About two years ago when I went to the Tucson Festival of Books I met James Moushon, a fellow writer whose interest in other writers’ works blew me away. For two days he buzzed through the tents in search for other writers and their books and made tons of connections. This year once again he stopped by and I was excited to reconnect.
Soon afterward James invited me for an interview on his blog. For more about on that you can click here.
As a thank you for his kindness and efforts I invited James over to my blog with an introduction about his work and an excerpt. James’ the stage is all yours!
I spend a lot of time writing my novels and my blogs. I’m at that time in my career that giving back and helping other authors has taken top priority.
This morning I’m sitting here with two sets of short-stories being edited, a novel rewrite I am working on and a new novel that needs to be typed. And what do I do, I spend the first three hours of my day blogging about other authors and their new books. Rewards are in the eye of the beholder.
My Latest Book is Game of Fire. It reached Number Two on Amazon during a promotion in the Mystery Espionage category.
An explosion and fire rocks a Southern California mall and it is quickly determined it is arson. The timing of the incident is special because it interrupts the Tet New Year’s Festival and Parade in Little Saigon, an area just east of Long Beach.
Had the old wounds of Vietnam been opened again or was there a different game being played?
Enter veteran CIA Agent Jonathon Stone. Already in pursuit of the gun-running Minh family, he connects with a special FBI task force to assist in the investigation of the explosion and Minh quickly becomes their number one suspect.
Stone teams up with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon to pursue the people behind the arson fire. Jodi is a serious, no nonsense agent who leads the FBI Arson Task Force. While she fights to solve the mystery, she also fights Stone’s advances. As always, he tries to mix business with pleasure.
As the game takes its twists and turns, Stone’s assignment leads to a shootout in Las Vegas and a car chase down the coast of Southern California.
Jonathon Stone battles his love for gambling and drinking and the ladies to help solve the Mystery of the Game of Fire.
Game Of Fire is the third book in the Jonathon Stone Mystery Series.
I started reading the front page. A large picture of a fire jumped out at me. Now I know why the television was turned loud this morning. I turned my attention to the TV in the front of the room. I watched the fire scene as the firemen sprayed the structure with large hoses. That looked bad.
I stood and walked closer to the TV. I knew the area of the fire. I recognized it from the large mall sign in the parking lot in front of the complex. We had closed a surveillance op there just five months ago.
I returned to my table and started reading the paper.
2/18/2007, Orange County Daily News
FIRE MARS TET FESTIVAL IN GARDEN GROVE
Last night at around ten o’clock, a fire broke out in the Le Hi Shopping Mall on Bolsa Ave. in Garden Grove and quickly went out of control, completely destroying the complex. Hours earlier the street in front of the Mall was filled with party-goers celebrating the Annual Tet Festival Parade. There were thousands of people along the parade route in the Little Saigon area during the day….
I got up and moved closer to the TV again. A fire chief was giving a briefing.
“Good morning. I am Eddie Lam, Garden Grove Fire Chief. I am here to report on the fire last night at the Le Hi Shopping Mall. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. It appears that something exploded or caught on fire which immediately hit the gas line and spread rapidly through the complex. Multiple fire departments responded, but there was little they could do, but contain the fire from spreading to surrounding structures and neighborhoods. We were lucky that the crowd from the parade had dispersed already.”
“Was anyone hurt?” one of the reporters asked.
Fire Chief Lam continued, “There was one casualty reported. The victim was a male, but at this time he has not been identified.”
“How many fire departments responded?” another reporter asked.
“Fire and police units from Garden Grove, Westminster, Huntington Beach and Long Beach responded to the three alarm fire. One final note. It is expected that the area will be cleared for tonight’s Chinese New Year parade. The Westminster Parade is scheduled to start at 6 PM today. I need to go. We will try to keep you updated as much as we can.”
The fire chief turned and disappeared into the crowd.
There was a video store in the mall that the Agency had been watching for over a year. Our group had been waiting for an international terrorist named Tay Minh to show up. We had shut down the surveillance when chatter had placed him living and operating in Hong Kong.
About the same time our CIA undercover operation in downtown Long Beach had been compromised and the staff was scattered to the wind. I had stayed in the area and become an at-large asset.
Since then I had caught a couple overnighters as we call them. It had been about six months since my last full assignment. That was okay with me, but I did miss the action. At least I got to do some gambling and continue my drinking and running around with my on-again, off-again girlfriend, Jill. She was a cocktail waitress at the Ocean Queen Casino which seemed to make things more complicated at times. She still bought my cover as a freelance writer, but she didn’t understand why I was always carrying a gun.
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Author Description: I am a published writer in the electronic document field.
Starting over 20 years ago, I helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.
In 2003, I changed my focus to ebooks and their development.
I am the author of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels. I have published three books: ‘Call Off the Dogs’, ‘Black Mountain Secrets’ and ‘Game of Fire’.
I am currently wearing Two Hats. I am a mystery writer and book publishing blogger. I have spent the majority of my adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries.
The blog’s purpose is to help authors get exposure in the book publishing industry. He has interviewed and showcased over 450 authors to date.
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