Thursday, January 31, 2019

#BlogTour #Interview with Thriller Mystery Author John R. Beyer

John R. Beyer spent nearly ten years in law enforcement in Southern California as a street cop, a training officer and a member of the elite SWAT team. After leaving the force, he continued in public service entering the field of education. During his tenure, he served as classroom teacher, school administrator and district administrator, and was an integral part of the gang and drug force in San Bernardino. While in both worlds he earned a Doctorate in School Administration and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

During all those years, he never gave up the passion for writing – both fiction and nonfiction. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and the like for decades, writing on a variety of topics. His latest short stories in the past year can be found in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine (2016) and GNU Journal (2017). He is also the author of three highly praised internationally known novels – Hunted (2013), Soft Target (2014) and Operation Scorpion (2017).

He won the 'Write Well Award' in October of 2018 from the Silver Pen Writer's Association for a fictional short story.

His newest novel, ‘Iquitos – the Past Will Kill’, was released in November of 2018 by Black Opal Books bringing two of his protagonists together for their first investigation. Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders will work hand in hand with an international incident which left undetected could cause a catastrophic issue for the United States. They are friends and they are good at they do. Catching the bad guys.

Website Address:
Twitter Address: @Drjohnrbeyer

What is your name?

John R. Beyer

Where are you today and what are you doing?

I am in my study drinking a cup of java, keeping up with correspondence and getting ready for a two hour write on my latest novel.

Describe the outside of your home.

Beautifully landscaped, which, in all modesty, I did myself. Sometimes, working with my hands, especially outdoors, gives me time to think and lets my characters run around in my cranium. Palm
trees, roses, rosemary, society garlic are just some of the plants which actually thrive in this desert climate. Residing in the desert the yard gives us a sense of graceful peace in our lives.

You come face to face with your worst enemy. How do you react?

I would rather this come to a peaceful conclusion. I would wait for the person’s action and then react accordingly. Hopefully it will not come to harm for either of us, but, I am always prepared to act to protect myself and my family.

You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime. If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?

The day my lovely spouse, Laureen, and I were married. Very special moment.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I am a morning person and get more done by 9 a.m. than most people get done all day.

A police officer stops you for a minor violation. What violation is that and how do you react?

It would probably be for speeding. Being former law enforcement, I would sit patiently in my vehicle with my hands in plain sight on the steering wheel. I would simply follow his/her commands and explain that I was speeding. Many times telling the truth means you’ll will end up with only a verbal warning. I’d never try to lie or argue with a police officer.

Open your wallet, purse, or briefcase. What do you find?

Cash, debit card and business cards for my author’s page and our blog at

How do you feel about mortality?

The only gift we are given at birth is death. It is the end of a wonderful trip of life – I don’t generally think of mortality since there is nothing to stop it. Just live life to the fullest and love those who love you.

What scares you?

Not much – perhaps stupid people running the world someday unless that has already happened.

How would your parents describe you?

Intense, but at the same back relaxed. Strange combination but I get things done when needed, but often like to sit back with a great book to just relax and read once the job is done.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?


Who is your best friend?

My wife – Laureen.

Who is your worst enemy?

Probably myself, many times.

Are you faith-oriented?


Are you married or in a relationship?

Both – I am married and that is a great relationship.

Do you have children?


Where is your favorite hangout?

Anywhere my family or friends are – either at our place or theirs.

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

Figure out where the war is breaking out and get all my family to our house. Then I would check to make sure we had enough ammunition and other necessary supplies to last until the conflict is over.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Responsible, and some days I think I almost am there.

If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?

To be a few inches taller. I’m average height but it would be cool to be about six foot or so.

About the Book:

Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders team up to solve a string of murders, starting with the intentional and fatal bombing of a local coffee shop in downtown Riverside—a usually calm city in Southern California. Dozens are dead after an explosion rips apart the Coffee Grind, leaving dozens of others gravely wounded. Frank soon finds himself up to his elbows assisting the bombing victims, especially when he discovers that Jonas was walking to the Coffee Grind to meet up with his fiancée, but he never made it. In an instant, all their lives are thrust into a trail of death and destruction carried out by an unknown psychopath.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Book Feature: Good Intentions Bad Consequences by Phillip Nelson

Title: Good Intentions Bad Consequences: Voters' Information Problems
Author: Phillip Nelson
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Genre: Social Science/Sociology
Format: Ebook

A new approach to understanding voter choice with important implications. There is a substantial class of voters who would like to do “good” but ignore important consequences of their attempts to do so—naïve altruists. The book both shows why such a class exists and tests the implications of that group’s behavior in a setting where other voters are self-interested, others are traditionalists, and imitation plays a big role in voter choice. The book also looks at the policy implications of such behavior accepting as desirable, but not fully achievable, the democratic ideal in which sufficiently informed citizens are given equal weight in political choices. Naïve altruists ignore the anti-growth consequences of redistribution from the rich as a class to the poor as a class. That ignorance produces too much of that redistribution in terms of the democratic ideal.

Phillip Nelson has specialized in two fields. The first is information economics in which he has produced seminal work in consumer economics. The second is public choice in which he has written many articles and the book, “Signaling Goodness.” This book melds these two fields producing new insights about voter information problems. He has spent a lifetime teaching graduate courses in these specialties and microeconomics theory at Binghamton University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Book Feature: The Lady with the Purple Hat by Otilia Greco

Title: The Lady With the Purple Hat
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook

Ten years ago, Daisy left her husband, Bernard, to create a new life for herself. But now as their divorce proceedings continue to drag on and Bernard battles terminal cancer, Daisy determines she would rather be his widow than his ex-wife and decides to play with fate.

After she dons an outlandish large purple hat to disguise her face, Daisy glides through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on poisoning her husband to accelerate his death. When she finally arrives at his door and opens it, she is shocked to see a woman sitting by his bedside. With her plan foiled, Daisy rushes out of the room as she transforms from the hunter into the hunted. Still obsessed with ending Bernard’s life, Daisy retreats into her memories, unaware that a surprise is waiting in the shadows. Now only time will tell if fate will intervene to save Daisy or if she will lose her soul to the dark side, where it can never be retrieved.

In this contemporary thriller, a woman intent on ending her husband’s life is propelled on a journey through her memories that leads her to an unexpected truth.


Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps; was educated in Switzerland, England, and Paris; and is fluent in six languages. She graduated from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and developed an appreciation for history and cultures.

Otilia and her husband worked internationally, lived for several years in California, and now reside in Switzerland. This is her third book.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

#BlogTour #Interview with Satirical Fantasy Author Josh Hickman

Equally fascinated with horror movies, comedians, and true crime since early childhood, Josh Hickman spent equal time wading in the heady waters of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the Three Stooges comedy shorts, and Helter Skelter while growing up in various parts of Texas. When he became a writer, Hickman incorporated his comedic sensibility and lifelong love of the horror and true crime genres into his satiric writings. His past comic novels also include the fictional comedy bio THROUGH TICK & TINN: THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREATEST UNKNOWN COMEDY TEAM EVER KNOWN and the illustrated surreal, cautionary high-seas treasure-hunt saga AMBERGRIS. Hickman lives and works in Hollywood.
His latest book is the satirical fantasy, The Kinfolk: Cult of Sex and Cheese.
Visit his website at



About the Book:

Author: Josh Hickman
Publisher: Polyester Press
Pages: 299
Genre: Satirical Fantasy

Hollywood Author Josh Hickman will release his latest brand of satirical, humorous books in mid-November. In the author’s new book, THE KINFOLK: CULT OF SEX AND CHEESE  he explores the maddening world of cults.  Mr. Hickman’s new novel follows his last satirical fantasy book, FIVE SLICES OF FEAR, that has received much critical praise from book reviewers.
Hollywood writer Mr. Hickman releases his new book as the fourth in a fantasy book series he has created and published.  In THE KINFOLK: CULT OF SEX AND CHEESE he chronicles the rise and fall of a “seductive, fanatical cult” led by the enigmatic Dillman “Papa Dilly” Bradford.
With THE KINFOLK: CULT OF SEX AND CHEESE once again fact meets fiction in the funny fantasy worlds author Josh Hickman creates. This time his fascination with cults has produced a fresh, yet familiar cast of charlatans, rubes, losers, and lucky fools, finding laughs in the cult impulse, religious fervor, and the common pathos of the average person who will do anything to find solace and belonging. Once more, author Hickman focuses his gaze on tragic comedy that is human existence--with all its fears, pitfalls, trials, and triumphs--and again he speaks hilarious truth to power in his latest entry THE KINFOLK: CULT OF SEX AND CHEESE.
“For as long as I’ve read books I’ve always been a huge fan of comedic novels,” Hickman asserted. “It was time I decided to start expressing my own comedic side of creative writing.”



Thanks for this interview, Josh.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

It’s been pretty smooth sailing so far, with perhaps a few wily sea serpents and an occluded front or two. But this book was perhaps the toughest to write so far. The controversial subject and mixture of tragedy and comedy were at times a tightrope walk of taste. This is my fourth comic novel and deals with the fascinating, frightening, and sometimes funny world of cults. My job was to reveal the pathos in the fragile side of humans that makes us all vulnerable to such deception and even self-deception.

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

…Whose Name Escapes Me At The Moment, or Ibid. or perhaps Italics Mine, self-conscious autobiography titles all. It will be funny and self-effacing to be sure. I’d like to write one soon, then write several more in the ensuing decades, constantly rewriting, rehashing, and correcting my own inflated life. I think that’s the best way to do it.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I’m a big film fan, so I love watching and studying old movies, good and bad. I like both ends of the spectrum, just not the ones in the middle. I also paint, and I play music. I write more than I read, honestly. I also love to cook and eat, a wide international array of cuisines. When I’m not busy getting my hovercraft un-stuck from the moat of my castle.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

The Kinfolk: Cult of Sex & Cheese is perhaps closer to the bone than my other comic novels, deeper in the heart of the human condition. It’s poking fun at how we lie to each other and how we lie to ourselves. It concerns how we pacify our own personal pain with delusions and by reading meaning into insignificant occurrences and people. Writing about these things wasn’t exactly a walk in the park, but it was cathartic, and in the end, fun and funny.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

“…and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” – Acts 2:17, New Testament

Why did it happen? How did it happen? How could it happen? How, in late-20th century modern America? Sometimes it seems all we are left with is lingering, painfully haunting unanswered questions. But it did happen. And, although we may never fully know why, amassing fairly accurate answers to the when and how questions seems to be possible—an achievable task of hope, the beginning of an end. That is, I hope—I pray—what this excruciatingly-researched, exhaustively-composed tome will reveal—that and perhaps more.
How do these aberrations which seem to crop up time and again like deadly weeds through the decades in the veldt of humanity ever begin? Lost souls searching for meaning, sometimes utterly unaware they hunger for it. A charismatic leader. Proselytization. Conversion. Belief. Maintenance. Control. Easy words to throw around, but very difficult acts to conjure. At first, the shepherd serves his flock, but soon the flock must serve their shepherd.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

April Fool’s Day. No, just kidding. What do I look like? Christmas, of course. Give the gift of laughter—the gift that keeps on giving.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

No. All of my books are stand alone comic novels. Each one is about one subject, and I get all my thoughts and theories out in that one book. End of story. There are no sequels, prequels, or series. Not even for the money. (Well, I guess it depends how much money exactly we’re talking about. How much money are we talking about here?)

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Yes. And then I didn’t. And then I did again. Creative desperation can make one do strange things. Sometimes, when you figure out you can’t do anything else but write, you write.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?


What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

The idea gives me the creeps. Though I have been able to collaborate in other artistic endeavors such as painting and music. So, who knows?

What’s next for you?

I’m writing my fifth comic novel, a historic biography of a late 19th-century/early 20th-century British playboy and occultist dubbed The World’s Naughtiest Man, Beardsley Bancroft Luney. It should prove to be quite a hoot and will be out sometime next year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Mark is a qualified solicitor who splits his time between protecting the rights of academics, writing thriller fiction and raising five mostly lovely children. He studied Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Birmingham with a nod towards alternative theory, focusing on the relationship of the Giza complex to the stars; portolan maps; and the origins of civilisation and religion. It was within this flame the plots for his future novels were born.

Mark’s writing career extends back over a decade and his diverse portfolio includes three novels, a number of short stories and even a six-part sitcom. Long listed for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, he is currently a featured author on the popular writing website, Wattpad, with over 6,000 followers from all around the world and well over one million reads of his first novel. Aside from Wattpad, Mark is an active member on a number of other writing websites, spending his spare time offering editorial and structural advice to fellow authors. Up to now Mark has considered writing as a creative outlet for the myriad of characters and ideas roaming about his head. The time has come to tease them out of hiding and breathe a little life into their lungs.

His latest book is the adventure/thriller The Atlantis Deception.

About the Book:

A German property developer, Hans Hoffmann, revels in the belief he has discovered the key to unleashing the weapon responsible for sinking Atlantis. Hoffmann requests the help of Cambridge archaeologist, Dr John Hunter to validate his mysterious find. Hunter's acceptance leads the maverick academic on a journey from the headquarters of a clandestine organisation in England, to a lost city in the heart of the Brazilian Rainforest, and climaxes inside a chamber hidden deep beneath Egyptian Heliopolis. Pioneering theory is spliced by epic battles, daring escapes, and elaborate schemes aimed at unravelling a secret history hidden from humanity for the past twelve thousand years.

Atlantis is a very visual word. A word evoking mystery, forgotten realms, underwater palaces… the list goes on. I find this Plato inspired concept of Atlantis fascinating and read anything and everything I can lay my hands on. The theories are diverse and range from the feasible to the outlandish, but certain concepts keep reoccurring. The Atlantis Deception takes the ideas of accepted and alternative theory, weaving them together to create a believable universe where our past still dictates our future.

The novel follows the trials and tribulations of a fictional Cambridge academic, Dr John Hunter. The focus is not on Atlantis itself, but rather on what happened to its people it the wake of the loss of their homeland. The Atlantis Deception is a classic action adventure tale with heroes, villains, shadowy organisations and self-serving plots, each underpinned by progressive archaeological theory. The novel is written with the aim of both exciting and making readers think in equal measure. Although imagined, many of the conclusions the characters reach are cutting edge and described in such a way so as to blur the line between fact and fiction.


Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing? Can you tell us about your journey?
The Atlantis Deception is published by the crowdfunding publisher, Unbound (which had links to Penguin at the time). The route is still in its infancy and certainly cannot be considered an easy option. Unbound set its authors a target figure to publish, somewhere between £4k and 20k depending on how the novel is published, digital only, paperback, hardback and/or audio. As an author, it is then up to you to market and sell your novel on the basis of customers receiving a pre-order and additional rewards depending on the pledge level (art prints, name in the novel or even dinner with the author). In return for successfully negotiating the perilous ups and downs associated with crowdfunding, Unbound offer a much more author friendly contract, particularly in terms of royalties.
The application stage is no different to any other traditional publisher although as a result of the funding mechanism I understand around 1 in 10 books are accepted and of those accepted, around 1 in 10 make it through to publication. It is certainly a tough introduction into the publishing world and certainly sets you up for the even tougher post-publication marketing phase.
It is crazy that new authors, such as myself, with no following and generally little marketing experience, are expected to almost get on with selling their books on their own post publication. This can include organizing and paying for their own adverts and book/blog tours. It is almost as though we are being set up to fail.
I am lucky to have hit the ground running and both Twitter and Instagram have welcomed me with open arms (facebook – not so much!). Many other authors have not fared quite so well and consequently fallen by the wayside – not due to a lack of talent but more a lack of support. Without an ability to market oneself, making money as a new author in the current climate is next to impossible.
If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?
When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?
I have three children and two step children would tend to take up most of my free time. I play a reasonable amount of badminton but other than that, it’s all about Duplo and entertaining my one-year-old!  
What makes your book stand out from the rest?
Quite simply, my passion for the subject matter. In what feels like a different lifetime, I studied Archaeology and Ancient History at university with a nod towards alternative theory, focusing on topics such as the relationship of the Giza complex to the stars; portolan maps; and the origins of civilisation and religion. It was within this flame the plot for The Atlantis Deception was born. There are a number of authors operating in this genre but few have taken and chosen to run with the same breadth of theories as I have in a single book.
I’m not going to pretend the main goal of my work is anything more than to create a credible piece of escapist entertainment, but if I can achieve that whilst educating and creating a situation whereby my readers can question the rhetoric of the establishment, all the better. I’m not saying we should all be looking for conspiracies under every rock, only that it is sometimes worth enquiring as to why certain rocks are harder to lift…
Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?
Lindow Moss Bog, December 43 CE
Teetering on the edge of unconsciousness, Caratacus squirmed as
a pair of coarse hands pulled and tugged at his robes. Death was
inevitable, yet still he managed a flicker of a smile. These men would
never find what they sought.
He grimaced as a heavy hobnail sandal connected with his ribcage,
the blow hard enough to flip him over and onto his back. He blinked
and opened his eyes to find his chubby, chinless assailant peering
down at him.
The Roman wrapped his pristine, cream-coloured sagum tighter
around his chest to shut out the cold wind. He looked nothing like
the brutish military commanders Caratacus typically dealt with. The
man’s regal air of arrogance and contempt for the soldiers around
him made it clear he was a Roman of importance. It was an arrogance
only men of unimaginable wealth and power could ever hope to
wield with success, particularly amongst a group of Praetorian guards.
Caratacus sensed the Roman’s gaze rake his naked body; the man’s
tight lips and beady eyes radiated a general air of cruelty which sent
a chill coursing through the captured priest. His muscles twitched,
tense in anticipation of what might follow. He broke eye contact and
cleared his mind, attempting to relax. He wasn’t far from death and
rule dictated he must embrace the moment.
‘You are a hard man to track down, Druid,’ sneered the stranger.
‘Or would you prefer I call you by your official title – Gatekeeper?’
He paused, giving Caratacus time to digest the significance of this
revelation. ‘You seem calm for a man on his way to Pluto’s realm. Do
you not recognise me, priest?’
Caratacus puffed his cheeks and spat blood at the man’s feet, regretting
it as a wave of pain surged through his earthly body.
The Roman’s eyes narrowed to slits. He stepped clear of the blood and…
If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?
Definitely in the adventurous holiday section. Perhaps sitting somewhere between the Inca trail and cave diving.  
Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?
I always had a trilogy in mind, but I have so many ideas as to where Dr Hunter might pop up next, there could be a few more!
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
I should be honest and say, no. I certainly never thought I’d get anywhere near publishing something. Although I certainly enjoyed writing in my youth, writing as a potential career didn’t raise its head until I was in my late twenties. It would be another ten years before my work was worthy of any kind of payment!
Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?
I think it would be odd if I hadn’t been rejected. However, I am lucky enough to have never received a response from any of the publishers I send query letters out too!
What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?
I wouldn’t be averse to trying, but it isn’t something I’ve ever been involved with. I see some of the bigger names in the industry, such as Clive Cussler and Wilbur Smith, are starting to co-author. I guess partly due to their respective ages and to ensure they maintain a release quota of at least one new novel every year.  
What’s next for you?
I am working on two novels at present in the same series as, The Atlantis Deception. The first, Roswell, The First Shot Fired, is complete and awaiting the editing phase. As the title suggests, the book offers an alternative to the Roswell narrative and throws my protagonist, Dr John Hunter, into the deep end of a world he doesn’t understand. It is a fast paced action adventure and takes in locations ranging from the Soviet era Russia, the Americas and Europe. The truth is out there!