Excerpt from Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

TLC Book ToursAt the moment Max Allan Collins’ newest release, Supreme Justice, is on virtual tour with TLC Book Tours. As part of the tour today I have an excerpt for you all to enjoy. Catch a glimpse of Collins’ newest story!

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Excerpted from SUPREME JUSTICE by Max Allan Collins. Copyright 2014. Published By Thomas & Mercer. Used by permission of the publisher. Not for reprint without permission.

In less than an hour, Nicholas Blount would be staring into the infinite blackness of a Glock barrel.

But right now, at the end of another typically long and tedious day as a Supreme Court law clerk, Nicky seemed almost to bounce across the well-appointed outer office of Associate Justice Henry Venter.

If you didn’t have endless energy, best not to clerk at the top court in the country—especially if you were working for this notoriously conservative, famously hardworking African American justice.

Nicky glanced into the AJ’s office. There sat the man himself, leaned over in his tufted-back chair, tiny reading glasses perched on his nose, a green-shaded banker’s lamp on the corner of the massive mahogany desk providing just enough light to view the brief before him. Bull-necked with graying hair, Venter had played football at the University of Missouri, though keeping in shape had never been a priority. Still, soft around the middle though he might be, Venter was fairly fit for seventy. Continue reading

Guest: On Research with John K. Manos

TLC Book ToursAt the moment John K. Manos’ newest release, Dialogues of a Crime, is on virtual tour with TLC Book Tours. As part of the tour I’ve posted a review of Dialogues and today I have John K. Manos himself sharing how he researched parts of the story.

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About the Author

 John K. Manos was a magazine editor in Chicago for 20 years. Since 2001 he has earned his living as a writer, editor, and occasional musician. He is a graduate of Knox College. Dialogues of a Crime is his first novel.


On Research

I’m often asked how I researched Dialogues of a Crime because it includes gangsters, Chicago cops, a work farm in the prison system, andJohn K Manos the pursuit of criminals by a detective and state’s attorney. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Summoned by Rainy Kaye

Rainy Kaye has a new release on tour. Today I’ve got an excerpt from Summoned and the history that inspired the story. Last, but not least, there is a giveaway which you can find here.

Summoned Blog Tour

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark). She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Continue reading

Guest: The Activation by J. Cafesin

Today I’ve got a treat for everyone. It’s an excerpt from J. Cafesin’s short story collection, Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone. This is the campfire story The Activation, one of the stories you can find in the suspenseful fantasy collection.

Author Bio

J. Cafesin lives on the eastern slope of the redwood laden Oakland Hills with her husband/best friend, two gorgeous, talented, spectacular kids, and a bratty but cute Shepherd pound hound. Find her on Facebook, Google+, and Goodreads.

The Activation – Synopsis

Michael still loves the family’s annual summer camping trip. His teen sister, Amy, doesn’t. It’s likely going to be their last year among the ancient redwoods, the majestic elks, and the seemingly glowing round rocks Michael discovers along the bank of the roaring river. The Activation is a cautionary [campfire] tale for bickering children, and the parents who fail to silence them.

The Activation by J. Cafesin

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Author Guest Post: Chris Wimpress

I’d like to introduce author Chris Wimpress to Bookish Ardour. Today he is speaking about the inspiration behind his latest release, Weeks in Naviras. You may recognise his name from earlier when Weeks in Naviras was presented in one of BA’s Features.


Chris Wimpress Explains his Novel Weeks in Naviras

This is not a religious novel, not in the strictest sense. But a lot of people won’t get beyond the tenth page, because the main character professes to be dead. That was always a question mark for me; could I write a novel in which I kill every single main character at the start? I chose the Psalm at the beginning after going to a funeral for a good friend in August 2013. ‘We bring our years to a close, as it were a tale that is told.’ It was in my late friend’s order of service. I was close to finishing the novel when he died. Funerals are strange ceremonies, where God gets to interfere but the person involved doesn’t get a say. God gets the last word and I’m not entirely comfortable with that. I miss my friend but I am unhappy with the patriarchy of that Psalm, although I find most psalms utterly ridiculous. Continue reading

Author Guest Post: Inspiration by Clint Stoker

All for Owen, Clint Stoker‘s second novel, is out! What better way to celebrate than to have Clint Stoker himself tell us the inspiration behind his newest story? I didn’t think there was a better way either. If you’ve been around with BA for a few years then you may recognise Clint’s name. Clint was one of the first authors I reviewed for, The Cause being his first novel, and he was also one of my first interviewees! So I’m honoured to have him back on BA today and without further ado…


Inspiration by Clint Stoker

The idea behind writing All for Owen struck me while watching a documentary on the black plague. Continue reading

Guest Post: The Ideas That Haunted Me To Write Storm Dancer

Storm Dancer Virtual Tour with Rayne HallToday we have author Rayne Hall on BA with a guest post about her ideas for writing her newest release, Storm Dancer. Click through the above banner to see other stops, what else you can learn about Rayne Hall, and more about her characters during the tour.

About Rayne Hall

Portrait of author Rayne HallRayne Hall writes horror and fantasy fiction. Some of her stories are quirky; some are disturbing; most are dark. 

She is the author of over forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in ezines, magazines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, Nepal, China and Mongolia, Rayne has settled on the south coast of England.

Interact with Rayne Hall via her website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube. You can grab a copy of Storm Dancer from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble

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