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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


THE KILLING COLLECTIVE : A NEW YORK CITY                                   TOUR GUIDE



The Killing Collective takes the reader on a tour of New York City as well as the characters, most notably Stanford Carter and his wife, Jill Seacrest who trade Boston for the Big Apple to take jobs as F.B.I. agents. Additionally, new agent Shania Deeprose, a native of Alabama, also comes to the city like a fish out of water. But it’s all about adapting and enjoying the ride as the characters will find out. I am certain if New York City were a conscious entity, it would care less about adapting and fitting in. Lol.

 I also feel that N.Y.C is a character in itself and it provides a terrific backdrop for the novel whether you are with the agents on a ride-along or with the killers doing the nasty deeds.

So, first off, how about a bite? F.B.I. Assistant Director William Fischetti can’t get enough of his carb fix here…

Ess-A-Bagel


831 Third Avenue

New York, NY  10022

212-980-1010

Hand rolled bagels, voted the best bagels in NYC.  Certified kosher. 

“Essen” is German and Yiddish for “eat” or “Eating”. 

“Delicatessen” is a German loanword which first appeared in English in 1889 and is the plural of Delikatesse. In German it was originally a French loanword, délicatesse, meaning "delicious things (to eat)". Its root word is the Latin adjective delicatus, meaning "giving pleasure, delightful, pleasing". 

Then, I guess you’ll need something to wash that bagel down. The killers in this book find one of their victims here…

Pig 'n' Whistle on Third

Top of Form
Bottom of Form
922 Third Avenue (near 55th Street)  
New York, NY 10022
212-688-4646 

The name Pig ‘n’ Whistle derives from “Piggin” and “Wassail,” a medieval lead cup and the spiced wine that went in it, but it’s beef and beer that predominate at these midtown pubs.



Sometimes agents Jill Seacrest and Shania Deeprose like to blow off a little steam, drinking some firewater and dancing to some classic jazz….



Jazz Standard

www.jazzstandard.com/Danny Meyer

116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016


One of NYC’s largest jazz clubs, featuring new & established musicians.



If all that music made you hungry again, how about a slice here…



Ben’s Pizzeria

123 MacDougal Street

New York, NY 10012

Open until 5 am ·               



Hot slices & people-watching at a counter with late-night hours near Washington Square Park.



If you’re up for some entertainment, how about a stroll through a museum? This is one of the first crime scenes of the novel.



Cloisters


99 Margaret Corbin Drive

New York, NY 10040


Architectural styles: Romanesque and Medieval

The Cloisters is a museum in Upper Manhattan, New York City specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, and is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 



Now for the scary part. How about a drive along Admiral’s Row? Hint: the big finale for the novel takes place here.



Admirals’ Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard


16 Flushing Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Admirals Row was a street lined with 19th century manor houses built in the architectural style known as “Second French Empire” at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  It was used as naval officers' housing for over a century before being abandoned in the 1970s.  Once enticingly visible from the street, they were demolished to build a supermarket and parking lot in early 21st century America. Nature was increasingly unkind to those 19th century buildings. Prior to their demise, however, they remained in the same splendorous state of utter dishevelment that previously transfixed the neighborhood and lured in curious visitors. During an exploration in 2008, the houses were found to be wide open to the elements, but with interior details intact, including chandeliers, wallpaper, plasterwork, bathrooms, and kitchens. The relentless pressures of winter snow and falling trees crushed many of these features into rubble, and in 2009, heavy summer rains caused the collapse of Quarters C, the second oldest building on the row. The encircling forest rose far above the buildings, all of which had lost roofs, floors, walls, and windows. The 11 residential buildings on the Admiral's Row campus became completely overgrown by ivy and trees. The front steps of Quarters K and L were almost unrecognizable.  Peeling paint, floors with holes, and crooked doorways were some of the lesser problems found inside the houses. Feral cats, birds, and other wildlife made them their home.  On the buildings' upper levels, entire rooms went missing over the years, though the exteriors of the buildings remained intact.  Snow, rain, and falling tree limbs caused walls and windows to cave in. Vines and soil entered the premises, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior, nature and fabrication.  (Revisiting Brooklyn's Abandoned Admiral's Row Before It's Gone, Curbed New York, by Nathan Kensinger, June 11, 2015).



There you have it! More places and details can be found as extras whether you purchase the kindle or the paperback version of The Killing Collective: A Stanford Carter Murder Mystery/Thriller. Please see links below:






Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet Timothy Ray - I Bought the Sun for a Dollar

Can anyone actually buy peace or happiness? Perplexed by the loss of job and fiancé, Timothy Ray makes a symbolic purchase of the sun for a dollar to try to right things in his slightly off course career trajectory. When he stumbles upon a brilliant, cascading sunrise and then a chance meeting with a statuesque blonde he feels his life is about to change for the better but his new girlfriend is a spy, working for a contracted data mining firm.


Character Interview



Name: Timothy Ray

Gender: Male

Age: 33

Profession: Recently unemployed due to outsourcing.

Do you have any special skills or training?
I seem to have a unique skill of turning good situations into bad. But my recent discovery of a sunrise has given me hope. Plus, I’ve just met a very sexy girlfriend.

How would you describe yourself?
I view the world with a realistic viewpoint. Some see the glass half full, but I know better.

Who is your significant other(s)?
Well I recently started dating this amazing woman, Lou Ann. I’m hoping she’ll be a permanent part of my future.

How would they describe you?
I think she sees me for the real me. But, who am I kidding, I think she likes the physical attraction between us both as much as I do.

Tell us about your family.
I don’t stay in touch much. My parents separated. It’s why I wasn’t too surprised when my recent fiancé called off the wedding.

What do you think was left unsettled in your story?
I want to see life from that full glass perspective. The funny thing a break-in in my home led me to a special place in the woods where I experienced a glorious sunrise. It was spectacular. And I hope Lou Ann will come to see this perspective as well. Right now, I’m just glad to spend nights with her and hold her hand at restaurants. Her voice is like a siren. But as much as I desire her, in every possible way, (Timothy laughs mischievously) I think Lou Ann needs to see the sunrise I see for us to have a lasting relationship, the one I can only dream of.

If you could change anything about your story what would it be?

I would like to get others to experience my joy. I think we’d all be in a better world because of it. I used to rail and scream at things out of my control. Now I kind of like things out of my control because it’s how I met Lou Ann.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I Bought the Sun for a Dollar

                                    I Bought the Sun for a Dollar
You’re probably familiar with the concept of six degrees of separation, whereby you and everyone on the planet can be connected through a chain of no more than five intermediaries. This small world theory has been considered for almost ninety years and like all theories it may not yet be proven. Still, connections, whether remote or in our faces may impact us more than we can ever realize.
My idea for I Bought the Sun for a Dollar centers around the universe and how it twirls and spirals all around us, far away and sometimes close, allowing objects such as the planets and ever our precious sun to at one time or another, impact our emotions, feelings or thoughts through connectivity. We have all felt the sun’s rays but most have never maybe even seen Jupiter through a telescope let alone pondered it. That doesn’t matter. The universe’s effect upon all of us may be unconscious for the most part. And just like the tug of the moon on a tide, we are unwittingly moved by astral bodies just as much as we may be from a not so pleasant conversation with a motorist or a heavenly encounter with a beautiful ‘human’ body. Near or far, short or long, there is impact.
Quantum entanglement is a theory that helps to prove this idea whereby two objects may be in the same place at the same time, even though separated by great distances. This idea posited by Einstein is considered even more valid today as theoretical physicists test particles by separating them and discovering there could be communication via some as yet explained means at light speed. Does everything in effect communicate, and if so, does this communication set an outcome for good or bad?
It is believed that plants possess a form of communication and taking that idea farther, maybe the planet itself communicates with the universe in a language to be named later.
Just as intriguing is that astrology may be more valid than some think as the position of the planets could have an impact upon yourself and your actions. If so, our actions may be always influenced. But I’d like to think we hold some percentage of control regarding our final actions and choices.
I invite you to see how Timothy Ray handles his newfound discovery…
Timothy Ray’s home is first invaded by burglars and then by a spy in a lover’s guise in I BOUGHT THE SUN FOR A DOLLAR, a romantic suspense novel.
            Can anyone actually buy peace or happiness? Perplexed by the loss of job and fiancé, Timothy Ray makes a symbolic purchase of the sun for a dollar to try to right things in his slightly off course career trajectory. When he stumbles upon a brilliant, cascading sunrise and then a chance meeting with a statuesque blonde he feels his life is about to change for the better but his new girlfriend is a spy, working for a contracted data mining firm.
            Undaunted and unaware that Lou Ann is actually Kate, Timothy continues to encourage people via social media to experience how energy is shared between us and the cosmos. Kate and her employer fear Timothy’s hope will threaten the leadership’s status quo. The firm incrementally steps up its spy game and seems to have no remorse about putting Timothy at risk of ridicule and perhaps worse. But Timothy’s biggest threat may come from the very source of his inspiration, the sun itself. Will he be able to save all from a cosmic catastrophe?
Timothy Ray stumbles across a brilliant cascading sunrise that changes him profoundly. His symbolic purchase of the sun for a dollar, leads to huge social media following and a new girlfriend who is a spy out out to discredit him, or worse.. But Timothy’s biggest threat may come from the very source of his inspiration, the sun itself. Will he be able to save all from a cosmic catastrophe?
Can anyone actually buy peace or happiness? Perplexed by the loss of job and fiancé, Timothy Ray makes a symbolic purchase of the sun for a dollar to try to right things in his slightly off course career trajectory. When he stumbles upon a brilliant, cascading sunrise and then a chance meeting with a statuesque blonde he feels his life is about to change for the better but his new girlfriend is a spy, working for a contracted data mining firm.
Undaunted and unaware that Lou Ann is actually Kate, Timothy continues to encourage people via social media to experience how energy is shared between us and the cosmos. Kate and her employer fear Timothy’s hope will threaten the leadership’s status quo. The firm incrementally steps up its spy game and seems to have no remorse about putting Timothy at risk of ridicule and perhaps worse. But Timothy’s biggest threat may come from the very source of his inspiration, the sun itself. Will he be able to save all from a cosmic catastrophe?