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Author Interview featuring Austin S. Camacho, The Wrong Kind (a Hannibal Jones novel) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery

The Wrong Kind

by Austin S. Camacho

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

A distraught woman hires private investigator Hannibal Jones to track down her daughter who has run away, trying to escape the homeless shelter life her mother has come to accept. When Hannibal finds Connie Blanco she is entwined in a gang war and somehow connected to a murder. The corpse is barely cold before a second murder follows and Hannibal finds himself entangled in a complex plot revolving around stolen drugs…but who is the mastermind of this twisted scheme?

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Excerpt Three:

Hannibal stepped inside and closed the door behind himself. A quick scan showed Sands to be a good housekeeper for a bachelor. There was a place for everything. The blinds were set to let the maximum amount of sunlight into the front room. Small knickknacks and figurines stood on display on bookcases and the end tables bracketing the leather sofa. A scattering of tiny roses made the wallpaper seem feminine, but the framed paintings of Civil War combat scenes counterbalanced that. The neatness was almost jarring under the circumstances. The only thing out of place in the front room was Quentin himself. He lay spread eagled on the hardwood floor. And with no carpet to absorb liquid, the pool of blood beneath him had spread quite a distance. 

Lying face up, Quentin looked more startled than pained. Hannibal stepped as close to the body as he could without touching the blood pool. There was no need to check for a pulse. The pencil-sized hole just above his left eyebrow was pretty definitive. Hannibal knew the picture would not be nearly as neat on the other side, and he had no desire to see it. Powder burns and stippling on the man’s forehead told Hannibal that this shooting was done up close. Despite Quentin’s final facial expression, he had to have seen it coming. 

So, what was your crime, Hannibal silently asked the corpse. Did you get too close to Connie for some other man’s comfort?

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Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

All you really need to know is that I’m a lifelong mystery fan, That I’ve raised five kids and my lovely wife Denise is here for the long haul, and that I’m retired from a career in communications for the Defense Department so I can finally write full time.

Is The Wrong Kind a single title, or part of a series? 

The Wrong Kind is the seventh mystery about Hannibal Jones, an African American private eye working in Washington DC. I work hard to write the books so that you can read them in any order, and any one of them will keep you guessing right to the end.

What were your inspirations for the story?

I’ve given my detective a couple of previous cases that start with a missing person. I was driven to do it again but in a totally different way. Also, at a conference I was exposed to a method of murder I had never considered. I was inspired to find a way to use that murder method. And it was great fun!

Please share your setting for The Wrong Kind. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? 

The Wrong Kind is set in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. This is basically my home stomping grounds and I visit the streets, businesses and neighborhoods where the action takes place to insure authenticity. I love the discreet neighborhoods in The District, the historic grace of Virginia and the intriguing collision of urban and rural life in Maryland. And I want my readers to get to know those things too.

When did the writing bug first bite?

I started in high school, writing what would now be called fan fiction about my favorite comic book characters. Many of my fellow students got hooked on my stories and eagerly awaited the new ones. And I guess I got hooked on the joy of being rewarded for telling a good story.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series? 

My all time favorites are oldies but goodies. I love the prose of Raymond Chandler beyond anyone who has ever written. For story and plot, Ross McDonald is my all time favorite. And nobody creates characters like Elmore Leonard. I always want my work to be a combination of those three.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

They’d all be fiction authors, but I’d love to have conversation about writing different genres. So, maybe Jeffrey Deaver, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Nora Roberts, and Neil Gaiman. And if you don’t know what every one of them writes, you need to get to a library… stat!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

I do enjoy making glasses out of empty bottles. The process of using a glass cutter, then heating and cooling the bottle until the top separates from the bottom, then sanding the bottom piece until it’s a nice drinking glass… it become a detailed, zen activity. It relaxes me and frees my mind to work on writing challenges.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen? 

Strange is kind of subjective, isn’t it? At DragonCon last year I saw a woman in a very detailed Flying Spaghetti Monster costume – only her hands and lower legs were exposed – shuffle into the donation area behind me to give blood to the Red Cross. That was pretty strange. But was it stranger than the progress of American national politics in the last two years? As I said, kind of subjective.

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

The most important thing for an aspiring writer to do is write. Write every day. This business is as much craft as art, sort of like playing a musical instrument. The only way to master the basics is to practice until it becomes second nature to you.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Austin S. Camacho is the author of seven novels about Washington DC-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008. He is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey. Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press.

 

https://www.facebook.com/austin.camacho.author/

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Kind-Hannibal-Jones-Mystery/dp/1940758971/

 

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#Review of His Salvation by Michelle King w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @Michelle_King_1


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Will the woman he left behind a decade ago be His Salvation?

Seth McCullough left behind his high school sweetheart, Krista Chancellor, determined to keep her safe. Running from his own demons, Seth joined the military, hoping for a new start.

Ten years later, after experiencing psychological and physical trauma, Seth takes a trip to Mexico for rest and relaxation. Waking up one morning confused, bloody, and linked to multiple high profile murders, Seth is sure he’s lost what little sanity he has left. Determined to find answers, Seth reaches out to the only person he ever trusted, his old flame, Krista.

Now, Krista and Seth find themselves embroiled in an agenda too terrifying to comprehend. Not sure who to trust, and looking for answers, will the woman he left behind over a decade ago be His Salvation, or his ruin?

PLEASE NOTE: This is the second edition. It has extensive rewrites and has been re-edited.

As you know that I love romantic suspense, so I’m very picky.  This book delivered what I want and need in a romantic suspense book.  While the smexy parts aren’t plentiful, this story deals with childhood sweethearts reconnecting after years of being apart and to the “way” things were left.  The book starts off with a bang, so the twist mid-way through the book was a kicker.  I lurved it.  Ms. King knows how to drop a bomb on her readers and makes it completely plausible.  Once things are figured out with Seth, the plot never lets you go.

Seth and Krista are childhood sweethearts that parted under different circumstances.  Ms. King doesn’t let them have a fight but realizing that Seth and Krista will be going into different directions she lets the relationship just end.  Without tears and begging.  Years later, Seth knows that Krista is the only person that can help him with what is going on and just prays that she will.

Krista is a great heroine.  Strong, smart and still having a soft spot for Seth, she agrees.  Seth is a sweetie, too.  Always knowing that something was “wrong” with him, he knew that he didn’t like it but needed help.  I wish that I could tell you the big plot twist but then I would totally spoil the book for you.  Hence, the runaround on the review.  All I can say is that the twist is huge, frightening and in my mind, realistic.  But then again, I cut my teeth on Tom Clancy books so I’m up for anything.

If you are looking for an action packed, suspenseful, thrilling second chance romance, then this is for you.  Ms. King delivers the goods in spades and I look forward to reading more from her.  She just “gets” me in what I love about romantic suspense.  Krista and Seth have a place in my heart forever and I’m happy that I’ve discoverd another great author for me to read.

About the Author: Michelle King lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four quirky and beautiful children. She loves coffee, Superman, rollercoasters, and has an addiction to chapstick.

She works as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. As a multi-genre author, she has written in the categories of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards. You can visit Michelle’s website at https://www.authormichelleking.com/

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#Review of Christmas With You by Nan Reinhardt w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @NanReinhardt

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She’s loved him all her life… but will he be there when she needs him the most?

Disheartened and adrift after being written out of a hit TV show, actor Aidan Flaherty returns to his family’s historic winery, where he’s invested some of the fortune he’s made. As the holidays approach, Aidan becomes intrigued with the old showboat that’s dry-docked just east of town… and even more intrigued with the daughter of his former mentor, who now owns it. He decides to buy the boat and restore it to its former glory.

Single mom Holly Santos is back in River’s Edge after her divorce and she is over men in general and actors in particular. If she could only get rid of her father’s old showboat, a source of fascination for her son, Mateo. She never expects her old crush to walk into her tea shop or the fireworks that happen every time they’re in the same room. Can Aidan convince her that he is determined to restore their shared heritage on the showboat and that he’s home to stay?

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A knock on his car window jerked him back to the Mickey D’s parking lot and he turned to see a young woman peering in. “Hey?” She tapped on the glass again. “Hey? Aren’t you that cop? The one on TV? Pete At-Atwater?”

Aidan came within a second of simply shaking his head since she didn’t even have the name of his character right, but another girl came up behind the blonde, a huge smile on her face. “It’s him!” She gripped the blonde’s arm. “It’s Pete Atwood from LA Detectives!” Elbowing her way to the window of the little MG, she stooped down. “We love you, Pete!”

Pinning on his celebrity smile, the one that showed off his dimples and made hearts race all over America and Canada, Aidan rolled down the window. “Good morning, ladies.”

They clutched each other and giggled, jiggling with excitement. “Can we get a picture with you?” the blond one asked while the other one bit her lip and sighed.

“Sure.” Aidan opened the car door and got out, surreptitiously scanning the parking lot as he did so. Most of the cars were in the drive-thru and the people in line weren’t paying attention to the activity in the corner of the parking lot, where he’d deliberately parked to avoid being recognized. How had these two figured out who he was?

Oh, crap, the California license plates on Pete’s distinctive MG! A dead giveaway and it’s no secret that the actor who plays Pete Atwood is from a small river town in southern Indiana.

At least ten pictures and a couple of autographs later, he was back in the car while the two girls scurried off. Aidan watched out of the corner of his eye as they high-fived each other before getting into an older compact car. No doubt they were both on their phones letting friends know that Pete Atwood was haunting the parking lot of the McDonald’s on the highway, so heaving a huge breath, he buckled up and turned the key in the ignition.

Guys this book.  I read it like two weeks ago and it is still in my heart.  I’m really enjoying the books that Tule Publishing has been putting out over the years.  I know that I will be getting a warm-hearted, feel-good book with characters that will wiggle their way into my heart and not let go.  Ms. Reinhardt doesn’t disappoint with her story featuring Aidan and Holly.  I will admit that I didn’t read Sean or Connor’s books but you don’t have to.  Each book is completely stand-alone.  Unfortunately, my wallet took a hit later.

Holly and Aiden had my heart from the start.  What got me with Aiden is that even though he was a very popular actor, he really didn’t take himself seriously.  He is kind to fans but realizes that maybe getting fired is a Godsend.  Regrouping with his brothers and then seeing the old riverboat, an idea comes to life.  Too bad he has to deal with the owner’s daughter, Holly.  While she tries to be unimpressed with Aiden back in town, deep down she’s 14 again.  I hear you sister.  Seeing Aiden brings back some unpleasant family issues that Holly has with her mother and now-deceased father.  Mateo, Holly’s son is great, too.  Just on the cusp of teenhood, he is looking for that male figure in his life and Aiden seems to fill the void.  Holly and Mateo haven’t had it easy over the years.  I won’t spoil for you but it explains a lot about Holly and her reluctance to even be friends with Aiden again.

I would be remiss not to talk about the riverboat itself.  It is a character that is crucial to Holly and Aiden’s romance.  It brings up some deep resentment from Holly and I can see why.  On the flip side, it makes Aiden very happy and shows where he got his love of acting in the first place.  Naturally, Mateo is drawn to the boat, Aiden and acting which Holly doesn’t deal well at all.  But that’s what sets this book apart from the others that I have read lately.  It’s the boat.  It is the centerpiece to the story, the romance and how Aiden and Holly as individuals.  In my opinion, Holly had the most to grow.  She has more to lose but she also needed to let go of some severe pent-up feelings in regards to her dad and the boat.

Ms. Reinhardt has written a book that is realistic, funny at times, puts a smile on your face and makes you realize that not every family is perfect; no matter what they seem on the surface.  I can’t wait for Brendan’s book.  In just one book, I have found a family to love, cherish and revisit again and again.

About the Author:

Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. Nan has been a copyeditor and proofreader for over 25 years, and currently works on romantic fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.

Although she loves her life as an editor, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. Her latest series, Four Irish Brothers Winery, includes A Small Town Christmas, Meant to Be, and the newly released, Christmas with You, all from Tule Publishing. Nan is busy at work on Book 4 of the series, as well as brewing a cozy mystery idea.

Visit Nan’s website at www.nanreinhardt.com, where you’ll find links to all her books as well as blogs about writing, being a Baby Boomer, and aging gracefully…mostly. Nan also blogs every sixth Wednesday at Word Wranglers, sharing the spotlight with five other romance authors and is a frequent contributor the RWA Contemporary Romance blog, and she contributes to the Romance University blog where she writes as Editor Nan.

Word Wranglers: http://www.wordwranglers.blogspot.com/
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