July Author Spotlight Rich Hawkins

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Mr. July, Author Spotlight is Rich Hawkins. A brilliant author, a great guy, and even greater friend. It’s such an honor to know him and read his words. He’s witty, fun, and an all around super guy.

Rich can be found on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/rich.hawkins.98?fref=ts

and on Twitter @RichHawkins4

Rich has 3 novels out ( a apocalyptic trilogy )  …  THE LAST PLAGUE, THE LAST OUTPOST and THE LAST SOLDIER. A couple short stories … FALLEN SOLDIER, and FATHOMS.  Two novellas – BLACK STAR, BLACK SUN and THE PLAGUE WINTER. We can’t forget the many many stories in various horror anthologies. No matter which story you pick up, you won’t be disappointed.

I have read FALLEN SOLDIER, and FATHOMS. I read them back to back, and while waiting for my sister to finish her class at college. I couldn’t stop reading them.

FALLEN SOLDIER is about a soldier returning home from the war, things are not how they were. Dad not sure what to do, a son seeing ghosts from his past, and mom, well, is not the same. The son goes out to try and find the person / persons who have destroyed his family. Will he find them? Will the ghosts of his past drive him insane?

This great short story has it all. Monsters, ghosts, darkness, sadness and a bit of gore. Full of emotions, it will get your heart racing and leave your breathless. It’s a hell of a roller coaster ride!!

Hold on tight, you’re gonna love it. I did.

https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Soldier-Rich-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01GLTA6RA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467611754&sr=1-1&keywords=rich+hawkins

KINDLE price $ 0.99

FATHOMS. A body washes up on the beach, goes missing before the police can arrive. Something strange knocking on the door of the man who saw the body.

What was it? Who was it?

Then more things / people come out of the sea. What is happening? Why is it happening?

A lost love, sadness, a terrified keeper and a powerful storm that awakes the very things that should stay asleep.

This is a very hauntingly beautiful story. The ending caught me by surprise, but still, the perfect ending.

This is one story you don’t want to miss.

https://www.amazon.com/Fathoms-Rich-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01H9FM5VU/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467611754&sr=1-9&keywords=rich+hawkins#navbar

KINDLE price $ 0.99

I have not read this trilogy yet, but they are very near the top of my to be read pile. I am looking forward to reading them. Have heard nothing but great things about them!! You should give them a try too.  In fact, I’m looking forward to reading all of Rich’s work. If they are anything like the two above stories, we are all in for an amazing ride along.

THE LAST PLAGUE is $2.99 for Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Plague-Rich-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B00MR00JZ2/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467611754&sr=1-3&keywords=rich+hawkins

THE LAST OUTPOST is $2.99 for Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Outpost-Rich-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B013J9QNN6/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51r0pEQvUsL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU01_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=VR64W22C70W6N20GSYGM#navbar

THE LAST SOLDIER is $3.49 for Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Soldier-Rich-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01B28H5XS/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51IXqk6ANSL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU01_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=WFHA52E5XQW58XQ9CB3H#navbar

Be sure to check out his Amazon.com author page for his other books and anthologies.

http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Hawkins/e/B007H91W68/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Rich took time out of his super busy schedule to answer a few questions for me.

THANK YOU Rich!! You are a rock star!!!

1. When did you know you wanted to write books?

About ten years ago, when I finally made the effort to start working on a novel (which was never published). Hopefully I made the right choice.

2. Did you read a lot growing up? Favorite book?

I loved reading when I was a young child, but I drifted away from it in my teens. Fortunately my love for books returned in my twenties! THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE was my favourite book when I was a kid.

3. Kindle vs Paperback, which do you reach for when you read?

I prefer paperback, but I inevitably read more books on kindle because they cost less and I’m an impoverished writer…

4. Any new releases soon?

I’ve got three novellas coming out in the next few months – KING CARRION, a vampire story published by the Sinister Horror Company, is due for release in September; RUIN, from Dark Minds Press, is due in October; and I’m going to self-publish a novella called SCAVENGERS, which will hopefully be released sometime between the other two. Hopefully.

5. How many books do you have available?

I have three novels out at the moment – my apocalyptic trilogy of THE LAST PLAGUE, THE LAST OUTPOST, and THE LAST SOLDIER. I have two novellas – BLACK STAR, BLACK SUN and THE PLAGUE WINTER. Plus I’ve got several short stories available in various anthologies.

6, Which POV do you enjoy writing in? Why?

Third person past tense, always.

7. If you could be 1 of your characters, who would you be?

Ralph Barrow from my debut novel THE LAST PLAGUE. He’s a bastard, but he’s a well-meaning bastard.

8. If you could live in any book for a day, which book?

HG Wells’ WAR OF THE WORLDS. That’d be cool. Plus I’m prepping an alien invasion novel at the moment, so it’d be good research.

9. What is the scariest book you have read?

The Road. I’ve read it numerous times, so its effect on me has faded somewhat – but when I first read it, I found it terrifying. Absolutely superb novel.

10. How did you come up with the concept for your books?

They pop into my head then grow a little, and I just take it from there.

11. How do you unwind from a day of writing?

I like to unwind by spending time with my family. I also read when I can, which helps me relax.

12. Do you have a favorite spot you like to write? Favorite time of day? Music or Silence?

I like to write at my desk – that’s my usual spot. I’ll write to either music or silence, depending on my mood. Sometimes I’ll have the television on in the background.

14. What do you love most about writing?

The opportunity to create fictional worlds and characters; to make something from nothing. I just love storytelling.

15. What do you hate most about writing?

The long hours. It’s a bastard.

16. Is there any topic that is off limits to write about?

No topic should be off limits.

17. If you could invite any 5 people over for dinner, who would you invite, and what would you serve for dinner?

Stephen King, Russell Crowe, Ricky Gervais, Gillian Anderson, and Sam Harris. I’d serve Pizza for dinner.

18. If you could switch places with anyone (author or not) for a day, would you and who?

Stephen King, just to see what being rich and mega-successful is like.

19. If you could go back in time and change ONE thing, would you? What would you change?

I wouldn’t change anything. If time travel stories have taught us anything, it’s not to tinker with the timeline. That’s how the apocalypse begins…

20, What is the most terrifying thing you have ever done?

Have a daughter. It’s terrifying, but fantastic.

21. What does the typical day of writing look like?

Once I’ve done my daughter’s breakfast and had my own, I check my Facebook, Twitter and email, then get started on the writing at some point in the morning. Then it’s all about trying to fit the writing in between taking care of my daughter. I get more free time to write at night, and usually work until midnight most nights.

22. If you could change anything about your books, would you?

Maybe a few typos here and there – just little things – but nothing drastic!

23. How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?

I’ll usually eat pizza to celebrate, if there’s any in the house. If not, I’ll have a Pot Noodle. Exciting stuff, I know. Being a horror writer is very glamorous…
24. Any advice for future authors?

Just keep writing. Write what you want to write and don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles. Also, read as much as you can. Probably best to develop a thick skin, too!

***** Well dear readers, be sure to pick up some Rich Hawkins books!!  Buy them! Read Them! Review them!!!!!

Happy Reading,

Thank you Rich!!  It is an honor and a pleasure having you here on my blog.

~TMB~

 

GODBOMB! by Kit Power

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Kit Power is a Genious! Why did it take me so long to pick this book up and read it?? Goodness me – Thought provoking, suspenseful, like nothing I have read before! There is heart stopping action, death, and murder. You will be in awe, hopeful, and also have your heart broken a time or two.

Imagine being in Church, someone stands up and demands to talk to GOD or he will blow the place up. Would you be able to sit there quietly, or would you try and stop the bomber? The bomber tells everyone to pray, pray that HE shows up. How much do you believe?

Here you will meet some remarkable people …..

The Preacher… can he help the bomber get what he needs?  There is Deborah… what is she willing to do to survive? Chris….. is he willing to risk everyone for what he seeks? Twitch…. just trying to get on the right path. Katie …… your average teenager going to church. Alex… fresh out of school, learning her way. Emma and her husband Peter …. 8 and half months pregnant and so much in love, and Mike …. a church band member, and living in God’s light.

Some of these people might not make it out alive. You will not be able to put this amazing book down until you reach the very last page.

This book WILL get you thinking, get you to wonder what you believe in and question what is GOD’s plan and why are we here. Was this God’s plan all along??

An ending that was mind numbing and yet amazing all at the same time. Kit Power knows how to tell a bloody brilliant story! I for one am looking forward to Kit’s other stories.

Write faster Kit!!!!

GODBOMB! is currently $3.99 for kindle. Great price for a great book

https://www.amazon.com/GodBomb-Kit-Power/dp/0993279392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467558675&sr=8-1&keywords=Godbomb

Kit is also on facebook… be sure to look him up and tell him how much you loved his book!

https://www.facebook.com/kit.power.37

AROUND THE WORLD WITH A CAT: A children’s story about the last cat in the world by Jack Preston

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Jack Preston, is the 10 year old son of famed author Ken Preston, and this is Jack’s first book. It’s a fun book, a great children’s book. It’s great for the kid in all of us.

The book follows a boy named Jackson, and Jackson is the proud owner of the last cat in the world. Jackson hears about the last female cat living in France. Jackson packs up (while his family is away and he’s home alone) and grabs his cat for a fast paced adventure. By the time they reach France, they are being chased by people whom want his cat, and don’t want them to find the other cat. Jackson and his cat always seem to be one step behind, and one step ahead of those out to get him.

Many beautiful places are the backdrop for this fun tale. We go from England, to France, to Italy and finally to the United States, New York City to be exact.

Do Jackson and his cat find what they are looking for?? Guess you will just have to read this fun filled adventure to find out. It’s a perfect book to read to the kids as they drift off to sleep and start an adventure of their own.

Great fun. Like father, like son. Jack has a great future in storytelling!! Well Done Lad!

AROUND THE WORLD WITH A CAT is only $ 0.99.

https://www.amazon.com/Around-World-Cat-childrens-world-ebook/dp/B01HAI2VI8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467233343&sr=1-1&keywords=Jack+Preston#navbar

 

PAY PHONE by Brandon Ford

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“Bring Bring”

Whatever you do, no matter what, don’t answer the phone! You don’t know who or what is on the other end of the line.

This was my first book by Brandon Ford. Won’t be my last. A brilliant storyteller, who knows how to tell a spookishly delicious story!

Brandon starts out telling us a personal story. Something from his childhood, something that, I think, is a great inspiration for this very story. Answering a ringing payphone as you walk past it. I don’t know if I would, and after reading this, I probably won’t ever.

PAY PHONE is about Jake, a lonely New Yorker. His only friend is the pay phone across the street, whom he watches from his third story apartment window. As he watches people go about their day, he grips his cordless phone, looks out the window, and dials the phone’s number, and waits. He lets the phone ring and ring until someone answers. Then he turns on the charm, and talks them into his trap. You see, Jake has the hunger for blood, and he uses the phone to draw his victims in. Man or woman, old or young, it doesn’t matter to him. All that matters to him, is feeding the need for blood. That is until Chelsea answers. He is instantly smitten with her. Her long curls, her sweet voice, and her innocents. He wants to find her, thinks maybe he could have some kind of future with her.

But something is wrong. Susan doesn’t like her. And what Susan wants, Susan gets. She has set her sights on Chelsea’s blood.

Susan’s back story is chilling. One, you won’t see coming. Her story shocked and saddened me.

Does  Jake get what he wants? Does Susan? What does, if anything, does Chelsea want?

This is such a delicious story. One that I couldn’t put down. This book was heart pounding, edge of your seat suspense, and by the ending….. heartbreaking and rewarding.  Full of murder and mayhem. A truly unique story, brilliant!!

PAY PHONE is currently only $2.99 for kindle. Well worth it!

https://www.amazon.com/Pay-Phone-Revised-Brandon-Ford-ebook/dp/B018BHSRUI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467228146&sr=1-1&keywords=brandon+ford#navbar

Be sure to check out Brandon’s other books and check out his facebook page too!

https://www.facebook.com/writerbrandonford

 

RUN TO GROUND by Jasper Bark

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RUN TO GROUND is my second book by the brilliant Jasper Bark, and it does not disappoint. Jasper can tell amazing stories, and can pretty much scare the socks off anyone. Especially me.

RUN TO GROUND is a story about Jim. Jim works in a cemetery, paid with cash so he’s off the grid. He’s running from his past, and his future.

The story starts out with Jim running through the cemetery, and something is underground, and chasing him. And what is growing in a few of the graves?!?! Whatever it is, it terrifies Jim. But it doesn’t terrify the Priest that runs the church on the grounds. Why???

This story is full of regret, a strange creepy fetish, ancient folklore and murder.

Gruesome scenes, heart racing, suspense and a shocking ending you won’t see coming.

Awesome Jasper, another great read, another favorite.

RUN TO GROUND actually is two books in one. The second story HOW THE DARK BLEEDS is about Stephanie. A hospital worker, she sits in the patient’s rooms to keep them company, and keeps an eye on them so they don’t have the opportunity to hurt themselves.

We meet Stephanie as she is in the basement of the hospital. She has a scalpel in her hand, and blood dripping to the floor. She sees flashes of her life in the ever growing pool of blood. Happier times, and not so happy times. We find out about her break up, the loss of her nephew, the fights with her sister…. and Stephanie’s break down.

In the basement, there’s something in the shadows. Something that wants Stephanie’s blood, body and soul.

Who are they? What are they? Do they get what they want?

This story will pull at your heartstrings. It’s moving, and spooky. Heartbreaking and unforgettable.

Jasper Bark at his very best.

RUN TO GROUND is only $3.99 for Kindle. Great price! Two books for the price of one!

https://www.amazon.com/Run-Ground-Jasper-Bark-ebook/dp/B01GT86NMA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467221587&sr=8-1&keywords=Jasper+Bark#navbar

Jasper is on facebook ….

https://www.facebook.com/jaspre.bark?fref=ts

ASHLEY’S TALE by Mike Duke

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Mike is a new friend on facebook. A really great guy! Nice, witty, and a hell of an author. This was quite the read! I couldn’t put this book down.

Suspense, heart-pounding, action packed. A kidnapping, choices to be made, murder, and the will to live.

What would you do if all that happened, happened to you?

Ashley found out the hard way, found out her will to live was stronger then she thought. Will she be able to kill to live? Kill to survive? Could you?

If you like books that grab you from page one and doesn’t let go till the very end, this book is for you!

Find out what Ashley does to survive.

https://www.amazon.com/Ashleys-Tale-Mike-Duke-ebook/dp/B017FOE77U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467214281&sr=8-1&keywords=mike+duke#navbar

ASHLEY’S TALE is currently $ 0.99 for kindle

Be sure to check out Mike Duke’s other books,

ASHLEY’S TALE: MAKING JAKE & THE AWAKENING (both also $ 0.99 and available for kindle)

You can find Mike Duke on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/mike.duke.author

 

Repeat Offender: Sin City’s Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him by Bradley Nickell

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I came across this book and it’s author on Twitter. Detective Bradley Nickell @CrimeAuthor is a 20+ year veteran of the Las Vegas Police. This amazing, adrenalin filled story is about one of his most famous cases.

Daimon Monroe.

Daimon looked like an average guy raising a family with his schoolteacher girlfriend. You’ll learn he was an accomplished thief with an uncontrollable lust for excess. His criminal mind had no bounds—he was capable of anything given the proper circumstances.  He wouldn’t give it a second thought to break into your business and take whatever he wanted. Furniture, art paintings, sports memorabilia, freezers, gym equipment, and yes, he would even break into restaurants and steal food. He would fill those freezers full of meat, lobster, anything and everything he could get his hands on.

It was amazing and shocking at how much he  (and his buddies) got away with! Millions and millions of stuff.

Daimon could sweet talk himself out of pretty much anything. 19 arrests, little to no jail time, until that is, Detective Nickell got on the case, and a witness in the right place at the right time. The start, I believe of Daimon’s downfall. The police raid his house, and hit the jackpot, Vegas style. It’s mind boggling at all the stuff they find. Daimon’s arrested, paranoia sets in, and the plot thickens.

Detective Nickell spent hundreds of hours listening to phone conversations between Daimon,  and everyone he talked to. Heard about a possible murder for hire plot against Detective Nickell, the DA assigned to this case, and the very Judge overseeing the case.

Wire taps, wired prison mates, the plot gets deeper and deeper.

Three separate trials. All the breaking and entering cases (25 I believe in total), a sexual assault case that will just make your head spin, and stomach churn, and the murder for hire.  You won’t believe the outcome. You will just have to read this amazing book to find out. You won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure!!

REPEAT OFFENDER is currently ON SALE for the next 7 hours for only $0.99. After that it goes back up to $1.99 (KINDLE)

https://www.amazon.com/Repeat-Offender-Prolific-Criminal-Caught-ebook/dp/B00T0RLDFU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466349513&sr=8-1&keywords=repeat+offender+kindle+book

Detective Nickell took time out of his busy schedule (he is currently turning this book into a screenplay, and hopefully we will see this wild and crazy story on the big screen) to answer a few questions.

  1. Why did you pick this story to tell?  “Sometimes I think this story picked me. I didn’t have aspirations to write until these events took place. I knew someone had to write the story, and who better than that person who had the front row seat view the whole time?”
  2. Is there anything you would have done differently in the investigation?  “There’s always things I look back on in investigations that I think i could’ve done better. It’s what makes me grow and excel as an investigator. I definitely jumped the gun in calling Tammy, Daimon’s girlfriend too quickly. That really could have made investigating him a lot tougher to do. And I never should’ve trusted the corrections officer with confidential information before I knew him better. That really did backfire and I think has played a huge part in pushing Daimon into the endless conspiracy theory cycle he’s stuck in now.”
  3. Done differently in writing the book? “In writing the book, I really can’t think of anything differently I would’ve done. It turned out exactly as I wanted it to. I don’t have any regrets and I learned a lot about writing and the business side of the industry. If I could figure out how to get the book into the hands of a lot more people, that would be great, and I’m confident the vast majority would be pleased with the story and pleasantly surprised with the writing. The trouble is finding reach and rising above the noise of hundreds of  thousands of new titles each year. Though to do for a new author with a small indie press that doesn’t have a huge advertising budget. I’ve sold close to 5,000 units,  either paperback, Kindle, or audiobook, and that’s pretty good.
  4. Any more books in your future?  “More books? Yes. I’m bouncing a few ideas around, but I refuse to write just so i can sell books. I want to write stories that make a difference. Stories that bring readers to new ideas and ways of thinking they might never have considered before. Writing another book is taking a back seat for now, because I’m knee-deep in writing the screen-play adaptation for the book. I’m pleased with how it’s laying out and excited to tell the story in a new way. There are things that didn’t make the book that will be great for the screen. I’m working with an award- winning director and producer and we’re confident we will be able to get into post-production.

Well, dear readers, I do hope you give this great, action packed, non-stop roller coaster of a ride a read. You won’t be disappointed!!!  Again, it’s only $0.99!!!  Also, if you are on twitter, be sure to follow Bradley Nickell @CrimeAuthor

Happy Reading

~TMB~