SHOWCASE: Cornered by Alan Brenham


Posted by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery

Cornered

by Alan Brenham

on Tour September 2014

Cornered by Alan Brenham

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Published by: Black Opal Books

Publication Date: July 19, 2014

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 9781626941380/9781626941373

Purchase Links:

 

Synopsis:

He’s haunted by the memory of a kidnapping case gone wrong…

Not wanting history to repeat itself, Detective Matt Brady struggles to solve the disappearances of seven young women, but he quickly finds himself pitted against a criminal organization that knows as much about police procedure as he does—an organization that will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of him. His troubles are compounded when a young veterinarian injects herself into the investigation and is targeted to become victim number eight. When he tries to protect her, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a professional cop killer. Can Brady solve the case in time to save his new love, or will this investigation be the death of both of them?

 

Kudos:

“Alan Brenham’s Cornered is a taunt thriller filled with murderous twists and turns that will satisfy readers who love good crime fiction. As a cop and a lawyer, Brenham has been there and done that and in this, his second outing, the authenticity of his storytelling ability continues to shine through.”
- Michael McGarrity, New York Times Bestselling Author of Hard Country & Backlands

Read an excerpt:

Brady moved next to Killebrew. “So you find anything?”

“No prints. But we did find a nine millimeter shell casing outside.” He pointed at the door. “The witness said she used a key to open the door when Becker failed to answer the doorbell.”

Brady knelt down next to the body and peered at her head. One apparent gunshot wound above the right eye. Her half-opened dilated pupils stared straight up towards the ceiling.

Killebrew stepped close to the wall opposite the front door, pointing at a hole. Blood spatter was on the lower half of the wall. “We removed the bullet from here. The round appears to be a nine millimeter. Same as the shell casing.”

He stood up and surveyed the living room. The front window was covered with flowery-patterned drapes. A piano sat in the far corner by the front window. He was no expert on furniture but the furniture appeared to be fairly expensive pieces. He saw some mail lying on the coffee table. Using a pen, he sifted through it, checking the sender’s address, but nothing jumped out at him. A family portrait of her, an ordinary-looking man with narrow shoulders he assumed was Burt Smith, and twins—a girl and a boy—sat on the end of the table.

 

Author Bio:

Alan Behr served as a law enforcement officer and criminal investigator for seventeen years before earning a law degree from Baylor University. After obtaining his law license, he worked as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for twenty-two years. His personal and official travels took him to several European and Middle Eastern countries, Alaska and almost every island in the Caribbean. He has lived in Berlin, Germany while working with US military forces. After retiring from government service, he has authored two crime novels – Price of Justice and Cornered – under the pen name of Alan Brenham. He is presently working on two more novels. Alan and his wife, Lillian, currently live in the Austin, Texas area.

 

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REBLOG: How To Write A Fight Scene


In my desire to write fight scenes that were believable, I went searching on the net for an authority. I found one. This is a great article on writing fight scenes that I thought might help other writers. Form WRITEWORLD, here is How To Write A Fight Scene:

 

Admin Note: This post is a rebloggable copy of our page on fight scenes. The page is being phased out, so from now on all updates will be made on this post and not on the page.

Among the typically difficult scenes writers face in their stories, the fight scene definitely ranks high on the list. Below you will find several resources with tips for writing a good fight scene.

Action with a Side of Zombies: One of our articles focused specifically on writing action scenes. Bonus: the examples all include zombies.
ArchetypesAndAllusions: An article on the three main types of fighters and their various approaches to kickin’ ass (or not).
TheCreativePenn.com: Alan Baxter, speculative fiction author, gives some great advice on characterization, setting, martial style, and cliches.
StoryHack.com: A PDF that takes you through writing a fight scene step by step by Randy Ingermanson, compiled by Bryce Beattie.
MarilynnByerly.com: An extremely good guide to writing fight scenes. This guide includes tips on character viewpoint, mapping the fight, and tricks for writing each type of fight.
Shelfari.com: This site is an interview with famed fantasy author R.A. Salvatore on how to write great fight scenes.
TheBusinessOfWriting: C. Patrick Schulze gives some good, solid advice on identifying and writing your fight scene.
EzineArticles.com: Marq McAlister explains how to make a fight scene pack some serious punch. This article is good for fine-tuning.
Martin Turner: Focusing specifically on sword-fighting scenes, Martin Turner writes in great detail on every conceivable detail of this type of time-honored fight scene.
SeriousPixie.com: Susan tells you about the three types of fight scene writers and explains how to fix the problems that arise for each type.
David Alan Lucus: This multi-part guide gives advice in exhaustive detail on how to write an awesome fight scene.
NightFoot: This Tumblr post offers some great tips for writing fight scenes.
Film Crit Hulk: A shoe-in for screenwriters, the Hulk and special guest Tom Townend talk shop on how to write a great movie action scene.
Harry Edmundson-Cornell: Harry writes a series on the fight scene geared toward writers of Superhero comics.
How To Fight Write: The knowledgeable and thorough admins of this exceptional Tumblr blog will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about fight scenes and weaponry—even if they have to beat it into you.
Scholagladiatoria: A YouTuber with lots of weapons teaches you how they were/are properly used to their greatest advantage.
These links provide advice specifically for writing battle scenes:

Gerri Blanc: eHow’s article on battle scenes is a basic step-by-step list for you. It’s a good introduction to writing battle scenes.
StormTheCastle.com: This article takes you through an in-depth guide on how to write battle scenes for fantasy stories.
Rhonda Leigh Jones: Jones lists some dos and don’ts of writing battle scenes.
Other resources:

List of Martial Arts: Looking for a fighting style? Find it here!
List of Weapons: Every type of weapon you can think of is listed here.
List of Military Tactics: From troop movements to siege warfare, this list has got you covered.
Asylum.com: A few examples of awesome battle tactics from history.
BadassOfTheWeek.com: Get some inspiration for awesome fight scenes and fighting characters from this compendium of badassitude.
Thearmedgentleman: Austin has offered to share his knowledge on weaponry with any writers who have questions. Thanks, Austin!
Don’t see what you’re looking for here? You can find every post we’ve ever made or reblogged about fight scenes in our “fight” tag. You might also find our “action scene” tag useful.

We hope this helps! If you have another link or a tip for how to write fight/battle scenes, hit up our ask box and let us know!

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: M.C.V. EGAN on The Bridge of Deaths


I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. M.C.V. Egan about her writing, and especially about how her book The Bridge of Deaths was created. Below in my interview. I found Ms. Egan gracious and her answers entertaining. When you’ve finished reading, you may want to roll back to the previous post where there is a bio, author photo, cover photo, and details about the book The Bridge of Deaths, including locations where you can read other interviews, guest posts, reviews of the book, and opportunities to receive a copy of this intriguing book.

Enjoy!

 

INTERVIEW WITH M.C.V. EGAN

 

 R.I.What led you into writing historicals?

 M.C.V.E.: History and I are one of those ironic twists of fate. I never got fantastic grades on the subject and I was quite certain that I was not very good at it. As I researched The Bridge of Deaths and began to explore history as a hands on adventure, I discovered it is almost like riding a bicycle. It just comes right back. Today I infuse a little history in almost everything I write. In the case of The Bridge of Deaths the historical aspect is HUGE because the storyline revolves around a very real 1939 plane crash in which my grandfather died. In 1939 only a select few got to travel the skies; thus researching the five men who perished that day and the one who survived was a fascinating historical journey.

 

R.I.: If you had to compare The Bridge of Deaths to another book, or compare your writing to another writer’s what book, or what author, would you use?

M.C.V.E.: COMPARE? Oh Boy! The Book I cannot compare and dare I say that the greatest compliment I ever got in my writing was from a friend who years ago said that reading my long letters made her feel she was reading something by W. Somerset Maugham, so I dream and I strive! The Original version of The Bridge Of Deaths got attention and good reviews because it was “UNUSUAL” I received many comments that people had never seen the combination of fact and fiction blended the way it is in the book. In the revised version I kept the integrity of the data but incorporated the historical as more cohesive with the narrative as well as adjusting some of it as Appendices for readers who prefer that.

 

R.I.: Did you find the research to be daunting? Or was it a pleasure?

 M.C.V.E.: Like a complicated love story it was both. In the almost two decades of research sandwiched into paying jobs and parenting. I had fantastic highs and lows that left me despondent and ready to through in the towel. The daunting part was in the frustration at lack of access or waiting for access to some of the archives. Another daunting bit was not understanding some of the technical data about the airplane; until I found a young British airplane aficionado who wrote his thesis on fires in the Lockheed Electra’s; he thanks me in his thesis and he was invaluable to me !The pleasure was putting the pieces of different archives together, no one file was the same, even the ones housed in Denmark. Also I would say not one file was complete. The closest was the one everyone can request at the Danish National Archives.

 

R.I.: How many revisions did it take before you were satisfied with the manuscript?

 M.C.V.E.: There were many revisions for the original. It was planned as strictly factual but I should have understood that the minute I took notes as a psychic held my grandfather’s watch that I had to incorporate fiction into the story. I am very glad I used traditional and completely untraditional resources but it crosses a line a lot of people need to have presented as fiction. The revised edition had a good five revisions and that is not a fun part of writing.

 R.I.: I agree with this whole heartedly!  Where do you see yourself in five years?

 M.C.V.E.:  In five years I will be SIXTY years old, my only son will be in his third year of university and the sky is the limit. I can probably choose to live in a different place, although South Florida is very nice. But yes you mean in writing ;) I am launching a chick lit series with social issues backdrop but mostly entertaining. The series is about how things shape and define us, the first Defined by Others in a quirky way shows how affected we are by the society that surrounds us as we are growing up and how it leaves its mark into adulthood. It was my first NANOWriMo attempt and I hope to release by Oct 10th this year.

R.I.: Sounds like real fun. I’m looking forward to checking that series out. Thank you so much for spending time with us here at my blog. I look forward to reading and reviewing your book!

 M.C.V.E.: Great being here. Thanks for having me.

 

 

SHOWCASE: M.C.V. Egan Creator of The Bridge of Deaths


THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS: 75th Anniversary Event

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Author M.C.V. Egan has spent the better part of the last two decades researching the real-life events depicted in her book The Bridge of Deaths.

Her book, when it was published in 2011, gathered critical accolades and reviews. Now, as the 75th anniversary of the events and World War II are coming, she has revised the book and given it a new cover–and will preside over a month-long history-laden event that will entertain, educate, and enlighten you! As part of this event, the revised version of The Bridge of Deaths will be re-released.

 

About The Bridge of Deaths

"M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions...it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self." - Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.

With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Genre classification: Historical mystery

Event hosts

The Bridge of Deaths cover reveal: August 15, 2014
75th Anniversary Event Stops (September 1-30)

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About the author

MCVEganM.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.

From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died.

She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.

In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.

She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishingThe Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths at www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.