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Book Tours: Excerpt from Mercy Row Retribution

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Gerry picked up the internal mic and said, “Tripp, Jim, we’re trying to make it to Tan Chau and land in the Mekong. I’m ordering you to say a prayer to your God. Do it now.  We’re a half hour out.  Buckle up.”

 

            Fifteen minutes later Watson said, “Gerry, we just passed over the border. We’re in Vietnam now. Put out a distress call.”

 

            Gerry picked up the external microphone and dialed in the proper frequency on the radio. There was nothing.

 

            “Radio’s dead. Must have gotten hit,” Gerry said.

 

            “Dandy, just fucking dandy,” Watson said. “Looks like we might make it to the river. It’ll be close.”

 

            “There it is,” Gerry said.

 

            “I see it. Let’s drop into that area just outside the town. It looks to be the widest and I’m hoping there’s less traffic on it,” Watson said.

 

            “What about that island?” Gerry asked.

 

            “We should stop before that.”

 

            “Okay, let’s do’er,” Gerry said.

 

            Watson banked the plane to the port and started dropping altitude. He straightened the aircraft while continuing to drop.

 

            Gerry picked up the internal mic and said, “Brace for crash landing.”

 

            The plan lurched to the starboard as the right side engine sputtered and stopped. Watson pulled her port and held it. Gerry grabbed his controls and helped to keep the plane on a straight path.

           

            There were several small fishing boats in their path and Watson pulled up passing over them by 10 feet. They hit the water just 50 feet from the frightened but relieved fishermen. The plane skipped and continued up the Mekong and then hit the water again.

 

            “Oh shit, we’re not going to make it,” Gerry said and did the sign of the cross.

 

            “Fuck,” Watson yelled as the plane hit the upward sloping soft river bottom of the island and the tail lifted out of the water and tipped the C-123 upside down onto the island. 

About the Book

mrrfrontcoverfinal copyTitle: Mercy Row Retribution

Author: Harry Hallman

Genre: Historical Crime Fiction

While serving as a pilot during the Vietnam War, Gerry Amota, the grandson of Jacob Byrne, the head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family, seizes an opportunity to create a lucrative marijuana smuggling operation. It’s 1967 and under the secrecy of a classified military operation and with the assistance of a French Marseille Mob, who owns plantations in Cambodia, he is able to send tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana a month to Philadelphia. His grandfather’s criminal enterprise distributes the drug to a population who has developed and insatiable appetite for the marijuana.

A rival French from Paris gang tries to force Amato to buy their product and this triggers war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob.  From the steamy jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia, to the streets of Saigon, Paris and Philadelphia the ruthless actions of the Paris mob threatens to destroy the Byrne family. Gerry Amato orchestrates merciless campaign of retribution against his foes in order to save himself and his family.

In part two of Mercy Row Retribution, the third book in the Byrne family saga, it is April 1975 and South Vietnam is about to fall to the North Vietnamese communist. Gerry Amato fears that the communists will take revenge on the population and especially children, many of whom are Amerasian, at an orphanage he supported and volunteered at during his time as a Pilot. He orchestrates a rescue mission to retrieve the children and bring them to the United States. This takes him and his team into harm’s way in Thailand, across Cambodia and into worn torn Vietnam and back. The fate of 75 children and 30 adults rest squarely on Gerry’s shoulders.

Bonus Section
Mercy Row Retribution includes a bonus section of short true stories of the author and his friends’ experiences growing up in North Philly in the 1940s and 50s. This is a true reflection of what life was like for kids from working class families growing up on the streets Philadelphia.

Author Bio

harryhallmanHallman was born in 1944 and raised in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. Hallman’s father was Harry Hallman, Sr., a champion pool player who also owned a poolroom called Circle Billiards, located at Allegheny Avenue and Lee Street in Philadelphia. The younger Hallman spent many hours after school at his father’s poolroom and watching his father play in other poolrooms in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The people he met, some belonging to the real K&A Gang, influenced his writing of the Mercy Row series.

After a year of being an apprentice plumber he served four years in the U.S. Air Force, including two tours in South Vietnam as a photographer. His first tour was at Ton Son Nhat Airbase where he processed film shot by U2 Aircraft over North Vietnam and China.  He returned to the same place for his second tour, but processed film shot by U.S. fighter recon aircraft. He is married to Duoc Hallman, whom he met in Vietnam, and has two children, Bill and Nancy, and one grandchild, Ava.

Hallman is a serial entrepreneur who has created several marketing services and digital media companies and continues to work as a marketing consultant.

Email Hallman at harry@mercyrow.com. Keep informed at http://www.mercyrow.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mercyrownovel.

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Book Tours: Promo for The Daughters Lem

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About the Book

9781620157688-frontTitle: The Daughters Lem

Author: Nila Aamoth

Genre: Biographical / Memoir / Historical

The Daughters of Lem witnessed and survived the tragic event that forever transformed them. Orphaned, frightened, fiercely independent, the four sisters fought defiantly to raise themselves. But Lucille, Louise, and Nell Rose could not defeat the notion of a Lem bad seed; they chose to remain childless. Only Dorothy sought to achieve what she perceived to be a “normal” life as a wife and mother. In the process, she discovered her power as an independent woman. Her own three offspring became a new generation of the Daughters of Lem, and fortunate participants in their mother’s improbably joyful journey.

Author Bio

Nila Knack Aamoth wrote her first story at age four, and never stopped plying the pencil, the typewriter, and finally the computer keyboard. She began her journalism career in Houston, Texas, and owned two community newspapers in Michigan. For 25 years, she was editor and publisher of The Penasee Globe. “I figured my thoughts were more valuable than the traditional penny, so I called my weekly column A Nickel’s Worth,” she likes to joke. Those mostly light-hearted musings won her numerous state and national writing awards. Her insightful editorials, both humorous and serious, won the Michigan Press Association award for “Best Editorial” two years running. “I believed I could write about anything,” she says. “But writing the incredible story of my own family was almost too heart-wrenching. I think I’ve finally grown up!”

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Book Tours: Promo Post Bowery Girl

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About The Book

Bowery Girl CoverTitle: Bowery Girl

Author: Kim Taylor Blakemore

Genre: Women’s Historical Fiction

From WILLA Award winning author Kim Taylor Blakemore…

“…inspiring and poignant historical fiction novel that will engage readers that are looking for an insightful, yet entertaining read. ” 5/5 stars, Luxury Reader

“lends credence to the millions of historical and contemporary girls who dare to dream in the face of extraordinary challenges.” – Starred Review, Kirkus

“Gang violence, raucous carousing, sex, accidental pregnancy, and crime–not what most will expect from Victorian-era historical fiction. But that’s exactly what they’ll find in this tightly plotted novel…” – Booklist 

NEW YORK, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and street urchins, Do-Gooders and charity houses, impossible goals and impossible odds. The Bowery is a place where you own nothing but your dreams. And dreams are the only things that come cheap for pickpocket Mollie Flynn and prostitute Annabelle Lee.

Pleasure is fleeting – and often stolen. Nights at Lefty Malone’s saloon, sneaking into the Thalia Theatre. Then it’s back to their airless, windowless tenement room and the ongoing struggle to keep a roof over their heads and bread in their stomachs.

The Brooklyn Bridge is nearing completion, and things are changing in New York City. The two women fantasize of starting a new life across the East River. Nothing but a flight of fancy, perhaps, until wealthy Do-Gooder Emmeline DuPre, who has opened the Cherry Street Settlement House, steps into their lives with her books, typewriters, and promises of a way to earn a respectable living. Despite Mollie and Annabelle’s fascination with the woman and what she offers, is Emmeline helping or meddling?

Is it really possible to be anything other than a Bowery Girl? Mollie and Annabelle will have to decide exactly who they are, and what sort of women they want to be.

Author Bio

kimtaylorblakemore_web photoKim Taylor Blakemore writes women’s historical fiction and romance that explore women’s lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past.

She is the author of the novels Bowery Girl, and Cissy Funk, winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Her interactive historical romances The Very Thought of You and It Don’t Mean a Thingare out now on Kindle and SilkWords.com.

Her current novel, Under the Pale Moon, is due for release in Fall 2015. Set in post-World War II Monterey, California, it explores the relationship of a married woman breaking the bonds of conformity, and a combat nurse haunted by the ghosts of war. 

She is a member of the Historical Novel SocietyWomen Writing the West and Romance Writers of America.

Links

Bowery Girl (Amazon): http://amzn.to/1EVyoxs

Website: www.kimtaylorblakemore.com

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Twitter: @kimrtaylor

Book Excerpt from Charter to Redemption

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The ship ploughed a furrow through the waves as Emma sought fresher air on deck. Still the taint of unwashed humanity lingered though the wind blew the canvas sails like bellows and swept the breeze over the deck. Yet what Emma encountered as she stepped into the light churned her stomach more than the stench.

Tied by the wrists to the mast, a prisoner’s back bled scarlet in the morning sun. Bright drops dotted the lash master’s cravat. Still, the convict didn’t sway as the scourger lashed his back, even though his shirt hung in tatters upon the wide frame of his shoulders.

When the punishment was over, there was weariness in the man’s slow movements, but his step didn’t falter despite the fetters that bound his ankles. He held his shoulders high and his eyes burned with defiance.

He met her look with his own, and she sensed he cared not for her thoughts of mercy. The blue intensity of his stare struck her as hard as the brilliance of the sea.

Somehow Emma felt as if he blamed her for his punishment. Her sense of guilt was unaccountable, but it remained. She fought the desire to turn away.

‘Good morning, miss,’ the convict said. His greeting was a rebuke, nothing more.

‘No words of yours for the lady,’ the soldier snapped. ‘Keep

your eyes averted.’ But the prisoner didn’t listen. His gaze remained fixed, unswerving.

‘What?’ he whispered, his eyes chill and his contempt colder still. ‘No good morrow for the likes of me?’

Emma stared back, words stuck somewhere in her throat, the smile she had mustered swept away.

‘Cat got your tongue?’ He smiled without humour.

‘It certainly didn’t take yours, sir,’ Emma said, as much to herself as to the man who stood above her. If he felt her retort’s sting he didn’t show it. If anything his smile widened, but she suspected it was only due to malice.

Charter to Redemption

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Author: D.J. Blackmore

Genre: Historical Romance

At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.

Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal.

But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.

Author Bio

10177941_777460682284675_5383801900327037432_nD. J. Blackmore is a Hunter Valley, New South Wales author, born and raised. Her convict heritage and love of history have seen the author explore this in ‘Charter to Redemption.’ Yet is is perhaps Australian dogged determination has seen this debut author as a new name in fiction. Although amazon reviews reflect her work, it is pertinent to note that the author’s story is not unique, although her journey in writing has been. Numerous rejections never daunted the author, and many years after her dream was envisaged, so was the reality. Yet for all the countless doubts that niggle every writer who has lived in hope, it is humbling praise indeed when reviewer F. Stanford writes of ‘Charter to Redemption’ and Ms Blackmore’s work: “this could very well be the benchmark for the standard of modern-day classics.”

D. J. Blackmore is currently working on the sequel, ‘Consider the Ravens.’

Links

www.djblackmore.com.au

Promo Post The Frost of Springtime

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THE FROST OF SPRINGTIME - Cover ArtTITLE: The Frost of Springtime

AUTHOR: Rachel L. Demeter

RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2014

GENRE: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction

PUBLISHER: Black Lyon Publishing

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To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

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MEET RACHEL

RachelDemeter_portraitRachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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EXCERPT: 

The heat of their bodies mingled as one. With each breath, Aleksender drank in the sweet essence of his beloved ward. His mind swam with unorthodox visions and desires. He inclined his head, lost to the power of her nearness, entranced by everything that was Sofia.

 “Alek, my Alek …”

 Each word infused Aleksender with a delicious and undeniable warmth. Intoxicated by roses and wintertime, he found it difficult to speak, difficult to think. Breathless, he swallowed and met the haunting depths of her eyes.

 “Please,” she dreamily murmured, “I want you to kiss me again…”

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