Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Article 15 by M.T. Bass #Mystery #Giveaway #AuthorInterview @GoddessFish

Article 15
by M.T. Bass


“She was one in a million…and the day I met her I should have bought a lottery ticket instead.”


Griffith Crowe, the "fixer" for a Chicago law firm, falls for his current assignment, Helena Nicholson, the beautiful heir of a Tech Sector venture capitalist who perished in a helicopter crash leaving her half a billion dollars, a Learjet 31, and unsavory suspicions about her father's death. As he investigates, the ex-Navy SEAL crosses swords with Helena’s step-brother, the Pentagon’s Highlands Forum, and an All-Star bad guy somebody has hired to stop him. When Griff finds himself on the wrong side of an arrest warrant he wonders: Is he a player or being played?

Lawyers and Lovers and Guns…Oh, my!

Excerpt Three:

The low, almost husky yet honey smooth female voice poured seductively over Griff and blanked his mind as he turned into the pilot’s lounge. Though dimly lit, as they all were to facilitate napping, her red dress glowed like a hearth, yet she still wore her sunglasses as she studied her iPhone’s screen, slouching and sitting askew in one of the La-Z-Boy recliners with her legs crossed. Griff’s eye was drawn to the slow but rhythmic bounce of her stiletto heel. Predator had become prey. She took off her Jackie Ohhs, looked Griff up and down, then took a deep breath.

“Mmmm…tall, dark and dangerous…just the way I like them.”

Griff locked onto her blue-gray eyes and surrendered. He leaned against the door jam. His inside voice taunted, No plan survives contact with the enemy.

“I couldn’t help but notice Lance’s Escalade on the ramp. He is a conniving bastard, isn’t he? Of course, he is a lawyer, but he does excel at it. Not to mention the unseemly delight he takes in it.”

“Always has,” Griff said. “As long as I’ve known him.”

“Then, you really shouldn’t be surprised.”

Griff smiled, realizing it wasn’t Mayor Daley’s fault that he was still on the ground in Chicago. “Name’s Griff.”

“Yes. I know.”

He waited, his face an implacable facade, one molded and hammered into place on the Coronado Beach while enduring BUD/S training. “You got a name? Or will you answer to minx or vixen?”

 “Hmmm…you like the ‘X’ words. I prefer Helena.”

“So…how long will we be playing Three Card Monte with modern art…Helena?

Author Interview 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi. My name is Mudcat.  (”Hi, Mudcat.”) I’m a recovering English Major and I have not dangled a participle in sixteen months. Actually, I was very fortunate to have been mentored in my “creative” writing pursuits by novelist and poet, Robert Flanagan, at Ohio Wesleyan University. I worked mostly in verse back then, because I was trying to polish my songwriting skills. After I graduated, though, I started scribbling out stories that grew into novels that were rejected by all the very best agents and top flight publishing houses in the world.  But I kept on going…and going…and going…then one day freedom came my way in the form of ebooks, Smashwords, and Amazon. And, well, the rest is a matter for history to sort out.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I love turning gasoline, gunpowder, electricity, and dead trees into noise. Gasoline on my motorcycle or in an airplane. Gunpowder in my Walther and 1911. Electricity with my Line 6 Variax Guitar. And dead trees with my power tools. I’m not so much a woodworker as a wood mangler, but I’m getting a lot of practice renovating an old newspaper building Lola and I bought (circa 1901).

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I work without a net. In other words—much to the shock and dismay of some of my fellow writers (Malcolm?)—I use no outlines.  I just launch into the story based on a scene or character in my head and see where it goes.  I tried once to outline one of my books, In the Black, because it had so many characters and plot lines, but it was a miserable failure. Mostly because the characters refused to follow the script and tended to wander off in other directions—directions which, truth be told, were more true to their natures.  So, I follow Robert Frost’s first dictum of writing:  “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”  

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Well, I must to confess to making a conscious effort to pay attention to things going on around me in “real life.” I’ve spent countless hours researching our legal system by studiously watching episodes of Law and Order and Boston Legal—so much so that I’m sure I could pass the Television Bar Association exam. I am fortunate enough to have a definitive expert on Navy SEAL history and weapons, Kevin Dockery, in one of my writer’s groups (Thanks, Kevin) and I supplemented his knowledge base listening to the Jocko Willink podcast (Thanks, Jocko). The flying stuff was easy:  been there and done that as a Certified Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot. The real trick was fitting all that stuff into a story.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The Kentucky scenes with Johnny, Maura and Cap were the most fun. I’m huge fan of Justified. Those characters and their dialog were so awesome,…it gave me pause.  It’s my modest little homage to one of my all-time favorite story tellers: Elmore J. Leonard.

How did you come up with the title?

While researching my next book, Jungleland, which takes place in Congo during the civil war years in the Sixties, I came across a reference to a fictitious article in the Zairian constitution—Article 15—that simply reads: “Débrouillez-vous!” (get it while you can!). It was basically a sanction on grassroots level corruption as the only rational response to living in a country that is criminally corrupt at the upper levels.  And I loved the double entendre with the Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

What project are you working on now?

I am finally getting around to writing the sequel to my very first novel, My Brother’s Keeper.  You know how shiny literary things can be so distracting. Anyway, my intention was always to follow Hawk, a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter pilot, along on a series of aviation adventures through the years after the war.  Jungleland finds him in the middle of the Congo civil war flying and fighting along side the CIA, their Cuban Bay-of-Pigs pilot survivors, and Mad Mike’s South Africa mercenaries. Oh, yeah, there is a woman involved, too.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.
Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.

M.T. Bass Author Links
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/owlworks/

Article 15 Purchase Links
Amazon:  TBA July 24, 2019
Kobo:  TBA


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

M.T. Bass said...

Hi Gale --

Thanks for making space available for my book, Article 15, and the interview on Wake Up Your Wild Side.


Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, thanks for sharing!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

M.T. Bass said...

Hi Gale --

Great having you on my blog tour yestereday.

Thanks again.


Bridgett Wilbur said...

I would love to read your book.

Bernie Wallace said...

Which character from your book do you most relate to?

Bernie Wallace said...

Do you let your friends and family read drafts of your book as you are writing?