Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus

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The Solitary Writer

I love to write. There’s no other way to explain this compulsion I have to wake up before the sun rises (and, more importantly, before my five kids rise) to shuffle downstairs to my trusted Keurig coffee machine, then across the house to my office with my two yellow labs padding along behind me, behind my desk and right into whatever story my brain has most recently conjured up. The fingers start slow, unsure of where they left of the day before, but within a few minutes, they’re off to the races. And story happens.

Writing isn’t always easy to love. There are days when the words come slow and the inner-critic decides to be a real bastard who won’t shut up, dismissing every idea as worthless cliché nonsense. There are the days when I have to highlight entire chapters of work and press the delete button. Days when a different book begs me to stop the one I’m writing because it would be soooo much better.

But even those days aren’t all bad. Truth is, if writing was something I had to pay for the privilege to do, like a gym membership or dues at a golf club, I’d happily pay for those bad days.

Writing clears my head. It centers me for the rest of my day. It allows me to ask questions and then take my own sweet time investigating what I think the answers might be.

Writing is a solitary pursuit (except for the dogs who like to pile up on my feet under my desk) and yet it’s never lonely. I get to play in a world filled with crazy characters and non-stop action. There’s romance and tragedy. Betrayal and honor. Love and… well, you get the idea. It’s all there, waiting for me to explore. 

Not only that, but the twists and turns of my story are just as surprising to me as if I was reading another author’s work. Characters misbehave, letters bearing bad news arrive in the mail, someone falls unexpectedly dead from a heart attack in the middle of a scene.

There’s no telling what’s going to happen.

So, yes, writing is solitary by nature. As is reading. But a good book transports us to a different world. Perhaps even a world more grand, more scintillating, more thought-provoking than the one around us when we put the book down. And when we seek out a community of readers, when we’ve read the same books as one another and we meet to discuss them and fight over them and decipher them, then the books become a connection. When we reach out to our favorite authors to comment on their work or ask a question, it’s another level of connection. And that makes both reading and writing a little less solitary. 

So share your favorite book with a friend today. Join a book club. Talk about the books you’ve loved in your life. And reach out to your favorite authors. They’re typing away in solitude, but they’ll be happy to hear from you and be pleased that you made the connection.

post-divider rightkillerPublisher: Seven Guns Press (December 5, 2015)
Series:  Allison McNeil, Book 2
Genre: Thriller
ISBN-10: 0989946193
ISBN-13: 978-0989946193
ASIN: B017AC8KSY
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but the rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies has her worried about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

post-divider leftJeff-GunhusJeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

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Giveaway

Jeff Gunhus is giving away a grand prize of $25 Amazon Gift Card plus one autographed copy of his book and 4 runner ups will receive an autographed copy his book as well!

Terms & Conditions:

By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

Five winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive either the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card plus one autographed copy of his book or one of 4 autographed copies of his book

This giveaway ends midnight October 28.

Winner will be contacted via email on October 29.

Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!

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post-divider leftExcerpt ~

Allison McNeil tensed when she spotted the first shadow dart through the mist and take cover behind a tree. In the early-morning light it took her a while to pick out all six members of the Hostage Rescue Team approaching the cabin, but within a minute she could clearly see the tactical team converging on their target.

 The small building stood on a rise, up from the swampy, flood-prone land around it. Wood-slated walls tilted precariously inward, twisting the windows into deformed rectangles. Moss and dead leaves covered the roof. The place smelled and looked like decay, well on its way to inevitable reclamation by the weeds and vines choking the cabin to a miserable death.

And, if Allison was right, the place deserved what it got. Hell, if she was right, she had half a mind to take a match to the place after everything was done.

She hunkered down behind a fallen tree, her head barely clearing the top to see the building and the team closing in. A trickle of sweat started at the base of her neck and went the length of her spine. She adjusted the Kevlar vest, under her light windbreaker emblazoned with large yellow letters. FBI. It felt ridiculous to wear the windbreaker when it was in the ’80s before daybreak with the Louisiana humidity hovering at about a thousand percent, but if it meant that the hotheads with assault rifles could more easily identify her as a friendly, then she was happy to have it.

Garret Morrison shifted his weight next to her, stretching out a leg and rubbing his knee. She gave him a sideways look.

“You all right?” she whispered. 

He scowled at her. They both knew she didn’t give a damn about him. The comment was intended as a dig at the fifty-three-year-old Garret who prided himself on being in better shape than the agents beneath him. Even though he ran the Behavioral Analysis Unit, home of the FBI’s fabled profilers who spent more time in the heads of the criminals they chased than in the field, he required an aggressive physical program for his people. Everything about Morrison is a throwback to the old male-dominated Bureau. A slicked-back head of hair with just the right amount of grey to lend him gravitas without making him look old, a square jaw out of a mountaineering magazine, cold steel-blue eyes that seemed to look through people instead of at them. Unless they were trained on an attractive female, in which case his eyes gave their full attention to the area below the chin and above the waistline. 

“Worry about yourself,” Garret grumbled. He turned to Doug Browning, a junior agent who followed Garret around like a little puppy. “Jesus, Doug. Not so close.” 

Allison turned back to the cabin and raised her binoculars, not bothering to hide the smile on her lips. Garret was a legend in the Bureau for his work hunting America’s worst criminals, but Allison’s own legend had grown since her work on the Arnie Milhouse case a year earlier. While that case had given her credibility, she knew she was just as likely to be referred to as the woman who’d broken Garret Morrison’s nose when he’d made one too many unwanted advances while she was a trainee. And, while she wanted to be known for her work, she didn’t mind that piece of fame following her around. 

“Alpha team in position,” said a voice through the small speaker in her ear. She noticed Garret put a finger to the side of his head and nod. He looked over at her. 

“You better be right about this,” he whispered. 

Allison shook her head. For all his brilliance—and, regardless of how she felt personally about him, she recognized that he was brilliant—Garret’s transparency could border on the inane. What he was really saying was that if the lunatic Allison’s research had tracked to this location wasn’t holed up in this backwoods cabin, if the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team had been activated and deployed for no reason, then the blame would drop on her like a bag of bricks. If Sam Kraw was in there, Allison knew it would be Garret standing in front of the cameras taking credit for the HRT mission and the capture of America’s most wanted fugitive. 

She pushed the thought away. As long as they caught the bastard and ended his multi-year killing spree in the Southeast, she didn’t give a damn who got the credit. 

Allison moved her binoculars. The tactical team was in place around the cabin, peering through scopes with infrared capabilities. If there was someone hiding in the shadows of a window or doorway, they wouldn’t be hiding for long. 

On some signal unseen by Allison, the men began a steady, crouched advance to the building. She realized she was holding her breath so she blew out her air slowly between pinched lips.

“Relax, McNeil,” Garret muttered. “You’re making me nervous.”

The two members of the tactical squad approaching from the front reached the deck that wrapped around the front of the building. As they strode across it, the old wood floorboards groaned. The men froze. The seconds stretched out. Allison became suddenly aware of the hum of insects in the air around her. The dampness of her own skin. The sound of a bird calling in the distance. All of her senses were wired tight. An entire year of her life was wrapped up in the next few seconds. And if she’d got it wrong, Garret would have the ammo he’d been looking for to get her out of his unit once and for all. But she wasn’t worried about herself. What really bothered her was the chance that she had it right, that this was Kraw’s hideout, but that somehow they’d spooked him and he’d already slipped away. If that had happened, he’d be hundreds of miles away by tomorrow, scouting for his next victim as he traveled. 

Movement in the cabin. Just a flutter. Like a bird trapped in a cage. Only her intuition told her it was more than a bird. It had been an arm. A human arm. Sam Kraw.

Based on the lack of movement from the tactical team, she realized no one else had seen it.

“I’ve got movement,” she whispered into her mic. “Window to the right of the front door. An arm.”

“I didn’t see anything,” Garret whispered. 

Allison ignored him. The men around the cabin responded immediately, reorienting to the front door. Guns pointed at the window.

One of the men produced a miniram, a high impact, brute force breaching tool. Coordinating with his partner, he crouched next to the door while the other man readied a flash-bang grenade. 

There was a pause, as if someone had pressed a button on a TV remote. Everyone was in place. The air seemed to still as if the world knew something was about to happen. Allison had her binoculars trained on the window where she’d seen the movement. If Kraw was inside, then the nightmare was almost over. She’d know in a few seconds whether that was the case or not. 

But in that second, she saw the movement again.

Only this time, she knew something was wrong. 

It was a man’s arm, she saw it clearly this time. But it was too stiff. The color was off. And, attached at the shoulder, she saw a coil of wire.

A mannequin arm on a spring. 

Meant to make them think someone was inside.

It was a trap.

 

post-divider rightTour Schedule

Monday, August 1 – First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kick Off at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, August 2 – Book Featured at C.A. Milson’s Blog

Wednesday, August 3 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, August 4 – Book Review at Dreaming Big Publications

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Monday, August 8 – Book Review at Doing Some Reading

Tuesday, August 9 – Book Featured at CBY Book Club

Thursday, August 11 – Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.

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Monday, August 15 – Book Review at Ashley’s Bookshelf

Tuesday, August 16 – Book Review at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Wednesday, August 17 – Book Featured at 3 Partners in Shopping

Thursday, August 18 – Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Friday, August 19 – Guest Blogging at The Book Tree

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Monday, August 22 – Book Featured at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, August 23 – Book Review at Curling Up By The Fire

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Monday, August 29 – Book Featured at My Bookish Pleasures

Wednesday, August 31 – Book Featured at I’m Shelf-ish

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Monday, September 5 – Book Review at Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books

Tuesday, September 6 – First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, September 7 – Book Featured at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Thursday, September 8 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

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Monday, September 12 – First Chapter Reveal at The Review From Here

Tuesday, September 13 – Book Featured at BlogHer

Thursday, September 15 – Book Featured at StoreyBook Reviews

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Monday, September 19 – Book Featured at As the Page Turns

Tuesday, September 20 – Guest Blogging at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

Wednesday, September 21 – First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure

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Monday, September 26 – Book Featured at Write and Take Flight

Tuesday, September 27 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, September 29 – Book Review at Worth Getting in Bed For

Friday, September 30 – Book Featured at The Literary Nook

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Monday, October 3 – Guest Blogging at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!

Tuesday, October 4 – First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, October 5 – Book Featured at SheWrites

Thursday, October 6 – Book Review at Bound 4 Escape

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Monday, October 10 – Book Featured at A Title Wave

Tuesday, October 11 – Book Review at Reading, Writing and What Not

Wednesday, October 12 – First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, October 13 – Interview at Pulp and Mystery Shelf

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Monday, October 17 – Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, October 18 – Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Wednesday, October 19 – Book Review at Booklover Sue

Thursday, October 20 – Book Review at fuonlyknew

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Monday, October 24 – First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom

Tuesday, October 25 – Book Review at Room with Books

Wednesday, October 26 – Book Review at FictionZeal

Thursday, October 27 – Book Review at A Room Without Books is Empty

Friday, October 28 – First Chapter Reveal at The Book Rack

 

 

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Comments

  1. Captivating novel which is thrilling and intrgiuing. Thanks for this great giveaway and the excerpt.

  2. johnna smith says:

    I have not read this author yet but I am intrigued from the review and would love to try his works

  3. Thank you for the excerpt.

  4. Celia Fowler says:

    That's wonderful that you wrote a YA book to get your son to like reading — pretty cool.

  5. Barbara Lima says:

    What gives you the spark of an idea for a book or a character?

  6. This really looks like a great read and I love the cover!! I don't know how authors can come up with such interesting things to write and then put them down in a book mode.

  7. Really enjoyed the excerpt about the book. This is a new author to me and the book sounds really intriguing.  Can't wait to read.

  8. This sounds like it will be exciting. 

  9. Laura McDonald says:

    A new author for me! And checking out the Facebook page, I found a link to a very interesting book box subscription.

  10. I always tried to get my grandkids interesting in reading books . I start them out early. Great idea how you did with your son. It seems you have written lots of good books. Is there one that is your favorite that you wrote?

  11. Della Williamson says:

    Great blurb. Most intriguing. So hoping to get it sooner. Rather than later. Thanks for the chance to do so

  12. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I love suspense, and I can't wait to read this book!

  13. Elissa Gaskins says:

    Thx for the opportunity! I always love to read from new authors!

  14. How many hours a day do you write? 
    Thanks for the contest.

  15. Who is your own fav author or biggest influence on your own writing?

  16. SHELLEY S says:

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK TOUR AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  17. I love your works.  The scenes are quite believable and so are the characters.  Your stories keep me involved and interested, and often cause me to loose a few of my sleep hours just to finish your book.  Thank you

  18. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading your book last night, Jeff! A half a bag of Doritos and 2 Hershey's Nuggets later, I finished it. LOL Superb writing and a brilliant plot! Bravo:)

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  19. sherry butcher says:

    Sounds intriging so I would love to read this and the others.   Now, what's next?

  20. Julie Waldron says:

    Thank you for sharing, it sounds like a great read.

  21. Julie Lundstrom says:

    My daughter is going to college now for Forensics.  She would love reading this book.

  22. gina farris says:

    would love to win this

  23. Linda May says:

    How did you decide to be a writer? Thanks for this very generous giveaway.

  24. Alisha Lecroy says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the giveweway! 

  25. Penny Olson says:

    Sounds intriguing and suspenseful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Pat Pinkston says:

    Jeff Gunhus is a new author for me. Looking forward to reading the Allison McNeil series. Thanks for the giveaway!  

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