Introducing Orlando A. Sanchez

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-What is your name?

Orlando A. Sanchez

-What genre do you write in?

Currently Urban Fantasy

-What drew you to this genre?

Magic and supernatural elements in a modern city. A blending of the incredible and the mundane. It was a chance to introduce wonder into the commonplace…couldn’t resist.

-What book(s) have you written?

Warriors of the Way series(5 books), Sepia Blue Series(3out of 5 books written) Blur, A Dream of Ashes(1 book out of a trilogy), The Montague & Strong Case Files(6 books currently), Wander(Night Warden Novels), The Operative(Division 13 Story), 7 Short stories related to the different books.

-What is your current release?

Dragons & Demigods Book 6 of the Montague & Strong Case Files

-How much research went into that book?

Quite a lot. Had to research several demigods and the mythos of dragons across cultures.

-What was the hardest part of writing that book?

Writing George Rott, one of the main antagonists in the book and portraying the motivation and justification for his revenge.

-Is this work part of a series?

Yes, its currently book 6 in an ongoing series. The Montague & Strong Case Files.

– Where can your book(s) be found?

Amazon currently. My books are also part of KU.

-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.

An immortal detective joins a cranky mage to solve supernatural cases in NYC. They run into angry vampires, rabid werewolves, gods with hidden agendas, and one awesome hellhound named…Peaches.

Not much of the city is left intact when these two get together to solve a case.

Tombyards & Butterflies: A Montague and Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 1)Full Moon Howl: A Montague & Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 2)Blood Is Thicker A Montague & Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 3)Silver Clouds Dirty Sky A Montague and Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 4)Homecoming: A Montague & Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 5)Dragons & Demigods: A Montague & Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 6)

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My Favorite Summertime Read (Adult Version) Day 5.

At the beginning of this week, I recommended Jaws. Let’s face it, that is the ultimate summertime book. The movie was close to the book, and I promised to give another book where the movie was close to the book. Fear not, dear reader, I am going to deliver on that promise.

The Hunt For Red October is one of those books that stays with you long after it is over. It is also the book that picks up steam as you go along. This was Tom Clancy’s first book, and it got him an invitation to the White House. Rumor has it that the president asked him “Who told you about this?”

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The “Red October” is an advanced Russian submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War in favor of the Russians. The sub captain decided he and his crew will defect to the United States with the sub. The Russians, upon learning of this attempt, enlists the help of the United States, telling them that the captain intends to unload the full compliment of nuclear missiles upon the mainland. The hunt is on!

This book will keep you glued to your seat, and knock you out of it when you are done. If you have not read this one, you are in for a treat!!!

What About a Coffee Bar?

Like most people, my wife and I indulge in some television. One of the shows we have come to like is “My Lottery Dream Home”. You win the lottery, the host appears at your house and asks what you are looking for and he goes out and finds it for you. You see three houses and get to pick one, make the offer and make it yours. One of the recurring statements in the show, from different people, is “We can put a pool table here.” They usually say it when they see a finished basement.

A pool table? Seriously?

I looked at my wife, and said “What about bookshelves, a couple of recliners, and a coffee bar?”

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I saw the vision of my own coffee bar/ library in my head so vividly that I could almost feel it. My feet up as I sit and read, all the while a cup of coffee at my side and another just a few steps to the side. Instrumental music plays in the background (I am a huge fan of movie soundtracks and classical music), the scent of books and coffee fills the air.

Man, I have to win the lottery!!!

Your Weekend Fun Read 6/29/2018

Tombyards & Butterflies: A Montague and Strong Detective Novel (Montague & Strong Case Files Book 1) by [Sanchez, Orlando A.]

My pick for Your Weekend Fun read 6/29/2018 is Orlando A. Sanchez’s Tombyards and Butterflies (Montague and Strong Detective Agency Book 1). This is Urban Fantasy at it’s finest.

“An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can’t refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting sorcerer souls across the river Styx hasn’t been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance.

Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon’s local coffee shop.

Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real…

Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead sorcerers to rest, and maybe solve the age old conundrum-coffee or tea?”

Once you star this one, you will be sucked in and taken for one hell of a ride!

A review is forthcoming.

My Favorite Summertime Reads (Adult Version) Day 4

I am a sucker for sea stories. Maybe it was because my grandfather was in the Navy, and he would tell me about his experiences during World War II, and when I was a kid, the beach was a half hour drive away. Be that as it may, I am a sucker for those stories. For me a summertime read and a sea story goes hand in hand.

What better book than Clive Cussler’s Raise the Titanic?

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I was living in the mountains of North Carolina when I read this for the first time. (This is one of those books I have read more than one time. What can I say, it calls me sometimes.) It is the fourth book in his “Dirk Pitt” series. At the time it was written, The RMS Titanic had not yet been found (that would happen close to ten years after it’s publication.

“The President’s secret task force has developed an unprecedented defensive weapon that relies on an extremely rare radioactive element—and Dirk Pitt has followed a twisted trail to a secret cache of the substance. Now, racing against brutal storms, Soviet spies, and a ticking clock, Pitt begins his most thrilling mission—to raise from its watery grave the shipwreck of the century…”

This book is a must read at any time of the year, but especially in the summer!

Introducing Michael Blake

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-What is your name?

Michael F. Blake

-What genre do you write in?

American History and Film History.

-What drew you to this genre?

I’ve been a self-taught film historian since age 12.  That same time I began reading about Theodore Roosevelt, the Civil War and the American West.  I love history and it can be (in the right hands) very interesting.

I taught myself history by reading books.  When it came to film history, I was fortunate that I spent my whole life in the business (20 years as a kid actor, 40 as a makeup artist), and learned from first-hand experience and listening to the old timers tell stories.

-What book(s) have you written?

Lon Chaney: The Man Behind the Thousand Faces” (Vestal Press, 1993)

A Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney’s Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures

(Vestal Press, 1995)

The Films of Lon Chaney (Vestal Press, 1997)

Code of Honor: The Making of Three Great American Westerns — High Noon, Shane, The Searchers (Taylor Trade Press, 2003)

Hollywood and the O.K. Corral (McFarland, 2006)

-What is your current release?

The Cowboy President: The American West and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt (Two Dot Press, 2018)

-How much research went into that book?

I spent three years doing research, which including covering the same ground in North Dakota that Roosevelt covered by walking  and riding a horse.

-What was the hardest part of writing that book?

Not wanting it to end!  I so loved writing about TR and just didn’t want it to end.

-Is this work part of a series?

No, but I am currently writing another book about an aspect of Roosevelt’s life.

– Where can your book(s) be found?

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Globe Pequot Press (www.globepequot.com)

Any Independent Bookstore

-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.

The Cowboy President: The American West and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt reveals how his time spent in the Western Dakota Territory helped him recover from an overwhelming personal loss, but more importantly, how it transformed him into the man etched onto Mount Rushmore, a man who is still rated as one of the top five Presidents in American history. Unlike other Roosevelt biographies, The Cowboy President details how a U.S. President and the American West saved each other.

The Cowboy President: The American West and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

My Favorite Summertime Reads (Adult Edition) Day 3

Last night, I was talking to Mrs. Ninetoes and she came out and said something to the effect of having a book by Elin Hildebrand for my summertime reads. “She is the Queen of Summertime reads!” my wife proclaimed. So, I looked into her books, and she has a lot of books about the beach, summer, and the whole shebang. I showed my wife a list of Elin Hildebrand’s books on my e-reader and told her to pick one. Here is what my lovely wife picked! (Incidentally, Honey, I listened!!!)

The Island: A Novel

“Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess’s lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she’s cancelled her engagement. 

It’s only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she’s embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store – a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.

But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known.” 

From the teaser highlighted above, it is easy to see how this book screams “SUMMERTIME READ!!!!”