Today I’m excited to welcome C. Kevin Thompson for an author spotlight. Don’t miss the giveaway details below.
What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
First, I am told I am an accomplished drummer. I am self-taught (can’t read drum music but can play by ear really well). I learned by playing to old rock tunes growing up, beating the daylights out of an old set of encyclopedias I had in my room before my parents bought me my first trap set. I would stack the books in different heights to get the different tones. I’ve played in several worship teams, and miss having my own set. Second, I am an assistant principal at a high school. I’ve been in administration, going on fourteen years now. I taught for six years before that at the middle school level as an English teacher. Third, I am a very slow reader. I only read about 6-12 books a year (on a good year). I do, although, read a lot of articles. If they had intensive reading classes back when I was in school, I would have been one of “those students.” I never read much growing up, primarily because nobody ever put anything on interest in front of me. Then, one day, I saw the book Jaws in a book store. I showed interest. My mom (to her credit) bought it for me. Now, look at me…a former English teacher/award-winning author. Who woulda thunk it?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
New Smyrna Beach, FL. It’s the “shark bite capital of the world,” so I stay ankle deep mostly. However, we love renting condos or staying in the one hotel on the beach. I could sit on the balcony and listen to the ocean all day. Nothing washes away the stress more for me than that!
What can your readers expect from you next?
Once I republish the first four books of my Blake Meyer Thriller series (it’s a long story…don’t ask) and publish for the first time Books 5 and 6 to complete the series, I have the first book of a middle grade novel series completed and plan to start book #2. I’m currently trying to find an agent who deals with MG, as mine does not. My critique group loves it!
GIVEAWAY: Kevin has offered to give away either a paperback or e-book copy to one lucky winner. (U.S. winner may choose, but if winner lives outside the U.S. they will receive an ebook copy.)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Rachel Hamar—a Manhattan bank teller—lives nothing close to a Manhattan lifestyle. Residing in Washington Heights, NY, the only thing keeping her in The Big Apple is her mother—a long-time patient in a local psychiatric hospital. It’s December, 2014, and the twentieth anniversary of her high school sweetheart’s tragic death. She’s not sure how much more heartache she can endure, especially after being told earlier in the day she no longer has a job at the bank. A casualty of downsizing.
In the midst of spiraling depression, Rachel receives a mysterious letter in the mail. When she opens it, she becomes cautious and skeptical of its contents and discards it as a mistake, concluding it’s simply addressed incorrectly or a postal worker’s faux pas in the midst of a busy Christmas season. But another letter arrives the next day. And another the day after that. Before long, she is in possession of several letters. Each one more puzzling than the last.
Thinking that someone may be playing a cruel game, she contacts the police, and this propels Rachel and the two detectives into one of the most bizarre cases they’ve ever encountered. Is it a friend’s cruel joke? Is it some stalker’s perverse idea of manipulation? Or is it something more?
KEVIN THOMPSON is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a kid at heart. Often referred to as “crazy” by his grandchildren, it’s only because he is. He’s a writer. Need he say more?
Kevin’s a huge fan of The Blacklist, 24, Blue Bloods, NCIS, BBC shows Broadchurch, Shetland, Hinterland, and Wallander, loves Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic too. But you will never catch him wearing a deerstalker. Ever.
Kevin’s Writer’s Blog: www.ckevinthompson.blogspot.com/
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First Page of the book (The Letters):
Where did it begin?
Or where did it end?
That is the better question.
For somewhere in the heart, during a time filled with turmoil,
A story emerged.
It’s an account that will baffle the imagination of many.
A story no one will want to believe.
It will be dubbed a legend by some.
A fairy tale by others.
A lie by most.
However, what you are about to read is a story of passion…
And a story of deceit.
A story of rejection…
And a story of redemption.
Ultimately, however, it is a story of love.
For this is my story.
—Rachel Hamar, December 25, 2019