Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gemma Snow, Seduction En Pointe

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Today we are interviewing Gemma Snow about her erotic romance novel, "Seduction en Pointe."

Describe the plot of your novel, “Seduction en Pointe,” in a few sentences.
"Seduction en Pointe" is an erotic dalliance set in Paris, where two people of differing backgrounds, personalities and lives come together over shared hurt and common desires.

Television star and all around bad boy, Nicco Castillo, is sent to Paris to learn ballet for the upcoming season, and so his producers can keep an eye on him. There, he meets Isabelle La Croix, his infuriatingly beautiful and icy instructor, who doesn’t trust performers as far as she can throw them. Over the course of their class, however, Isabelle and Nicco find common ground in their past loves and pain and the erotic needs that drive them. Though it’s difficult for both of them to trust, or ever love, again, they are deeply drawn to each other and, in the end, might just find that they’re both willing to fight for a shot at forever.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book? 
"Seduction" has a high heat rating, but it was very important to me that the erotic elements were deeply ingrained in the characters’ personalities and relationships, and not just there for the sake of a little titillation. I think anyone who loves the idea of a Paris affair, redemptive love or scorching heat between two people finding themselves, will enjoy it.

Tell us a bit about the main character, Nicco Castillo.

I loved writing Nicco. I think of the two main characters, he went through a much larger and in-depth development process. In the beginning, I knew I wanted a bad boy who liked to tease and flirt and didn’t take anything seriously, but the first iterations came out a little cardboard and two-dimensional. The deeper I got into writing Nicco, the more I understood that his behavior was rooted in hurt and a sense of losing who he was over his time spent in Hollywood. I think it’s a universal theme to struggle with a sense of self, and exploring Nicco’s journey to finding who he is, against a background of so much pomp and masquerade as Hollywood, was a satisfying and important.

What can you tell us about the relationship between Nicco and Isabelle?
So I’m all about the love/hate tension, and I knew from the start that "Seduction" needed that element, though it took awhile to figure out exactly why. For Isabelle, Nicco is a stark reminder of her ex-husband, who publicly humiliated her with his affairs. Nicco is a playboy, though a lot of that is his defense mechanism to deal with his own hurt, at his ex-boyfriend’s unfaithfulness, which Isabelle doesn’t find out until later.

A lot of their relationship is about seeing past what’s on the surface—Isabelle and Nicco both wear masks to cover up what’s been done to them, and when they eventually crack through, they see the people below. Playing around with the elements of performance, both artistically with the acting for Nicco and the ballet for Isabelle, and erotically, with this shared exploration into voyeurism and exhibitionism, was a huge element of that dropping the mask theme.

You have an interesting background, having an education in both journalism and creative writing. How does this impact your writing style?
My background in journalism has proven invaluable to my creative writing. Journalism has its own elements of creativity, but for the most part it needs to be polished, logical and organized, which helps temper some of the creative wildness. One of biggest crossovers is the interviewing process. When it comes down to it, both journalism and creative writing are driven by character, people, human stories. I can take what I’ve learned from writing articles and interviewing people and apply it to these fictional characters, which I believe helps create realer and better-rounded characters.

Tell us about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.
Well, it’s supposed to be straightforward, but it never is. I’m a plotter. I like outlines and character charts and research notes and storyboards. I think that’s an element of the journalism showing through there. But no matter how prepared I think I am, things can change at a moment’s notice.

"Seduction" is a great example of that. I published an erotic short two years ago, and began playing with the idea of giving the different couples their own stories, so I went in with the intention to make "Seduction" a short story. Well, the press with the short folded and I suddenly was no longer bound to the original story—around when I realized that my book was way bigger than I thought it would be. So I rewrote it. And rewrote it. And rewrote it. I ended up with four major revisions of this book. The character of Giancarlo, Nicco’s best friend, changed a dozen times. I gutted the whole thing down to the names. Seeing the final product is as much a labor of love and sheer stubbornness on my part, as it is creativity, patience and determination on the part of my editor, Rebecca, who stuck by my side and guided me through really rough waters. Some books come easier than others, but they all have their stories.

You’ve written a few books and have a new one on the horizon. Have you noticed you tend to gravitate toward certain themes?
I do! So I write under two pen names, because of the heat level, and I write several genres, including historical and erotic. But across the board, it’s really important for me to write unique, independent and powerful women, and men who support them as they are. We often hear of the “strong female character” and I think that can be very limiting, in the sense that women can be leaders and role models for a thousand different reasons, and strength of character can show itself in a myriad ways.

For instance, Isabelle is an introvert and her power comes from keeping herself together through everything that happened with her ex-husband, an internalized and quiet sense of power and self. I’ve also written heroine pirate captains who show a much more obvious sense of strength. In my upcoming release, "The Lovin’ Is Easy," my heroine, Madison, comes across as a tough city girl, but her real freedom and independence can be found when she admits to herself that maybe it’s that very thing that’s been holding her back.

Women come in all shapes and sizes. Juliette Marillier is a master of writing heroines both within and outside of traditional female roles, and how they succeed and ultimately save the day by playing to their individual strengths and passions. I strive to make my heroines as real as possible, with faults and foibles, because we don’t need ‘strong’ women’, we need ‘real’ women.

Along the same line, it’s really important to me that the books I write are sex-positive and accepting. "Seduction" is all about understanding a deep-rooted desire and coming to grips with it alongside your partner. "The Lovin’ Is Easy" is a ménage relationship, which Madison has to come to terms with in order to move forward. Erotic romance continues to struggle against stereotype and condescension, I’m sure you’ve heard the term mommy porn before, but really it’s just another way to undermine women’s sexual desires. Women like sex, lots of varied and unique types of it, and being part of a community that cultivates a safe and accepting environment for people of all ilk to explore what calls to them is a fundamental reason for my entering this genre.

What is the most difficult aspect of writing for you?
It tends to be editing. I like to work on several stories or series at a time, largely because I can spend awhile letting a plot just saturate, ‘meeting’ my characters, so to speak, so that when I start the book it’s easy writing. One thing I’ve come across lately, in both "The Lovin’ Is Easy" and a current work in progress, "Leather and Gold" is that they’ve actually been doubled in size. That’s a really unique challenge, and one with a lot of pitfalls where continuity and character development are concerned, but in the case of both of these books, the longer version was undoubtedly the better version, so it ended up being well worth it.

Otherwise, I’d say the marketing elements. We can’t write if we can’t sell, but marketing, especially social media, can end up taking an incredible amount of time and at the end of the day, we’re supposed to be writing.

Tell us a bit about what we can expect from you for your next project.
Yes! So "The Lovin’ Is Easy" comes out at the end of September and is available for pre-order on the major retailers and early download through Totally Bound. Unsurprisingly, that’s part of a four book series (I love writing series!) set at the Triple Diamond Ranch in Montana, and I just finished up the first draft of book two! "The Lovin’ Is Easy" is the story of city girl Madison Hollis, who inherits a ranch from an uncle she’s never met. When she goes out to inspect the place for sale, she meets the two ranch managers, Christian Harlow and Ryder Dean, and ends up on a whirlwind of desire, family history and personal journey.

I’m also working on "Leather and Gold," which is historical BDSM. One of my favorite elements of writing historical is the built in tension, stemming from propriety and the rules of society. Adding this heavily erotic element into that has been a unique and fun challenge.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
"Seduction en Pointe" is fun! I know it seems a little serious and erotic and dramatic, and there are parts that are, but I think we all have a Paris love affair fantasy, and this book plays to that. The city is a huge part of the book, and is there any better place in the world to fall in love than Paris?

Thank you so much for hosting me, and for reading! I hope you enjoy "Seduction en Pointe!"

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Howard Kaplan, Author of The Damascus Cover

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Today we are interviewing Howard Kaplan about his spy novel "The Damascus Cover" (The Jerusalem Spy Series Book 1), which will soon be a feature film released in theaters 2017, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Sir John Hurt.

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Los Angeles and attended Berkeley as an undergrad.  I spent my junior year abroad in Jerusalem and with a friend visited Lebanon, Syria and Egypt so I began to see both sides which has been a lifelong goal to grasp how both sides of this conflict felt.   I have one son, 24, an English major who graduated from Oberlin College who as of late wonderfully been teaching me some things about writing.

Describe the plot of your novel, “The Damascus Cover,” in a few sentences.
"The Damascus Cover" is a plot within a plot.  There’s a surface story about a rescue of children from Damascus.  Then there is an underlying story unknown to the protagonist as he races through Syria and everything starts to go wrong.  He slowly learns it is intended to go wrong and there’s a twist near the end of the story that actually didn’t come to me until I was a good deal into writing it.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
I seem to have two kinds of readers:  those who love thrillers and those interested in learning something about the Middle East as my novels come with a good deal of history snuck in between the action.

What inspired you to write an espionage novel?
When I was 21 and 22, I made two forays into the Soviet Union to smuggle out manuscripts on microfilm.  At the time anyone leaving the USSR could not take unpublished writings with them as they were considered “property of the state.”  I was arrested and interrogated for four days though I had no incriminating documents on me.  I met some people in the espionage business along the way so I began to write about what I’d learned and seen in fiction form.

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Kaplan as an extra on-set in Casablancas.

Much of the story is set in Damascus. What makes Damascus an ideal setting for the story?
Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet.  It’s actually an oasis, 50 miles from the Mediterranean, a desert oasis rung by a river with about every manner of fruit trees.  I spent some time in the city and did deep research to bring the city alive to the reader as it’s such an interesting place.

In “The Damascus Cover,” protagonist Ari Ben-Sion takes up a mission that he normally would turn down. What compelled him to accept the mission?
Ari is a man who has made a huge mistake that cost the life of a younger spy.  He’s plummeted from being at the top of his game and is desperate not to be put out to pasture, so he will accept about any mission.  He does not realize the head of the Israeli Secret Service uses Ari’s weakness to create a greater mission.

Tell us a bit about the relationship Ari and Kim.
They are strangers who meet, both with secrets, who unburden to each other but are mindful at the same time not to divulge too much.  Ari’s marriage has come apart and like with his mission he is trying to grab again at life.

“The Damascus Cover” is the first book in the Jerusalem Spy Series. What can readers expect from the rest of the books in the series?
The second book, "Bullets of Palestine," has already been published and the series will continue from there with those characters though the head of the Israeli Secret Service will continue through the series.

“The Damascus Cover” will soon be a major motion picture. What can you tell us about the upcoming movie?
The film adaptation stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Goliath) as Kim and Ari.  There is great chemistry between them.  I was on set in Morocco for some of the shoot.  The head of the Israeli Secret Service is played by Sir John Hurt, who recently passed after an illustrious career.  We are beyond lucky to have had him with us.

Thanks for speaking with us about your book and the upcoming motion picture adaptation!

An excerpt from the opening of "The Damascus Cover":
DOV ELON sat in the dirt in his cell leaning against the whitewashed wall. The cubicle, three feet by five feet, was windowless. The air stank of urine. A can, his washbasin, lay on its side in one corner. A thin blanket covered the mound of damp straw piled in the other.
Dov’s eyes rested on the food trap in the door. Not long before he’d heard the banshee cry of the muezzin beckoning the Muslim inmates to prayer. He assumed a bowl of jasmine tea would soon be pushed through the food trap, but he wasn’t sure. The previous day he’d been transferred from Tadmor Prison, near the ancient Greek ruins of Palmyra in the north, to Sigin al-Mazza, on the outskirts of Damascus.  He didn’t know if his new guards would feed him regularly or at random intervals. So he waited, listening for approaching footsteps, not moving—for every shift in position arched pain through his bruised body. After a while he closed his eyes. The minutes fell away. There were no sounds. The silence hummed in his ears.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Janie DeCoster, Author of Men @ Play

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Today we are interviewing Janie De Coster about her novel, "Men @ Play."

Tell us about yourself. 

Janie De Coster love of reading is what inspired her to take a step into the writing world. She pens stories of real life drama.She likes to travel, shop and spend quality time with her husband, children and grand children.

Describe the plot of your new book, "Men@Play," in a few sentences.
 The plot of Men@Play is to high-light issues of mental illness as well as fidelty as it plays out in the prestigeous world of two best friends.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?

Anyone who have been or presently in a relationship that presents itself with the issues mention above.

What inspirations contributed to this book?

I always inspire to write about real life situations and I like to shine a light on what is relevant in peoples lives.

Who was your favorite character to write?

I would say Donavan Lattimore. He is a complex man who relishes in controlling his life as well as others.

Tell us a bit about the relationship between the two main characters, Donavan and Winston.
Donavan and Winston are the best of friends and they have each other's back always; Although Winston carries the greater load since he is the one that cleans or cover up Donavan's messes.

Both Donavan and Winston, despite both being married, have continued their player lifestyles. Is this because they are unsatisfied in their marriages? Or is it just part of who they are?
 No. the men have lovely wives who they love dearly. As for Donavan, he finds himself still in love with his high school sweet heart. while Winston loves playing the field. Both men have entitlement personas due to their wealth and fame.

What was your favorite part about writing this book?
 I had fun in watching the character's unfold and lead me into telling their story.

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
 Yes, my favorite is Kimberla Lawson Roby and Eric Jerome Dickey

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Darlene Cannon, Dollygal, Peacock and the Serpent

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Today we are interviewing Darlene Cannon about her series titled, "Dollygal, Peacock and the Serpent." The series, which includes "The Gift," "The Awakening," and "Conquering Ego...The Return to the Extraordinary," deals with themes of love, hope, charity, and accepting ourselves exactly as we are.
 
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I work with senior citizens in the Long Beach area and surrounding cities. This is my first time writing a book, and I have many more to come. 

Describe your new book series for us.
"Dollygal, Peacock and the serpent" are highly interactive mystical fantasy books. The trilogy series will challenge the reader of all ages, to be the best they can be...by simply being themselves.

Who do you think would most appreciate your books?
Young and mature people will appreciate the series.

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Who was your favorite character to write?
I enjoy all of the characters because it's like experiencing different parts of myself.

An excerpt from "Dollygal, Peacock and the Serpent":
Dollygal says, "The rain is singing a song can you hear it?"
"I'm afraid not, honey," Peacock finally says.
"Sure you can, just like at the lake. Let's close our eyes, but no peeking, Brother Serpent,"  Dollygal replies.
"This is ridiculous. Rain does not sing tunes..." grumbled the serpent.
Suddenly, a big smile appears on Peacock's face, and he says, "Wait a minute, I can hear the raindrop song. So can you, serpent, admit it."
(Peacock slaps serpent on the back leaving him quite disturbed by the situation.)
"Ha, ha, ha, ha."   Peacock continues to laugh, as their carriage re-enters the castle gates.

His laughter is taken by the wind and carried out the back window...
down through the Garden, passing by the flowers and the weeds, tickling the water in the lake and finally swirling around the most magnificent tree in the Garden.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Daniel C. Lorti, Author of The Avignon Legacy

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Today we are interviewing Daniel C. Lorti about his historical mystery "The Avignon Legacy."
 

Author’s Biography
Daniel C. Lorti has a B.S.E. (summa cum laude) and an M.S.E from Arizona State University. An aerospace engineer with his work in the defense industry and intelligence community, he was involved with advanced technology particularly with bistatic and laser radar, and weapon systems. He was a founder of XonTech, Inc., a company performing highly specialized functions for the Defense Department. He was Chief Radar Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation for many years. In 1995, he was appointed to President Clinton’s twenty-member conference committee for Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland. As an international arms broker he conducted business in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, he and his partners sold their highly classified aerospace company to Northrop Grumman.

Daniel C. Lorti has written four novels; The Missing Factor (A Jim Factor Novel), The Avignon Legacy, The Mulligan and The Business End (A Jim Factor Novel), a sequel to The Missing Factor. The novels are mystery thrillers (arms dealing, Russian mafia, assassins), historical fiction/mystery (medieval times and events, sophisticated modern day thieves), and romantic fantasy (washed-up golfer relives his life with a twist). The novels are set in the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Moscow and Bulgaria. The Missing Factor will be released in the fall. He’s currently on his next novel, a sequel to The Avignon Legacy.

Describe the plot of your new book, “The Avignon Legacy,” in a few sentences.
What sets the stage for this novel is the extensive international experience living and working in Europe in which he applies real world expertise to the historical past of The Avignon Legacy bringing to life an intriguing mystery extending across the centuries ending with a present day search for a treasure with only ancient clues to its existence and location.

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Author Daniel C. Lorti

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
The novel will appeal to those fans of medieval times when knights evolved from pages, nobles in a feudal system, jousts and castle sieges, a war with England, a Papacy located in Avignon, battles in Spain and Italy, the Black Death, and notables such as kings, dukes and lords fought for honor, power and country. The transition to the present day with organized and highly sophisticated art and literature thefts will attract the attention of young adult and mature adults. 
 

Tell us a bit about the main character, Jean Termonde.
The 14th century in France is a time of hardship and turmoil, beset by climatic catastrophes and religious wars to the Black Death. The lives of peasants are difficult and short. As a child peasant Jean Termonde displays exceptional athleticism and intelligence and is sponsored along with the noble family’s son Maurice Chatillon onto the path to knighthood. An unselfish act of bravery brings the young knight to the attention of an important Cardinal who enlists Sir Jean in the role of Father Jean to guard the papal presence and the Church’s treasury in Avignon. His zeal and determination in unraveling plots against the Church, the pope and the treasury with his friend Sir Maurice will alter the course of French and Church history.

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
The list of authors who have influenced me is large but they all have the quality I try to emulate, namely; engaging, compelling and repeating characters, twisted plots, and diversified writing styles. Here are a few of them; Lee Child, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, John Sandford, Robert B. Parker, Stuart Woods, Vince Flynn and Dan Brown.

Tell us about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.

The initial ideas flow from past professional experiences, acquaintances, and places harboring an interesting background. In the case of the Avignon Legacy, I have been to Avignon and Provence in the south of France and Vatican City in Rome, Italy. Buildings constructed in the 13th and 14th century still exist throughout Europe, so it is in Avignon and the Vatican. The feudal system of France and England with peasants, nobles and knights contrasted sharply with the city-states of Italy. I started with a summary. My outlines were linear, mostly chronological which contain not only scenes but actual historical events and figures by year. I relied on a character list and chapter, section and subsection short overviews as I went along. These were very helpful with sub-plots and their integration in the body of the novel was simplified.

The Road to Publication
Every published author has their own story but here’s mine. I started by writing two movie scripts after seeing a particularly terrible movie. (I can’t remember the title.) After attending Screenwriters Conferences and National Film Institute offerings in Los Angeles, I learned producers generally rely on their own screenwriters. I decided to write a novel in the hope I would go in the back door that way. My first novel, The Missing Factor, was a mystery thriller based on my experiences as an arms dealer. I sent out over 250 query letters with no success. Meanwhile, I thought a different genre, historical fiction/mystery may be more appealing. On completing The Avignon Legacy, another 250 query letters were sent out. Again, after two months of no answers, I embarked on another genre, romantic fantasy, with The Mulligan. It was just completed when I received eight months after I offered The Avignon Legacy, a reply from a literary agency they were interested in the novel and representing me. (Bless the Loiacono Literary Agency, Irving, TX.) While they edited and critiqued the novel, I wrote a sequel to The Missing Factor entitled, The Business End. By the way, The Missing Factor is slated for publication in the fall. After four months of representation, my agent, Jeanie Loiacono found a publisher for The Avignon Legacy. (Blessings on William Connor, Managing Director, Argus Enterprises, Kernersville, NC.)
 

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?
There are no shortage of excellent writers out there who are waiting to be discovered. I have encountered them and their self-published e-books at book fares and writers clubs where we bumped elbows with avid readers buying our signed copies. It allows a writer to showcase their talents and their writing while they keep sharpening their skills. I have purchased interesting self-published novels at book fares.


What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
I’d like to continue to write sequels with the Jim Factor novels (The Missing Factor, The Business End), and The Avignon Legacy with the two knights, Jean Termonde and Maurice Chatillon.
 

What is the most difficult aspect of writing for you?
I find publicizing myself and my novel as the most time consuming and frustrating part of the process. As a result of time demands on other aspects of my life, I have engaged a publicist (Clemens Public Relations, Palm Desert, CA) to assist me with social media and TV/radio interviews.  Thank goodness for my agent who also provides a steady flow of material on the subject.
 

Tell us a bit about what we can expect from you for your next project.
As a result of wonderful reviews and comments on The Avignon Legacy, I have started its sequel.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
When historical times are presented in novel form and characters are inserted to present their impressions and attitudes as they cope with catastrophes, battles, uprisings, cultural class, and living standards, you find times and events are easier to digest and more interesting than history text books.


An excerpt from "The Avignon Legacy":
Two inventive and audacious men separated by 700 years.
One incomparable treasure, hidden for centuries.
A legendary mystery waiting to be solved.
Though born a peasant in the middle of the 14th century, Jean Termonde’s uncommon intelligence and courage has enabled him to rise above his station to become a knight. Brought to the notice of a high-ranking cardinal, Sir Jean’s new position is to provide security for the papal city of Avignon, France and the vast treasury at the Palace of the Popes. When the Pope decides to move the Papacy back to Rome in 1377, noting the treasure is at risk in the chaotic time following the decision, the resourceful Sir Jean devises an ingenious hiding place until it can be safely transferred to the Vatican. The treasure never arrives in Rome.

Seven centuries later, antique book collector and seller Jim Pearce acquires rare volumes for unscrupulous but well-heeled clients. His background in the arts may be important but his experience with the U.S. Army Investigative Services was invaluable. He coolly dispatches two heavily-armed thugs who try to steal a rare 14th century volume on the Avignon Papacy. When he receives an offer of $5 million from reclusive billionaire John D. Baxter shortly thereafter to steal an ancient 14th century volume from the Vatican Secret Archives, he suspects the legend of the lost treasure. His interest is piqued and, with his equally talented French partner, Maurice Germain, an audacious plan begins to emerge whereby he will penetrate the Vatican’s defenses, get to the Secret Archives, exchange a clever forgery, and escape unseen. It calls for boldness, timing, disguises and an incredible use of remote-controlled helicopters. They become aware that Baxter’s men, the New Scotland Yard, and the French police are now in play as well.

Once the volume is taken, they hold on and enlist the help of a French scholar, Dr. John St. Rouffignac. A letter written by Sir Jean Termonde to his cardinal tells of the location in an odd riddle. A climax occurs at the Avignon Palace of the Popes where Pierce uses both his ability to decipher the cryptic riddle and intricate maneuvering to extract the treasure from under Baxter’s vigilance while at the same time framing him for the theft.

Now, with the immense wealth in their hands, Pierce has to wrestle with the decision of its disposal noting Baxter remains a threat, giving the historic value of the collection, and honoring the memory of the steadfast Sir Jean Termonde.
 Book blurb for Daniel C. Lorti's upcoming novel - "The Missing Factor":
A Jim Factor Novel
Jim Factor is a successful arms dealer living in Southern California with clients in Europe and customers in the Middle East.  A recent client, Carlos Sengretti, phones Factor and tells him he is marked for death due to their discovered illegal arms deal by Mikhail Borichov, a Bulgaria arm dealer.

Factor barely escapes to San Francisco where he starts a new life with a new identity. His distraught wife Diane hires Adam Weatherly, a cunning and relentless private detective who tracks Jim to San Francisco and is in turn followed by Borichov’s Russian mafia hit team. Factor finds work at a marina prepares for an eventual confrontation learning martial arts and Spanish, and acquiring counterfeit ID. He becomes friends with Chris Muncie, his martial arts instructor.

Weatherly uncovers Factor’s new passport identity and finds him. Borichov flies to San Francisco and gets directly involved with his hit team who is trying to find Factor.  Jim, Chris and Weatherly soon come together and confront the Russians in a bloody gun battle on Alcatraz Island where Borichov and the hit team are killed.

Factor discovers he’s still in danger and flees to Spain. He seeks closure by meeting with Dimitri Federov, the Russian mafia head, who places him in charge of Cortex, Borichov’s former Bulgarian arms company. In Bulgaria, a Russian mafia territorial dispute places Factor in another gun battle where he must fight with Chris, Adam and Federov at his side to not only survive but have a chance to regain his former life.

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