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VBT – WIRED BY THE FBI

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Wired by the F.B.I.
by Glenn Painter

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GENRE: Mystery/Suspense, Thriller

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Christian Romano lives his life as a con-artist, burglar, drug dealer, and a ladies’ man, using his good looks to con wealthy women out of jewels and money. When he is arrested and jailed in one of the most violent jails in the U.S. (Cook County in Chicago), a steamy affair begins with a nympho female jail guard. When he loses control of the romance, Christian must end the affair by reporting her to Internal Affairs. It turns out that she is already under suspicion for supplying drugs to various gang members inside the jail. He has to decide if he is “rogue” enough to help set her up for arrest. Meanwhile, the FBI wants to recruit Christian to gather information against a sadist ex-cop, Scott Mason, who has been arrested for murder. The risk? Christian must wear a wire and testify. The reward? Witness protection for Christian and his girlfriend and a modification of his prison sentence. Will Christian risk his life for a chance at freedom? Will the female sheriff “get even” with him? Or will his life end at the hands of the jail’s drug lords or a lunatic former cop?

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EXCERPT

Something’s wrong, my intuition told me, as I stepped out of the stairwell and into the chaotic frenzy of the main hallway running under Division One of the Cook County jail.

Sergeant Ricky Walsh opened the heavy, rusted steel door leading to the death trap—that is A-B stairwell—then turned to me. “Romano, take the stairs down four flights to the bottom, I will meet you there.”

There are four sets of stairs that lead to the main boulevard on the first floor. They are legendary for the infamous men who have been butchered there, the bloodstained walls are a testament to the violence that is the norm in this building. As I begin my descent down the narrow and poorly lit stairwell, the thought hits me: At least half a dozen men have been stabbed in this exact place. The words taunt me as I step slowly down the stairs so that Walsh will have time to beat me to the first floor in the old, decrepit elevator.

When I finally make it down, I breathe a sigh of relief. But it is not Walsh waiting at the huge, steel door I am to exit. Instead of the old mick—who looked and walked like a bulldog with his perfectly groomed hair and mustache—it was one of the lackey guards. They would often hang out on the main floor waiting to proposition some poor woman coming to visit her man. I open the door and step through quickly, not wanting to arouse suspicion. But my heart hangs in my throat.

During my trip down the stairwell, the heavy steel recorder slid down my pant leg, stopping on top of my right foot. The ACE bandage, meant to hold it in place, was also dangling and ready to pop out for everyone to see. Panic set in as my mind processed a million thoughts, but I couldn’t break my stride.

It was common knowledge that this is where inmates often came out stabbing when sent to attack a guard by one of the gang bosses. Looking past the guard, I saw Sergeant Walsh bearing down on us as fast as his stubby legs would carry him.

“Hey Walsh,” I said, “the food poisoning is getting worse, I’m gonna puke all over this guy.”ng around to see what was going on. These guards tolerated zero bull, especially from a smart-ass like me.

I decided that it was quicker and easier to shove the recorder under the waistband of my jail pants and pray it would stay. After splashing water on my face, I poked my head out.

Walsh fell right in line with my cover. “We’re going to the hospital, come with me!” he bellowed.

I exited the closet, pushing the recorder into my torso as we walked past another guard. We traveled down the long hallway. Once we were far enough out of earshot, Walsh found an unoccupied attorney visiting room. As he opened the door, I scurried to the far corner.

“The hallway is clear!” Walsh yelled.

I pulled the recorder from my waistband and looked at it with disdain. Then I wrapped it tight with the ACE bandage. Although the long recording wires had to be reconnected and it only took a few moments, it felt like forever.

Then it hit me: I’m wearing a wire against one of the most violent hitmen Chicago has ever known, and this prick had been a Chicago cop. He probably knows every person who works in this jail. Getting whacked in a place like this costs less than a carton of cigarettes. What the hell have I gotten myself into? But there was no backing out, and I still had to get back to my tier.

Walsh looked at me, his brow furrowed. He quietly asked, “You alright, kid?”

“I better be. I signed a deal with the devil, and it’s time to pay up.”

I drew in a deep breath as we headed to the hospital, so we could sign in and make it look legit.

How did my life get to this point? I wondered as I followed Walsh. Growing up in Chicago, I was exposed to police corruption, murder, drugs, gangsters, and sex, oh yes, lots and lots of sex.

I had no clue of what awaited me, but my unsavory legacy was about to go down in history like crap down a toilet.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Glenn Painter is single and lives in Central Florida. He became interested in writing at an early age but did not make it his career until 2014 when he published his first book, Beyond the Sentence.

Glenn has written this story from the notes by the man who actually lived it. However, extensive research was also require in order to make the story factual.

Glenn has also founded a company, ‘Prisoner Civil Right Services.’ He is an advocate for incarcerated individuals who have had their rights violated. He is in constant contact with these individuals, their families and the council. Most of his stories are inspired by ‘factual events’ that have happened to these individuals. This makes his stories both fiction and non-fiction.

Glenn says that writing is very challenging, and you must love the trials and tribulations that come with it. He believes that patience, perseverance and determination are required essentials to see a book through to being published. The journey is just as important as the destination.

Website: http://www.gapainter.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Painter/e/B00NETNKU6%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9875593.Glenn_Painter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/author2663

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VBT – JUNGLELAND

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Jungleland
by M.T. Bass

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GENRE: Adventure

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“There are only two types of aircraft: fighters and targets.”

~Doyle ‘Wahoo’ Nicholson, USMC

Sweating it out in the former Belgian Congo as a civil war mercenary, with Sparks turning wrenches on his T-6 Texan, Hawk splits his time flying combat missions and, back on the ground, sparring with Ella, an attractive young missionary doctor, in the sequel to My Brother’s Keeper.

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EXCERPT

“Break left,” I radioed Angel, jammed the throttle forward, and yanked the stick back and to the left in a climbing turn to circle around on the enemy position. I searched back over my shoulder for a road or trail leading out of the area to anticipate their possible direction of movement. There was a small scar coming down off the hill to the southeast.

As we came around three hundred and sixty degrees, lining up on the small section of the jungle where red and green tracer rounds floated up our way, the intensity of the fire began to wane as the rebels understood what was about to come their way.

“Take the trail. Southeast,” I radioed Angel.

He clicked his mike twice to acknowledge the one-two punch plan and throttled back to drift away in trail to follow up my initial attack on the enemy positions with rocket fire as they inevitably fled to melt back into the jungle.

I banked hard and began to dive down on the hilltop. The tracers began to concentrate on my nose. I lit up my guns, spreading the field of fire left and right with a little dance on the rudder pedals. I felt the Texan buck up a bit as rockets left the rails. I followed the plumes of their engines halfway to the target before I had to pull up, but noticed the intensity of the enemy fire had waned considerably.

“Way to go, Batman,” Angel radioed. “Let me just clean up this little mess you made.”

Behind me, Angel strafed the road and fired his rockets in so close that he seemed to clip the top of the fireball from the warhead explosions.

I circled back and took a path coming back up the road, stitching it with .303 caliber fire…

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.

Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.

Author Links
Website: https://www.mtbass.net/
Blog: https://www.owl-works.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/owlworks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Owlworks
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/mtbass
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5270962.M_T_Bass

Purchasing Links
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Apple iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/jungleland-white-hawk-aviation-stories-2/id1526689285
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jungleland-mt-bass/1137448962

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Author Interview

Tell us about you as a person.

Yeah, author bios are all such yada, yada, yada. The thing about me, though, is that I’ve always been someone who gets things done. Playing guitar professionally, becoming a flight instructor, actually starting and finishing a novel or two or three or eleven…Sometimes it’s not so easy. I think that’s why most people prefer to dream the life than live the dream.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

Wilber and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, to be there when they conquered the air for the very first time. Yeah, I know that’s two people, but I’m a rule breaker.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Jungleland is the sequel to my very first book, My Brother’s Keeper. In it, Hawk finds himself back in combat, flying propeller-driven T-6 Texans against rebels in Congo during the Sixties. It takes him back to his World War II days when he flew P-51 Mustangs over Germany. Along the way, he meets a young, red-headed doctor helping out at the local mission, so maybe there’s a little romance involved, too.

What is your writing process?

Really, I just get up and write first thing in the morning—before I check my email or scroll through my social media accounts or check the latest news. I like working when I’m rested and at the top of my game. It’s pretty funny how if I just keep at it day-after-day, I end up with a book on my hands. Of course, that’s when the real work starts. I write a book only once but re-write it over and over and over again.

Tell us about your main character.

When Hawk was twenty years old, he was flying P-51 Mustangs against Nazi Messerschmidt’s and Folk-Wulfs over Germany. After the war, he went to Los Angeles and becames a Hollywood movie stunt pilot. His older brother, Stitch, lived there, too, and practiced as a plastic surgeon to the stars. When Stitch was found shot dead on his boat, Hawk goes rogue and sets out to prove to the police that his death was no suicide. Once the case is over, he moves to Alaska before it became a state to start a bush pilot operation. He gets screwed over by the State Department, then goes to Congo as a mercenary fighter pilot, where we meet him again in Jungleland.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

What always comes to my mind is the relationship between Crash Davis and Annie Savoy in Bull Durham. I think Kevin Costner at that age is a good pick for Hawk. Since Ella is a red-head, Susan Sarandon fits for her, but she needs to be younger—like in The Great Waldo Pepper.

What are you working on next?

I’m coming up on the halfway point of Motherless Children, which is book number four in my Murder by Munchausen series. I’m also researching the third book for Hawk where he flies Formula One racing planes in the Cleveland Air Show.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

Boy, this is not really a great area of expertise for me. It seems like you have to try everything that’s out there: Amazon and BookBub ads, blog tours, author events, social media, Amazon Central author pages, and, of course, a website. The main thing that really pushes reader buys for me is finding the right newsletter email promotions to use. I’ve had pretty good luck with Book Gorilla and the Fussy Librarian.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

Of the latest books I’ve read, Being Written by William Conescu is at the top of my list. The idea of a minor character subverting an author’s plotline for his own gain was not only intriguing but made the writer in me curious how Conescu would pull it off. Well, he did and it was great fun.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

I play guitar and keyboards. I’m a Certified Flight Instructor. And I grill a pretty mean steak.

You are given the choice of one superpower. What superpower would you have and why?

Invisibility…because sometimes you just want to sneak off and get away from it all.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Flying a P-51 Mustang
  2. Visiting Australia
  3. Jamming with Eric Clapton
  4. Trying to keep up with NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart racing at Watkins Glenn
  5. At least giving David Baldacci a run for #1

Any final thoughts?

Yeah…Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. And that’s my final answer.

THE BUDDHA AND THE BEE

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The Buddha and the Bee: Biking through America’s Forgotten Roadways on a Journey of Discovery
by Cory Mortensen

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GENRE: Memoir

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Life-Changing Journey…
…But this is NOT a typical blah-blah-blah memoir

Planning is for sissies. A solo bike ride across the country will be filled with sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and 80 degree temps every day, right? Not so much. The Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, an alkaline desert, and the Sierra Nevadas lay miles and days ahead. Disappointment with unrealized potential, and the thirst for what’s next drew farther away in the rotating wide-angle shockproof convex rear-view mirror.

“I will ride my bike down a never-ending ribbon of asphalt wearing a backpack.”

Cory Mortensen began his bike ride across the United States from Chaska, Minnesota, to Truckee, California, without a route, a timeline, or proper equipment. Along the way, he gained more than technical skills required for a ride that would test every fiber of his physical being and mental toughness. Ride along as he meets “unusual” characters, dangerous animals, and sweet little old ladies with a serious vendetta for strangers in their town.

Humor ■ Insight ■ Adventure ■ Gratitude ■ Peace

From long stretches of road ending in a vanishing point at the distant horizon, to stunning vistas, terrifying close calls, grueling conditions, failed equipment, and joyous milestones he stayed the course and gained an appreciation for the beauty of the land, the genius of engineering and marvel of nature.

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EXCERPT

CHAPTER 7

DAY SEVEN
AUGUST 28, 2001

Today’s Ride: Ogallala, Nebraska – Sterling, Colorado Today’s Distance: 90 Miles

Though the Oregon Trail Motel didn’t offer breakfast, it did have coffee and a stack of foam cups in the front office.

I wasn’t that hungry, still pretty bloated from the beer, noodles, and MSG I had for dinner.

Hanging around the motel sipping cups of watered-down coffee, watching as the sun rose over the dusty town, bustling with early morning activity, I waited for the coffee to do its trick before checking out.

When nature called, I preferred a bathroom with an abundant amount of toilet paper over squatting behind a tree. I waited on the curb outside my door.

Perhaps a conversation regarding bowel movements wasn’t classy this early in the morning, but real nonetheless. When you found yourself reading a book about someone biking cross-country, you might otherwise ask yourself: Where did they go to the bathroom whilst out on the open road?

If the sudden need to shit arose on the road, you could only hope there was a bush, tree, or berm to hide behind. The other option was to keep walking as far away from the road as you could until you were out of sight, or at least blurry. Of course, without the proper equipment (toilet paper), things could get messy. You might find yourself sacrificing a sock. Personally, I had a dresser drawer of mismatched cycling socks at home.

Public options, if you were lucky enough to be in a town or city when things started moving, were:

Restaurants: Now, I would stay clear of anything fancier than a Cracker Barrel. The best were fast food joints, as the bathrooms were typically really clean and out of sight of the counter (so you could get in and out without running into an employee).

Truck Stops: If you came across one of those truck stop fortresses like a BP or Bosselman, take it. Nobody would give you two looks, even if you were dressed in Lycra. The bathrooms were surprisingly clean, and there was typically an abundance of stalls.

Gas Stations: You knew you were in trouble when you asked the attendant for a key and he said the bathroom was outside around back. Check to see if there was any toilet paper in the room before starting. You might find rust stains on the sink and toilets surrounded by a lake of urine. The whole process would become an exercise in squatting. By no means did you want to make any sort of physical contact with anything in that room. Lift the seat with your shoe, flush the toilet with a hand wrapped liberally with a paper towel. It was probably best to find a tree.

So, you could see why I opted to wait before I left Ogallala.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cory Mortensen has ridden his collection of bicycles over a million miles of asphalt, dirt, mud, and backroads. In addition to the cross-country journey detailed in this book, he has traveled to over fifty-five countries, cycled from Minneapolis to Colorado solo to raise money for children born with congenital heart defects. He’s completed sixteen marathons on five continents, and survived three days of running with the bulls in Spain.

Cory is a certified Advanced PADI diver, and has enjoyed taking in life under the waves in locations all over the world. In 2003, he took time off from roaming, and accidentally started and built a company which he sold in 2013. That same year he married his best friend and explored the state of Texas for two years. The couple sold everything they owned, jumped on a plane to Ecuador and volunteered, trekked, and explored South America for sixteen months before returning to Phoenix, Arizona, where he works as a consultant and is soon to be a bestselling author.

The Buddha and the Bee is his first memoir in which he shares how a two month leave of absence redefined his life’s trajectory of sitting behind a desk and his decision to break society’s chains so he could live life on his terms.

Website: www.TheBuddhaAndTheBee.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BuddhaAndTheBee
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CoryMortensenAuthor
Instagram: www.instagram.com/CoryMortensenAuthor/

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Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FLLBBP9

Indiebound Hardcover: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781735498119
Paperback: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781735498126

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Interview

What are four things you can’t live without?

If I was going to completely unencumber myself like I have before, given today’s technology advantages.

  • Debit/credit card
  • Macbook
  • 20 liter rucksack
  • Ropa – t-shirt, swim trunks and chaco’s

With these items, I can do almost all things.

What is your favorite television show?

The original Twilight Zone series. It’s timeless.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Sherlock Holmes. He is truly a lover and a fighter. Clever, devious, 5 moves ahead in life’s chess match. Well-traveled, well-read, well-respected, unempathetic, rational, and narcissistic without apology.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

Continuation of The Buddha and the Bee. Working title is Polishing the Shine.

After leaving Carmel, I work my way down through Central and South America, meeting people from all walks of life, doing things that I’d never think possible and realizing how small the world is… when I run into someone on a ship to Antarctica that actually knew my Grandma. The journey continues to Europe, furniture factories in China, exploring Southeast Asia, and finally ends with me starting my own company.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson

Blue Highways – William Least Heat-Moon

Tristan Tzar poems – Assessment, Marcel Janco, and Chronicle

VBT – CHRISTMAS COMES TO DICKENS

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Individual Book Title: Holly’s Wish
Author: Kathleen Lawless

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Do wishes come true?

All her life, Holly has believed in the power of wishing. Except for the “big one”. The phone call that never came after a memorable encounter one Christmas Eve.

She can’t forget Nico and their synchronicity that night. Dare she risk a second heartbreak when her latest wish brings Nico back into her life?

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Excerpt: Holly’s Wish

When Holly answered the door, her eyes widened as the porch light illuminated the features of the man standing there. She gripped the side of the door for support.

“You must be Holly,” the man said with a familiar, engaging smile. “I’m Nic.”

Holly couldn’t believe her eyes! The man affectionately dubbed by Sherry as “Nic the dick,” was in actual fact, Nico.

Whoever originally said, “careful what you wish for,” hadn’t been kidding.

Holly’s heart raced as she stepped back, opening the door wide. “Please come in. Sherry said you have a donation.”

Despite the fact that he’d brushed by her quickly in Trim A Tree, she now knew why she had felt that unmistakeable flash of recognition.

Would he recognize her? She raised a hand to her shoulder length rainbow-hued hair. Born a blonde, she was always playing with the color, which had been jet black and long when she and Nico had first met. Her hair had been straight then as well, unlike it’s current tangle of curls. What else was different? Her makeup was far more subtle, and she’d finally grown into her features which used to feel too big for her face. Or so said her critical photographer’s eye.

“Cute tree,” Nico said. Against his height and broad shoulders, it looked almost like a toy. “Sherry’s is a monster. I needed a ladder to put the star on top. Speaking of stars…” He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out the angel. “I have a donation for your charity.” He paused midway of handing it to her, and seemed to really look at her for the first time. “Have we met before?”

Author Bio:

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Kathleen Lawless blames a misspent youth watching Rawhide, Maverick and Bonanza for her fascination with cowboys, which doesn’t stop her from creating a wide variety of interests and occupations for her alpha male heroes.

Her hero, Steele, in UNDERCOVER, is a modern-day cowboy, so when she was wooed by a man called Steel— while he’s not a cowboy, he is an Alpha male and her forever hero. Which is why all of her stories end Happily Ever After.

Not that she can ever stick to just one genre. So many stories to tell—never enough time.

With over 30 published novels to her credit, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance into historical romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and stories for young adults.

Author Media Links:

Website: http://www.kathleenlawless.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathleenlawlessnovels
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathleenlawless
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Lawless/e/B001IXS2SA
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Box Set Title: Christmas Comes to Dickens

Box Set Blurb:

Welcome to Dickens—a quaint New England town bustling with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas holiday. We have the annual tree lighting in the town square, a snowman building competition, ice skating on Grosvenor’s Pond, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You’re welcome to cut down your own Christmas tree at Gridley Meadows, or join in the caroling on the Common.

Dickens offers an abundance of heartfelt wishes, a few much needed miracles, and—quite possibly—a touch of magic! Families reunite, new friends are made, and old flames take a second chance at happiness. All while celebrating this most joyful time of the year.

Join us as our best selling and award-winning authors fill your holiday stocking with ten brand new novellas ranging from sweet to sassy.

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