Tuesday, January 3, 2017

VBT + #Giveaway: The Adventures of Grant Scotland by Dan McClure @DMcClure17 @GoddessFish



The Adventures of Grant Scotland
by Dan McClure

GENRE: Fantasy


Spy for a Dead Empire 
(Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One)


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AELFA, THE GRAND CAPITAL of the once mighty Aelfan Empire, has fallen. Barbarian war parties and nomadic tribes harass the retreating and broken legions that once overawed them. All that stands against them now is the city of Zyren, the last bastion of Aelfan rule.


Acting as a spy for Zyren is Grant Scotland, a man leading a double life because his own had been taken away from him by the very people he serves. An unwilling recruit into the business of clandestine missions and deceit, he searches for anything real to cling to as the world around him devolves into insanity. And when an old friend shows up asking him to help save his family by delivering a mysterious book to a shadowy figure, Grant's two lives collide and he is thrust into an even stranger world than he had known; one where ancient magic is wielded by deadly players who compete against one another for a prize greater than simply the rotting carcass of a dead empire.


Spy for a Troubled King
(Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two)


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AMONG THE ASHES of the mighty Aelfan Empire, the House of Gregyan seeks to forge a new kingdom—one where both Huthan and Aelfan alike can prosper. But old prejudices and ancient traditions and an exiled enemy threaten the peace. Caught between compassion for his home and allegiance to his fallen empire, Grant Scotland finds himself trapped in the turbulent machinations of enemies and friends. As he works to uncover mysteries about his father’s treachery and confront new threats to his future, he moves perilously close to revealing his identity and losing everything.


Spy for a Wayward Daughter
(Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three)


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AS THE GREGYANS MARCH TO WAR and his handler takes a trip to Zyren, Grant Scotland, spy errant of the Aelfan Empire, gets ready to pursue a lead on finding a man who might be able to tell him the truth about his father's treason. Old friends, new enemies and hidden dangers soon confront him on his quest, but when he enters the dark world of another family's intrigue, he finds that not even the frontiers of the Aelfan Empire are far enough away to escape the dangers of fortune and fate. 


The Unlikely Spy 
(Adventures of Grant Scotland, Volume One)


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The Adventures of Grant Scotland series is an entertaining mix of fantasy, mystery and espionage featuring a hero whose many faults provide almost as much challenge to him as the formidable obstacles he must face as he attempts to impose sanity upon a world rapidly descending into chaos. Collected in this volume are the first three books in the series: Spy for a Dead Empire, Spy for a Troubled King and Spy for a Wayward Daughter.


Spy for a Greedy Villain 
(Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four)


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RACIAL TENSIONS IN AELFA simmer and threaten to boil over when the harbormaster is found dead and the Huthan oppressors threaten to crack down in the Lower Docks. As Grant Scotland finds more questions than answers in the journals of Berthul Magnussen about his father’s treachery, he is drawn into a murder investigation, a kidnapping plot and the nefarious machinations of the city’s biggest crime lord—Mr. Quinn. In order to stop Quinn’s plans and save the city from being thrown into open revolt, Grant prepares to take his biggest gamble yet.


Excerpt:

Spy for a Wayward Daughter 
(Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three)

Her cool gray blue eyes studied me and I might have sucked in my gut, but I couldn't be sure. I was too busy trying to remember how to form complete sentences.

"Good afternoon . . . Uh, I'm afraid you have me at a disadvantage," I finally managed to say.

"Marissa. Marissa Magnussen. Berthul is my husband." Her voice matched her dress: smooth and inviting.

"Pleasure to meet you, Mrs. Magnussen."

"Please, call me Marissa. Won't you sit down?" She gestured at a nearby divan and I dutifully sat on it. "Would you like a drink?"

"I suppose I would. Yes."

"I think Bertie has some Macforth Glyn here," she said as she pushed away from the desk and walked across the room to a sideboard and began fixing drinks. The drink cabinet was on the opposite side of the room from where I was sitting and I was treated to a nice view of Marissa's backside. The dress was backless, but Marissa's body certainly wasn't. I spent so much time contemplating how the curves that met at the base of her spine warranted closer inspection that she had to ask me twice if whiskey was acceptable. I think I answered yes, but I'm not sure in what language.

A smile briefly played across her lips as she brought the drinks over, handed me one and then sat next to me on the sofa. When she crossed her legs, I began to feel tense, but not in an altogether unpleasant way.

"So . . . Is Mr. Magnussen here?" My voice didn't quaver at all. I was becoming a man at last.


An Interview with Dan McClure

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?

-Strangely enough, I don’t. It’s not that I’m head over heels in love with myself (although, I am) but rather that I’ve put too much time and effort into being me to just give up on it now. Also, what would happen if you really wanted to be famous person X and then jumped into their skin and found out they had the herpes-syphilis-cancer-parasite? That would suck.

What did you do on your last birthday?

-I believe I went for a nice walk and then went to work and got a free pizza, which was delicious! After that I went home and did the usual amount of drinking to forget the pain.

What part of the writing process do you dread?

-All of it. Seriously. Dorothy Parker said it best, “I hate writing. I love having written.” But I guess the worst part of all is getting half way through the first revision and realizing you basically need to completely rewire the entire plot structure because it doesn’t make a lick of sense.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

-It’s rare, but it occasionally happens. I go for a walk and think about what I’d like to write about and what’s interesting about it. By the time I’ve finished the walk I usually find I’ve got something to say.

Tell us about your latest release.

-Spy for a Greedy Villain is the fourth installment in The Adventures of Grant Scotland series. Racial tensions in Aelfa simmer and threaten to boil over when the harbormaster is found dead and the Huthan oppressors threaten to crack down in the Lower Docks. As Grant Scotland finds more questions than answers in the journals of Berthul Magnussen about his father’s treachery, he is drawn into a murder investigation, a kidnapping plot and the nefarious machinations of the city’s biggest crime lord—Mr. Quinn. In order to stop Quinn’s plans and save the city from being thrown into open revolt, Grant prepares to take his biggest gamble yet.


AUTHOR BIO:


Writing stories infused with the smoky charisma of classic film noir mixed with the pulse-pounding excitement of adventure fantasy and the cagey class of suspenseful espionage, Dan McClure brought the best parts of all of our most cherished pulp together and added his own signature brand of wit. He currently lives, writes and works in and around beautiful and historic Arlington, Massachusetts.

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 See below for sale dates on the books


KINDLE COUNTDOWN SALE DATES:
Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/4 - 1/7 @ $0.99
1/7 - 1/11 @ $1.99


Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/11 - 1/14 @ $0.99
1/14 - 1/18 @ $1.99


Spy for a Troubled King (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/18 - 1/21 @ $0.99
1/21 - 1/25 @ $1.99


Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/25 - 1/28 @ $0.99

1/28 - 2/1 @ $1.99


Giveaway:

$50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC
 



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48 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks so much for the chance to win :)

Dan McClure said...

Thank you for featuring my books and good luck to everyone in the giveaway!

Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Very entertaining interview (and free pizza would make for quite the b-day)!

--Trix

Marcy Meyer said...

All the books sound really good. Enjoyed the interview.

Bernie Wallace said...

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - thanks for sharing :)

Mary Preston said...

The books look fantastic.

Dan McClure said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Regarding what books I'm looking forward to reading - any ebooks I find on sale! I'm not too picky. Currently I'm reading "Shatterday" by Harlan Ellison. A very talented author!

Unknown said...

I enjoyed the excerpt! The boook sounds very interesting!

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Ally Swanson said...

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

Ally Swanson said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and learning about this book series!

Ally Swanson said...

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I am looking forward to reading this book!

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for both the excerpt and giveaway as well. Congrats and best of luck on your book.

James Robert said...

I'm running late but back to say thanks again

James Robert said...

I enjoyed your interview and glad you want to just be you.

James Robert said...

I'm here early this morning to visit and say Thanks again.

James Robert said...

I enjoyed the interview and laughed when reading about having a drink to rid of the pain. I can relate.

James Robert said...

Have a fun filled Saturday and thank you for the chance at winning.

James Robert said...

Good morning! Hope your Sunday is a terrific one and thanks for offering us such great giveaways to enter.

James Robert said...

Have a great Monday and thanks for the giveaway,

James Robert said...

It's me again, stopping by to thank you once more.

James Robert said...

Hello and thanks for taking the time to bring us such great giveaways.

James Robert said...

This week is going by quickly. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

James Robert said...

Happy Friday! The day many look forward to. Thanks for the chance at winning and have a great day.

James Robert said...

Hope your weekend is terrific and fun. I know you put in a lot of time with so many great posts, reviews and of course, giveaways for all of us. Thanks so much!

James Robert said...

Hope your Sunday is filled with nothing but awesomeness. Thanks for the giveaways you have for all of us.

James Robert said...

Good Monday Afternoon! Have a great day and thank you once again.

Unknown said...

These books sound fantastic! Thanks for hosting.

James Robert said...

Visiting bright and early this morning. Have a great day and thank you.

James Robert said...

Have an awesome day and thank you for the giveaway

James Robert said...

Good Morning! Cannot believe it is Friday already. Seems the week just begun for me. Have a good one and thanks or the chance at winning.

James Robert said...

Happy Saturday! Weekends are much quieter online, especially for emails that I get SO many of each day and read. So, I will enjoy that part and hope yours is awesome. Thanks again for the giveaway!

James Robert said...

Good Morning! Have a Blessed Sunday, hope you can relax and enjoy family time together. Thanks again for al you do and offering us this giveaway.

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win, I do appreciate it.

James Robert said...

Another week just flying by. Hope your day is great and I appreciate the chance at winning.

karin said...

I really enjoyed the interview

James Robert said...

Enjoy your Friday and thanks for the chance to win.

James Robert said...

Hope you have a fun Saturday. I appreciate all your hard work you do bringing us such great giveaways.

James Robert said...

Sunday blessings to you and your family. Thanks for all you do for all of us.

James Robert said...

Monday already? Have a great one and thanks for the chance at winning!

James Robert said...

Good Sunday morning! Thought I would stop in early to thank you since I have another big work day ahead of me. Hope you day is terrific!

James Robert said...

Good Morning! Enjoy your MOnday and thanks for the chance at winning.

James Robert said...

Been busy and not making it here daily, not good! Thanks again for this chance at winning!

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. have a fun Wednesday!

James Robert said...

Good Morning! Not such nice weather today in Michigan. Hoping spring is here for good soon. Have a great day and thanks for the chance at winning.

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