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Kick Ball Slay

Evann Myrick is an aging, widowed detective with a special gift for solving crimes. When he begins to investigate a string of murders that has been plaguing the world of West Coast swing dancing, he finds himself thrown into a hostile environment full of treachery, deceit, and murder. Myrick finds himself locked in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a vicious killer that is closer than he thinks. As the body count rises and his investigation deepens, the killer’s attention turns to Myrick. With no witnesses, a long list of suspects and a world totally unknown to him, he must rely on all his skills as a detective to stop this murderer–before they stop him.

Kick Ball Slay, by Doug Dorsey, is a riveting murder mystery, set in the competitive world of West Coast swing Dancing. The story focuses on Evann Myrick, a brilliant detective that is tasked with solving these murders. Dorsey does a wonderful job of keeping readers in suspense and making it hard for us to guess the identity of the killer.

I enjoyed following Evann throughout the investigation as readers will be trying to put the pieces together with him. I am a fan of Dorsey’s style of writing. His language is descriptive and engaging. The author’s characters are well-developed and diverse, adding to the world of swing dancing. Dorsey has also done a great job of making all of the characters in the book seem like suspects, making it hard for the reader to pinpoint one person.

Kick Ball Slay is a fascinating whodunit crime thriller with a unique setting and a compelling cast of characters. With a compelling mystery at its core readers will be wrapped up in solving this spellbinding case.

Pages: 329 | ASIN: ‎ B09W921HLJ

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Weaving Reality, Legend, And Fiction

JCR Paulino Author Interview

The Swords of Blood and Gold follows a deep-sea diver that is the prime suspect in a series of murders committed by a supernatural killer, and he must find a way to stop it. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I wanted to write a story weaving reality, legend, and fiction, and I was waiting for an interesting character with an unusual livelihood.

Then I met Jon Sherman (in my mind) shortly after learning about the Merchant Royal, a 17-century English merchant ship lost at sea in 1641. The ship sank carrying 100,000 pounds of gold, 400 bars of Mexican silver, and nearly 500,000 pieces of eight and other coins. Nothing known to men has ever sunk carrying more wealth. I was hooked instantly, and everything flowed naturally from there.

Since Jon was a deep-sea treasure hunter, he needed to find something lost at sea, and I needed to give him a live-or-death reason for it. I was fascinated by the story, and the first draft just poured out of me.

What kind of research did you do for this novel to ensure you captured the essence of the stories theme?

I dived headfirst into deep-sea treasure hunting, and that was a lot of fun. I figured this subject would be new to some readers, and the challenge was to present this world in detail without making it didactic.

I also studied Chinese history and legends to intertwine reality and fiction. I did have an advantage here since my awesome wife is Taiwanese, and we’ve been married for twenty years.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Good question. Some readers will notice that the book’s themes are centered around the villain, Jun Tao.

The story exposes love versus justice, the relationship between understanding and forgiving, and the yearning for redemption. Each reader will have a different experience with the book, and some will unearth more profound layers of meaning from its pages.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The Crystal Canvas. It follows Jon Sherman (the main character from The Swords of Blood and Gold) on a new adventure, racing against time, supernatural forces, and ancient relics. I’m hoping to release it in December 2022.

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FIVE CHESTS SIT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN…
Deep-sea treasure hunter is the splashy job description on his LinkedIn page. Pretentious or not, Jon Sherman and his Deep Blue Marine Exploration crew are the best in the business. But a nasty disagreement with his boss suddenly leaves Jon without a job.

When his ex-teammates salvage five chests from the bottom of the ocean, a supernatural killer wielding a mysterious weapon murders the entire crew, and Jon becomes the prime suspect. Overnight, detectives are after him while a masked murderer goes on a rampage, trying to kill Jon and everyone he cares about.

Jon teams up with the daughter of his late boss, and they tumble down a path that uncovers centuries-old secrets and the nature of the killer’s deadly weapon.

To fight back, Jon must employ his treasure-hunting skills to locate the only blade capable of challenging the mighty adversary. But will that be enough to survive a deadly journey riddled with supernatural forces, unexpected romance, and surprising self-discovery?

Read this supernatural thriller today!

A charismatic cast and peppered with edge-of-your-seat action scenes” — Lisa Howard
This book will leave you thinking about its contents for days” — Amber Lilyquist

Any Fan of a True Crime Book

Shannon Yarbrough Author Interview

The Answers You Seek follows a man who returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral and discovers that his father may have a connection to a swingers club and a murder. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My own father had several affairs before leaving my mother in 1994 after 30 years of marriage. Much like Toby’s relationship with his father in the book, there were many unanswered questions in the end. I did have a strong relationship with my father by the time he passed in 2016. But in 2018, my mother revealed some information I had never known about him. So, I started writing this book as a way to deal with my anger and grief.

Toby Kipton is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Toby is a fictionalized version of my younger self. True to the book, there was a time when no one would tell me anything about my father’s life because “it was in the past” or because “I was too young.” Those early chapters in the book before the murder takes place are almost biographical. I never stalked anyone, but at one time, I did google the name of one of his long-time mistresses just to see if I could find out anything about her.

As for Toby’s obsession with the murder of his neighbor, any fan of a true crime book or television series can relate. I fictionalized the details of a real unsolved murder that happened in my hometown and just
wrote Toby into the middle of it.

I enjoyed the mystery at the heart of this story. Did you plan the mystery or did it develop organically while writing?

Around the same time my mother told me something I never knew about my dad, I became intrigued with the unsolved murder of a woman in my hometown. Some of the details of her murder involved a swingers club which I thought was so bizarre since I’d never known that was happening right there where I grew up. Most of the theories and details in the book, like the one about the body being stored in a fast food restaurant’s freezer, are based on real details related to the case. So, I adapted all of that into the book to create the mystery element while Toby is also seeking out the answers to his questions about his father’s past. The real murder remains unsolved to this day.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

This was the first time I’d written a mystery and I really enjoyed it, so I’m working on another one. I hope to adapt my new book into a series. The lead character is trans and is an investigative journalist.

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Toby Kipton’s life is disintegrating. First he loses his job. Then, forced to leave the big city, he must return to his small hometown to bury his father.
It only gets stranger and more dangerous from there.

Toby becomes obsessed with his father’s mistress, a woman with whom his dad carried on a secret twenty-year affair. Unraveling the truth leads him deep into the nest of intrigue and vengeful gossip that plagues any small town, and soon Toby uncovers evidence that may tie his father to a local swingers’ club—and murder.

How Far They Would Go

Author Interview
David Gaston Author Interview

Lure Of The Praying Mantis follows two detectives that are trying to solve the mystery of multiple murders while the villain uses men for her own purposes. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Having met some manipulative women I did begin to wonder how far they would go to get what they wanted. Most just wanted to play games to prove their superiority, and whilst no one died I did wonder whether any of them would have gone that far.

What was your inspiration for the character’s interactions and backstories?

Buchan’s character was a hard working police officer who ended up divorced because his wife struggled to accept his hard working attitude. This meant that Buchan ended up in a lonely existence but wanted a relationship but did not want another one like he had had with his ex-wife. This caused him some inner turmoil. Daye on the other hand had put her career ahead of a personal relationship which did cause her feelings of loneliness. This resulted in a mutual need which was slow to manifest itself because of inner doubts which they both had.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

How would the two detectives work together whilst hiding their feelings from each other.

What kind of research did you do for this novel to ensure you captured the essence of the story’s theme?

This was a journey of personal experience which I had extended on.

Backskatter: A Botched Experiment Creates the Ultimate Weapon – Book Trailer

The year is 1999.

The much anticipated “Y2K” is but three short months away. Hidden among the many events of the year was a little-known incident that happened in the high desert area of eastern Oregon during a four-day period.

Something inexplicable was systematically and indiscriminately killing wildlife, livestock and human beings without provocation, without exception, and without mercy. Their grotesque deaths trigger a frantic search by a diverse and separate number of individuals to find answers before more die.

As the mystery unfolds, two investigators manage to slowly fit the pieces of the puzzle together—only to find themselves the target of a maniacal plot to stop and silence them.

Some secrets are worth killing for.

What do the inscriptions really mean?

Saul Falconer Author Interview

The Demon Mark follows a police inspector into a religious town that’s overrun by fear where a murder mystery hides dark secrets. How did you come up with the idea behind this novel?

The idea started with the historical research that I did for the novel. I was intrigued by the protective marks that were often placed on buildings and other structures to ward off evil, and that was the genesis of the idea behind The Demon Mark. What do the inscriptions really mean? What are the marks meant to do, and can they be turned to be used for evil purpose? These all the questions that ran through my mind as I began writing the novel.

This is book two in your Cormag MacLeod Police Inspector Series. What were some new ways you wanted to test Cormag in this book that was different from book one?

Macleod’s major test is dealing with his own past. He is a complex multilayered character, with so much guilt that he carries with him, effectively haunted by the past both in thoughts and visions. I wanted the challenge for him in this novel to be an agent for his own redemption, to forgive himself, and to be able to let go of the past so that he could begin living again.

I appreciated the well placed use of history throughout your story. Was this instrumental to your story or was this something that just fascinates you?

I have a connection in that my great grandmother ran an inn in the 1800s in the region.

There is so many stories available from surviving family members that detail the rich history of the area and the history of the region is an integral part of this story. While the story is written as primarily a crime mystery, my purpose is also to is to make readers familiar with the history of the area, the lives of the people and how they lived.

What can readers expect in book three of your Cormag MacLeod Police Inspector Series?

Paterson’s Curse is the title of the new book, and it follows MacLeod as he investigates a series of murders in the nearby town of Paterson. Plenty of twists and turns in this one, a dark undercurrent of witchcraft, as Macleod battles his own demons as he races against time. This one will keep you guessing until the end.

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EVERYONE HAS SECRETS

And war veteran and police inspector Cormag Macleod has plenty of his own. But investigating a murder in a small colonial town on the fringe, Macleod will uncover murky secrets that should not see the light of day.

Strange marks on a corpse raise the spectre of a ritual, and superstition leads to panic in a town saturated in fear and religious fervour. Suspicion turns to blame, and as public order threatens to break down, Macleod must muster all his skill in a race against time.

And those who keep the secrets will do anything to prevent him from discovering the shocking truth.

A Desert Thriller

John A. Daly Author Interview

Restitution follows Sean as he’s dropped in the desert and must fight to stay alive against a bloodthirsty group of men. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’d been wanting to write a desert thriller for some time. One of the first novels I really got into, way back in junior high, was “Deathwatch” by Robb White. It’s a great young-adult desert survival story that pits one man against another in sort of a hunter versus prey scenario. I enjoyed its grittiness, and the situational desperation surrounding the plot. I decided to finally go ahead and try my hand at the sub-genre, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I chose the Nevada desert for a reason more specific to my Sean Coleman Thriller series. Ten years ago, when I was working on the first book in the series, “From a Dead Sleep”, I planted a lot of story seeds between different characters, in different parts of the country… including Las Vegas. I had originally planned to come back to them all by the end of the book, but eventually realized that if I went that route, the book would end up over 800 pages long. Instead, I’ve revisited each of these side-stories very slowly over subsequent books in the series, while maintaining a standalone premise for each thriller. In other words, there’s some underlying continuity for longtime Sean Coleman fans, but readers new to the series can pick up any book in it, and enjoy and understand it, without having read the earlier books.

Sean Coleman is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Thank you. I’ve known a few people throughout my life who I would describe as being their own worst enemies. They’re good people for sure, and in many ways loyal and even reliable, but they’ve made some really bad personal decisions for which they’ve paid a price. That’s how I see Sean Coleman.

The series begins at a very low point in Sean’s life. He’s a pariah in his small mountain hometown — a drunk who can barely hold a job. But he wants to be a better person, and in an odd way, the perilous situations he faces throughout the series actually serve as footholds, of sorts, to — with a lot of hard work — bring him closer and closer to becoming that person. There’s definitely a big perseverance angle when it comes to Sean Coleman.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

An underlying theme of the entire series is redemption. It’s a concept I’m a big believer in, and it very much carries over into “Restitution.” In fact, Sean’s chosen path to seeking forgiveness for his past wrong-doings is a large part of the story’s premise. The importance of friendship is also a key theme in the book. Sean started out the series as a loner, and part of his development and growth has come from the strength and importance of relationships.

This is book five in your Sean Coleman Thriller series. What can readers expect in book six?

Book six is in its very early stages, but I can tell you that the story will be much simpler and smaller in scope than “Restitution.” Restitution is a pretty good-sized book with several characters and moving parts. The next one will be pretty tightly knit, and perhaps more of a mystery-thriller than an action-thriller. I think readers are going to enjoy it.

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John Daly has a magical writing style, and his books keep you up late at night turning pages.” – Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary.

Life’s gotten better for hard-edged security guard, Sean Coleman. With personal affairs in order and relationships rekindled, he travels to Las Vegas to help celebrate his buddy’s last days as a bachelor. Soon after he arrives, however, a twist of fate spawns a reunion with an old flame.

Curiosity and a desire to make amends unexpectedly lead Sean down a dark path into the Vegas underground, where another face from the past emerges—a federal fugitive whose family, years earlier, altered the course of Sean’s life.

A harrowing escape drops Sean in the barren wasteland of a Nevada desert, miles away from the glitz and glamor of Sin City. There, he must fight to stay alive against a well-armed group of men whose bloodlust and greed won’t stop them from getting what they’re after.

The Answers You Seek

The Answers You Seek is an intriguing mystery novel that follows Toby, a man who has just lost his job and starts to feel restless. Just when he is bored of his routine he learns of his father’s death. He must go back to his small hometown, where everyone knows each other and gossip fills the air, to attend his father’s funeral. Toby finds out his father is not exactly who he thought he was. When Toby attends his father’s funeral a mysterious woman shows up and everyone but Toby knows that the woman is his father’s mistress. Seeking answers, Toby begins to follow his father’s mistress, Linda, and gets caught in a web of murder and lies.  

Shannon Yarbrough has written a novel filled with tension that will keep you consistently wondering what could be going on. I quickly donned my detective hat and dived into this mystery because the details that crop up are intriguing. At first I thought it was odd that Toby decided to stalk Linda rather then introduce himself and ask her questions about the nature of her relationship with his father. As time passes Toby begins to uncover secrets about Linda, her neighbors and even his own father that clarify his obsession.

This is a slow-burn thriller that meticulously builds its characters and scenes with lots of details. If you are a reader that enjoys fully realized characters and worlds then this is a novel you will enjoy. Where the author’s writing excels is in the build up of the drama, tension and intrigue. Just when I thought I had solved the mystery behind Linda’s neighbor’s murder, another twist is thrown into the mix.

While this is a riveting murder mystery story I enjoyed the LGBTQ elements that are woven into the story. There are some characters in the story who are gay or transitioned from male to female. This added a unique dimension to a story that I thought was going to be a standard crime fiction story; luckily this is anything but. My favorite character in the story is Toby’s neighbor Maddie, she reminded me of Betty White and gave off a sassy no nonsense vibe.

The Answers You Seek is a provocative crime thriller that will have your mind racing as you work alongside Toby to solve the murder. I highly recommend this book to readers looking for an alluring mystery novel that is driven by a fascinating but obsessed protagonist.

Pages: 340 | ASIN: B09SNF4KBM

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