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Bestselling author Tom Carter is a longtime Nashville who lives with his wife, Janie, a few miles from Nashville’s legendary Music Row.

Connect with the author on the Web:

http://www.authortomcarter.com/

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Nashville:

Music & Murder.  To begin with, can you give us a brief

summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to

write it?

 

A: The book is scheduled for release on February 7, 2017.  It’s

a murder mystery set in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of recorded

country music.  In part, I wrote the book due to the popularity

of country music, as 107 million Americans now listen to that

genre of music once daily, according to the Country Music

Association.

 

Q: What do you think makes a good mystery book?  Could you       

narrow it down to the three most important elements?  Is it even

possible to narrow it down?

 

A: Try to make each page magnetic.

 

cover-low-resQ: How did you go about plotting your story?  Or did you discover

it as you worked on the book?

 

A: I discovered it as I worked on the book.

 

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how

you developed him or her.  Did you do any character interviews or

sketches prior to the writing.

 

A: My protagonist is an insecure and neurotic celebrity whose

popularity is dwindling.  I’ve met many such folks in Nashville,

Tennessee, my home.

 

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or

villain?  What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

 

A: I won’t identify the antagonist.  That would spoil the

mystery.

 

 

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel?

 

A: I did not reveal the villain’s identity.  But, on many

occasions, I almost did.

 

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes

like a character itself.  What tools of the trade did you use in

your writing to bring the setting to life?

 

A: The setting is “Music Row,” that part of Nashville, Tennessee

where the production of country music lies inside recording

studios, celebrities’ offices, and music publishing houses.  I

used to live on Music Row among its people.  I still visit that

neighborhood and its people regularly.

 

Q:  Did you know the themes(s) of your novel from the start or it

this something you discovered after completing the first draft? 

Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

 

A: I did not know the theme of my novel until I’d written most of

  1. This theme is not recurrent in my previous books. Those

books were mostly non-fiction.

 

Q: Where does craft end and art begin?  Do you think editing can

destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

 

A: I don’t know where the craft ends or art begins.  To me,

masterful crafting IS an art.  Editing didn’t destroy my creative

thrust.  I allowed only copy editing, nothing else.

 

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful

novelist?

 

A:  A vivid imagination, daily writing, and promotion.

 

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having

to do homework for the rest of your life.  Thoughts?

 

A: I agree with that statement as long as the writer writes.  If

he retires from writing, he’ll hopefully return to spare time and

what to do with it.  I’ve been writing professionally for 47

years.  I still write daily.

 

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft

that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

 

A: I earned a five-year, Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.  I

learned more about writing in one week while working at a daily

newspaper and by reading other newspapers and novels.  I found

that workshops or sites are largely inhabited by failed or

inferior writers who want to sponge from other failed souls.  To

me, those venues are friendly but inefficient.

 

Hugh Aaron, born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.

His latest book is When Wars Were Won.

You can visit his website at www.StonesPointBooks.com.

About the Book:

Hal Arnold, a professor of English, returns to the Philippines after forty yewhen-wars-were-wonars yearning for the unity, spirit and optimism he knew as a 19- year-old member of a Seabee battalion in the South Pacific theater during World War II. Trying to recapture that experience, he writes this story, vividly portraying members of the battalion who impacted his life. Searching for his own identity, he finds it in the warm, rich culture of a small Filipino village where love and dignity thrive among a people who have suffered under the Japanese yoke.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I consider myself a born writer. Both in high school and college teachers encouraged me to become a writer.

What was your inspiration for When Wars Were Won?

My inspiration for When Wars Were Won derived from the men I served with as well as the natives I come to know, and in one case fell in love with.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing? How long did it take you to complete the novel? 

I concentrate on relationships, fate, and both successes and failures.

I took two years to write the complete manuscript. It was reduced during editing.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I wrote the novel from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm six days a week, then rejoined the family afterwards. I’d call this being disciplined.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book? 

Most challenging: Writing about people I have known throughout my lifetime. Each book poured out of me, as if it wrote itself.

What do you love most about being an author?

I simply love writing, both stories, plays and essays.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision? 

I both self-published and used small press publishers. I am happy with some publishers and not happy with others, but self publishing was consistently rewarding..

Where can we find you on the web? 

Most of my books with reviews and reader comments can be found at www.StonesPointBooks.com.

 

sealed-up

Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.

Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.

When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.

And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?

Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

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First Chapter:

Thursday, December 21, 2000

NAJA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO

Nacom was dying.

Guanacaste trees filtered the twilight into gold slivers that shimmered across Laguna Naja. The lake bore the name of the Lacandón Maya village nestled against it. Kish squatted on the ribbon of beach that framed the giant pond and stared at the darkening blue water. His black hair hung like string around his face, and his white tunic draped him like a sack. Koh Maria told him to wait there. She said her grandfather wanted to speak with him.

Kish knew what Nacom wanted.

“Who will follow a nineteen-year-old shaman,” he groused. Guttural growls of howler monkeys sounded like mocking laughter, and his shoulders slumped. A sharp tug on his tunic pulled him from his petulance.

“Now,” Koh Maria said.

Kish followed her to Nacom’s hut where she pushed open two square-ish boards hinged to weathered posts. Inside, roughhewn mahogany planks of random widths formed the walls. The shaman’s shriveled body lay in a hand-loomed hammock of faded palm-green and corn-yellow stripes. He cracked open his eyes as Kish stood beside him. With the back of his hand, he dismissed Koh Maria.

“You. Chilam.” Nacom whispered. “Itzamná speaks.”

“Priest? Me?” Kish stuttered as he shook his head.

“Obey!” Nacom responded, and his finger pointed to the arcane mahogany box beneath his hammock. Kish did not know what was inside, but something about the box unsettled him. The old man moved his fingers back and forth. Once. Twice. Kish was to pick it up. His hands quivered as he set the box on the simple table by the hammock’s side.

Nacom mumbled something. Kish bent closer. Nacom spoke again. “What day?”

Kish replied in Hach T’ana, the pure Mayan tongue: “Lahca baktun. Bolonlahun katun. Uuc tun. Canlahun uinal. Uuclahun kin.” December 21, 2000—winter solstice.

“Yes,” Nacom slurred. “You prepare. Lahca baktun. Bolonlahun katun. Bolonlahun tun. Uaxac uinal. Hun kin.” In four-thousand-one-hundred-eighty-four days. His hand moved to a thin cord around his neck. He labored as he pulled it from under his white tunic revealing a small key. Kish was to remove it.

With care he raised the old man’s head and slipped the cord over it. For a long moment Nacom lay still; his breath hardly there at all. Then the index finger of his right hand pushed toward the box and wiggled. Kish fought his anxiety as he inserted the key.

“Should I open it?” His voice was high, tense. Nacom’s head bobbed a little. Kish turned the key and raised the lid. A rectangular-shaped object on top was enfolded in white cotton cloth. The one on the bottom, shaped the same but thicker, was wrapped tight in the black pelt of a jaguar and bound with four cords. Kish reached to pick up the white one.

“No!” Nacom’s fingers lifted an inch as he forced out the word with startling firmness. “You. Prepare. Listen Itzamná.” His breath was heavy. “You. Keep box. Sacwa’an (white). Study. Follow. I’ic’ (black). No you. Give. Lahca baktun. Bolonlahun katun. Bolonlahun tun. Uaxac uinal. Hun kin.” In four-thousand-one-hundred-eighty-four days. His breath was a gasp and almost ceased. For a long moment there was no movement; no sound, except for Kish’s own nervous panting. Then Nacom whispered, “Not fail. Lock box. Koh Maria.”

Kish closed the lid and fastened it. His hands shook as he put the cord with the key around his own neck. He scrambled to the doorway and motioned to Koh Maria. She entered, opened her eyes wide at Kish’s ashen face, then went to her grandfather and held his hand. His face puckered into a tiny wrinkled smile. With effort he lifted his eyes to reveal red-veined film, and words like a ghost-rustle parted his lips. “The box. Kish.” Koh Maria nodded.

With a gurgle, Nacom breathed in.

Breathed out.

Then no more.

About the Author

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I’ve lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I’ve lived. I have a hopper full of “reality” including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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Inside the Book:

Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: AJ Nuest
Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Pages: 285

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Ecopy 
An Eye for an Eye

As owner of Dirty Deeds, a tech-savvy company specializing in the age-old art of revenge, Eden Smith knows first-hand that secrecy is critical. But when a dead body washes up on the shores of Lake Michigan clutching her business card, Eden’s well-constructed world begins to fall apart. Apparently, she’s not the only one with a passion for payback, and staying alive to outsmart a killer has become her most important job of all.A Game for a Game

Hardened homicide detective Kelly Riordan is convinced Eden Smith is hiding more than she’s willing to admit. Years on the force have taught him that nothing is what it seems, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to investigating the alluring owner of a revenge-for-hire business. But revealing her past could put everything Eden has worked for in jeopardy. And trusting a man like Riordan goes against the very instincts that have kept her alive this long.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Multi-published award-winning author and editor, AJ Nuest, resides in Northwest Indiana with her loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets. Her four-part serial fantasy romance, The Golden Key Chronicles, was recently named the RONE Time Travel Romance of 2015 by Ind’Tale Magazine, and her contemporary romantic comedy, She’s Got Dibs won First Place in the Heartland Romance Author’s Show Me the Spark! Contest, 2013. She and the cat are currently vying for dictatorship. The cat is winning.

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Inside the Book:

Title: Releasing Henry
Author: Sarah Hegger
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ecopy 


A light in the darkness . . .The youngest son of Anglesea, the once idealistic Henry has survived the Holy Pilgrimage, but lost all his deeply held beliefs in honor and nobility. Captured in battle, he is sold as a slave into the home of Alif

Al-Rasheed, a wealthy Genovese merchant who has converted to Islam. Bereft of faith, imprisoned in a foreign land, Henry has lost hope in his ability to love again—until he lays eyes on his captor’s beguiling daughter.

A marriage of opposites . . .

To Henry, Alya is a beacon of beauty he cannot ignore. But the heart of this proud daughter of Cairo will not be won so easily. Divided by religion, language, and culture, Ayla has little in common with the disillusioned Englishman—and yet he has vowed to protect her life in exchange for his freedom. As they embark on a perilous journey to safety, their bond will grow—and be tested—in ways neither can anticipate. For their greatest challenges will arise where Henry least expects. With threats conspiring to divide them, will he find the strength to stand by Ayla—and together will they find a common ground on which to build a future?

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble. Mimicking her globetrotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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Inside the Book:

 

Title: Jobmobbers

Author: Patricia Komar

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Thriller

Format: Ebook

Link Aerospace Corporation recruits Dawn MacGregor right after she graduates from MIT. Thrilled, she moves to Boulder, Colorado, ready to start a brand-new life and career.



Early on, however, strange things begin happening. Someone keys her car, and her belongings are moved around or go missing entirely. It seems some of her new coworkers have decided to sabotage her, and soon it goes well beyond minor damage and pranks. The mob targets her with actions that are increasingly dangerous, and Dawn begins to deteriorate psychologically and physically. As the world she once knew becomes a distant reality, the only constant in her life is a coyote that appears regularly just beyond the tree line across from her turn-of-the-century Victorian home, seemingly keeping watch over her. Dawn must try to put the jobmobbers in their place—before their bullying threatens her life.



In this suspenseful novel, a woman faces vicious workplace bullies in a struggle that may end with her death unless she can find a way to fight back.


Meet the Author:

Freelance writer and author of Jobmobbers: Under the Watchful Eye of the Coyote, and The Ghost in the Hollows, Book One of the Hollow Hills Explorers Series. Book Two, Missing in the Hollows, will be published February 2016. Trainer of an intelligent and strong willed Blue Healer/Border Collie cross, but I often find myself asking, “Who’s the trainer here?” And of course I’m a buddy to my Toto like Cairn Terrier, TABU, star of an article I wrote for Modern Dog Magazine.com EARTHDOGGING, CAN YOU DIG IT? University degrees from Switzerland, New York, Chicago, and British Columbia in the arts, writing, and psychology. http://www.patriciakomar.com Dancer, swimmer, hiker, and kayaker in training.

Giveaway

Patricia is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins January 2 and ends on January 13.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on January 14..
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

 

Inside the Book:

 

Title: Jobmobbers

Author: Patricia Komar

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Thriller

Format: Ebook

Link Aerospace Corporation recruits Dawn MacGregor right after she graduates from MIT. Thrilled, she moves to Boulder, Colorado, ready to start a brand-new life and career.



Early on, however, strange things begin happening. Someone keys her car, and her belongings are moved around or go missing entirely. It seems some of her new coworkers have decided to sabotage her, and soon it goes well beyond minor damage and pranks. The mob targets her with actions that are increasingly dangerous, and Dawn begins to deteriorate psychologically and physically. As the world she once knew becomes a distant reality, the only constant in her life is a coyote that appears regularly just beyond the tree line across from her turn-of-the-century Victorian home, seemingly keeping watch over her. Dawn must try to put the jobmobbers in their place—before their bullying threatens her life.



In this suspenseful novel, a woman faces vicious workplace bullies in a struggle that may end with her death unless she can find a way to fight back.


Meet the Author:

Freelance writer and author of Jobmobbers: Under the Watchful Eye of the Coyote, and The Ghost in the Hollows, Book One of the Hollow Hills Explorers Series. Book Two, Missing in the Hollows, will be published February 2016. Trainer of an intelligent and strong willed Blue Healer/Border Collie cross, but I often find myself asking, “Who’s the trainer here?” And of course I’m a buddy to my Toto like Cairn Terrier, TABU, star of an article I wrote for Modern Dog Magazine.com EARTHDOGGING, CAN YOU DIG IT? University degrees from Switzerland, New York, Chicago, and British Columbia in the arts, writing, and psychology. http://www.patriciakomar.com Dancer, swimmer, hiker, and kayaker in training.

Giveaway

Patricia is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins January 2 and ends on January 13.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on January 14..
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

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