catastrophic floods. With only days left in the field season, bad weather on the way, and the volcano due to erupt at any time, the team is struck by a tragedy that threatens to shut down the entire project.As the team rushes to complete their work, the expedition continues to be plagued by setbacks, leading Kea to wonder if the initial tragedy was an accident after all. During her reluctant – and inept – attempts to investigate, Kea inadvertently stumbles upon a secret. One so valuable, someone is willing to kill to keep it hidden.

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Author Interview:

 

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I have spent a great deal of my academic career working on glaciers or volcanoes. Between school and volunteering I have been able to go to so many fascinating places in the world with scientists that most people can never go. By wrapping these settings and people into murder mysteries or thrillers I hope to allow people to share in these adventures.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Since I live in the DC area, traffic is often so bad that I hide out after work in a coffee shop and write.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I am very geospatially-driven. I let the setting (wildlife, physical geography, geology, weather, etc.) drive the events, and then put characters in them with a crisis and see how they react. Watching real life scientists conduct fieldwork in all manner of climates and weather, balancing personalities, logistics, finances and their families is simply amazing. Few people realize how much goes on just to get an expedition running. Everything I write is a tribute to them. They not only changed my life, but everyone they touch, both personally and professionally.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

My stories are very much driven by how fieldwork plays out in real life: plan heavily, start working, and then when it all goes to pieces, improvise!

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

While I love reading science fiction, fantasy, and crime, my books are very much sculpted around the fantastic work of Nevada Barr. A park ranger in real life, her murder mystery/thriller books are set in many of America’s National Parks. She describes the parks so vividly, and they are central to the plots, that they are almost characters in themselves. Since there are so many parks, I’ll never be able to visit them all in person, but through reading her books I get a chance to experience some more of them.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

In my head, the lead character (Kea Wright) is Gillian Anderson, very much in the mold of Scully from X-files. Kea, however, has much less confidence and personal skills. She just wants to be left alone and get her work done, but drama keeps sweeping her away.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

See number 5

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Currently reading How I Paid for College, a novel of sex, theft, friendship and musical theatre, by Marc Acito. It is hysterical.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Genius Loci by Ben Aaronovitch. It is a book about archaeology in space, and I can honestly say that not only does it to an amazing job of describing what real archaeological fieldwork is like, but every page seems to hold an amazing new concept that boggled my mind.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Spend the time and money to get a good editor. Once you’ve made the changes, hire another editor to proof the edits!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

RJCorganbooks.com is my main site, but I post pictures of recent expeditions on Facebook and twitter under the same name.

Website: www.rjcorganbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RJCorganBooks

Twitter: @RJCorgan

About the Author:

R. J. Corgan Books is dedicated to providing readers with the opportunity to learn alongside scientists all around the world, all while enjoying a good murder mystery.

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