30 September 2016

Bullet in the Blue Sky by Bill Larkin

Bullet in the Blue Sky by Bill Larkin

Bullet in the Blue Sky

by Bill Larkin

on Tour August 1- September 30, 2016

Synopsis:

Bullet in the Blue Sky by Bill Larkin coverIn the chaotic aftermath of a massive earthquake that leveled much of the Los Angeles region, a LAPD deputy chief sends an elite team of detectives on a rescue mission. They are ordered to set aside all law enforcement duties, to ignore the destruction and to focus on one task: Find LAPD Detective Gavin Shaw, who disappeared just before the earthquake. Kevin “Schmitty” Schmidt of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department joins five others on the rescue team. With rioting, looting, attacks and homicides rampant in the streets, the six cops have to defend themselves while chasing down leads on the whereabouts of Shaw. The mission takes them through the dizzying war zone and the more they encounter, the more they wonder why they are searching for one man in these extreme circumstances. Why is this man so important to the deputy chief, and why now? Schmitty discovers that others with high connections are also after Shaw. The questions pile even higher when they learn of a shadowy history between Shaw and the deputy chief. A history with deadly consequences for the team as they uncover a threat that elevates the mission to a race against time.

Book Details:

Genre: Crime Fiction Published by: Indie Publication Date: August 4th 2016 Number of Pages: 366 ISBN: 978-0-9894002-1-3 Series: NO Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

The adjunct lieutenant moved into the conference room and stood behind Jenkins and off to the side. Jenkins now addressed our five–person team.
“Your orders are to find Detective Gavin Shaw. He’s a member of Major Crimes and I need him here or I need to know where he is. That’s it. Nothing more.”
As Jenkins paused, several of the detectives looked at each other. Anderson opened her mouth. “Is he—“
Jenkins put up a hand. “You are not, repeat not, to take on law enforcement duties. You are not out to arrest looters, answer radio calls, help firefighters, or anything else you think you ought to be doing. Your only assignment is to find Shaw. And find him as fast as you possibly can. Am I clear?”
“Can I ask the importance of Detective Shaw at this juncture?” Mata said.
“No, you may not. Find him and bring him to me.”
“A search-and-rescue mission?” Anderson said in a puzzled tone.
“Call it that, Anderson. Lieutenant Tallon is in charge and you’d better be aware of what you’re facing. This city is falling apart. Aside from the destruction, there are forty-five thousand gang members, and at least that same number of state parolees and felons on probation. Then there are the opportunists who will loot, burglarize, and kill without the police to stop them. That’s probably a hundred fifty thousand bad guys in a city of rubble and fire.”
Jenkins let that number sink in a moment. The man projected political polish, as I would expect from somebody of his rank, but he didn’t hide his edgy urgency.
He went on. “The LAPD has almost ten thousand sworn, but who knows how many are still alive, much less how many can physically get mobilized. Break that down into twelve-hour shifts and there might be two thousand cops in the whole city at any given time. Three thousand if we’re lucky.”
Lieutenant Tallon said, “Sir that makes the odds against the LAPD about sixty-to-one.” His voice carried both cordiality and self-assurance.
Jenkins nodded. “That’s right. But you will be undercover. Plain clothes and a plain vehicle.”
“Where is Shaw?” Anderson asked.
“I don’t know.” Jenkins nodded to his adjunct who stepped forward and handed a folder to Tallon, then stepped back. “Here is his address and personal information. Best guess is home, but start wherever you need to and find the man.”
Anderson made a small snort. “What if he’s dead?”
“You find him, either way.”
One thing was for sure. Jenkins wasn’t sugarcoating the assignment.
“What about help from the outside?” I asked.
“In time. They’ll mobilize the National Guard and we’ll get relief and search-and-rescue teams, but it’ll take days.”
Tallon said, “We’ll be mostly on our own for the first forty-eight hours. Keep in mind just about every other city in Southern California has the same problems. Some worse, some better.”
“Jesus,” Anderson said.
Tallon said, “Chief, you’ll be here? We bring Shaw here?”
“At this time, I am in command of the department. The chief, assistant and other deputy chiefs have not yet been in contact. That means I’m the Director of Emergency Operations until further notice. That’s all. Dismissed.”
Jenkins motioned to Tallon to follow him and they stepped outside of the conference room with the adjunct lieutenant close behind. Tallon stood about six inches taller than the deputy chief, but Jenkins didn't seem the least bit intimidated.
The doorway stayed open and I stood up, keeping my back to them, but close enough to hear.
“Lieutenant, I don’t know you very well, but I’ll tell you this with certainty. This is the most difficult challenge you’ll ever face on this job. I was told you have the intellect, resourcefulness, and tenacity to carry this out. Do not disappoint me.”
I heard Jenkins walk away. When I turned, Tallon had locked eyes with the other lieutenant. A beat later, she hurried after her boss.
** / **

Author Bio:

Bill LarkinBill Larkin writes crime fiction and is the author of two highly-acclaimed books: Bullet in the Blue Sky and Detective Lessons. He has also written several short stories, including The Highlands and Shadow Truth, both Amazon category bestsellers. Bill previously served as a reserve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, then the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked in four different divisions and a detective assignment. Bill is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

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21 September 2016

Interview with Namrata

About the Book:



Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now.


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Author Interview:


When did you decide to become a writer?
I wrote my first story at the age of 14 which was a love story but till a decade later that is when I was 24 I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. I was busy becoming an investment banker and climbing the corporate ladder when one day an email from my super boss drew my attention to my writing skills and gradually I started taking it more seriously.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I never planned anything that has happened till now and I don’t have any plans for future too. Sounds scary? I know but then I like it this way. All I know is I want to write, touch hearts and make a difference. Nothing else matters more than that. No awards or accolades can match that joy of knowing that I could make someone smile at least once through my stories.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
This book is a collection of short stories, hence no main characters. But yes each one of them has something special – they love life so much that life starts loving them back!

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write in the wee hours of morning at 2-3 am. I like the peace that is there around at that time. My rest of the day revolves around social media, reading books and ofcourse research for my writing too!

Where do the ideas come from?
LIFE! As I have written in my book’s acknowledgements section too, life has been the greatest inspiration and that is where most of the ideas come from.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I work on an outline or plot, research it properly to make it factually correct add layers to characters and then start working on the novel. I don’t write in a linear fashion. I write according to my mood. So if I am sad for some reason, I might want to write a particular sad scene of my book that day.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I read a lot. In last two weeks I completed 8 books. And nothing better than words to cure you. It works wonders every single time.

What can we expect from you down the line?
Lot of stories from various facets of life that will make you smile.


About the Author:

Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.


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14 September 2016

Designated Appletini

Photo Credits : Food Paradise

Original Recipe : Food Paradise

Ingredients:
59 ml fresh apple Juice
20 ml lemon juice
30ml simple syrup
A slice of apple for garnishing
Granulated sugar for rimming

Method: 
- In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, add apple juice, lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Shake it well.
- Strain into a glass rimmed with granulated sugar.
- Garnish with an apple slice.
- Serve it chilled.


01 September 2016

Metro Diaries - 2 by Namrata

About the Book:



Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now.


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Reviews for Metro Diaries 1:

After touching your hearts with 'Metro Diaries - Love Classics' she is back now with stories that will redefine life for you!

The stories in Metro Diaries - Love Classics are free from any trappings of youthful slang and fashionable language stunts. These young adults are speaking to the readers with Namrata’s maturity shining through, and Namrata’s ideas of love. - Sakshi Nanda 

The language is fairly pleasant to read and the elaborate discussions between characters in each story must have taken a lot of work – because the most difficult job of all authors is to bring out human emotions in proper words. Thankfully, Namrata has concentrated upon it very well! - Dhivya Balaji



About the Author:


Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.





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