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  • 02/27 - Vicki
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  • 02/19 - MTW: Armaan Dhillon, Paul Parker
  • 02/18 - MTW: Miriam Verna, Christina Hoag
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  • 02/16 - MTW: Christina Phillippou, Michael Smorenburg
  • 02/15 - MTW: Anna Willett, Jordan Greene
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  • 02/12 - MTW: Jude Roy, George Weinstein
  • 02/09 - Gary Guinn
  • 02/06 - Handbag & Book, Vicki

February 19, 2017

#MysteryThrillerWeek continues with Paul Parker #militarythriller #financialcrimethriller #Marine #MFRWorg

TODAY’S Mystery Thriller Week AUTHOR IS: 
All In:  The Globe Trot Shuffle,

a Military, Financial Crime Thriller 
I came up with the idea for my book when I was a US Marine during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.  We heard that other Americans found large amounts of money or gold in palaces and we wondered what we would have done if we found hidden currency.  We never would have taken any, but we did spend many evenings discussing how we could have smuggled it home if we did ever cross that line! 
My dream of seeing my name written across the cover of a book has been realized!  I see my novels on my bookshelf and I still can’t believe it.  I’ve always wanted to write a book, and now I’ve done it. 
The first time I saw a sale on my Amazon report page, I nearly leapt for joy!  I called my wife over and told her that someone is reading my book on their eReader; my book!  I couldn’t stop smiling.  I spent the whole afternoon trying to imagine who bought it, and wondering how much they were enjoying the story. 

A team of US Marines make a discovery of a lifetime in one of the dictator’s palaces during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.  They embark on a deadly journey across the globe to make good on it. 

A line of green military vehicles slowly drove down the road.  They couldn’t tell if they were driving on a dirt path, or on a real road.  The vehicles were swallowed by a red sand storm that looked like something out of a science fiction movie.  It felt like they were at the bottom of a murky river, surrounded by predators just out of sight.  Predators ready to strike. 
“I can’t see a fuckin thing,” Diaz said.   
The HMMWV’s engine, and the howl of the wind made it hard to be heard.  Holding the steering wheel with one hand, Diaz tried to wipe the sand gathering on top of his goggles.  Warden knew he had to reassure Diaz, because they were all under a huge amount of stress.  He just didn’t know what to say to sound convincing.  But he’d try his best. 
      “Shit Deez….  Just maintain speed and distance 

FIND All In:  The Globe Trot Shuffle at:  Amazon

Paul, do you plan on continuing to write military thrillers or some other genre?

Featuring Armaan Dhillon #mystery #thriller writer #MTW #MFRWorg

TODAY’S guest for Mystery Thriller Week is
Armaan Singh Dhillon, author of
A Nazi War Criminal In India
In general, I think it was just the love I had towards writing. I’m one of those who feel that writing can move people to a great extent. Both in Positive and Negative direction. It goes for movie screenwriting as well as for a novel or any book. A good story can go bad if the writing is not up to the mark and a mediocre one can reach good heights if words and writing is done by someone who feels the story, words. Someone who knows how to write a sentence in a way which will leave a big mark in the mind of the reader for a very long time. Writing is a free tool and can be used for almost every decision. All the laws, amendments etc are first written down and then followed. Writing has the power to put the world upside down 

Satisfaction that you get from writing a book. I remember when I had just started writing my book, I used to think about fame, money etc. all the materialistic things that exist was in my mind. But it was after my book got published that I was content with the satisfaction of just getting my work out there in the public. There's a sense of self-respect. People also see you with respect. I think that's the best reward of being an author. So having published a novel was a dream which has now been realized. 
“A Nazi War Criminal In India” is my first book. Nazis have always fascinated me. Although I strongly believe that whatever they did during their regime was wrong and I condemn it, but the way they controlled everyone, their uniforms, banners, salute and their way of acting towards an issue was just unique and different which mesmerised me. The movies that I have watched related to Nazis have always made me want to write something of my own. So relating Nazis to India was a big task, but I worked on it for a very long time and came up with this story. And I do believe that I have done justice to the whole concept of my story.

   Be aware of your surroundings. Check whether the person you are friends with seems suspicious to you or not. 
    21st July 2011  I was tired, exhausted and my mind didn’t seem to work at all. I stared down at the cigarette grasped effortlessly by my fingers. I debated with myself whether or not to smoke it, but eventually gave in to my craving for that nicotine hit and decided to light it in just a bit. I didn’t even realise that I had reached my college after walking for 15 kilometres on an extremely sunny day. I looked up consciously for the first time since I started walking from “that” house. I was sweaty and thirsty. There were a few acquaintances who said “Hi” and “Kaisa hai Rohan Ahluwalia” to me, to which all I could respond was, with mere expressionless stares. I saw a board which said that the renowned film director ‘Ayush Mehra’ is visiting our college to present a motivational speech. 
FIND AUTHOR  Armaan Singh Dhillon at: Author Central Page
FIND A Nazi War Criminal In India AT: Amazon

Armaan, you mentioned World War II movies that fascinated you--can you tell me some of them?

February 18, 2017

#MysteryThrillerWeek #author Miriam A. Averna #thriller #mystery #MFRWorg

TODAY’S  #MysteryThrillerWeek author is

Miriam A. Averna, writer of No Cure for Fear 
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?  I listen mostly to Indie and Rock but if a song has a catchy tune, be it Taylor Swift or Rudimental, then I will undoubtedly add it to my playlist. 
WHAT DREW YOU INTO WRITING THE GENRE YOU DO?  I love thrillers, always have done.  They say you should write the genre you've read the most and I certainly have.  My favorite thriller writer is Blake Crouch - love his ideas! 
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF YOUR BOOK?  It was actually during a Creative Writing class.  The teacher held up a newspaper article on thieving apes on a down-trodden housing estate and then my mind went off on a tangent.  Happy to report there are no apes in my finished book!
How far would you go to save a loved one?  How many other lives would you risk in the process? 
‘If we’d wanted the best we would’ve approached your brother.’  

That was a knee in the stomach for Ralph.
‘You're good at what you do,’ a pause before she continued, ‘but your brother is, well, much better.'
This wasn’t news to him, but she didn’t have to deliver it so cuttingly and with such nonchalance.
‘Your brother is moral, ethical, everything that you, conveniently for us, are not. You were the right ‘fit' Ralph.' she said, using her fingers to indicate speech marks.
He hated how she seemed to relish putting him down, but the lump now lodged in his throat stopped him responding, allowing the onslaught to continue.
Unaware of the torment within Ralph, she went on ‘No, we wanted someone with questionable scruples and unabashed determination, someone desperate, if you will.' Dr Ripley looked directly into his eyes. 
Ralph's mouth was dry, his palms sweaty. He tried to swallow but couldn't. 
‘We know your history, Ralph.' said Dr Ripley, flatly. 

He knew exactly what the doctor was referring to. Something he was certain at the time would inevitably shape his future. How she’d come to learn of it was what unnerved him the most. Recalling the methodological approach that he’d taken to cement his future in biomedicine, simultaneously shattering that of his lab partner, he raised his chin slightly, knowing his actions to have been nothing other than justified. His lips formed an arrogant smirk as he cleared his throat. ‘It was natural selection,' he retorted, ‘collateral damage, if you will.’ 

FIND AUTHOR   Miriam A. Averna at:  Website

FIND No Cure for Fear at: Amazon

Miriam, I love how the article in your creative writing class jumpstarted your story. Did your head go BING! when you began?

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