Wednesday, January 23, 2019

NBTM + #Giveaway: THE COMPANY OF DEMONS by Michael Jordan @mjordanauthor @GoddessFish



THE COMPANY OF DEMONS
by Michael Jordan
GENRE: Thriller


BLURB:

The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished--eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim's beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father's estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.


Excerpt:


There was never any trouble at the Tam O’Shanter, even on a rocking weekend night, even when one of the Tribe smacked a homer for a go-ahead run. Tim and Karen ran a tight joint, the perfect hideaway to lounge beneath faded posters of ‘70s rock bands and sip a cold one. So when Karen screamed from the seedy alley behind the bar, our little oasis was shattered. Tim bolted for the back door.

I rushed after him and squinted in the bright sunlight. Tim was cradling his wife in his arms. She stared at me vacantly, then broke away and retched. Huddled over the rough asphalt, in her thin T-shirt and faded jeans, Karen reminded me of a fragile little girl. The wastebasket she’d intended to empty lay near her, paper napkins and discared receipts fluttering in the humid breeze. Tim waved a hand toward a Dumpster, its lid flung open, wedged tight against the crumbling brick wall. “Don’t look.”

But I did.
The sight of a naked body, sprawled across plastic, garbage bags, was impossible to miss. Or part of a body, really, because the head was gone. So was everything below the waist. The hairy torso had been split down the middle, and I didn’t need to be a pathologist to know that someone had scooped out the guts and the lungs and the heart. Flies droned incessantly and, in the summer heat, the stench of rancid meat wafted to me. I backed away.



Book Video:



Interview with Author Michael Jordan


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Company of Demons?

Just like the people I often encountered in life, my characters are complex, conflicted, and often deeply troubled.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

My next book is a historical thriller set during the closing days of WWII. When that is completed, I will turn my attention to a sequel of Demons. I had not intended to write one, but many readers—including my wife—have asked for a sequel. And…if my wife wants a sequel, there will be a sequel!

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

Longer than I care to admit—5 years. I spent a lot of time on the first book finding out how much I did not know about the process. For the second book, the research is extensive. A review of many histories and biographies, as well as 5 trips to New Mexico, where the story is set.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Tarzan of the Apes—great escapism for a kid from a small community.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from The Company of Demons, who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

I would like to hang out with Jack Corrigan, the tough old ex-cop, and listen to his war stories from back in the day. Of course, we would drink at his favorite dive bar.

What was the hardest scene from The Company of Demons to write?

The opening of Chapter One. I knew that it had to grab the reader’s attention and set just the right tone for the story. I struggled with the opening paragraph forever!

What made you want to become a writer?

All my life, I’ve loved to read and wanted to create a book of my own that others could enjoy.


Just for fun:

(a Favorite song: “I’m Your Captain”, Grand Funk Railroad.

(b Favorite book: Too many to pick just one!

(c Favorite movie: Rocky

(d Favorite tv show: The Rifleman

(e Favorite Food: Italian

(f Favorite drink: Gin and tonic

(g Favorite website: No single favorite


Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

FYI, I will be touring Vietnam at the time of this tour, so my responses to comments may be delayed


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.

An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.




Buy links:



Giveaway:

A $50 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly drawn winner and an audio copy of “The Company of Demons” to 10 randomly drawn winners (this prize is US/Canada only)




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10 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Top Times Travel said...

Hi, this is Michael Jordan responding from my travel blog website, as I am touring SE Asia and having some technical difficulties. In any event, thanks for hosting and to Goddess Fish Promotions for setting this up. I'll do my best to respond but, given the time difference and my travel schedule, I may be delayed in doing so. Thank you for your interest!!

James Robert said...

I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and interview. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them :)

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt and interview.

Top Times Travel said...

Thank you James, Marcy, Victoria, and Rita! If you pick up a copy, I do hope that you enjoy! Mike

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite character from this book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Bernie Wallace said...

How many drafts did your book go through before publication? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Bernie Wallace said...

Did you help design the cover? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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