Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ Sealed Up by Steve Dunn Hanson

The Inspiration Behind Sealed Up

I used to like to write about as much as going to the dentist. I loved to read, but writing . . . . Well, that was hard work. Really hard work. And, frankly, while I had an inkling that I just might have an aptitude for it, the gauntlet I thought I had to tackle was too imposing. So, I never got to it—until several decades ago. I was right about the daunting challenge, and I was right about the really hard work. But the ideas that came flowing into my mind and the words that seemed to curl themselves around them finally became too much for me to hold inside, and I began to write.

Problem was, with making the kind of living that would support my family including my wife, Joyce, and seven children, and my heavy involvement in community and church, I had little time to do it. Even so, over the next couple of decades I had three books published, including a something longer than a novella and two self-help books. But it wasn’t until Joyce and I returned from a two-year stay in Romania on a church mission that I had the time to sink my teeth into writing. And I’m doing that fulltime now.

The actual idea for this book came to me some seven or eight years ago, and it has been five years, hit and miss, in the writing. Much of this time was spent in research. I wanted every aspect to be completely authentic–from language, to people and customs, to settings, to clothes, to technology, to historicity, etc. Even the days and times of the heavenly phenomena (solar and lunar eclipses and the Venus transit of the sun) are spot-on. And I wrote it because in one way or another and at some future time, I believe that what I have portrayed fictionally as happening, will, in fact, happen. Prescient? I guess we’ll see.

And my characters are real. In fact, one of my key characters, quadriplegic, Hyrum Bentley, is patterned after my dear late friend, Jack Rushton. His wife, JoAnne, not only gave her permission for me to duplicate Jack’s mannerisms and personality, but coached me along the way. I think you will love, Hyrum Bentley!

I’ve been very pleased with how Sealed Up has been received. It reached as high as #51 in the Amazon Kindle top 100 eBooks sold and was designated an Amazon Best Seller. The cover, thanks to Matt Doyle who designed it, won 1st Place-Gold Medal from AuthorsDB.

Sealed Up is the first in The Course of Fate series of three books. Expect the second, The Council, in about a year.

Series: The Course of Fate, Book 1
Publisher: Steve Dunn Hanson (July 6, 2016)
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense
ISBN-10: 0997455705
ISBN-13: 978-0997455700
ASIN: B01I245LU4
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.

Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.

When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.

And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?

Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

I’ve lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I’ve lived. I have a hopper full of “reality” including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.


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Excerpt ~

“How much farther?” Paul’s shirt was soaked from sweat.

Itzel looked at him and laughed. “Just like Torrance, huh?” Paul rolled his eyes.

“The cenote.” Ichika pointed to a three-foot-wide path that was recently cut through the brush. They followed it as it turned to the left then sharply to the right. The sinkhole loomed in front of them. The water, a huge blue sapphire, sparkled 15 feet below. Thick emerald-green growth reached down the sinkhole’s sides, but where they were standing, the vegetation had been cleared all the way to the water’s surface.

Paul stood at the cenote’s edge and stared down into the bowl. “You slipped here, you’d go all the way in.”

Itzel shuddered and pulled back; thoughts of her father overwhelming her. Was this what it was like where he fell? She trembled and turned away from the cenote. “Let’s leave.”

Paul looked at her and understood. He almost said something about his stupidity, but decided one foot in his mouth was enough. He motioned for Ichika to take them back the way they came. He put his arm around Itzel, and she leaned her head against him.

“Where are the ruins?” Paul asked. Ichika didn’t say anything, just pointed ahead. The brush and ferns that surrounded them were head high and prevented their seeing anything except along the trail. As they turned to go to where they first entered the path, Kish’s men stood waiting. Ikan, Muluc, and Yochi had machetes, and Gukumatz held a tranquilizer gun.

Paul and Itzel stopped. Ichika, her eyes fastened on the ground, kept going until she stood on the other side of the men. She turned back toward Itzel but wouldn’t look at her. “What’s going on?” Paul demanded in Spanish as he stepped in front of Itzel. Gukumatz raised his gun and shot a dart into Paul’s stomach. Paul flinched at the pain and looked down at his stomach. “What the ….” Paul yanked the dart out and threw it on the ground. A small circle of blood soaked through his shirt. He lunged at Gukumatz and swung his forearm around catching him on the bridge of his nose. Blood spurted from Gukumatz’s nostrils as he fell to the ground; a gash flaring open on top of his nose. Ikan and Yochi dropped their machetes and jumped Paul.

“What are you doing?” Itzel yelled in Lacandón. “Where is Kish?” Muluc grabbed her and threw his arm around her neck, holding her from behind.

“Don’t you hurt her!” Ichika screamed, as she advanced on him. Gukumatz stood up and wiped his nose with his sleeve; blood soaking through his shirt to his skin. His stare at Paul was chilling, and he swore at him in Spanish. Paul tried to get up to come at him. It was all the two men could do to keep him down even though his strength was ebbing. Gukumatz turned away from Paul and pulled a cartridge and a dart from the bag on his shoulder and loaded them into his gun. He walked to Itzel and shoved Ichika aside. He lowered the gun and shot the dart into Itzel’s stomach. She flinched at the pain and stared at Gukumatz. “You pig!” she spat.

Within a few minutes Paul and Itzel were unconscious. Gukumatz pulled the GPS trackers from their belts, turned them off, and slammed them against a rock. He grunted as he picked up Itzel and slung her across his shoulder. The other three men lifted Paul. They headed to the platform ruins.

The place of sacrifice.

Tour Schedule

Tuesday, January 3

First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kick Off at Pump Up Your Book

Wednesday, January 4

Interview at The Literary Nook

Thursday, January 5

Character Interview at Pimp That Character

Friday, January 6

Book Featured at As the Page Turns


Monday, January 9

Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.

Tuesday, January 10

Book Featured at Just Us Book Blog

Wednesday, January 11

Book Featured at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!


Monday, January 16

Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, January 17

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Wednesday, January 18

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, January 19

Book Featured at A Title Wave


Monday, January 23

Book Featured at Write and Take Flight

Tuesday, January 24

Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

Wednesday, January 25

Book Featured at Book Cover Junkie

Friday, January 27

First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking


Monday, February 6

First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter

Tuesday, February 7

Guest Blogging at Dear Reader Love Author

Wednesday, February 8

Book Featured at Hooked From Page One

Thursday, February 9

Book Review at Books For Books

Book Featured at What Is That Book About

Friday, February 10

Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape


Monday, February 13

Interview at Book Publishing Secrets

Tuesday, February 14

Interview at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Wednesday, February 15

First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom

Thursday, February 16

Book Featured at The Bookworm Lodge


Monday, February 20

Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Tuesday, February 21

Interview at The Review From Here

Wednesday, February 22

Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure

Thursday, February 23

Book Featured at CBY Book Club


Monday, February 27

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, February 28

Interview at The Book Rack


Monday, March 6

Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, March 7

Book Featured at Book Marketing Buzz

Wednesday, March 8

Book Review at Thoughts on Books

Thursday, March 9

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner


Monday, March 13

First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, March 14

Book Featured at SheWrites

Wednesday, March 15

Book Review at fuonlyknew

Thursday, March 16

Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth


Monday, March 20

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, March 21

First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, March 22

Interview at Huffington Post

Thursday, March 23

Book Featured at Booklover Sue


Monday, March 27

First Chapter Review at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, March 28

Interview at The Dark Phantom

Thursday, March 30

Book Review at A Room Without Books is Empty

Friday, March 31

Book Featured at Books Can Be Deadly








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  1. BookLady says:

    What an intriguing book!  Thanks for sharing.

  2. Dianne Casey says:

    Sounds like an Indiana Jones type of adventure. Would love to read, bet there is a lot of excitement in the story.

  3. Sounds like quite an adventure! I'd like to read it.

  4. Della Williamson says:

    The book does look most intriguing. A new author and read in itself is most exciting. a breath of fresh air. Excerpt and synopsis both say "Read Me". And I would love to do so.

     Lori thank you for the intro to this writer and his book.

  5. Raymond Stone says:

    Yes i would like to know if i have any change of winning. In it to WIN it! Thank You!!!

  6. Looks like an interesting book.  It's not in any libraries??
    Thanks for the contest.

  7. Sounds like a book I would enjoy . I recently read on with a shaman in it and found it interesting.

  8. Sounds like a book I would enjoy . I recently read one with a shaman in it and found it interesting.

  9. I don't get to read much but when I do, it will be a good book like this one!

    Sealed Up.

  10. A question: What authors did you enjoy reading as a child and youth?

  11. This sounds like a very exciting read! I am intrigued!

  12. Sounds interesting

     Enjoyed your comments on fodder gift your books.

  13. Jerry Marquardt says:

    To Steve: I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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