Review for Clove and the Twins by Nicoletta Barrie

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My Rating: 5/5 [child rating]

Author:  Nicoletta Barrie
Title: Clove and the Twins

Genre:  Children’s Adventure

Background:

Amazon Description:
This Labrador Dog Story begins with Channel and Bezel Sini, ten-year-old spokesgirls for Dogs Forever – a Dog rescue. They knew their involvement in an advertising campaign for homeless dogs would be exciting. But not until they adopted a feisty dog, a labrador named Clover did they realize just what a rollercoaster ride it would be.

One night prior to the start of the campaign tour, the twins are awakened by Clover talking in her sleep and making running motions with her legs. Bezel and Channel wake up Clover who explains that she was separated from her dog family on Christmas Eve when a terrifying outlaw she calls Red Eyes tried to capture them in their home in the Chicago trainyard. Clover was successful in luring Red Eyes away from her family, but in the process she hopped on a freight train headed for New York City.

The girls eventually discover that Clover is one of the Cloverleaf Dogs, a line of dogs who, legend has it, rescued people and pets during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The Dogs Forever advertising campaign serves two purposes for Clover and the twins. The first is Dogs Forever’s goal of raising awareness about homeless dogs. And the second is more personal. When they get to the last destination, Chicago, Bezel and Channel have the personal goal of helping Clover find her dog family.

What surprises and frightens Clover and the twins right out of the gate is that they are followed from city to city on the tour by a man in the crowds. As it turns out, Red Eyes did not give up when Clover escaped from him in the Chicago trainyard, and he is determined to capture her again.

Opinions:

This book is geared towards children, but I think an older audience might enjoy it, too. The story is easy to follow and has enjoyable characters – such as Clover, a talking dog. When Clover gets separated from her family due to an unsavory man, she must find her way back. With the help of two twins, they have to figure what happened. The twins learn a few lessons along the way. The story also brings about the importance in responsibility, caring, and loyalty. The story leaves off for another adventure. Children who like adventures and dogs should like this book.

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Book Promotion: Minstrels’ Gambit by Nance Bulow Morgan

Today’s book promotion comes from Nance Bulow Morgan and her book called Minstrels’ Gambit. If you like Fantasy novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book:Minstrels’ Gambit
Author: Nance Bulow Morgan
Genre:
Epic Fantasy, Mystery, Action, Adventure

 

Publisher: Dreamer Books
Format: Paperback, kindle
Release Date: 2/21/2014

 

Summary:
ʺMinstrels’ Gambit is the first in the Minstrels’ Tale Mysteries Series. Saeede knew that Behlanna was not going to be a good city. She knew it the moment she saw the dark tower looming over the sleek dark wall. She and her partner Andreas needed to rest after a long journey. They would stay long enough to rest and perhaps play a tune or two for the locals but then they would be off again to more pleasant surroundings. Upon their arrival in the city the two tired friends; minstrels and adventurers, are soon caught up in a murder investigation and find that they are the prime suspects! Their investigation leads them to discover that an ancient riddle is at the center of their problem. Evil forces are at play against them and they must solve the riddle, and foil the unleashing of evil upon the world, to clear their names. The keys to the riddles are hidden within four musical scores. As adventurers they must retrieve the scores from their protections within the elements. As minstrels they must decipher the keys hidden within the scores. Thrust into an epic adventure the friends learn how deep and unwavering is their friendship– how deep and unwavering are their skills with sword, music, and magic. Minstrels’ Gambit is Bulow Morgan’s second novel. Sprung from the setting of her first novel Legend Destiny. This epic adventure attests to her story telling ability. The reader will be hooked from the very beginning of this gorgeous adventure. ʺ

The Author:

Nance Bulow Morgan’s Website: Here
Nance Bulow Morgan’s Facebook: Here
Nance Bulow Morgan’s Blog: Here
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Q & A:

 

The best thing about writing this book?

I believe that I created two likeable multi faceted characters and writing their interactions with each other was enjoyable for me.

 

Where did you get your idea for this story?

I wanted to write a fantasy/mystery meld. It went more fantasy on me, but I like to go with the flow. I love music and I am trying to teach myself how to play the mandolin. Having characters that are minstrels lets me live vicariously.

 

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?

Don’t get discouraged. If you have a voice and something to write about do it. Listen to your critics. Criticism is part of the game and if it is honest and kindly given it can make you a better writer, but grow a thick skin, because it isn’t always kindly given even when it is justified. Don’t let any one pigeon hole you or tell you that your process is wrong. Get better at grammar. I hate grammar. It seems like a bunch of arbitrary rules to me, but if you want to be taken seriously you must. I am still working on that myself.

 

What is your favorite book?
Hopefully the one I’m reading.

 

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Coffee

 

About the author:
Nance Bulow Morgan has been a photojournalist and worked in the print industry for three decades. A native of Northern Illinois, Bulow Morgan now resides in the Sandhills of North Carolina. She has published a book of prose and a fantasy novel, Legend Destiny, that has become the spring board for a series titled The Minstrels’ Tale Mysteries. Minstrels’ Gambit is the first in that series! ʺ

 

 

I want to thank Nance Bulow Morgan for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Minstrels’ Gambit!

 

Book Promotion: Brothers Of The Sword/Children Of Time by Michael Reisig

Today’s book promotion comes from Michael Reisig and his book called Brothers Of The Sword/Children Of Time. If you like Action/Adventure novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

 

Book: Brothers Of The Sword/Children Of Time
Author: Michael Reisig
Genre: Action, Adventure

Publisher: Clear Creek Press
Format:
Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
6/6/2011

 

Summary:
As the prequel to Michael Reisig’s best-selling novel “The New Madrid Run,” Brothers of the Sword/Children of Time” is a swashbuckling adventure tale that encompasses two complete novels spanning 300 years—bound together by a lost Spanish treasure and the eternal journey of spirit and soul. A captivating tale of the past and the present—of romance, rescue, and revenge. Brothers of the Sword: 1668—Englishman Trevor Holte sails for Barbados and the West Indies in search of adventure, but the challenges he encounters are beyond his wildest dreams—the brutal Spanish, a hidden treasure, a buccaneer king, and the beautiful Anne Catherine. However, some treasures outlive the men who bury them. . . Children of Time: 1980—Three adventurers set out from Key West in search of a lost treasure on the Isle of Tortue, off the coast of Haiti. Equipped with an ancient parchment and a handful of clues, they embark on a journey that carries them back across time, and they uncover far more than a treasure—they discover the power of friendship and faith, and come to realize that, some things are forever . . .

 

I want to thank Michael Reisig for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Brothers Of The Sword/Children Of Time!

Book Promotion: King Pirate by Thomas K. Stern

Today’s book promotion comes from Thomas K. Stern and his book called King Pirate. If you like Action & Adventure novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

Book: King Pirate
Author: Thomas K. Stern
Genre:
Action & Adventure

Publisher: Storymerchant
Format: ebook
Release Date:
4/4/2014

Summary:
After modern-day pirates murder his best friend, an American ex-Marine captains a fighting ship to wreck revenge.

A sexy, cinematic action-thriller in the tradition of Lee Child and Casino Royale.

Ryan Kelley is a former Marine who’s drifted into knocking around Southeast Asia as a merchant seaman. His best friend is murdered by King Pirate, leader of the biggest criminal organization currently stalking the Malacca Strait.

Kelley swears revenge. He hunts down one of King Pirate’s lieutenants, but swiftly realizes he’ll never get far without help. Kelley goes to Cuchulain, the bizarre leader of the IPC, a law enforcement agency dedicated to fighting piracy. Kelley almost immediately begins an affair with Cuchulain’s lead investigator, the beautiful ex-pat Russian, Anastasia.

But Kelley can’t tolerate working in an office and taking orders. He quits to fight King Pirate alone. Cuchulain makes Kelley an interesting offer: if Kelley agrees to become a modern-day privateer – a pirate of pirates – Cuchulain will fund the expedition. Though he has his suspicions, Kelley agrees.

Kelley buys a ship, attracts a crew of rogues and arms them with black market weapons. He takes King Pirate by surprise, raiding pirate ships on the high seas. The mission is almost too successful; King Pirate’s lieutenants quickly come after Kelley and his men.

Kelley digs into King Pirate’s organization, and realizes that the mysterious criminal’s plans are vastly farther-reaching than just hijacking ships, and his influence in government is far deeper than Kelley imagined. Reaching even into the halls of the IPC…

 

I want to thank Thomas K. Stern for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read King Pirate!

Book Promotion: Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton by Warren Woodruff

Today’s book promotion comes from Warren Woodruff and his book called Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton. If you like fantasies, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton
Author: Warren Woodruff
Genre:
  Action & Adventure

Publisher: Story Merchant
Format: ebook
Released: 3/19/2012

Summary:

When the dark musician Jedermann and his fierce Seirens of Dis gain control of the legendary Gold Baton, Tyler, his sister Christina, and their friends are drawn into a perilous adventure foretold by an ancient prophecy.
Guided by the mythical Dr. Fuddle, the explorers must leave earth and journey to Orphea. Will the Messengers of Music be able to save the world of the immortal composers from chaos and destruction? For them to have even a chance at victory, they must master the most difficult instruments of all—themselves.

 

About the Author:

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1. Why did you decide to write this book?

Because if wanted to create a fun adventure in a setting very different from anything used before. As a classical musician, I wanted to create an alternate world, one for the immortal composers, but one that, like our own world, has its own challenges and imperfections. How does this appeal to the reader? It’s nice for the classical composers but what does it do for the person who BUYS the book for money?

2. Do you have any secret writing tips you want to share?

Absolutely! Don’t be afraid to re-write several times, and from the first draft, READ EVERYTHING YOU WRITE OUT LOUD!

3. Tell us a funny, quirky or unexpected story about you?

It’s definitely not funny, but unexpected. Since age 13 I’ve been afflicted with a very rare auto-immune inner ear disorder, very similar to what Beethoven suffered. I did all my classical piano training in high school, college, and graduate school with one functioning ear. Since 2000, the other ear became affected and I’ve had to rely on a hearing aid in order to teach and perform. In the past decade the quality of my hearing has deteriorated, but using Beethoven as my inspiration, I continue for the sake of leaving behind what I feel I was destined for–to expose and inspire a whole new generation to the joy and excellence of classical music.

4. What books are on your nightstand right now?

The Ninth, Beethoven and the World in 1824, by Harvey Sachs

A Wish Can Change Your Life, by Gahl Sasson and Steve Weinstein

RareEarth by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee

And of course, all seven Harry Potter books are proudly displayed on the shelf nearby

5. What is you favorite quote?

As a writer, this is a no-brainer: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”

6. Who inspires you most?

Recent/Living: Stephen Hawking, award-winning scientist

Dead: Ludwig van Beethoven, immortal composer


WRITTEN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

1. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?

The creation of the fantasy land of Orphea, because I’ve always loved mysteries and the possibilities of an afterlife. I don’t think this is compelling enough. I’d rather have it be something along the lines of “creating a world that would inspire young readers to achieve excellence in all they do—especially music!”

2. How long did the book take you from start to finish?

Two years, nine drafts total.

3. What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?

Learning the technical skills of writing, when my professional background is music.

4. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?

Both. Since I have a Ph.D. in Musicology, I have more information than anyone could ever dream of wanting off the top of my head, but there were some details I wanted to make sure were historically correct.

5. What surprised you most about this process?

How difficult it is to get a book to tell a story and make it read like a “real” book.

6. Did you have any notable experiences from writing your book?

Yes. There were times when I was working with my writing coach Mardeene Mitchell that I felt like I was no longer on earth, but that we were working on a spiritual plane.

7. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?

Primarily, I want them entertained and feel as though they’ve actually been in Orphea with Dr. Fuddle and the Messengers of Music and that they’ve fought in the battle against Jedermann to reclaim the Gold Baton. Secondarily, I want to pique their interest in classical music. good

8. What other projects are you working on?

The screenplay of DR. FUDDLE AND THE GOLD BATON and a sequel to the first book. I’m also working on re-writing my six scene play BEETHOVEN in Final Draft.

9. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?

No. Writing is like a second career. I’ve been teaching the art of classical piano for over twenty-five years and with the autoimmune disease threatening my musical career, I’m transitioning to becoming a professional writer, but will always teach as long as my hearing allows.

10. When can we look forward to your next book?

Within one to two years, then one a year after that. I plan to make Dr. Fuddle a series of five to seven novels. I’m also envisioning a children’s picture book series entitled The Adventures of Dr. Fuddle, which would be more educational musically rather than fantasy adventure, but still entertaining, something like The Magic School Bus series.

 

I want to thank Warren Woodruff for letting me promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton!

Book Promotion: Kill Daddy by Gerald Freeman

Today’s book promotion comes from Gerald Freeman and his book called Kill Daddy. If you like Memoirs, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Kill Daddy
Author: Gerald Freeman
Genre:
memoirs, travel, adventure

Publisher: Gerald Freeman
Format: ebook
Release Date:
10/9/2013

Summary:
Kill Daddy is the story of one man’s desperate attempt to move on from a traumatic childhood. The past has haunted him his whole life and he realizes that he cannot even begin to live until he has left the memories behind and can focus on the present and the future, instead. His journey takes him to remote villages in Kenya and Uganda, where he spends 2 years living with the local people. Will the journey help him to find inner peace, or will his abusers win in the end?

The Author:

Gerald Freeman’s Website: Here
Gerald Freeman’s Blog: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
To be honest, it is all the great reviews I have had. I am not sure if I truly believed my stories would be of such interest to people until the reactions to my story started coming in. The fact that complete strangers in different corners of the world are sitting there reading my mind, inside my thoughts and actually relating to the events, makes me feel unbelievably humble in one way. I have only recently realized the seriousness of what I do and the real effect it can have on others.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I was inspired to write Kill Daddy after I returned from my roller coaster ride In Kenya and Uganda. Everyone was asking me-What is Africa like? I couldn’t sum it up into an adequate enough reply. Then as I began writing about the journey I realized I was leaving out an important part of the story, which was- Why did I go there in the first place? Writing about myself and exposing myself to you all is honest but a little difficult. However, if I am to inspire and connect with people and find those who can identify with my journey, then I believe that writing is like art and must come from the heart.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
follow your heart!!

What is your favorite book?
Johnathon Livingstone Seagull

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
coffee

Anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you, I hope you enjoy my work

 

I want to thank Gerald Freeman for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Kill Daddy!

Book Promotion: Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Today’s book promotion comes from Kaylin McFarren and her book called Buried Threads. If you like Suspense novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

BuriedThreads

Book: Buried Threads
Author: Kaylin McFarren
Genre:
Erotic Suspense/Action Adventure

Publisher: Creative Edge Publishing LLC
Format: Trade Paperback, Kindle e-book, Mobi, Pdf
Release Date:
October 1, 2013

Summary:
A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren’s heart pounding new novel,  Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip readers will never forget!

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment – to track down a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan – takes a startling, and dangerous, turn.

Faced with a monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to recover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.

Chaos ensues as their adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members.

Time is running out as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed before disaster strikes?

 

(This book was written for a mature audience and contains adult material.)

The Author:

Kaylin McFarren’s Website: http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com
Kaylin McFarren’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/4kaylin
Kaylin McFarren’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BuriedThreads
Kaylin McFarren’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaylin.mcfarren
Kaylin McFarren’s Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/4kaylin
Kaylin McFarren’s Blog: https://kaylinmcfarren.wordpress.com
Kaylin McFarren’s Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/kaylinmcfarren
Kaylin McFarren’s Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/kaylinmcfarren

 

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
Being able to educate the public about Japanese culture in a subtle way while telling an exciting, entertaining story.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I often travel to Japan and have met interesting people over the years with very unusual jobs, including: a teahouse Mama-san, Geishas and Maikos, a Buddhist monk, a master swordsman, a member of the Yakuza (underworld gang), celebrities, karate senseis, police officers, and export agents. They all have interesting lives and a few have remarkable beliefs, which helped to cultivate and grow my story idea.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Never lose faith in the strength of your tale no matter how challenged or discouraged you might become.

What is your favorite book?
I have many, but the one that will always stay with me is Shogun by James Clavell.

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Definitely ice cold chai tea.

 I want to thank Kaylin McFarren for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Buried Threads!

Book Promotion: Land of the Tuk-Tuk by Henry Pelifian

Today’s book promotion comes from Henry Pelifian and his book called Land of the Tuk-Tuk. If you like Adventure novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Land of the Tuk-Tuk
Author: Henry Pelifian
Genre:
literary, adventure

Publisher: Author House
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
2/27/2012

Summary:
The novel is a story of love, corruption, greed and American ethnocentrism abroad amidst a humanitarian effort for Cambodian refugees.

The Author:

Henry Pelifian’s Twitter: Here
Henry Pelifian’s Amazon: Here
Henry Pelifian’s Opednews: Here
Henry Pelifian’s Fictionaut: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
Expressing a story coherently based on the machinations of our world.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
The ideas are from my years of experiences in Thailand and Iran.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Keep writing despite lack of positive feedback because writing is a commodity that agents are only guessing on what will sell or good based on their personal bias and agenda.

What is your favorite book?
Typee, Hadji Murad

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
All

Anything else that you would like to add?
In the end a writer writes not for agents or the marketplace but what is inside that needs expression.

 

I want to thank Henry Pelifian for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Land of the Tuk-Tuk!

Book Promotion: The Shifter’s Trail by Adam Alexander

Today’s book promotion comes from Adam Alexander and his book called The Shifter’s Trail. If you like Science Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

Book: The Shifter’s Trail
Author: Adam Alexander
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
11/25/2013

Summary:
The Shifter’s Trail is a tween/teen sci-fi adventure that stems from a couple of questions. First, if you were a member of a highly advanced star-traveling species and you wanted to study the Earth, how would you go about it? Would you land a giant spaceship in the middle of Central Park, New York or do something more subtle? Second, if Einstein is right and there is no practical way to travel faster than the speed of light, star travel will always be incredibly hard. So, if, after dozens of years, you can only bring a few hundred or a few thousand aliens to the Solar System, how do you occupy and control a planet of seven billion people?

OK, so the last paragraph is sort of “grown up.” The basic premise of the book is this. Except for an unfortunate attachment to numbers, Andromeda Brown is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life at a perfectly ordinary school. Until, that is, a spaceship crash-lands near her home in Chicago, and circumstances throw her into contact with folks whose zip code is, quite literally, out of this world. Her new acquaintances are in trouble and desperately need her help. They are frantically looking for a shape-shifting alien scientist who has been hiding out and observing planet Earth for, well, ages. But hard as it is to track down someone who can change appearance at will, Andromeda’s difficulties are multiplied by the fact that she and her friends are not the only ones on the shifter’s trail. Darker forces are at work. For if the shifter’s knowledge falls into the wrong hands, humanity is in for a very bad day.

The Author:

Adam Alexander’s Website: Here
Adam Alexander’s Youtube: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The way the characters insisted on doing their own thing, regardless of what I had originally intended to write. They are a headstrong bunch!

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I love reading fantasy fiction – I remember getting the complete “Lord of the Rings” for my thirteenth birthday and never looked back – but I never forget that the world we live in is built by science. Without science, the Internet wouldn’t exist; without science, we would die from what we now view as minor ailments (appendicitis anyone?); and, without science, even if there were supermarkets, there’d be next to no food on the shelves: most of us would starve. Science matters.

And yet I sometimes wonder if science – and scientists – get enough credit for the world we live in. We weave marvelous tales of wizards and magic and the paranormal without stopping to think that science already performs most of these marvels for us. In a death match between wizards and “ordinary” 21st Century folk, wizards would most likely come out second. An airplane is more comfortable and far faster than a broomstick, a torch is every bit as effective as any form of witchlight, and a dark wizard’s death dealing wand is seldom better at what it does than the average handgun. As for modern medicine, what can one say? Pure magic!

So, I got to thinking: could you write a story with all the twists and turns of a magical fairy tale with science instead of magic? Aren’t science and mathematics every bit as challenging (and life changing) as the most difficult spell? Aren’t wizards, when all is said and done, just scientists with an old fashioned name? Well… maybe. I had a blast trying to find out!

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Treat it like a job. Aim to write a certain number of words per day and then write them, regardless of how you feel. You’re going to have to rewrite anyway, so don’t worry too much if you’re not happy with it the first time around. It’s better to have a novel that needs editing than no novel at all.

What is your favorite book?
Masters of the Vortex by EE Doc Smith – because it was my first “grown-up” book. I was 10!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
I’m a Brit by birth, so tea: hot, not iced (ick!)

Anything else that you would like to add?
I hope to publish another book towards the middle of 2014 – a YA dystopian with the working title of Saviors’ Spring. I’m also mulling over a sequel to The Shifter’s Trail: I have some ideas but I would like them to be really, REALLY good before I launch Andromeda and her friends on another adventure.

 

I want to thank Adam Alexander for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Shifter’s Trail!

Book Promotion: II CORPS-The CIA In Vietnam by Tim Lilly

Today’s book promotion comes from Tim Lilly and his book called II CORPS-The CIA In Vietnam. If you like Action/Adventure novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: II CORPS-The CIA In Vietnam
Author: Tim Lilly
Genre:
Action/Adventure

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
11/22/2013

Summary:
CAUTION: My book contains sexual innuendo, crude humor, adult language, and graphic violence.

Here is the highly anticipated coinciding spin off sequel to the novel “Wode Susu-My Uncle-A Story Of The Chinese Mafia”. In the first novel in this series you learned of a trinity of central characters. The first novel was told from the point of view of the Chinese Mafia Boss Chan Wan San’s nephew Randal Ting and his best friend was Tommy Landis. In this volume, Tommy tells you of his father Nathan Landis. From his growing up in a rural coal town, to his beginnings at the end of World War II in the OSS, and then recruited by the CIA to Force 784 for his part in the Korean War and then sent to Vietnam. He is appointed the Declared Agent to the Consulate General and Director of Air Operations of Air America for Military Region 2, II Corps, Nha Trang, Republic of South Vietnam. Force 784 is a little known branch of the CIA that was the beginnings of the very first Delta Force Teams that were comprised of Air Commandos and Green Berets and would soon recruit the best soldiers from all branches of the Special Forces and operators and pilots from the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. Landis is not only the Director of Air Operations but participates in all the highly classified clandestine operations in Southeast Asia. He has been told by his superiors that there is illegal profiteering going on and it his additional duty to sniff them out and expose them. He is also well aware that in doing so it will more than likely end his career in the Foreign Service. Not since the release of the movies “Platoon” and “Full Metal Jacket” has there been a story on Vietnam that is so compelling, gritty, and graphic. You will feel the humid climate and witness gun battles and dog fights unveil before your very eyes. You will hear the screams of dying men and see their blood splatter across the pages. The colorful characters will suck you in and make you feel as though you are in the story itself. Welcome to the real war in Vietnam. Based on a true story and inspired by real events.

The Author:

Tim Lilly’s Links:
www.outskirtspress.com/IICORPS

www.outskirtspress.com/myuncle

www.exploretalent.com/timlilly

www.facebook.com/tim.lilly.714

https://twitter.com/TimLilly2

http://youtu.be/vrpWr-DZ9c4  – Wode Susu Video Trailer

http://youtu.be/GVS8p7nS6tk  – II CORPS Video Trailer

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
Honoring my Father’s and all Vietnam Vets military service.
Creating the characters and watching the story take on a life of its own was a lot of fun.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
My Father’s real experiences.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Writing is not for everyone. But remember this: everyone worships actors, actresses and celebrities, but without us, without the story tellers; no actors, no actresses, nor celebrities would exist.

What is your favorite book?
All those written by W.E.B. Griffin

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Iced Tea

 

I want to thank Tim Lilly for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read II CORPS-The CIA In Vietnam!