Guest Post by @katedyerseeley ~ Author of Silenced in the Surf #cozymystery

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Welcome to my tour stop for Silenced in the Surf by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is book three in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series and released March 29th, 2016.

The tour runs April 4-15 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

~ Guest Post ~ 

Meet Meg Reed. Meg is a reporter for Northwest Extreme magazine, one of the biggest adventure publications in the world. She’s spunky and willing to do just about anything for her job, however she’s a bit of a klutz, terrified of heights, and not exactly the most athletic reporter on the team. She prefers all things pink, vintage fashion, and delectable artisan coffee and microbrew to outdoor pursuits.

After two assignments that sent her out into the rugged Oregon forest and the high alpine slopes of Mt. Hood Meg is ready for something new. When she learns that King of the Hook, an international windsurfing competition, is taking place in nearby Hood River, Oregon she jumps at the chance to head out to the charming and windy city.

Her plan is simple. She packs a retro Grace Kelly inspired swimsuit, cute pink rashguards and her pencil and notepad. She thinks that she’ll find a shady spot on the sandy shores of the Columbia River and watch all the action with an iced double mocha.

At first things go according to plan. Meg dons a floppy sun hat and clicks photos of windsurfers and kite boarders catching big air. Their bright colored sails dot the water as they perform killer stunts. Meg can’t believe that she has a front row seat to their high-flying tricks.

Then things take a turn for the worse. Meg has to get on a windsurfing board. Sure, swimming might be her sport, but lifting the heavy mast proves more challenging than Meg could imagine. As does trying to balance on the choppy water. Hood River is notorious for its high winds and deadly surf. In fact it’s known as one of the windiest places on the planet with huge winds that funnel down the Columbia River Gorge.

Just as Meg finally raises the mast and takes a minute to celebrate her success the wind kicks up and carries her into the middle of the river where the current is strong and the waves are unrelenting. She’s going to have to find her way back to shore and stay out of the way of the body that’s bobbing nearby.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today. I hope readers have fun on the high surf with Meg and don’t get blown away.

Happy reading!

SILENCED cover~ About the Book ~

Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she’s headed for rough waters…

Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It’s soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she’ll need to keep her balance–or she too may get blown away.

Praise For Scene Of The Climb“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” –Library Journal

“A fun, terrific adventure.” —Suspense Magazine

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Don’t miss out on the first two books, Scene of the Climb and Slayed on the Slopes!

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About the Author ~

Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.



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Guest Post from @rmpbook, author of Between Good and Evil

I’m excited to welcome R. Michael Phillips, author of Between Good and Evil, to Readsalot today. He’s written a guest post about how the main protagonist, Sheriff Promise Flynn, came into this world


When I started the new series, Auburn Notch Mysteries, picking the setting was easy. This series was going to be set firmly in America, so what better place than New England. I spent many youthful years in New Hampshire, and those memories, scents, and sounds still linger with me as if I was just there yesterday. All those memories distilled down and became Auburn Notch, New Hampshire. It has a defined character that I needed only make a few minor creative adjustments to suit the series arc. One thing to remember, the setting can be as much a character as anyone in the book, but we’ll leave that explanation for another day. For now, lets get back to those characters.

Auburn Notch is home to a new sheriff. She’s tough, but vulnerable. To-the-point, but with a sarcastic bite when irked. Attractive, but modest. She has a dark past which she has every intention of outrunning. All of these traits are just the framework of a character. The easy part. Next comes fleshing out the character. There are a number of ways to do this. The backstory is important; as they lead the reader to the reasons behind the lingering conflicts your character is currently struggling with. Add in emotional stability, attitude, and moral compass, and you’ve pretty much got yourself a character. The general description (eyes, hair color, height, political affiliation, etc.) is a fun exercise and can be accomplished by filling out a dating site-like questionnaire.

With all that done, we come to the name. Nothing is more important than the name of your character. It’s as much a reflection of who they are as any of the other information you’ve compiled on them. Whether the protagonist, antagonist, or a tertiary character, the name can make or break them.

Think back over all the books you’re read. Odds are you won’t remember all the titles, but you will probably recall most of their main characters’ names. Stringfellow Hawke. Miss Marple. Jesse Stone. Harry Potter. Katniss Everdeen. Miss Havisham and Pip (Philip Pirrip). Atticus Finch. Sunny Randall. Jake Brigance. And the list goes on and on. These are some of my favorite characters. The names instantly conjure up the image of the characters I’ve composed in my head from all the stories I’ve read. I certainly don’t remember all the individual facts about them, but the names are enough to remind me I like them.

I’ve seen too many new authors try to distinguish their characters with names that are almost unpronounceable. As a result I stumble over the name every time it comes up in the story. The name actually becomes a distraction at this point. I did a search in my latest story for the main character’s name. It came up in some form 612 times over 224 pages. Just something to keep in mind.

So, how did I come up with the name for my new protagonist? It was a combination of things. Long before I came up with the idea for a new series I met a woman at a book-signing event for my British series. Her first name was Quality. “What a great name,” I blurted out. Putting aside the fact that she was a very attractive woman, and as accomplished as the name suggests, it was the name that really stuck with me. We talked a bit, exchanged cards, and went on our separate ways.

Three years later, when I was putting together the first book in the new series, that chance meeting at a book signing popped back into my head. If I was going to invent a new protagonist I wanted her name to be as much an introduction to her essence as any of the backstory that accompanies her without being a distraction. This is an ongoing series, so once the name is out in print there is no going back. I used a placeholder name as I began writing the story, all the while kicking around names for weeks, checking them on line on sites specializing in the meaning of names. Then it happened, I finally came up with one that worked. The last name is relatively common, which is good because it makes it familiar, and the first name is a familiar word but distinctive as a name. Perfect!

So that is how Sheriff Promise Flynn came into this world.



Title: Between Good and Evil

Author: R. Michael Phillips

Published: January 24, 2016

Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.

Genre: Crime – Mystery

~ Synopsis ~

Years after the Willis Asylum closed, the secrets of its past lingered in its decaying halls as a reminder to the good people of Auburn Notch—when Evil closes a door, he also opens a window. Sheriff Promise Flynn was new to the town, and she was about to find out some windows should never be opened.

Promise Flynn is an overly impulsive Metro Detective whose disregard for procedure finally resulted in her being shot and left for dead during an investigation. To repair her bruised ego and splintered confidence she abandons the callous dark alleys of Chicago to patrol the quiet, birch-lined streets of Auburn Notch—a favorite vacation spot of her youth. For two years everything was idyllic, until the body of a young girl found in the abandoned asylum outside of town awakens the insecurities she thought her new life would insulate her from.

As the new Sheriff she begins her investigation refusing to accept the similarities between the young woman’s death and her own case, oblivious to being unexpectedly recognized and penciled in at the top of a clever murderer’s To-Do list. Her internal struggle intensifies when a discredited crime reporter from the past suspiciously arrives in town to resurrect his threadbare reputation, along with an FBI agent chasing down a lead in a cold case. Both men quickly become entangled in Flynn’s investigation and her attempts to finally put her past to rest.

Flynn reluctantly accepts the murder of the young girl might be the work of the two men responsible for her hasty departure from Chicago, but Agent MacGregor insists the evidence points to a man he’s been chasing. As the rising current of her past threatens to pull her under, Flynn finds herself unprepared for option three.

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~ About the Author ~


Michael is a classically trained artist turned mystery writer. By combining his creative talents with a passion for mysteries he conceived his first series—The Ernie Bisquets Mysteries. It introduced Ernie Bisquets, a retired London pickpocket who decided he was going to assist the London police with their most difficult cases—whether they want his help or not. Michael has completed 3 books in the series, and has plans for at least five additional books.

Michael travels a bit, especially to Great Britain, but also has a fondness for New England. He spent many winters in the shadow of the White Mountains, skiing and enjoying the beautiful countryside. Those fond memories are the backdrop now for the new Auburn Notch Mysteries being published by Sunbury Press. The main character is Sheriff Promise Flynn—an ex-metro detective who left a dark past and her big-city detective shield behind and moved to a small New England town. What follows is anything but therapeutic.

When he’s not painting or writing Michael is an avid antique collector, filling his current home—an 1894 Queen Ann Victorian he, his wife, and son are restoring—with an assortment of antiques from around the world. Michael also enjoys cooking, working in the garden, and playing in the yard with their two rescues, Beau and Pup.

Author Links

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A guest post by Bryan Koepke: Author of Sabotage

Today I’m welcoming Bryan Koepke to the Readsalot blog. He’s going to explain the story behind his latest release: Sabotage

 A few years back I read an article about corporations that were too big to fail. This got me thinking about a premise for a new book in the Reece Culver thriller series. I envisioned a large multi-national corporation named Draecon International that was headquartered in London.

With this initial idea in mind I came up with a handful of powerful executives each on a path to satisfy their own motivations. As I wrote Sabotage I thought about what a high level executive might resort too to ensure that this giant of a company didn’t fail, and what pursuits they might take on to ensure their career went the direction that they’d envisioned.

As with any book I’ve ever written the initial notes, outline, and plot serve only as a beginning framework. As I write tens of thousands of words weaving together subplots and scenes the characters take on a life of their own and guide the story in new directions I’d not thought of earlier. For me this is where the real magic of writing takes place.

With each new revision of the novel the story grows in depth. I’ve come up with an analogy for this – think of a thriller writer writing a novel and let the image of a painter standing at an aisle come into your mind. With each new revision of the novel the depth of the story increases much the same way as the layers of paint cover the canvas as an artist paints her painting in oils. At points along the way the craftsman takes a step back and looks at the whole of their work. A dab of paint here becomes a new tree on the horizon or a lighter shade of blue becomes a cloud reflecting off of the surface of a pond. For me writing works the same way. I step back and build a timeline of the scenes within the novel. I outline them making notes about possible new paths a character might take. As I write I leave these notes up on the right side of my computer screen.

As I wrote and rewrote Sabotage the motivations of the main characters became more obvious. Much like the interworking of a large family, the interworking of a group of executives within a large corporation is filled with conflict, tension, and rivalry. As the company grows workers are passed over for promotions, positions are filled with newly hired employees, and the overall dynamics of the corporation changes. In times when markets are tight assets or divisions are sold, and employees are terminated to make way for new corporate visions. In the end the people at the top will do whatever it takes to save Draecon International.

~ About the Book ~


Title: Sabotage

Author: Bryan Koepke

Published: Writers Cabin Press, Ltd.

Genre: Thriller

~ Synopsis ~

Reece Culver and his friend Haisley Averton travel to Scotland with only one thing on their minds – fishing. After witnessing an automobile accident involving a freelance journalist they quickly realize that something far greater than a crash caused his SUV to sink into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

With increasing curiosity, Reece inserts himself into the complicated life of Marie Rhodes who is in the middle of her own crises as she watches her 20-year marriage crumble.

Realizing that they’ll never make it out fishing, Haisley uses his skills in computer forensics to find out who hacked into Karl Rhodes’ office computer at Draecon International and made it appear that he’d remotely accessed the dead journalists laptop. As Haisley combs through logs on the chief of strategy’s computer he stumbles upon an even bigger plot involving a secret drone factory somewhere in the United Kingdom, what looks like funds being embezzled out of Draecon International, and a plot that threatens the national security of the U.K.

Reece spends increasingly greater amounts of time with Marie Rhodes trying to learn what she knows and soon finds that he can’t resist the temptation of falling in love with the woman of his dreams. But as things heat up he questions her true motives.

When Karl Rhodes’ executive secretary is found dead Reece agrees to protect Marie’s soon to be ex-husband Karl. In a tricky game of cat and mouse Reece travels the globe as he tries to keep Marie, her husband, and Karl’s mistress out of harms way, and unknowingly puts himself directly into the crosshairs of a hired assassin.

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  • Sabotage is available at Amazon.
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~ About the Author ~

Bryan Koepke

Bryan Koepke lives in the United States with his wife, and dog. He grew up in the midwest, settled in Arizona, and then twenty years ago made his way north to Colorado. He’s a private pilot, Electrical Engineering Technician, and since 2009 has been employed as a Financial Analyst. Bryan has always had an interest in writing. He wrote his first stories at the age of 7. He started writing thrillers in 2010, and published his first book in 2014. He holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s license, Pilot’s license, and has a BS in Finance. He’s also taken multiple graduate level engineering classes. His many hobbies include hiking, fishing, skiing, and travel. He’s an avid reader and enjoys watching television shows like 24, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, and Ray Donovan.

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