Tasting the Apple by Sherilyn Decter Tour

TASTING THE APPLE
* Book 2 of The Bootleggers’ Chronicles
* By Sherilyn Decter
* Publication Date: March 2019
* Genre: Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction

A young widow on the edge. A policeman back from the dead. Together, can they take down the city’s most notorious bootlegger?

Philadelphia, 1925. With a son to raise and boarders to feed, Maggie Barnes is at her wit’s end. But when a criminal element infiltrates the police force, the single mother puts her cares aside to help. As she tries to dig up dirt on bootlegger mastermind Mickey Duffey, Maggie realizes she can’t take on the case alone…

Inspector Frank Geyer used to patrol the streets of Philadelphia before Maggie was born. As he attempts to clean up crime from beyond the grave, the spirit uses his Victorian sensibilities to fight back against lawbreakers. But with corruption throughout the police force, can the phantom informant save his city and Maggie’s livelihood?

With the roof leaking and the lawlessness spiraling, Maggie and Frank have one chance to take down a criminal and prevent the unthinkable…

TASTING THE APPLE is the second thrilling book in The Bootleggers’ Chronicles historical mystery series. If you like strong female characters, stories inspired by actual history, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s tale of temptation and corruption.

Buy TASTING THE APPLE to experience the dark side of the Roaring Twenties today!

Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.

Check out TASTING THE APPLE on bookfunnel and the Media Page on the author’s website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear. To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:

WEBSITE          FACEBOOK      PINTEREST

JOIN THE TOUR

The blog tour for TASTING THE APPLE by Sherilyn Decter, a Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction novel, has ended. This tour ran from March 25th through March 29th, 2019. Posts l consisted of reviews, guest posts, interviews, and excerpts. There will also be a tour giveaway, which Linda Romer won.

Monday, March 25 – Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post & Spotlight
Blue Mood Cafe – Guest Post & Excerpt
A Holland Reads – Spotlight
The Story of a Writer – Spotlight

Tuesday, March 26 – Booktalk with Eilee – Review, Excerpt & Spotlight

Wednesday, March 27 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt

Thursday, March 28 – Pat Garcia Book Reviews – Review
Bookish Rantings – Excerpt
No Genre Left Behind – Excerpt

Friday, March 29 – readerthenblogger – Review
Celticlady’s Reviews – Spotlight & Excerpt
What Is That Book About – Spotlight
Carole’s Book Corner – Spotlight

Saturday, March 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post

The King Who Disappeared by Hank Quense

  • The King Who Disappeared
  • By Hank Quense
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2019
  • Genre: Fantasy

           Bohan, a king, is at war with Jerado, an evil wizard who controls four neighboring kingdoms.  Bohan, his wizard, Ansgar, and his guards are trapped in a cave by Jerado who magically seals the cave.  Ansgar casts a sleep spell on all of them. It will last until the cave is unsealed.
          More than 200 years later, an earthquake unseals the cave and frees Bohan.  While catching up on history, he learns Jerado is still alive and rules the country as dictator.  Bohan learns this from a sympathetic constable named Leticia.  After talking to Bohan and his guards, she recognizes him from school lessons as the King Who Disappeared. Bohan determines to go to the capital, Dun Hythe, and gain revenge.  Leticia promises to go with him to find out what happened to her father who was arrested and disappeared.
          Jerado learns that Bohan is still alive and headed to confront him. He tells Lithgow, his son, and Flavia, his daughter about Bohan.  Lithgow is the War Minister and Flavia the Minister of the Interior. They hate each other and each plans to succeed their father when he retires.
          Jerado orders Lithgow to use his soldiers to block and kill Bohan.  Flavia, who also has troops, decides to kill Bohan before Lithgow can.  Bohan and his guards, all heroes, brush past Flavia’s soldiers and route Lithgow’s.  Jerado now orders Lithgow’s troops to seal all the city’s gates and search everyone entering the city. 
          Meanwhile, the citizens in Dun Hythe are suffering from Jerado’s rule and from Flavia’s imposition of lower wages to raise profits for the many businesses she controls.  The wage restrictions impact on the Godmother’s bottom line.  She is the head of a crime family who controls all vice in the city.  She is also the head of the two largest and most powerful labor guilds, the teamsters and the dock workers. With Flavia’s wage restrictions in place, the citizenry does have any money to have fun in the Godmother’s saloons or gambling halls.  Also, the workers don’t make enough money to feed their families. 
          Jerado’s Treasurer, Maurice, learns a few of Jerado’s family secrets.  He knows how Flavia embezzles vast amounts of money from the contracts she gives out.  Maurice learns about Bohan and the attempts to kill him. These and a few other secrets ensure his early death if Jerado ever finds out what he knows.  Maurice meets with the Godmother and they agree to help each other for their mutual protection.
          Now close to Dun Hythe, Leticia agrees to enter the city and scout it out.  Hopefully, she can find a way for Bohan to enter the city.  She also wants to meet with the Godmother because her father was once a high-ranking official in the dock workers guild.  Leticia hopes the Godmother can find out where her father is.
          Within the city, rumors swirl about the reappearance of the King Who Disappeared.  The Godmother ignores the rumors and is stunned to learn from Leticia that Bohan is really alive and outside the city.  After a lively discussion, The Godmother agrees to smuggle Bohan into the city in return for a guarantee from Bohan for protection for her business.
          Bohan and his mates enter the city by boat in the middle of the night and meet with the Godmother and Maurice who tells Bohan the layout of the palace and how to sneak into it.  To make a distraction, the Godmother will call a city-wide general strike to coincide with Bohan’s attack on Jerado.
          Bohan and Ansgar sneak into the palace at night with Maurice in the lead.  Leaving Maurice behind, they advance into the living quarters and confront Jerado.  A confusing battle ensues as the two wizards throw spells at each other.  Using Ansgar’s spell as a distraction, Bohan gets close enough to Jerado to use his sword on the wizard thus gaining revenge.
          With Jerado out of the way, Bohan arrests Lithgow and Flavia, proclaims himself king and agrees to work with the Godmother, orders a wage increase for all the workers.
          Everyone is happy except Jerado’s children who must perform menial work for the rest of their lives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Hank Quense

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.

He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

Hank’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BM76IE

JOIN THE TOUR

The blog tour for THE KING WHO DISAPPEARED by Hank Quense is underway. This tour will run from April 8th through April 19th, 2019. Posts will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, excerpts, and a tour-wide giveaway. Review ARC copies will be available in epub and PDF formats. HTML posts for the tour will also be provided.

You can still Sign Up HERE to be a part of this exciting tour.

Monday, April 8 – Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post & Spotlight
Tuesday, April 9 –
Wednesday, April 10 –
Thursday, April 11 – Hearts & Scribbles – Spotlight
Friday, April 12 – Baroness’ Book Trove – Review
Monday, April 15 – A Holland Reads – Spotlight
Tuesday, April 16 –
Wednesday, April 17 – Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight
Thursday, April 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
Friday, April 19 – Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight
JBronder Book Reviews – Review

Innocence Lost by Sherilyn Decter

INNOCENCE LOST
* Book 1 of The Bootleggers’ Chronicles
* By Sherilyn Decter
* Publication Date: February 21, 2019
* Genre: Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction

In a city of bootleggers and crime, one woman must rely on a long-dead lawman to hunt down justice…

Philadelphia, 1924. Maggie Barnes doesn’t have much left. After the death of her husband, she finds herself all alone to care for her young son and look after their rundown house. As if that weren’t bad enough, Prohibition has turned her neighborhood into a bootlegger’s playground. To keep the shoddy roof over their heads, she has no choice but to take on boarders with criminal ties…

When her son’s friend disappears, Maggie suspects the worst. And local politicians and police don’t seem to have any interest in an investigation. With a child’s life on the line, Maggie takes the case and risks angering the enemy living right under her nose…
Maggie’s one advantage may be her oldest tenant: the ghost of a Victorian-era cop. With his help, can she find justice in a lawless city?

Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.

Check out INNOCENCE LOST on bookfunnel and the Media Page on the author’s website. INNOCENCE LOST is also available for pre-buy on Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear. To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:

WEBSITE          FACEBOOK      PINTEREST

JOIN THE TOUR

I blog tour is now underway for INNOCENCE LOST by Sherilyn Decter, a Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction novel. This tour will run from February 25th to March 1st, 2019. Posts will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, and excerpts. There will also be a tour giveaway. Review copies will be available in eBook formats, with a very few limited paperback copies. HTML posts for the tour will also be provided.

You can still sign up HERE to be a part of this fascinating tour. Bloggers, please note there is a tour featuring the second book in The Bootleggers’ Chronicles, TASTING THE APPLE, which you can sign up for HERE.

Monday, Feb. 25 – What Is That Book About – Spotlight
Juneta @ WritersGambit – Guest Post & Excerpt
Mythical Books – Excerpt
The Story of a Writer – Excerpt
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews – Q & A
Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – A Smile And A Gun – Interview

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – Review
Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt
No Genre Left Behind – Excerpt

Friday, March 1 – Carole’s Book Corner – Spotlight
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt & Spotlight
Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt